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“Great all around place to stay”
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Maya Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
1 review
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“Great all around place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

We stayed in 4 places during our trip to Belize, the Maya Beach Hotel was easily the best accommodations. Room was perfect for a family, with a separate bedroom for Mom and Dad. Good quality bedding. Two air conditioners let us keep the room exactly how we wanted it. Beach was nice, Placencia is a unique place with the most relaxed vibe of any place we stayed in Belize. Lots of good food options but none better than the Bistro onsite. Fabulous food.

The owner, Ellen, is onsite often and you can tell she quietly controls a fairly large staff, all of whom were helpful and professional. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

My boyfriend and I had a great 3 night stay at the Maya Beach Hotel. From the reservation to the check out, every person that I worked with was incredibly helpful, especially Ellen, Marlon, and Cleeve. We flew in from San Ignacio and arrived pretty early in the morning- several hours before check-in. I contacted Maya Beach Hotel, and they responded right away to say that we would have access to all the facilities and would let us know as soon as our room was ready. They also set up a pick-up at the Placencia air strip. When we arrived at the hotel, I was happily surprised that our room was ready. We were in the Hibiscus room. It wasn't fancy, but it was very comfortable and suited our needs. My only complaint was that there wasn't much water pressure in the shower. The staff at the hotel was also very helpful in setting up a snorkeling trip for us, spending a lot of time trying to get us the least expensive option. The hotel is several miles from town, but we loved that the beach was so quiet and relaxing. The fact that the Bistro at the hotel had great food made it very convenient to eat several meals there and not become bored with the offerings. I would definitely stay at the Maya Beach Hotel again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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La Ceiba, Honduras
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Stayed a couple of nights before our journey to Belmopan and had an excellent time. The food is the absolute best on the peninsula and the grounds are kept extremely clean. The rooms are very clean and spacious. The entire staff was so helpful.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bellingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

Only planned to stay one night but extended stay as this is a wonderful little hotel. Could have stayed all week so I could eat everything on thier menu but alas had to go back home. Ellen the owner is a lovely person...I accidently slammed my finger in the door here and she attended to my finger personallly. My room was clean and nice...could use alittle cosmetic updates to make it charming vs just nice but with the ocean view...my own personal hammock ...it was paradise. You'll love it here.

Room Tip: I stayed in the Jaguar room...comfy bed...the rum punch drinks at happy hour probably helped too...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Hertfordshire, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

Went back to Belize for another fortnight this month and spent 6 nights at our favourite place.

Travelled with partner, son,and grandson.Spoiled ourselves by booking both Upper and Lower Dreamsicle.Well worth the money.

Other much more expensive stays before and after.We can't help judging them against Maya Beach,and none matched up for accommodation and, especially, food.The combination of excellent food,and presentation are outstanding.I don't know how they do it at such reasonable prices!

Thoroughly recommend the Monkey River trip. Plenty of wildlife, including Manatees and 9, yes 9, crocodile sightings!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

The quality of our stay exceeded my highest expectations. Every person was beyond friendly and accommodating. The food was absolutely amazing. Ellen and John have an exceptional resort to relax in. We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

This small hotel isn't grand, isn't luxurious, isn't pretentious, and it doesn't aspire to be any of those things. It is un-fancy and un-fussy, though on any given night in the open air Bistro there will be a few marvelously dressed dinner guests and the look of the place, with the dark woods and pedestal wickerwork chairs and tables, has an understated elegance. The breeze from the Caribbean ruffles the air and the staff is dressed in crisp black uniforms. You definitely feel that you have arrived at someplace special and intimate, and then the food comes -- and you have one of those moments where all seems right with the world.
My wife and I took a risk and booked 8 nights at Maya Beach. We'd never been to Belize and usually don't commit to a stay that long unless we know a place, but we were not disappointed. Within a day we were on a first name basis with a dozen people at the hotel, from owners Ellen and John (who lent us a book) to Becky and Leo and Avi and Lola and the others in the Bistro who were full of spirit and fun and also performed their tasks with dispatch and decorum. I won't try to describe the food except to say that we did not, as we had planned, go to any other restaurant for dinner during our stay. We didn't want to miss a single chance to dine at the Bistro. One or both us ate fish every night -- fresh fish, perfectly prepared, unbelievably exquisitely delicious (the two preparations on the regular menu are nut-encrusted fish and fish with roasted vegetables, and they are both superb). Ellen keeps the place running smoothly even when it is jammed, as it was nearly every night. The good vibes in the Bistro are something you'd like to bottle to bring home.
The rooms at the Maya Beach are plain -- actually, there are lots of different kinds of rooms, so when you are booking, I suggest you talk to them to get an idea of what's available. The people at the front desk, Cleve and Marlon, are patient and informative. Special props to smiling Marlon, who spent hours juggling our various tour options with times for pickups, last minute cancellations because of weather, etc. And kept smiling. As we did during what turned out to be an unforgettable trip.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Maya Beach Hotel
Address: Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Placencia
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on a pretty stretch of natural sand beach, the Maya Beach Hotel is a small mid-range beach resort for couples who need comfort, but not luxury. Our hotel rooms are air conditioned with queen beds, our king suites have king beds and kitchenettes and we also offer some beach house rentals in different price ranges. Our Bistro and swimming pool are a gathering place at the end of a day filled with snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, jungle hiking, spelunking, climbing Maya ruins, or just plain relaxing on the beach. The restaurant was also has also been awarded "Restaurant of the Year" twice by the Belize Tourism Board, and it remains a highlight of a stay here. ... more   less 
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Maya Beach Placencia
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