We have just returned from taking a trip to Belize for the first time. The airport was easy to move through in Belize City and provided quick access to begin our journey. The resort we chose was the Placencia Hotel. We learned prior to our arrival that 60% of the country was jungle, so we chose to reach our destination by helicopter. This provided us with a great opportunity to see the mountains and coastline. The other two ways to get to the resort would be to drive 21/2 hours or take one of two local airlines which drops you off at a small village airport about 20 minutes from the resort.
We contracted a helicopter service, Astrum Helicopters, with a request for an older gentleman who was a veteran pilot, Gustavo Giron Sr. As this was our first time in a helicopter, we found the ride to be very smooth. We even enjoyed the music Gustavo chose to play during the flight. We learned that Gustavo has been flying for almost 40 years and is a personal favorite to many who want to see the country or need to be flown around for business purposes.
Upon our arrival we were greeted with friendly smiles and cocktails.We understood prior to selecting this hotel that the resort complex was not completely finished. This was actually one of the reasons we chose to come here. We were hoping that it would provide an opportunity to just kick back and relax without having hundreds of guests on premise.
The design, look and feel of the buildings we stayed in seemed very similar to that of the Grand Floridian at Disney World.The serenity pool was beautiful and my wife and I felt that we choose the perfect destination for relaxation. Our room was warm and inviting with a stone tile type feel. The wooden lounge chairs on the beach under the huts were very comfortable.
The staff was exceptional, friendly and always willing to help make your stay more enjoyable.
We found ourselves dining primarily on premise. The food was outstanding and if we wanted something different, again they would accomodate. The restaurant had a nice selection of wines for dining.
To our surprise, the restaurant had one of the most unbelievable expresso and capuccino machines. This truly was the "machine of machines".
We did venture outside the compund and learned a little more about the area. The area we were staying in is called Maya Beach. The actual town of Placencia is about 20 minutes away. The town is actually located on a peninsula. If you start at the end of the town and drive back to the resort, you can really get a flavor for the development taking place.
The town is a small fishing village with several good restaurants, bars and supply stores. As you proceed away from the town, there are a number of large signs with pictures of yacht clubs, resorts, etc.
The truth is that its all flash. You may see fancy pictures in brochures representing a development or one that would like to be. These offerings, when you check them out, may have one home in a development of 100 lots or two condo buildings in the middle of a jungle.
What makes the Placencia Hotel unique is the following. First, the location of Placencia in is noted for its beachside property. This is not the case in other areas of the country.Second, many of the other developments in Placencia do not have substantial infrastructure built. The Placencia Hotel has five big new buildings going up, their own well water that is purified from deep fresh water resevoirs below their property and significant investment in energy related systems. They are building what one might consider to be a 5-6 star property with the amenities expected at top ranked destinations around the world.
Unlike other destinations in Mexico, there was no beach side solicitation and the area reminded us of when Cabo was beginning to show signs of development. Compared to the Bahamas we like it better. It had a real down to earth feeling, first class construction and the serenity of a place you could go to relax.
The vacation this time was to just relax. Limited activity. Having said that, we did go snorkling. We found out Belize had the second best barrier reef in the world and the snorkling was amazing. Belize is known for its fishing, and diving. There are fanatastic opportunities to go on adventures.
Belize is a destination of choice. Highly recommeded. Placencia Hotel is the resort to go to. My wife and I would come back. We would also brings the kids next time as the other pools and build out continue to be completed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Placencia Hotel is the fastest growing Hotel in the general area offering the finest amenities and service to an ever discerning clientele visiting Belize. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Placencia
- The Resort Placencia
- The Placencia Hotel And Residences Belize