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“Amazing vacation in Punta Gorda”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hickatee Cottages

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Hickatee Cottages
Ranked #1 of 17 Punta Gorda B&B and Inns
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Salem, Oregon
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“Amazing vacation in Punta Gorda”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2010

Before we even arrived in Punta Gorda, Ian and Kate were so accommodating and helpful.
We asked for advice on taking buses in Central America, they told us their about their experiences and put us at ease. We wanted to take a tour and because we couldn't quite decide, they gave us recommendations and booked it for us.
When we arrived, they were quite welcoming, asking about our trip and offering a drink. We decided to eat off premises that night, so they suggested us place, then took us into town, and told us how to catch a cab back.
On our last day, we hasn't made any plans, so they gave us a map with some marked sites to see, and helped us into town.

The suite, where we stayed for three days, was very nice. Throughout the cottage, which is composed of a large living area with television, large bathroom, and large bedroom, there are beautiful wood floors, and wood furniture made from locals. There was an enormous selection of DVDs which we watched on our last night while drinking a bottle of wine.

One of the best things about staying at Hickatee, especially since it is out of town, is the ability to eat on site. It's not a very difficult choice to make, considering Kate is a tremendous cook. There have been posts already about her bread, which is just so good, but her dinners are fantastic to boot. While we were there, we had garlic butter shrimp, traditional beans and rice, a white fish (name escapes me), pork medallions, and chicken pâté. The meats and fish were savory and tender, the rice and beans flavorful, and the pâté (something which we had never tried before then) was smooth and went so well with her bread.
Though it seems a bit on the expensive side (for Central America; about $37 BZE for one plate), the food is so worth it. Plus, it evens out when you have to think about a taxi ride into town (about $30 BZE for two). I definitely recommend eating there over your other options in Punta Gorda.

Though I do not see this as a negative, it must be said that this is probably not a great place for someone who wants to sit around and watch television all day. One of the special things about Hickatee is that they are off the grid; you are specifically asked to not use anything that plugs in until after 6pm.
Though, if you don't have anything planned for the day, Kate and Ian will set you right up.

Lastly, even though it is Belize (and this might go without saying, although we did not know this before hand), it does gets chilly. We went in the beginning of November and at night, we were quite chilly. We were provided with more blankets, which was necessary as to not be freezing all night, but still needed to wear some longer clothes to bed in order to sleep to our liking. So, pack accordingly to weather and your taste in temperature.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2010

Hickatee is fantastic - everything about the cottages and their surroundings is beautiful. Owners Ian and Kate go out of their way to make you feel welcome without ever intruding, and provide invaluable local knowledge about both Toldeo and the wildlife you're bound to encounter! The rooms were immaculately presented and very comfortable (our group of four had two equally fantastic rooms), and the food at Charlie's Bar was delicious. We could not fault Hickatee, highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2010

We really enjoyed our trip to Belize and staying in Hickatee cottages was an experience in itself. Ian and Kate have created a beautiful place with a clear goal of protecting original jungle forest and as little disruption to the nature as possible. This goal was definitely achieved without any compromise to the comfort of the guests. The place has everything – it’s peaceful, beautiful, comfortable and relaxing. Ian’s knowledge of Belize (history, wildlife, people and culture) will mpress you for sure. You will most likely find out many new interesting facts and meet local fauna. We felt like very special guests and that is probably the talent of the owners to make all their guests feel special.
Food: It was the best dinner we had in Belize and is very recommended. Bravo, Kate! As a rule Ian and Kate will always use local ingredients. We are vegetarians and our dinners were delicious. It starts with tastefully designed menu and beautiful Belizean music on the background and finishes with Toledo coffee and chocolates. If you have a chance please try Ian’s punch from local rum with fresh juices, it’s very good!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2010

Hickatee is a wonderful little hotel, set in the jungle yet only a 15 minute cycle (10 minute taxi) to the centre of Punta Gorda. Ian and Kate take every opportunity to make the stay exactly what you want with great advice for what to do in the locality and useful connections with locals for tours or general days out. Even if you don't want to leave the hotel itself, there is an amazing maze on site and nature trails through the jungle leaving from your doorstep. You are supplied with a pamphlet on the local wildlife if you wish to see the nature around you, alternatively you can sit in the rooms with tea and coffee brought to your door and just relax (even with a television and extensive DVD collection in the suite!)
We were very well looked after and it was great value for money so now I am looking for any opportunity/excuse to return!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2010

We stayed at Hickatee while staying in the Toledo. From the start Ian and Kate were ambassadors of hospitality... this is coming from someone who has been in the business for more than 30 years! I was amazed not only by how beautiful Hickatee was but also in the experience as a whole. In the short time we were there, we learned (and heard) howler monkeys; watched an attempt of two mating turantulas; listened to bats via sonar and explored the "low-bush" as Ian calls it. I am a Chef Instructor and I am fully aware of how some are intimidated on occasion to cook for me- but Kate came through.... the food was absolutely delicious! It was an amazing experience.. I HIGHLY recommend a trek to Hickatees lovely cottages and their hosts extraordinaire!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2010

Spent one night with a colleague as we explored the South, both of us for the first time and my colleague was Belizean and never went past Placencia so I was enjoying see him explore his own country and loving it.

Ian and Kate are consummate hospitality professionals, the little resort was full that night all four rooms with two mature couples from the US travelling together and a young couple who were staying four weeks doing research on the local Howler Monkey population. We were given cards to record information and details about any sounds we heard (Howler monkeys) I expected to be writing up my cards but the night was rainy and i didn't hear a thing. My colleague was out at 4 am with the researchers and his tales of the wildlife and birds they had seen in a few hours was worth hearing. According to the researchers there are 28 troupes in the area and most with little babies, quite a surprising statistic.

The rooms are delightful, smelled wonderfully clean, no a/c but you don't need it - this was a hot evening but the design of the room cool wood floor, slatted windows and ceiling fan was more than sufficient for a good nights sleep. Wonderful little covered verandah and spacious bathroom even a small settee.

Kate cooks dinner every night except wednesday and saturday (we stayed on a Wednesday sadly) so we missed the treat but judging by breakfast we really missed something special, we went instead to town and had a simple but nice dinner at Emerys.

Attention to detail in the rooms and the explanations you receive and the general style of the property are a credit to the owners who work so wonderfully well as a team. Both are sweet, charming and affable and hail from the UK having lived in Belize almost 20 years if memory serves. The price of the rooms should be twice as high considering the attention, comfort and amazing service.

Breakfast was fabulous - Kate baked home made bread, currant bread and banana muffin, hot breakfast was exactly that HOT (yeah for hot breakfasts few and far between these days) and i got a call and hot fresh local coffee to wake up to left on the verandah, nice touch. We were supposed to leave for our days touring around 8 am and think we left finally around 9.30 am so be prepared, it's easy to want to stay longer.

Ian took us to the Butterfly Farm a working farm not a typical tourist exhibit which made it interesting and very worth while the journey. This is, we were informed, an exclusive tour for the guests of Hickatee and we also dropped by briefly by Lubantuun, i think this is the best Maya ruin in the area. We also took a trip out to Barranco the most Southern Village in Belize and home to 160 Garifuna (African descendents). once there, Alvin gave us the tour and again our 1/2 hour tour ended up two hours. We also made the effort to go all the way to San Jose the last of the Maya villages and glad we made the effort. A model village with about 150 families with no electricity and living the same way their ancestors lived, we were directed from the school to a house and then to the village chairman. There we chatted in his thatched home with his family swinging in a hammock hanging on our every word as we drank hot chocolate from Mr Pucks' own cacao fields and talked about the village and the home stay programme. I think we may be trying to return there for a two night stay later this year. We also stopped by Vince and Sherie and American couple who ran a Crocodile sanctuary, its being build all with donations but WELL worth the visit and if the sight of an American 16 foot Croc launching itself out of the water at you (all behind fences don't worry it was all safe) then you should go for a visit. You pass the PG dump for a mile or so as you approach the reserve but just consider it a fact of life the trash has to go somewhere! Sherie told us they were moving it soon. Also popped in to meet Julie who runs Cotton Tree chocolates, DONT GO if you are on a diet the chocolate is wonderful and the free tour very interesting.

Back to Hickatee, the travel directions we got from Kate were unbelievable and we never got lost, pre arrival or post departure, the prices are silly low but they rather keep busy and have the sort of rave reviews they have been getting then charge what they really should be and have people expecting a/c and all the rest that comes with it. I think they made a very smart choice. Under pressure they may be building one more cottage next year. So far there is one duplex and then two individual, the honeymoon cottage is set back from the rest and very private.

I doubt Hickatee can be beat for value, service friendliness and attention to detail in the area. We also dropped by a luxury lodge the other side of PG which was charging US$ 420 a night for B & B so let me think - 6 nights at Hickatee or one night at the other place.........no contest, wish i had a week to vacation.............................

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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Lloydminster, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2010

Ian & Kate made our stay so memorable we will never forget it. They treat you like royalty the meals that Kate prepared for us during our stay were like a five star restaurant. We went on a trip to the butterfly farm with an itinerary that Ian had prepared for us, that included breakfast at the market a seaweed shake at the hardware store a bus ride to the Mayan ruins followed by the butterfly farm visit this day will be in our memory for ever.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hickatee Cottages
Address: Mile 1.5, Ex-Servicemen Road | (Aka Boom Creek Road), Punta Gorda ..., Belize
Location: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Gorda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Top-rated jungle B&B, just one mile from PG Town in southern Belize, Hickatee offers Caribbean-style accommodation, bar-restaurant, plunge pool, morning coffee delivered to your verandah, free bikes, over a mile of nature trails on site, and free visits to Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm. Family-run, we offer friendly service, a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, excellent value for money, and a great base from which to explore the offshore southern cayes and Toledo’s many inland attractions. ... more   less 
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Hickatee Cottages Hotel Punta Gorda
Hickatee Cottages Belize/Punta Gorda

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