Having thought about this for awhile, I am finally ready to write this review.
We travelled to Amatique through Interval and was hoping for something a little unique along the Guatemalan Caribbean.
Firstly, our attempts to iron out particulars with the resort through email were completely fruitless and this was attempted with a myriad of addresses provided by their website and subsequently by Interval. We arrived with none of this info intact. Getting there from Guatemala City is definitely somewhat of a challenge, but adequately addressed by the Litegua Bus Lines, however be prepared for a long trip....be sure to stay overnight in Guatemala City.
Upon arriving at this resort, we fortunately were able to look at various small villas that were fairly used, mold issues and deferred maintenance were the norm. Be prepared for plently of mosquitos, they were everywhere, including the room. We spent the better part of a week and a half swatting them to little use. Ubiquitous would be the word. Rooms had AC and needed it big time. Daily housekeeping. Various luck with wifi, mostly in small lobby. Power went out on a regular basis. Kitchenettes very useful, but badly in need of design and upkeep.
Restaurants were ok but lacked rudimentary acknowlegement that anybody but Guatemalans vacationed there. The food was adequate. Menus only in spanish and hardly anybody spoke english (just so you know). Staff was cordial but in bad need of a liason for anyone coming from anywhere but Guatemala. If you come from the states, do not expect the Mexican deference for tourists and gringos. This place fills up on the weekend with Guatemalan families who have a ball. Most villas are duplexes and there is no allowance for sound. We became quite familiar with the family in the next unit.
It's location on the bay going out to the Caribbean needs also be addressed. It is a bay, not the Caribbean and it is not blue or for that matter clean. To get to the the Caribbean, one has to employ a launch that is a spine crusher for sure, even to go to Livingston. Getting the resort to arrange reasonable connections to anywhere was out of the question and absurdly expensive unless you could fill the boat for them. The high point of the trip was going down the waterslide into the pool, if you could call that the high point for the average traveller.
Long/Short, beware travelling to this resort if you are expecting international elegance or high resort standards for world tourism. They would be advised to have someone on their staff that understands some of the needs of this clientele. The resort has many possibiliities and was originally designed by someone with vision. The vision seems to fallen short of it's ambitious intention. It's all there...and maybe would be better left for what it does at the moment...Guatemalan families on vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amatique Bay R & M: surrounded by natural beauty, personal service of the highest quality, delicious national and international dishes and a friendly atmosphere, invites you to live your best vacation experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amatique Bay Resort & Marina Hotel Puerto Barrios
- Amatique Bay Resort And Marina
- Amatique Bay Hotel
- Amatique Bay Resort & Marina Guatemala/Puerto Barrios