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Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
Sandusky, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Belize!”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

My wife and I traveled to Belize and Jaguar Reef in February with another Couple.. And all I can say is Wow.. From the time we got off the plane to when we departed it could not have been better.. Everyone went out of their way to make us welcome. We rented a car and drove from Belize City to Hopkins so we got to experience the different parts of the country.. I will say that next time I would chose to take the flight, since the roads are paved but not the best..

The staff at Jaguar Reef was Top Notch!! ( Especially Gilbert and Swift) We enjoyed the Couples Massage on the Pier which was well worth the $$.. We ate the JRL for only one dinner it wasnt too bad. There where so many place to eat I am glad we didnt do the meal package.. Would highly recommend Chef Rob's and Love on the Rocks 2 of the Best dinners I have ever had. Also ck out Driftwood Pizza!!

I can not wait to go back to Belize and JRL in the future! As they said you Better Belize It! I will return!

Room Tip: We traveled with another couple and shared the 2 room Suite..It was plenty of room for 4 adults..
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Fort St. John, Canada
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Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights for a little "do everything for us" with my wife. Staff was amazing from the front desk to the bartenders to the security. They always remembered my name even if I still can't remember there's. Wonderful beaches and always lots of towels and chairs with shade. Never had to wait for snorkel gear or kayaks and when our golf cart broke down our own pit crew arrived to try and fix it even though it wasn't the hotels carts. Only thing I can say negative is breakfast wasn't the best and food prices are a little high for Belize standards but not enough to stop me from returning.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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CT
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Spent 3 1/2 days at Jaguar Beach the first week of March. Staff is great, beach is lovely. Our room could have used some updating. While large and comfortable, it was showing a lot of wear. Being close to the lobby has advantages and disadvantages - the biggest advantage is that you can step outside your room (where Wi-Fi does not work) and as you walk close to the lobby, you have a nice signal.

We only ate breakfasts at the restaurant and went into Hopkins for wonderful local food, or down the beach for really good "gourmet style" meals (don't miss Chef Rob's).

A great vacation for girlfriends!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
1 review
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Our family got back recently from a 2 week stay at Jaguar Reef and Almond Beach. We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite at JRL, a 2 bedroom suite at Almond Beach and then back to another 2 bedroom suite at JRL so we got to experience just about everything the 2 resorts have to offer. The rooms are impeccably clean and beautifully maintained in both places and the staff is friendly, kind and welcoming.
Two weeks is a long stay and by the end of it we felt like we were part of the Jaguar Reef family. The guides for all of their expeditions are top-notch professionals who really take care to make sure that all the guests experience the kind of adventure they are looking for whether snorkelling, fishing, tubing ziplining or checking out the ruins.
As for the staff, we can't say enough good things about all of them from the housekeepers to upper level management - we loved them all!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Petaluma, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2014

My wife and I just spent 4 amazing nights in Hopkins with what we would say was the best and friendliest staff we have ever stayed with. Everyone from Marcilyne at the front desk to juan, flacco, steven and garrieth in the dinning room and at the bars were not just friendly and helpful, but they all made us feel welcome like we were family. The Cabana's were great and super clean. The grounds are well taken care of and the activities were well scheduled and easy to navigate. My wife and I were extremely sad with having to leave Jaguar Reef. The Etcheverry Family gives the lodge and all of it's staff an A+. Thank you for everything

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We just came home from our Belize adventure and I am already planning another trip. We stayed in room 3, a comfortable casita - very close to the main lodge. Although the accommodations were good, our location was loud in the mornings as staff began their days. Although we had an early start each day, we enjoyed the accommodations.

We did two excursions - the Mayflower Waterfall Tour with Cipriano - please, do yourself a favor and go on any excursion he is leading. He is a wealth of humor, knowledge and comfort. The hike was beautiful and strenuous. We also did the Cayo Mayo excursion, which was good - but made for a very long day.

I also can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than with Gilbert at the poolside swim up bar. If i could change one thing - poolside would stay open later than 6 pm. When we went to the interior bar we had Jaun taking care of us each night, he was friendly and knowledgeable. Gareth and Steven took care of us when we dined at Jaguar Reef.

When we left, I genuinely felt we made friends and several staff members gave us hugs -- something I have never experienced anywhere else. If you're looking for a great experience with staff that make sure you feel like family -- stay here.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Milano
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2014

In my opinion, this must be the BEST place in Hopkins, which must also be the best place in Belize! If you are looking for a beautiful beach away from the crowds for a relaxing and highly enjoyable vacation, this is the place. The grounds are lovely and well maintained, right on the beach. Jaguar Reef and Almond Beach are virtually the same place and the restaurant and swimming pool ( both also right on the beach) are shared. We stayed in an Ocean view room in Jaguar Reef, which is a lovely thatched roof cabana, very large room and bathroom, with a couple of chairs and a hammock on the deck outside. We also visited some of the rooms of Almond Beach and thought they would be equally comfortable, The staff were all extremely welcoming and helpful.
Best of all was just relaxing or taking a walk on the lovely beach which is so long, you were never aware of there being many other people We took the snorkelling trip out to the reef arranged by the hotel, which I also recommend. They arrange a number of other trips which we didnt take as we had been travelling around Guatemala for 3 weeks and just wanted to relax.
The hotel restaurant is OK, but there are 2 or 3 other places just 5 minutes walk down the beach which were very good.
When we return, which we definitely will, I would rent a car and drive down from Belize city ,and then we would also have the car to visit other places nearby. Much more economical probably than taking the hotel tours.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa
Address: Sitee River Road, Hopkins, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
#5 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#5 Family Hotel in Hopkins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Proud member of ViVA BELiZE, the leading Hotel Group and Adventure Company in Belize for the past 20 years. This beachfront resort is - An Untouched Paradise offering a unique Jungle and Sea Venture. It is an oasis of relaxation, with sunny skies, panoramic views of the ocean and just minutes away from the Garifuna Fishing Village of Hopkins. Other features of Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa: -WINNER 2015 TripAdvisor HALL OF FAME Award -FULL Service In-house Spa -Longest & Finest Beach in Belize -Pool with Swim up Tiki Bar -Kids pool -Beachfront Dining -Water Sports & Land Adventure Tour Desk ... more   less 
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