After traveling around the north and west parts of Belize, we ended up at Tipple Tree Beya in Hopkins Village and it seemed like paradise. It was so relaxing there that it was the perfect end to climbing Mayan ruins and traipsing through the jungle. As soon as we got out of the car, I immediately started taking photos because I was so taken with the place - it was so colorful and well kept.
We stayed in the stand alone cabin - which was really like our own large clubhouse on stilts (the first day it rained ever so slightly so we had to come in off the beach - but we just went to the hammocks hung under our room and leisurely read our books whilst a hummingbird darted about us). The interior was cozy and comfortable - I would have hung out there more if there weren't so many tempting things to see in the village and beach. For longer stays, the room included thoughtful items like a coffeemaker, a stereo, cards, games, books and magazines. The bed was the most comfortable one we slept in during our stay in the country. Yes, the first night we were awoken by the neighbor's barking dog - but that was just a part of the village life that we had wanted to come visit. Otherwise the place was extremely comfortable.
I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful Tricia and Doug (the owners) were - which helped contribute to how much we enjoyed the place. Not only had they prepared a nice binder full of local attractions and menus from restaurants, but they were very helpful offering to arrange trips/tours and offer directions. In fact, one night my wife had developed a bad cough and we were surprised by a knock on our door. It was Tricia - and she had brought us some cough medicine - which was so kind of her considering there wasn't a pharmacy in town or anywhere close by - so it was extremely thoughtful - and that's just the kind of people they are.
We greatly enjoyed our stay there and can't recommend it enough. (and I hardily recommend purchasing some Johnny Cakes and cinnamon rolls from the cute little girls who come around in the afternoons)
On a final note, if you prefer all inclusive resorts where you are only surrounded by other tourists, Hopkins Village is probably not the best place for you to visit because the village is full of local life - which is exactly why we wanted to visit and why we enjoyed the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the beach in Hopkins, Tipple Tree Beya has 3 apartments, 3 rooms, and 1 cabana. Our AJ Palms beach apartments are for those wanting a little more space and comfort. Our guesthouse has lodging that is simple, clean,and comfortable. Local tour guides provide snorkeling, fishing, reef, and jungle tours.See you soon! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tipple Tree Beya Belize/Hopkins