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Belizean Dreams Resort
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Hopkins
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We stayed at a hotel nearby, but had a great time at the beach bar at Belizean Dreams. Jose the bartender was awesome!! He made some fantastic Coco Locos and Dirty Bananas. He was also very helpful in giving us suggestions for some cool spots to check out in the town of Hopkins. We had such a blast the first day that we made sure to return to the bar every day of our trip. It was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I wanted to write this review while everything is fresh in my mind. My husband and I are leaving Belizean Dreams today. As I write this I'm sitting at the restaurant overlooking the ocean. Not a bad view at all! I will preface my review with saying that my husband and I have visited several all inclusives in Mexico, we went to Costa Rica last year, and did our first trip to Belize this week.

We have been very impressed with Belizean Dreams. This is a resort that takes their customer service very seriously. The service was awesome, the resort very clean and maintained, and the food outstanding. We chose the all inclusive package. I do want to point out that the resort hired a new chef beginning of November to improve the restaurant. Based on past reviews and our personal experiences with other all inclusives, our expectations for food were quite low. We were in for a treat! The chef Luis has done an excellent job. All of the seafood we had was outstanding and their wine selections were good as well.

My favorite part of my stay was getting to know the other people staying here and the staff. The staff has been able to share with us so much history on Belize and helpful tips. I can't stress enough how great they all have been. Jose at the bar is an all out entertainer ( attn Management keep him on nights!!!!). Houstice, George, Arnold, and Ed have made sure all of our needs were taken care of and answered any questions we had.

The resort is pretty small. A full house is about 20 visitors. A full restaurant at the resort is 4 or 5 tables. Some nights you might even be there by yourself. With it being so small you really get the chance to befriend some of the other guests. We have gotten to know people from all over the US and Canada. Most of the guests are families or other couples. The ages range from newlyweds to empty nesters.

The only thing about our trip I would change is to stay longer next time.


Bug spray is a MUST.

The roads are quite bumpy if you get motion sickness, bring something for it.

The showers run out of hot water quickly. Shower first and fast. Maybe this was just our villa, we never asked.

Bring change because its hard to find anyone to break big bills for you.

Everyone speaks English.

The women walking up and down the beach with backpacks are going to try and sell you stuff as well as children in the town.

Have fun and enjoy your stay!!!!

The Currey's

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We cannot say enough about this wonderful resort! We arrived in Belize City and were immediately greeted by representatives for our short flight on Tropic Air which was already arranged. We landed in Dangriga and a van from the resort was waiting for us and we began the drive to our resort (not the best roads but it was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow we discovered)..well worth a few bumps in the road! We were shown our rooms and treated to a rum drink at the bar which was just steps from our room! The rooms were so nice, very clean and great views. We rented all three bedrooms. The top floor had a bathroom with double tiled sinks, king size bed, balcony, mini frig and microwave. Downstairs we had two more bedrooms each with their own bathroom, full living room area and full kitchen. A wrap around porch on this level with reclining chairs to sit out and watch the sunrises and the sunsets and just enjoy the beauty all around us.
Our first day the guys rented a golf cart and went in to the village to pick up a few things. We ate breakfast at the resort and dinner every night but one. The food at every meal was delightful..Make sure you try a lobster dish and go ahead and calorie splurge on the desserts, you won't regret it!! The grouper is also to die for! The wait staff of George and Hustus were fantastic! We wanted to bring them home with us. They are so friendly and eager to tell you about the history of their country. They were so attentive to every detail. One night we were tired and really didn't feel like a big dinner, so one of us asked George if they could just fix us a burger or pizza and he came right over and took our order while we sat on the couch and then delivered it to our door.
We took 2 tours, the river cave tour and a snorkeling tour. I highly recommend both! On our snorkeling tour with Captain Rojo the guide dove down and picked up conch and while we were eating our lunch on a private island (CocoPlum) they pulled the meat out of the shell and packaged it up for us and told us to take it back to the chef and have him prepare conch fritters and civiche. We did and the chef prepared the two dishes and served them as our appetizers with our dinner that night. On our cave float the guides carry our lunch in with them and we have lunch sitting in a cave. We heard so much history of the Mayan Indians and the culture of the people then and now. The best history lesson you could ever have!
The beach at the resort is wonderful and the ocean is warm. You do have to watch out for the nosee'em's(small biting bug) in the sand. We were told to just put baby oil on your legs and they can't bite through. Some of us were bothered by them and some were not! We brought bug spray and did use it some but we didn't find the bugs, mosquitoes or flies to be too bad at all.
Our bartenders Charles (why not, you're on vacation) and Hosea were great! I also have to mention Felipe, as mentioned in earlier reviews, so professional, organized and helpful with whatever we needed. We found the people of Belize so friendly, their english is so good so you don't have a problem communicating and they just seem to love to have the tourists. There are other resorts up and down the beach and we enjoyed walking in and looking around and even enjoyed a dinner at one of them. If you are looking for a relaxing place to vacation where they will try to please you in every way Belizian Dreams is the place! It is an amazing resort, the people are wonderful and the country is beautiful. You won't be dissapointed!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had an AWESOME time! Everything was coordinated well and went so smoothly. When we arrived in Belize, our local transfer to the resort was already arranged. We took a short flight to the local Dangriga Airport where the Resort Manager was waiting for us. We traveled by van to the resort and he gave us a history lesson of the country and various cities/villages. It was fascinating!

Upon arrival to the resort, we were greeted by Felipe who is extremely professional, organized and helpful. The room was nice and clean. It's set up like a house with a full kitchen, large bedroom, living room and deck. The view of the ocean was breathtaking. The wait staff and the bartenders are great, especially George, Hustus & Charles. Breakfast and lunch are really good. Be sure to try the fry jacks and omelets!

Unfortunately dinner was disappointing most nights. Things are either undercooked, overcooked or overseasoned. We ended up eating dinner in the village a couple of times. I highly recommend Driftwood Pizza. If you get a chance to go on a tour, check out Benny's Kitchen. It's definitely one of the best restaurants there!

Speaking of tours, check out the Mayan Ruins and the Monkey River trip. They are great! Meals are included on both tours, but take cash for souvenirs. Be sure to dress comfortably, take tennis shoes, sunblock and bug spray. Actually you need sunblock and bug spray if you plan to just hang out at the resort. It's not unbearable, but you will definitely regret it if you leave yours at home.

If you are looking to shop, I recommend waiting until you go on the tours. They have a large selection of items. The village is limited and some of the prices are inflated. If you want to purchase Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce, (which is a really good sauce in the country) the best prices are at the Asian Market in the village. Even if you don't buy anything, you should still go into the village just for the experience. The Village people are very friendly. Everyone waves at you and English is spoken widely so you don't have to worry about language barriers.

There are a few other resorts on the beach. If you are looking to get a massage or participate in other activities like snorkeling, horseback ridding, etc., be sure to check them out.

Overall this was an amazing trip! The people of Belize are great, the staff at the resort are stellar and the country is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy! We sure did!

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Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We went to Belizean Dreams for our 1-year anniversary trip, and it did not disappoint. We were there from October 12-19, 2012. The weather and the water were perfect. It was a little windy and choppy the first two days, which caused the water to be cloudy but after a few days, the wind calmed down, and the water was like glass & crystal clear! Perfect for snorkeling right off the beach - we saw several starfish, conch, and lots of fish. Be sure to slow down and enjoy your travel companion, the staff at Belizean Dreams, and the people of Hopkins Village; it will make your trip 'unBelizeable.'

Here's a rundown of everything we enjoyed:

Staff: We felt like we were staying with friends and family. Everyone was so knowledgeable about the town, local culture, and history. They went out of their way to make sure you had a nice stay; we did not meet a single staff member we did not enjoy. However, we did have a few favorites. :) JOSE the bartender was always smiling, super friendly, and always listened to your requests for which music you wanted to listen to (and would even put on TV what you wanted to watch). MARIA, the bartender/waitress, is a little shy (so please don't mistake her for being rude) and warms up very quickly. By the way, any recent reviews about Jose & Maria are completely inaccurate. We spent our entire week with the people who wrote the review and know firsthand that they spent very little time with them and definitely not enough time to get to know them. JORGE, a waiter, is seriously so cute!! We loved our time with him; he will get so excited about a topic and will start talking really fast, we enjoyed it. He is funny and also very knowledgeable. HUESTES, a waiter, looks out for each guest to make sure they are fully taken care of, even if it is not his table. He would be absolutely perfect in a management position and we would highly recommend him for one. He is extremely funny and quick witted too. We thought ETZEL was so professional and very polite. He made sure everything we well taken care of (he even found us on the beach to let us know about our dive trip planned for Wednesday). CHARLES the bartender had an infectious smile. ALFONZO "BALL" took us on the Mayflower hike and was an incredible guide. BUT, our most favorite of all was the beach mascot, a black lab/beagle mix (we think?), Pork Chop!! Her name is actually Buffy, but only her mom calls her that (the owner of Diver Sity). Pick up some dog treats at the supermarket or give her some of your bacon and she will be your forever friend. If you meet Mia, a huge Rottweiler (or her mom, an even bigger Rottweiler), or a pitbull strolling the beach, don't be alarmed, they just want to play fetch or walk with you.

Accommodations: The villas are beautiful! Don't leave the interior light on by your bed or the bugs will find their way in, and they WILL bite you! There is plenty of hot water and the a/c works great. The rooms are cleaned daily. The beds are deceptively comfortable, they keep lulling you back to sleep long after you want to wake up. WiFi is available in the office, dining area, and the bar (even on the beach!). Blow dryer, soap, shampoo/conditioner are available in the bathrooms too. Be sure to bring lots of bug spray with high deet content & sunscreen. Our room had a TV, but we never turned it on. However, there is a TV at the bar & the bartenders are very open to turning it on any channel you wish to see (it is USA satellite TV) or they can turn it off too (which we preferred). Music is played at the bar and requests are taken for volume and style of music. Also in regards to a previous review, the music is hardly loud enough to hear it beyond the beach bar. (If you're looking for a lively bar scene, check out Coco Plum, an island about 30-min off shore from the resort.)

Food: A really good mix between local Belizean and American with a gourmet twist. If you catch it, they will cook it! Jose, the Chef, (or Jos"B" as we called him!) did a great job with the Barracuda caught while out diving. Our favorites included the Healthy Morning Blast with a side of eggs and bacon, the chips and salsa are amazing, the pizza is pretty good, the fry jacks (or, to quote one of the other guests, "Heavenly Pillows") were delicious, the bananas are super fresh, and the jerk lobster was very tasty, but very spicy!

Hopkins Village: If you're willing and able, we would suggest walking into Hopkins (instead of taking a golf cart or a bike) as you'll catch plenty of local gems along the way. It is a long walk (about 4-miles to the very end of town, one-way, but well worth it!). Check out Maureen at Iris' Sunny Side Up, she is great and can tell you a lot about the area. Alex (who is located right across from Maureen) makes some very nice local jewelry - coconut bracelets, shell necklaces, etc. Driftwood Pizza is everything everyone says it is - Delicious!!! Try the Hawaiian Pizza (coconut shavings are sprinkled on top!). Innies - we heard it is simple, but tasty. Shop & Save Super Market is nice!

Other Places to Check Out: The Sittee River Marina (to the left when you leave Belizean Dreams). Curve Bar, located at the Marina, is a great spot for a Belikin and has a fantastic view of the Monkey River. It is approximately 2-miles from the resort. Hamanasi is next door; Franklin is a great waiter and will greet you on the beach ready to take your drink order. It is quiet, peaceful, and relaxing! Chef Rob's & Barracuda Grill are yummy.

Diving: Check out Hamanasi and C-Dog for a structured, organized diving trip. It is perfect for newbies to old pros alike. Coco Plum & Scuba Steve are great if you know what you're doing and you just a need a means of getting out to the reef. They have a more laid-back approach.

Bottom Line - we had a FANTASTIC trip. Truly wonderful & everything we could have ever hoped for. We recommend coming with an open heart and an open mind to really soak in the local culture; you will not be disappointed. If your vacation time allows, go to the Belize Zoo - it really is "the best little zoo in the world"!! A must see!

Katie & Jason

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

My husband and I (in our 50s) absolutely loved this secluded, quiet spot on the southern Belize coast near Hopkins, a fishing village. We got a deal with Groupon.

People in-the-know bought wine and liquor at the duty-free shop at the Belize City airport before boarding a small plane to their resort destination. It's much cheaper than always buying drinks at the beach bar. ($7 margaritas.) If you buy wine, don't forget a corkscrew!

Winslett, the manager of Belizean Dreams, was waiting for us at the Dangriga airport after a 15-minute flight in a small plane. He stopped at a convenience store where we bought crackers, chips and salsa for snacks. The drive to Hopkins was quite bumpy, with many working people riding bicycles on the road. Winslett drove us down the main road and pointed out various places to eat. He said it was a very safe town and only a mile away from the resort. We could ride bikes or walk into town anytime. (Or rent the golf cart.)

Finally we arrived at Belizean Dreams and were welcomed by Noemi while our bags were delivered to our one-bedroom suite (5A) which was so beautiful! We could see the ocean from our front porch and the jungle and mountains from the back porch. The king-size bed had mosquito netting all around for a lovely romantic effect. Lots of wood -- floors, ceiling beams, tables and chair, armoire and sofa. There was a microwave, mini-frig, and coffee maker which I was not expecting! The bathroom is big, with Saltillo tile floors and two huge Talavera sinks. I recommend bringing a sleep mask as bright sunlight fills the room by 6 a.m. and maybe ear plugs. Or just get up early, drink coffee on the balcony, and watch the variety of tropical birds flitting from the trees.

We had two welcoming rum punches at the beach bar and I admired a local artist's artwork he had for sale. Didn't buy anything but should have because I didn't see him there again. There are also occasional vendors on the beach with nice items, not pushy at all.

The grounds are a little dark by 6 p.m. (no Daylight Savings Time) but solar lights illuminate the paths and steps around the pool. We decided to eat dinner ($12) at the cafe. (Did not get the all-inclusive option.) The food is good but we wanted to try the other places too. Since we were the only ones eating at that time, our waiter Huestes, told us a little history of Belize and the types of people that live in this country.

This is the perfect place to relax on the beach and take advantage of the free kayaks. We took kayaks out on the water which was pretty smooth in the morning, then got choppy in the afternoon. The white sand is coarse and the beach is small, but the clear water is so warm! Bath water warm!

For lunch, we rode the resort's free bikes into Hopkins. Innies is rated the best restaurant in town, known for it's local Garifuna dishes. The stewed chicken and coconut milk rice is delicious. In town, make sure you go all the way north of town to a beachside place called Driftwood Pizza where an Irishman/Brit has the best pizza anywhere! Really! Also Rosie at Yugadah's makes authentic Garifuna food. Make sure you talk to Alex, the Rastafarian by the side of the road who makes lovely shell jewelry, and Dave, who creates wood figures in his shop.

Our first excursion was Cave Branch River, a 2-hour drive into the jungle. Many in our party were honeymooners. We were the oldest folks! Anyway, we had such a blast hiking through the rainforest, climbing the platforms and zipping through the trees and valleys! After a buffet lunch at this place, we got inner tubes and helmets with lights, and hiked through the jungle about 30 minutes to the Cave Branch River and an entrance to the most magnificent cave! We hooked on together and our guide jumped into the river and pulled us through, swimming and talking the entire way. The river swept us into a large cavern room, dark and cool, and slowly meandered around the stalactites. There was a lovely waterfall cascading into the cave and more twists and turns. It was better than a ride at Disney World! This was the real thing! After about 30 minutes, we exited the cave and floated down the river, back to the point where we got in. It was a wonderful adventure.

So after a long, bumpy 2-hour ride back to Belizean Dreams, we showered and relaxed on the balcony with some wine and local beer (Belikin) until it was 6 p.m., already dark outside. We walked down to the beach and went to Jaguar's Reef next door for an excellent seafood dinner. The dining room was much larger and very romantic.

You can't go to Belize and not see the Mayan ruins. We went on another excursion to Xunantunich, clear across the country toward Guatemala. Bernard was our driver and guide which was great because he is Mayan.
We also wanted to go on a birding excursion to the Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary the next day however it was kind of rainy and muddy so Bernard, our guide again, suggested driving a loop around the Sittee River where we saw beautiful tropical birds.

For dinner we walked (on the longer street side rather than the beach side because of those pesky sand fleas) to neighboring Hamanasi Resort which was favorably reviewed recently in the New York Times as a ecological friendly place. It was very jungly with treehouses and huts with hammocks on the porch. The restaurant food was delicious but much more expensive. I imagine the lodging was quite a bit more as well.

Final impressions -- Belize is not as cheap as Mexico or Guatemala, but is the friendliest country I have ever visited! Local folks smile, wave at you, initiate conversation, and basically get along with each other. Everyone speaks English and some Spanish. Expect that this is the rainforest, which means rain, bugs and humidity and be prepared. Also, I wish I was a diver or had gone on the snorkeling trip because the reef is supposed to be spectacular.

Additional Tips:
Get a list of excursions from the resort ahead of time. Some trips may be rained out.
No need to buy bottled water. A huge bottle of purified water is in the room. Don't drink the tap water.
WiFi is available in the office only.
Since there was no TV in the one-bedroom suites, it's a good idea to take some books, games or download some TV shows or movies on your iPad or laptop.
Leave your extra Belizean change for the housekeepers. They do a good job.
Nice robes are provided in the room.
The best souvenir t-shirts are at Art Box shop on the way to the Cave Branch zipline tour. There are also cool t-shirts at the airport.
Bring sunscreen and bug spray. And microwave popcorn!
Tip your guides for a job well done!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

We took advantage of Groupon deal. Seeing the roos, we are convinced it was an amazing deal a bit of trouble getting booked. However, once that was out of the way, Isabella was helpful in this process, we were off and running. We read that this time of year was low and rainy season, so we expected iffy weather. After a couple of days of windy and stormy conditions, the weather improved markedly and we had a clear and beautiful ocean. The rooms were kept clean and tidy. We had coffee machines and a ideallic view from our baxony, 3a, every morning. Here is where it gets tricky. There is a bar on the beach, its the only one among four resorts. Every day at about eleven, the start playing music. Once we commented to the bartender to turn it down, she was literal
Y blasting techno music, she turned it down, but it was still loud. My husband went up again, but we Finally left to go next door to hamanasi resort for some peace and quiet. Bottom line here: if you are looking for a quiet time on the beach, this may not be the best place. Yo can't get away from the noisy bar, no matter where you are sitting. Also, on our second day, we had 3 families arrive, some with very small kids. If you want an adult emvironment, check to see who else they have booked.

We did not buy all in packages, so we had the flexibility to go anywhere to eat, we are glad we did that. The breakfast here was OK, but very slow. Today, we went to hamanasi, that was great. 14 $us for a really nice buffet that you don't have to wait for.
We also explored all of the restaurants on the beach: barracuda grill is superb, chef robs. In addition, we went into town a couple of nights for some driftwood pizza, fabulous.

Staff is amazing. Enzel, George, filipe thank you enzel for all of yr help and advise. Enzel is one the best front desk people we have come across,ever.

The bar staff is not so deserving. Maria is slow and unfriendly, she may be shy and have a language barrier, but then, she should not be a bartender in a place where 98% of clientele is from the US. She is also the one blasting techno during the day, completely unaware that people may want some peace and quiet. Jose seems perpetually drunk, sporting an unnaturally loud laugh and inticing passers by to come and have a drink. Not very classy, compared with the other places/bars on the beach.

Overall, the lodgings and service are first rate, the bar staff and approach really need a second look. The food is middle of the road.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Address: Sittee River Road, Hopkins 501, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Price Range: $203 - $579 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Belizean Dreams Resort 4*
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