We gave this resort only 2 stars because of loud music from the restaurant, a villa that was in complete disrepair and seemingly no effort whatsoever by the staff to control the bugs.
After staying at another less expensive resort just down the beach that we enjoyed immensely, we had high hopes for Belizean Dreams - a private house on the Ocean! We even paid extra for the villa closest to the ocean so we could enjoy the sounds of the waves.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR QUIET - DO NOT STAY IN THE VILLAS NEAR THE RESTAURANT. For 3 days, we asked the restaurant to turn down the music so we didn't have to listen to the bass music from their stereo all day. We could hear it from the deck of our villa and from the beachfront loungers starting from 6-7 am until after 9 pm. It should only be heard in the restaurant or at least if they turn it up, it should only be in the evenings. To find any peace oceanside, we had to pack everything up and go down the beach to sit by our old resort. Why pay more for a nice house on the beach if you can't enjoy it? After spending 3 days politely asking both the restaurant staff and the office staff to turn down the music, we resorted to going over at 6 am and turning it off. We explained that the guests don't need to be woken up. They finally took the hint and turned down the radio.
Unfortunately, the villa we stayed in was also falling apart. The screens on the doors were either missing or wouldn't close at all. We couldn't leave the deck doors open because the mosquitoes were terrible. The resort staff said you had to expect bugs in Belize, but the other resorts sprayed for bugs in the common areas and we didn't get a single bite for days - wind or no wind! At Belizean Dreams, I got bitten in our villa or in the restaurant constantly- the mosquitoes were literally swarming in the outdoor restaurant the day we arrived. We never once saw them spray even though they said they do. There were also biting flies in our villa. We never saw even one at the other resort just steps down the beach (literally next door).
The microwave was wired backwards so the fan blew on the stove instead of venting - it took us a awhile and a very steamy kitchen to realize why the water wouldn't boil.
The air conditioners creaked and groaned all night (which couldn't be helped since we couldn't open the doors to let in the breeze since the screens were missing/broken). When we tried to find out why the air conditioners made such a racket by opening the covers, we discovered black mold all over and the filters were filthy - they didn't appear to have ever been cleaned. We called the owners in Canada about the problems and they said they couldn't do anything and had been trying to get new screens for months. Interesting since they had received new screens on their sister resort (which was under construction and very noisy so we couldn't stay there).
There were ants everywhere - including tiny microscopic ones that blended in with the countertops. We sprayed and wiped every day but couldn't keep them off the counters. If you stay at Belizean Dreams, be sure to take sealing zip lock bags and keep most of your food items in the refrigerator. If we put anything on the counter and left it for a few minutes, ants would be on it right away.
Some of the villas are privately owned so they may be better maintained. The one we stayed in was apparently a "corporate" house. We also sent a note directly to the management so maybe they will fix up the villa; however, based on our experience, you're better off staying at a real resort that is interested in the concerns of its patrons.
I must say, it was nice to have a kitchen (if you can work around the ants) and it would have been a relaxing vacation if the staff would have been considerate and turned the music down so it could be heard only in the restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small, intimate Belizean Owned and Managed Resort nestled on the coast of Hopkins Village, southern Belize. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belizean Dreams Hotel Hopkins
- Belizean Dreams Hotel Dangriga
- Belizean Dreams Dangriga
- Belizean Dreams Belize/Hopkins