We (husband and myself) just returned from 5 days at St. George's Caye Resort. We were there in the last week of June which does fall into the low/rainy season. The rates are better during this time but the rate is per person which means if there are two of you, you will be spending $500-$600 a night, which is comparable to some of the finer hotels found inland and also in San Pedro. We were met at the airport by the hotel staff. Although we did have to wait 2.5-3 hours for the next couple to arrive from a delayed flight, Herber was gracious and a great host buying us drinks in the air-conditioned restaurant and provided us with good conversation. The boat ride to the island was very enjoyable, and we were greeted at the dock and drinks were in our hand right away. The grounds were beautiful and very well maintained. They were almost complete building a pool, so construction was going on but it was not intrusive at all.
There is no water taxi service to this island so for inland excursions you depend on the resort boat for transfers. The charge is $75.00 per person round trip. They did ensure we got inland on-time and were accommodating. We did not book our two full day inland trips through the resort because I wasn't able to get the detailed information I wanted about the excursions. So based on Vitalino Reyes outstanding reviews we hired him for two days and enjoyed every minute. You can also read our review of him.
The location was exactly what I was looking for. A short 15 minute boat ride to the island. We wanted some of the inland adventure, but also wanted to wake up to the beach each morning. So this fit the bill. We did go mid-week, so we did not see any locals around except the resort staff. There also was only one other couple there, so we really felt we had the island to ourselves. I do have to say that the staff and customer service was remarkable. The staff truly do care that you have a good time and are very genuine and caring. I have to commend the resort on their attention to the guest without being overbearing. While I was on the dock, one of the construction crew even put some of his lunch (chicken) in the water in front of me so all the colorful fish came to the surface.
The resort does have a pay phone but it was not in service. So Heather did offer the house phone for us to use to check on the kids, 23 months & 3 months. We did bring our cell phones, but they do not get service on the island. Inland there was no problem, we were able to call home.
There are no TVs in guest areas. This would be OK if it did not heavily storm for 4 days straight. This did severely limit the outdoor recreation, which is a chance you take going during the rainy season. The resort did set us up to watch a movie in the business room one evening and even provided popcorn and juice. A business center is in the works, and I would also recommend adding a few pieces of exercise equipment. You can run on the island but over uneven terrain. The island also does not have any stores at all, so we stopped on the way to pick up sodas and bottled water. They do claim the water is drinkable but I wasn't taking the chance with an infant a home. I did drink the juice made with the resort water and did not get sick. Be sure and bring antibiotics with you just in case.
We stayed in the beachfront cabana. This was well appointed. The linens and towels were nice. Our cabana did get mopped and cleaned daily, be sure and put your card on the bed to get your linens changed if you happen to bring some sand into bed with you. The fresh tropical flowers were a great touch. There were plenty of outlets for power in the cabana. There was no bathtub, this was OK but I did miss my daily baths. OK, some honesty now. The cabanas are really cute, but they are not sealed and have many open areas. With heavy rains and mosquito's we did end up with water and biting visitors in our cabana. Bug spray is a must in all parts of Belize. Do not forget it, and put it on at all times. I will smell like Off for months, but the mosquito bites are vicious and the CDC does report malaria especially in caves and rain forest areas. Because of the time of the year is was very hot in the cabanas at night. We were unable to open the windows or doors due to rain. The AC does help a little at night (brings the room to about 78-80 degrees) but does not stay too cool in an unsealed cabana. I am not high maintenance but I do not enjoy sweating in bed at night after being in the sun or jungle all day. The time of year we went did contribute to this. The rains actually brought some cooler temperatures. We were also at ease that a safe was provided in the cabana.
The beach and docks are lovely. The beach does have sea grass so you can not just walk right in. Beware that stingrays do hide in the sea-grass. You can jump off the end of the dock for some ocean swimming.
This was worth every penny ($50.00 per person). Jose was our guide and knows the area very well. The snorkeling was amazing, and I have never seen such pretty coral. I have snorkeled in Florida, Hawaii, & Antigua and this has been my favorite so far. Lots of tropical fish, stingrays, lobster, & color. He even stopped a two different locations on the trip. Jose even taught us how to spear lobster which was a fantastic adventure. We ate our catch that night. Jose also put safety first and was always aware of every divers/snorkelers locations in the water. Jose was also a great host in the evenings as well.
Unfortunately this was the disappointing part of the trip. We had Chef Adam the 1st night or two in which the food was good, but we can get meat lasagna and cheese manicotti (this was terrible) dinners anywhere in the US. When Chef Adam was gone it was apparent that the culinary skills declined. I believe when you are at a resort charging these prices for all-inclusive meals you need to make your mark at the dinner service. Family style was great, but for the prices paid serious improvements need to be made to the main entrees. You go to an island expecting fresh seafood, fish, or tropical dishes. We did have lobster the last night, and that was a bit of improvement. I also did enjoy the cheese fondue and the sauces served with appetizers. There also was always plenty. After being very active all day long I never left the table hungry. The coffee delivered each morning was a great touch as well as the sweets left on you bed in the evening. The bartenders did make great drinks and even used the One Barrel Rum I picked up as soon as I arrived. Nikki was also a terrific server and always had a smile on her face.
I would recommend this place to others with all the above said. Location is ideal, secluded, and the customer service was fantastic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. George’s Caye Resort is a secluded paradise located on a private residence island just seven miles from Belize City. Accessible only by boat, St. George’s Caye feels miles away from everyday life thanks to its cozy cabanas, breathtaking views of the Caribbean, and the highest level of service in Belize. Divers, anglers and those looking to just get away from it all will find everything they desire at St. George’s Caye Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. George`s Caye Hotel St. George`s Caye
- St Georges Caye Hotel
- St. George's Caye Resort Belize/Belize Cayes