There were six of us, a toddler and infant. It was perfect. We loved the pool at the hotel and the pool at the house! We felt like royalty for the week. Pool guy, grounds keepers, concierge, chef, housekeeper, personal transport to and from airport! Wow. The neighborhood is fantastic and gated, the house is well appointed and everything worked very well, sunny with good central air and ceiling fans, fantastic views.
The golf cart (we rented one additional) will travel the length of the island in 40 min. with ease. It had everything we needed. The grocery stores are limited; not terribly expensive and carry enough for meals and a few US foods, but we often ate around the hotel pool area for lunches. They also have a swim up bar there and beach with umbrellas and service. Nice. The water is not crystal clear Carribean blue though. We bought our booze at the airport duty free coming into Placencia but if you have to have Oreos from the grocery store, expect to pay about $8.00 for a package. There are a variety of other options in the grocery stores. We ate the ice at home and drank tap water at the restaurants and did well. Shopping consists of tourist trinkets and local crafts. Placencia Airport Customs let us bring foods from home into Placencia, but gave us a warning. They are stricter than what is written on the customs website, so we lost some cheeses and cured meats. We were supposed to email a specific and get approval prior to coming. Read info from Belize Customs website. But with the chef for 3 meals a day, one needs little from home except favorite snacks. Restaurants compare to restaurants US pricing I think. Rumfish was our favorite and lobster was a seasonal treat all around. The Laguna concierge, Mabel, answered all our questions once we were there and booked our excursions for us and they were excellent! I recommend booking those through the concierge of Laguna properties. We personally booked spa treatments at the Naia Spa one morning and it was a beautiful experience. The setting is really nice. (Book ahead). Well worth the prices. I will have to say, everything was SEAMLESS on this trip. We stayed Saturday to Sunday and travel from Placencia Sunday was ALOT easier than coming in Saturday! Every tourist is in the Placencia airport on Saturday. If it wasn't such a lot of travel for us to get there, we would consider coming every year! There are 2 gas stations to fill golf carts from the house, one just before the airport, about 15 minutes away from the house, a little hard to find, but a 15 min drive and one in town, a 40 min drive. We called the Placencia hotel desk for name and directions of the closest one and then Googled it and found it. Cant remember the name. Both are open on Sunday. This was an absolutely care free vacation. It probably is worth the travel effort to come again.