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“Great family vacation....exceeded our expectations in every respect”
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Playa Blanca Villa
Houston, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great family vacation....exceeded our expectations in every respect”
Reviewed 1 September 2010

This was one of the best family vacations we have ever taken. The house was perfect and, honestly, much better than we expected. The pictures are great, but do not do justice to the property. Everything was super clean, the beds were very comfortable, and the A/C in the bedrooms had the rooms cool within minutes. Even the other livng areas, with only the ceiling fans, were always cool and comfortable. The kitchen has everything you need if you decide to cook. We grilled fish and lobster that we caught ourselves for several dinners. The pool was small, but very refreshing after being in the salt water all day. It was also really nice to have someone picking up behind you all day long. The kitchen and house was always immaculate and every time we turned around, our clothes had been washed and folded and placed back in our rooms, although no one ever got in our way at all. To top everything off, we had Tacio and the boat every day at our disposal. We were again surprised by the size and quality of the boat, not to mention the huge selection of high-end snorkelling gear and fishing and spearfishing equipment. We had no problem at all finding great gear for me and my wife and our 15 and 12 year old children. Tacio was super nice and very informative. We caught a lot of fish and even caught about two dozen lobsters which we shared with everyone at the house. We enjoyed learning more about the area from Tacio and Esau. For those times we did not want to cook, there were plenty of restaurants for us to enjoy. We had lunch almost every day at one of the mnay local spots we visited by boat. For dinner, we walked to several local resorts and the food was always very good. All in all, we would highly recommend the house to anyone visiting the area. Much, much nicer than staying in town with the rest of the tourists.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

Wonderful villa and absolutely the best staff anyone could ask for equalled the splendor of the Caribbean !
Tacio was superb in every way as a guide and captain.He also cooks a fish,potato, and lobster meal fit for royalty.
Mareno and Esau were the greatest at keeping the home clean and operating smoothly.the home made tortillas each morning were a special treat.
We have booked again November!

  • Stayed July 2010
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Lubbock, Texas
1 review
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

We stayed at Playa Blanca Villa last month and I have to say it was amazing! The house far exceeded our expectations. We were a group of 6, myself, my husband, our daughters, and their husbands. The house was very spacious and there was plenty of room for everyone. We got the use of the Toucan Nest so we all had our own rooms and bathrooms which was very nice. Although the house was great, the best part of the entire trip was the staff. I can't say enough about how much we appreciated them. Tacio is the best tour guide, boat captain, source of knowledge, and fishing guide you could ever ask for. Morena kept the house so clean and you never even heard her! Not only that but she did our laundry every day and for anyone that's been on a tropical vacation you can imagine how great it was to come home to a suitcase of all clean clothes! I've decided Esau is just plain psychic, either that or he has hearing that is unmatched. He was always there when we needed him, whether it was getting back from town to unload groceries or back from fishing or snorkeling to unload gear or even to help my husband get the grill going.

So, if you are looking for a relaxed, peaceful vacation set in paradise, definitely check this one out. We are definitely going to go again.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Denver, North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

Picking a vacation rental on the internet can be scarey, but we were thrilled when we arrived at this beautiful home right on the beach, and found it to be immaculate, beautifully decorated, and surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. Tacio, the boat captain, went WAY out of his way to make every day exceptional. He was knowledgeable, fun, and knew all the very best places to snorkel and fish. One day the six of us caught 22 fish, ALL keepers! We had a feast that night. Highly recommended place!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Olathe
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Reviewed 22 March 2010

Wow, what a fabulous Christmas we had. 11 family members from 2 to 92 stayed at Playa Blanca Villa and guesthouse. We had plenty of room - sometimes we were a little crowded, but we are a family who gets along. We (my husband and I) had my mother, 92, our two daughters, one husband, one significant other, a 2 year old, one daughter's inlaws (who happen to be friends of ours) plus their daughter (adult). We relaxed, exercised, snorkeled, swam, waded, fished, sunned, did I mention relax? went sightseeing, ate at fantastic restaurants, cooked at home. What a great time by all. We did many activities together and we did activities in small groups. Tacio, our boat captain, took care of those needs. We had a young couple who lived in a house on the premises who took care of our every need. The beach was kept clean for our resident 2 year old to enjoy. Every whim and need was taken care of. If we had any questions, problems there was an immediate response. The only favor I ask is for writing this review is special consideration when I call for a reservation. We love all of you and every one of us wants to come back. Together, by ourselves, we don't care - we just want to come back. When we left, it felt like leaving home. Oh, and one afternoon, after cleaning fish from a fishing trip, lobsters were spotted coming out from under the sea wall. Guess what we had for dinner that night.....thanks Tacio!!!!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Northern California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 December 2009

Much more than we expected. If you enjoy fishing, snorkeling, relaxing, and excellent service, this is for you. The web site doesn't come close to showing you the luxury of the Villa. Everything you need and more. The service you get from the time you get on the island is exceptional. Don't overpack clothes, laundry service is provided. Do pack any food supplies that you can travel with. If you'd like to dine out, we'd highly recommend Rojo's, just a short stroll down the beach. In short, just go you'll love it! Michael and Jody

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 18 November 2009

Our second trip to Ambergris in 8 years but will be back often now that we found this little gem. The house is everything and more than what was envisioned. First off, the cleanliness of the house and the unlimited use of boat and Captain Tacio Badillo was beyond anything you would pay top $ for. Very, very reasonable. The caretakers, as well, Esau and Morena Martinez were wonderful hosts. They came and went without us even knowing and were easily accessible if any problems arose. There was 8 in our party and the use of the Toucans Nest was needed. If you are looking for a spot for a family reunion or just a group of friends or even just your spouse, this is the place. I hesitate even posting this review as we would like to keep this destination a secret. Well done owner Peter Verralls and his son, Graham and wife Ruth. You really know how to make a place like Playa Blanca and the help you have employed a vacation destination to return to over and over again. SHEILA JENSEN-
HOUSTON, TX

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Playa Blanca Villa
Address: 6 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Ambergris Caye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious villa, private boat with captain, personal fishing guide, unlimited fishing trips, snorkel trips, explore the islands, lagoon adventures, kayaks – bicycles, swimming pool. Our luxurious villas are situated on the oceanfront of Ambergris Caye, Belize, six miles north of the quaint town of San Pedro. Panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the Great Belize Barrier Reef abound. Playa Blanca is private and secluded – yet within walking distance to the finest restaurants on Ambergris Caye. ... more   less 
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