My husband and I stayed at Tranquility Bay for 8 nights from August 24 through September 1. Our boat ride to the resort was rough due to the bad weather, but we survived! We saw a dolphin on the way to the resort which was really cool. Upon arrival, Katherine, the manager, and her staff, met us on the dock with a refreshing rum punch for us in hand. Katherine walked us to our room (budget traveler's room) and provided us with all the information that we needed to know about the resort, restaurant, activities, etc. Our luggage was delivered promptly to our room. We were impressed by how quickly and well organized everything was handled.
We stayed in the budget traveler's room, which we absolutely loved. It was perfect for the two of us. It has a comfy king size bed, a kitchenette with a small fridge, microwave, coffee pot (coffee, sugar, and creamer provided - we loved this!) a sink, and a huge counter space. Their is also plenty of seating in the room as there is a sofa, a chair, and a coffee table. The bathroom is a good size and the water pressure in the shower is awesome. Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel is included in a dispenser in case you forget yours at home. The room has a/c and a remote to control it. We had no complaints at the a/c at all. It worked extremely well. The housekeepers, Elda and Karina, did an amazing job cleaning the room and providing fresh towels daily. They were so nice to talk to and joke around with.
There is one restaurant/bar at the resort. The food is not fancy, nor is it 5 star, however, it is very good and there is something for everyone. Our favorite meal was the fish tacos. The coconut shrimp was also very good. My husband requesting fried fish filet (not on the menu), and the cooks prepared it for him. It was delicious! I think it would be a great addition to their menu. He also requested garlic shrimp and they prepared that as well, which was great. We ate most of our meals at the resort, but skipped lunch a few times as we brought food and snacks from home. Breakfast was included with our stay. It was very good. The waitstaff, Cesar and Anita, did an excellent job through our entire stay. They were quick and super friendly. We enjoyed talking to them. They were so friendly and always had a smile on their face. Cesar makes some really good drinks, too. His sea grape mojitos were delicious! He also made me a dirty banana drink that was so good. The cooks were the sweetest and friendliest ladies. They were always smiling.
The resort was not full when we were there (we didn't mind as we pretty much had the entire place to ourselves!) and we wanted to go snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan. They normally only go when they have at least 4 people booked, however, they made special accommodations for my husband and I to go since there was nobody else to join us. This was definitely the highlight of our trip. We are still talking about it. Yemin, the dive master, and Winfield, the captain, took us out on one of the smaller boats. I cannot say enough about Yemin. He is the best snorkeling guide ever! He made us feel very comfortable. My husband is not a strong swimmer and gets very nervous being in deep water, however, he did well with Yemin as our guide. Yemin pointed out several types of marine life. At Hol Chan, we saw so much marine life. We saw 3 huge sea turtles, a baby nurse shark, string rays, a great barracuda, 2 green moray eels (the coolest thing ever!), parrotfish, hogfish, lobster, Christmas tree worms, and butterflyfish (I told Yemin that they were my favorite fish, so he pointed a few of them out to me - very cool!). Shark Ray Alley was cool, too. We swam with tons of nurse sharks and stingrays. I can't wait to go back and do this all over again!
The beach and grounds at Tranquility Bay is spectacular. The water is clear and is great for snorkeling right off of the beach. There are tons of coconut trees. Hugo, the maintenance staff member, cut fresh coconuts for us and even made us a giant jug of coconut water to keep in our fridge in the room. He is seriously the nicest guy and most hardworking guy we have ever met. We really enjoyed talking to him and anything and everything. We even went snorkeling with his 13 year old son. He showed us some cool snorkeling spots just north of the resort. We had so much fun.
The resort is very remote as it is about 14 miles from San Pedro. There is nothing within walking distance, however, you can take a stroll up the beach. One late afternoon, we took a walk and came across Elda, the housekeeper. She took a walk with us and told us all about the area and how it is living there. During our walk, we saw a stingray swim up to shore that my husband was fascinated by. Elda got the biggest kick out of this because while she and I continued walking, my husband stayed behind checking out the stingray! It's not everyday we get to see a stingray up close and personal, so it was pretty awesome. :)
Tranquility Bay is not fancy at all. There is no night life, no loud music, etc., however, it is exactly what we were looking for. At night, there are lights in the water right below the restaurant/bar where you can see tarpon and stingrays feeding. We became friends with all of the staff very quickly. We enjoyed talking and joking around with all of them. My husband even made some friends with some of the locals who live nearby and hang out at the resort. Everyone was super nice. We did not want to leave and are already planning our next trip to Tranquility Bay sometime next year. Katherine, the resort manager, is very pleasant and will accommodate just about any request. All of the staff who we talked to had nothing but good things to say about her, which is always nice to hear. A very special thank you goes out to everyone at the resort including Katherine, Hugo, Cesar, Anita, Yemin, Elda, and Karina, and everyone else who we missed. The staff is what really makes this resort so wonderful. Make sure that you tip them well - they all work very hard to make your vacation extra special. We miss everyone at Tranquility Bay and plan to return next year! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A relaxing 12 miles North of San Pedro Town, Tranquility Bay Resort is a secluded paradise. 10 Separate cabanas line the nicest beach on the island. The only resort on the island where it is safe to snorkel from the beach to the reef! Relax and enjoy our beautiful setting from our water top restaurant and watch the Tarpon, Barracuda and Eagle Rays swim under our dock lights! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tranquility Bay Hotel Ambergris Caye
- Hotel Tranquility Bay
- Tranquility Bay Resort Belize/Ambergris Caye