If your dream vacation is luxury, unparalleled views, comfort, superb and friendly staff, friendly locals, safety, then Athens Gate in San Pedro is your answer!
We spent five glorious, sun-filled, breezy, fun-filled days in San Pedro at Athens Gate. We stayed in a two bedroom condo (me, my husband, my sister and her boyfriend). When we got out of our taxi, E was there to greet us. He let us know that unfortunately, we had overpaid for our taxi ride from the water taxi to Athens Gate. E was honest regarding what we should be paying regarding taxi rides to and from the water taxi ports, so be sure to consult with him. He’ll steer you in the right direction.
Once we arrived, E had our luggage delivered to our room. He gave us a brief tour of the condo. Please be advised, the condo looks EXACTLY like the pictures on Athens Gate’s website: A pristine, beautiful, luxurious interior, HUGE patio, state of the art kitchen, and magnificent views.
We then went down to the bar to fill out paperwork and have our complimentary drink. E is the main man when it comes to bartending. He makes a fantastic rum punch. Just thinking about it brings me back on vacation.
The staff (E, Jonathan, and Mr. Joe (the developer)), are so attentive and friendly. Jonathan, was ready, willing and able to help us with whatever we needed. Whether it be a cushion for the beach chairs, getting us an umbrella for the beach or getting you a coconut drink (he got us a coconut and made us a drink with an umbrella), Jonathan is ready to help!
E was great. He booked our excursion (scuba diving) and beach massage (you must try this. The massage therapist comes to Athens Gate and you can get a massage right on the beach. Truly a relaxing experience), got the kayaks out for us, bartended, offered us restaurant recommendations (which were great), and even jumped right into help when my sister and her boyfriend came back from a kayak trip to find that they stepped on sea urchins. E was there helping taking sea urchin spikes out of their feet (above and beyond the scope of his job). Based on his assessment, he recommended that they go to the nearby clinic, just to make sure they didn’t get infections.
Just an FYI, if you ever need to go to the clinic in San Pedro, don’t fear. It was a very clean clinic. The nurses and doctors speak English and they treat their patients with care and concern. The staff spent several hours helping my sister and boyfriend.
Just a recommendation, if you do take the kayaks to the reef (which we did), be sure to wear water shoes AND make sure someone is steering the kayak as you’re catching a wave in.
E’s taste in beer is little to be desired (Light House), but we were more than happy to treat him to a drink when we saw him when we were out to dinner.
The private beach at Athens Gate is immaculately clean and the views are breathtaking. The turquoise water is so beautiful and you feel like you’re on a private island. The water is crystal clear.
The weather is beautiful here. One of the best parts about staying in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, is the breeze. Being from Florida, I’m used to hot, humid weather, and barely any breeze. Not in AC. There was always a breeze, which makes it great to lie out in the sun at the beach.
Mr. Joe, the developer of Athens Gate was great to talk to. He also owns the restaurant across the street, which was very convenient (since you can have E order you lunch and they’ll deliver it to Athens Gate) and delicious. Their gorditas are fantastic!
Helpful hints: Be sure to bring some bug spray. The no-see-ums are bad when the sun goes down. Go to the Chicken Drop in town on Thursday. A hilarious and fun event to attend! Try E’s famous rum punch, you won’t be disappointed! Bring water shoes! Go Scuba Diving, an AMAZING underwater world to discover in Belize's reefs!
I’d give my stay at Athens Gate a 10 out of 10, and hope to return very soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Athens Gate Resort. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Athens Gate blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athens Gate Beach Resort Belize/San Pedro