My wife and I stayed for a week for our 25th Anniversary in September. At arrival on the island our driver was there waiting to greet us and we were soon at Athens Gate. Again we were greeted, bags taken to our room, and check-in was done at the pool bar with our complimentary drink in hand. It did not take long at all for the relaxation to begin and it did not end until the day we got on the plane to leave the island. As others have mentioned, E and/or James are always available to assist with anything you wish to do and both are very pleasant to just hang out with at the bar. Joe, the developer, was also there for the week and also very friendly and always accommodating. After a day or so, you just feel like you are amongst friends and can kick back and relax. The rooms are very nice and met our relatively high standards. Opportunities for us to get away are few and far between so we typically look for accommodations similar to home and our room had granite, tile, stainless appliances etc. September is the off season (and the rainy season) so some of the closest restaurants were closed but with a golf cart, easily rented from Athens Gate, you can cover most of the island and it was fun to just ride around and look, eat, and of course have the occasional beverage. :-) Even with some places closed, we found ourselves not making it to all the recommended restaurants so dining was not a problem at all. As I mentioned, it was rainy, so we had a couple of days that we did nothing but relax and ride around on the golf cart. We still had enough sun to get our fair share. As I'm writing this, I am back home and still peeling on my chest! For the self employed like us that have to still work a little no matter what, Athens Gate does have acceptable internet service and they are about to upgrade it further. To prepare folks for a little reality though, I will say that a good portion of the trip to Athens Gate is dirt road and during the rainy season especially, there is quite a bit of standing water and it is very bumpy. It was passible every day with our golf cart but the bouncing around almost became comical. After a few cocktails one day, my wife and I just stopped on the road and busted out laughing. It sorta became part of the charm of the whole trip. This is a common issue on both ends of the island so please don't let this deter you from Athens Gate. Anything other than right in San Pedro will require dirt road travel and once you do arrive you will appreciate the quiet serenity. We would definitely stay again.
- 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