We're a family of 7 - parents, adult children, spouses. It was our first time to Belize so we knew only a little before getting there. Overall, it was a great vacation and we'd highly recommend Athens Gate and Ambergris Caye but there are some things you should know.
PROS: Wonderful spacious, newer condos w/excellent amenities and fabulous views of the insanely beautiful ocean. We had a 3rd floor 3-bedroom and a 4th floor 2-bedroom condo. Maid service was included. Great service in general is one of Athens Gate's biggest strengths. Lori, one of the owners, was terrific helping us with reservations and answering all our many questions through emails in the months prior. We met Greg, her husband, at Pelican Reef during breakfast one day - it's their sister property just a short ways down the beach. He introduced himself and was very friendly and accommodating. E, the concierge at AG, is terrific at welcoming guests, answering questions, and then making arrangements for everything from dinner reservations to excursions. He's a wealth of information and we found out the locals respect him as well. Athens Gate is on a pretty stretch of beach and the grounds are well-taken care of. We used the pier quite a bit since the breezes blow so well out there and there's ocean life all around for gazing or snorkeling (it has a covered hut if you don't want sun). We rented 2 golf carts for going into town and we used them almost daily. We had a great day with Captain Oliver and his crew for a full day of snorkeling and fishing, etc., some of our group went to the Lamanai ruins and really enjoyed that, we rented jet skis for an afternoon, and we had a private charter boat to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley for an amazing snorkeling trip. We ended the private charter day at Palapa Bar which was a lot of fun. We were at Athens Gate for 6 nights and 5 full days. We made plans for three of those days and just lounged the other two which turned out to be a good idea. The weather was very changeable - it went from rain to sun to rain to sun quite often but it didn't ruin anything for us. We had a great time!
CONS: There aren't many and none are deal-breakers. WiFi service is only available around the pool area. If the weather is bad you can't hang out in your condo and check emails or surf the net or even do that right before you go to bed at night or when you get up. We liked the idea of being unplugged for the most part, but there are so many conveniences at Athens Gate that this missing one is a little glaring. The stretch of roads near Athens Gate is especially bumpy if you're coming/going to town for dinner, etc. AG is south of town by about 15-20 minutes on a golf cart depending on where you're going. The roads are paved for much of the way, but the dirt parts are extremely rocky and bumpy due to the island getting so much rain recently. There is no onsite restaurant at AG (but there is a nice pool bar and a friendly bartender named Dion). There are at least 3 good restaurants within walking distance but we found only one (Pelican Reef) is open for breakfast early. Black Orchid is a great choice for late breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you're breakfast eaters, we'd suggest you get some groceries for your condo unless you want to walk to Pelican Reef every day. Their food is great, but there were a lot of flies around due to the weather during our stay so we preferred takeout. It was humid during our stay so we did have some various bug bites - we recommend bringing bug spray - but it wasn't a huge problem.
One last comment concerning holiday week travels. Athens Gate is a terrific pick for an Ambergris Caye vacation but it is a small boutique property. We had to deal with a loud family and their screaming kids taking over the pool area a couple times and some other adult guests who drank too much - none of which reflected on the quality of Athens Gate (and we didn't hear them inside our condos), but the reality is, it's harder to get away from annoying guests on a smaller property. Still, without hesitation we'd go back to the island and Athens Gate and we're confident we'd have a wonderful time!
- 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