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“HONEYMOON IN PARADISE!!! WE DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE!”
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Cayo Espanto
Ranked #26 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 December 2010

From the second we pulled up to the island and all the staff was lined up waving at us I knew this was going to be a great trip!! We stayed in the newest house- Casa Solana... it was BEAUTIFUL! It had a great view of the sunset and also the dock where the boats came in so you did see other people.. mostly just the boat crew workers.. which was fine with us!
Upon arrival they already had their signature drink the "wave" (which is sooo good!) and an delicious snack waiting for us.. which was great because we were starving! The service here was TOP NOTCH! After the first day we almost felt like they were reading our minds.. we didnt even always have to call and ask for something.. they would just automatically bring it!! Everything we asked for they were able to do for us! I even wanted a float for the pool and they were able to get one for me! Obed and Larry were our housemen and they were the BEST!!!
We did a dive trip and also a "day at sea with a little luxury" with German. I would highly recommend both! German was really fun and made it a great day! We did go in the water around the house and didn't have any problems with the sea lice that i've heard others talk about.. but the water was very shallow... and it was nicer to swim in the pool. I would recommend water shoes though if you do walk around in the water around the island because the ocean floor is a little rocky.
The food here was the best we have ever had!! We did a few appetizers and cocktails around 4pm everyday and then dinner later around 8. At first we picked the appetizers but then we just decided to do chefs choice and those were the best!!! Let the Chef pick what he wants to make... he knows what he's doing! Trust us! We were here for Thanksgiving and they even thought to offer us two menus.. the regular one and a special Thanksgiving one! The dinner set up every night was stunning! Obed and Larry would set up lights and tiki torches in new locations everynight.. and draw our names or hearts in the sand .. it was all the little things that made it really special!
We were really sad to leave on our last day, but we will definitely we coming back soon!!
Thank you to everyone who made our honeymoon so special!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

The service is fabulous! From the time we arrived and were met by the property manager, to our houseboys who took excellent care of our every need. The villas are spacious with fabulous linens/bedding and views of the ocean. German took care of us on our excursions, making sure our every whim was met. Our meals were prepared to our specifications and delivered to us every night in a different romantic spot on the island. Cayo Espanto is perfect for honeymooners or couples wanting to reconnect, as you don't see anyone other than each other and the people who take care of you. We will return for an anniversary soon!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Griffith4464
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

Cayo Espanto is the essence of the word paradise! There is just no other way to describe this island.

Firstly, traveling to the island from the US is extremely easy. We left North Carolina at 7:15 in the morning, and by 11:30am, we arrived on the island (by boat!). If not for our hour or so layover in Atlanta, we would have been there even sooner. An easy trip which gave us almost an entire extra day to enjoy!

Before arriving, we were asked a few questions about our dining and recreation preferences. The staff was awaiting our arrival, ready to exceed our expectations! They greeted us at the dock with our favorite beverages, escorted us to our beautifully appointed villa which was prepared with utmost care. Our favorite tunes were playing. A table set with our favorite foods was awaiting. The boat was already set and ready to take us snorkeling.

We began our weekend with the most amazing snorkeling trip. I have been deep sea diving in some of the most beautiful areas in the world, however, nothing compared to the snorkeling trips that we went on with German. He took great care in making sure that we didn't miss anything! The water was crystal clear, and the sea life was visible all the way to the sea floor from the surface. Usually, one has to dive to 100 feet in order to see this type of amazing sea life. It was truly an unforgettable experience.

Cayo Espanto is the essence of a private paradise in every way. Although there were other guests staying on the island, we felt like we were there alone. The staff took great care in respecting and providing privacy, however, they were there to meet our every need even before asking. Somehow they just knew what we wanted and/or needed even before we did!

I must also mention the food. Chef Richard and Chef Patrick are fantastic. The food was simply amazing, and the presentation was always beautiful.

The beauty of the island is so very hard to describe in words. It surpasses the beauty of any other island we've visited during our many years of extensive travels. It is the one place that we would like to return to over and over again. There is no need for us to look any further for the perfect, private island paradise. We have found it.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank mwthomas
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon at Cayo Espanto. We stayed in Casa Solana for six days which was wonderful and very romantic. All the reviews are correct, the service is wonderful, the staff kind and gracious and the scenery beautiful. We had Eddie as our houseman and he was amazing. He really went above and beyond to make our honeymoon special. One story, there are coconut trees on the island and I had never tried fresh coconut so he climbed up a tree and brought us one for the cocktail hour. It is that kind of place.

About the sea lice, I was worried after reading a few reviews but we did not have any bad experiences with the waters surrounding the island, We did spend a huge amount of time in the plunge pool and I don't know what we would have done if we hadn't had that space. I would recommend bringing water shoes as the sand surrounding the island can be rocky, especially if you plan on wading for bonefish as we did.

All in all a wonderful place to honeymoon or just get away from it all. If we lived in the US we surely go back for a long weekend as it is so easy to get to from Miami.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

My wife and I had a fabulous time at Cayo. It surpassed all expectations and created new ones. I've told as many people as I can of this gem in the Caribbean. Give the location and time zone, there is no better place for a honeymoon. Why spend the first 1.5 days of your vacation in planes and airports when Cayo is less than 8 hours from all major U.S. cities. The service, food, and attmosphere are second to none. Some of the best snorkling and diving in the world are only a 20 minute boat ride away. There's no excuse not to visit Cayo.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank avlahos
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

This was our 3rd trip to Cayo Espanto. Our first was 2005 for our Honeymoon, we stayed in Estrella. Our last two 2009 and 2010 we stayed in Ventanas (the best Villa in our opinion). Obed was our houseman all 3 times. I am against human cloning, except in Obed's case. He is the gold standard for everyone in the service profession to be measured against.
If you want a vacation a true vacation from reality this is the place for you. From minute one it is total relaxation. You are greeted at Belize City airport by a gentlemen (cannot remember his name) who has the placed completely wired. Just give him your info and let him do his thing. If a flight to San Pedro is about to leave and there are two seats he will get them to hold the plane for you. The flight to San Pedro is on a 12 seat prop plane, but the views make up for the somewhat tense flight. Arriving in San Pedro you are greeted by someone from Cayo Espanto and they take care of everything. You get in a taxi for about a 2 minute ride to the boat. Then a 7 minute boat ride to paradise. Upon arriving your reqeusted drink and a cold towel await you. Since we already knew our villa we did not need the tour of the amenties, which are plush. We got unpacked and when we finished up Obed had a lobster quesidilla ready for us to eat on our dock. And that is the theme for the trip, they are ready for you. The staff somehow instictively knows when you need something and are there with it before you realize it. Within an 1.5 hours of arrival I was fly casting for Bone Fish, they already had the best local flies in my Villa waiting for me upon arrival. Obed was on the dock spotting for me, and I was hooked up within 15 mintues. You can pretty much repeat this for the rest of your stay. Great food, amazing scenery, amazing fishing, amazing spa treatments for the wife and better service than you have ever received. We did not turn on the TV once while there. There is no need for it, just sit on your dock and watch the world go by. It is better programming than anything the dish could provide. The only negative is leaving.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

My husband and I thought that the photos of Cayo Espanto were amazing, but didn't compare to what we actually experienced on our visit. It truly is paradise unparalleled. I can say that it is the only vacation we've EVER taken where we relaxed completely and needed nothing. The cottages, service, food and general attentiveness of the staff was the best we've experienced anywhere in the world and an incredible value to boot.
The only bad part was returning to reality. We'll definitely be back...

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank BettsC
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Address: Cayo Espanto Island, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#7 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro
#16 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#25 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £1,134 - £1,892 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Cayo Espanto 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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