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Banyan Bay Suites
Ranked #22 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
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Montauk, New York
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24 reviews
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“Incredible vacation”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Last year my husband convinced me to go to San Pedro Belize. It was an incredible experience. We boarded a puddle jumper from Belize City to , Ambergris Caye. We drove our own little golf cart to the hotel-Banyan Bay. We had a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment complete with kitchen right on the water. The place was spotless and the view wonderful. I would go back tomorrow...as a matter of fact we are planning to go next February !

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fillmore, California
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Not sure what people see in this property. The comforters appeared stained as were the towels. No pool service and the beach is open to outsiders. One restaurant and the pool not up to par. Definitely not paradise, as we expected. The reception lobby closes early and the "kids corner" was a joke. We had to check out the next day and stayed at the 'Victoria House' down the street.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2014

My nephews and I stayed at Banyan Bay 12/23-12/30/2013. We had a two-bedroom apartment with a well equipped kitchen. The staff is very helpful and they keep the place absolutely spotless. I never saw a bug in the unit the entire time we were there, and that is really saying something in this type of climate. Comfortable furniture and beds. Nice bakery and grocery store within walking distance. The dive center at the resort (Belize Pro Dive Center) is also highly recommended. Perfect place to stay if you want to relax at the pool, be at the beach, or scuba/snorkel.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Pasadena, Maryland
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

While operated as a hotel, I believe most, if not all of the units are individually owned. We stayed in a 2BR/2BA poolside unit, C-6. This was very nice as the owner recently replaced the furnishings in preparation for putting it on the market. We had nice comfy porch furniture and a great king size bed in the master bedroom, with 2 twins in the second. Many units have cheaper plastic tables and chairs. The units all have excellent kitchens with modern, full size appliances. Staff are super friendly. Pool is one of the larger ones on the island-not as nice as Grand Caribe but the location is a lot more convenient. We found the pool view units to be more than adequate-no need to pay for ocean front which is also closer to noise at the restaurant.

There is a good supermarket within a block, and also a great bakery next door with fresh croissants and cinamaon rolls every morning ($3 Belize each). By beach, you can reach many restaurants within 5-10 minute walk. Grand Caribe, which is newer and larger, is 3 miles north of the bridge and is not within walking distance of anything other than the Palapa Restaurant and Bar. While that is a great place (worth a visit and float with beer for sure!), it was nice having lots of options at Banyan Bay. If you have kids, it is nice having options for them to go to outside the resort.

Travel tip: Snacks and such are expensive everywhere-bring non-perishables such as a box of cereal, nuts, peanut butter, etc from home to save $.

Had good maid service every day at BB. They even have foot rinse stations at the bottom of each set of steps, with a floating flower changed daily. Ricos Restaurant is good for breakfast. Food and service are generally very good but the menu price does not include the 12.5% tax so prices are a bit higher than elsewhere. Still, we enjoyed our first dinner there after long flights, and partook of the pool bar service available from 12-5 each day. Ricos also has a very good happy hour deal (3 beers for $10 Belize and half price local rum drinks) from 5-7PM. It never gets too big or boisterous-you need to go into San Pedro for more raucous fun. Speaking of which, the locals and tourists tear it up in town for New Years Eve. In general, if you stay in town, it will be noisy. Very quiet (other than a rooster crow) at Banyan Bay.

While BB is about a mile walk to center of San Pedro, you can use free bikes at the resort. These are just beach cruisers but do the job for getting places. I recommend renting a golf cart for a day or two (to visit north and south ends of the island, eg). Carts Belize is very helpful and located just a couple blocks north. With a 10% discount (just ask), they are slightly cheaper than Banyan Bay and will deliver and pick up for you. Taxi is $10BZ each way, so budget accordingly. Oh, BB will pay your taxi fee from and to the airport.

Dive shop on site is very good. They do a free get acquainted withy scuba class, and run AM and PM trips daily. We took the Hol Chan/Sting Ray Alley tour with them too. They also arranged a private trip for us four with a captain. We snorkeled in several places outside the reserve, and lunched at Caye Caulker. Definitely go to Caye Caulker, even if just by water taxi from central San Pedro. It is what San Pedro looked like 20 years ago. VERY laid back, and restaurants are cheaper than SP. Take a day to explore if you have time. You can walk the whole town easily. There are no cars.

Overall, we had nothing but praise for Banyan Bay. Would definitely stay there again. It would be nice if they had laundry machines in unit or for guest use on site (costs a lot to send out), but I did not see that amenity anywhere else we looked. Also, Wi Fi is OK but spotty-best on your porch or in the reception building. Don't expect blistering fast DSL

Other recommendations:
Melt Cafe (near Crazy Canuks, Peperonni's Pizza) has new owners and doing a great lunch for $12-$20 Belize. Walking distance via beach

Peperronis Pizza-Excellent. Pizza is double the price you pay in the states, anywhere on the island. Must be the cheese prices. They deliver to Banyan Bay for $2 Belize. $48-$55 Belize for a 16 inch hand tossed pie that fed four of us well.

Definitely rent a cart and go to Palapa Bar on the north side, 3 miles north of bridge and about 1/4 mile before Grand Caribe. Wonderful atmosphere on a pier over the beautiful sea. Bring a swim suit and float in inner tubes while they lower buckets of beer to you. Note: there is a $10 Belize RT toll for the bridge linking the north side to San Pedro. Lord knows where the money goes- certainly not road improvements! We also drove to the south end where there is a Mayan "archeological site" that no one visits. It is appearently not much to look at and costs $10 US for entry. The guard will show you some artifacts in his hut for free -that's all you need to see, according to him!

Check out the Chicken Drop in San Pedro at Caliente Thursday nights. If you can't get a wager ticket for the first drop, just place a side bet with someone else there at the bar if you don't want to stay for all 3 drops.

If you have money to burn, dinner at Victoria House (walking distance south of BB) will take it. Very nice retsaurant, but expect to pay $30-$50 pp US dollars, plus wine.

That's it-enjoy your trip to Ambergris Caye!

Room Tip: Unit C-6 is second floor with excellent furnishings. Recommend second floor units in general-more p...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

My 5th time to San Pedro and I spent a few days at the Villas. I'm not sure if they are all this big, but I had a very large 2/2 with equipped kitchen. Well cared for grounds and double pools. Plus you have Rico's right there on the pier. The dive shop is very professional. Great place.

Room Tip: They look like all good rooms, spread around a half circle.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

I stayed at Banyan Bay over Thanksgiving break. The grounds are well appropriated, and all the units are condos. Our unit, B1, was very nicely decorated and had all the ammenities one might expect in a timeshare. The internet wasn't great in the unit, but really why would one need to be online while surrounded by such a beautiful place? We booked snorkling onsite which was very convenient. The Villas are South of downtown San Pedro, which was quiet at night. It's a short 20 minute walk to the nightlife and bars of downtown. They also give out free bike rentals which made it easy to ride around the island and explore. Service was excellent and I would stay here again when visiting the Cayes.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Atlanta
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We spent a week at Banyan Bay in November. The weather was terrible so we were very happy to have GREAT A/C. The rooms were very comfortable and well maintained. The housekeeping staff did an excellent job and everything was spotless. We were of elsewhere most days but the evenings were very pleasant and we slept like logs. The staff "fogged" daily for the mosquitoes but they were still everywhere outside. Great location south of town and a golf cart made the trip easy. I would recommend to anyone esp if you have children. The pool is very kid friendly with a huge shallow end.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Banyan Bay Suites
Address: Seagrape Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Formerly The Villas at Banyan Bay)
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#13 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#19 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#21 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#24 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Banyan Bay Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located by the beach less than a mile from downtown San Pedro, Banyan Bay Suites offers a great getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Featuring 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms poolview and beachfront suites and 3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms beachfront suites, with kitchen fully equipped and central air conditioned. Spa is available onsite. A 3-level fresh water pool. Pier 366 Seafood House located by the beach offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full service diveshop onsite, that can help in your diving and snorkeling activities. A tour desk that can help in fishing and trips to the mainland including the Mayan temples, ziplining, cave tubing and the Belize Zoo. Banyan Bay Suites is the perfect resort for activities or relaxation. ... more   less 
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