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Matachica Resort & Spa
Ranked #8 of 55 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 February 2013

Matachica is the perfect beach resort--super friendly accommodating staff, relaxed sophistication, private accommodations, quiet, well-maintained beautiful grounds on the beach and excellent food. We spent 4 days at this resort having stayed on the mainland at another resort which was the most expensive in the Cayo district and was quite disappointing. I wish we had stayed longer at Matachica. We had researched a number of the best luxury resorts on Ambergris Caye and settled on Matachica and were happy we did. After visiting some of the other resorts during our stay, Matachica was clearly the best resort we saw and exceeded our expectations.

We had a very nice ocean view casita, Blueberry, which was very private and romantic, away from the main building and 50 feet from the ocean. The thatched roof, concrete/tile floor, and island decor was relaxing and inviting. Having stayed at some of the most high-end beach resorts in the world, Matachica is one of the most authentic in island ambience and did not try too hard to be something it is not. If you are looking for more formality akin to a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons, this resort is probably not for you as it is more informal in its elegance but comparable in service quality. I do wish our casita had better WiFi reception, but did not miss the lack of TV or phone in the casita. The casual sophistication was intoxicating and relaxing and was complemented by a very attentive, friendly staff providing excellent service. Whatever we asked for, they accommodated us consistently with a warm smile and pleasing attitude. Kudos to the management's focus on consistent superior service from reservations, restaurant/bar and the front desk to housekeeping and the activity beach hut.

The food at Mambo restaurant was expensive by Belizean standards but in line with other high-end resorts; however, the quality and presentation of the food was worth the expense. The dining atmosphere with the cool breeze and view over the beach was so relaxing. The ceviche, seafood pasta, crab-stuffed grouper, seafood grill and lobster dishes were all excellent. While the complimentary continental breakfast with fresh orange juice, coffee/tea, pineapple/banana/papaya, muffin/banana bread was good and generously portioned, we also supplemented with the western omelet and Belgian waffle with real maple syrup which did not disappoint. We also tend to be more particular with food due to dietary concerns and Matachica was happy to accommodate our requests.

We took advantage of the complimentary snorkeling gear, paddle boats, bikes, paddle boards, and sea kayaks. Having only a 10-15 minute paddle out to the barrier reef directly in front of the resort made for convenient, great snorkeling. The resort provided semi-private, small tours including snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley (both highly recommended) that were surprisingly in line with the prices others charged online without the ususal resort mark-up.

The quiet resort is 5 miles north of lively San Pedro town with its local restaurants and bars filled with tourists and expats but the town is only a 15-minute boat ride away or 25-30 minute bike ride from the resort. I did wish that the resort had more boats scheduled to/from town particularly if you want to stay later in the evening (the last water taxi from town was 10:30pm). Yet, it was nice not to be located too close to the town congestion. We made some nice friends with other couples during our stay at the resort which we will likely stay in touch with.

Overall, Matachica was a perfect beach resort to cap off a wonderful, relaxing vacation in Belize. We plan to return again.

Room Tip: Closer to the ocean is better with respect to views, cooler breezes as well as fewer mosquitos. The...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

We had three quick days at this friendly, seaside resort. Had some bad luck with strong winds and a bit of rain, but still had a relaxing experience. The entire staff were exceptional and we loved our "Banana" palapa suite. Not exactly roughing it! A very nice continental breakfast was included and our dinners were excellent (grilled snapper, Carib lobster, etc). We were delighted with our stay, but not sure we would have enjoyed the remote location and solitude for an entire week. The unusual weather held us back from some kayaking and reef snorkeling, but we still had a memorable experience. Again .... great staff!

Room Tip: Don't be afraid of moving back from the edge of the beach. Very quiet and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank nicktheoldgreek
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Matachica was an amazing experience. We didnt know what to expect, initially imagined a pretty island resort ... we were blown away. First, the staff is the best. After airport pickup, as we rode in the boat to Matachica, Charlie asked what we would like to drink. As soon as we docked, we were greeted with ice cold water and rum punch. Little touches like this really made the stay wonderful. All the staff knew our names and which casita we were staying. The complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkel equipment were great - Giovanni explained everything thoroughly. We got a kayak, paddled out, and saw "finding nemo" coral and aquatic life. Went to Mambo for lunch: blackened grouper sandwich, fish&chips, belizean rum punch - heaven. lounged on porch hammock and beachfront chaise, sauntered out on the covered dock for drinks/relaxing, then back for dinner: fresh grouper and snapper with moist coconut rice: more heaven. Also, there are many activities they will arrange for you thru local guides - we went snorkeling on a catamaran to hol chan, caye caulker, shark ray alley - a really fun day trip. Other friends went to Altun Ha and Lamanai and raved about it. A quick word on cleanliness - the place is immaculate. Housekeeping was very very good - linens changed with flower petals and designs daily. We looked forward to different swan towel designs every day. =) Love love this place. We are planning a trip back next year.

Room Tip: Deluxe beachfront casitas have best view - unobstructed ocean, 50ft from your porch. Casitas farthes...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank PandaBear-NY
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Matachica is certainly an over the top resort. The resort is beautiful, exceptionally maintained, secluded, and everything you want in a peaceful beach front resort. Our Casita (Plum) was 50 feet from the water. The view is fantantic. The restaurant, Mambo, is excellent. High quality fresh food presented by Chef Reynaldo & his staff. The seafood was caught that day and the presentation was beautiful. As with most experiences exceptional, the people make the real difference. The staff at Matachica are without a doubt the most caring and sincere that we have encountered. We will never forget Anita, Abbey, Margaret, Dennis, Rueban, Isreal, Ever, Charlie, Chris, and there are many more. Great people make great experiences. We highly recommend Matachica. The memories will last forever.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Wayne G
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Reviewed 27 January 2013 via mobile

Our stay at Matachica was excellent. The beachfront casitas are a must, and the service is excellent, as is the food. The only thing that could be better is that the water in front of the hotel is very shallow (a couple of inches) and had a lot of plant life. But you can take a kayak out to the reef nearby and swim and snorkel in plenty of clear blue water! I definitely recommend Matachica to others. Be prepared for the wind in this area,and use bugspray (we did, and didn't get one bug bite).

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank TravelGirlNY77
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

This was our third trip to Matachica (and third trip advisor review). Last November we got engaged on the beautiful dock one night, and we decided we just had to go back there this November to get married and enjoy our honeymoon. We certainly made the right choice.

First off, the resort:

We absolutely fell in love with everything about Matachica on our first visit there. Each time we've gone back, we've been a bit nervous that we will somehow be disappointed, but let me tell you...they just keep getting better and better. Even now with the addition of new casitas, they still maintain that small intimate feeling. The staff, most of whom is the same staff from our first visit there four years ago, are always there with a smile to help with whatever you need. I don't know how they remember, but they always call you by name. The front desk staff is very helpful at arranging outings, boat rides into town, dinner reservations at other restaurants, anything. This time we stayed in the Peach Deluxe Beachfront Casita. (We've also stayed in Plum Deluxe Beachfront and Papaya Beachfront.) It was gorgeous, as always and just steps away from the ocean. The grounds are meticulously maintained, as is the beach. The sea grass on the beach was constantly being swept up starting first thing in the morning. The restaurant food and service was fabulous every time we ate there. The bartenders are always around, whether it's by the pool or in front of the casitas in the beach chairs, ready to take your drink order. Gricel, the manager, continues to run a friendly, efficient, classy, (running out of adjectives here!) ship. He, himself is an approachable, friendly person, and has great taste in the music played the main building.
I was so happy to find out that they added paddleboards. We spent several days playing on the paddleboards and kayaking out to the reef. There is sea grass right up at the shore, but it didn't bother us at all. You can also enter the water from a ladder on the dock and avoid the grass if you prefer. There's huge amounts of wildlife just under their dock so you don't have to venture more than 10 feet from the dock to go snorkeling! We saw moray eels, large eagle and sting rays, barracuda, lion fish, electric rays, and much more right under the Matachica Dock.
The spa is also fabulous. I had another massage this time with Sylvia, who gave me the best massage of my life on my last trip. Once again, she did the second best massage of my life!

Okay, now for the wedding:

As with making your room reservations, Burga is in charge of the wedding scheduling and planning, and she is so friendly and easy to work with. From the very beginning, she made everything so easy and stress-free. Of course, this was a very small wedding - just us and our two witnesses - but she made it so beautiful. Burga took care of everything - the official, the flowers, the cake and champagne, the marriage license paperwork, and the decorations. Any questions we had were answered immediately via email beforehand. She referred a great photographer (Conch Creative) who took some amazing shots on the beautiful grounds (the place really could pass as a botanical garden). We got married on the beach right in front of our casita and Burga made an aisle from our casita porch down to the beach decorated with conch shells and palm fronds. My flowers were absolutely gorgeous; the cake and champagne were fabulous. In fact, we had leftover cake that they stored for us in the fridge and served to us throughout the rest of the week until it was gone. The wedding was so romantic, beautiful and perfect. If you are considering having a wedding there, we highly recommend it!

So expect another review from us next time we go because we WILL be going back as soon as we can!!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Christi_and_Don
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We stayed in a beachfront casita for three nights. The room was amazing, and the place is beautiful.

My main issue was with the food and drink prices. it's a 20 minute or so boat ride to town, and the last free boat is around 5 pm, which means if you choose to go to town for dinner, you'll have to pay $15 each for a water taxi back to the hotel. So they make it not especially easy to go to San Pedro for dinner, and then charge very high prices for their food and drinks. While the food is good, the portions are small (we left hungry more than once), and the prices are higher than what we would pay at home in NYC.

Another issue is that they do not have a dive shop on site, which is a little odd since diving is one of the main draws of Ambergris. Instead, the dive/snorkel trips are contracted out to a dive shop at another resort.

Room Tip: The beachfront casita nearest the bar/restaurant can be a little noisy at night.
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Address: Beachfront | 5 miles north of San Pedro, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Formerly Matachica Beach Resort)
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#7 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £313 - £372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Matachica Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matachica Resort & Spa is an extraordinary, secluded and peaceful resort that sits on the beach facing the Caribbean Sea and the second largest barrier reef on the planet earth. The resort has 27 single unit casitas, each air conditioned with private porch. All rooms except SeaView Cabanas have one king sized bed, SeaView Cabanas have two queens. We also have one two-bedroomm 2-bathroom SeaBreeze Villa. All with beautiful Frette and Matouk linens, and exquisite decor. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, small gym, sea kayaks, snorkel gear, pedal boats, paddle boards, bicycles, complimentary internet access. A minimum age requirement of 14 years for children applies. ... more   less 
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Matachica Beach Hotel San Pedro
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