We just got home from a two week stay at Hol Chan Reef Villas. This place is not a hotel. Instead, it is like living in your own very comfortable and luxurious private residence on the beach (although for too short a time). We knew we had made the right accommodation decision when we walked in the front door of our vacation home and could see the spectacular view. The view got even better as we walked through the gourmet kitchen and dining/living room and onto the huge second floor private deck with comfy patio furniture. The colors of the water ranged from turquoise blue to deep midnight blue to frothy white where the waves broke on the reef.
Hol Chan Reef Villas is a brand new building in an existing resort that is under new management. The building is still unfinished on the outside, however inside the spacious apartment the furniture, finishing and materials were impeccable. We enjoyed having 2400 square feet and three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Joel and Sue, the new management, are warm and gracious hosts who went out of their way to make us feel welcome and helped us arrange adventures (a fishing/snorkeling trip with a beach BBQ to cook up our catch for lunch, a zip lining adventure and a trip to a Mayan ruin). The tour company picked us up right at the resort dock, we could not ask for more convenience. Dive companies will also pick up from the dock for trips to numerous dive sites. Joel and Sue also had paddle boards, kayaks and bicycles for us to use everyday from the beach. I hate being nickle and dimed while on vacation so it was a great surprise to discover that unlike many resorts there was not an extra fee for these toys, or the WIFI either.
You do not come to Belize for the beaches; the second longest barrier reef in the world, which is just offshore, makes for world class fishing, snorkeling and diving but not great beaches. But, the beach area at Hol Chan is one of the best that we have seen on Ambergris Caye and was very well maintained (it was raked by 6:30am every morning). Like most of the island, there is sea grass near the shore to support the ecosystem so we swam off of the dock and enjoyed the warm shallow water. We stayed in a very highly rated resort in town last year, without our kids, but would not have felt as comfortable letting our children play there in the high walking and bicycle traffic zone. At Hol Chan our kids enjoyed running and playing on the dock, in the pool, in the sea, and in the sand while we watched from a lounge chair under a palapa. We could not have given them this much freedom in town.
As Hol Chan Reef Villas are 3.5 miles south of town, we rented a golf cart for our stay so that we could go to town or to the local restaurants. About a mile away are two great restaurants and small market where we purchased all the supplies we needed. We enjoyed breakfast and evening cocktails on our patio watching the waves. Although we enjoyed walking to restaurants and shops in town when we stayed there previously, we really enjoyed the quiet on the south side of the island and the very private beach area.
If you want a quiet relaxing family vacation away from the noisy bars and hustle and bustle in town, and don't want to sacrifice on the space and amenities, this is a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A premier, 5-star rated destination in Ambergris Caye, Belize, Hol Chan Reef Resort & Villas combines the solitude of private, luxurious accommodations with convenient proximity to restaurants and nightlife closer to town. While staying with us, you'll enjoy 3 amazing pools, complimentary kayak and paddleboard access, personal concierge and tour services, and luxurious, spa-like accommodations with everything you need to relax, unwind, and enjoy your Belize vacation! Located 3.5 miles south of San Pedro town, Hol Chan Reef Resort and Villas offers an elevator and two incredible rooftop decks that will WOW you with unobstructed, 360 degree views of the southern part of the island! Additionally, the very close proximity to two of Belize's PREMIER tour destinations - Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark / Ray Alley - means you don't have to go far for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world! For extra convenience, our onsite tour company will pick you up directly from our dock! Guests of Hol Chan Reef Resort and Villas love our close proximity and easy access to the heart of San Pedro town, while appreciating the relaxing, peaceful atmosphere that being far enough away from the action avails! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hol Chan Reef Villas Belize/San Pedro