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Hol Chan Reef Villas
Ranked #28 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Great views near Hol Chan dive site. Secluded but construction was occurring on both sides of resort as well as in the resort itself. Very distracting to have concrete drilling occur at 7:30 am until 5:00pm. No elevator yet so be prepared to walk up to your room.
That said, Sue and Omar took great care of us. Sue handled all if our plans quickly and never seemed to tire from our endless questions. We were very pleased with all her suggestions, she is great. Omar always was available to help with his wonderful smile and friendly manner.
Hol Chan Resort will certainly be a 5 rating once the construction is complete.

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Sue and JOEL were absolutely fantastic and took great care of our large group. Condo was perfect, great condition, clean. Being outside the city is not a bad thing, as it's really great to be at calm and relax. Can't recommend it more.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

I had an incredible stay here - the place is gorgeous, right on the water with a lovely dock & hut/hammock on the end, plus two pools. The unit we stayed in was on the 4th floor (3BR/2 bath), with spectacular views and was very clean with modern appliances (including dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer) - everything we needed to cook was there, and more. The caretakers Sue and Joel are absolutely amazing - helped us arrange golf carts, tours, groceries, etc. We had lots of questions for them and they answered them all.

Only downsides are that the resort is a bit far from San Pedro - 20-25 min golf cart ride - and the place is still in the final stages of construction. However, in the coming months they should have things under control! Really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back.

Room Tip: The units on the top floor (4th) have great views though it's a lot of stairs to climb. We staye...
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1  Thank addis450
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Hol Chan Reef Resort is an absolute wonderful place for a relaxing vacation. Stayed on the ground floor 1B and was able to walk straight out to the pool and pier-this was a great asset for this unit. Unit has 3 bedrooms and can sleep 6 adults. Patio on the roof for hosting and BBQing with great views.
Bikes available to guest, and kayaks. Pier with lounge chairs and hammock over the Caribbean.
Sue and Joel great with setting up adventures-snorkeling, mainland Belize cave tubing and Maya ruins sight seeing, and massages on the pier "Pier Bliss".

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Our family needs a break from Seattle rain every Feb-March and this year we chose Hol Chan for our "shot of sunshine" week. We stayed 7 fabulous nights and had an absolute blast! The combination of clean, luxury accomodations, a variety of activities and genuine hospitality made this vacation a permanent bright spot in our family's memory!

We arrived to a stocked kitchen and fabulous smells of dinner cooking, thanks to our reasonably priced personal chef! Email ahead of time and you can set this all up! After a long day of travel, it was beyond wonderful to be greeted by an air-conditioned, clean, warmly decorated home and a hot, wholesome meal on the table! Everyone's beds were super comfortable & my husband and I appreciated having our own separate master suite. We have traveled a lot, but this condo was by far the nicest and the most homey-feeling.

Our boys are ages 13 and 10 & they were worn out by fun in the sun every day! Some days we went on excursions, like deep sea fishing, snorkeling with sharks and rays, and cave tubing... Other days it was nice to simply lounge by the infinity pool. We bought a big beach ball and played some "water polo", paddled on the SUPs, and adventured into town on our golf cart.

But what really made the vacation extra special was the genuine hospitality of the entire staff. Within a day or two, they all felt like family :) Sue and Joel, the managers, accomodated our every wish. I wanted to check out local meat and produce markets, so Sue obliged me with a morning trip into town. They also had great recommendations of "hole in the wall" local restaurants and food stands that were amazingly delicious and not-so-touristy. The caretaker staff were very friendly too... They respected our privacy when we were relaxing, but also helped us with our whims, like "can you cut us down some coconuts?" to practical matters like, "Can I borrow a broom?" Every morning we woke up to not only breathtakingly gorgeous sunrises, but also a freshly swept patio, clean pool, and SMILES.

The absolute only caution I'd mention: If you plan on traveling with family members who have pain issues, you may want to re-consider. The golf cart ride into town is very bumpy and could aggravate someone who has physical sensitivities.

My next plan is to hopefully come back SOON: It'd be an amazing getaway alone with other couples, just the two of us, or... a girlfriend getaway! Whatever your vacation plans, you seriously will be hard-pressed to find a better tropical getaway than Hol Chan and the San Pedro area!

Room Tip: We were on the ground floor but heard zero noise from above us. You can request rooms on any level...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Hi!
We recently traveled back to Hol Chan Reef Resort for a two week vacation in February 2014. We had an amazing time and we were greeted with the upmost hospitality. The management staff (Sue and Joel) arranged for us to have a case of beer, a case of water, a nice fruit plate, and coffee in our condo to help get us settled in right away. We stayed at the Hol Chan in February of 2013 and we enjoyed all of the improvement to the facility and the management staff. Three new pools were added, several new tiki huts were added to the beach, new kayaks, new paddle boards, and a bunch of bicycles available for use! Almost all of the work on the second resort building has been completed and the condos are gorgeous!!
Sue and Joel are the top notch managers of the resort. They were always around to answer questions, give a recommendation, or to help you plan an excursion. Joel was great with understanding the guest desires and on several occasions asked us for our opinions on improvement ideas. It was great that Sue and Joel are so interested in the voice of their customers. Albeit, our wives can offer up some pretty expensive suggestions sometimes- lol.
One ask and Sue/Joel took care of everything for you in a jiff. In fact, we wanted some more Belikin beer and Joel delivered it right to our door. Sue helped us make arrangements for in house cooks (Maria week one and Marfa week two) during our stay to cook our own caught fish. They also cooked chicken and lamb for us and the food was just as amazing. Their company was just as enjoyable!
Patrick and Omar were great as well. They worked tirelessly to keep everything around the resort in great condition. They were always around for questions and advice about the island (i.e. were to go fishing off the beach to catch good fish!).
We fully enjoyed our stay at Hol Chan Reef Resorts. We made several new acquaintances and friends along the way as well. Truly a wonderful vacation in Belize!!

Read the review by Tony "Great Place to stay" He sums up everything perfectly. # 1 rule, Sue and Joel rock!

Sincerely,
Adam C

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed at Hol Chan Resort for a week in mid January. Despite the cloudy weather (we had only one day of full sun) we had a very enjoyable time. Our condo unit was on the 4th floor and the view from the balcony was fantastic! We enjoyed having our morning coffee outside watching the boats pass by and admiring the turquoise waters. Sue and Joel were the best hosts! They helped us in many ways....having our unit stocked with food and beverage upon our arrival, booking tours for us, arranging for taxi services and golf cart rental, hiring Marfa to cook a very delicious meal, suggesting great places to eat on the island, etc. Our unit was very clean and well maintained...beds were comfortable (most important!) Our snorkeling tour was the best ever....we saw large sea turtles, nurse sharks, rays, green eel, and tons of colorful small fish!
Fishing with Gavino was great, too.....we caught barracuda, which tasted wonderful lightly breaded and deep-fried, compliments of Marfa. If you are looking for great snorkeling and fishing, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Steven R
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Additional Information about Hol Chan Reef Villas

Address: 3.5 Miles South of San Pedro Town, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize (Formerly Milo's Hotel)
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#27 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £245 - £451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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Hol Chan Reef Villas Belize/San Pedro

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