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Portofino Beach Resort
Ranked #16 of 55 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 January 2012

We stayed at Portofino mid January for 7 wonderful days. We felt so welcomed as we got off the boat that brought us from San Pedro to the resort (captained by Mo), met by Raphael at the door of the office with complimentary drinks (he makes an excellent Pina Colada!!), waited on in the restaurant by Flor, John, and Ivan, and had our tours to the Mayan ruins, cave tubing and jungle ziplining, AND a day of snorkeling, fishing, and a beach barbecue all booked by David and Lorraine! What an absolutely warm, helpful, and pleasant staff! The entire resort is gorgeous; we stayed in the beautiful VIP suite, with the immaculate pool just steps away from our front door, and the beach just steps beyond. The food at the restaurant was excellent; we did eat some meals at some other local places, but Portofino's restaurant was our favorite. We highly recommend Portofino Resort, and we will be going back!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2012

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. We are so glad to have been able to share our little piece of paradise with you! The Portofino Family looks forward to welcoming you again!

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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We travel several times a year and to many international locations. Rarely repeat any, but will repeat this location.

Location: Looking for quiet, private, lacking noisy children (only 17 suites) and away from town PERFECT. 6 miles north from San Pedro so walking to town for mayhem is not easy. Water taxi is $ 11 o/w however the resort has a boat which goes to town 2-3x a day which you can hop on. If you wish to hang in town, then stay closer to town. For us, San Pedro can be seen in a few hours. We looked at all the resorts during our beach bike cruise and defiinitely chose the RIGHT option.
Staff: Superb! Personable and will adjust what they offer to meet YOUR needs.
Restaurant: Steps to the water with great views. I was thrilled to see they also had a vegetarian selection menu. Complimentary continental breakfast-fresh fruits and homemade bread. Dinner menu $17-30 but well worth it. Exceptional sauces and flavors. We did not travel to any other rest location as this was perfect for us. Also play smooth jazz which was perfect with the caribbean trades gently blowing at the elevated dining area. Small and quaint.
Rooms: Side by side thatched cabanas that have caribbean views but the pool sits in front of the view. We booked last minute and stayed in the suite below the Honeymoon Suite. Closest to the water without a pool view. We were concerned over noise but knew the location would be ideal. 20yrds to toes in the water but be aware, the structure is simple frame and thatched roofs. You will hear others. Location with large glass double doors facing the caribbean was gorgeous. We lived in Hawaii for 20 years and really enjoyed this spot.
Dive Shop: at end of pier. VERY accomodating with whatever you desired. With lower number of guests, they can afford to be.

If you want true island feel and the total sense of relaxation, do not hesitate. If you want party and town, stay near town. Taking the water taxi is very enjoyable. We rented beach bikes from town and you can ride along the shoreline. The dirt road to town would not be recommended. Big pot holes would make a golf cart uncomfortable. Also, as soon as we got close to the road/marsh, the mosquitoes had a feast. No problems with mosquitos at the resort at all. They spray and we had stiff trade winds.
Owner lives on premise (Dutchman) and he is lovely to talk with.
My only recommendation (and I would usually have many suggestions) is to put a mattress pad on the bed. Only to have a sheet against the actual mattress was not very hygenic in my opinion.
We are considering at the end of this year. The country is planning end of Mayan Calendar festivities. What a great place to be to experience what will be.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Overall, we had a fantastic week at Portofino. Our cabana was small but lovely and comfortable. On our arrival, we were offered a welcome drink and an introduction to the resort before we went to our room, which had fresh flowers tucked into every nook and cranny. The bed was a bit hard, but better too hard than too soft, and the housekeeping staff kept our room spotless. The caveats: The food was only so-so, a bit uneven, but the service was wonderful. The resort is right on the beach, but you can't swim in the ocean because of the seagrass, and the water beyond the docks is a water-taxi highway. The best part: Belizeans are the most wonderful people! They just can't do enough--I felt like a princess all week. Would definitely go back there.

Room Tip: Depending on price, half a cabana is like a big hotel room. Full cabana is airy and lovely. They als...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

Portofino Beach Resort is a wonderful place to stay on Ambergris Caye. We chose this resort to have a destination wedding and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The resort was very clean and comfortable, and we spent 7 perfect days in paradise. The staff was absolutely marvelous, patient, and helpful and they treat everyone like old friends making you feel like there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. They covered all the aspects of our wedding and even despite a torrential downpour immediately before we were supposed to begin (it was a beach wedding), completely soaked they still pulled off a more perfect ceremony than either of us could have ever hoped for. Even if you’re not getting married there is more than enough to do. Any activities you would like to do they can arrange for you, from tours to Mayan ruins to scuba diving, cave tubing, zip lines, the list goes on and on. They also offer kayaks and snorkel gear free of charge which you can grab and paddle right off the beach and out to some of the best snorkeling in the world. If you’re not looking for adventure or just want to have a lazy day, there are plenty of chairs and lounges around the pool and on the beach to stretch out and relax in, all just a few steps from your door. Additionally, we loved the location of Portofino, not right in the middle of all the crowds but still just a short water taxi ride away San Pedro and all the attractions it has to offer. We were very sad to have to go as watching the sun rise and set over the Caribbean is an amazing sight of which we will never tire, and as we left we felt as if we were leaving good friends behind.

Room Tip: The Tree Top Suites are fabulous
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2012

Weddings are meant to be a very special day. One to remember for the rest of your life. We are so delighted to have been a part of that special day and we wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Thank you for your review and wonderful comments about your stay with us. The entire family at Portofino looks forward to your return.

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Reviewed 29 December 2011

A little vacatiion break for my husband and I before the holidays led us to Portofino on Ambergris Caye in Belize. The reservation process for our stay at Portofino was seamless: their staff (thanks, Lorraine and David!) booked our flight from Belize City to San Pedro, and then sent a taxi to pick us up at the San Pedro Airport which took us to the waiting water taxi (thanks, Mo!). After a short 10 minute boat ride. we arrived at this great resort where we were greeted with a cool towel and a refreshing glass of punch.

We were not disappointed with our choice -- the resort is beautiful and the service was outstanding! Portofino boasts a beautiful, clean pool and grounds. We stayed in the Barracuda suite which was heavenly.

Addiitionally, the food in the restaurant on property (Le Bistro) is very good. We learned that many people come from other resorts to dine here! In fact while we were guests, a Belizean company held their Christmas party for 18 people at Le Bistro. As the saying goes, "Dine where the locals dine, and you'll find the best food!"

Snorkelers have easy access to "Mexico Rocks" and scuba divers will love the onsite dive shop. In fact my husband was lucky enough to join the resort for their 'Santa Dive'!

We will definitely return to Portofino — we can hardly wait!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2012

We are so happy that you were able to find the escape you were looking for here at Portofino! It was indeed a pleasure having you with us and very happy that you were part of the 'santa dive'. The entire family at Portofino looks forward to welcoming you again!

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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We stayed at Portofino in mid-November and had a lovely time. The tree top suite is worth the extra money. The view from the private balcony and the overall privacy this room allowed for, was perfect. Staff were very friendly, accommodating and helpful. We took the kayak to Mexico Rocks for some fantastic snorkeling. I also recommend the day trip to the Lamanai ruins. If you decide to take the boat to San Pedro for dinner, Warugumas is a wonderful, small restaurant on Middle Street that was a nice alternative to the more fancy meals at Portofino.

Room Tip: Tree top suite
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2011

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and the wonderful snorkeling at Mexico Rocks.

Thank you for staying with us and for the wonderful review. We hope to welcome you once again.

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Reviewed 17 November 2011

Our first visit to Portofino Beach Resort in San Pedro, Belize, was in March 2002, just months after they opened. We found paradise from the moment we were met by Moh, the boat captain, for the private 20 minute ride to Portofino. Having researched places on the internet, we found exactly what we were looking for. Secluded, intimate, and steps from the beach. At that time, there was not a pool. We have visited in February, March and October for a total of 7 visits in 10 years time. Our recent visit was in October (2011), and we were again greeted by Moh with a great smile and hugs. Upon our arrival at the Portofino dock, we were greeted by David and escorted to the main lobby where were offered damp towels to refresh ourselfs, as well as a welcome tropical drink (alcohol added as desired) by Rafael, one of the bartenders that we have known for 8 years of visits. The restaurant has amazing food and presentation. They do have a vegetarian menu, and you may also ask for some subsitutions. The wait staff is friendly, the rooms were always well maintained and cleaned, and the bartendars (Raffael and Orville) are extremely kind, and provided poolside service, as well as dock service. And last, but not least, the owners Jan and Sandra, are like old friends. We certainly have come to feel quite welcome and comfortable at Portofino, and have had the pleasure of watching their family grow. I would recommend Portofino as a great place to stay. A place to enjoy the beauty of Belize, but also to be away from the commercialization, and be truly relaxed in paradise.

Room Tip: Any of the rooms are wonderful. For more spacious, ask for the larger rooms. We have stayed in the...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, General Manager at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2011

It was indeed such a pleasure having you once again. We are so happy that throughout the years, we keep welcoming you back and your experience is always pleasurable. Thank you very much for your comments and we look forward to your next visit!

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Additional Information about Portofino Beach Resort

Address: 6 Miles North | PO Box 36, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#9 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#10 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#15 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £214 - £350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Portofino Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Characterized by its warm and friendly hospitality, Portofino is the epitome of barefoot luxury, unpretentious and relaxing… for most; it will be an experience of a lifetime. Our small, boutique resort offers just 17 beautifully appointed rooms, ranging from charming beach cabanas to spacious suites, dotted amidst swaying palm trees, in a private setting with unmatched personal attention and the modern comforts of home. It is a haven of tranquility, where guests will enjoy the subtle sounds of the nearby waves lapping over the reef, gentle breeze, breathtaking sunrise, star studded night sky and spectacular views of the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. The perfect setting for a romantic getaway, intimate wedding, honeymoon, family and friends.Portofino offers leisure options to suit every taste. Relax in our fresh water outdoor swimming pool; enjoy a great book from our book collection or simply indulge yourself in a massage on the beach under our hand thatched palapa hut. Explore the underwater world with snorkel equipment or skim along the surface in our complimentary sea kayaks. Delicious meals prepared by our resort chef can be served in the privacy or your beach cabana or suite, on our private dock with a romantic setting or at the Portofino Restaurant. Sip on amazing tropical cocktails at the Green Parrot Beach Bar or perhaps a late afternoon snack from the Green Parrot Bistro. Take advantage of our DVD library and unwind in front of the flat TV screen in your room. Or, simply take in the view. In short, relax and enjoy! Reception in the main building is manned by professional and knowledgeable staff. From, activities bookings and directions to itineraries and dining reservations, our friendly and professional staff is eager to assist you. Access to PORTOFINO is by boat only, and therefore we offer a complimentary meet and greet service at San Pedro Airstrip and boat transfer to the resort, an approximately 20 minutes ride. ... more   less 
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