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Portofino Beach Resort
Ranked #20 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“You will feel very, very special.”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Stayed the of November 9th 2013 for our 41st wedding anniversary.
We live in Belize City so knew it would be a rainy weekend and it was but Mo and Raphael were like sunshine and the dinner service provided by Jessica made our stay extra special. Compliments to the chef as well.
Someone took the time to make our stay very personal and memorable, thank you.
The rooms are large and nicely kept and the tropical gardens and poolside are warm and natural unlike the concrete,stainless and plastic of some resorts.
Unfortunately did not meet the managers/owners but thank you for a wonderful 41st.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are happy to know that your 41st felt as special as it should have! We are glad you enjoyed the barefoot elegance of our little piece of paradise and the warm hospitality of our staff.

We look forward to welcoming you again!
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Louisville, KY
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

First off let me tell you how nice the resort is. The rooms are comfortable and clean in addition to being quaint and charming with the euro-Mayan touch. Yes, they do look like the pictures. The grounds and pool are very well maintained. The attention to detail is immaculate. If you never leave the resort, you will have a great time at the bar and pool. The food was fabulous--portions were perfect. I read some people said the prices were high but if fine dining to you is Longhorn's steakhouse-then it might be pricey. Where I am from I pay a lot more to get this freshness and quality. When you are ready to explore they will hook you up with snorkeling gear and kayaks or charter a diving or fishing trip on their dock. When you want to go into town hop on the boat and you are there in less than 20 mins.
With that being said what makes this resort truly special are the people. From the owners Jan and Sondra to Yolanda, Orville, Ivan, Jessica, Mo, Roy and Rafa (sorry if I left anyone out) they are what makes Portofino a special place that you will never forget. If you want a drink out of a coconut, they will get it. If you want lunch on the pier, they will bring it. Whatever you want just ask an I guarantee they can make it happen.
So again, if you hate awesome, this is not the place for you.

Room Tip: I love rooms 1-3 bc they are closer to the water but all rooms are good.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of the Portofino Family.

Each and every day we seek ways to make our guests stay better and we are so glad that it is being noted.

We look forward to your return.
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Tombstone, Az
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

From the minute Moe picked us up at Maya Air we knew we were in for something special. After a short boat ride we arrived to be greeted with a refreshing towel and a lovely drink with a hibiscus floating in it (to which a healthy dose of rum was added!). After check-in, Yolanda escorted us to our cabana that literally took our breath away, it was so gorgeous. We then chose our scent for homemade Maya soap (can't buy anywhere else). There were fresh flowers everywhere in the room, changed daily. From there we were treated like royalty for a week by the rest of wonderful staff which included Orville, Rafael, Jessica, Roy, Ivan and many more. We met the owners and their lovely children and spent many hours visiting with them. The restaurant was excellent, fresh food beautifully prepared and one night we had the fresh red snapper catch of our new friends prepared by the kitchen! It is obvious the owners are European as the little touches are what make this place so special.

I heard complaints that the food and bar were pricy but considering the quality of the resort itself, I expected nothing different. My theory is, if you can't afford to go on vacation, don't go!! If you want cheap, go to one of the less exotic resorts. If you want pampering, go to the Portofino!

Room Tip: There is no fitness center or spa but there is a masseuse on site that I didn't get a chance to...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear how much the little personal touches made your stay extra special. Our staff is very warm and hospitable and enjoy making guests feel welcomed.

Our team truly goes the extra mile and it is very nice to know that it is appreciated.

We look forward to your return!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

The food is wonderful, the rooms comfortable, and the staff friendly. Though it requires a boat ride to get to San Pedro, there is a dive shop on Portofino's pier, which was great for me and my friends. We especially appreciated the individual attention we got from the dive masters as a few of us were getting certified and the others were doing a refresher course.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thanks for your review.

We are very happy that you enjoyed our resort and diving! We look forward to your return!
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We gathered from all over the US at Portofino to dive, eat, sunbath, and enjoy each others company. One of the owners met us in town and escorted us to Portofino by boat. From the moment we arrived the staff was attentive and genuinely seemed to care that the guests were taken care of.

Despite being in a rather remote location, Portofino was well maintained, and provided internet, television, and air conditioning. I appreciated this since most of us were attorneys and still needed to stay in touch with the real world.

The food was absolutely wonderful, and they even cooked up the seafood that one of our party caught on his fishing trip. This is worth the 15 minute boat ride from town. Even if you don't stay at Portofino I would recommend the trip to eat. It's well worth it.

We did a lot of diving with a rather diverse group of divers. Action Divers is located at the end of the pier and I would highly recommend them for anyone wanting to enjoy diving.

We are already planning another trip with a larger group for next fall.

Room Tip: The view from the cabanas was amazing!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thanks for your review! We are happy that your group was able to enjoy the barefoot elegance and comforts of home right here at our little piece of paradise.

We look forward to welcoming your group again!
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Absolutely fantastic service from everyone associated with this property. From the moment that we landed at the airport, we were 100% taken care of. The property was beautiful and well maintained. Loved that the location was a bit away from the town. Very, very impressed. I would, however, sugest that experienced divers look at providers other than those on the dock at the hotel. They are better suited to snorkelers or novice divers.

Thank you so much! WIll definitely be back soon!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and are very happy that you were impressed with our resort.

We are also sorry for any inconveniences you might have experienced with the dive shop on site and will definitely pay close attention to the services in that area as we want our guests to be impressed by everything we do.

Once again, thank you so much for posting your review and we look forward to your return!
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Exceeded my expectations, the location was perfect! The Staff was so friendly. If you're looking for some hotel to be in the middle of nowhere, quiet, relaxing, beautiful, cleaning, and great staff ... For sure this is the place !!! Wonderful place without a doubt

  • Stayed October 2013
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
We are so happy that you enjoyed the privacy and seclusion of our location. It is our goal to exceed expectations of our guests and we are happy that we accomplished that for you! We look forward to your return!

Thanks for sharing!
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Property: 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:
#7 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#9 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#12 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#19 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#23 Family Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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