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Sapphire Beach Resort
Ranked #34 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We just spent some time at Sapphire Beach and thought we should write something about our pleasant experience. If you like the night life, casinos and shopping, this is not for you. But, if you are into calm, nature and warm Caribbean waters, this is it! After a 25min. boat ride from the main town, San Pedro, you land in this beautiful village on the beach with thatch roofs. Our unit was simple but comfortable with a large terrace overlooking one of the pools. We enjoyed the nice landscaping, exotic birds, and sea life. In fact, if you are sporty and enjoy fishing, there is plenty of that for you to catch and cook--in your own well-equiped kitchen.
The extra bonus was the staff, who were friendly, welcoming and eager to please. Luis, the manager, was sharp and energetic. Lanice, at the restaurant, was kindly answering every question we had about the food that, by the way, was delicious-- don't miss the mango cheese cake. Ralph, driving the boat, was more than patient for late passengers and Jerrilee and Jossie at the office, were always busy trying to help customers.
The T.V. was there to watch movies but not yet installed for regular channels (we were told it should be done this coming week).
Thank you everyone at Sapphire Beach for making our vacation the most relaxed we had in a long time

Room Tip: Rooms around the pool are as nice as the ones facing the ocean. Try to get a room on the south side...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Thank you so much for choosing us as your vacation choice. I will pass this on to our staff as I am sure there can never be too much great reviews. You certainly went the extra mile and I thank you.

Hope to see you soon,
Luis

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We have been to Ambergris Caye many times and stayed in many locations on the island. within San Pedro, South of San Pedro, a couple of miles North. In our opinion this is the best of them all. Its a 25 minute boat ride to town but its so worth the trip. Every time the resort's boat pulls up to its pier if you have elected to go into town that day you get that same feeling of being in a whole new world of tropical bliss. The island is so beautiful this far North. Larger white sand beaches, lush natural vegetation, higher ground, and of course so much more piece and tranquility there is also a lot less boat traffic. Sapphire Beach showcases this natural beauty with an incredible beach and landscaping throughout the resort. There are lots of tropical flower beds that attracts beautiful birds. Chilling on there beach is so surreal. Its so amazing how the ocean changes color depending on the cloud cover or weather. This is our 2nd time staying at Sapphire Beach the first being in Nov. 2013 we loved it then and we love it even more now. There restaurant El Zafiro is now open and serves incredible food. Every meal we had was great from the seafood ceviche to the maple glazed pork chops it was all so satisfying and they will also deliver to your room if requested. The buildings on there property are all spread out and are many different styles and levels. Its so unique compared to most other resorts. We stayed in a pool view unit and we think the view is just as nice as an ocean view. There is so much privacy and every unit has very large porches and balconies that are covered overhead to enjoy the shade and protect from the occasional rain shower. The units have full kitchens, comfortable beds, beautiful mahogany furniture and trim, and ours was nicely decorated. Internet works, but there is no cable TV yet, but we did not miss it at all. Our unit was furnished with a TV and DVD player and there is a large selection of DVDs to borrow from. They have three pools although they are small its fun to use them all throughout our trip for the different views. They have a nice pool bar that was well equipped. The beers were ice cold and a nice bartender that mixed great drinks and was very outgoing ( his name was E.Z.). In fact the whole Sapphire Beach staff was great! They will go out of there way to insure your happiness and are genuinely nice people. Luis the resort manager, Jerrilee front desk, Jossie, Ben and last but not least Raphael the boat captains. A great group of people for sure. There is some construction going on but nothing to diminish your stay there. We saw the plans of there phase two that they are currently working on. WOW.. ask to see the pool plans if you stay there and the almost completed units are stunning looking. We will be coming back for years in the future and look forward to experiencing the evolution of this great resort Sapphire Beach.

Room Tip: El Zafiro is an excellent on site restaurant but guests have an option for free boat pick up for din...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thank you very much. That was quite a read! I am very pleased that you have taken the time out to leave us such a wonderful review. Our staff will certainly beam with pride after I share this.

It seems we have a multiple returning guest on our hands! It will be a great pleasure to serve you as always and you are welcome back anytime.

All the Best
Luis

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Not often do we find a resort so inviting and peaceful. This Sapphire visit will be on my repeat travel calendar. Restaurant is great as we're all the staff, but the tranquility was over-the-top! Great stay. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Depends on the number visiting. All rooms we viewed are great.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Phil,

On behalf of everyone here at Sapphire, thank you very much. We try to take advantage of the fact that we are far enough away from the local hustle & bustle yet near enough that one can still hop on a boat and go explore for the day.

Hope to see you again soon.

Luis

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Just what I was looking for! A quiet place of natural beauty. My unit was right off the waters edge and what a lovely white sand beach it is. Staff was delightful warm and friendly. You can be as active or as laid back as your heart desires.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Luis V, Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Tulsahoney,

Thank you very much. I shall certainly pass this great review on to our staff. See you soon.

Luis

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We stayed in a 1 bedroom condo overlooking the beautiful courtyard and pools.
The suite is very comfortable, clean and had everything that we needed.
We spent our days walking the beach, swimming, kayaking to the reef and snorkelling right off shore of the resort,
socializing at the Palappa bar and we went into town a couple of days to shop at the local markets.
The Food at Zaffiro was really good. The Staff were always helpful and friendly.
There is some construction going on near-by, but the noise was minimal and not a problem.
The workers even chopped open a coconut for us :-)
We will definitely be going back to Sapphire Beach.
Joe and Marilynn, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Joseph,
Thank you very much for leaving a wonderful review. We hope to see you soon.

Luis

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I just stayed at Sapphire Beach for ten days and what a GRAND experience it was. If you want peace and quiet, away from the hassle and bustle, THIS IS the place to be. The restaurant, El Zafiro, has some great tasting dishes. I am excited to share my experience with anyone looking for a vacation in "Paradise."

Thank you, Luis and the entire staff at Sapphire Beach for making my stay absolutely amazing AND I WILL BE BACK!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Thank you very much for leaving such a great review. It is much appreciated. I do hope to see you very soon again.

Luis

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

If you want to get away from it all and relax this is the place for you. It is a little tough to get to, so if a 90 minute water taxi ride and a 25 minute boat ride from San Pedro is too much for you, look elsewhere. But this was just what we wanted. Beautiful resort with not many people there. About 12 people there the whole 6 nights of our stay. So you have the beautiful beach to yourself and a choice of 3 pools. Hammocks, lounge chairs, and kayaks are easily available. Meals are delicious at the on-site restaurant or you can get provisions in San Pedro and cook in your room. Not one person we talked to had a bad meal there, though. We had dinner 3 times and one lunch, including having it delivered to our room on 2 occasions.
If something is not to your liking in your room, just ask and it is taken care of. Small issues arouse and were promptly resolved. Keep in mind that this resort is still in it's infancy, so there may be some wrinkles such as the room not being fully stocked. But that is more than made up by the friendly personal. Need black pepper? Just ask. And everything was very clean. Never an issue.
Yes, work was still going on with the occasional sounds of a hammer or saw, but it was never a distraction or annoyance. And we were very happy with the reliable mifi internet access and complimentary cell phone. Brought some dvds with as there is no cable tv yet and the office has a lot of movies to choose from. If you aren't looking for the night life I think you would be very happy here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Luis A, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2014

On behalf of the Sapphire and Zafiro restaurant staff I would like to thank you for taking the time out to post a review. I shall pass this on to the staff.
Indeed you rightly stated that if its the party life one is looking for, then maybe not Sapphire, but if serenity and secluded beaches are your desire, consider it fulfilled.
Thank you again and we hope to see you soon.

Luis

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Address: | 10 Miles North of San Pedro Town, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 501, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £96 - £218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sapphire Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sapphire Beach Resort; the jewel of Ambergris Caye A Stunning, Untouched Eden on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. At Sapphire Beach Resort, the rush of time slows. The crystalline seas and soft, sandy shores remain as nature made them, beckoning guests to one of the world’s last unspoiled paradises. Shape your dream holiday at this secluded beach resort, where pristine beauty, personalized service and modern indulgences have formed a retreat of unparalleled allure. Explore the underwater treasures of one of the world’s premier dive locations in the Caribbean; Belize which is known for their MesoAmerican; the second largest barrier reef in the world and the Grand Blue Hole. Sip a cocktail on your private terrace as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. Or simply lounge on the white coral sand and soak up the radiant sun. Escape to this tranquil, wonderfully relaxed choice of beach resort and discover a tangible embodiment of your ideal tropical paradise. Nestled on the tip of North; Ambergris Caye Belize, a mere 25 minutes boat ride from San Pedro’s town core. Imagine a romantic vacation for you both; or a wonderful vacation with your family or favorite friends. You can sit back & chill, Relax in your style of vacation; “a glass of wine with that special someone you love in paradise” or enjoying your friends who are off on their jungle adventures or sightseeing tours of the island. Three sparkling swimming pools set in lush tropical gardens and all of this surrounded by magnificent unobstructed wraparound ocean views. That’s a vacation at the “Sapphire Beach Resort”, located on the sunny Caribbean island of San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize. You’ll be pleasantly surprised because we will be happy to provide your airport or water taxi pickup when in San Pedro; or we can arrange for your golf cart rental. There will also be a welcome cocktail drink upon your arrival. – Enough for your evening “happy hour”; so you can begin relaxing upon arrival. Room service is available. Thank you for choosing Sapphire Beach Resort. ... more   less 
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