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Sapphire Beach Resort
Ranked #35 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
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“PARADISE!!!”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

My family and I have stayed at Belize in a couple of different resorts over the years. Recently, we stayed in the
new Sapphire Beach Resort. I can honestly say this place is what you are fantasizing about when you think of a beautiful and relaxing island paradise. It was truly delightful. Luis and his team of professionals are there to take care of you from the second your boat lands at the dock, till the second you leave. The service was excellent, and the beach was second to none. Loved all the hammocks, and the shade right by the water. The food at the restaurant was terrific, and my wife and I loved the Tikki Bar by the pool. It's about 20 minutes from town, but for us, this was a plus. We went into town a few times, but ended up preferring to stay at Sapphire Beach alot of the our week. We ate most of our meals at the resort restaurant, El Zafiro. I am in the service industry, and am a pretty critical guy, but I was blown away by the fantastic food. Chef Victor made the best ceviche we have ever eaten with fresh coconut, and mango. He is a true artist. I strongly recommend Sapphire Beach and particularly El Zafiro. Sapphire Beach gets 5 stars from all of us. Go to this place.

Room Tip: We were by the pool, about a one minute walk to the beach. Very nice, and quiet. Not for people who...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Thank you very much and we are certainly pleased that we seemed to have met your requirements. Its always a great feeling to impress those that are versed in this field.
We hope to serve you soon again.

Luis
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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Sapphire is absolutely remarkable! I would advise them to hire a photographer to capture better shots of the resort because the pictures online do not do justice for this pleasant hide away. Beautiful, natural beach, home-away-from-home rooms and villas, and great food!

From the moment you come in contact with the staff, they go beyond the call of duty to please their guests. The boat captain, Raphael, made himself available at anytime to take us to town. Jerilee (sp?) and Carlos were so sweet and accommodating. And at the bar, Easy and Lanice (sp?) were so friendly and attentive.

If you're looking for a quiet corner of the world to getaway and relax, no place could be better.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Thank you very much and yes indeed we are addressing the issue of getting a professional photographer. It really is nice to have our guests pleasantly surprised though but point taken. We need to showcase the absolute beauty of this piece of paradise.

Luis
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I spent 10 days at Sapphire in June. I needed the escape of a remote location, but I was worried that my two teen-aged boys would be bored. Not a problem. At Sapphire there is swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and beach-combing, and the boys had a blast knocking down coconuts. We actually bought a machete in town so that we could cut them open – unnecessary, since the friendly staff is happy to whack them open for you, but you know, teens like to whack stuff… And the resort makes it easy to get to town, so they got their occasional jet-ski fix. They also dive (I don’t), and had an amazing night-dive where they saw sting rays, sharks, octopus and eels. But I had the last laugh, when several dolphins swam by one morning, while the kids were still in bed and I was enjoying my coffee on the beach.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Luis V, General Manager at Sapphire Beach Resort, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Than you very much for leaving a great review. Hope to see you soon again.

Luis
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I have travelled extensively around the Caribbean rim including (7) trips to Belize and I have never found a resort that better captures what my imagination tells me I should seek in a tropical paradise. With natural beauty beyond description it is wonderfully secluded; yet not isolated as the bustle of town is only a short boat ride away. Unlike many Caribbean resorts that look ostentatious and out of place on a Caribbean beach, Sapphire Beach Resort has a fabulous eco-perfect design that "fits" with the natural environment but still provides all of the lavish comforts and amenities. Thatched roof tops hover under the Milky Way and sapphire blue lighting encircles beach side palms while your five star gourmet dinner is being delivered to your choice of indoor or outdoor dining locations. Garden paths wind through the resort in gentle curves because a straight line would emply time matters. The poolside palapa bar is small enough to feel intimate and friendly and is a welcome escape from the boisterous San Pedro bar scene. Yet it is busy enough to ensure lively conversation and the meeting of new friends. Being together in a tropical paradise accessible only by boat creates a comradery among guests like you would find on a group campout……..except no one is roughing it at Sapphire Beach! The accommodations are cozy and very well planned with choices that include ocean, pool, or garden views in a variety of price ranges. If you are watching your budget, yes, you can afford to visit Sapphire Beach, and if money doesn't matter you can't afford to miss it. And the staff: This is the most accommodating group of service personnel I have ever found. And I say that acknowledging that I have been the recipient of some extraordinary service from many trips with the cruise ship industry. Whatever your vacation need, turn it over to this staff. They will order, coordinate, deliver, cook, call or reserve until you go to bed happy. Equally perfect for couples or a family, I think you will love this place. I found it last February, returned in May, and have already booked my next trip for September. Perhaps I'll see you there…..

Room Tip: Phase two is under construction but there was little in the way of noise or dust. From every room yo...
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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 review, 15 July 2014
It was a pleasure serving you and thank you so much for such an amazing review. We hope to see you soon enough again.

Luis
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NYC
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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 review, 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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Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
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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 review, 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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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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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 review, 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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Property: Sapphire Beach Resort
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:
#33 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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