We just returned from Belize, San Pedro. The Pelican Reef Villas are a great choice that we found on Trip Advisor. We were very pleased with this choice. The hotel is located away from the center of town so renting a golf cart was a good idea. We used it a lot. (For instance, restaurants may send a cart to get you but you will wait quite a while. We found it easier to drive ourselves to the places we wanted to go.) The hotel serves breakfast and lunch but no dinner. There are many good restaurants which Terri, the concierge, recommended and all were excellent. She is very attentive to details and knows exactly what to arrange. We had been in contact with the management before arrival to book tours. They did this but were flexible to be able to make last minute changes after we arrived. They were very helpful at all times.
The villa (#15) we were in has two bedrooms, two baths, a washer dryer, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, dining room area, sitting room with TV, safe, balconies and TV's in the bedrooms as well. It was so easy to be there. We did not cook but we fixed coffee and snacks. You could cook if you wanted to. The villa was equipped with a lot of towells as well which we appreciated. The fans in every room helped to keep the temperature pleasant but there was also AC. We did not have problems with bugs in the room. We were bitten just a few times on the streets at dusk, but we used DEET in the morning and evening. The front desk has sun block lotion and anti-mosquito sprays. We kept the doors closed mostly. Villa #15 has no real view and is more on the street side but we were not disturbed by noise. It was fine.
They keep the property in very clean condition, including the beach. Every morning I saw removal of the grass that grows in the water. The water right from the beach has a lot of sea grass but they have a pier so that you can swim off into slightly deeper water with less weeds. We spent our time out in the lagoon anyhow where the water is clear and full of colorful fish. The pool is beautiful, clean, pleasant. Plantings,I noticed were all well tended. The personnel were all friendly and helpful. The owner, Greg, sought us out the first day we arrived to go over our schedule and advise. He seemed to enjoy his work a lot. I had the impression of a very well run property.
We spent most of our time snorkeling. The snorkeling is fantastic and safe. Terri, the concierge, booked us with Amigos del Mar for the Blue Hole excursion. It was all day, stopping at several places. We do not scuba dive but there were divers mostly aboard. Edgar guided us in snorkeling. He was very kind to help one person who was nervous and had not done a lot of snorkeling. He knew all the fish and made the viewing interesting. They take you to an area they call the "Aquarium" where they feed the fish with watermellon rind. They were all around us, beautiful fish! I felt that we were safe and with very qualified guides. The boat was big enough to be very comfortable. They provided a very nice lunch on an island where we saw nesting red footed Booby birds in the canopy. Then we went with the company called "Searious" to Hol Chan and the (Nurse) Shark/Ray Alley as well as to Mexican Rocks. These are spots in the lagoon and good for a half day excursion. The guides were great as well and they know what they are doing so you are safe and see a lot.
The only disappointment we had was probably our own making - we wanted to fish for grouper. We saw a lot of those while snorkeling and my husband had communicated this to the Pelican Reef Villas, but he also said he did not want to get sea sick and he wanted to fish on the reef. Therefore they arranged a small boat to take us on the flats to fish for snapper and barracuda. We caught both and that was fine. However we have run into the problem of not getting what we envisioned from hotels for fishing trips. I think this is because the hotel will call those companies that they know and deal with regularly because they want their clients to be safe and happy. We should have done some research as to the kind of boats and trips available. In our case case we would have had to go not on the flats but the other deep side of the reef and in rocky water. We should have gotten suggestions of fishing companies from the hotel but called them independently. However the Pelican Reef Villas cooked us a feast from the fish we brought back and in several different styles for our lunch. They were so nice to do this. It was a wonderful meal to which they added vegetables, salad, sauces.
One other note about Caribbean weather in December. I have experienced Caribbean weather in December in Puerto Rico where the wind kicked up and there were big waves, in Panama where the Caribbean side can be very turbulent and in Belize where the weather was beautiful but with some rains. If you go over the Christmas holiday you can experience some occasional wind and rain even though they say the rainy season ends in November. The rain blew in and away quickly, but we found ourselves snorkeling in fairly heavy rain and it was rather exotic. The rain was, in fact, beautiful.
In all, I would say that the Pelican Reef Villas is a beautiful, friendly, well equipped and well tended establishment. We are glad we stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come Experience Luxury! Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Pelican Reef Villas. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Pelican Reef Villas blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 Miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Reef Villas Hotel San Pedro
- Pelican Reef Hotel
- Pelican Reef Resort
- Pelican Reef Villas Resort Belize/San Pedro