THIS PLACE IS A DREAM! To try to describe it, it was like having a luxury vacation home on the most beautiful private beach ever, with a full staff to take care of you.
First, the place: Indescribable. The photos do not do the place justice. Everything was well designed, loved all the little details. (I am a designer from nyc if that gives me any credibility to comment.) Even the coffee table was made from this exotic Belizean wood, stunning (I fantasized having it in my living room but wouldn't fit in my carry on) Loved how there were so many chill out spots- by the dock, by the infinity pool (also wanted it in my living room), hammocks everywhere, by the reflection pool/cocktail bar, in the restaurant, on the rooftop with a jacuzzi. (yes- ROOFTOP ON A JACUZZI!)
The staff: Ridiculous. They were so attentive and great. Met the owners, Viv and Jeff. They are super cool I want to facebook friend them. Seriously! The manager Fin was making me laugh everytime I saw him. They have this amazing group of dogs there too (SHRIMP!)
The restaurant: ROJO was phenomenal. Jeff is a very talented chef, pls try the grits! Or the udon, or the conch and sausage pizza! The cocktails complimented the food too- the frozen mojito, mango margarita-yum. I am long going to crave these. So impressed, I could see this place in NYC doing very very very well. They incorporate local ingredients and make it adventurous but not pretentious. We even hunted for conch's when we went snorkeling and they used it in dinner!!! How cool is that?
One day we snorkeled to the reef (which was very close) tied it to a booey and saw uni, colorful fishes, turtles. We took the boat out to snorkel and swam with sharks! This sounds like I am making it up, I know, or watching an episode from Travel Channel but it's real. Everyone should experience Azul. It's now my happy place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a short boat ride from the hustle of San Pedro town, we are located in prestigious North Beach on 400 feet of beach and 10 acres of luxury nestled between the best restaurants, hippest lounges & entertaining neighbors on the island. Only a 10 minute kayak from the barrier reef with great snorkeling in the most azure waters right off the beach, our beautifully manicured beach and resort is a breathtaking venue. Azul Resort and its restaurant, Rojo Lounge are the only in the country to be voted Fodor's choice 6 years running. You can enjoy total privacy in your own area of the resort, relax in your villa, chill in the private, huge 35' x 40' custom infinity pool or jump off your dock for some amazing snorkeling. If you want a more social scene, wander a few steps to our restaurant & lounge which has become a neighborhood hotspot. Since opening our beach bar & pool lounge, afternoons at Rojo have become the place to enjoy refreshing cocktails, great music and delicious treats as you soak up the sun after a day of exploring, diving or fishing. Our repeat customers prove Jeff has mastered the art of Caribbean cuisine with his pairings of textures and flavors. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Azul Hotel San Pedro
- Azul Resort Belize/San Pedro