I have been telling people that it's like being plucked from home and dropped onto a magical, enchanted island. I really am not usually this cheesy, but I loved it so much! Loved the little (but not too little) cabanas w/ windows and doors on all sides to catch the ocean breezes, the white sheets and curtains, the chaise lounges placed all over, including near, but not too near the osprey nest (with baby ospreys!), swinging double beds outside, lanterns and tikki torches at night, stars which were just a-maz-ing, and sand paths w/ tons of hermit crabs and iguanas. The staff and owners were lovely - friendly, funny, kind, accomodating, and professional. The diving and snorkeling were great, itinerary low key w/ one of the owners asking every morning at breakfast who wanted to do what and making sure everybody got to do what they wanted. And, it was okay not to do anything, very easy to do in such a soothing and beautiful place.
The food was excellent, all cooked by the very kind Eileen. It tended toward Belizean and Central American food, lots of coconut, pinneapple, fish, rice and beans. Eileen is a stand-out w/ sweets -- there was this one lemon meringue pie w/ a coconut crust...
A few notes - Kendra, who is one of the owners and fantastic about pre-vacation communication via e-mail, does let you know that you can buy liquor at duty free on the way in, if you want something other than rum. I would do this next time, just b/c I ended up a little tired w/ a sweet rum drink every night.
Another note is that while this is an absolutely beautiful place, if may not be for everyone. It's casual and laid back. If you like your room cleaned every day, want to eat off a menu, or like to take 25 minute hot showers, you should probably skip it. If on the other hand, you are okay doing the occasional sand sweep of your room, should you be so inclined, love buffet dinners where guests and and staff all eat together, and are okay w/ an occasional rinse of fresh water in a beautifully tiled outdoor shower, you'd be good to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Off The Wall Dive Center and Resort is situated on a private island in the turquoise waters of Glover's Atoll. We are a small Eco-friendly, PADI 5 star Dive Center and Resort and offer Scuba Courses, Whale Shark trips and the best diving, snorkeling and fly-fishing in Belize, as well as kayaking and stand up paddling. Or, just come to relax and enjoy our white, sandy beaches and idealistic setting for getting away from it all. Our packages include Saturday boat transportation to and from our island, 7 nights accommodations in charming, ocean front cabanas, 2 guided snorkel trips, free use of Kayaks and Stand up Paddle boards, Park Fees, 9% Hotel Tax and all your meals. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Off The Wall Dive Hotel Glovers Reef Atoll
- Off The Wall Dive Center And Resort