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Hatchet Caye Resort
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
806 reviews
90 hotel reviews
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“Loved it - definitely worth visiting!”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

My husband and I visited Hatchet Caye because of a Living Social deal. Well worth every penny and then some!

The cost included a flight from Belize City (be prepared it's a little Cessna-type plane) and a boat ride that lasts about an hour from Placencias to Hatchet Caye. We read previous reviews where suitcases got wet, so we brought trash bags to cover ours, but it did not happen, and all suitcases went under the front part so unless it's raining I don't see where that would occur. The boat is covered with a tarp, but it did seem like the back part got some spray, so don't sit there. We didn't hit rough waters so we didn't have a problem with seasickness as some have reported. But be warned - it is 18 miles to the island and if you do tend to be seasick, get some patches or something ahead of time.

The island itself is small - I think they said about a 1-mile circumference. There isn't much to do on the island except relax. You can snorkel, use a kayak or pedal-boat, or Hobie Cat. If you're into water sports, there is plenty to keep you occupied. They also offer scuba certification, and with the all-inclusive package there was one trip to snorkel with the loggerhead turtles (these things are HUGE!) included. Definitely a must-do.

My husband and I like to run and bike, and you can't really do that here. We did a 4-day package, and that was enough for us. We enjoyed every minute, but staying longer would have been too much. But if you scuba and can't stay out of the water, you might enjoy a longer stay.

Food was excellent and plentiful. The package included 3 meals per day. We had read some reviews that suggested bringing snacks as there is no food served between meals. We did, and it wasn't necessary. In fact, after the first morning we skipped breakfasts because there was just so much food. Everything was freshly prepared and delicious. My husband's favorite dish was the seafood coconut curry dinner, and mine was the same - but vegetarian. They will make vegetarian entrees for you if requested.

There were some dining snafus, such as the first breakfast that we did go to where there were no eggs, and there was only one serving of pancakes left, and one dessert that was supposed to be key lime pie that ended up being more of a key lime soup. Remember you are on an isolated island and they do the best they can!

Our room was large and comfortable, with 2 queen beds and a sitting area. All rooms are on the water, so you will have a view no matter what room you get. Everything was spotlessly clean.

The staff are wonderful and do everything they can to accommodate any request.

One of our favorite aspects of the trip was meeting Jefe, the dachshund. He belongs to the manager, Dasha, and since we were missing our 3 dachshunds, Jefe was a welcome sight. This is literally a little dog who has his own island! :)

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and highly recommend visiting.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

My fiance and I just came back from a week at Hatchet Caye. So where do we begin? We are still speachless about this place. When a person hears about a private island, with room for only 26 people max, one might think of a place that only the super rich and famous go. But Hatchet Caye is anything but only for the rich and famous. It is a true paradise, miles away from the main land and crowds. This is a place where less is truly more. Less crowds, less (actually NO people) on the beach, disturbing your peace because they are trying to sell you things. At Hatchet Caye there is no preasure for you to do anything but relax!
We took a full advantage of the water activities on the island, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving and swiming with the sting rays and giant turtles (yes, they are HUGE)!
One of the best things about Hatchet Caye are the bungalows. Our bungalow was literaly two feet off the water. Every morning we would wake up and lay in bed, watching the water thru the window. When we wanted to go lay in the sun, we had the option to lay on our own porch or go to the sand area around the bungalow. At night, we would go to the pier, where we would see spoted sting rays swim arround.
Hatchet Caye is a place that is PERFECT for people who just want to get away, rekindle the love for the person they are with. You will have the option to have a quiet day, soaking in the sun or swiming in the cristal clear waters, or you can join the rest of the people on island by going to the restaurant or hoping on one of the snorkeling tours. You can do as much or a little as you want!
The other great thing about Hatchet Caye are the people. Everyone is so friendly and helpfull. People who work there make it clear that they love their jobs. No matter what they are doing, they will always stop and say hello to you. Our servers at the restaurant, Juan and David, were always so helpfull to us. Their service was outstanding! And not to mention the food. It was delicious! We tried our best to order diferent item every day, and there is not one item that is better than the rest. Not only was all the food great, but it was always presented fantastic.
The lady who was taking care of the bungalows, Chalaney, is a sweatheart! She was always so profesional and discreat. Every time she would clean the room, she would not only leave it spotless, but smelling SO good.
Rasta, who takes care of the water activities and equipment, is one of a kind. His spirits are always high and he will always bring a smile on your face. The unbelievable thing about him is that he is always there. He was helping us with the kayaks, with the snorkeling, with the scuba diving; the guy is amazing!
Lastly, but certantly not last, Dasha is outstanding. She is the manager at Hatchet Caye. And don't be mistaken, she is not one of those managers who simply sits in the office and answers email. Yes, she is super prompt responding to any email, no matter what day nor time you send it. But more amazingly, she is always looking over things on the island. We would be running up and down the island, overlooking every single detail, staying on top of it all. But she was never too busy to chat and answer guests' questions. She is a joy to work with!
As much as we wish we couple keep this place a secret, it is truly too good to keep from others. And on top of all its beauty, Hatchet Caye is really reasonably priced for all you get: the privecy, the amenities, the personal attention from all the staff, the beautiful clear water all around the island, the lack of crowds and people trying to sell you things on the beach, the great food. Every person should make this a vacation destination, no matter how young or old you are. Visit Hatchet Caye!!!! We know we will be coming back a few more times, and trust us, we do not repeat our vacation destinations. But Hatchet Caye is an exception. We LOVE Hatchet Caye and we are sure so will you!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chelan, Washington
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

We vacationed on Hatchet Caye for 6 days last week and felt it was above and beyond what we ever expected, and we anticipated it would be dreamy. This was our dream vacation and it proved to be true. Dasha is amazing in making the arrangements to get to and from the island and everything went as expected. We had a little time to shop in the village of Placencia while waiting for the boat and were treated to complimentary gelato for even having to wait a little longer than anticipated. No problem :)

Upon arrival, we were greeted very warmly with a delicious tropical drink and escorted to our cabanas. Another complimentary drink served with our first dinner along with a welcome sign with our names on it! Treated like royalty.... The island is beyond beautiful, dreamy and relaxing. The staff is amazing, helpful, genuinely friendly and never expecting of tips. The food is out of this world and with only one chef during our stay there, we felt like he was amazing to accomplish what he did for the guests and boaters that came to enjoy the restaurant. Not one thing got left behind on our plates and we ate things we normally never would have, just because they too, were good!

We felt so welcomed from the time we got there and that feeling continued until the time we left.
The cabanas were beautiful, private and comfortable. The entire island offers a feeling of quietness and privacy, yet the option of being social with all the other wonderful guests we met. We were treated to a ride in the hobie cat from Rasta and taken to a spot where we later kayaked to snorkel at. We appreciated the staff who took time from their day just to please us guests and even answer questions about Belize and the island.

The complimentary items to use were awesome and the sense that they could be borrowed at any time left us a feeling of true freedom to enjoy everything at our own leisure. No agenda, no scheduled times...always something to do, yet relax and enjoy any moment.

The snorkeling was amazing! So much to see right off the south dock as well as around the entire island. Beautiful colored tropical fish, a few barracudas always left much to discover. We loved the turtle/ray snorkeling trip included in our package. They were amazing to see right in front of us! Not disappointing at all. We saw 3 large turtles, a number of rays and small nurse sharks.

We would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a dreamy quiet getaway. We just hope there will be availability next time we want to go, because we plan on going back! Save us a spot, Dasha!

The Sandersons

Room Tip: We had cabana 3, just off the south dock and loved it. It was perfect for us and had a nice private...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Spring, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

We've been to many beautiful vacation spots but this one was our favorite! The staff was wonderful, the food was out of this world. The room was beyond comfortable and it was simply the most relaxing, romantic six days ever!

Room Tip: Other than the honeymoon suite I think all the rooms are about the same. Not really knowing about a...
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

My husband and I wanted to snorkel one of the Caye's in Belize. We asked around and found excellent reviews on tripadvisor. Since it was short notice, we were given a 25% discount. I felt pampered from the moment I stepped off their beautiful boat. Dasha was ther to greet us with frozen drinks. We were taken to our beautiful cabins, had dinner (lobster) and then went to bed. It was dark when we got there so what a beautiful surprise to wake and explore this magnificent island. The staff were always available with advice about where and when to see the tarpen, when the best time to see the spotted rays, always asksing what they can do for us. Never heard the word "no" Can not say enough good things about this place. I just wish we could have stayed longer than 3 nights.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, VA USA
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

Just returned from four nights at the beautiful Hatchet Caye Resort. This really is a magical place. Incredibly calm and peaceful with breath-taking views. To say I was relaxed would be an understatement. With minimal cell service, I was able to really take a break from work--which doesn't happen very often--and just enjoy my surroundings.

The room was great--well appointed and immaculately clean. There is A/C but we chose not to use it and to sleep with the windows open. The trade winds were heavenly and hearing the water right outside your room is a wonderful way to fall asleep.

The food in the restaurant was excellent. Loved the coconut shrimp and the lion fish cakes! The staff was very helpful but not intrusive. The grounds were spotless too. The staff really pride themselves on keeping the resort clean.

I traveled with a friend, but most of the guests were couples. The other guests were friendly but not intrusive as well. We all seemed to have the same goal--to unwind for a few days. And though there were mostly couples, I personally wouldn't hesitate to go back by myself. It's just a very comfortable place.

The beach is rocky, but there is a great area for swimming off the dock. The water was amazing! We also kayaked. And, I had one of the best massages I've had in a long, long time.

It is a bit of a hassle to get there. Fly to Belize City, fly to Placencia, take an hour+ boat ride to Hatchet Caye. But it was worth it the hassle the minute you step on the dock.

I highly recommend this resort if you're looking for a peaceful vacation. If you're in search of a party scene, go to Cancun instead!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

We had such a great time on the island! We got our open water diving certification and Elroy was a great guide. Staff at the restaurant/bar was great and super fun. Food and drinks were great. Everyday was a new adventure and the staff was there for anything you needed. Snorkeling was great right off the dock and the turtle snorkel trip was awesome! We met a lot of great people staying on the island and had a blast every night in the dining area. It was really hard to leave!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hatchet Caye Resort
Address: 17 Miles Offshore, Placencia, Belize
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Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Placencia
#5 Family Hotel in Placencia
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hatchet Caye Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private island on the edge of the Silk Marine Reserve, seventeen miles east of Placencia, Hatchet is on the longest reef in North America. Laugh, love, play, explore, relax, rejuvenate, and dine in the island lifestyle you want. with a mile of private shoreline and word class diving and fishing only minutes away. With a pirates past, a hideaway present, and an environmental future, Hatchet offers unspoiled environment for your unforgettable tropical island experience. ... more   less 
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