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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hatchet Caye Hotel Placencia
- Hatchet Caye Resort Belize/Placencia