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Hatchet Caye Resort
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Saskatoon, Canada
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

Stopped in here for a day of snorkelling and scuba diving. Had very knowledgeable dive masters who really added to the overall experience. Stopped for lunch at the restaurant which was one of the best meals of our entire trip. A great place to just relax and enjoy the climate.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

I've been trying to find the appropriate way to describe Hatchet Caye's approach to guests. The best I can come up with is "Five Star Resort for People Who Don't Need Someone Else to Wipe Their Bums for Them." That's my curmudgeonly personal opinion. Or more politely, they manage to balance highly attentive with pretty laid back.

The only other island resort we've been to is Outrigger Fiji, which we liked a lot and had the usual variety of things such a hotel has--and a staff that was constantly on top of you. We liked Outrigger, but we loved Hatchet Caye and are already thinking of when we're going to get back. As a previous reviewer said, it's the perfect place for the right kind of people.

The sort of people who insist on "five star resorts" might not like it. Getting there is a bit of a hassle with the puddle jumper from Belize City to Placencia and the 15-mile boat ride from Placencia to the island in a 14-foot open boat. They also typically wait for all that days flights to get in before boating over, which may lead to kicking around Placencia for hours -- which we didn't mind one bit. But if the weather's bad or if, as often happens with boats, something goes wrong, the boat ride might not be so much fun. Sitting around Placencia might not be so much fun in the rain either.

It's pretty clear from the website that the place has only one restaurant/bar, there is no infinity pool, the staff doesn't hover over you every five seconds asking you what you need.

That said, the staff is extremely attentive. They know your names by the time you arrive and remember them throughout. This is a nice touch and fairly easy since the maximum number of hotel guests at any one time is somewhere between 18 and 26. Anytime we needed something, it took all of two minutes to get it. Because the island is small and because the staff is keeping an eye out, they tend to anticipate needs. For example, while we were doing some scuba work off the South Dock, Rasta--sort of the main guy in terms of taking care of guests--noticed that Cara was standing out there by herself (the dive instructor and I were underwater), so he went to check on her to make sure everything was okay. And don't even get me started on Sean, the dive instructor. At one point, he referred to himself as militant. I guess in comparison to other Belizeans, maybe. But the man had the patience of a saint in dealing with us.

The rooms. Huge. Clean. Nicely appointed. Air-conditioned. Each has a huge deck with great views. We were in No. 2 and, maybe I'm biased, but I think it might be the best one. It's got a clear view of the South Dock and it's so close to the water that when the tide is up you can pretend it's one of those over-water bungalows. (There are also TV, DVD player and Wii if you're the sort of person who likes to go to another country and then pretend you're at home.) There is one stand-alone unit which looked nice, but it's deck view seemed to be blocked by a stand of mangroves. I'm sure certain people would chop that down in a heartbeat, but one thing I loved about Hatchet Caye and the environs is they seem to be extremely careful stewards of the environment. Whereas 90% of the coral in front of the Outrigger in Fiji was dead (and they offered walking tours right on top of some of it), I'd say 99% of that surrounding Hatchet was alive and some of the best snorkeling I've done could be had right there off the island.

The pool? There is a pool. It's small. It's literally an above-ground pool with a deck built around it. But who needs a pool when you've got some of the most beautiful waters in the world on your doorstep.

The restaurant? The Lionfish Grill is an outdoor restaurant and bar sitting on the west end of the island, commanding some of the best views and offering some of the freshest seafood you'll ever put in your face. In fact, you can watch them clean the fish right on the north dock (or if the wind's blowing too hard because of a stupid cold front, you can watch them do it just outside the restaurant).

The menu isn't huge and consists mostly of seafood. We didn't have a bad meal. We didn't have a small meal. We brought snacks for our room and never opened them because we ate so well at the restaurant. It wasn't high-end dining, but it wasn't low-end either. And it was delicious.

There is a type of person who will see one restaurant and one menu and worry he'll get bored by the week's end. I honestly worried about that myself, but it was never an issue. In fact there were a few things I never got around to trying because I kept going back to a few favorites.

Also, it should be pointed out that the beer is only $3 or so U.S.--comparable to most places in the U.S. and a bargain for New Yorkers. The lethal fruity cocktails come in around $10 but are totally worth it. They do offer bourbon and scotch and other things certain Americans might demand. I'm a big bourbon guy myself, but hardly drank any while there.

Other things.

Activities. Sea kayaks, pedal boats, hobie cats, all of which were in excellent condition. (Apparently they closed the place down for month of October for top-to-bottom scrubbing and painting). Apparently there's also ulta-light flying during the less windy seasons.

Snorkeling excursions were great. And off the South Dock at night, they turn on a set of lights that attract seven or eight spotted eagle rays that guests are welcome to swim with.

The diving instructors were professional and thorough and, unlike some of the outfits I've seen in some places, you NEVER felt like just maybe they were cutting corners to get at your cash.

There is a pair of ospreys that live on the island, which was sort of cool.

Plenty of hammocks, which is nice.

I could probably go on and on and on, but just do yourself a favor and go to Hatchet Caye.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Fantastic place to chill if you need a brain break from work and rat race mayhem Wiith five duplex bungalows on a 7 acre island it attracts those who want to dial it down for a few days. Hatchet Caye is 18 miles out of Placencia over open water but worth the travel adventure to acheive what I suggest in the title. Full plate of activities as discussed in other reviews. Good bone fishing right from the island and diving the reef is 10 to 15 minutes out (healthy corals). Casual and good dinning with a sidle up bar with professional mixologist using island grown. Thanks to David and Juan. Sail and power boats moor at the island to visit and use the facilities as they island hop the reef. Nice to hang out with boaters and trade yarns.

Room Tip: Room 5 Views and privacy. The manager graciously switched us from 4 to 5.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This secluded resort in breath taking! Staff super friendly and accommodating. I've read some of the average reviews and I must say those people are nuts... To rate the resort average because it rained? I mean come on if you go anywhere during rainy season you can't complain....It rained one full day that we were there but the beauty of the island was still there. I love that they are eco friendly with the cistern and solar power. The head chef was amazed us day after day with his delicious meals. The snorkeling was great, we saw huge turtles, sharks, sting rays, beautiful fish and coral... If you want night life this place is not it, this place is romantic and quiet

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Val-des-Monts
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

This tiny island between Belize and Honduras was our piece of heaven for 6 days. You really feel disconnected from the rest of the world and the staff make you feel really special. The rooms were amazing, clean and spacious. The food is sooooo delicious - of course, you can't have seafood fresher than that and the presentation is wonderful. The hobie cats, kayaks and scuba gear were all in great working condition.
The boat ride to get back to mainland (45 minutes) was hard because it was raining, but again, the staff makes sure that the luggage doesn't get wet.

Room Tip: We had Cabana #7 and we thought it was the best one. It is the last one on the island and you have...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

My husband and I heard about Hatchet through a Groupon deal. We weren't planning an August vacation, but the place sounded so wonderful, had great reviews and the price was too good to pass up. We're SO happy we tried it! We love everything about Hatchet--the staff are wonderful, helpful and fun, the place is just gorgeous, the rooms (and bathroom) are luxurious and it's just a wonderful place to relax for a week, snorkel, read, kayak, etc. As noted, the island is only 7 acres so it's not the right place for folks who are looking to club in the evenings, or try lots of different restaurants. The food is terrific, and I am astonished at how they manage the logistics of running a full service restaurant on an island powered largely by solar, and especially when they don't know exactly how many people they'll be serving (because day sailors and sailing tours moor off island and come eat at the restaurant).

We mainly wanted to snorkel, and the island is great for that--most folks start from the South dock, but we loved going in opposite the dive shop and snorkeling the front of the island as well. It's slightly different topography, so you're more likely to see slightly different things. The day trip to swim with the turtles and snorkel Silk Caye is well worth it, but we went in twice a day just around the island and we very impressed and happy.

Be aware that the boat ride out to the island is about an hour--it's lovely scenery, but especially if you're in the small boat, it can seem a bit long (but that's the tradeoff for being in such a gorgeous secluded place). I read a review that suggesting bringing plastic clothespins so you can pin your wet suit, etc. to the wires in the deck rail and that was a great idea. If you buy a bottle of liquor duty-free leaving the US, remember to transfer it from your carry-on to your check luggage when you clear customs in Belize City and *before* the smaller plane flight down to Placencia; you can't take that much liquid through security onto the smaller plane and they will confiscate it.

All in all, we LOVE Hatchet, and in fact, are going back for a week in February--can't give higher praise than a return visit!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington State
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

My friends and I stayed at Hatchet Caye Resort for 5 nights in February. The island is so beautiful and the rooms so comfortable that it felt like a dream. I absolutely loved staying here but it is important to know that the island is only 7 acres in size and there is no "night life" so if you want to party, look else where. Also the pool is a small "above ground" pool with a deck built around it. For me, the pool was the only thing I was slightly disappointed in. Other than that it was perfect. Sitting on the dock at night watching the eagle rays and looking up at the glorious night sky was worth every penny we spent on the trip. Then going back to a beautiful room with gorgeous views and soft comfy beds topped it all off. The staff were warm and helpful, the food was excellent, and the snorkeling was magnificent. It felt like we had stumbled onto a hidden and exclusive location. I highly recommend Hatchet Caye to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation with all the comforts of a high end hotel and all the beauty of a deserted island.

Room Tip: Get a cabana. The views and the deck are worth the money.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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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
#7 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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