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Robert's Grove Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Erie, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Food, Drinks and Excursions”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

My wife and I stayed here in July on our honeymoon. We were worried about the weather, but even with a few light showers it was a great trip. The fact that all prices are in Belizean dollars was nice because it makes everything seem 50% off. There was a great drink special our first night where you could pour their home-made rum out of an actual wood rum barrel. For $2.50 (American), you could fill it up as much as you wanted and the bartender would make whatever drink you wanted. All of the restaurants were fantastic as well.

The excursions were so great that we are still talking about them six months later. We went on the Mayan ruins tour, snorkeling and cave swimming. The great thing about the cave swimming was that you got to see a more rural area of Belize away from all the touristy stuff. Snorkeling was amazing because you take an hour boat ride out to an island like you see if you Google image "paradise."

Snorkeling Tip: If you go snorkeling, make sure you go to Silk Caye Island.

One thing to keep in mind: safety isn't the biggest concern. My wife and I both got terrible sunburns after snorkeling. Absolutely make sure you are wearing a shirt when snorkeling if you don't have a base tan. The cave swimming was definitely for moderate-to-advanced adventurers. One middle-aged woman we were with actually fell on the rocks and there was one point where you are climbing completely vertically.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

We spent Christmas and New Years 2013 at Robert's Grove renting a suite (one bedroom and one living area with kitchenette and couch/futon. The room was pretty well maintained with excellent air conditioning and comfortable beds. We appreciated the refrigerator and stove/microwave as well as dishes and so forth. The house cleaning staff did a very nice job cleaning each morning and turning down the beds and changing our towels in the evening. We spent a lot of time on our balcony reading and looking out over the pool towards the ocean. The ocean breezes made it quite pleasant to be outside. They must spray regularly, because there is nary a bug to be found. The restaurants were decent. We had the Saturday night seafood buffet by the pool and it was quite good, albeit a little pricey and the band way too loud to allow conversation. The paella at Habanero's was excellent, different than the traditional paella I'm used to, but excellent nonetheless. The Mexican buffet at Habanero's was also quite good, with excellent ceviche. Sweet Mama's has a limited menu, but what we had (Belizien fried chicken) and a chicken burrito, were excellent and quite reasonably priced. Sweet Mama's is much cheaper than the other restaurants at Robert's Grove. The pools seem well maintained and the front desk is easy going about pool towels and checking out the sail boats and kayaks. The Continental breakfast, which comes with the room, is nothing fancy, but wholly adequate. We went scuba diving a few times and the dive staff and boat were just fine. Unfortunately, the location requires at least an hour's boat ride out to diving sites. Thus all the dives are rather expensive (compared to Ambergris Caye, for example) and all day affairs. You leave at 0900 and get back a little after 1600. All that fuel to get out to the sites must drive up the prices. The diving here is "OK" for the Caribbean, but not nearly as good as the Cayes or places like Roatan, BVI, ABC's etc. We really liked Placencia. It's much more laid back than the Belizien Cayes, but still offers a variety of good dining. There seems to be less crime than on Ambergris Caye as well... we noticed that bikes and golf carts are frequently left unlocked, and none of the golf carts have the gas-tanks locked up (we had our golf cart gas tank emptied on Ambergris Caye). Except for the poorer diving, we liked Placencia more than Ambergris Caye. All in all, we very much enjoyed Robert's Grove and would recommend it to friends and family.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

Awesome place in an amazing country, if your a positive person who wants to have fun this is the spot. If your snobby and negative buy or rent a house like the other bummers. Good vibes and times await at the grove. Pier bartender Johnny is the best, I'm not much of a drinker but I drink whatever he pours. I appreciate everything about Roberts, love and respect to the staff at the grove.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Amherst MA
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

At 6am in the morning, my husband flew out of bed and challenged the man staring through the window into our room. The man claimed to be security and said he was just checking everything was ok and kept repeating that we were safe. I still can't think of any reason why he needed to be up on the room's deck, standing on tip toes, peering into our window at us sleeping to make sure we were ok. Truly creepy.

Given that dodgy situation, the fact that they royally screwed up our rooms was seriously a blessing in disguise. I did not feel safe there after that incidence. We travelled with our two young children and decided to splash out and book two, INTERCONNECTING rooms as the suites were unavailable. We were clear in our reservation process that our kids are 6 and 2, and thus the rooms HAD TO BE interconnecting. It's all paid in advance, so I double- and triple-checked everything. When we got there, not only did we not have interconnecting rooms but the rooms were in different buildings. Despite my showing them the emails back and forth between me and the reservations staff, they said it wasn't their mistake and said they couldn't do anything about it - including not giving us a refund for the second room which we obviously couldn't use. We couldn't leave immediately but did end up leaving after the 'security guard' peeping tom event!

Overall the grounds are incredibly tacky. The beach is nice but they are building retaining walls in the ocean so you have little construction trucks going back and forth between the outskirts of the property, past one of the central pools next to the restaurant and onto the beach. I understand they need to get work done, but it is not particularly relaxing - especially given our young children. The boats and stuff were a nice bonus, but completely falling apart.

We only ate in the main restaurant and the food was quite nice. I had expected it to be terrible based on reviews on this site, but really it was ok. Breakfast was pretty good. The other guests were fairly unfriendly and seemed sort of put upon. We chatted a fair amount with staff members, given all the waiting around we had to do figuring out the room situation etc, and learned a lot about how tourism is overwhelming the area and changing the way of life. Obviously there's opportunities for locals, but it's having a huge impact in both good and bad ways. I felt a thinly veiled sort of hostility towards us 'clueless tourists' from the staff - not in a bad way necessarily but definitely there - and definitely felt that the hotel could do more to connect guests with local issues through simple things like having a brief history of the area on one side of the menu and/or programs where people could donate to local schools or something. These aren't my ideas - we saw this at the other hotels we stayed at in Belize. I took my daughters on the Monkey River tour on the one morning we were there (well worth it) and the guide introduced himself to each of us with his name (Doyle) and a handshake. One of the guests, on shaking Doyle's hand, announced to him 'Oh, I'm just going to call you Monkey Man!' Needless to say, the guest was white and it astounds me to this day that he felt it ok to ignore the man's name and call a black man 'Monkey Man.' I live in the northeast, so it was really really shocking. Part of the tour takes us to the village Doyle grew up in and his uncle's restaurant. The poverty is very real. The difficult situation the staff face - being obliged to take the service jobs, being no doubt grateful for the presumably relatively high and stable salaries but living amidst poverty while working in a 'luxury' resort with tourists from wealthy countries who do things like call you Monkey Man - may be somewhat alleviated with gentle and accessible 'local facts' about the area. One thing that I really appreciated throughout Belize was the pride everyone seems to have in their country and their history. I think that goes a long way.

Overall, we found this hotel awful. Our 6 year old calls it 'Robert's Gross.'

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

This was a planned trip to escape the Northeast winter. Robert's Grove gave me the perfect warm experience. The moment we entered the resort, my friend and I were greeted by welcoming cocktails and accommodating staff. We stayed in the classic vista which was spacious and air conditioned. The double twin beds were waist high so we can experience the even air flow from the ceiling fans. Our room had a garden view flourish by tropical flowers with a peep of the beach peering through the palm trees.

The staff was forthcoming with tips about the non-resort activities i.e. how's, what's and where's.
Each activity was exactly as they stated it would be. Of the 3 restaurants, we only experience 2: Sweet Mama & Seaside. Sweet Mama served authentic Belizean dishes. The outdoor dinning was great for lunch. The menu is limited and you must get there early because they do run out of food. At Seaside, we have the BBQ buffet and live music.

We left with smiles and hugs.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Miami Beach
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Robert's Grove is a beautiful resort! The rooms are right on the sea and the place is full of tropical flowers and palm trees. There's a great pier tiki bar with happy hour and snacks, and the restaurants serve a good mix of local, Mexican, and American foods. It's also only 4.5 miles from the town and they offer free bikes, boats, and kayaks for their guests who want to explore - definitely one of the best perks! I really enjoyed both the location and the amenities.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Very well organized, beautiful & friendly local people! Rented a golf cart onsite to take to town (wish it went a little faster), hobbie cats available for free sailing around, excellent rum from a barrel you can pour yourself, very well kept swimming pools and grounds. Heard the silk keys were the place to go visit and the larger island with AC and Swimming Pools. We went to the smaller island w/ 5 cabanas and were not impressed. No fans, window screens, etc. and only lasted one night due to bug bites. Highly recomend sticking to the larger island. Especially enjoyed the staff at the resort. The owner Jean Marc picked us up from the small island to take us back in his private boat and was very cool and accomodating. Liston is a great bartender and local. Everyone nearby is interested in your well being and thanks you for coming to visit. Fun party boat with music, dancing and fireworks for the Independence Day. Avoid Singing Sands which is neighboring and seemed a bit sketch when we stopped by.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Robert's Grove Beach Resort
Address: Placencia Rd, Placencia, Belize
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Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#6 Spa Hotel in Placencia
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
#9 Family Hotel in Placencia
#13 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Robert's Grove Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located along the Caribbean coast of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, the award-winning Robert's Grove Beach Resort, is a comfortable, beautifully appointed property set amidst 22 acres of tropical, art-filled gardens and sandy beach that offers easy access to all of Belize's top attractions: The largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere, lush Rainforest and Maya Ruins. Robert's Grove Beach Resort features 52 air-conditioned beachfront Classic Vista one bedroom rooms, one, two and three bedroom villas, with all the conveniences one would expect from a finer Beach Resort. There are three private beachfront pools and a host of complimentary activities and amenities that include free wireless internet, tennis court, fitness room, bicycles, pedal boats, kayaks, windsurfers and Hobie Cats. The resort offers three distinct and delicious dining venues: The Seaside Restaurant, with its accompanying bar and lounge, overlooking the beach and sea and serves an international menu along with local specialties. Room Service is available from the Seaside Restaurant. Habanero Mexican Cafe & Bar, offering a full range of Mexican dishes, overlooking the Placencia Lagoon at the Robert's Grove Marina and Sweet Mama's Restaurant a delight in Belizean home cooking and a unique outdoor setting. The food and beverage team at Robert's Grove Beach Resort also arranges special evenings and cultural programs on a weekly basis, including its famous Saturday Night Poolside BBQ Buffet with local music and dancing as well as Habanero's Tuesday night Mexican Buffet and Sunday Paella special. Romantic dinners atop the resort's thatched rooftop gazebos, private room terraces and thatched palapa at the end of its 225 foot pier offer additional dining pleasures. The Resort's spacious grounds, professional food and beverage capability and fully equipped conference room have made it an especially popular setting for large destination weddings, celebrations and business events. The Resort's Water Activity Center features the most diverse water sport activities in southern Belize: At the Resort's 5-Star PADI Dive Center a highly skilled team of dive instructors and dive masters are on standby for instruction as well as daily trips to the many exciting dive locations in our area. Snorkeling, Fishing and island hopping are available from our luxurious charter boats. We also offer overnight stays at our two privately owned islands. The Resort also operates a wide range of tours and excursions to the rainforest and Maya ruins, including Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve and Monkey River.And after a full day exploring the wonders of Belize's magnificent barrier reef and its tropical rainforest, Robert's Grove offers its guests the opportunity to pamper themselves at the resort's well-appointed "Sea Spa" where skilled therapists provide a wide assortment of massages and spa treatments in indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, using the jungle's best natural herbs and oils. Robert's Grove Beach Resort has long proven its commitment to high standards - both in guest services and its regard for nature and the environment. Known for its natural beauty and quiet conforts, it is the perfect destination from which to enjoy the best of Belize and the beautiful Belizean people. ... more   less 
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