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Maya Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
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Houston, Texas
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44 reviews
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“You CAN go back and have fun.”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Someone said you can't have as much fun on the second visit to a vacation spot as you did on the first visit. This is not true at Maya Beach Hotel. This trip was like going home to family. John and Ellen (the owners) remembered the things we enjoyed on the first trip and enhanced them. This time we stayed in the "Flip Flop Palace" which overlooks the beautiful beach and blue waters of the Caribbean. The "Palace" had a full kitchen stocked with cook ware and a full size refrigerator. The room was clean and quiet. Maid service was performed while we were gone. We had fresh flowers on the bed when we arrived. What else could you ask for?

John still performs miracles in the kitchen. The food at Maya Beach is worth the visit even if the Caribbean wasn't 75 feet away. Get the coconut shrimp for an appitizer. Spend some time at the bar and get to know Leo and Avi. Ask for Cedric to serve you at your table. They will fill your visit with funny stories and happiness that comes from living in paradise. The service is impeccable.

Cleve is the concierge. He will arrange excursions and handle the smallest of details. Ellen always has a watchful eye on everything and makes sure you are comfortable. She recommend we stopped at a local tamale stand on one of our excursions and the food was fantastic.

A week (or just a few days) at Maya Beach is an absolute wonderful vacation. The accomodations are great and you are treated as family. Well worth the trip.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights in the Jaguar room prior to a catamaran charter. What a great spot to just chill, read or whatever. You are literally 75 ft. from the water with a beautiful beach. No need to eat anywhere else as the bistro is excellent with a great menu. The staff is very friendly and we would highly recommend this small beachfront hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013
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North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

It was our first time to Belize and we couldn't have been happier with the exceptional staff and quality of the Maya hotel and bistro! Not only is it insanely cheap for the quality, but the location is amazing. We stayed for 8 days, 7 in the hibiscus room and one in the hummingbird and both were clean, quiet and comfortable. Everyone was welcoming, introducing themselves and making us feel right at home. You can't go wrong with Maya beach and we cannot wait to go back!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We stayed 8 nights in the Flip Flop Palace at Maya Beach Hotel, from May 19-May 27. This place is awesome! The beach is beautiful and hand-groomed every morning! We walked up and down the beach and Maya Beach Resort has, by far, the best maintained and prettiest beach in this area. The owners and staff at the hotel/bistro are all welcoming and wonderful. We traveled with our 3 y/o and he also had a wonderful time here. Would I recommend Maya Beach Hotel for kids? I guess it depends on the kids. The place is certainly "kid-friendly", but it does not cater to kids. There are not constant activities to entertain the little ones (but, this is actually one of the reasons we chose Maya Beach Resort!). We like our son to actually experience a destination and not just "be entertained". There is so much to do in Belize with kids (even young ones).....we did the monkey tour, Blue Hole national park, and of course the jaguar sanctuary. We found Belize and Maya Beach Hotel to be perfect fit for our family. And, finally, the food.....the food at Maya beach bistro is delicious. The spicy shrimp po'boy may be one of the yummiest things I've ever eaten. Maya Beach has to be one of the best hotels in the Placencia area, but it is also one of the more affordable. What a great combination!! Thank you for everything!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Madras, Oregon
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We stayed at Maya Beach Hotel and had a wonderful time. We stayed for two nights, wish it could have been an entire week. Our room was the "converted garage" and we LOVED it. One of the swimming pools was literally outside our door and hardly anyone used it except us. The food at the restaurant was outstanding. At times, the chefs mingled with guests, as well as the owners. They made us feel right at home. We said we'd never go back to Belize, not because we had a bad experience, but because we have other countries to visit. We have now agreed that we will come back to Belize and stay an entire week at Maya Beach Hotel. We feel the "fitness center" was the pool, our walks on the beach, and swimming in the Caribbean! Beautiful beach, right on the Caribbean, friendly people, great food...what more could we have asked for??

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We stay at the Maya beach for 3 nights in the Coconut Room and it was great. The staff and John & Ellen were very helpful, the room nice and big with a brilliant open balcony looking out to the ocean (perfect for relaxing in the sun). The food is top class with the spicy shrimp pot was one of the best things I have in Belize. The only slight downside was that it is quite a distance from Placencia (8 miles) but the hotel has thought about that and there are free bicycles to use or you can jump on the bus for $1.50, also very near the hotel is the famous jaguar bowling alley (worth popping in even if you don't bowl). The beach is small but very nice with the ability to snorkel and swim and on a good day you can go out on the kayak! Great place to stay (if you are looking to escape for the towns or if you are happy to be a bit outside town). Ellen also help us organise a great tour of Monkey River, well worth a visit!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stony Plain, Alberta
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Thank you John and Ellen for accomodating and assisting our assorted wedding guests and family over the wedding week. Alison loved her 'Flip Flop Palace' with it's stunning view and relaxing location. We particularily appreciate the extra attention you provided to the Bride and her Bridesmaids the night before the wedding day. Then again to the Bride and Groom following the wedding. You have such a special place, so much more that just a hotel and we always enjoy visiting you.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Maya Beach Hotel
Address: Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize
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Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
#2 Family Hotel in Placencia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on a pretty stretch of natural sand beach, the Maya Beach Hotel is a small mid-range beach resort for couples who need comfort, but not luxury. Our hotel rooms are air conditioned with queen beds, our king suites have king beds and kitchenettes and we also offer some beach house rentals in different price ranges. Our Bistro and swimming pool are a gathering place at the end of a day filled with snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, jungle hiking, spelunking, climbing Maya ruins, or just plain relaxing on the beach. The restaurant was also has also been awarded "Restaurant of the Year" twice by the Belize Tourism Board, and it remains a highlight of a stay here. ... more   less 
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Maya Beach Placencia
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