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“Hickatee Is Rated #1 For A Reason”
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Hickatee Cottages
Ranked #1 of 18 Punta Gorda B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 December 2009

If you do not want excellent hospitality, delicious meals, clean rooms, a place you feel close to nature, and attention to detail do not stay at Hickatee. However, if these are qualities that you do appreciate then Kate and Ian will make sure you have a wonderful stay in Punta Gorda.
My husband and I return year after year and watch as this little B&B grows. And as it grows, it just gets better and better :) This year there is a new bike stand in case you might want to ride into town to explore and there is a new bug light / set up where you can watch the night flutterers if you so choose, which I must admit was rather interesting.
Yes, Hickatee is rated #1 for a reason .... in fact, many reasons.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 November 2009

This was not my first time at Hickatee, but it was my wife's and our friends first time. We love the warmth, the comfort, the rooms, the local knowledge, everything about our time there. Kate and Ian are "old friends" the first time you meet them and it only gets better!
Quiet
Lush
Beautiful
Comfortable!
Affordable!
What more could one want!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

As an English teacher in Honduras we were forced to leave on a trip to renew our visas and the closest place we could go was Punta Gorda, Belize. Honestly, I and my co-workers were not looking forward to this trip at all, but when we stumbled upon Hickatee Cottages it made the forced trip and enjoyable vacation. We were treated superbly with extra friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms, beautiful scenery and not to mention the amazing fresh bread and juice that was prepared for us every morning! I cannot begin to explain how much I enjoyed this place and definitely look forward to going in the future!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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1  Thank englishteacher731
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

We loved Hickatee. The owners, Ian and Kate, were incredibly welcoming and generous hosts. They provided lovely and tasteful accommodations, personalized care and fostered a real respect for the environment and local culture.

They were particularly gentle and kind to our eleven year old daughter, which is a gift she will always remember. We traveled all over Belize and our stay at Hickatee was one of the true highlights of our vacation.

Lynn, Tony and Ruby

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank Lynnida
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Reviewed 19 September 2009

Hickatte was great! My partner, MJ, and I stayed there on our way to Guatemala, and liked it so much we went back on our way back to the states instead of our other plans. Kate and Ian were lovely. They gave, quite possibly, the best service I have EVER received on a trip, local or international. Kate is a WONDERFUL cook. Ian, oh Ian, what can I say... He is amazing. He is very informative and humorous. MJ and I have decided that we are going back as soon as we can to see our new friends. I recommend this place to everyone. It was funny, while we were in Guatemala and ran into other non-locals, we told everyone to go stay at Hickatee and have continued telling EVERONE WE KNOW to stay there if they ever get the chance. MJ and I usually travel with a time share, but this place is worth it even if we cannot use a time share.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank pamelappalmer
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Reviewed 22 August 2009

Every time I come across a cute little bottle of shampoo from Hickatee Cottages in our bathroom I am taken back to the wonderful few days we spent at Hickatee Cottages in the capable hands of Ian and Kate. I am writing at least 10 months after we actually stayed there and it is amazing how many of the details are still in my mind.. just thinking of our time there makes me feel relaxed!

First of all, on a whim, we arrived in Punta Gorda having decided to leave Plasencia earlier that day.... and without a reservation at any hotel. We couldn't get through to Hickatee Cottages by phone, but because of a great flyer we had seen in the tourist information office, we decided to take the risk and grab a taxi out to Hickatee. We arrived with our backpacks on, weary after a day of traveling on a bus from Plasencia...and completely unannounced. We were greeted by Ian in his Wellington boots who was doing some renovations on Hickatee Cottages, but nonetheless received us with such warmth and good humour and offered us a place to stay. And it was so much more than a place to stay.

Believe all the positive things that the other reviews will tell you -- the cottages are simply beautiful - they come beautifully but simply furnished in a thoughtful and sensitive way -- the interior floors and furniture are beautiful hardwood and fit the jungle surroundings. They feel private and just magical in the middle of the jungle. The grounds are perfectly manicured and just heaven.

The plunge pool in the center of the property is a welcome refreshing dip after hiking or biking for the day. We used the bikes available at Hickatee a couple of times to bike into PG. Ian is also happy to give you a lift into the town for dinner and you can find a taxi back to Hickatee fairly easily.

Breakfast was wonderful - fresh fruit, cooked breakfasts... and always a pot of tea and coffee for us -- one of our favourite memories is being woken at the designated time by Ian shouting "tea and coffee on the deck guys." Tea and coffee in the evening was also made even more special by the addition of Cyrilla's chocolate -- a local woman with whom Ian and kate have a relationship. It has a wonderful grainy texture that is unlike chocolate I have ever tasted anywhere else in the world.

Dinners were fantastic. Not only is Kate a very skilled cook with a wonderful eye for presentation -- but she also uses many vegetables and other products home grown on their property. The dinners were the best we had anywhere in Belize. Sitting on the deck in the main reception area at night with the sounds of the jungle buzzing around listening to wonderful local music were some of the best nights we have ever had traveling in any country. Ian and Kate really do promote and support belizean musicians and we ended up coming away with two awesome CDs which we listen to quite frequently and memories of Belize and Hickatee come flooding back.

Ian and Kate were also very willing to work with us to shape our travel plans while in PG and beyond. They booked us flights to get back to belize City because we decided to stay as long as possible in the PG area. We were very keen to do a stay in one of the villages and they made that possible for us. Ian took us to the butterfly farm which he manages which was an incredible and dazzling experience. From there he dropped us in laguna village, where we stayed at the village guesthouse. That is an experience we would highly recommend -- we ate each meal with a local family (really great meals, actually) and played soccer with the local boys and got a tour around the village. It really felt like a positive experience and we hiked 3 miles back out to the main road to get the bus back to PG and make our way back to Hickatee for a night in the lap of luxury. This experience -- where Ian and Kate facilitated our not actually staying with them for a night, but wholly encouraged us to support local tourism efforts and explore our interests in the PG area -- really demonstrated their commitment to PG and just gave me the utmost respect for their goals in running Hickatee and being a part of the PG community.

We really are sorry that it's taken us so very long to review this wonderful hotel, but it hasn't ever gone far from our minds and we really will never forget Hickatee Cottages. Thank you Ian and Kate for the little piece of heaven you provide in the Belizean jungle!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lindsaymuirharris
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Reviewed 24 July 2009

We found Ian and Kate to be gracious hosts whom we felt we had been good friends with for a long time. The cottage, grounds and meals were perfect. We remember our stay at the Hickatee as we do a wonderful dream. It was so nice to wake up to coffee that had be quietly delivered to the cottage each morning. We believe that Kate and Ian are able to provide their guests with such a special experience because they are so passionate about sharing their jungle paradise and knowledge of Toledo. We look forward to returning to this very special place. We feel blessed to have found the Hickatee.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hickatee Cottages

Address: Mile 1.5, Ex-Servicemen Road | (Aka Boom Creek Road), Punta Gorda ..., Belize
Region: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Gorda
Price Range: £72 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Top-rated jungle B&B, just one mile from PG Town in southern Belize, Hickatee offers Caribbean-style accommodation, bar-restaurant, plunge pool, morning coffee delivered to your verandah, free bikes, over a mile of nature trails on site, and free visits to Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm. Family-run, we offer friendly service, a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, excellent value for money, and a great base from which to explore the offshore southern cayes and Toledo’s many inland attractions. ... more   less 
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