OMG, it was like a 4 star hotel in the middle of the jungle, while still retaining the charm of a cottage. Ian and Kate made you feel like you were visiting a friend (in an exotic destination). I can rave for pages, but I can’t say much more than what everyone else has already raved. I can add that I was a young single female traveling on my own, and I felt “looked after.” I wouldn’t be surprised if Ian and Kate did this with all of their guests, but it was something that really stood out for me and something I really appreciated.
Punta Gorda is not a well tourist place, so safety was a big concern for me. Ian never discouraged me from exploring as much as I could; but at the same time, cautioned me against some of the more dangerous situations and gave me some great safety tips. And I felt that, if I ever got in over my head (which thank goodness I didn’t), I could call (when I found a phone) and Ian or Kate would come, or send someone to come, and get me.
The only drawback I found, not with Hickatee but with the small town of Punta Gorda, was that because of the low tourism, all the tour packages were “two person minimum” or I would have to pay double. For example, unless I could join a group that was going scuba diving, I would have to charter the entire boat. Oh well, I did get to dive during other parts of my trip to Belize so it wasn’t so bad.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I’m so glade I decided to visit Punta Gorda as part of my trip to Belize. And the Hickatee Cottage (and Ian & Kate) are definitely a major part that wonderful experience.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hickatee Cottages Hotel Punta Gorda
- Hickatee Cottages Belize/Punta Gorda