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Mile 1 1/2 Cristo Rey Road, Santa Elena Belize
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#1 of 5 Speciality lodging in Santa Elena
Villa #3 at Villa CAYO is to the jungle what Condos are to the beach. The air-conditioned, fully equipped, luxury boutique villa provide comfortable, affordable accommodations on a private 12 acre estate focused on ecotourism. Located just 1 1/2 mile from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena with auto rentals, taxis and bus service easily available making this a perfect vacation destination. The villas are nestled on a terrace overlooking the Village of Cristo Rey Village and the Maya mountains. From the observation deck of the main villa you can see Spanish Lookout and the surrounding countryside. While on the roof veranda you could also be greeted by some of the 225 birds known to occupy the jungle canopy in the Cayo district. Particularly friendly you could be greeted by the Aricaris checking to see if you might have a papaya to share with them. At night the local kinkajou or coatamundi could be in the trees eating the seeds and nuts. Waking up to the jungle mist and the sounds of the chacalaca and parrots can be one of the greatest jungle experiences. The BBQ area is located on a hillside terrace under tall Salam trees that offer food to many of the birds and wildlife of our area. There is a conversation and observation deck available for all of our guests to use. The villas kitchens are fully equipped to allow cooking for special diets or to avoid the high cost of resort dining or local restaurants. There are baking sheets for roasted vegetables, crock pots for slow cooking and a BBQ area for grilling. This excellent location is close to most of the Maya sites, zip lines, caves and cave tubing. The friendly owners can help you arrange your adventure tours. They will strive to make your eco-adventures a safe and relaxed experience without any hidden charges.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Horseback riding
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Canoeing offsite
Car hire
Full body massage
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Todd S wrote a review Sep. 1
12 contributions2 helpful votes
Villa Cayo is the best place to stay in San Ignacio Belize. It is tucked away in the jungle with beautiful views all around. Virginia has done an amazing job creating a magical place that you truly have to see to Be-Leize!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Rachel E wrote a review Jun. 2021
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We loved staying at Villa Cayo for our COVID-19 postponed honeymoon. Virginia and Ken were amazing hosts and were extremely accommodating and generous to my husband and I. We stayed in a hillside villa and the views were great. It was the perfect size, clean and comfortable, and had a full kitchen stocked with everything you'd need. We loved how quiet it was at Villa Cayo (except the nature sounds!), yet how close it was to downtown San Ignacio & Santa Elena. We wish we could have stayed longer! Thank you for everything Virginia and Ken!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Great views in the hillside villas!
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johnnikki203 wrote a review Oct. 2020
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I wish I could give Villa Cayo and Miss Virginia seventy-five stars! We stayed at Vila Cayo in February, and by the time we got back to the States, COVID had hit and the world turned upside down, so it’s been a long time coming to write this review. We stayed in Unit #4, one of the private units below the main house. It was perfect! Everything was new, and clean, and very well cared for. The villa was beautifully finished, the furnishings were top notch, the water was hot, and the AC did its job! The price was very reasonable, considering the high quality of the accommodations! The setting of Villa Cayo is spectacular. Located at the top of a hill, the views in the mornings and evenings of the countryside were peaceful and filled with birdsong. There is a ton of exciting and interesting things to do in and around San Ignacio, and Villa Cayo is a great place to base from. Make sure you hit the market, go out to Caracol, and venture into ATM Cave! The bus is an easy and inexpensive way to get to town. We hired a driver to take us to Caracol, suggested by Virginia, who turned out to be a real gem. Now, lets talk about the very best part of staying at Villa Cayo, Miss Virginia! I am hard pressed to think of any place we’ve ever stayed with a host as helpful, kind, knowledgable, and welcoming as Virginia. Her hospitality made our four night stay at Villa Cayo the highlight of nearly three weeks in Belize; what a wonderful person! We will stay again; and if you’re in San Ignacio, you’ll do yourself a real favor by staying at Villa Cayo!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Joslyn M wrote a review Mar. 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The Villa Cayo is an amazing place to stay with breathtaking views. The owners are fabulous and very helpful just fantastic people. I'm so glad my sister found this place for our first visit to Belize. Deffinatly going back!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Bonnie D wrote a review Feb. 2020
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Villa Cayo is an outstanding place to stay while visiting the San Ignacio area. Our villa was beautiful with a stunning view. The location is ideal, away from town and noise with a breathtaking view of the mountains. Virginia was wonderful with advice and suggestions and helping with the local excursions. The king sized bed was so comfortable and we thank Virginia and Ken for investing in such a great mattress! I highly recommend Villa Cayo and would stay there again in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: February 2020
US$97 - US$136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about VILLA CAYO
Which popular attractions are close to VILLA CAYO?
Nearby attractions include Green Iguana Conservation Project (2.2 km), Cahal Pech (2.5 km), and Belize Botanic Gardens (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at VILLA CAYO?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at VILLA CAYO?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at VILLA CAYO?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at VILLA CAYO?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to VILLA CAYO?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Burnz, Cenaida's Belizean Food, and Pop's Belize Restaurant.
Does VILLA CAYO have an airport shuttle?
Yes, VILLA CAYO offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to VILLA CAYO?
Many travellers enjoy visiting El Pilar (2.6 km).