Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach

2.5 Mls South Beachfront, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize
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Discover Luxury and the BEST in Island Hospitality, this premier small boutique resort offers 11 - 2- or 3-bedroom villas with unobstructed views of the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Each villa is beautifully appointed and spacious with fully equipped kitchens, high speed private internet and some of the largest private outdoor living areas. Located approximately 2 miles south of San Pedro (just a 15 min golf cart ride from town). Lighthouse Beach Villas (formerly Athens Gate) is located on a quiet stretch of beach with a beautiful infinity edge swimming pool, swim-up bar and waterfall. Glori and Diana are here to help you select the best villa for your stay, arrange local flights from BZE to the island, transfers, golf cart rentals, snorkeling, diving, excursions (local and on the mainland), fishing, sailing, private charters, provisioning, private chefs and babysitting. Let them make this the easiest vacation you have ever taken. Rob, our bartender and mixologist will whip up a delicious drink that you can enjoy on the white sand beach or at the swim up bar. Want to take our kayaks, paddle board, bikes or borrow some snorkeling or fishing gear? Sit down have a drink and let Derrick handle it for you. No request is too big, let us create your dream vacation.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkelling
Fishing
Airport transportation
Car hire
Massage
BBQ facilities
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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2.5 Mls South Beachfront, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize
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Chuck O wrote a review Feb 2024
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Glori made the reservations easy at this is a stunningly beautiful and peaceful place. The rooms are first class with everything you could need and unbeatable views to the east. Derrick helped with small things we needed and Rob is a true mixologist artist at his bar. We did snorkel, scuba and fishing excursions and the boats met us right on the resort pier. Watching the tarpon swim at night off the pier was neat. It was easy to walk just a minute or so to the Happy Tequileria the first night and to our favorite restaurant of the trip, the Black Orchid the second night.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Rhonda Lawrence, Owner at Lighthouse Beach
Responded Feb 24, 2024
Thank you for your kind words and for the opportunity to host your vacation, we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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WichitaWildcatfans wrote a review Jan 2020
Wichita, Kansas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're looking for a peaceful experience away from the hubbub of the town center, look no further! A small boutique style facility with personalized treatment from the most friendly staff imaginable. They accommodated our group of 11 with ease; set up our excursions, transfers, golf cart rentals, massages, you name it. Ileny our concierge is the absolute sweetest; always with a smile on her face and can hook you up with whatever you need, on or off the resort. Rob the bartender is a true artist, no "spring break" type cocktails here! Each one was crafted with attention to detail, and was so delish! Great conversationalist as well, we all enjoyed chatting with him in the evenings while he prepared our drinks. Even the security detail was so kind and helpful, Diego worked diligently each night to make sure everyone was safe and secure, not that a person feels unsafe in San Pedro but he was on top of everything regardless. The rooms were exactly as pictured with comfy beds, spacious living areas and personal balconies. The beach area has a seawall as do 99% of the properties in San Pedro, and was maintained meticulously. The pool/bar area was private and felt secluded. Would return 100%.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: We had 3 units, two 2nd floor units and one 3rd floor. I liked the 3rd floor view the best, but...
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Clint Carter wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I are so happy we booked Athen’s Gate for our wedding. The rooms were cozy, the pool was a perfect temperature, and the beach is always clean and peaceful. There’s even a long dock to walk out on to watch the sunrise in the morning or spot tarpons swimming at night.

The best part about Athen’s Gate is definitely the staff. Ileny was the most helpful person I’ve ever met. She must never sleep because she was always around whenever we needed her. All of our friends and family agree that Rob is the best bartender we have ever met. His drinks are delicious, service incredible, and is fun to just chill at the bar with. Both Ileny and Rob are the perfect people to ask for recommendations and go above and beyond for anything you might need.

The only thing I would caution I would give is for those looking into a resort buyout. Each of the suites are owned by private individuals. We booked a resort buyout so we could have the entire place to ourself and our friends and family for our wedding. Unfortunately, three weeks before the wedding we were informed that the owners decided they would be staying in their suite during our wedding so we could no longer have the resort buyout. Athen’s Gate gave us a room at their sister resort, Pelican Reef, for the same price to accommodate the displaced guests, but it really put a damper on the experience.

Thankfully, the friendly staff and the magic of San Pedro made up for it and we still had an amazing time!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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alisokl wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay at Athens Gate and would like to share our experience. The amenities and the beach were well kept, our room was clean and the guys at the hotel were truelly friendly. Bar tender Rober makes one of the best Piña Coladas we've tried on the island. Night guard Diego is a nice guy, he is on property all night looking after guests' golf carts. Front desk agent Elaine was always helpful and friendly.
Our room had everything we needed for a comfortable vacation.
We booked a snorkeling tour through the hotel and enjoyed it better that one we had booked on our own.
The beach front is not as in 2016 pictures, they  updated it with a low wall, but it is still one of the nicest ones on that side of the island. Despite the fact the hole island has a lot of sea grass on shore, the water nearby the hotel was cleaner than in other places and we enjoyed swimming from the pier.
The hotel is out of the town and it gives you a sense of peace and relax, for the same reason  the   golf cart is useful,  and I have to say it is also a lot of fun.
Elaine arranged our pick up and drop off from and to the airport, the driver was on time both time.
Ours was a fabulous vacation and Athens Gate was definitely a superb ch
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Johnny M wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is my second stay at what is now known as Athen's Gate. It was great to see familiar faces after not traveling during Covid and also really great to see the friendly people of Ambergris Caye begin their recovery from the pandemic.

In Belize in general you can really turn off your brain and enjoy life, but especially here at Athen's gate. It all begins with Glory the concierge, front desk, middle man, etc. Whatever you want she can help. She'll help you arrange for a golf cart, excursions, restaurant reservations, massages, take-out, or anything else you may need. She makes everything so seamless and easy.

The property itself is excellently maintained, the pool is crystal clear, and there is a white sandy beach and pier. Don't forget to catch the sunset on the lighthouse, it's breathtaking. The hotel has beach cruisers which we took into town as well as kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

We stayed in a three-bed room villa with a master bed/bathroom with jacuzzi and fully equipped kitchen and dining room. It was cleaned often and the beds were very comfortable. A tip would be if you plan on cooking in your villa is to pack your own seasonings and oils you would use in your baggage as the villas have none of these. The wifi was decent, but not strong enough to do major video conferencing or work which is fine by me!

Finally, I would be amiss if I didn't mention Rob, the bartender. He is always the highlight of the trip and wish I could take him back to America. The drinks are the absolute best. I would suggest the coconut mojito and pinna cola both 10/10 and the best frozen drinks I have ever had. Rob definitely takes pride in his work and you can tell he really enjoys it. How many resort bars do you know that take the time to make their own fruit juices or infuse their own liquor? Above all Rob is a great conversationalist.

I would definitely recommend this place highly.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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L2LByT wrote a review Jan 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our room was right by the pool with a great view of the ocean. It was super clean and had everything that we could possibly want for our ten day stay. But, by far, the staff were what made this the best! Ileny and Rob were the absolute best. They were always suggesting things to do or ways that they could help make our vacation even more wonderful. They could not have done a better job of making us feel welcome and special at Athens Gate.

There are two great restaurants literally across the street. The Lone Star Grill is more casual and offers a Tex-Mex cuisine, very good food. The Black Orchid is more formal and the food is terrific. I would recommend both! Also Pelican's Nest is nice for both breakfast and lunc.

We will definitely return to Athens Gate.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We loved the junior suite with the location by the pool because it was so convenient to everything.
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Dan W wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This location was perfect for easy access to scuba diving, but the spot itself quickly became a favorite of ours. The staff was extremely accommodating and friendly. Treated us like family. Special shout out to Rob for making the best poolside drinks (or drinks in general really). I need to know what he put in the ginger mix for those drinks.
The location was also perfect for walking to other locations along the beach, Black Orchid, Lone Star, and Pelican Reef were regular stops for us.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Condo rooms on the first floor were great because you could walk out to the pool area.
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Darby N wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from my second time at Athens Gate in San Pedro, Belize and hands down had the most amazing time. Right outside of the hustle and bustle of the town, Athens Gate is a perfect home away from home. Not only is it in a prime location, but the view is incredible and the set up is perfect - bikes, paddle boards, kayaks, pier right out onto the water. They have it all and right on the location! My favorite part however was the entire Athens Gate crew. Lleny is amazing! Whatever you need, she will make sure you get it. She planned our trip exactly how we wanted it - packed with fun adventures for a few days and then when we wanted to relax she helped us check out the right places on the island to chill. I’m 25 and went with my younger brother and parents and she helped us all have a great time! Rob, my main man behind the bar, was also so great! He kept my glass full of fresh and amazing drinks right on the beach, shared beautiful stories about the island and always had a smile on his face. Seriously had the best time in San Pedro because of the people at Athens Gate. They made us feel right at home and I can call them my friends now. If you’re looking for a authentic, amazing time where you can get a bit of everything, this is your place!!!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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andrea_roberts024 wrote a review Jul 2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We originally booked a May 2020 trip to Athen's Gate prior to the pandemic which got canceled due to the closure of the country's boarders. We were allowed to reschedule, which we did for Feb 2021 but ended up not going again because of the pandemic. They allowed us to reschedule to July 2021. In May 2021, my husband broke his ankle and was going to be in a cast for our trip. We contacted Athen's Gate to inquire about an elevator and how to accommodate him. Since our room was on a top floor at Athen's Gate, they offered to move us and another family travelling with us to another property just down the street, Ocean's Edge which had an elevator but also a ground floor unit available. We accepted, and it didn't disappoint. The service (by the same management company, Pelican Reed Mgmt, was outstanding. They were very responsive before the trip and during, arranging for our transportation from the water ferry and also having our golf cart rentals at the condo when we arrived. Our condo wasn't ready yet when we arrived but they allowed us in and let us put down our things and play in the pool while they finished. There is a bar right across the street, Stax, that makes amazing mojitos. We had a 3 br, 3 bath condo and it was very spacious and clean with a washer/dryer and full size kitchen. It easily fit our family of 7 (3 kids, 4 adults). The pool was a little small, but it didn't stop us from enjoying it thoroughly. The view is amazing! We will be back to San Pedro and will be looking to book with one of Pelican Reef's properties again!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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tgs wrote a review Jul 2021
Erwinville, Louisiana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just returned from a trip to Belize and stayed at Athens Gate. It was an amazingly wonderful place to stay. We loved the location, the rooms, amenities and staff. Everything was perfect! I can’t imagine staying anywhere else. It has a boutique feel and is private and secluded. It really had everything we needed. It was so nice to have a washer and dryer and we cooked and it had everything we needed to do it! It was my birthday the day before we arrived and one day to came in to find the bed decorated in the most lovely way. I’ll attach a photo below. Such a wonderful surprise. Everything is top notch! We took a tour to explore the ATM cave with Jam Jam, another tour with Alan and Brian fishing, lobstering, snorkeling and then to a private island where they cooked out lunch, and another tour to snorkel Hoi Chen and Shark Ray island. The tours were wonderful! We explored the entire island and never felt unsafe. It is so easy to get around with a golf cart and EVERYONE is so very friendly. We were sad to leave this complete paradise but will hope to return some day.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Everything is perfect and the staff takes care of everything!
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Response from Kristen Baxter, Marketing at Lighthouse Beach
Responded Aug 23, 2021
So glad you had a wonderful birthday stay at Athens Gate at Lighthouse Beach. We are so glad you had a great time on property as well as exploring the beautiful country of Belize! We certainly hope that you come back soon!
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Danielle M asked a question Nov 2021
Los Angeles, California18 contributions3 helpful votes
How far is the hotel (by bike) into town? Thank you!
Answer from bagswife
Missouri199 contributions86 helpful votes
Sorry the previous management didn't answer your question. Welcome to the island! Our pool is reserved for guests, however during slow months come on by and when buying drinks you are free to use the pool. Just check with the bartender. Thank you for thinking of us.
Answer from AthensGateBelize
Belize1 contribution
Yes we have coffee available.
Answer from benninghofen
North Ridgeville, Ohio3 contributions
We just returned from staying on the second floor, 2 bedroom unit. Our view was amazing. We may be biased, but we thought it was one of the best. The ‘rear’ of the building is just the entrances to the units.
Answer from Galty75
Media, Pennsylvania73 contributions10 helpful votes
I have no idea. You hop in the pool and enjoy the sunshine and let Robert make you a coconut Mojitos. I know six days of running a tab with two adults and one child did not break the bank. I don’t think there are expensive drinks in Belize. You could look at Pelican Reef their sister property’s menu. But I would stay at Athen’s over Pelican
Chris B wrote a tip Mar 2024
Parker, Colorado39 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We loved it here so don't hesitate to book it!"
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Michael Z wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask the staff they will help you with finding fun activities, taste the perfect cocktail at their bar or just about any of your needs."
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SkiCC wrote a tip Aug 2023
Branson, Missouri67 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Top floor has the best view. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!! They’re super friendly and helpful."
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Charlie B wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have the front desk rent a golf cart for you. Makes getting around extremely easy. Go have drinks with Rob!"
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Cathie K wrote a tip Mar 2023
Saint Louis, Missouri37 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Golf cart rental is a must. "
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PRICE RANGE
C$477 - C$582 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Athens Gate at Lighthouse Beach
LOCATION
BelizeBelize CayesAmbergris CayeSan Pedro
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lighthouse Beach
What are some of the property amenities at Lighthouse Beach?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Lighthouse Beach?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Lighthouse Beach?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Lighthouse Beach?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lighthouse Beach?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lighthouse Beach have airport transportation?
Yes, Lighthouse Beach offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Lighthouse Beach?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lighthouse Beach?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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