We used RCI to exchange for two weeks into The Villas at Banyan Bay, Ambergris Caye. Overall, we really enjoyed the location and our stay on the island.
The Banyan Bay employees, from check-in staff to housekeeping, were all very welcoming, friendly, and helpful. In particular, we were impressed with our daily housekeeper, Iris—she went above and beyond to make us comfortable.
I had read elsewhere that every unit has at least somewhat of an ocean view. True for almost all of them, but not for E1 ground floor, as we were tucked into a bit of a corner. We had asked prior to arrival for an oceanfront or view (doesn’t hurt to ask), but they were all occupied. Our 2-bedroom unit, while showing some wear, was still very roomy (~1100 sq. ft.) and comfortable. Full kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, microwave, stove, coffeemaker, blender, toaster and a decent set of dishes, pots & pans, etc. They also furnished coffee filters and plenty of paper towels. No dishwasher, but housekeeping would wash the dishes if we didn’t get it done.
Master bedroom included a king-sized bed with a safe and ironing board & iron in the closet and a whirlpool tub in the master bath. Personally, I felt the bed was just too hard or needed to be replaced. Second bedroom had a queen bed (more comfortable than the king) and private entry to a 2nd bathroom with a hall entrance.
We arranged several tours with Discovery Expeditions, who were in the lobby or out on the dock. Did some reef snorkeling, diving, and bone fishing, plus took a private (just the two of us) sunset cruise on an old sailboat, the Rum Punch, with owner George and ‘Fish.’
As others have said, you can walk, ride bicycles, take a cab, or rent a golf cart to get around. We enjoyed renting a cart several days to explore the island and check out a wide variety of great restaurants. Our favorites were Hidden Treasures Restaurant (outdoors but upscale), Wild Mango’s (my personal favorite), Caramba’s, Elvi’s, and Antojito’s (casual and just across the street from the Villas @ BB).
Stock up on beer for your trip at the Belikin distributor—Belikin beer and rum were pretty inexpensive on the island, but other liquors and wine were pretty pricey. Groceries were pretty expensive and it was almost as inexpensive to go out to eat. We always felt safe and the US$ was taken pretty much everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located by the beach less than a mile from downtown San Pedro, Banyan Bay Suites offers a great getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Featuring 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms poolview and beachfront suites and 3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms beachfront suites, with kitchen fully equipped and central air conditioned. Spa is available onsite. A 3-level fresh water pool. Pier 366 Seafood House located by the beach offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full service diveshop onsite, that can help in your diving and snorkeling activities. A tour desk that can help in fishing and trips to the mainland including the Mayan temples, ziplining, cave tubing and the Belize Zoo. Banyan Bay Suites is the perfect resort for activities or relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villas At Banyan Bay Hotel San Pedro
- Hotel At Banyan Bay
- Resort At Banyan Bay
- Banyan Bay Suites Belize/San Pedro