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“Wonderful Hotel with Warm, Welcoming Staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pelican Reef Villas Resort

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Pelican Reef Villas Resort
Ranked #4 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Northern Va
Level Contributor
30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful Hotel with Warm, Welcoming Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Just returned from a week in San Pedro. The people of Belize were the best part of our trip! After an all day flight, Terry met us with a hug & Ruth gave us a rum punch. Funny how that feeling of tiredness can melt away with such a nice greeting! The rooms were clean & had all modern amenities. Breakfast was very laid back (and good food). Karol handled our reservations and flight from Belize City to the island in a timely fashion & was most helpful in arranging our trip. Once there, Terry was able to answer all of our questions and booked our excursions through companies the staff themselves have experienced. Ruth is a most accommodating and fun bartender. It was great to just sit & hang out by the bar with her. Ruth, Terry, Karol & Harvey do so much & always ready to help. If you're headed to San Pedro, this is the place to stay. We'll miss you guys!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank BaileyElaine
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Houston, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

We visit San Pedro every 6 months and Pelican Reef is by far the best place we have stayed! The staff is awesome & really made us feel welcome. Ruth the bartender makes the best Mojitos! Terry, Ruth, Harvey, Carol, Ms. Irma, & Greg made our anniversary very special! We will be returning in June & staying at Pelican Reef Villas!
Marcie & Herb Ehmann

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kerrville, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

This was our second stay at Pelican Reef. Terri, Karol,Ruth, and Greg welcomed us as soon as we arrived. A few minutes later Santos came to say hello. The unit this time was on the second floor, we stayed on the first floor beach front. We loved both! Very clean and comfortable, only difference was not on ground floor, the veiw was the same. Breakfast served in your unit or pool side. If there is anything you would like to do during your stay, just tell one of the staff and it's done. Food is great,along with a geat staff to take care of anything for you. We will return again and again, thanks to our Pelican family.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Pelicanheaven
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

My boyfriend and I took a 9 day trip to Belize in mid March and stayed at Pelican Reef Villas for 4 nights and this was by far our favorite stay. Before our arrival we had spent 3 nights in the Jungle and the remaining two nights at Victoria House. I must say that the service at Pelican Reef Villas surpasses what was provided at Victoria House (you don't always get what you pay for). Terry & Karol made our stay wonderful; they were incredibly attentive in scheduling our day trips for snorkeling & scuba diving. Our scuba diving trip was postponed two days due to high winds but Terry each morning saw us & called Ecologic Divers. She did her best to arrange our dives and finally we were able to once the weather permitted.

The condo's are beautiful & extremely well maintained/clean! Nothing is better than being picked up/dropped off by the boat at the end of the pier and walking into your own apt. As an added bonus, there are laundry machines in each apt. The beach is immaculate and they work hard to keep it that way. You can lay out on the lounge chairs or on the hammock and you just feel like you are on a secluded beach somewhere. It feels far away from the noise of downtown but close enough to get anywhere in 10mins. We took cabs everywhere which ended up being cheaper for us in the end (cabs are typically 10 US one way)

When we find ourselves coming back to San Pedro, Belize one day Pelican Reef Villas will definitely be where we will staying! Thank you so much for an amazing experience!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank mkn0430
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Golden Valley, Minnesota
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54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

Pelican Reef quite simply offered the best service we have had in the past 20 years of travel. Not only was the service impeccable but we could not have asked more in the way of accommodations. We visited much of the island and I didn't see anywhere else that was this beautiful and serene to spend a vacation.

Terry and others greeted us immediately as our taxi pulled up. Our bags were whisked away to our rooms while Terry took our weary bodies to the bar for complimentary drinks. We were greeted cheerfully by many staff members and they continued to treat us as family throughout the entire trip.

Here are a few more examples of the level of detail that is offered at Pelican Reef. I casually mentioned that my son was celebrating his birthday and a home-made birthday cake, complete with candle, was delivered to the room. Not only do they make restaurant recommendations and reservations, but they make arrangements to have a taxi take you round trip to and from the restaurant. After one meal, I mentioned that I prefer spicier food so from then on, Irma, the chef, made sure to give my entrees more heat.

Our place (two bedroom, two bath, full kitchen, living/dining room, three balconies, washer/dryer) was spotless when we arrived, plus the refrigerator was stocked exactly as we had requested. WiFi is available throughout the property and we were thrilled to have so many premier cable stations (HBO, Showtime, etc.) available for evening TV watching.

In our minds Terry, Ruth, Harvey and the rest of the staff at Pelican Reef make Pelican Reef worth every penny. They each work tirelessly day and night to make this a wonderful experience for their guests.

Specific thanks to:
Terry for patiently and efficiently handling all of our requests (and there were many!)
Harvey for the perfect Dirty Monkey (drink)
Ruth for your humor, smile and wonderful drinks
Irma for keeping our food spicy just like we like it
Karol for taking care of us
Greg for listening to all of our comments

Room Tip: We stayed in #16 which was perfect for us. Although it wasn't officially on the beach/ocean, we...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank RobinWW
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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

This place is nice. The photos you see of the rooms are actually what you get . It's crazy!
Good money was spent on this place and we enjoyed this level of premier accomidations on San Pedro.

Room Tip: Top floor, always best!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ScottCarenJack
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new york
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18 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

Pelican reef has the perfect mix of luxury & self-service, roughing it & luxury.

We went to San Pedro after 4 days in Northern Guatemala and then 2 days in the jungle in Belize. My wife and I were traveling with our two sons (ages 6 and 9). We arrived about 2 hours early b/c TropicAir is way too efficient. So we caught Terry (the hotel manager) off guard she was really apologetic that she was not prepared to give us a proper welcome and have our names on the welcome board and have the staff prepared to meet us. But they grabbed our bags and she laughed and asked for a do our and the staff came out and introduced themselves and they had our name on the welcome board. We all got a kick out of it as they served us rum punch.

The resort has approx 24 rooms, but some are lived in my the owners. So it is an intimate experience. The beach is a nice hard sand beach. there is grass in the water...You don't come to Belize for the beach (hit up Saint Martin if you want a nice beach).

the kayaks and bicycles and other stuff if included. Just grab a bike or a kayak and go...no charge. NO problem.

The location is awesome. Far enough out of town to be quiet, but close enought to be ther in 5 minutes on a bike or golf cart (which they can arrange for you to rent).

The dock is a great pickup point for daily activities. Our kids were snorklers. The marine reserve is literally 4 minutes by boat. (We saw sharks, rays, morays, turtles, and tons of small aquatics - Seafarious tours rocks!)

The rooms are top notch..perfect. But beware they do have rooms on the ground floor. I would never stay in a room on the ground floor...so if this is also a problem for you then be sure to specify.

The only complaint I would have is that the breakfast and lunch service is too slow. I don't have the time for an hour lunch or breakfast...

I heard lots of people saying things like "Oh I hear it is dangerous" in Belize r something like that. We felt much safer in San Pedro then we ever felt traveling with our kids in most parts of the USA.

Room Tip: Go for a room above the ground floor...unless you like the ground floor and want your "balcony...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pelican Reef Villas Resort
Address: 2.5 Miles South | 2.5 Miles South, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#3 Family Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come Experience Luxury! Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Pelican Reef Villas. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Pelican Reef Villas blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 Miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more   less 
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