Las Terrazas Resort and Residences
What We Love
- Location on Belize’s largest island, Ambergris Caye
- PADI five-star dive shop with a free scuba lesson in the pool
- The spa and wellness center, which has a full menu of massages and body treatments
- Free kayaks, bikes, sailboats and paddleboards
What To Know
- One-Bedroom Laguna Cabana Suites are value-priced and have limited views
- Las Terrazas is at the northern end of Ambergris Caye — a golf cart or water taxi ride from San Pedro town
- Naturally romantic vibe, though families are welcome
- A 10 percent service charge and a nine percent local tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
A short flight from Belize International Airport to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye — the only real town on Belize’s largest island — it’s a 10-minute boat ride across the blue Caribbean water to the dock at Las Terrazas. Rows of oversize lounge chairs, kayaks and Hobie Cats line the wide expanse of beach, with the Mediterranean-modern buildings of the main resort just beyond the palm trees.
Bed and Bath
All 37 rooms are housed in low-rise whitewashed buildings that overlook the beach and dock, the courtyard or the 70-foot lap pool, which is dotted with semi-submerged lounge chairs. Room layouts vary throughout the property, but some are split-level, with a living room (complete with a sofa and a flat-screen TV), a dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen and a king-size bedroom upstairs. Although the look is decidedly modern — lots of sleek black and white — Belizean artwork on the walls and colorful furnishings add some local flair. The large, furnished terraces overlooking the resort grounds are welcome spots for afternoon sun worship in private.
For a boutique hotel, Las Terrazas offers myriad water sports and outdoor activities, such as diving and snorkeling excursions to the Blue Hole and Hol Chan Marine Preserve/Shark Ray Alley (there’s an on-site PADI five-star dive shop). Meals are served in the chic O Restaurant, which has a high-ceilinged dining room and a breezy terrace overlooking the pool. The menu has an international bent (pizza, pasta, wraps and Mexican favorites), fresh fish dishes and Belizean classics. Opt for the fry jacks in place of toast at breakfast — they’re especially good with butter, honey and the strong coffee.
How to Get There
Please note that this is the first bad review I ever had to write. While the property is nice and the staff is incredibly kind, the management is unprofessional and clueless when it comes to running an upscale property. Back in early February myself and my 4 friends, a group of 5, mature, professional and well traveled women, rented a sea house for our annual 4 day getaway weekend. The first day the house had very low water pressure (trickling out of sink) and toilets were not able to flush. Maintenance came and fixed it. We then went to shower and there was NO hot water. Maintenance came and said the breaker wasn't turned on. Day 2, no hot water, maintenance returned and said the temperature wasn't set properly on the hot water system (on demand water heater) Day 3 the water went from cold to scalding hot. One of us got a burn on their scalp. We complained again. Management accused us of lying. Day 4, same thing 2nd guest scalp burnt from scalding hot water. Not once did management do anything to try to move us or accommodate us or acknowledge that the water heater was broken as it randomly went from one extreme to another. Despite this we made the best of the trip. All other services at resort were nice. The ladies at the Spa were wonderful, we had breakfast every day and loved the crepes. We had lunch and dinner there one day as well and both were wonderful. The desk arranged for an excellent snorkeling tour (best ever), dinner reservations in town, golf cart rental and a sunset tour. Again everyone from the drivers to the wait staff were wonderful and pleasant except the British manager, who was very condescending. The issue was the water and the fact that management was so rude and uncaring. For $1,000 a night one would expect a little more professionalism from management. Not worthy of Conde Nast or LVX Preferred rating.
We thoroughly loved our Spring Break at Las Terrazas. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the food was wonderful. The beautiful pool is so relaxing and we enjoyed having a small plunge pool in our 3rd floor unit as well. The rooms all have full sized kitchens and washer/dryers which was handy with teenagers along. You will need a golf cart to get around the island and run to grocery store or any restaurants. The windy weather kept us from enjoying the complementary kayaks and sailboat but we loved our snorkeling trips to Mexico Rocks, Hol Chan and Shark Alley. Having the dive shop next door makes all this so easy too. This hotel is a gem and we look forward to returning!
My husband and I spent last week at Las Terrazas, our third trip to this wonderful property.
We were part of a corporate group, but I reached out to Carolyn prior to our arrival to ask about staying in a particular suite. She congratulated me on earning the trip, and on our 10th wedding anniversary. She also secured our preferred room, and was extremely helpful and welcoming throughout all of our communications.
When we arrived in Belize City, there was a bit of a problem with Maya Air- apparently their computers were down and they couldn't get any flights off the ground. Nearby, Tropic Air was shutting dozens of people from Belize City to Ambergris Caye with no problems. Not the fault of Las Terrazas, but it made for a frustrating start to our trip.
We were warmly welcomed at Las Terrazas with a rum drink and exceptional service by Jennifer and Curl at the front desk. Curl let us know our preferred room was unavailable due to my company's travel department - but he was quick to offer another beautiful suite with all of the same amenities as the room we requested. And better yet, we had an amazing view of the ocean and pier from our 3rd floor expansive balcony.
The room was beautiful, very well-appointed kitchen and living room. Upstairs was a large master bedroom with balcony and views of the ocean and pool. The bathroom was overlooking the ocean, so we viewed the beach while showering every day - what a treat! There was no standard bathroom mirror on the wall, but a view of the beach! The only negative about the room was the bedding and pillows ... and I mentioned this in my previous review of this property. The bedding is quite thin, not luxurious in any way. And the pillows have rough corners, so sleeping was quite uncomfortable.
The "O Restaurant" -- every single thing we ate throughout the week was delicious! Big shout out to Chef Norville, who visited our table and greeted us every time we saw him on property. Excellent diverse menu with 5-star quality dishes. We enjoyed everything: homemade shrimp fettuccine, seafood risotto, steak, tomat'O salads, nachos, and the cilantro fries! Delish!!
What really makes this laid-back, beautiful resort is the staff. We were welcomed back like family by Noreen and Monica- ladies who we met on our first trip over 8 years ago, and saw again in 2017. These ladies and all of the staff: Flor, Bernie, Shelby - they ROCKED! Everyone went out of their way to provide the best service, always with a big smile and graciousness. We'll go back to Las Terrazas for these folks alone!!
The weather was a bit windy while we were there, which caused the beach to be a little mirky; and there was an abundance of seaweed washing up on the shores. But the beach area right outside of Las Terrazas was well-kept, with plenty of loungers, hammocks and a volleyball court.
We rented the golf carts to go into town several times. The worst part of the road is right out of Las Terrazas... once you get a few yards away, the road is paved and much easier to navigate.
All in all, we loved our time in San Pedro, especially our visit with our friends at Las Terrazas.
Bernie- thank you for teaching me my new favorite drink: Campachana!
We will see you all again!
Just spent a week here with my wife where we celebrated her birthday. A great intimate hotel with superb service. Steve and Carolyn manage this quiet property beautifully. "O" is a really good restaurant. You walk out of your room and the pool is right there. The staff was so friendly, accommodating and you get to know them by name. They all had a smile. They have one of the best docks and you can hop anywhere on the island conveniently. Rooms clean and spacious. We were well pleased.
We had stayed at Mahogany Bay Resort the week before and were thinking Las Terrazas would be even better - it wasn’t!
Aside from the great pool, friendly staff and really awesome food, it was not that great. NO fitness center, NO beach to swim in - the seaweed is so bad, it is being piled up every day and is full of trash. The stench is so bad you have to cover your nose. Really far from town, so a golf cart is a must. It also sits far enough north that the concrete road runs out. It is pot hole city! You have to hang on to not get thrown out of the cart. Count on a chiropractor appointment when you get home.
The rooms were large, but bathroom wasn’t as nice as a Holiday Inn! Upgrades needed and everything needs a good cleaning.