Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
Access to spectacular scuba and snorkeling sites from the resort’s private pier
Classic Latin/Caribbean fare with a focus on seafood at upscale Palmilla restaurant
Many accommodations come with sea views
What To Know
Within a 15-minute walk or five-minute pedal of lively San Pedro Town
Only newer villas have TVs, but a stay here is all about relaxation and seclusion
A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
Parking on site
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Plantation-style beach retreat on Belize’s Ambergris Caye, with two pools and a restaurant, just off the world’s second largest barrier reef
Stretching 25 miles long and just one mile wide, Ambergris Caye wasn’t much more than a thin sliver of white sand and mangroves until divers discovered marine wonders just off its shores in the 1970s. Victoria House is this isle’s grand dame, welcoming sun seekers and scuba divers to a sophisticated plantation-style escape comprised of 42 rooms, suites and casitas set around a grand lawn, two pools and a palm-fringed beach. Everything is positioned east toward the Caribbean Sea, and many of the accommodations, including intimate staterooms and breezy thatch-roof Casitas, have water views. Expect air conditioning, handcrafted Belizean wood furnishings, plantation shutters and gauzy canopied beds wrapped in crisp white linens; only newer Villas have TVs. Palmilla restaurant serves classic Latin dishes, with an emphasis on fresh seafood (think pan-seared cashew crusted grouper with mashed potatoes, zucchini, sautéed shrimp and roasted corn-green chili butter). The private beach is a great spot to work on your tan, but the real wonders are just off the resort’s private pier, where on-site dive and snorkel shops set off to explore the barrier reef, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
In the Area
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world, a thriving marine ecosystem teeming with biological and geological wonders. Start your PADI Scuba certification on the mainland to dive open waters and maximize your hotel’s prime perch at the reef’s doorstep. The region’s most-photographed attraction is Great Blue Hole, a large limestone sinkhole on Lighthouse Reef that seemingly glows deepwater blue. Don’t miss Tackle Box Canyon, a maze of canyons and caves protecting coral, green tube sponges, lobsters, rays, turtles and a bull shark or two.