What We Love
- Remote location on a private cay nine miles off the coast of Belize, with just 12 guestrooms
- Diving paradise: The property is just three miles from the world’s second-largest barrier reef
- Delicious meals prepared by local chefs are served family-style in the covered restaurant or under the stars
- Eco-friendly: Electricity is mainly generated by wind and solar power
- Air conditioning is available in all units
What To Know
- The hotel recommends that you book your international flight into Belize City for an arrival of no later than 3:30 PM, as the last Maya Island Air or Tropic Air flights depart Belize City for Dangriga at 5:00 PM
- The beaches are small pockets of sand rather than long stretches of shoreline
- Guests go here to get off the grid; WiFi is only available in the main palapa
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
Off the coast of Dangriga, Belize, Thatch Caye Resort is a private island hideaway for underwater adventures and going off the grid in style. A robust ecology program is at the heart of island life, with buildings set on stilts and electricity supplied by wind and solar power alone. The five overwater bungalows are best for romance, with spectacular views of the gin-clear sea and the islands in the distance (best viewed from the hammock on your private deck). All have private bathrooms, cool tile floors and ceilings made from bamboo or wild cane. Four cabanas offer more space to spread out, plus huge furnished roof decks for taking in the island scenery. Meals are served family-style three times a day; all are organic Garifuna, Mayan and international dishes prepared by local chefs. After dinner most guests head to the overwater Starfish Bar for a tropical cocktail, then turn in early to rest up for another full day of water sports, snorkeling and scuba diving — after some beachside lounging in the morning.
In the Area
With the world’s second-largest barrier reef just offshore, the focus here is on underwater adventures and water sports. Favorite dive sites include the renowned Blue Hole, South Water Caye Marine Reserve and Glover’s Reef, but non-divers can still see a wealth of marine life on guided snorkeling excursions. Above the water, guests can practice paddleboarding and kayaking direct from the hotel, go fishing with a guide (catch-and-release only) or head to the mainland for caving, hiking and cultural tours near the Mopan River.
How to Get There
LOVED IT. Location was amazing: isolated but not an outrageously long boat ride from Dangriga. I thought it was the perfect size, not too many people, it would never get crowded, and you actually get to meet and chat with the some of the same people, which builds conversations past small talk. Clear waters, we saw a variety of marine life. Food was amazing; 3 course dinner, announced between each course. Drinks were bomb: lots of variety and fresh ingredients. The staff were all so friendly. Happy Hour out on the pier/palapa was so enjoyable, one of my favourite parts. Our room was amazing, very clean, the bed was the comfiest out of our entire stay in Belize. Such a great atmosphere, I've never experienced anything like it. We will definitely return.
Thatch Caye is amazing. Small yet beautiful rooms, peaceful environment, enough to do if you're super active and enough to do if you just want to relax. Great staff that were extremely friendly, met a lot of amazing people from around the world, and ate great fresh food at every meal. No issues with bugs, either. Highly recommend!
Think about when you were a kid and found a place in nature, and dreamed of building a little city there - that’s basically Thatch Caye. We stayed in a premier bungalow, and every detail was clearly planned, down to the conch shell bathroom faucet. They keep the island meticulously maintained, and make it such a neat experience for guests.
We had reservations about communal dining, but it turned out to be a really cool way to meet other guests and interact. Think summer camp for adults. My husband is a big guy, and wish we’d packed a few snacks, him getting hungry didn’t always coincide with the planned mealtimes, but the food itself was great! My favorite lunch was bbq chicken, rice and beans, plantains, and potato salad. My favorite dinner was surf and turf with lobster, and bacon wrapped steak (note: I believe lobster season just ended for 2019). They would also cook any fresh fish or lobster guests caught during the day which was a real treat! Everyone would share their catches.
The staff was top notch, and as friendly as could be! They really made it a truly unforgettable experience.
I was concerned about getting from Belize International to the island, but booking travel through Thatch Caye made it a breeze! They even had someone meet us in the airport and escort us from our arrival gate through to our departure gate, it couldn’t have been easier!
We will definitely return one day!
Absolutely beautiful Very clean and well maintained The entire staff was amazing Very welcoming and accommodating Food was very good and plenty of it Drinks excellent and good variety Will definetely return
Stayed in one of the overwater bungalow's-although the water temperature of the shower was a bit finicky (we dubbed it the adventure shower, lol), being able to wake each morning and watch the sunrise through the panoramic windows (which we left open each night) was truly magical. The water surrounding the island was crystal clear-there were at least one hundred starfish, not to mention the nurse sharks, rays and other sea life.
The service was top-notch-no watered-down drinks here-and the menu delicious. Would definitely recommend for a honeymoon or couples looking to reconnect.