Victoria House Resort & Spa
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Couples trip, mid-December 2018. We like snorkeling, walking for miles, fishing and relaxing in a quiet environment. We're not heavy drinkers or late-night partiers.
--Beautiful property, excellent food, helpful and friendly staff.
--Did I mention the excellent food? We chose the bar/restaurant instead of the more fancy main restaurant, but it was exceptional. Not sure why people complain about the prices. I thought that $12 for a great salad and $24 for a big entree with sides was reasonable for a high-end resort. We never ate breakfast here or used a meal plan, just paid a la carte. The 12% service charge is fine. We added a bit more for the very nice staff, though it's kind of on "Island Time" when it comes to speed. 15 minute wait for the check after a meal wasn't unusual.
--Great location (near to San Pedro but far enough to avoid traffic and noise). We walked 3 miles to the end of town. The sheer volume of golf carts and lack of sidewalks made it a bit hairy, but it felt safe, unlike some other Caribbean tourist towns. Everyone was friendly, especially the taxi driver who took us back ($10 to the resort from the waterfront children's Park in the center of San Pedro). No Uber. Renting a golf cart is an option, but we skipped it.
--Great spa with terrific massage therapists.
--Attentive housekeeping kept the place spotless, which is not easy in a tropical climate!
--We were in the Tower Suite, a gorgeous 2-story 1 bedroom with plenty of space and a stunning view from both balconies. Lots of peace and privacy! Beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Comfortable bed. Plenty of towels and toiletries. Filtered water jug is complementary. Ice bucket filled with turndown service nightly--very cool, very much appreciated! Mini-fridge with sodas and water stocked at cost, not too overpriced, considering it's a resort (beer or whatever you choose is also available).
--Lovely, perfectly-maintained beach with tons of comfortable chairs and hammocks.
--Multiple swimming pools, if that's your thing.
--Great landscaping, well maintained grounds are not fussy.
--We brought our fishing catch to the kitchen, who happily prepared an absolutely delicious feast of fresh snapper.
--It was a weird layout for a suite, with the shower downstairs from the bedroom (this bathroom was next to the entryway). It was nice to have some privacy available, but odd to climb the stairs to the closet and bedroom.
--Because of erosion, a retaining wall had to be built, so it's not a walk-in-the-ocean beach. But easy access to swim from the pier, so no problem.
--Watch for falling coconuts. Lots of lovely trees on the property!
--WiFi is reasonably available, depending where you are on the resort. It can be slow and spotty at times, but this is really good for a little island off the coast of Central America.
The water sports guys weren't ultra-enthusiastic about helping us book fishing and snorkeling trips. They offered what they offered (arranged with local guides) but didn't go the extra mile for other options. When we wanted a Sunday half-day to a popular snorkel spot, they wouldn't arrange it, saying that they could only arrange charter trips or a full day catamaran trip that we had already taken. I called the company myself (the same one that the resort booked for us the day previous!) and booked it right away. A bit frustrating, considering that this is one of the higher end resorts on the island.
Victoria House is simply incredible. The grounds are so beautiful, and the view is picture perfect. Our room was amazing, but note that the rooms don't have a phone or TV. It wouldn't have been a big deal, except there was a torrential downpour our last night and a TV would have been great, and we were getting notices from our travel agency from the front desk, who had to bring notes to our room. We had a plantation room, and it was just perfect. In particular, I loved the blue tile in the shower. The hotel provided plenty of water for us (they advised us not to drink from the tap), and there was a nightly turndown service.
The pools were gorgeous. We spent lots of time in the infinity pool, and took advantage of the poolside service. The servers were very attentive, and the food and drinks we ordered poolside were great!
You can rent golf carts right from the front desk, and there are bikes you can use for free throughout your stay. The resort is a little south from the shops and restaurants. You could walk (it's probably about 3/4 - 1 mile away), but I had a terrible blister that prevented us from doing so. Instead, we used the golf carts or bikes.
Keep in mind that everything at Victoria House is in USD, which was a change for us because everywhere else was BZE.
Overall, everything here was topnotch. We would definitely stay here again.
This was our first time in Belize. We loved the staff at the Victoria House. Everyone was so very nice and accommodating. The Victoria House is set up so well; from our Plantation Room, we were 100 steps from the fantastic restaurant; 85 steps from the Admiral's Bar and less than that to to pool. Luis helped us schedule our adventures and every one was spot on! We could go on, but just highly suggest if you plan to visit Belize, specifically Ambergris Caye, stay at this wonderful resort.
The best of the best. It was my third stay and I am already making plans to go back! The staff is amazing, the grounds are meticulously maintained, the food is incredible, and the location is perfectly situated just far enough out of town to feel quiet and secluded, but only a short golf cart ride away from the bustle of San Pedro
Victoria House was one of the most wonderful hotels we have stayed in anywhere in the world. The grounds are gorgeous and the staff are so attentive. Almost anything you need they are there to help. The activities offered at the hotel range from snorkeling and scuba diving to exploring Mayan ruins... but if a day at the pool reading a book is more your thing, the resort's pool is quiet and so pleasant to just lounge around. We can't wait to go back!