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
This was our second time staying at Victoria House and it was even better than the first time. The new gym/spa is a nice addition and we certainly took advantage of it. The room was perfect, very clean, great view to the water, no issues whatsoever. The service was absolutely top notch, just like usual. It had been almost four years since our first visit and it was so nice to see so many familiar faces on the staff.
We did a full day excursion of zip lining and cave tubing, which went very smoothly and was so easy to get arranged. We also explored downtown San Pedro and having access to the golf cart was very convenient.
The restaurant recommendations were fabulous and appreciated.
Overall, we were able to really relax during our four day visit and there is no doubt we will be back to Victoria House again!
Stayed at Victoria House 3 years ago for my wife's 40th birthday, when we were looking for a place for our 15th wedding anniversary...it was a nobrainer. Lover this property and the people who run it. David at the Front desk is fantastic. Many of the employees have been there for a long time...it was great seeing familiar faces. The grounds are immaculate, the rooms was clean and had everything we needed. Donald in Houston made sure our reservation was exactly what we wanted. We did one of the room packages and it was worth it. We also did snorkeling from the Dive Shack...great experience. Food and Beverage was great too.
While expensive, Victoria House offers you end to end luxury. From the moment you step out of the taxi (which they pay for) they greet you with really premium customer service which is carried on throughout the stay - always super helpful, attentive and lovely.
The facilities are great - two ocean front pools, plenty of beach activities, deck chairs for everyone, grass space, restaurants, gym, spa - you name it.
If you just wanted to relax in the resort, you wouldn’t have to leave. But if you do want to explore, it’s still close enough to town for adventures and other restaurants.
We loved everyone at Victoria House they quickly became family to us! They helped us achieve our dream wedding and we couldn’t be happier. The culture In Belize is amazing, everyone is so loving, gracious, and happy we can’t wait to see you next year VH fam!!!
This was the perfect compliment to spending 3 very active days in the jungles of Belize.
Beautiful resort property with incredibly attentive and accommodating staff. Our 2-bedroom Infiniti suite was wonderful. Tons of room (full kitchen) for a couple or family traveling together.
Super easy to get to (a short 10 minute golf cart ride from the local Ambergris Cay air strip).
Our favorite activity was the fishing and snorkeling adventure we did with Leonardo. He picked us up right at the resort's dock and took us out for a morning of fishing along the coast (we caught tons of snapper). He then took us to a private island where he made the best ceviche we've ever had (from our fresh catch) and grilled the snapper over a bonfire. Love creating a true experience around a meal!
We then snorkeled with nurse sharks and sting rays (they came right up to the boat) and explored the gorgeous tropical reefs. Truly a divers/snorkelers paradise.
Our server Christina was incredible -- she always took great care of us at each meal onsite.
Highly recommend as a stand alone visit or in combination with a visit to the inland jungle.
Can't wait to come back!