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
My wife and I are are in the middle of a 2 week stay in one of the Villas. Overall I am very impressed with the service, accommodations, site and general ambiance.
The room is well appointed and very comfortable...even has an enclosed and very private patio off the bedroom. Excellent wi-fi and TV are included with the Villas (some of the smaller rooms are sans TV). The property is immaculately maintained and features the nicest palms I've witnessed in my travels. If your goal is to quietly relax in a tropical Shangri La this is your place. Staff is very attentive without being obtrusive...the way it should be. After mentioning one evening to one of the staff while at the Admiral Nelsons beach bar that one of the handles on my shower tap had come loose we returned to our room to see it had already been replaced..pleasantly unexpected. An very tasty complimentary continental breakfast is included and the lunch and dinners menus offer a very good selection...we ended up taking most of our meals here since our goal was to stay put and relax. Golf carts, bicycles and taxis are all available one site if one wants to explore. We will be back.
We truly enjoyed our perfect stay at Victoria House. It completely lives up to its reputation as one of the best resorts in Belize. The property is gorgeous and has amazing Caribbean views. Our room was beautiful, so comfortable and sparkling clean. I slept better than I do in my own bed! There are 2 pools. A beautiful white sand beach. A dock that you can depart from for snorkeling and diving. The staff is so helpful and made our stay perfect. There are a few restaurants on site where we enjoyed multiple meals. Lastly, the location is far enough from town to get away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to be convenient.
From the moment we arrived in San Pedro, we knew we were in good hands. The Victoria House came and got us, had our beautiful plantation room ready, and gave us a personal tour of the grounds. Pool was a little cold, but on days when there was little cloud cover, you were glad that the pool wasn't bath water. Dining in the main restaurant was good, but if you're looking for tasty eats, we recommend the resort's indoor/outdoor bar. My husband and I are scuba divers, and we strongly believe that the resort's choice in who to work with for diving was impeccable!! So well run and organized! I highly recommend the resort's spa. Their honey hair mask and facial were relaxing and delightful. Wonderful aromas throughout the spa and during treatments as well. I thought the outdoor shower surrounding a private small tropical jungle was pretty neat!
Highly, highly recommend the Victoria House! We will definitely be back next year!!
I'm a handicapped person. We arrived for a delicious 2 week stay and discovered that some of the main steps around the premises were just a little too high for me to navigate safely. I felt a little daunted, but within two hours the carpenters built ramps with rails so I could get around. All staff were friendly and helpful. Food was excellent and care for food allergies was wonderful. This was our second stay and won't be our last. D & J love everyone at Victoria House!!
Pools are not heated. But very clean and modern looking.
Not every room has TV. If it has a TV, no Netflix.
No beach, but there are no beaches on the whole island. Thats all I have to complain, so far.
The restaurant on site - Good. No cheap.