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
We were so impressed with this property! Just about a mile out of the hubbub of the very busy downtown area, and we felt like we were in our own little world at Victoria House. We stayed in a casita which had a perfect ocean view (they might as well be called ocean front casitas). The casita is fairly small but plenty big enough for two of you. There is a small mini fridge which is stocked daily, and additionally you can put your own drinks in it, which can be purchased at the local grocery. You can rent a golf cart from the property or with a vendor of your choosing...it's the preferred, and most fun (!!), was to get around. The food at Victoria House was superb. We did not have a single meal that was not delicious. The continental breakfast which was included in our stay was plentiful each morning. The staff was friendly, attentive and so much fun to get to know. The beach area is well kept. Probably the only down side of Belize in general, is the lack of swimmable beaches. If you want to really get in the water, rent a catamaran, go diving...etc. The resort has kayaks for you to use which we did see people enjoying. We had the pleasure of meeting the very friendly owners of VH while we were there and learned a lot of history about the building and expansion of the resort. I am a travel agent and would hands down recommend Victoria House to anyone that wanted to go to Ambergris Caye. 5 stars in my book!
My wife and I stayed here on our first couples vacation in years. They were incredible. The staff handled our special diet very well, including baking gluten-free bread to have at any meal. We didn’t really need to leave the property for meals. They have a terrific restaurant.
Stayed in a casita and loved it. Just the right amount of privacy.
The property is spectacular! We enjoyed walking the beach and the pools were very comfortable. Grounds are meticulously kept, and we enjoyed watching the hummingbirds, iguanas, and other wildlife that call the grounds home.
The front desk made anything we needed happen, including arranging snorkeling trips, cabs into town, and a special birthday meal for my wife.
Victoria House has a terrific blend of attention and ease that made our vacation one of the best we have ever taken.
This place will spoil you. Be sure to ask for James & Ivor on the snorkeling excursion to to reef. Best day out there.Service is second to nine and the grounds are impeccable. Such a great experience and every detail is done right. From the carts, airfare, taxi service, food, drink and good times. Loved it