What We Love
- A beachfront room on the Caribbean, with welcome cocktails and use of kayaks and bikesHaving direct access to one of the best beaches in Hopkins Village
- Relaxing in the heated infinity pool – and enjoying a drink at the swim-up bar
- Staying in a beachfront room, so you can wake up to beautiful Caribbean views
What To Know
- Book the bioluminescent night tour to take a boat through nearby mangroves and catch the jellyfish as they light up in brilliant blues
- Enjoy complimentary bike and kayak access
- The pool bar has a great happy hour
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Villa Margarita in Hopkins (Sittee River), you’ll be close to Anderson Lagoon and Hopkins Pier. This 4-star hotel is within the region of Wee Wee Caye Marine Lab and Twin Cayes.
Make yourself at home in one of the 6 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private furnished patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). While enjoying a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily from 6:30 AM to 10 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
This vacation was amazing. First time in Belize and we stayed at Villa Margarita in Hopkins. The photos of this place don't really do it justice. We had the third floor to ourselves. Bigger than expected and enough room for our family of four to spread out. Staff was wonderful and the pool was fantastic. The view from our balcony was the absolute best. We went over to San Pedro for a few days during our stay but the hotel we stayed in over there did not compare to the Villa Margarita. If you plan to travel to Hopkins you should seriously consider this property.
SO the Villa Margarita is one building at Jaguar Reef Resort -- it is three stories dividable into 6 units, you can get some portion of that or all of it, depending on how many people you are traveling with. We were there with an extended family trip, and had the whole villa -- which made the villa pool essentially a private pool for the family, which was a nice bit of swankiness.
As part of the resort, you have access to all theresort amenities, including water sports equipment, the Paddle House restaurant, the Big Dock Bar (on a two-story actual dock out over the water) There are also several fun restaurants and snack places and such nearby.
The beach is lovely, dotted with palm trees (watch for falling coconuts!) and hammocks.
It is possible to arrange for one of the Chefs (Rahim and Bismark, two very talented chefs) to cook for you at the house, which I really recommend that you do at least once. (I want to also give a special shout-out to Bruno, who assisted the chef with us -- he is an amazingly nice guy and made the meals special. If you go with this option, make sure to include a breakfast with traditional Belize "Jacks." Delicious.
We also arranged some tours through the resort. Really recommend the tubing and chocolate farm, and either of the snorkeling excursions. If you are lucky enough to get Mario, Pete or Juana as guides, you win! The boat crew that took care of us snorkeling were also excellent.
The Big Dock bar really is an outstanding spot, a large two-story structure where the excursion boats dock, with a rope swing, netting suspended over the water for lounging about, a full bar with ceviche bar-snacks. It is also a great place for swimming, with the ability to jump from either level or use the rope-swing to make a splash! Bruno was often the bartender out there, and he's very good at that as well.
Upper floors have bedrooms on the water side, with a great view but be aware the sun comes up in your big sliding glass window/door. Which you my like or may want to avoid, that's up to you. Two lower floors have bedrooms in the back and living areas with the sea view. The kitchen setup is different from room to room, so make sure you know what you are getting there.
It was an amazing, unforgettable vacation.
During Ohio's long, cold winters, I often find myself closing my eyes and dreaming of Belize and Villa Margarita. We spent a week there the last two Octobers and plan to return this year (the previous two years we stayed in the Jaguar Reef casitas). We love all the Viva Belize properties we've stayed at (including Sleeping Giant) because of the excellent service, beautiful, clean accommodations (a huge priority for me!) and laid-back atmosphere. The suites at Villa Margarita have high-end styling and they're always spotlessly clean. VM is a three-minute walk from the main part of the resort, which we don't mind at all because we like being off on our own. If you need constant attention from the service crew you might want to stay closer to the office as there's not really good way to communicate other than walking down the beach to do it in person. Our first time at VM we stayed in the suite on the bottom left (if you're facing the building). We loved that you could open up the doors nearly the length of the suite to let in the fresh Caribbean breeze. The furniture on the patio was super comfortable and a great place to read a book or gaze at the sea. The second-floor suite we stayed in last year was beautifully appointed, but the furniture on the balcony wasn't quite as comfortable. The view of the sea was amazing though! The pool and hot tub are well-maintained and a nice change of pace from hanging out in the sea. It's Belize, so there are sand flies everywhere. Keep your legs coated with an oil-based repellant and you should be fine. Captain Larry and Dennis are a big part of the culture of Jaguar Reef -- they're always around to help with something, suggest an activity, or grab you a coconut. Two years ago they actually had to rescue us when our Hobie went astray. A storm was blowing in and we couldn't get the Hobie moving and wondered how we would get back. Next thing we knew, Dennis and Larry were coming to rescue us in their kayaks -- they had been watching us from the beach and saw we were in trouble. Dennis hopped on with a paddle while Larry helped to tow is with the kayak. Thanks, guys! While we love nearly everything about VM and JR there are a couple of things they could improve to make it even better. First, add some shade on the beach in front of VM along with a couple of chairs and hammocks. We usually end up walking down the beach for those, but it would be so nice to have them close to our room. Second, the paddleboards (which we use every day of our stay) are in disrepair and should be replaced (no fins or leg tethers). Of course, they're complimentary, so I don't want to complain too much, but it would be wonderful to have some new ones. Other than that, the place is nearly perfect -- the stuff of dreams.