The Belizean Dreams and Hopkins Bay Resort is the ultimate in luxury surrounded by adventure. No other private villa in mainland Belize offers such unsurpassed quality. It is an enclave for the discerning guest. World-class fishing is just minutes away from the hotel. The exceptional eco-adventure concierge ... More
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The Belizean Dreams and Hopkins Bay Resort is the ultimate in luxury surrounded by adventure. No other private villa in mainland Belize offers such unsurpassed quality. It is an enclave for the discerning guest. World-class fishing is just minutes away from the hotel. The exceptional eco-adventure concierge team will ensure that the guests experience the true nature of Belize. Hiking trails winding through jungles lead to lakes, rivers, and idyllic waterfalls. One can become immersed in the fascinating natural history of Belize while exploring excavated Mayan ruins. Two exceptional restaurants are within walking distance. Each villa offers an unobstructed sightline to the tranquil Caribbean Sea and a pristine beachfront from every vantage point. An infinity edge pool, hammocks, and an endless beach await every guest. Each villa features three fully air-conditioned bedrooms and three full baths boasting over 2500 square feet in total. The Villas are appointed with the finest furnishings, full gourmet kitchens, spacious living rooms, natural stone and hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, and adorned with the work of local artists. The bedrooms provide vaulted ceilings, a four-poster king-size bed, and handcrafted mahogany and cedar furnishings. Exposed beams, hand painted Mexican double-bowl sinks, walk-in showers, and porches provide unique finishing touches.
We recently got back home from here and will not be returning. I would like to start by saying we are very happy people by nature; however, might be considered beach snobs because we have been to Anguilla where they have the most beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.
My first experience with Belizean Dreams after a 45 minute drive down the bumpiest, non-paved road you will ever experience was not the best. As we were checking in, the front-desk guy was obviously hard-selling the excursions so he could get his commission. The half-day snorkel trip was $170 US per person! Because we have been all over, we knew this was very expensive and not a great way to instill trust in your guest. We did not take him up on the (with lunch) $400 per couple trip to go snorkel. Then he took us to the room where the previously mentioned encounter could not get out of my head. The room was decent at best. I realize we were in Belize and technologies should be limited to increase relaxation - but a TV and wireless Internet would have been nice if not expected. We are 30 somethings that like to stay in touch even if we are on vacation.
Then after seeing the room he took us to the beach at the resort. We are from Texas and expected something more than a Galveston-like beach. The water was murky and the sand was dirty so there was definitely no snorkeling on site.
After my bubble bursting on the price of snorkeling and the crappy beach (I know that sounds so snobby with any beach being better than work) - we decided to go to dinner. The special that night at the resort restaurant was shrimp and rice. Little that I knew that 2 orders and 3 beers would cost us $80 US.
Needless to say, I was feeling let down from the begging and if it wasn't for us meeting some other couples of having choice beverages with them - we would have pulled our hair out.
Keep looking at other places close by or even another country because it might not be the adventurous spot you are looking for.
Our stay in Hopkins was enhanced by the Belizean Dreams Resort. The staff were so friendly and catered to our every need. We booked with off season rates even though the weather was fabulous almost the entire week we stayed. Our Balcony Room was clean, spacious, and looked out to the ocean; you couldn't have asked for a better room. Since it was off season, our entire villa was vacant so I can't rate how the experience would be with other tenants. The food was excellent and so fresh with different specials every night. The cleaning crew always constantly cleaning the grounds and if you get up early enough, you see the men rake the sand on the private beach. Mariano makes the BEST drinks; he won the best bartender award two years running! If you want the best resort in Hopkins, stay at Belizean Dreams!
We just returned from the Belizean Dreams/Hopkins Bay
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 2/14/08
This resort is very nice. The villas are roomy but not overly clean. Ours had both tiny and large spiders, ants and noseums. The rooms are not vacuumed, just swept with a straw broom. We rented the entire villa for six of us which was great to have a living room/gathering area for us all, yet private bedrooms. The restaurant/bar is great. For the most part, the food was great...great presentation as well. The staff was wonderful! The breakfast burrito is fantastic!
We did catch a housekeeper getting into our food when she was not aware that someone was there.
If horseflies, mosquitos, noseums and other bugs go after you...even with bug spray...this may not be the place for you. Bugs love me and I came home yesterday with hundreds of welts that itch like mad!
The view is fantastic from the villas! Great wave action. Lots of seaweed though so we didn't get in. Pool looks very nice but is beside the restaurant/bar. Could use a bit more private area.
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