Below is my review of Ramon's and its new "associated" property.
If it were I, I would probably choose one of the condotels rather than a resort. More space and in most cases a better value than many of the regular hotels, with all the amenities except on-site restaurants. My favorites include The Palms, Banana Beach, Villas at Banyan Bay, but there are several other excellent ones.
If I were going to stay at a resort in the price range of Ramon's, I'd probably go with Victoria House.
* * * * Ramon's Village, Coconut Drive, San Pedro; tel. 800-624-4415 or 601-649-1990, fax 601-649-1996; e-mail email@example.com; www.ramons.com.
Anyone who has heard of San Pedro has probably heard of Ramon's Village, the creation of Ambergris native and pioneering hotel operator Ramon Nuñez. Now American-owned, over the years it has grown from a small, moderately priced collection of thatched cabañas on the beach into a much larger group of multiunit buildings and individual cabañas, with 60 rooms and suites. Rates also have gone up, now being near the top price point on the island, but Ramon's retains its sand-and-thatch ambiance. The resort has, arguably, one of the better beaches on the island, and certainly the best in or near town, part of its 500-foot water frontage, though those who have seen beaches in the BVI, on Anguilla or in the Yucatán won't be impressed. A small artificial reef near the 420-foot pier brings fish to snorkelers. The new pool is gorgeous, but it’s smaller than it looks in the brochures. Ramon's has a popular bar, a (fairly pricey) restaurant, and a well-regarded dive operation. Rooms vary from okay to gorgeous. They are divided into three basic categories: beach front, seaside and garden view. There also are one- and two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, including the deluxe 600 square-foot Presidential suite, and several "honeymoon cabañas." All are now air conditioned. The location, just south of the airstrip, and a five-minute stroll from town, can't be beat. Ramon's does a first-rate job of marketing, especially to travel agents, and it enjoys one of the highest occupancy rates on the island. The crowd here is usually a little younger and more active than the average at island hotels. Rates, which vary depending on package and date, US$140-$300+ plus tax and 10% service. Bottom line: Popular, well-located, well-run hotel which manages to retain its island ambiance despite expansion and relatively high prices.
* * * + Steve and Becky’s Cute Little Hotel, Coconut Drive, San Pedro; tel. 800-624-4415 or 601-649-1990, fax 601-649-1996; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.steveandbeckys.com.
This new cottage colony, with the island’s cleverest name, opened in late summer 2001. It’s right across the street from Ramon’s and, being associated with it, guests have beach, pool and pier privileges at Ramon’s. The wood, “colonial-style” one-bedroom cottages don’t have sea views, but all have porches, fans and air-conditioning and are painted in colorful Caribbean colors such as pink and lime. Bottom-line: New and nice, though not on the water.