Victoria House:Casual Elegance

Aaron Morrison of Raleigh, N.C., loves to fish. His new bride, however, prefers to just hang out at the beach. So when they selected a honeymoon destination, the Morrisons picked Victoria House, a place that offered the best of both worlds: the comforts of an upscale resort, with watersports just off the pier. "We've been spoiled here," Aaron says. "We've been to a lot of places, but the service here has been exceptional."

The best of what Belize has to offer is indeed brought together in one package at Victoria House, on the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. It is best defined as casual elegance, where you can be as laid back as you desire or as adventurous as you dare, with a bounty of activities to enjoy.

"One comment we often get is about the personality of the people who work here," says Brent Kirkman, who manages Victoria House, along with Janet Woollam. "There is little to no staff turnover here, and that makes a big difference in the service our guests receive. I think it's also a reflection of the solid, stable management of Victoria House, which has had the same two primary owners for over 20 years."

The resort underwent an entire renovation in 2000. Accommodations are varied here to suit guests preferences. The plantation style building is home to the State Rooms, Plantation Rooms, and Plantation Suites. All rooms are air-conditioned with private baths and mini-bars. There are also thatch-roofed cabanas, each decorated with mahogany beds draped in custom mosquito netting, allowing you to enjoy the cool evening breezes, should you decide not to use the air conditioning. There are also two villas, perfect for families or groups.

The restaurant and patio, overlooking the pristine, white sand beach and Caribbean are the perfect spots for bright breezy breakfasts, cool lunches and romantic dinners. Sophisticated dishes are created with an island flavor.

Victoria House, owned and operated by the Lancaster Group, is a full-service resort that can arrange all inland tours and water activities. Further, the resort's ambiance has led it to become the wedding location of choice on the island. Victoria House offers wedding packages and can take of all the planning,including flowers, license and minister's fee, cake, island bouquet, floral arrangements, photographer, and music. Victoria House takes care of every detail so a couple can enjoy their special day.