My shilling's worth:
Since Barbara, who knows Belize hotels very well, had a pretty good experience at Soulshine recently, I'm willing to take another look at it.
I would say, however, that past marketing by Soulshine has been misleading, to say the least, and close to smarmy. It's been positioned as this "private island" resort, when in fact it is just on a chunk of land 30 feet across a channel on the back side of Placencia, across from one of the busiest bars on the peninsula, Sugar Reef (formerly Lagoon Saloon). I think a lot of people would think it's an island in the Caribbean when it's not.
Certainly the feedback we've gotten on it, and what I've seen posted on the Internet, is "mixed" -- at best.
It also was actively for sale for a couple of years -- don't know if that's still the case or not.
In the past, I've felt it would be difficult to give even a lukewarm recommendation to Soulshine given the many excellent alternatives on the peninsula which are on the Caribbean with a beach and with a proven track record of value and service.
Belize books and publications by Lan Sluder:
Belize First Magazine (http://www.belizefirst.com
Fodor's Belize & Guatemala Guide (new 4th edition coming this summer)
Adapter Kit: Belize (the first and only comprehensive guide to living, retiring, working and investing in Belize -- a best-seller on Amazon.com)
San Pedro Cool (the first and only visitor guide to Ambergris Caye)
Belize First Guide to Mainland Belize
UpClose Central America
Belize Book of Lists