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Portofino? #167141
02/19/02 10:44 AM
02/19/02 10:44 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline OP
Lan Sluder/Belize First  Offline OP
We recently received a really negative trip report on Portofino, from a couple who had honeymooned there in January. While, as they say, you can't please everybody, this couple apparently did have an authentically bad experience.

Anybody have any counterbalancing good experiences to report?

--Lan Sluder

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Re: Portofino? #167142
02/19/02 01:04 PM
02/19/02 01:04 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
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Philadelphia, Pa., USA
Dr._J Offline
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It's unfortunate that you heard such negative things about such a wonderful resort. Maybe your source had something else they were expecting, but my wife and I just returned from Portofino and absolutely loved it. It is not what you think of when you think of five star, real classy all inclusive resorts, but NOTHING in Ambergris is.
What Portifino is, is a real beautiful island resort with excellent accomodations, very good food, and a beautiful beach, with staff that is eager to help and make your stay memorable.
What is probably the best about Portofino is the owner, Sandra. She has, obviously, a real vested interest in her resort, and basically makes sure that you are having a wonderful time, at all costs.
She actually comes to the dock and greats every guest, and explains everything with a terrific smile.(including having her terrific bartender make you a great welcome drink)
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and when we go back to Belize we would surely love to stay once again at Portofino.
On the other hand, I could see how some may not like the kind of seclusion, and the more "out of the mainstream" environment that ALL OF BELIZE is like, and if you want a place that has nice beaches, along with either an "ultra" all inclusive plan, or a place that caters to you every whim with satellite TV, phones, gym, pool, watersports, five star dining, then Belize as a whole isn't really for you (except for maybe one exception I have heard about)
BUT, if you are looking for an out of the way tropical eden, where you can eat good food, dive in some of the best places around, and have a beautifully relaxed trip, then Belize is the place, and Portofino is probably more beautiful, and ready to accomodate you than any other resort down there...
Anyway, hope this gives you another aspect. Feel free to write me if you have any other questions about Belize or Portofino.

Re: Portofino? #167143
02/19/02 01:15 PM
02/19/02 01:15 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 2
Philadelphia, Pa., USA
Dr._J Offline
Dr._J  Offline
I just read up on you, and I realize that you already know a great deal more about Belize as a whole than I could ever tell you. So sorry about my dragging on.
But I really did love Portofino, and I think they are doing a beautiful job at making it a truly first class resort.
If you do need more info on the resort, I would be happy to tell you more about our stay.
Sorry once again,

Re: Portofino? #167144
02/19/02 01:35 PM
02/19/02 01:35 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 70
Hilton Head Island,SC
Josh Offline
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In the last few weeks i moved back to the states but lived on Ambergris for 16 months and visited Portofino many times during my walks north and a few lunch's. I did get to know Sandra and her husband over the months and during one of my walks she showed me all the rooms. They rooms are nicely decorated and i would love to stay there if i where on vacation. Also the lunch's i had there where great. If people dont mind being about 6 miles north of san pedro then give it a try. Just my opinion. Josh

Re: Portofino? #167145
02/19/02 02:25 PM
02/19/02 02:25 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 555
Laguna Beach, CA, USA
munichchick Offline
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Josh!! Are you the "Josh and Amy" Josh we met last June? Remember we brought you Micro Brews from the US? You where going to Playa del Carmen the next day so we could not meet again. I hope all is well with you and Amy.
Did you sell your condo on AC? Why did you leave?

Re: Portofino? #167146
02/19/02 05:48 PM
02/19/02 05:48 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 70
Hilton Head Island,SC
Josh Offline
Josh  Offline
Yup Josh &Amy
Money was tight so i decided to go back to the states and have recently been taking some trips to South Carolina and really liked it so i starting searching for jobs and just got really lucky. To make a long story short im the new Head Brewer of Hilton Head Brewing Co.
So as you can see i loved the beer you brought me and will never forget the favor.
Email directly if you want.
[email protected]

Re: Portofino? #167147
02/20/02 11:16 AM
02/20/02 11:16 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 1,183
North Ambergris Caye, Belize
Portofino Offline

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Dear Lan,

Sometimes it is easier to believe the negative. In order to get a balanced opinion about our resort, we would recommend you to look at or just come and visit us!

We only received a copy of this letter yesterday late afternoon, so we could not react earlier, but when you look at the statement about the room rates in the second paragraph, and compare it to our web site you can easily see that many things in this letter donít add up.

We are planning to make a guest book section on our web page, as many of our guests have requested that. Next time, just contact us for a reaction.

Kindest Regards,
Jan van Noord
Portofino Restaurant & Beach Resort[/u]
North Ambergris Caye
New Website: [u]

i fixed the links above to make em work

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 02-20-2002).]

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