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About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69407
06/03/03 12:06 AM
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I am going to AC for first time July 25 - Aug 3. My family of 6 will also be joined by an important client's family of 3. I need a nice high end place to stay. Would I be better in one of the resorts or a private house. Also if we stay on the North side and party late into the eve in SP will we get stranded? Could also use some help on who to contact for resverations since my time is running short. Have the plane tickets for all 9 of us but that's it. Do I need to reserve seats from Belize City to AC?

Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69408
06/03/03 02:30 AM
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Check out the guest house with the private pool at Victoria House. It has a *huge* kitchen and entertainment area, an incredible master bedroom (upper level), a couple of baths and I think another bedroom in the main part of the house. On the upper level, attached are 3 or 4 LARGE bedrooms with private baths, on a common deck. These bedrooms can all access the main part of the house but have private lockable entrances. If that is too much closeness for you, there are other rooms and accommodation styles at the resort.

//ambergriscaye.com/victoriahouse/index.html

For some reason the website doesn't seem to show the 'private guest house' that I am talking about, so you would need to ask about it.

Some more of the advantages to this place (VH private guest house), is that it comes with its own separate (and decent sized) pool and is at the far end of the resort grounds, however, you have easy access to this beautiful resort as a whole.

I found this to be the most distinct and attractive property that I have seen on AC. Granted I have not seen them all, but I most certainly have seen and/or toured through most of them.

Victoria House is accessible to San Pedro Town, as it is on the southside. You can golfcart it, or taxi into town with no problem at all, all hours.

The grounds are beautiful.

The only caution that I would throw your way, is make sure that the extremely upscale home that is being built next to the Victoria House 'house', is finished (there was also another unit house being built behind the 'house' on the Victoria grounds). You'd want to be assured that the construction is complete so as not to be disturbed by any building noise. (both of these places looked near completion when I was there end of Feb.)

Another option is Banyan Bay, very nice resort with two bedroom units, also on the south side.
//ambergriscaye.com/pages/lodge/banyan.html

And the Belize Yacht Club is a third option. It has some lovely suites and is much closer to town, walkable actually. I've done the walk many times, most often in the day, but it can be done in the evening too, in a pinch. http://www.belizeyachtclub.com/

By the way, in case you are wondering, I'm not a travel agent, just a lover of AC and environs.


A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69409
06/03/03 02:43 AM
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You definitely should make reservations for the plane from Belize City to San Pedro. On Tropic Air here: //ambergriscaye.com/tropicair/index.html or Maya Air here: //ambergriscaye.com/islandair/index.html


A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69410
06/03/03 03:59 AM
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You might also give a look at casa tortuga. I am returning there with a party of 10. It is a 5 bedroom private house, south side of the island, with pool and staff including an awesome cook.
Web page is casatortuga.com.

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06/03/03 05:27 AM
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www.kanantik.com

Truly exceptional.

Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69412
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why not rent Cayo Espanto?


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Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69413
06/03/03 06:28 AM
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there was a tiger out there once

Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69414
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To your question on staying north and getting stranded late at night, it is a good possibility unless you have your own boat or you contract with someone willing to make a special trip for you.
To add to Seashell's good advice (although I am not crazy about the Yacht Club), Caye Management also manages several private homes and villas and if you are in the market for condotel type accommodations, Banana Beach or Caribe Island Resort are good choices. Next on my list would be Ramon's or the Palms for close proximity to town.
Guess you need to weigh whether you want amenities such as restaurant, dive/tour shop, proximity to nightlife, kitchen, etc to determine whether hotel or private home will suit your group best.

Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69415
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I concur with Seashell about Victoria House being a wonderful choice for the type of need you have. It can be as private as you want, but you'll also have staff to assist with everything as well. Its a lovely place.

Re: About Ambergris Caye for a Lg. group #69416
06/03/03 12:46 PM
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I believe that Toad and Dogmatic in their own idiomatic way are trying to tell Mike that Tiger Woods once stayed at Caye Espanto.


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