We rented the whole house - 5 bedrooms, 2 up 3 down. Two kitchens although the lower does not have an oven. The location is a bit far from the bustle which for us was quite fine. The pool and deck were a welcome respite after a day of fishing. All the tours - sight seeing and fishing/snorkeling picked us up at the dock which was great. Very much a time saver. The live in staff were accommodating and responsive. The only downside is that the accommodation is tired. Everything in the kitchen from the utensils to appliances and dishes should probably be replaced. While the AC was available in the bedrooms, the fact that the louvred windows never really closed made it difficult to keep cool and dry. We had fairly good breezes but the curtains in the lower sitting area did not allow the breeze to come through while keeping the sun out - way too heavy and way too long and in the afternoon the breakfast nook was fully exposed to sun making it feel like an oven. I would love to come back to Belize but I would probably find somewhere else to stay. If you plan to cook make sure you either get your groceries in San Pedro where choices are much more elaborate. We were able to get the bare necessities at the local market. We only ate 4 meals out - but we had a lot of freshly caught fish - that in itself made the whole trip! I can recommend it but with reservations.
What an amazing place and experience! The house was beautiful and came with everything we needed from the hammocks on the dock, to the pool and even cell phones but most importantly all the friendly and helpful Rosa, Marfa and Robert. The location was safe and quiet and the house very comfortable. I have no complains at all and did not want to leave the house. It's so worth it!
We arrived at the airport and were greeting by the house manager and on site staff who were extremely helpful and friendly. The house is literally like something out of a postcard, with its own private beach, dock area for fishing, hanging out, or just watching the sunset, and private pool area.
There are a ton of things to do on the island... Snorkel, Scuba Diving, Day trips on the ocean or to the mainland, etc. Because the house is a short drive from the main city of San Pedro, what is excellent is that most of these excursion companies will come pick you up right from your own private dock at the house.
The WiFi system at the house is exceptional. It was just upgraded when we arrived, and you can now sit on the patio or even out at the dock and work remotely, or make a Skype call, etc.
All in all, there isn't really a negative to this accommodation. It meet or exceeded ALL of our expectations.
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We had a fantastic time in Belise. The house was nice, clean and you could walk out a long dock to the water.
Renting this home was perfect for our family. You can even have them cook for you and stay in if you are too tired from snorkeling.
Our family group ranged in age from 5 months to 83 years, and the two houses in one were perfect for us. The family with older children stayed upstairs and enjoyed their own space, while the young families stayed downstairs. The bedrooms were all a nice size, and had enough room for the pack and play, and fold out bed that were set up and provided by the owners. The only complaint that I would have with the house is that there is not an air conditioner in the common areas of the house, but I realise that is common in San Pedro. Most days we opened all the doors and windows, and turned all the air conditioners off when we got up in the morning, and stayed comfortable all day. There were only two days out of the 13 that we had to leave the air on for the babies during the day.
The outside areas were awesome! I counted 10 of us in the pool one afternoon, and there was room to spare. We love the papala, and all the hammocks. The little ones loved the sand back yard, and there is a beckoning lounge chair everywhere you look. The fenced area made us more comfortable with our little ones. The pier is in great shape, and we enjoyed several sunrises, and sunsets on the large deck and covered area at the end of the pier.
Last, but not least Marfa, the house attendant. She had the house fully stocked upon our arrival, and did most of our shopping for us. She cooked and served us some of the most memorable and delicious meals that included to die for desserts. Her massages on the end of the pier were the best I have ever had in Belize. Every request that we had, she would provide, or find someone that could help us. She babysat our 5 month old granddaughter, and brought her mom to help with our very rowdy 2 years old grandson, and our four year old grandson. She did a great job, and the kids loved her, and the boys loved swimming with her. Our family is growing, so sadly we will probably have outgrown Casa Amarillo when we get to visit San Pedro again, but otherwise we would definitely stay there again, and I would highly recommend it.