Playa Villa Belize was a great choice for our group of friends. The property was beautiful and Corrina was an amazing host. We were a pretty laid back group and Corrina did a great job of setting up our activities and our overall itinerary. The activities she set us up with were almost exactly what we wanted, and I think everyone was very pleased with what we did. I would suggest doing the all-day reef fishing and beach bar-b-que. We caught the fish and lobster and immediately ate it and the food was truly unbelievable.
As for the property, it was basically perfect. The house is huge and the grounds are kept virtually immaculate. There are stunning views from all over the house, and it was nice to wake up to the sun coming up (and you will wake up to the sun since there is so much natural light). There is a wading pool and it was great to relax in during our down time. There is even a dog - Chica - on the property that comes and hangs out. She's a lover. There are kayaks which were fun.
There are some potential cons. The property is isolated across the cove from San Pedro. It's nice because it's like your own little oasis away from everything. However, getting to and from San Pedro can be a production since you're so dependent on other people. It was never a big issue with us, but I can see it being a problem for other people if you're trying to come and go a lot. Also, it makes restocking your groceries and beer a little more challenging.
Bottom line - If I ever make my way back to Belize I will certainly strongly consider Playa Villa Belize again.
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From the moment that I first made contact with Corrina to inquire on the property I knew that Playa Villa Belize would be where our group of 6 would be spending our vacation. Corrina provided exceptional service from the get go providing us details on the property, answering every question we had promptly (and there were many), suggesting potential tours and activities based on our group size and preferences, and scheduling transfers and excursions on our behalf. Without her help our vacation would not have been nearly as enjoyable nor as organized!
As for Playa Villa Belize? Well the pictures don't do it justice! The property is incredibly beautiful and very well kept. The pools were perfect for lounging around on our off days as were the hammocks that were around the house and on the dock. Kayaks were available for our use and the grounds crew was very accommodating of our spontaneous request for a beach fire pit.
The property is set across a lagoon from the city of San Pedro so it provides a quiet and private setting which is great for a group vacation (it was our relaxing oasis) however transfers to the city on the nights we were feeling more rambunctious were easy to obtain. One of the great perks provided to us was the use of a local cell phone which Corrina had pre-programmed with the numbers of taxis, boat drivers, the Playa Villa staff, and herself.
Things I would mention about the property are to make sure you have plenty of bug spray/repellent (it's a tropical place so mosquitoes are a given) and know that the property gets a great deal of wonderful natural light which made sleeping in some days harder than others. That said - waking up and watching the sunrise was my favorite time of the day.
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