|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
When we first visited Belize about ten years ago, my wife and I fell in love with the people and the Maya culture. This passion led us to making “Casa Ixchel” (Maya goddess, pronounced ee-SHELL) our island home.
On the second story landing, you are greeted by a wooden Maya profile and our screen door carved with representations of the Maya gods of sun, moon, land, water and wind. Our main door simply says “Welcome”.
The open floor plan begins with a fully-equipped kitchen, native mahogany cabinetry and custom granite countertops and bar---and continues to the dining area with locally-made mahogany dining table and chairs. A metal palm-leaf screen separates the dining area from the spacious great room---furnished with wicker queen-size sleeper sofa, entertainment center, occasional tables, credenza, chairs and hassock (all made right here in San Pedro by Hummingbird’s).
French doors open onto the lanai, the beach breeze and the Belizean sunrise. A glass-topped table and propane grill make al fresco dining a “must”. Directly below lie landscaped grounds, tiled fresh-water pool area, beach and 300 ft. private pier with palapa, perfect for snorkeling and fishing.
From the lanai, a second set of French doors opens into the large master bedroom: king-sized bed, luggage bench, two chests and a comfy chair, all mahogany and wicker. The unbelievably huge master bath offers a Jacuzzi spa tub, separate shower, double sinks and more custom granite. There is even room for another Hummingbird chair and mirrored dresser.
The guest bedroom---with its white furniture, en suite full bath, queen-sized bed---is painted a light, tranquil green, suggesting an environment in tune with nature and the beach. The flooring consists of coral-pink Mexican tile throughout.
The décor of our entire condo/home reflects our love affair with Belize. Paintings by Belizean artists and native-themed art dominate our walls, embellished with whimsical frogs and geckos. One of our favorite paintings depicts our namesake “Ixchel” and her husband “Iztamna”, who are, in many accounts, the “mother” and “father” of Maya culture.
Of course, you can find nature’s beauty and bounty everywhere on “La Isla Bonita”. The turquoise waters, white sands and lush flora are available to all. So, why should you choose to stay with us?
Initially, we bought “Casa Ixchel” to share with family and friends. We decorated it and appointed it with that in mind. Then, we decided to make it available to others. Therefore, we are honored to share the blessings of our house with you: Ixchel and Iztamna…Bruce and Brenda…welcome you.
(Location, location, location: “Casa Ixchel”, one of Tranquility Beach Club’s nine units, is located 1.4 miles south of lively San Pedro, so privacy and relaxation reign. Easily accessible by taxi, boat, or golf cart, these condos have onsite 24-hour maintenance and security (thank you, Mr. Armando!), a small restaurant across the road (Lone Star Grill and Cantina) and, farther down, a little market (Marin’s Mini) for necessities.)
We are Bruce and Brenda, soon-to-be-retired chemical operations engineer and teacher, respectively. It's the same old story: we came; we saw; we fell in love with the country and the people. Because we want to share our Belize blessings with family and friends, we purchased Casa Ixchel.
Bruce or Brenda Breen purchased this condo in 2011
Belize is investor-friendly, and we discovered Mr. Kyle Thomas, Coldwell Banker real-estate guru, who found the perfect property for us. Also, Caye Management is an established and well-respected management company, and we trust Mary Hawthorne and her staff (Rosita, Earl, and Angela) to take good care of us and our guests.
Like any work of art, Casa Ixchel 'spoke to us' when we first walked in the door. We already felt an affinity with the Maya culture, and we we saw the rough-carved native face on the wall of the lanai, we knew we were home.
Our stay in Casa Ixchel couldn't have been any better. This was the perfect place to decompress! The passion for the culture is obvious by the colorful, beautiful and quality décor. It is also apparent that the owners take much pride in their lovely & spacious condo and in making sure their guests are comfortable and happy. You can feel the 'welcome' the minute you enter the front door. We didn't want or need for a thing that wasn't already available to us during our 6 day stay. The property caretaker, Armando, is also amazing – so friendly and accommodating. This will be the only place we will consider staying upon our next return to Ambergris Caye, which can’t be soon enough! Thank you, Brenda and Bruce for sharing your fabulous slice of paradise.
San Pedro is warm and the people are gracious to a fault. This condo is just beautiful and in a great location. The walk to your own private pier, white sand beach and then a fresh water pool! What more could anyone ask for. Visit the Black Orchard restaurant only about 200 feet. away and you will not be disappointed. A great place to find peace!
We spent a week in jCasa Ixchel and loved every minute of it. The view from the condo's was fantastic and the sound of the wind blowing through the palm trees was so relaxing. We relaxed on the beach and swam in the pool. We drank wine at the end of the pier while watching the star and listening to the sounds of the surf . Armando is amazing always wishing to help in any way he can. We enjoyed exploring the shops in San Pedro, snorkling in Hol Chan, a trip to Lamanai and just wandering the beach chatting to whomever we met along the way.
Our two week vacation in Casa Ixchel surpassed our expectations. Tranquility Beach Club is aptly named. The view from the condo's lanai was breathtaking as well as soothingly comfortable with persistent trade winds, sun filtering through the majestic palms, a perfectly maintained pool, private beach, pier and palapa steps away. The condo was beautifully appointed and the décor as described. We have been to many well known Caribbean destinations but what set Casa Ixchel apart for us was the friendliness of the Belizeans as well as Americans and Canadians we met who have made this part of Ambergris Caye their home, Armando and Maria who could not have been more helpful and hospitable, the safety and ease of getting around to close by markets and restaurants, and the vibrant, colorful downtown San Pedro area which was an easy bike ride from Casa Ixchel. We enjoyed lots of biking and walking, snorkeling off the pier as well as at Hol Chan and a trip to Lamanai. We hope to return and to stay even longer.
We recently returned from two weeks in Belize at this condo. We confirm most of the previous reviews: super, spacious and well maintained condo; friendly and helpful people; excellent caretaker, Armando, and the world's most laid back dog, Bobo; relaxed atmosphere; good, if not exactly great, food; great weather and fun on the sea. The downside, in our opinion, is the infrastructure. The condo is about two miles south of San Pedro, some of which is on a dirt road that becomes a mess when it rains and is uncomfortable to traverse on a golf cart. San Pedro itself is not a "sleepy" village but is overrun by a stream of golf carts, bikes, motorbikes ands taxis during commercial hours. It's a wonder we didn't run over somebody. Parts of the beach between San Pedro and the condo were cluttered with refuse, while other parts were pristine. The country is going to need to improve its infrastructure if it is to continue to attract development. Based on our conversations with Americans who have been in Belize for quite some time, some people like it just fine the way it is, while others wish for more public and private investment. In any event, we enjoyed our vacation there but probably won't be back.
We will be back!
Our experience at this home and on the island was everything we could have wished for and more. The condo was more beautiful than the pictures, thanks so much for opening your home for us to enjoy.
Make sure you try the local cuisine, it is so yummy like El Fugon, Estells, Black Orchid, Hidden Treasure are all amazing places to eat. There is a little store right down the street that has most anything you need for your stay at the condo.
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Nov 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.