'CASA IXCHEL' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; WHY TO STAY WITH US!

Bruce or Brenda Breen

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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'CASA IXCHEL' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; WHY TO STAY WITH US!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Overview

Ambergris Caye Condo Rental Photos and Description

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.)

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Bruce or Brenda Breen (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About Bruce or Brenda Breen

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

Why Bruce or Brenda Breen chose Ambergris Caye

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.

What makes this condo unique

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.

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 29 traveler reviews

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'Casa Ixchel' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; Why to stay with us!
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 29 reviews
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'Casa Ixchel' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; Why to stay with us!
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Ambergris Caye Belize
Stinnett, TX, USA
5

It will call you back...

  • 5 of 5
Tasteful elegance and homey comfort...is it possible for an accommodation to combine these elements into an atmosphere that offers both? Visiting Tranquility Beach Club #5 has convinced us that such is indeed the case! At first it was a mystery how owners Brenda & Bruce managed to pull this off. But then we realized that by sharing Casa Ixchel they are actually opening their home and their hearts...hearts filled with a love and appreciation for all things Belizean...to their guests. They seem to have gathered bits of Belize...from its history, art, customs, people, natural beauty...and condensed them into a microcosm that captures and reflects the very spirit of this charming country!
From the unforced loveliness of its aquamarine waters, lush foliage, and playful animal life...lizards, birds, bright fishes...to the warmth & friendliness of its native people and the mysterious, magical thread of Mayan culture running from ancient past to present...a visitor to Belize/Ambergris Caye/Casa Ixchel will find all expressed both within and without. Indeed, it is difficult to describe the impression this spirit leaves with you...but it is certainly one that calls you back!
It is much easier to describe activities, food, and people. There is so much to do and experience, a long stay or (as in our case) multiple trips are needed. We have enjoyed sea excursions...used Suya Tours for fishing (guide Gavino hooked us up with a nice catch, including a big Spanish mackerel, barracudas, and jacks) and a mainland trip to zipline and cave-tube...great fun! But perhaps our most memorable at-sea experiences have been with "Captain James" and "Tour Guide George"...fishing, snorkeling, a trip through "the Cut"...these laid-back but very knowledgeable young men provided pure fun (and some tasty lobsters!)
A fresh-caught, home cooked seafood dinner is hard to beat, but there are plenty of other options...lots of good restaurants...when you've played hard and are too tired to cook. We found El Divino's ceviche & chips and Robin's grilled chicken dinners are great to take out or eat in. Fruit & fresh-squeezed juice from Maria's market and baked goodies (yummy cinnamon rolls) from Ken "The Baker" are perfect supplements to at-home meals.
Some final (practical) words about Casa Ixchel: As the owners' second home, it offers convenience and ambiance rare in rental properties. And caretaker Armando is a gem...a kind and accommodating man who keeps the grounds & pool immaculate!
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Ambergris Caye Belize
Georgetown Texas
5

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5
We just loved our stay at this condo. It's modern, clean, great artwork and handy to restaurants. Of course, who needs to eat when you see the gorgeous view, sandy beach, plus a cool pier complete with hammock. The place has a big pool as well. You are close to the reef and Ho Chi preserve with neat sharks and rays. The lanai/balcony is a super place to either cook out or just sit out and have a drink or eat. The condo offers two full baths which is handy if there are folks who love tubs. Our stay was terrific and relaxing.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: "Relaxing" seems to be a theme on our reviews. In fact, we tell prospective guests that if they want a "spring break" atmosphere, they should probably stay elsewhere, perhaps closer to downtown. We work hard to provide the kind of experience for our guests that we would enjoy ourselves!
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Ambergris Caye Belize
Amarillo Texas USA
5

Amazing and memorable stay!!

  • 5 of 5
Such an amazing home away from home! We were here for 2 weeks and enjoyed every minute of everyday. So many things to do, see and meet that it would be your own fault not to have a great time when you visit Belize. We enjoyed Manuel and his family several times on their bottom glass boat. ATM tour is a once in a lifetime experience. We visited Lamanai. Cave tubing was a blast on the mainland. Everyone is so friendly everywhere you go.
Casa Ixchel was such a great place to wind down and enjoy the sunset. So peaceful! Armando was always available to help us get a taxi, golf cart or even have answer questions we may have about the island. Already planning our next trip :)
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Ambergris Caye Belize
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5

Tropical Breeze

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful condo looking out across the turquoise water with a tropical breeze.
The condo was decorated beautifully with local original art adding to the island mood. Armondo the grounds keeper was wonderful, seeing to our every need. We spent the week relaxing by the pool, walking the beach, exploring the island,and snorkeling. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals with a Mayan flair. Thanks for sharing your wonderful place with us.
We look forward to another stay!!
  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: How gratifying to hear that guests like the decor and art work of Casa Ixchel Bruce and I have taken such pleasure in creating a place for comfort, refuge and beauty. The island, of course, is decorated by Mother Nature, and we cannot compete with that! lol
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Ambergris Caye Belize
Baltimore, MD
5

Best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5
We've been back from Belize for over a month, and I am still trying to get over my post-vacation blues. It was the most amazing vacation, for so many reasons. Casa Ischel was the most perfect home away from home. It's larger than the pictures show, and decorated with so much local art, which we appreciated. Armando was so friendly and helpful. When we asked him for recommendations on getting a golf cart, he made a phone call and there was a cart downstairs for us 15 minutes later. I also love the location of Casa Ixchel. It's a few miles from San Pedro, but it's a nice drive in the cart or a nice bike ride. That also means that it's nice and quiet. There's a market nearby (Marina's), as well as a beer/liquor store just up the road. The palapa was perfect for sunbathing and swimming off of. We saw a lot of really colorful fish right under the pier, as well as an eel and a lobster. We snorkeled Hol Chan and Shark/Ray Alley, which was incredibly beautiful, and a must-see. While you're in town, you have to eat at Waraguma's and Elvi's Kitchen. Waraguma's is a tiny restaurant with delicious and cheap Latin food, and Elvi's has a delicious Mayan buffet on Friday nights with fresh fish, tamales, tacos, etc. Before we left Belize, we were already thinking about when we could return. Thank you so much for the most memorable vacation I have taken; it was truly perfect!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Casa Ixchel's location, 2.5 miles from San Pedro proper, has discouraged some prospective guests; however, this review's perspective is the perfect recommendation, "nice and quiet" yet accessible. Bruce and I warn inquirers that, if they want a "spring break" ambiance, they should probably stay closer to downtown! Also, future renters need to know that they will be well taken care of at Casa Ixchel; almost everyone who visits mentions Armando; we call him "Mr. Everything"!
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Ambergris Caye Belize
Long Lake, Minnesota, USA
5

Unbelizeable!

  • 5 of 5
Both Belize and the condo are truly lovely -- exactly as described and promised. Lingering over coffee (and coconut bread from The Bakery!) each morning on the deck, taking in the amazing ocean view and enjoying the ever-present breeze, was a favorite activity. The condo supplies everything that one could need or want, and Armando and his dog became our good friends right away. He is so helpful and gracious, as was everyone that we met within and outside the complex. It was so handy to have the Lone Star Cantina right across the road for our late dinner on the evening that we arrived and takeout on two other nights. It was very easy to book our excursions by phone (two snorkle outings and a sunset catamaran cruise; we used Ramon's Village and were very pleased with their service) and be picked up right from our pier. And having our golf cart made it easy to explore the streets and beaches of San Pedro Town. One afternoon we took a private water taxi to the amazing beach bar at Azul Resort--the food and ambience were fabulous and it was a dog lover's paradise! All in all, this condo's location, amenities, decor and owner/management played a huge role in what was a perfect vacation. We'll be back for sure -- you better Belize it!
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: How gratifying it is to have guests take the time to write a review, especially such a gracious one as this! Also, we appreciate the praise for things not directly in an owner's control, like our management company and onsite caretaker...and we certainly pass it on!
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Casa Ixchel is only a short distance from the Marco Gonzales archaeological site. Guided tours are available from park volunteers and staff. Contact person is Jan Brown.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $225 Per night

Ambergris Caye Condo Rental Rates

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High Season
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
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4 night minimum stay
$225
$1,575
 

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Amenities

Amenities

Ambergris Caye Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Over size area with extra large double sink
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold-out queen size sleep sofa in living room
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Fold-out queen sleeper sofa in living room
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Onsite Safe for valuables; 24-hour onsite security and maintenance; Landscaping and groundskeeper; Enhanced privacy: only 9 condo units; Restaurant across street; Transportation to and from San Pedro airport provided; Complimentary maid service once a week--additional maid and laundry service available upon request for additional nominal fee; Beach and pool towels; Pool floaties; Ceiling fans in every room; Growing collection of books, DVDs and board games; Blow dryer; Ironing board and iron; Digital radio/alarm clocks; Screened door and windows for sea breeze; Closets in both bedrooms; Beautiful art! Casa Ixchel is only a short distance from the Marco Gonzales archaeological site. Guided tours are available from park volunteers and staff.
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