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About Brian Montgomery
We’re Brian and Brenda Montgomery – Manatee Villa is our dream home and we’re delighted to be able to share it with you. The story of our Villa has been a long time in the making. In fact, it goes all the way back to 2003, when Brian received a life-changing diagnosis. When you learn you have Stage 4 cancer and are given just six months to live, you begin to reflect on the things that are important to you. For us it was family and loved ones first and foremost – and the wonderful experiences we could share together. It was during that trying time when the idea of a beachside retreat came to us. But our dream seemed just that – a dream. Brian was undergoing treatment, and we were fighting with all that we had to hold on to him. One evening, with the lyrics of the Beach Boys’ Kokomo washing over us, we made a bold decision. We’d fight through this, and when Brian was well enough, we’d begin exploring the beauty of the Caribbean. That day finally came, and we were off to Jamaica and then Aruba shortly thereafter. Years passed, and life intervened, but that dream was always in front of us. Then one year our travels took us to the stunning beaches of Placencia, Belize. With its perfect weather, gorgeous setting and wonderful people, Placencia captured our hearts like nowhere else. We knew we’d found the setting for our Villa. Every piece of Manatee Villa has been crafted for spending time with loved ones – for relaxing, connecting and making memories together. It’s luxurious, private and a true home away from home in one of the most relaxing settings in the world. And we’re delighted to have you join our family and become a part of our story. Because our Villa is your villa. And we can’t wait for you to arrive! - Brian and Brenda p.s. If you’d like to learn more about Brian’s inspiring story, you can pick up a copy of his new book "The Nice Entrepreneur" on Amazon.
Brian Montgomery purchased this Villa in 2016
What makes this Villa unique
Manatee Villa was built as our second home. When we decided to build a vacation home, we visited several locations. When we came to Belize, we fell in love with the people and the location. In 2014, we stood on a vacant lot, and looked out over the beach, watching the sun rise between two stunning palm trees. We decided right then that this would be home - and over the next two years we made that dream come true. Today, you can enjoy that same view while lounging in a beach chair, relaxing in the pool or hanging with friends and family on the couch - just look out between those two stunning palms and enjoy the sunrise. Oh! Don't miss the sunset - from the front balcony on the 3rd floor you can watch the sunset over the Mayan Mountains. That's a sight that rivals the sunrise and one you're sure not to forget! Every aspect of the house is designed to help you unwind and relax. The family and dining areas are perfect for a game (we have plenty) or movie (we've got high speed internet and tons of cable channels). Enjoy a meal at the dining table or picnic on the beach. Lay in bed and watch the sun rise over the ocean. Take a nap in a hammock under the palapa. Try your hand a cooking a Belizean meal (or let our caretakers prepare one for you for a small fee).
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
If approved prior to stay.
We do not provide pack-n-plays, high chairs, etc.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fantastic Family Vacation
We have rented several houses on Home Away but this one by far surpassed our expectations. One of our biggest concerns was that it would be out of the country but during our preparation for the trip, it became very apparent that we did not need to be worried. From the very beginning of our booking the Manatee Villa, we felt confident that we had made the right choice for our family of 10. We brought six grandchildren and four adults. Tobie, who handled the direct contact with us is located in Dallas. She answered all of our questions and spent time on several conference calls responding to our various concerns and questions about Placencia, the area, the flights, and the villa. After a 25 minute flight from Belize City to Placencia on Tropic Air, we were met by our butler, David for the short drive to the villa. We can tell you that the pictures of the back side with the patio, pool, hot tub, sand and water do not do it justice. The area is beyond beautiful and huge! We loved it from the minute we arrived.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The addition of offering prepared meals was really a plus. We enjoyed several breakfasts and dinners prepared by Junior. He was so much fun to talk to as he prepared wonderful meals for us. He was always willing to prepare what we requested. We told David he was much more than a butler. He needs a different title! We loved his laid back demeanor and ability to talk to children and adults. Sirenian Bay is a wonderful place for a vacation. The sunrises were something we looked forward to every morning. What a way to start the day! We hope to come back again!
Absolutely perfect trip. David ensured everything went smoothly and we wanted for nothing. House had everything we needed and more. Beach and weather cooperated. Boat trips were beautiful and crew was outstanding.
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! We'd love to see you again!
5 Star Experience
Our group stayed at Sirenian Bay at the Manatee Villa and from reservation to checkout the staff and overall experience were phenomenal. David and Christie the caretakers were lovely and tended to our every need/ request. From driving us to restaurants and setting up excursions the whole team made our stay memorable and warm. The house and the premises are immaculately clean and landscaped. David prepared fresh coconut water for us on site and staff did extra little things to make us feel special during our stay. Our whole group loved the experience and booked next years 10 days already!
Thank you, Garth! We're so glad you had such a great experience at Sirenian Bay. We can't wait to have you all back next year!
A dream come true
This place is absolutely amazing in every way, I couldn’t even think of more I would want! I got engaged on this trip and the staff went above and beyond to make our stay special the entire time. We will remember this trip forever!
We loved having your group stay with us! Congratulations on your engagement - we were honored to serve as the backdrop for such a special event! We look forward to seeing all of you again!
Incredible! Gorgeous! Fun!
What an incredible time we had!!! David, his wife Christy, Jen & Tobie were all amazing!! Belize and the house were gorgeous! Manatee Villa was the perfect size for the 8 of us. The ocean was fun! Fishing off the shore and the pier catching Snook Fish. Tobie arranged our excursions, the golf carts we rented plus our ride from the airport to Manatee Villa with David. Our tour guides from Captain Jak’s were so much fun! We went on 3 excisions...snorkeling, Mayan Southern Ruins & the Monkey River Tour. Jen scheduled our massages and our flight to Belize City. The Pina Colada’s Jen welcomed us with were delicious! She makes them with ice cream!! So good! Christy baked us 2 cakes at our request that were amazingly delicious to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. She kept our villa beautiful & clean. We went out to breakfast a few times at Mayan Beach Hotel Bistro. We went out to dinner to Rumfish. David made the reservation for us, dropped us off and picked us up. We also ordered food in from Jaguar Lanes that David was so kind as to order and pick up for us. Tuttifrutti is a must! Their gelato was to die for amazing!! We were asked on our guest cards what we would remember most of our stay. Unanimously all of us answered the people we now call our family. David, Christy, Jen & Tobie, you are outstanding, knowledgeable, friendly and fun to talk to and learn from. Our stay would not have been the same without them.
Althea & John Henderson & Family
We're so happy that you had an un-Belize-able time at Sirenian Bay! It was a pleasure to host your family and are humbled by your kind words. We hope you'll come back and see us again!
Beautiful house in the perfect setting
This house was really wonderful for our family trip. The beach is steps from the house and the water is calm because of the nearby reef. The house has everything you need and David and Christy, who manage the house, make it extra special. Placencia is a 10 minute drive from the house.
Casa Sunsandsea is located approximately 9 miles north of Placencia Village. We offer complimentary transportation into the village and to locations within 30 minutes of the Casa. This includes many restaurants. We don't recommend renting a car, but are happy to help arrange a golf cart if you'd like one. Many people use golf carts on the peninsula, but they are not necessary to enjoy your stay.
Here are a few of our recommended activities:
Book a tour with our friends at Truly Wild Belize (land excursions) or Captain Jak’s (water excursions).
Some of the most popular activities include:
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is the world’s first jaguar preserve, a great location for river tubing and somewhere you can swim in beautiful cascading waterfalls. You’ll also find nature trails for hiking and a wide variety of wildlife to observe.
Monkey River Village
In Belize’s Toledo District, Monkey River Village is home to an abundant variety of birds (perfect for bird watchers), Howler monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles and more along the banks of a mangrove-lined river. A variety of river tours and expeditions are available.
The World’s Most Narrow Street
Officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, Placencia is home to the “Placencia Sidewalk” that was originally constructed to wheelbarrow fish through the town. Today, the street running through the center of the village is lined with homes, shops and restaurants.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves (known locally as ATM Caves), also known as
The caves, near San Ignacio in the Cayo District, are a notable Mayan burial site and archaeological site featuring skeletons, ceramics and stoneware. Hiking tours are available, departing the Caves Branch Jungle lodge.
Raguana Caye Private Island
This 2-acre private island is a perfect getaway to spend your day playing in the sand, sun and water. A multitude of activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, napping in hammocks and playing beach games are available. Bully’s Beach Bar provides the music and drinks while the island staff prepares a delicious Beach Barbecue for guests to enjoy.
Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Located in Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Belize’s longest zipline, 5 different waterfalls (where you can waterfall rappel) and many unexcavated Mayan ruins are ready and waiting to greet you. The zipline course is 2.5 miles long with the longest run being 2,300 feet. While you’re zipping through the trees, you’ll notice the park is a superb place for bird watching as well—and home to over 200 specifies of birds. Hiking tours (both day and night) are also available.
Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens
Belize Spice Farm, one of the largest black pepper and vanilla farms in the country is located at the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The property is adorned with stunning teak, rosewoods, sandalwood and mahogany trees and tours are open to the public.
Places to Eat
Great meals, warm conversations and authentic local experiences lay the foundation for truly memorable vacation experiences. Here are a few of our personal recommendations for “must eat” stops along your way…
Maya Beach Bistro—be sure to grab a cinnamon roll (go early – these go quickly)!
Above the Ground and Brewed Awakenings—both great places to start your morning with coffee or a specialty drink
Rick’s on Main Street—they have an amazing pizza and a terrific Caesar salad! (note: no credit cards accepted here)
Mango’s in Maya Beach
Dinner and Drinks
Barefoot Restaurant & Bar—gourmet burgers and a great place for a drink right on the beach!
Omar’s –terrific place for seafood
Tutti Fruity—a must-visit place for fresh Italian Gelato