House, 10 Bedrooms, 12 Baths, (Sleeps 38)
We are Canadian and love the beauty, serenity, peaceful nature of the locals and numerous activities of Belize, not to mention the excellent year round weather!
Reservations purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Reservations chose Hopkins
We fell in love with Belize during our first vacation there about 15 years ago.
What makes this Villa unique
We are active and love the following; enjoying the local culture, diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, jungle hiking to freshwater waterfalls, caving, biking, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and chicken.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Paradise in Belize
Our family of 21 stayed in this incredible villa -- and it left nothing to be wished for! First of all, Luis and Liz, Managers, communicated with me for the 18 months prior to our stay to be sure we would have everything we wanted.
The villa is beautiful, incredibly furnished, spacious...the pool is huge, and the ocean is just a few steps from the pool. The kayaks and catamaran and water boards are great for those who aren't hanging out in the hammocks.
Luis hired a cooking staff and we had all meals on site - which were delicious and varied. We went on snorkeling adventures, touring, zip lining, and horseback riding. They found the best places for us. And they rented us two SUVs so we could drive around on our own. But you really didn't have to leave the Villa to enjoy your stay.
Hopkins Village is fairly remote - but with the short flight from Belize City to Dangriga, then a Villa shuttle to the villa, it wasn't difficult - especially because everything was arranged and overseen by Luis and Liz.
It was a fabulous trip.
We spent a week a Villa Verona and I didn't want to ever leave. The house itself is beautiful and well cared for. There are many excursions to see and do and a beautiful big pool steps from the ocean. The village of Hopkins was small and the locals are all so very friendly. The staff at the villa are exceptional and always there to help with anything, whether you are booking an excursion or even need something from the store. Liz and Louis were very attentive and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning again.
Little Slice of Heaven
We stayed in the Sea View room over New Years to attend a wedding at the Villa. This a peaceful and quiet slice of heaven. The villa is like a little castle, so beautiful we didn't ever feel the need to stray very far. Every little detail is taken care of by the amazing staff. Extremely clean and luxurious. Luis took us out for a great time out on the sailboat. Liz, the manager, is warm, friendly and an invaluable resource of information.
Stunning place to host a wedding or large family gathering!
Make sure and bring bug spray, Afterbite and Benedryl. During and after sunset the little Noseum bugs get hungry!
We stayed here for our honeymoon in the "penthouse" last summer. It so happened that no one else had rented out the rest of the house, so we ended up having the whole thing to ourselves. It was an amazing experience, Liz (the manager) was fantastic, the food was delicious and Hopkins is a beautiful and quaint village worth exploring. Liz also helped us book excursions during the week that were perfect. The facilities are beautiful, you are literally staying at a mansion on the beach, what's not to love about that!
So amazing, you won't want to go home!
We've traveled the world and Villa Verano is definately the nicest and most cared for 5-star residence we've ever vacationed at. If you think the pictures look nice, they don't begin to do this house justice.
We rented the Seagrape unit which is the entire second floor, with access to all the amenities on the rooftop and the grounds. We had twelve people in our party and we had more than ample room. The beds and linens were as comfortable as home and non of us even missed our beds.
The house is magnificently decorated with native themes and the level of detail is second to none. From the hand carved doors/beds/furniture to the beautifully inlaid floors, this house was built with the highest quality materials and workmanship.
The property manager, Liliana, will take care of your every need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We hired a chef (Cheryl) for the 14 days and the meals were fabulous. We had everything from local dishes of fish to homemade pizza. She even arranged a hunting party so that we could have the ultimate Belizian meal of Gibnut (it was good enough for the Queen).
The pool is massive and it's the first time in my life that I was able to sit at the pool and the beach at the same time. The pool chairs are so comfortable, you will have a hard time staying awake when all you can hear are the gentle ocean waves. Don't miss out on taking the trimaran for a sail. The maintenance staff is trained to help you get started if you're a novice.
The gym is large and has everything you need to keep in shape, including a gorgeous view of the jungle. The hot tub could easily accomodate all twelve of us at one time and the sitting area adjacent to the hot tub/billiards room was great for watching the stars at night while others played pool or relaxed in the tub. The billards room is fully equiped with a drink refrigerator and it's own comfortable seating area.
Belize is a great area for exploring. We booked 5 tours and two fishing excursions through Janette at Second Nature Divers and the execution was flawless. The tour guides were trustworthy, experienced, and friendly which made for many enjoyable experiences. We went snorkeling, cave tubing, zip lining, walked amoung the Mayan Ruins, hiked in the Jaguar Preserve and took boats up the Monkey River.
If you're used to being pampered, the Villa Verano is for you...it's worth every penny and you won't be disappointed!
The Smarts/Fullers and five friends from around the world
Where to begin.... Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived. We stayed on the second floor of the Villa Verano known as the Seagrape. Our family of 23 went to Hopkins for the Christmas holiday and all but 5 of us stayed in the villa. The other 5 stayed in the connecting resort Jaguar Resort in an ocean front room that comfortably slept 2 adults, a teenager, and 2 little kids. The Seagrape is absolutely beautiful and spotless clean. The kitchen was fully equipped and had all of the cooking supplies and utensils that were needed for our stay. We cooked several meals at the villa and even used the grill up on the rooftop to BBQ one of the nights we were there. The house is beautifully furnished and everything is in mint condition. The beds were very comfortable and the linens were top of the line. Each room is individualized by beautiful carvings on the door of turtles, monkeys, sting rays, etc..that match the bedroom furniture. The stereo system is iPod compatible and can be adjusted to be inside and outside so you can enjoy it when sitting down by the pool. The upstairs is equipped with a hottub, pool table that can convert to a ping pong table, excercise room, lounge chairs and an amazing 360 degree view of the area. There is also another room upstairs but it was occupied by a different couple so we never got to see it. The pool is awesome as well, it has a shallow end as well as a deep end. The temperature of the pool was just right. The beach is simply beautiful and it is cleaned to perfection daily by the staff. The kids had a blast on the trimaran sailboat and the kayaks that are parked right out in front of the villa. The staff at the three connecting resorts are so nice and accomodating. They were all so professional and friendly. We loved them all and hated to tell them goodbye. It was nice to have the privacy and comfort of the villa, yet the convenience of the resorts right next door. We ate at the resort from time to time, yet went to Hopkins to the grocery store and restaurants. We rented 2 six man golf carts from the resorts for the entire 10 days we were there and traveled all over in those. They were a great asset. We all had a wonderful vacation and would highly recommend this villa to anyone. We can't wait to go again someday. The owners of the villa, Neil and Elizabeth, were easy to work with and very helpful when answering our questions and helping us make arrangements.
World Class Fly Fishing and Scuba Diving.