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Get-Away-from-It-All Beach Cabana. Paradise-30 Seconds from the Water!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
condo
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom Cabana, Full Kitchen, Sea View, 30 Seconds From the Caribbean

From our air-conditioned thatched-roof cabana, you can see the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean. We clocked it--30 seconds from our front porch to having your toes in the water. The view is spectacular. This is a get-away-from-it-all vacation spot. If you're looking for a party atmosphere, you won't enjoy our cabana. This is an ideal spot for people looking for peace and tranquility. No traffic noise other than the occasional boat, just that beautiful breeze whispering through the palm trees. Our resort has an on-site restaurant and bar, so you don't have to go anywhere the whole time you're staying here, if you don't want. Relax and enjoy the beach.

Our one-bedroom cabana is comfortably furnished. The king size bed frame is made of local hardwoods, as are the kitchen cabinets, and the furniture in the kitchen and living room. Full kitchen with refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, blender, stove and oven. Dishes, pots and pans, and linens provided. Daily housekeeping is not provided for guests who book directly with us, but is available for $10 per day, time permitting. Restaurant and bar on site, plus a dive shop on site, for diving, snorkeling, and fishing excursions! You might be visited by an iguana or two if you're lucky. From our front porch, you have a great view of the water, and it takes just 30 seconds walking normally to get your toes in the Caribbean.

Our resort has wifi so if you MUST work, you can... or you can send pictures to your friends and family back home. A vacation is more fun if your loved ones are jealous of you. The wifi in our unit works well enough that I'm able to stream Netflix.

The Road North (as they call the only road that comes up the length of the island) passes directly behind our resort, so it's very easy to get back and forth to town or the other resorts. Most people on the island travel by golf cart, and our staff can arrange to have one delivered to you if you want to explore. There's a small grocery store not too far away that has all the essentials. If you want, you can even order your groceries in advance to have them waiting for you when you arrive. Ask me for details when you make your reservation.

Please note: When you arrive at the resort, you will need to provide a credit card to pay 9% Belize hotel tax, 1.75% business tax, and 5% service charge.

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Owner
Jenel Looney
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2017

About Jenel Looney

We spent 10 years as expats in the Middle East, and when we returned home to Texas, we got a little restless. Belize was the perfect place for us to buy a vacation home, since it's only a little over two hours from Houston to Belize City, and then a quick puddle jumper to Ambergris Caye. Larry liked that English is the national language in Belize, and Jenel liked that the exchange rate is 2:1, so the math is super easy.

Jenel Looney purchased this condo in 2009

Why Jenel Looney chose Ambergris Caye

The moment we stepped onto the beautiful, white sand beach at our resort, we fell in love. In our opinion, this is the most beautiful beach on Ambergris Caye. The decorative thatched roofs make it look like a high-end version of Gilligan's Island, while the concrete construction is far safer and sturdier than anything the Professor could dream up. The resort just keeps getting better and better, especially with the addition of the restaurant. The little poolside tiki bar offers a casual menu if you don't feel like going inside. The dive shop on site can take you snorkeling or scuba diving at some of the most spectacular dive spots in the world, or on a fishing trip for fish or lobster (in season). With wifi, I can catch up on work right there in the living room before spending the rest of the day at play. If you want a party-style vacation, this might not be the right place for you. But if what you're looking for is a low-key, phenomenal relaxation experience, you'll love it.

What makes this condo unique

Our unit is called a Cabana unit, and there are only six of this style at the resort. They're much closer to the water than the other one-bedroom units, they're larger, and they have vaulted ceilings that make the place feel even more spacious and luxurious. The full kitchen is nice if you don't feel like eating out every meal. It has a good sized refrigerator, plus a stovetop, oven, and microwave. I'm an avid cook, so I furnished the place with high quality pots, pans, and utensils.

The wifi works particularly well in our unit because of its proximity to the doohickey that sends the signal. ("Doohickey" is the technical term.) I uploaded very large video files while at the resort, and the upload went quickly. I also watched Netflix streaming while cooking, and didn't have any problems at all.

Reviews

4.5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Get-Away-from-It-All Beach Cabana. Paradise-30 Seconds from the Water!
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews
5

Best vacation ever!!

  • 5 of 5
Verified Stay

We had a great time!! The complex is beautiful, the staff was wonderful and very accommodating. The unit itself was exactly as shown in the pictures.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, that's so great to hear! Thanks for staying in our cabana. We're thrilled that you loved our little home-away-from-home as much as we do. The staff really have a heart for guests, and they do everything in their power to make sure that every guest has the best vacation ever. Hope you had the chance to try out a beach massage from the masseuse on staff. Hope you can visit us again!
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5

Very nice getaway location.

  • 5 of 5
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We booked this property for a four night stay at the end of a ten night vacation in Belize. We were looking for a place to 'chill' and it was perfect for that. The condo was clean and nicely decorated with a well equipped kitchen. The grounds and beach are well maintained, although there is still some evidence of the hurricane. Just be advised that if you plan to do your own cooking, you will need to bring not only your food, but seasoning and basics like flour and oil. There were salt and pepper shakers, but that was it. We brought our groceries from San Pedro (you'll need a cooler), but you can order them online and have them delivered before your arrival, too. We didn't eat at the restaurant at the resort. It just doesn't have a tropical ambiance - not even a beach view. The pool bar is handy if you're hanging out at the pools - not so much if you're on the beach. No wait service, either.

Keep in mind that you're not close to much of anything at this resort. If you're looking for nightlife, this isn't the place to be unless you don't mind 30 minute rides into San Pedro. If you're looking for a quiet beach to lay out and read, you found the right place. That's exactly what we did for the first part of our visit here. Then we discovered a golf cart path heading northward up the beach that took us , by foot, to a beautiful resort called El Secreto. We spent the afternoon at their pool/bar and then had dinner there. Excellent! They then took us back to Sapphire Beach with their boat free of charge. If you don't want to walk, they will pick you up and return you by boat, free of charge. Other couples from Sapphire Beach used this service as well. We highly recommend it.

The following day we hiked even further to the north and ended up at Tranquility Bay Resort. It's not as luxurious as El Secreto, but you can snorkel from shore. And it's secluded - thus the name. We weren't equipped to stay, so we returned to Sapphire Beach and had them pick us up, with our snorkel gear and a change of clothes, shortly after lunch. We spent the afternoon snorkeling (nurse sharks, rays, and many colorful fish and corals) and hanging out at their beach. We then had one of the most delicious seafood dinners of our trip. They do charge a nominal fee for the boat service, but it's well worth it. Our transportation, bar bill, and dinner bill was about the same as a two hour snorkel charter would have been.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Robert! So glad you enjoyed your stay. It's too bad you didn't try our on-site restaurant. Gem has really delicious food! If you come back to see us, ask Tony to deliver your dinner to our cabana so you can sit on the front porch and have dinner with a sea view. All the best to you! Jenel and Larry
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3

Nice property and staff.

  • 3 of 5
Verified Stay

This property is out of town, golf cart a must. Everything cost more, snorkeling trip $ 70.00us. Beautiful pools. Beaches in this area not great, still trash and damage from Aug. Hurricane. I would not go back.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. It's true, all excursions on the island of Ambergris Caye cost money, no matter where you stay. Please be sure to include snorkeling or scuba diving in your budget, though, because that is definitely the best way to enjoy the island! Our on-site dive shop's prices are lower than many other options on the island, and they pick you up right at our dock. Sadly, Hurricane Earl damaged or destroyed 90% of the docks on Ambergris Caye, so we were thrilled that our dock was repaired as quickly as it was. It is taking longer than we'd like for all the debris to be removed, though, because there was just so much of it. Fortunately, our all concrete constructed condos didn't suffer any damage at all, other than some ruffling to the thatched roofs. We were very fortunate! Some of the wood structures didn't fare as well. We do recommend that our guests rent a golf cart during their stay, as it's the best way to explore the island on your own schedule. However, you can also get a Coastal Xpress water taxi weekly pass, which is quite affordable. Coastal Xpress has about eight runs per day, so you still have a lot of flexibility.
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Enterprise, WV
5

Better than we could have ever hoped for!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sapphire Beach for 4 weeks in August. Our vacation was

amazing!

The cabana is very well furnished. The kitchen has all that you need to cook your own meals. There is a fresh fruit & vegetable vendor that comes by a few times a week. His produce was better than any we found in town. The king size bed is very comfortable. We had a view of the Sea from the futon couch and the front porch. There is a flat screen tv with a DVD player. There are a few DVDs in the cabana & the resort has more in the office. The best thing about all of it was the WiFi internet. We have travelled all around the world & the Internet at Sapphire Beach was the best we've ever had. (Including at our home in the U.S.)

The staff went over & beyond to make our vacation all we wanted it to be. We love the privacy & remoteness of being 12 miles from town. They offer daily boat trips to town. Although we only go to town when absolutely necessary. Rafael, the boat driver, was so helpful with anything we needed. The resort is so peaceful & quiet. The pools are maintained daily. Housekeeping made sure the cabana stayed extra clean & comfy. The grounds staff worked daily on keeping the beach free of sea grass. The office staff, Deona & Jackie, made sure that we were happy every day.

We ordered several meals, tropical drinks, & desserts from El Zafiro restaurant. Everything from piña coladas, pizza, burgers, fresh lobster, to the amazing coconut pie. James made sure that we enjoyed every meal. He even came to get us when baby turtles were found on the property so we could get pics of them.

We rented a golf cart for a week just to have the convenience of going to the neighboring resorts without walking everywhere. But that is not necessary at all.

Sapphire Beach also has kayaks, snorkel gear, & fishing gear available for guests to use. We caught several good-sized fish right from the pier. If you don't want to cook your own catch, the restaurant is happy to cook it for you.

They have plenty of sun loungers on the beach. We enjoyed relaxing our days away on the beach. Lounging, reading (the office has several books to choose from), waving at the passing boats, & watching the Pelicans dive for fish.

We saw every sunrise while we were there. There is absolutely nothing like a Belize sunrise!

We can not wait to go back!! We are already making plans for our next trip to Sapphire Beach!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this glowing review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay in our little home away from home. It really is a piece of heaven, and we're proud to be able to share it with others. Looking forward to your return visit!
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Nearest Barpub
The Gem tiki bar at Sapphire Beach
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Nearest Restaurant
The Gem at Sapphire Beach
Nearest Beach
30 seconds from your front porch
Car: recommended

Our unit is at a resort about nine miles north of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. This is an ideal vacation spot for travelers who want to relax, kick back, and enjoy the most beautiful beach on the island. With a full kitchen in your unit and a spectacular restaurant and tiki bar on site, you don't need to leave at all if you don't want to. However, it's an easy and beautiful boat ride or golf cart ride away from shops, more restaurants, and local tours. In addition to our resort's restaurant, there are three others within walking distance, plus Bar El Norte, a little beach-shack kind of bar that will appeal to lovers of all things quirky. Adventure travelers will enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring the Mayan ruins of Belize, and more. There's a dive shop on site that can book all your excursions for you, whether in the water or on land. Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world, and the world-famous Blue Hole, which should be on every scuba diver's bucket list. Bird watchers, too, will enjoy the stay, to see as many of the 587+ bird species as possible. Since our resort is away from the hustle and bustle of San Pedro, you can hear the birds calling to each other from the trees. It's quite pleasant to walk along the beach and through the surrounding trees, then stop at a nearby resort for a drink before meandering back home. Our home has concrete construction and a decorative thatch roof, so it looks right at home in the jungle but feels solid, cozy, and well insulated. Fully air conditioned!

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Rates & Availability

San Pedro Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High season 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$175
$1,105
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2017
May 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
$125
$788
$2,300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season 2017/18
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
$200
$1,260
$3,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
High season 2018
Jan 8 2018 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
$175
$1,105
$3,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$175
$1,105
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

When you arrive at the resort, you must provide a credit card to pay for 9% Belize hotel tax, 1.75% business tax, and a 5% service charge. Your card number will be kept on file to cover incidental charges.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

San Pedro Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 722 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk-in tile shower with 2 sinks and American style toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , True one-bedroom with separate living area; not a studio.
  • The air-conditioned bedroom with king-size bed and vaulted ceiling is very comfortable. Lots of closet and dresser space to store your things during your stay. There is also a sofa in the living room that folds out into a bed, where two children under 16 can stay for free. (Two adults can also stay with you for $25 per person per night. Maximum occupancy 4 people.)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
World-class snorkeling and scuba diving at the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, second only to the Great Barrier Reef, and there's a dive shop right at our resort. Swim with sharks, sting rays, and sea turtles. There are very few cars on Ambergris Caye. In San Pedro, most people use golf carts. We rent a golf cart and drive back and forth to our resort, which is super fun, riding on the road that goes right up the island behind our resort. If that doesn't sound like fun to you, you can rely on water taxis to go get groceries or take an adventure tour or try some of the restaurants and bars in town. Our resort has a dive shop on site. Book diving, snorkeling, and fishing excursions at the front desk. Daily housekeeping is available for an additional $10 per day.

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