|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.
Couldnt ask for a better place to stay on the Island. The condo was all we had hoped for. It was awesome to sit on the patio and watch the sunrise in the morning over coffee or mimosas. The condo was just far enough out of town but still close enough to run into town whenever we wanted.
You definitely need a golf cart. Dont book it ahead of time!! when you get there the golf cart shops are everywhere and you can barter to get a better much much better deal.
If you dive I highly recommend Chuck and Robbie's. Ask them for the shark dive. I'm a dive instructor myself and that was possibly the best dive I've ever done. They also do fishing charters which was very fun and very cheap compared to what I'm used to paying. I think 200 dollars for 4 people.
This is the second time staying at this condo. This stay was two weeks and the first was for a month.The condo is very nice and well maintained.
Right on the beach with stunning views of the ocean just steps beyond the pool.A great place to have your morning coffee and breakfast.
The caretaker Armondo is always available and ver knowledgable and is happy to help with anything you need,if he can't do it he knows someone that can.
Caya management is just a call away 24/7 and super helpful..
We loved everything about our stay!
This was a beautiful home & decorated with local flair. The beds were comfy & nice, and also the kitchen & bathrooms. We loved the outside patio. We sat out there a lot. We cooked breakfast everyday & enjoyed the groceries & fruit at the local markets. The pool & beach are great. Armando is a great manager & you should give him raise or bonus! The Lone Star Cantina right across from the condo has the best food with large portions & wonderful service & owners!
The only thing that we needed was more water pressure in the front shower bathroom. The shower head leaks. Also we never got the jacuzzi to work or the safety deposit box to work. But that's it, no big complaints. You have a great location & home. We would recommend it to anyone!
We had a great time. Planning a return trip ASAP. I would add some things we learned which I didn’t read about ahead of our visit. If your going to Caye Caulker, souvenir's are cheaper there (I heard).
1) Get some BZ cash as soon as you can. Small bills and 1:00 coins. You will need it for tips shopping etc. Some shops in town do not have change.
2) You will definitely need a Golf Cart, being 2.5 miles from town. We went to town 2-3 times a day for meals shopping etc. Armando can help with the cart drop off and pick up. Along with anything else you need. William the bartender (Tiki Bar) next door at Athens Gate was a big help with referral's also.
3) Don't book your excursions before you get here. You don't know what the weather is going to be. Use a local, we had private boats tours all week. Much less cost, and less people. Also. Wed and Thurs are cruise ship days so most excursions are going to have lots of people there on those days..
4) Love the food, lots of flavor. Lots of homemade sauces. Restaurant's-there are over 200 (again ask the locals) Bkfst- Rubys café (early am only) Estels, Celis all excellent food. Dinner- El Fogon, Waruguma, We found good street food also.
Hidden Treasure needs to stay hidden. Over priced tourist trap, put cheddar cheese on a shrimp skewer?
We really enjoyed both the condo itself and the location of the complex from San Pedro. It was close enough to San Pedro to be able to shop and eat conveniently, but far enough away that we weren't exposed to any of the party element that the town hosts, which is fine if you want that. I don't think the online pictures show how nice this unit is. We were very happy with the layout and how the unit was furnished. Armando, the caretaker, was a very helpful and very nice. I would definitely recommend renting a golf cart as it's just far enough from town to make walking back and forth a bit of a pain, but certainly doable if you're inclined. The beach area was sufficient (and we're beach people) and had plenty of coverage from the sun. The only negative of our trip was that the wind blew so hard the entire time that it prevented us from doing any of our planned water activities. Most tours (snorkeling and diving) were cancelled other than the mainland tours. It forced us to just sit back and relax and bit more than we'd planned. Not a bad thing really. We'll certainly be back.
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.
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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High Season rate
Jan 9 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay