This Is A 12 Acre Private Estate With Fully Equipped Luxury Boutique Villas
Ken and Virginia Krohn
About Ken and Virginia Krohn
What can be said about a couple in their 40’s who packed up their life in the US and moved to the beach in Belize? Well, whatever you call them, that was us. We had wanted to live on the beach in the U.S. but honestly, even if we could have afforded the property, the permit fees, insurances fees, and the cost of building a home would have been too much for our budget. In our search for affordable beaches, we did look at the beautiful country of Costa Rica but found the Spanish speaking to be a little overwhelming. Our stopover in Belize turned out to be exactly what we were looking for; it was magic! This beautiful country had gorgeous water, warm, friendly English speaking people and affordable beaches. So, we did it! We bought a tiny lot right on the beach and lived there for almost 20 years. Eventually, the magic did wear off because living on the beach was not a vacation. It seemed everyone wanted to move to paradise and soon the density of homes and the traffic took its toll. With the influx of tourists and hawkers on the beach, our peaceful life was lost. It was time for a new dream. Not wanting to move back to the States, we looked to the beautiful mountains of the Cayo district here in Belize. The gorgeous views, the breeze, the wildlife and birds are breathtaking and the cost is still affordable.
Ken and Virginia Krohn purchased this Villa in 2015
Why Ken and Virginia Krohn chose San Ignacio
We have been in Cayo since 2008 with our two rescue dogs and really like living in such a welcoming area. The outdoor living, the slower pace, and the huge farmers market gives us the ability to live a cheaper and healthier lifestyle, if we choose. Because Belize is such a small country, the beaches are not far away so, the magic is back! Now it is a vacation again to drive a short distance to the Caribbean Sea where we can dive, snorkel or fish to our hearts content. We can even fly directly to the beaches from the local airport which has flights connecting to every major area in Belize.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa CAYO Belize provides luxurious affordable accommodations in an excellent location for visitors not wanting to stay in a remote, expensive resort. The air conditioned villas have fully equipped kitchens with full size refrigerator and stove, dining area and lounging area with 40" flat panel smart TV with a blue ray DVD player. There is also an outdoor conversation areas with BBQ and seating under the giant Salam Trees overlooking the village of Cristo Rey and the Maya mountains.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Late check out is not a problem if there are no new guest arriving that day. The villas are for guests only. No smoking inside the villas. You may smoke on the porch or the terrace.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
perfect mountain retreat in Belize
We were undecided on staying on the coast or in the mountains for our trip to Belize. All of the glowing reviews for this rental persuaded us to give this one a try and stay in the mountains. This place was everything everyone said it would be. The unit itself was charming and the location was fantastic. We rented a car and the short drive into town for our meals was convenient. I would recommend Crave and Guava Limb for dinner and Ko-ox Han Nah and Pop's for breakfast. Virginia and Ken were both very sociable and helpful, giving us recommendations and nice conversation. There are many activities near here to keep you busy. I would recommend the Iguana Sanctuary in the San Ignacio Hotel, the night hike at the Chaa Creek resort, the botanical gardens at Duplooy's (the guide is worth it) the Belize zoo, massage at the magic touch in the Venus hotel. If you are really adventurous a drive to Guatemala for the Tikal Ruins (make sure you exchange enough money into Guatemalan currency and read info about crossing the border before you leave) and the ATM cave tour. The ATM was physically challenging but worth it.
Hi guys! Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. We are so happy you had a good time and enjoyed Belize. Hope you get to come again sometime soon................Ken and Virginia
Outstanding in every way!
This place is truly the best vacation rental I have ever stayed in!
Pictures don't even do this place justice. It is amazing! To summarize our experience: we stayed in villa#4 (there are a total of 2 right now), a brand-new beautifully appointed villa on a hill top just outside of town. The grounds are immaculate and decorated with the most amazing exotic plants and trees.The interior is superb with high end appliances and beautiful wood finishes along with an awesome stained concrete flooring. The kitchen is equipped with every possible detail and there is also a BBQ grill outside which is constantly kept ready to go complete with charcoal, lighter fluid and BBQ lighter.
Nothing here is cheap or worn- no scratched up non-stick pans or the likes of it. The A.C. also works flawlessly and there is a purified water source in the apartment so no need to go out and purchase drinking water.
As if all that wasn't enough,the owners Virginia and Kenneth go out of their way to help out and will arrange activities for you if needed.
Add that to the stunning views through the thoughtfully one-way tinted panoramic windows and it truly felt like paradise.
And one last thing: you will enjoy a housekeeper who will wash all your dishes, clean up with great attention to detail and even decorate with a fresh flower from the garden.
I wished every vacation condo was maintained like this!
WOW! Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We really do try to give everything we have to give to each and every guest but it is AWESOME to get guests who really know and appreciate all of the effort it takes to make this happen. We do hope we get to see you again in the near future! Have a wonderful life! See you soon............Virginia
Don't stay anywhere else!
Villa Cayo is absolutely THE best place to stay in San Ignacio! Virginia greeted us as we drove in and we all proceeded to the villa. She told us where things were located in the villa, gave us recommendations for restaurants, and recommended Chen's Supermarket for groceries. The views from this villa are spectacular! We saw Toucans and a Hummingbird out of our large windows that showcase the view. Very close to Cehal Pech mayan ruins, downtown, and the Market. Virginia and Ken lives in the house located up the hill and is accessible by a phone in the villa if you need anything.
We will definitely stay here again! We are already planning our Belize visit for next year in May!
Ken and Virginia have created a wonderful environment for a terrific vacation. My wife and I stayed in the bungalow pictured for 7 days. The unit is wonderfully appointed and perfectly perched high above San Ignacio with a million dollar view. With maid service daily, a great kitchen and a BBQ, you have everything you need when you come back from a day of incredible adventures!
We picked this unit on the strength of perfect ratings. It is completely warranted. You will NOT be disappointed.
Thank you for a wonderful way to spent out 35th wedding anniversary! We hope to come back some day.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! We enjoyed having you here and so happy you had a great vacation! It would be great if you made it back for your 40th anniversary! See you then! Ken and Virginia
Wonderful Hosts at Picturesque Location
First off, the hosts because they were beyond exceptional. Virginia and Ken were looking out for us from the time we booked, to a week before we arrived and through three days we stayed there. We were going to get guided trips and try and take a bus in, but thankfully, Virginia encouraged us both to rent a car and we are so glad we did (this was my wife's first time out of the US and my first time driving central). Virginia was kind enough to set us up with a great guide for the ATM tour the first day; when we got back, we had enough to visit Cahal Pech. The second and real reason we got the car, was to go to Tikhal - that was an excusion so plan for 4 hours of tour once you arrive. The morning we checked out, we rushed down to Rio on Pools for a quick dip and came home. While we were not travelling, we were encouraged to visit the downtown of San Ignacio - it wasn't on our radar but the people are extremely friendly and the town has a lot of character. We had no idea all San Ignacio had to offer. Ken and Virginia were able to provide us with a lot of good information, but we only really communicated through mediums (not in person), so rest assured to those honeymooners, you will fully have your privacy.
Secondly, the accommodations were incredible. A luxurious private room/efficiency with a fully equipped kitchen, fridge, strong ac, no shortage of channels with a picturesque panoramic view. The room was cleaned everyday so we left the maid a few American dollars. It was just really nice to come home after our adventures to fully air tight, cool, comfortable room - great style too. You could honestly spend your entire vacation in the room and cook your own food if you wanted. We had a hard time balancing exploring the restaurants/town or whether we would just dine in; typically it depended on how tired we were at the end of the day. The view overlooks the luscious forests/jungle that grow near the river and the sunsets are incredible; admittedly, we had a hard time catching the sunset, there were just so many things to take in while we were in San Ignacio.
I highly recommend Villa Cayo. If you have any questions, just send them a message; between providing us travel recommendations, directions, restaurant recommendations, and hosting at an incredible place, it's going to be hard to beat the added comfort. It's almost like you are getting a personal tour, that you end up taking on your own.
Best place we stayed in Belize
Beautiful, secluded yet close to town. Clean spacious Villa with tasteful modern design. I honestly wouldn't change anything. Ken and Virginia were extremely helpful. Virginia arranged trips to Tikal and ATM Caves for me through a local guide service and Ken gave me a ride to the store and to show me around a bit. My wife and I would recommend Villa Cayo to anyone staying in the district and we will stay here again when in Belize. Thanks for all your help and information Ken and Virginia!
Villa cayo has an excellent location right in the heart of the Cayo District. You can be picked up at Villa CAYO and taken to any adventure tour of your choice, soft or adventure.
Explore nature: Covering more than 8,000 square miles, rectangle-shaped Belize is slightly larger than Mass. About 60 percent of it's land surface is forested.
Soft adventures include Belize Zoo / Mayan Village / Botanical Garden / Butterfly Farm / Green Iguana Project / Natural History Center / Birding tours and Maya Archaeology
Active adventures include Zip lining / Rock Climbing/ ATM Caves / Crystal Cave / Horseback Riding / Canoeing/ Cave Tubing / Hiking / Mountain Biking and four wheeling