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Still lovin' it!
If you are looking for great value, this is the place. After our second time staying at Royal Caribbean Resort, we can say that what people have written in these reviews are true. The place just gets better and better. We had air conditioned cabanas and woke up to beach bowling at the bar/restaurant that completed construction just before our arrival. Bikes are great for getting to town. The service was as good as the first time and the weather was wonderful.
Royal Treatment from fantastic staff
Royal Caribbean Resort is new, but has worked through the start-up pains described in older reviews of this exceptional resort. Friendly, courteous, and helpful staff, along with individual cabanas, and probably the largest pool on Ambergris Caye, made this an enjoyable location. Every spot in the resort has a great ocean view.
The brightly colored individual cabañas, now with bone chilling air conditioning, were clean, well constructed, and all had a great views of the ocean, The cabanas are spacious, with separate bedroom, bathroom, cable TV, phones (upon request) and a large living area with one corner dedicated to the kitchen sink, microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, cooking and serving utensils. There are muli-speed ceiling fans in the living area and in the bedroom.
The staff goes out of the way to ensure you will have an enjoyable time. Bike and cart rentals, along with all other activity needs, are available through the attentive and detail minded staff. The golf carts were new and were loads of fun as we explored the island. We booked several SeaRious adventures through Yoram and his staff, and our expectations were always exceeded.
South of San Pedro, about a mile and a half from the center of San Pedro, the resort is very quite and peaceful. A 15 - 20 minute walk along the beach, or a fairly short bike or cart ride, will place you back in the center of San Pedro. Taxi ride from the airport or the water taxi site to the resort was $5.
Charming cabana was great for our honeymoon
My wife and I stayed at RCR for our honeymoon during the last week of May 2006. We were pleased to discover that the photos on the website didn’t do justice to the charm of the place. After looking at many of the other resorts on the island, we were very happy we’d stayed where we had our own beachfront cabana instead of sharing walls with other tourists. The cabanas were spacious, clean, and comfortable, if not luxurious. The air-conditioning unit worked almost too well—we’d use it only briefly and mostly relied on the effective ceiling fans and high ceilings to deal with the heat. The cabanas could use an outside spigot to rinse off sand before going inside (a community spigot would work fine).
As alluded to in other reviews, the pool is the biggest and nicest that we saw on the island. Although we had it mostly to ourselves (given the off-season), it would still be comfortable with many more guests. It was cool to be in the pool and look toward the ocean—from this perspective it appeared that only a tiny sliver of concrete separated the two bodies of water. The beach was small but nice and the accumulated seagrass/seaweed was picked up every morning. There was too much seagrass in the water to swim from the beach, but we did have fun wading in the bare spots looking at fish and crabs. Work was continuing on the restaurant and area surrounding the pool, so it looks to only improve in ambience.
Our only disappointment was that the restaurant and bar were closed due to the very small number of guests present given the start of the slow season (although I guess they're now open according to the comments from the management on other recent reviews). However, Banana Beach and Victoria House both have decent restaurants and bars within walking distance. Also, the staff was very accommodating and provided free rentals on the bikes (beach cruisers) so we could ride to town for other restaurant options.
Across the board, the friendliness and hospitality of the staff was a large part of our satisfaction with staying at Royal Caribbean. Ralph in particular quickly and considerately responded to all our needs and concerns. He handled all the arrangements for scuba diving training (complicated due to bad weather) and our river trip to Lamanai (highly recommended), so all we had to do was show up on the pier to be picked up. Also, we had a number of questions and requests over e-mail prior to our arrival—all of these were handled promptly and thoroughly.
Stayed from June 10-17, 2006. The staff is extremely friendly. Our luggage was lost and the manager literally offered us the shirt off his back and drove to the airport to see if our luggage had arrived. Fido's Beach Bar and Grill has excellent breakfast (we didn't eat there any other meal) I suggest the vegetarian omelet. The only downside of the hotel is the distance from downtown. You will need to rent a golf cart (about $55/day) or ride a bike about 2 miles into town. The cabanas were beautiful and clean. The beach was gorgeous and the water perfect. The staff was very helpful in setting up excursions for us. I highly recommend this hotel and Ambergris Cayes I can't wait to go back.
We really loved our stay at RCR! It is just off the beaten path so it is peaceful but still close to town. We walked the beach to town a couple times and we could easily bike from the resort to town. The manager was so helpful and kind, great service. The beach at RCR is one of the most beautiful on the island. It is only second to the Beach next door at Victoria's. We spent a lot of time at Victoria's bar and restaurant since RCR did not have eather yet... They were in the process of building a bar/grill. I loved having our own little villa. They are very cute and they have a kitchenette. The only thing they didn't have was AC, that would be nice. But it wasn't bad, at night it was breezy so we kept our windows open and the ceiling fans on. The pool is big and refreshing, we had it all to ourselves! We would deffinately recommend this hotel to you. It is the best resort you'll find for the price. If you want to go diving, try "Bottom Time Dive Shop" and ask for "Sylvan" he was so nice and he gave us a great deal.
Brand Spankin New
My husband and I spent 1 week in Belize in Feb. 2006. We absolutely loved our experience and we also enjoyed our accommodations. The Royal Carribean Resort is not in the heart of town, so you will need to rent a golf cart or moped for your stay. You can take taxis everyday if you like, but that can get expensive. The ride in a taxi to town costs about $5 USD. You can also walk, but the walk is about 2 miles and during the middle of the day, you might be dripping with sweat by the time you get to town. Golf carts run about $70 USD per day, however there is a little place that we rented from which is about 5 doors up from the pizzeria, they rent golf carts for around $30 USD per day. After you have gotten your transportation together, then you will definitely enjoy Ambergris Caye. The Royal Carribean Resort has very large accommodation for the money. We paid 80 bucks a night for our own cottage. The accommodations are very comfortable and quite clean. Our cottage had 1 queen sized bed, a kitfchenette, private bath and a small living room. It was definitely spacious for 2 people. We left the windows open to take advantage of the wonderful breezes. I don't think that we had an air conditioner, with ceiling fans and open windows, we didn't even need one. The cottages are all lined in a row, with gardens and sidewalks in the middle. They were building a Palapa that would serve as a restaurant and bar while we were there. It should be finished by now. The beach area was also very nice, but small. They also have a very nice sized pool, that looked brand new. The front desk staff were very helpful, they can help you plan a tour, arrange transportation and recommend some great dining options as well. My husband and I had a blast while we were there. I highly recommend taking one of the snorkeling tours offered in town. We went out to Shark alley and saw nurse sharks, sting rays and atlantic bottlenosed dolphins up close and personal. There was also a cave tubing tour that we saw advertised in many of the publications around town. We were on a budget and did not want to pay the $150pp asking price, so we decided to take the ferry back to the mainland and try to do the tour on our own. We got very lucky, when we got back to the mainland, we walked around the corner to the cruise ship terminal and there were plenty of guys standing outside offering tours. We decided to enter the cruise terminal and search out a good deal. We ran across a guy that was taking some of the cruise ship passenger on the cave tubing tour. He had some extra space on his van, so we paid him $35 USD and he took us right along with the cruise ship passengers. I highly recommend doing this tour. The bus ride to the national park took 1 hour and we got to see some amazing scenery along the way. When we arrived at the park we were given our fins, innertube and head flashlight. We had to hike 30 minutes to the entrance of the cave, but our tour guide pointed out different species of plants and trees along the way (which was actually quite interesting). The cave tour was awesome, we floated through the cave system for about an hour and a half, while our tour guide gave us a thorough history of Belize and its geology. After the tour we had a lunch which was equally amazing. Half of a chicken seasoned with spices that i'd never be able to find here in the states, rice, salad and dessert. Needless to say I slept on the ride back to the cruise ship terminal. The ferry from town out to Ambergris Caye takes almost an hour and sometimes the boat is not covered (depending on what time you depart). At the end of our stay we decided to take an airplane back to the International Airport. It takes about 15 minutes and costs $70.00. It was well worth the money. I loved Belize and can't wait to go back. The Royal Carribean Resort is definitely worth the money and if you don't need room service and a grand lobby, then this is definitely a superb value.
Royal Carribean Resort/Ambergris hotels
I had read all the reviews on TripAdvisor plus some on ---.org and tried to book the Victoria House for our 11-nt stay. It was unavailable for the Thanksgiving week, so we booked the Royal Carribean which is right next door. The Royal Carribean is brand new and spotless. The grounds have some immature landscaping, so its not as lush as some of the other properties such as the Victoria House, Ramon's Village, etc. but will be in time. The staff is very attentive. The rooms come with a microwave, toaster, mini-fridge, and kitchen sink...no stovetop, so cooking is limited. If you do buy groceries, they will run you approximately double what you pay in the States. Entrees in restaurants run $11-$18 with the Victoria House being about $25. The furniture is not very comfortable if you spend a great deal of time in your room...perfect if you go out every night. Fido's has built an outdoor bar/restaurant on the premises replete with lawn bowling. It's a fun/scenic place to hang out...ideal for a group. Food is OK as with most restaurants. Our favorites were Mango's (owned by a former chef at Victoria House) and the Blue Water Grill. Favorite part of the Royal Carribean is its location. It's far enough from town that you don't have the foot traffic on the beach which allows for some quality time on the lounges under the palm trees. The beach is great...larger than any of the other beaches that we saw. We looked at most if not all of the resorts on the Caye (including as far north as Captain Morgan's), and both decided that we preferred the Victoria House for its ambience/amenities, but the Royal Carribean is a great less-expensive alternative. The resort also has a pool and bicycles available.
For diving, we tried ProTech, then switched to Chuck & Robbie's which offers a more personalized experience. I would definitely recommend them for experienced divers who prefer not to be on cattle boats and be restricted by the less experienced divers on the boat. Robbie, Emma, and Brian are great fun! Chuck & Robbie's goal is to stay smaller and personal. Nice boat...easily accomodates 12 divers although they prefer not to take that many. For the atoll trips, we dove with Amigos Del Mar (arranged by your local dive operation). Only two (?) dive operations do the atoll trips, and your local dive operation will set up the trips for you with either Amigos Del Mar or Ambergris Divers. We did end up diving a few days with Amigos locally as Chuck & Robbie's boat had an issue with their boat from a night dive that we did...long story. Amigos is a good operation...one day was a bit more like a cattle boat. I imagine during really busy times on the Caye, they can get really crowded. Ambergris felt deserted when we were there 11/20-12/1 (a slower time). Diving overall was better in the atolls. There are a lot more coral, sponges, and fish.
Ambergris on a whole didn't live up to the sleepy town that we had read about. A lot of construction all over the island has livened up the place with a lot more road traffic and mainland workers.
Great Rooms, Great Times
You know when you find the right place. I did. I've been back 3 times in the past year! And I can't wait to visit again.
The perfect place for relaxation. The rooms are excellant. Bungallows basically. Large,clean, and well equiped. Pretty much all you need is there. Refridgerator, eating utensils,great A/C, clock,T.V, the works. Good beach with a bar and restaraunt. Pool is big and clean. Easy to get into town (5 min), but far enough away from the noise. The staff is very helpful, and the manager (Yoram) always has the answers for your travel questions. He does what it takes to get the job done! This place makes traveling easy. Look, the water pressure could use some help, but I hear the whole island has the same issue.
I've done my homework, and there is no better deal for what you get. Period. Met a lot of people from other resorts, and when they hear what I got for the $, they're jealous! Let's just say it has been more difficult to get a room lately cause words getting out. You won't be disappointed.
So glad we picked RCR!
Without a doubt an excellent choice for places to stay on Ambergris Caye. The staff made us feel like we were at a 5 star resort without the 5 star cost and the cabanas are clean and well appointed. It's also very safe and the beach is one of the best on the island. I will definitely go back to Ambergris Caye and will only stay at RCR. The manager and his staff are top notch and make you feel like family. Go, you will love it!