Went to The Inn at Roberts...
Went to The Inn at Roberts Grove for a special dinner. Very lovely. They even came and picked us up and took us back to town, since they are located outside of town.
All other places had great, althogh the names escape me now. inexpensive seafood. Lobster was very big, even though they are actually quite small and resember crawfish. The coconut rice!! Yum Yum. And the drinks called 'panty rippers', which are cocunut rum w/pineapple juice. Never had a bad meal.
Great for a family vacation
We were a family of 9 who selected Roberts Grove as the site of a weeklong Christmas vacation and to have a 70th Birthday celebration. The family members ranged in age from 5 to 75, and some were happy to lounge on the beach, while others are the more adventurous types. Roberts Grove provided the perfect setting for pretty much all of us, in spite of this being the busiest week of the year for them.
Accommodations: Each family grouping had its own deluxe one bedroom suite, with kitchenettes, and the units featured really large living rooms, great bathrooms, and even larger patios with hammocks. Several of the 2nd floor units had great ocean views, and while a few nights we needed the A/C, we generally kept the screened louvered windows open to get a nice breeze and listen to the ocean. The kitchen is reasonably well stocked, so after a trip to the local grocery store, you could easily handle breakfasts and keep snack foods in your room if you're so inclined. Rooms were clean and well appointed, not fancy, but colorful and with plenty of furniture and closet space. The hot tubs on the roof tops still mostly didn't work, though.
Waterfront: Nice beach, nice pools, and comfy beach chairs if you're up early enough to get one. The unlimited and free use of hobies was lots of fun, same with windsurfers and other water toys. The water is warm, sandy bottom for easy swimming, but if you're expecting Caribbean Blue Waters, you'll be somewhat disappointed. You can snorkel from the beach, but it's mostly grassy, no coral, though we spotted baracuda, scorpion fish, starfish, and other interesting aquatic life all within a short snorkel from the beach. No real kid activities for the 5 yr old, though kid toys supposedly are on their way. There were other kids for him to play with, which helped.
Food: We were there during the busiest time, so maybe our comments would not hold true for other weeks of the year. But in general, if dining out in Placencia or at the Roberts Grove restaurants, plan on a long, relaxing evening. For the Placencia Restaurants, specifically D'Thatch and Yoli's, atmosphere is great, but eat before you go so you won't mind waiting an hour (or more) for your food to arrive. Service at Turtle Inn was a bit more "American". Food at both restaurants at Roberts Grove was fine, and the nights of the buffet were great, but they were so crowded that service was very slow by American standards on the other nights.
Staff: without exception, the most friendly staff in the caribbean. Always smiled, always prompt with an answer or ready to help in any way.
Activities: To be honest, I wouldn't choose Roberts Grove as a vacation destination if my sole goal is a beach to hang out on for an entire week. It's a nice enough beach, but there are nicer ones in the Caribbean that are easier to get to than this one. The appeal of Roberts Grove is the range of activities it offers beyond the beach. We did the Monkey River tour, and saw an abundance of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, amazing birds, car-sized iguanas, and great scenery including the muddiest jungle hike ever, for which we were equipped in hotel-provided Wellingtons. We also did the kayak trip down Stann Creek, which was beautiful, including some white water kayaking in the middle of a pristine jungle. We went diving/snorkelling, and the reef conditions in Southern Belize are fantastic--no hurricane damage. And we went Manatee spotting, and saw quite a few. We still managed to have enough beach time to polish off a few books.
We chose Roberts Grove for its diverse appeal to a diverse group, and it didn't disappoint.
We just got back from a great vactation in Placencia. At this time of the year there are not a lot of tourists around(which was FINE with us!!). The only downfall is that lots of things were closed.
The first night in Belize there was no room at the Inn (due to a big party booking the entire resort), so we decided to stay at the Maya Beach Hotel.
This was a great first spot-very homey and comfortable, not expensive, and the food was GREAT. Highly recommend.
Inn at Roberts Grove is a beautiful spot...the rooms are very nice and I am picky. If you are choosing between a second and first story basic room, don't bother paying extra for the 2nd story room. The rooms are beautiful, but the only view that we got for our extra money was trees. Not worth the extra unless your only interest is privacy.
The food is above average to excellent, depending on the dish...always go for the fish, it never disappoints.
Since it was rainy stormy season, we experienced quite the boomers most nights...which caused a mis-hap with the pier, which seemed to have collapsed. That was a little scary as it shows that the structure was not all that secure. The worst thing though was that it was 3 days before our vacation ended and nobody had even touched it. In a resort where there is really not much to do (besides adventure trips) it is really noticable that the pier is one less place to go..
The staff is great-very friendly. Service is great.
We took many tours (Monkey River, Jaguar Preserve, Snorkelling) and they were all excellent and really added to our trip.
One major disappointment-we purchased the meal plan thinking that there would be at least 2 restaurants to go to (Habenero's being the second one).
Because it was low season, they had closed this restaurant down. Very disappointing, especially considering that we were not advised of this when we booked our trip-and there was no other choice besides the main restaurant. If we had known we would have chosen NOT to have the meal plan and would have taken advantage of other restaurants in the area.
One other issue-another casualty of it being low season-the woman who did pedicures/manicures was out of town so I couldn't even have a much anticipated spa treatment at the hotel. We took bikes over to the Turtle In where I had a great pedicure (though the woman who gave it to me was TIP HUNGRY which was not pleasant).
All in all a great vacation.
Best of Belize
The Inn at Robert's Grove is a wonderful hotel. My girlfriend and I stayed there for 1 week from Saturday to Saturday. The Inn booked our reservation on the small plane from Belize City to Placencia and drove us from the Placencia airstrip to the hotel. We ate exclusively at the hotel except one night when we had dinner at Turtle Inn down the road. We participated in three tours/trip through the hotel and had two spa treatments. Details below.
Monkey River: Great tour, we were able to see a lot of wild life and had a nice hike in the jungle. Lunch was authentic and provided also they provided water during the trip which was much needed. The tour was digital camera safe and it is vital you wear light clothing and wear plenty of bug spray because the mosquitos are quite bad. I had no problem but was wearing light clothing, my girlfriend was bitten quite a bit until more bug spray was put on.
Snorkeling: Very knowlegable and experienced divers and guides. We went about 20 miles out to the Silk Caye and spent about 2 hours snorkeling around this awesome deserted island straight from Castaway. Lunch was provided as were the equipment. Reccomend a waterproof camera for the fish and corals.
Jaguar Reserve: Fun trip with hiking, tubing, and a great dip in a waterfall. The guide Cirilo was great and very knowledgable about the history of the preserve. There is a Mayan Women's Community Craft store that you stop at to buy the tickets for the reserve and you get the best selection of authentic hand made local art. Make sure you bring US$ or BZ$ because you will want to buy stuff. Digital camera safe, but a waterproof camera would be good to. Bring bug spray, change of clothes, and teva type sandals or aquasocks.
Spa Treatments: Acupuncture: very good, the acupuncturist studied in New England and was very professional. Swedish Massage: very good american expat that was very professional. Pedacure: local woman who did a good job, but took her time. Well worth it though.
The bar serves wonderful drinks and the food is pretty good. Go for the seafood dishes as they are all wonderful. The american style dishes are average.
An emensly relaxing time with great service, great rooms, and wonderful location. I highly reccomend this resort.
Excellent spot, a little bit in the middle of nowhere but if you are planning a vacation in a quiet, down-to-earth place, this is the ideal place.
The bartenders are excellent and you have to try their Mexican restaurant, Habanero's right across the street.
If you are down in Placencia you also need to visit the Purple Space Monkey, a good spot for burgers.
Should have an enjoyable stay here...
Loved Robert's Grove, I Highly Recommend It!
I thought that Robert's Grove was fantastic. If you're going to stay in Placencia, it's important that your hotel has all the things you are looking for because the town is small and has little to offer. Robert's Grove had many great amenities. They have 3 swimming pools, 6 jacuzzies, great rooms, hobie cats, kayaks, and bikes for the guests. I thought their restaurant was wonderful and I enjoyed every meal that I had there. The staff was helpful and very nice. The main purpose of my trip was to go diving. The dive shop at Robert's Grove provides excellent dive trips and the dive masters made the trips lots of fun. I would recommend that anyone staying in Placencia consider taking their diving trips with Robert's Grove rather than any of the other dive operations in the area. I spent 9 days at Robert's Grove and I was diving 8 of them. I look forward to going back someday.
Couldn't have been more perfect!!
My husband and I just came back from our honeymoon at Robert's Grove. We couldn't have had a more wonderful trip. The people at Robert's Grove were so incredibly accomodating. No matter what we asked for, we received it. They even kept the kitchen open late for us one night when we arrived back from an adventure and were starving for dinner.
The people in Placencia were some of the kindest and most easy going people we've ever met. We had the most wonderful vacation and cannot wait to go back.