Just received this lovely review from a recent client....
Belize was great! An absolutely wonderful vacation.....Still trying to figure out how to explain the loving atmosphere of Sleeping Giant (Rainforest Lodge) in words.
They have created a sanctuary....a base of operations for explorations...a spa...a place of restoration ....
Somehow it reflects the love of the land, the preservation of the rainforest, and everything is so Tastefully presented and carefully cultivated to provide us with an awesome experience. Oh yes and then there's the restaurant which provides food which is healthy and tasteful Farm to Table, again prepared with love.
Or I could tell you about a sailing excursion around the northern Reef of Belize with a captain and crew who knew everything about the reef and all of its inhabitants. When the cruise ships and tour boats came in, when they went out and when we should be on the reef... and when and where we should be on the reef exactly the best time of day to appreciate all the life that is on it. If we even mentioned the food we'd like to try, somehow it would appear on the menu.
Belize is a beautiful country with beautiful people with loving hearts. We hope to grab our boys and head back down there another day because it was that great. Thank you for all your fantastic ideas and help.
On March 20, 2018, a collaborative government task force involving the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Commerce introduced a proposal that was approved by Belize’s Cabinet that will completely phase out the sale and distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam food items, and plastic food utensils by April 22, 2019.
Currently, single-use food-grade plastic waste and shopping bags are responsible for an estimated 19% of all solid waste in Belize. The new law will work to stem the pollution of the environment by single-use plastic food items and shopping bags, especially in coastal and offshore areas, that are both an eyesore as well as a hazard to animals.
Every year, the government, volunteer groups, and local NGOs perform clean-ups of highways, rivers, lagoons, and coastal areas in order to restore the natural beauty of the country and to protect wildlife. Animals and birds often mistake plastic pieces for food, which can pose a choking hazard as well as potentially causing fatal injuries.
Regionally, the issue of Styrofoam and plastic pollution is a major concern for Caribbean nations. Large masses of offshore floating plastic debris have begun to affect the health of coral reefs as well as causing a detrimental effect on the tourism industry. Belize has been a regional leader in responsible environmental stewardship, having previously banned all offshore drilling as well as establishing Central America’s largest wildlife corridor. Over half of Belize’s territory is already designated as a protected environmental area or national park.
In the hotel's words:
What happens when a hurricane strikes and you're left with a pile of hardwood dock boards? You repurpose them. Banyan Bay Suites has had a facelift, and you'll be amazed to see some of the changes that we have started making at our beachfront resort!
Amazing is right. This popular hotel has made major changes and it looks fabulous!
Previously, the comment I received most often from clients about this hotel was that the furnishings were "dated." Not any more!!! Good job Banyan Bay!
“Perfect get away from it all, and great people staff and fellow travellers”
Reviewed July 7, 2017
An amazing little caye with only half a dozen cabins and a restaurant bar and deck over the water. Nothing to do but snorkel - world class! , kayak ,swim and laze about.
Food and service were good and not over the top.
I left a treasured wrap and they posted it back to Australia for me - wonderful!
The trip out was rough and it would have been much better if they had provided cushions on the boat seats. Apart from that, fantastic and I would go back again and recommend the place to anyone that is looking for pristine coral reefs and fishes up to the shore and very few people about. Magic!
When I was booking I had only a few days and Barb of Barb's Belize was magnificent in organising all my internal travel and accomodation as well as choosing just the right accommodation for me - Thanks Barb.
Room Tip: all the cabins are very close and facing the sea
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Yok-Ha-Frontdesk, Front Office Manager at Yok Ha Resort, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. We are happy to hear that your stay was pleasant and that your wrap was well received.
We have taken note of your comments about the boat seats and they have been passed along for modification.
It's always a pleasure doing business with Barb. Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon, should your travels bring you to Belize.
All the best,
Yok Ha Resort
Because I am not good at blogging....here are some popular ones about Belize. And I will post when I can...
Just spent 16 days in Belize to attend the BETEX tourism trade show and hotel site inspection tour. Wow! Saw a lot of new properties! Belize is growing by leaps and bounds. The show was nicely produced by the BTB and BTIA and assorted sponsors. I have attended every BETEX since 1996 and while the travel industry has changed greatly over the years, this trade show never fails to impress.
One of the best hotels in the country, Victoria House, on Ambergris Caye offers barefoot elegance at its best! Upscale but not pretentious. Deluxe accommodations including individual casitas, Plantation rooms and suites, 3 to 5 bedroom Villas, award winning restaurant, casual fun Admiral Nelson's bar, dive shop, gift shop with in person guest artisans, new spa (with full service gym, yoga classes, reiki, massage and all spa services), 2 pools, gorgeous grounds and super customer service. Most of the staff has been there for 15-20 years. That really says something about the good management and ownership of this resort. One of my long time favorites in Belize.
Well it was definitely different being in Belize for an extended period of time. Takes a while just to figure out how to do the daily living like banking, grocery shopping, paying electric bills, etc. Plus not having transportation and walking everywhere is different for this spoiled US chick. But it was good. I could have stayed longer. But I will be back in May for the big tourism trade show BETEX, and more traveling around the country for Cashew fest in Crooked Tree, Cacao fest in Punta Gorda, etc. May is usually very hot and dry in Belize so travel is easy.
I did find it hard to blog regularly while in Belize between slow sketchy internet connections, and wanting to be "living" it rather than writing about it. But I will fill in now and in the coming days with my adventures (& hotel site inspections) done in the last 2 months
Visited the "so called" Secret Beach yesterday. Nice spot on the western lagoon side of the island, with shallow calm clear water, and lots of people enjoying family Funday Sunday. Obviously not much of a secret any longer (as evidenced by the line of golf carts in the photo below!) this area became popular a few years ago when the unusual Sargasso seaweed washed up on the "front" side of the island rendering the beaches virtually unusable. Now that the Sargasso has receded for the most part, it is a popular spot in its own right with several bars and snack shops, and beautiful sunsets. Plan accordingly as it is a long (~1 hour each way), hot, dusty (or muddy) golf cart drive with no services along the way. Gas or charge your cart before starting out....and enjoy! Several tour companies offer day trips by boat as well.
Barbara Kasak, Owner