My wife and I just returned from our second trip to the Phoenix in the last 3 years and we enjoyed this trip even more than the last! We arrived on a Saturday and had to spend one night in a 2 bedroom suite since our room would not be available until Sunday. The staff had written in flower petals "welcome back" on our bed prior to our arrival and it might as well have said "welcome home."
Wow, that one very small inconvenience was totally worth it....we ended up in room A-9, which is the top floor one bedroom suite that was originally designed a 2 bedroom. Subsequently, the room is enormous and has 270 degree views of the water from the living room and kitchen area. We would HIGHLY recommend this unit if you only need a one bedroom as it is clearly the best at the resort.
The staff was friendly, unobtrusive, and readily available for any request you could possibly imagine. Red Ginger was a truly delicious experience the 3 times we ate there and we fortunately went on a Monday (half price wine bottles, try the Montelena Chardonnay!) and on a Wednesday (tapas and sangria night). Poolside service is great, although I spent more time under water than bellied up to the bar.
The resort is immaculately maintained and our housekeepers did a great job cleaning up each day. Security was great as well, as witnessed by two random tourists showing up at the pool and making themselves at home. They were politely asked to leave and this lets us know that the staff does really notice who the guests of the resort are!
Scuba diving with Chuck and Robbie's was fantastic as usual and we saw wild dolphins our last dive! We went with Amigos del Mar for our Blue Hole/Lighthouse Atoll trip and were blown away at the Half Moon Caye wall...best dive site I've done in the Caribbean.
San Pedro just fits us like a glove, with great dining options, plenty of arts/souvenir stores, and most importantly, GREAT PEOPLE. I don't know what it is about this place but the locals are just laid back and friendly, always willing to help you out if the need arises. Of course, the Phoenix is quite a different reality than just beyond its borders...there is relative poverty next door but you'd never know it if you didn't leave the resort.
We will be making this resort an annual excursion and quite possibly looking to retire in this area once the occasion calls for it. LOVE this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Phoenix Resort is a modern and luxurious beachfront resort located on Ambergris Caye, Belize, and in the charming town of San Pedro. What we offer on-site: Red Ginger serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service, a pool bar and rooftop bar, Sol Spa, the island’s most popular spa, a beautiful heated saline chlorinated main pool and separate heated saline lap pool, fitness center, and business center. What’s included in our rates: Round trip ground taxi transfers, daily maid service and nightly turn down service, Keurig coffee maker and pods, bottled water, free Wi-Fi, in suite Bose wireless speakers and iPads, Aveda bath products, use of bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, yoga classes, painting classes, chocolate tastings, wine tastings, free daily cocktail mixers from 5pm to 6pm, on-site fitness center, access to local gym and Crossfit facilities, and more. Breakfast is not included but is available on-site. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Phoenix Hotel San Pedro
- The Phoenix Resort Belize/San Pedro, Ambergris Caye