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View from the second floor deck.
Facing towards the entrance of Villa Gemma.
Villa Gemma and second floor deck from the pool.
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
4 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
A true tropical hideaway, Villa Gemma brings a blend of the simple and the luxurious to discerning guests. Maintaining the feel of a rainforest getaway without the temptation of television, yet providing the required link to the world with complimentary WiFi, Gemma's quiet seclusion, lush forest locale and brand new private swimming pool, provides an unsurpassed level of privacy and a truly romantic ambiance. (Note: this is one of only two private rental homes on the island with a non-shared pool. This pool is for your use only.) You will find the cottage to be comfortable and yet rustic. A well equipped kitchen with gas stove/oven allows for quality meal preparation and the refrigerator is a full sized unit. A microwave, coffee pot, blender, Belizean handcrafted breakfast bar and dining...A true tropical hideaway, Villa Gemma brings a blend of the simple and the luxurious to discerning guests. Maintaining the feel of a rainforest getaway without the temptation of television, yet providing the required link to the world with complimentary WiFi, Gemma's quiet seclusion, lush forest locale and brand new private swimming pool, provides an unsurpassed level of privacy and a truly romantic ambiance. (Note: this is one of only two private rental homes on the island with a non-shared pool. This pool is for your use only.) You will find the cottage to be comfortable and yet rustic. A well equipped kitchen with gas stove/oven allows for quality meal preparation and the refrigerator is a full sized unit. A microwave, coffee pot, blender, Belizean handcrafted breakfast bar and dining table round out the dining experience. Ceiling fans on both levels of the house, assisted by portable oscillating floor fans and vaulted ceilings will keep the cottage refreshed with moving air. All windows and doors are fully screened. There is a lock box for your valuables and motion sensor lights in the garden. The pool deck is also quietly lit for your enjoyment and safety. The compact three piece bathroom features a hot water shower, basin and toilet. The second level deck overlooks the pool and tropical garden, catching the nearby ocean breeze while providing the perfect lookout point for all the natural habitat and flora and fauna that Caye Caulker has to offer. Animal life includes a wide variety of birds including hummingbirds and many varieties of small iguanas. While away your afternoons in a hammock with a good book and enjoy the early evenings illuminated by the fireflies. Villa Gemma features a private swimming pool that is steps away from your door. The property and swimming pool are not shared with any other homes or guests. Natural Belizean hardwood decks compliment the constantly changing sun and shade of the yard. Cool off with a refreshing dip in your own custom designed, freshwater pool that reflects the best of the Belizean forest grotto style and provides an excellent atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy. The cottage is located in the neighbourhood south of the village. Rental bicycles are available through the manager and it is approx. 10 minutes by bike to the village. Villa Gemma offers an exceptional vacation experience for friends and couples alike. We are confident your time at this lovely property will be cherished and fondly recalled. (Please note: there is no shallow end but steps leading into the pool. Interior stairs to second floor are steep and may not be suitable for very young children or the elderly)More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Ask
The property is for exclusive use of registered guests only. Guests will assume responsibility for any damage that occurs to the house or property, outside of the normal wear & tear. No smoking in house or on decks. The use of mosquito coils or any other flammables is strictly prohibited. Anyone not registered as a guest is strictly prohibited from being on the property. ‘Locals’ in particular are strictly prohibited. All guests swim at their own risk in the pool.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Yvonne B
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2014
Interaction with guests
Our property manager and his team are always 5 minutes away and will check on you from time to time. The pool and grounds are cleaned on a fairly regular basis so staff may be around but will do their best not to disturb you.
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Reviews (18)
Amanda L
Amanda L
Nashville, TN20 contributions
The house was really great, it was clean and the pool was fantastic. Yvonne was very helpful throughout the booking process. When we arrived we had someone waiting for us to take us to the house. The whole checking in process was very easy...that's about where it ended. The rental management company who is supposed to be there to help us didn't do so at all. You can order beer through them at market price, great absolutely lets do it...that never came. We wanted to go snorkeling with the guy that Yvonne suggests no problem we will get you taken care of...never heard anything back so we stopped by the office and she said oh well you have to go to his place and book it....ok so why didn't you tell us that? Then the cherry on top of it all was the taxi for us to take us to the water taxi the day we were leaving. We confirmed the night before and he never showed that morning. We had to hoof it with our luggage from the house to the water taxi..which is not close. We made it with 5 minutes to spare. We were on our honeymoon and like I said Yvonne and the house were great. So do not let this deter you from choosing this place. Just be prepared to not have any help once you are there even though they tell you the opposite.
Visited May 2019
Written 15 May 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
kirobear
kirobear
Hi Amanda, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the house and pool. We all make a great effort to keep everything clean and running smoothly for our guests so I'm glad to hear that met your expectations! After a guest books, I do send over a very thorough info sheet to help you during your stay which includes checking in and out, suggestions about what to pack, our personal recommendations, how to get to and from and around the island and more, in order to make your time on the Caye as enjoyable as possible. And I am really glad you found that helpful. While we expect that our management be there for guests 100% to help when they have a problem or an issue during their stay, and to make sure guests get checked in and out as seamlessly as possible and that the house, pool and grounds are kept clean and in good repair, they do not formally offer any concierge services above that and never have. I apologize if there were any misunderstandings, however nowhere in the info sheet, nor on any rental sites, at any time is it stated anyone will book trips, deliver beer, call taxis, etc. for guests. And not in any of the reviews for our home have there been any issues at all about this with any other guests. In fact, on all the sites where we list our house, the one consistent thing we DO get is rave reviews about our property management and staff. And I do believe they are the best on the island. If you have an issue with a taxi driver not arriving on time and you got that number from our guest handbook at the house, then we should be informed for sure so we can remove that number for future guests. Delivering beer to the house for guests is a ‘some-time’ courtesy which Michael our property manager likes to do when he can. He is also so easy to reach and so accommodating, it would be a very simple thing to message him and ask if the beer was on the way in case there was a misunderstanding. Michael is extremely attentive to our guests, I have heard that repeatedly in both public and private feedback. We all do our utmost to try to make helpful recommendations and to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. I'm sorry if there was any misunderstanding about any services beyond that but I'm really glad you enjoyed the house itself and the wonderful private pool (and the privacy that comes with it which is so rare on the island). Yvonne
Written 21 May 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

David F
David F
The Woodlands, TX5 contributions
Stayed with my wife and 3 little boys. Checked in down the street at the property managers house. Stayed for 4 nights. Cooked fresh lobster on the provided bbq almost every night! Pool was clean and refreshing. Used the bikes everyday. They even got a new bike for my little guy! Cottage was well kept, the maintence guy stopped by everyday. No issues! We’ll be back for sure.
Visited July 2018
Written 27 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Vickie E
Vickie E
1 contribution
This was our 2nd visit to Caye Caulker and so glad we found this rental. Boyfriend wanted a pool, I didn't really care, but actually really enjoyed it. The house is exactly as advertised and Michael, Alfonso, and the management group are wonderful, the owner is lucky to have them. Will definitely stay here again!
Visited February 2018
Written 22 March 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
kirobear
kirobear
Thank you, Vickie! You were an awesome guest from start to finish, we'd love to have you back any time. I agree, we get nothing but wonderful feedback about Michael and his crew and we are very lucky to have them!
Written 23 March 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

snowieWales
snowieWales
62 contributions
we stayed for 11 nights in December and were very happy in Vila Gemma. Gorgeous private pool, screened from the road (more a very quiet track!) huge upstairs balcony with 2 hammocks, great fully equipped kitchen with handy bits and bobs ( coffee filters, salt etc) and a nice breakfast bar. We felt totally at home here and Michael (the caretaker) was amazing . Great location away from town but only 5 minutes walk to food/shops etc. Enjoyed hearing the tiny airplanes land as I swang on my balcony. Cant wait to return!
Visited December 2015 Travelled as a couple
Written 4 January 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
kirobear
kirobear
Thank you for the wonderful review! Hope you can return again one day and stay with us again.
Written 6 January 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Martha H
Martha H
Ann Arbor, MI1 contribution
We were 4 adults sharing this wonderful home. The location was perfect...the walk or bike ride into town was delightful...watching the adorable kids on their way to school if you take the road or enjoying the breeze if you walk beach side, but far enough away from the noise and activity to truly relax. Having such a well appointed kitchen was great....eat out when you want or prepare your own meal if you desire. We bbq'ed fresh fish bought right off the boats at the co-op! Snorkeled twice, sunset sail, a day of Mayan ruins and cave tubing on the mainland....enough activities and enough chill time!! Micheal was awesome...there on the spot if you need him but never intrusive....handled all are requests expediently and pointed us in the right direction for most every inquiry! It was a perfect vacation!!
Visited February 2015 Travelled with family
Written 9 March 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Graham Swan -:- Calgary, Canada
This is a beautifully rustic, two-storey home with crafty wood shutters, a gorgeous private pool, and a relaxing sun deck. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. With town being a 10-15 minute walk away, we felt both secluded yet close to supermarkets, fruit stands, and eateries. Do pay heed to the fact that this home does not have air conditioning as the days and nights are incredibly warm. However, the owner provided us with 3 fans, so we were able to sleep with one of them blowing directly on the bed. Overall, a beautiful spot that I would recommend to couples looking for a bit of downtime.
Visited April 2014
Written 6 May 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lisa -:- Seattle
This was my fifth visit to Caye Caulker, first time staying in a private rental house as a solo traveler. Kim from Caye Caulker Rentals went above and beyond the entire stay to ensure it was comfortable and safe. Check-in was easy and included a taxi pickup from the airport, then back to the house. Maps and directions are provided, as well as recommendations for eating, shopping and daytime activities. I arrived with a nasty cold and Kim checked in on me, sending me to the pharmacy when I wasn't improving. If you're a solo traveler in central america this kind of oversight is appreciated. The house is made from Belizean hard wood and is beautiful and great for a couple. Steep stairs to the bedroom would not be safe for small children who can walk, but otherwise a great house for a family. The house is cool when windows are open with a breeze (no a/c), and shut up safely when closed. The grounds are clean and full of local flora, which invite lots of birds and geckos. You can hear geckos at night, otherwise extremely quiet. There is no tv, but there is a (sometimes flaky) wireless connection. There is a full kitchen but no spices, and I was able to cook a couple meals without issue. If you're with a group, this is a great entertaining house with built-in table and benches and a beautiful deck around the pool. The pool was refreshing, clean, relaxing and an easy way to cool off in the higher temp days without having to leave the property. Kim kept the pool sparkling with frequent morning cleaning. Location wise, you will want to get a bike as it is about a 5 minute ride from the village, but a long walk on a hot day. I appreciated the quiet but sometimes felt less safe going home alone after dark. Overall this is a beautiful place to get some rest and relaxation, allowing you to experience Caye Caulker on your own time and schedule.
Visited April 2014
Written 1 May 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

AmyKane
AmyKane
Stuart, FL16 contributions
Villa Gemma. The upper deck puts you – in hammocks, rum drinks in hand – at eye level with tropical birds. You are drinking Travellers Classic Gold Rum, fruit juice (papaya, pineapple) and coconut water that was purchased at a sandy-floored grocery store in town, after a morning swim at The Cut at the northern end of the island, and transported in a bike basket over potholed dirt roads back to the hardwood kitchen countertop and perfect-sized fridge. That upper deck is shady in the afternoon and faces east to the ocean and its trade winds, beyond the trees, a few streets away. You can hear the single-engine arrival of a Tropic Air Cessna Caravan at the small airport just to your south. Children in uniforms are biking past, returning to school after a long lunch at home. You have eaten an omelet with fresh eggs, black beans and rice for lunch. Plus a dash of homemade hot sauce purchased on Day One at that little restaurant next to the beachfront cemetery. You and your traveling companion (perhaps you too have been married for a quarter-century like we have) just swam in the sparkling pool that is the perfect temperature and mysteriously leaf free. (Kim, the Canadian owner/manager from Caye Caulker Rentals, probably stopped by while you were gone). The warm air feels good on your pool-cooled skin. "I'm in a hammock, drinking rum, listening to the call of white-winged doves, and not shoveling snow." This is one of the small perfect moments you are here for. There are inconveniences. It can be hot. You don't flush anything down the toilet, including toilet paper (there's a basket – save your plastic bags to line it). You buy water to drink (and to make ice cubes), after the first complimentary 5 gallons. You must lock up when you are away and at night. A couple of nights we were wakened several times by little screaming lizards chasing each other around in the thatched ceiling. No dishwasher, no TV, no problem. No AC (plenty of fans) but it feels good, eventually, to adapt to the climate. And even to be able to hear the strange night noises. You sleep under mosquito nets, if necessary (it wasn't while we were there).There is wifi; sometimes it's slow. Read all about Belize, Caye Caulker, and the villa itself before you go. I did, and this five-star rating is based on my expectations (and the price) rather than a magazine-type rating of "five star" accommodations. Great information and advice (and excellent service) is available at www.cayecaulkerrentals.com and, when you are on the island, from Kim and Amie. This is an island for the people who live here... and for respectful, curious, do-it-yourself, go-with-the-flow independent travelers who are not searching for a resort or all-inclusive type experience. We stayed at Villa Gemma for 7 nights in early March (when the pool was brand new). It was in the mid- to upper 80s and mostly sunny every day. Loud, windy thunderstorm with light rain one night. Cloudy the day we left. If we visit again (I hope we do!), we might stay at Villa Gemma, or at another rental if we travel with more family or friends – and we would definitely rent from Caye Caulker Rentals.
Visited March 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 15 April 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

M Brooker -:- Kimberley, BC, Canada
My son and I travelled from Canada to stay at Villa Gemma and had a absolutely unBelizeable time! From the moment I saw the pictures on the Caye Caulker Rentals website I knew this was the place for us. Private, quiet and serene, the location is excellent. The house was clean and comfortable and convenient to the beach and town. Kim was a wonderful host, kind and full of recommendations for our stay. Thank you Kim & team!
Visited March 2014
Written 1 April 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

J.E. -:- Guatemala City
We spent three lovely nights. The cabin was charming, well equipped and romantic. We ended up loving the fact that it is in the less busy part of town. The privacy and flexibility definitely beats any hotel. We'd love to go back and will do so if we ever return to Caye Caulker. Kim at Caye Caulkner Rentals was helpful and courteous. Only thing: would´ve loved to have that second hammock to hang up on the terrace.
Visited August 2013
Written 11 September 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Ask
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Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
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About the neighbourhood
Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood minutes from the village, restaurants, shops and beaches. This corner of the island is the most lush and private north of the airport. It is perfect for nature lovers with numerous birds, butterflies, fireflies, and more.
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Lush Getaway With Private (non-shared) Pool is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

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