Launching a resort in Belize might appear at first blush like a hard business proposition to fail at — especially a resort on Ambergris Caye. It shouldn’t be hard to convince people to come visit an island in such close proximity to the gorgeous Belize Barrier Reef and a mere boat ride from the lush inland jungles and ruins of the mainland. But there’s an art to creating a resort, and that’s something you’ll notice the first time you compare Ramon’s Village Resort to any other property on the island.
A Garden Nestled Within Paradise
Ambergris Caye has no lack of faceless concrete condos designed to pack as many guests into as small a space as possible, but Ramon’s is a welcomed counterpoint to that. As soon as you arrive to find lush foliage dotted with dozens of types of tropical flora, you’ll realize you’re in a different type of community.
That extends to the architecture as well. All of the cottages in Ramon’s are designed to resemble those used by the natives of the Island of Bora Bora. But this is more than a themed Disneyland village. All of the cottages are built with traditional materials and techniques carried over from the island. The Polynesian Islands may be 5,000 miles away, but their spirit lives here as more than just kitsch.
Exactly Where You Want to Be
Ducking into Ramon’s feels exactly like slipping away into some secret tropical lagoon, which is why it’s so surprising that the resort is right in the heart of San Pedro. In fact, it’s the only resort that is both in San Pedro proper and directly along the beachfront.
That means that practically any bars, restaurants, or shopping that you’d want to experience in San Pedro is accessible by foot. As one of the most visited destinations in Belize, San Pedro has a cosmopolitan vibe, and that means cuisine for practically any taste you might have.
World-Class Dining and Nightlife
But there’s a good chance you’ll never even want to leave the resort. Being in the beating heart of San Pedro ensures that residents at Ramon’s are always at the heart of where the action is, and the amenities here are fully stacked. There are plenty of adventures to be had in Belize, but you could have just as much fun just eating, drinking, and sprawling out on the beach.
Pineapples is the type of place you’d want to go to even if they didn’t serve food. The open-air thatched-roof restaurant sits directly off the beach and offers that fresh sea breeze whether you’re dining inside or out on the patio. With live music and an expansive menu for all three meals, Pineapples is the ideal spot for kicking back after a long day exploring the island.
And if you’re looking for something after, you’ll find plenty to love at Tropic Al’s. The tropical theme of the bar is obvious, but you may be surprised at how good their fresh fruit smoothies and locally grown coffee is. And they offer a variety of cocktails, wine, and beer for any visitors looking to get a little more loose.
A Great Place to Stay In
Strolling through Ramon’s is like venturing through a dense tropical jungle, but there’s a modern heart beating beneath the surface of everything. A dedicated business center and wireless internet network help you quickly get your work out of the way so you can focus on your Belize vacation.
But the highlight of the property is definitely the pool. The fact that it’s positioned beside both the bar and restaurant make it a great point for congregating — but the lush shade offered by the trees and the spacious lagoon design will let you stay wet while providing a respite from the beach sun.
And the rooms have just as much personality as the landscaping. The Seaside cottages offer a somewhat more conventional room with hardwood floors and decks that walk out to the beach, while the jungle cottages are a perfect choice for families thanks to their exotic design and larger sizes. There are even a set of cute British Colonial style cottages offered across the street from Ramon’s proper.
With Plenty of Opportunities For Adventure
But just because it’s easy to stay on the resort doesn’t mean that’s all you’ll want to do. Ambergris Caye and the surrounding waters are absolutely brimming with excursion opportunities, and that’s not even taking into consideration the opportunities on mainland Belize.
Whatever your craving, Ramon’s Village makes it easy. Scuba divers of any experience level can find instruction and diving adventures launched right from the property — and there are also opportunities for snorkeling, fishing, and exploring the beautiful but alien Coral Gardens. You can even head to shore to see some extant Maya ruins, go tubing through underground caves, or visit the only jaguar sanctuary in existence.
Your Perfect Wedding or Honeymoon Destination
The anxiety of planning your wedding doesn’t have to leave a shadow on the event itself. Ambergris Caye is one of the most beautiful destinations you could pick for a wedding, and the experienced and helpful staff at Ramon’s can help you through every step of planning the wedding and getting your marriage certificate.
And while you have the option to customize your wedding however you’d like, they do offer three packages to help provide some couples with a little more structure. Whether you’re a sporting couple looking to golf and go diving or you just want the basics, you can find something perfect for your most important date.
But that’s true of anyone. There are plenty of reasons to treat yourself to a tropical vacation, but there are few reasons why you should go anywhere other than Ramon’s. Their exceptional service and thoroughly lavish sensibilities are a great fit for anyone.