Sapphire Beach Resort3.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We absolutely loved our stay at Sapphire Beach Resort! The property is just 10 miles from San Pedro Town, and is located on a pristine white beach next to miles of palm trees. The food was AMAZING, with the restaurant only steps away from our villa. There is an on site adventure team ready to schedule activities, a tiki bar with an extensive drink menu, and hammocks, bikes, games + kayaks for guests to use. The staff was incredibly kind and accommodating. We cannot wait to come back!
This place is beautiful. We were a party of 7 that included my 9 year old grandson, Brayden. The staff - everyone from the front desk, outside bar, staff on the beach (helped me get my kayak all set up) were pleasant and helpful. Dining at Gem was perfect for everyone. Pools, rooms and beach very clean. All the excursions were made with Hill, he had boats, planes waiting for us. All of us said - "we're coming back"
Please read Seth B's comments, this is the "definitive review" of Sapphire Beach - well written, and quite accurate. Escaping the cold to this paradise was such a great experience, I'm hoping to go back one day! The whole experience was fantastic, this is a well managed resort kept to a high standard. The staff are friendly and eager to assist, I really can't think of anything I'd like to see improved. Kudos too to the beach staff who spend long days in the sun clearing the seaweed (not just aesthetic, it keeps the sandflies at bay. No insect issues at all during our stay). The No Worries crew is great, and the restaurant meals are outstanding. It's a small kitchen, so at times you may be left waiting - don't forget you can enjoy dinner delivered to your condo if they're struggling to keep up. The key is understanding that you're not in town, and you can't expect the nightlife and restaurant variety that you'll get in town. Personally I didn't miss those things one bit. Choose Sapphire for its quiet low-key splendour and accept that you're going there to get away from it all! I suggest not renting a golf cart on arrival, take the Coastal Express and just unwind for a couple of days. When you're ready to go into town, you can rent a cart at the resort but if you're like us you'll only do it once, let's just call it an adventure - the road is truly a pot-hole disaster with little to see. The boat taxi costs a little extra, but it's more enjoyable. Oh, and check out El Norte and Tranquility Bay when you feel the need to explore. Five stars, thanks Sapphire!
This resort was a great place for 4 of us to spend a week. The unit we stayed in, 10B, I would argue has the best location on the Sapphire Beach property, located on the second floor overlooking the dock. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms which comfortably accommodate two couples. Housekeeping visited daily to keep the rooms clean. There is a water cooler which is kept full of potable water. The property itself is well-maintained, and the staff starts early every morning to keep the beach clear of seaweed and litter. Unfortunately, the beaches off the property do tend to accumulate seaweed and litter, but this more an unfortunate fact of beaches in Ambergris Caye in general. Access to kayaks, snorkel gear, standup paddle boards, fishing rods, and other recreational gear was a big plus. I was hoping to do a lot of fishing and prefer a DIY approach over hiring guides, so the idea of fishing from the docks appealed to me. The resort has 2 Ugly Stik rods which are a little rough around the edges but usable for small reef fish (would not do well with any fish over 3-4 lbs). I did not have much luck on the dock in front of the resort, although I did see a school of about 15 large permit pass near the dock once, but they were not interested in the lures I had at the time. I had a little better luck on the docks to the south of the resort, where I caught a small bonefish and a few small jacks. I also caught a big houndfish from a kayak near the reef. If you wanted to catch fish without a guide, fishing bait like conch or sardines on the bottom near the reef is productive, although it can be a little dangerous in the kayak depending on the waves, winds, and currents. Also, the resort asks that guests not take the borrowed fishing rods out on the kayaks, so bring your own if you plan to take this approach. We also had some fun fishing from shore up north near Tranquility Bay, which can be reached by taking the road north about 6 miles (about 45 minutes on the bikes, but the dirt "road") is not for the faint of heart. Bikes were arguably more comfortable and definitely faster than a golf cart for that road. The dock with the rusty crane at the south end of the Tranquility Bay beach was a fun spot, with lots of iguanas hanging out, lots of fish, and great snorkeling nearby. About 2 miles north of Tranquility Bay is Rocky Point, where we heard there was good snorkeling and fishing to be had as well, but we didn't make it that far. Snorkeling from the beach right in front of the resort is not optimal, as the water is a little more murky with generally fewer fish than some other spots. If you can kayak out closer to the reef safely, you will generally find more life there. The restaurant was quite enjoyable- all the food we had there was excellent, although it is a small venue with a small menu, and sometimes the food can be slow in coming. Despite its small size, the restaurant was able to accomodate large groups pretty well, although when the resort is full I imagine it could be a different story. I particularly enjoyed the conch fritters and the shrimp curry. Food is very expensive on the island, and dinner pricest at the restaurant ranged from about 15-30 USD per person. We picked up groceries on our first day on our way to the resort, however I would not recommend using the grocery store by the Coastal Express dock where the taxi driver took us, as it was significantly more expensive than other stores in San Pedro with worse selection as well. Groceries are generally very expensive on the island, but I would recommend checking out the Greenhouse in San Pedro and then if you need further supplies but don't want to make the trip back to San Pedro, Mata Grande (located 4 miles south of the resort and accessible by bike) is a good place to pick up some basics, although it is more of a small convenience store than a grocery store. In order to get to the resort, I would highly recommend taking a plane from Belize City to San Pedro (about $75 USD one way per person) followed by a taxi to the Coastal Express terminal (about $7 USD one way one way per group) and a water taxi to the resort from San Pedro ($62.50 USD one way per group). The resort staff was very helpful in arranging these. The roads on the island are generally in poor shape and thus driving is a slow and bumpy affair, even in golfcarts. Rita at the No Worries tour office was very helpful during our stay. We did a full day reef fishing, lobster/conch diving, and beach barbecue day which was a lot of fun. Our guides Ted and Ezekiel took us out to the inside of the reef on a panga where we caught a number of small snappers, about 7 different species (but mostly quite small). We gathered 3 lobsters, a large spider crab, and 4 conch which all together made for a great beach barbecue with conch ceviche. I will say that in general the prices at No Worries are a little higher than many of the comparable tours offered in San Pedro. We paid $500 USD for the full day trip, which is after a $30 discount for using cash rather than card. Some friends we made during our stay made arrangements to go with Panny, a fishing guide from San Pedro who seemed really excellent, and if I were to go back I would try to hire him or his brother Omar, who is reportedly an excellent flats fishing guide. Two from our group went on a half day snorkeling trip to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, which they agreed were both excellent snorkeling spots. The cost was negotiated down to $60 USD each. One last thing- be sure to try cracking a coconut from the nearby coconut palms- it's difficult but a lot of fun to add them to your pina coladas! Bottom line: Comfortable accomodations for the budget conscious and adventurous traveler who wants a quiet escape and does not mind being away from San Pedro.
Sapphire Beach Resort is quiet, comfortable, very clean and super friendly. We stayed for a week and would have loved to stay longer. The staff is one of the best we have ever dealt with. We felt safe and well cared for. They are always making sure if everything is ok and asking if you need anything. Very helpful and genuinely friendly.The restaurant had great food. Service was great. No Worries tours were amazing. The guides were well informed, funny and efficient.
Had a great time at Sapphire Beach!! The nicest staff that showed a genuine interest in making our stay comfortable. My 17 year old daughters had so much fun so we felt it was a great fit for our family. Our family is not the type that lays on the beach all day so it was a great fit for us with the snorkeling a mile off shore, kayaking, biking all over the island (note to self Secret Beach is a 17 mile round trip bike ride on a bad road!!! Take a gold cart!!!) The Gem restaurant had fantastic food and service and the resort is close enough to other dining options by foot or golf cart! Everyone was so pleasant and helpful to us that it was a spot we will definitely return too!
My husband & I just returned from Sapphire Beach. This was our third visit to this property. It continues to get better and better. We stayed in Unit 13A which is perfectly situated on the grounds. The front door opens up to one of the 3 pool areas and just steps from the ocean water. Unit 13b next door is owned by the same people and just as nice! We personally like to be tucked away from all the action. Renting a golf cart during your stay ensures that you have total freedom to move around the island checking out all the great spots you might not normally see along the way. Being tucked away does mean you've either got a long boat ride (25-30min) or a long golf cart ride (50min to 1hr) into town. We personally prefer renting a golf cart for the entire duration (we rented from Carts Belize - excellent pricing and customer service). The experiences you have when driving the cart in/out of town and to all the different places is incredible. We aren't divers, so we are spending most of our time meeting the local people, other travelers, finding the hidden gems at the end of the dirt roads and experiencing great culinary. There are many stores that you can access for all your needs. You can pre-arrange for groceries to be delivered prior to your arrival, you can grab on your way into the resort or make stops as needed (Mata Grande is the closest market from Sapphire Beach). We like to stop at the Greenhouse which is in San Pedro (where you will be coming in from) and grab the basic needs prior to driving to the resort. This particular visit we cooked several of our meals from our vacation rental. The kitchen has all the essential items for great meal prep! The beach has significantly improved from when they first opened. Plenty of places to park yourself for a day of relaxing. The grounds have grown in beautifully and are very well taken care of. The staff here is fantastic! Sometimes small properties like this can feel over populated by eager staff looking for guest interaction or tips. This is not the case here at all. The staff here is incredibly respectful of your space and very attentive to your needs when needed. The homeowners at Sapphire Beach have worked very hard over the years to pull together all the delicate details to ensure guests have a great experience. If you read the reviews, and know what you're getting yourself into you will not be disappointed.
I took a long weekend trip to Belize last month to do some fishing, I've never stayed so far north on the island and this would be a great opportunity to check it out for a family trip coming back in April. I stayed at the Sapphire and found the grounds and property neatly kept. It's quite a trip from San Pedro, and limited options for dining. I always rent a golf cart and buzzed around most of the day and went back to the resort late afternoon. They have a great happy hour and the staff at the resort works hard to ensure your needs are met. I had the curried lobster for dinner every night I usually like to try something different but need I say anymore. . . . . I would get the ceviche when I got back to the resort and was always good. Eiden, Adelmo, and Nayir were good conversation at the bar in the evening, and would be the reason we would head back up for dinner and a swim when we come back in April. If seclusion is what your looking for this is the place. . . . . make sure you get baby oil from the staff if your going to sit at the bar, the sand fleas are terrible. . . .
I have struggled to write this review. Sapphire resort itself is very beautiful. The grounds are well-maintained, there are three swimming pools, they have free use of kayaks and paddle boards, and the amenities inside their rooms are wonderful. However, it is simply too far away from town. It is 9 miles to get to town and it is incredibly bumpy with lots of potholes. The road was flooded the entire seven days we were there. Numerous golf carts, which they charge $50 a day for, were stuck along the way. The boat taxi, which failed to pick us up on two separate occasions, cost $14 each direction per person making it extremely expensive to go to town. There are no grocery stores anywhere near this resort. There is no where to purchase fresh fish or seafood and cook it yourself. The local dive shop, no worries, is absolutely horribly managed. The staff does not care about punctuality or being personable. They also charge an additional $20 per dive. There are no local dive companies that will come and pick you up and therefore you’re stuck using a below average dive company. The best scuba diving and snorkeling is all from town. The local restaurant at Sapphire is mediocre at best. Three different meals were served cold. The staff there at the resort is amazingly kind. From the housekeepers to the ground keepers, they are very lovely people.
We visited this stellar resort with our family of five. We booked the trips months in advance. We were in regular contact with the resort and they helped us ensure all the logistics for a smooth arrival were taken care of. Given that we were travelling with kids, arriving after two long flights and the trek to the resort would include a taxi, boat ride and another taxi it was no small matter. They also helped me get a cake made for my wife's birthday (which was ready on our arrival) and to connect us with a local grocer (Mata Grande) to stock us up with essentials. The location is idyllic. Well maintained beach with crystal clear water. The grounds are well kept and the accommodations first rate. The staff are universally kind and helpful. The food at the resort restaurant was a highlight. Breakfast lunch and dinner were all enjoyable with enough on the menu to please everyone. The fact they had a cheap-eats kids menu was especially nice. As noted above, we supplemented by cooking some meals on our own with goods from Mata Grande. The outings organized by No Worries Tours were first rate. You can snorkel right from the beach if you are willing/able to row a kayak (gear provided for free) a few hundreds yard from shore. We have dived and snorkeled all over the world and enjoyed the experience here as much as anywhere. WiFi is free and the signal strong. We recommend this resort to anyone. Truly a great, relaxing location for a dream vacation. We did go in the "shoulder season" so the place was not full, I cannot speak to how the experience might be different if the place was full.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Sapphire Beach Resort is located 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from GoFish Belize and 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from Belizean Melody Art Gallery. This 37-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also close to Mexico Rocks.
Enjoy a bite to eat at Gem Restaurant, the resort's onsite restaurant. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Start your day off with cooked-to-order breakfast, available for a fee.
The 37 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchens and furnished balconies or patios, and there's space to spread out with living rooms. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch TVs with DVD players. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Sofa beds, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are also standard.
Sapphire Beach Resort features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and spa services. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle at scheduled times for BZD 200.00 per room roundtrip. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a garden and wedding services.
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