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Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We just returned from four nights at the Jaguar Reef and had a wonderful time. We have stayed in hotels and resorts around the world from budget hotels to high end luxury resorts and believe that the friendliness and hospitality of the JR staff is second to none. The hotel gardens and beach are absolutely amazing and the ocean view cabana (#11) was very nice, comfortable and clean. The a/c worked great. (Note, the ocean view cabana #11 has an amazing view and would be considered beach front at many resorts and is just 30 to 40 feet from the cabana that is listed as beach front at Jaguar Reef. We very much enjoyed relaxing in the hammock on the porch.) The resort restaurant is very good but a bit more expensive than some nearby options such as Chef Rob's at Parrot Cove which is just a short walk down the beach and if you rent a golf cart to go to the village, the fish and chips are fantastic at Inni's restaurant just before you get to the main part of the village. We also enjoyed a meal at the Belizean Dreams resort next door. The beaches were much less crowded and the are is less commercial than other beaches which we have visited. Free use of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards were a great bonus. We saw sea turtles, manatees and dolphins while kayaking and paddle boarding directly in front of the resort. Highly recommend!

Our family came here after staying at Ian Andersons Caves Branch. This was the beach portion of our trip. We got a two bedroom suite and the room was great. The bed was a bit small (double) after having a king size at Ian Andersons, but it was still comfortable. The room had ac, which was awesome, and allowed our clothes, wet from day trips, to dry out. The resort grounds were very, very pretty and well kept. The day trips we took were all good, the snorkelling trip was well staffed with knowledgable guides and they stopped at a small island for a break with blue marlin resort on it, very picturesque. The waterfall rappelling and zipline combo was great. We chose the smaller waterfall, but to go again, I'd choose the larger one. The ziplining was very well done. Long quick zip lines and very good guides. A couple pointers......for the bio luminescence tour, ask if it's in season for that tour. We'd wanted to do that tour, but weren't able to due to season, but the web site doesn't say when it's in or not and when I spoke with staff to book the trip, we weren't told that off season, in fact, we'd plainly discussed how to fit it in. It was only upon arrival and trying to book it that I was told that this month wasn't the season for it. I could have been told that much sooner, such as, when I booked the trip, as those booking it should know the seasons for it. I had tried to book the day trips long before arrival there, several weeks, and was told to book them upon arrival. So, upon arrival, immediately (within 30 minutes of getting my bags to our room) went to the day tour office to book our two trips that we had paid for. I was told they had to be booked 24 hours prior and that they'd try to "fit us in" for the next day, but no promises. When I explained that we had only three days, the last one being used for travel, so, two days for two trips, that I had prepaid for the trips and been told I couldn't book them earlier when I'd tried, only then did I get to book both day trips without an issue. It worked out, but initially being told I couldn't have the trips when I'd tried to pre book was a problem that this resort should not have. If they want people to pre book, they should allow it well ahead of time. The girl who does arrange the day trips however is fantastic. She's just following a policy that seems screwed up so its not her at all, it's the resort. For the all inclusive meals and drinks. Watch this part carefully as at this place the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. On the website and booking information you're told about some exclusions from the menu for certain foods and drinks. (The site says imported foods like the beef, alcohol and pop are excluded) Then, when you arrive, the front desk staff tell you differently, they told us just alcohol was excluded and imported beef. Then comes along the wait staff, who tell you the beef is excluded, but also tell you that every drink but water us excluded, so, alcohol, pop, coffee, tea, juice, all excluded. When you say that the site or desk staff said differently, they get a manager who says that the desk staff is wrong. Then the front desk manager says the wait staff is wrong and not to worry about it. Another couple there heard us asking about this confusion and said they'd had the same issue for days and it wasn't resolved. In the end, we didn't know how it would be until we paid our bill due to no one really knowing. So, for us, beef was extra, alcohol was extra, and sometimes so was pop. The coffee, tea, juice, water, and sometimes pop was included. This can be a small issue overall, but the complete lack of organization and clarity in this is unnecessary. This resort should correct this glaring miscommunication as it affects billing, which is one of the most important aspects of a customers stay.

Everything is beautiful here from the view to the personalities of the people! Each room has its own wifi and is sooo nice with a beach front view!! The staff is welcoming and enjoys conversations with tourists, they speak to you as if they've known you all their lives. There is so much to do here with the beach being just steps away, the activity room offers paddle boards, kayaking, golf cart rentals and they have a boat to take you snorkeling in the Barrier reef!! Pack lots of sunscreen because you will want to be outside soaking up the sun as much as possible. There is also pools right in front of the rooms that are easy access and a pool bar with a happy hour. In the rooms they have a stove, cold drinking water, and a fridge so you can definitely bring your own food to store or cook yourself. They do have a food menu and you can choose want you want to eat and the portions are large enough to have you full. The location is in Hopkins so you will be entertained with Garifuna drummers and it is definitely a must see performance! The vibes are definitely a little piece of paradise that is a perfect place to go and relax!

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Jaguar Reef over last Thanksgiving for 6 nights during a 2 week tour of Belize. And we LOVE the Jaguar Reef. First, the rooms are huge and comfortable with a large patio. Second, the staff is exceptionally friendly and accommodating and we weren't the easiest guests. We rented one of their Hobie Cat sailboats and were rather adventurous. I think we did about 35 miles of sailing over 2 days. The first day we got back at dusk and they were so concerned that staff members were walking the beach with flashlights looking for us and leading us in. Via that stunt, we got to know everyone working at the resort. Finally, the pool bar.. pool.. hot tub. We concluded our beach and sailing days each night at the pool bar. The Jaguar Reef isn't the ultimate and I am grateful for that. It is a wonderful comfortable home away from home at least for us. Thanks for a great stay!!!

The Jaguar Reef was an awesome place to stay for the last 7 days! The staff is extremely friendly, their adventure desk is very well staffed and the views are phenomenal! They have several different pools (yes even a swim up bar). Overall top marks!

AMAZING!!! Everyone was so nice! Rooms were perfect! View was breathtaking! The food was delicious! We thought we would eat at different places, but pretty much ate at Jaguar Reef the entire week! The staff always went above and beyond. Happy Hour was a definite highlight, Charlie is the absolute BEST!!!! We were surprised day in and day out by how friendly everyone was, and how they went out of their way to make our vacation the best! One day our water was running a little low, we thought for sure we would have to mention it to someone, but we didn't. They noticed it and put a new bottle on it for us. We had a little trouble with our bed and didn't think it would be worth mentioning, because what could they do? Bring us a new bed? But we finally decided to mention how it was not very comfortable. They came over right away and noticed some of the boards under the mattress had moved, so they fixed them right then. Then they told us they would be back in a little bit and were going to add some more boards to make sure the bed was comfy for us. We went to Xunantunich, we went cave tubing, we went snorkeling, we went on the river boat tour, and we rented a golf cart. I had an amazing massage at the Spa, almost went back the next day for another one!! We sincerely enjoyed every single minute! We will definitely be back!

I have visited this resort in 2016 together with my husband. I must say that we had an amazing time at Jaguar Reef; the rooms are spacious and very clean, the grounds are beautiful and the whole resort is customer service orientated. We also took some trips- to Mayflower waterfall, horseback riding and to Xunantunich- all great not only because it was something new for us but our guide Mr Gabriel was very knowledgeable and easygoing. We are still taking about him when we remember thank you for making our stay memorable!

I visited this resort early portion of May and only purchased the snorkeling tour through the resort ended up staying somewhere else. We booked the tour for 3 people and was a little disappointed due to several reasons. We also did a similar snorkeling tour in Caye Caulker and that tour is by far better than Jaguar Reef tour in Hopkins. The reasons were we was able to see more marine life, out on the water longer (4-hours), and more friendly tour guides in Caye Caulker and our tour included snacks and a lunch for a cheaper price. The snorkeling tour we did with this resort had little marine life. We really didn't see all the marine animals and had to really go out of our way to see small fishes. We wanted to visit the pool after the tour and I asked both the front desk and the area where you pick out your googles etc and both workers didn't give us a yes or no. They seemed confused we asked to use the pool after and by their reaction I could tell they had a problem with us doing that. It was a very expensive tour for little in return and they even snubbed at us wanting to take a dip into their pool that no one was using it at the time. Ditch taking tours with them and if you are able to make it to Caye Caulker or San Pedro those are the best snorkeling spots in the country, we were able to swim with sting rays, turtles, tarpons, seahorse, manatees, and nurse sharks for much cheaper in Caye Caulker.

The king size beds are pillow top and so comfy. The cathedral ceilings with bamboo were gorgeous. Our balcony had a wonderful hammock and chairs and we spent a lot of time lounging there, enjoying all the blooming flowers and trees and watching the resident iguana sunbathe. Our room -- #6 -- had a nice view of the ocean and courtyard. I chose it over the cabanas right on the ocean due to the high wind. Ours was back far enough to be out of the wind. The grounds are immaculate, the staff from the front office, groundskeepers and housekeeping are all very efficient and friendly.

Absolutely the perfect vacation! My husband and I took my daughter and her husband and my grown son and his girlfriend (they are all bored easily-but we love to relax). This resort had something for everyone! The staff are absolutely amazing at Jaguar Reef. We were picked up by Felix (ask for him!!) at the airport in the resort shuttle. He educated us about Belize the entire drive which is exactly what we were looking for. He was so funny and helpful it made the drive go quick. The rooms were beautiful and clean. The food was so delicious that while we kept wanting to eat other places, we found ourselves coming back to the resort because it was so good. Lily, Edison and Kelisha always took amazing care of us and made us feel very special at The Paddle House. And while we would have paid more for the great taste and service, the food and drinks were cheap for what you got and WAY cheaper than the resort next door (hence we kept eating/drinking there). The activities were great! They had local dancers for us one night, we used the kayaks everyday and they had snorkels, games, etc. that we borrowed at the Adventure desk. Myke was great with getting us whatever we needed when we needed it. We rented a golf cart and UTV to go explore Hopkins and really loved that experience. Captain Larry and Dennis were always around (always knew our names-there were 6 of us) to make sure we were enjoying our time there. It was honestly a pleasure going out each morning to head to the hammock and watch the iguanas, dolphins and manatees start their day and having every single person meet you with a huge smile and true interest in how you were doing. Just amazing people. My only complaint was the mosquitoes (resort can't do anything about that so just remember the bug spray). It's a small price to pay for paradise.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Anderson Lagoon is within 2 miles (3 km) of Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa while other popular attractions such as Hopkins Pier are within 3 miles (5 km). This 18-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also within the region of South Water Caye Beach.


This resort is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


The 18 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including balconies, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Free bottled water, ceiling fans, and safes are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for BZD 99 per person one way. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a spa tub, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Beachfront Cabana

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 633 reviews