4 bedrooms, 3 ensuite sleeps 2 - 8 people. Rates vary , please look at notes!
About Sue Newton
We are a middle aged British couple who have been visiting Ambergris Caye for about 6 years. In 2010 we were visiting again and staying down the beach from what is now our Villa. On a morning walk we noticed a 'For Sale' sign and the rest as they say is history. We have two grown up daughters who are both regulars at the villa and each of them have taken to it just the way we have. They enjoy the fact that they can laze around the pool for a few hours and then maybe go snorkelling or fishing depending on how the mood takes them.
Sue Newton purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Sue Newton chose San Pedro
My husband is a keen fly fisherman and the pursuit of Bonefish lead us to Belize and in particular Ambergris Caye. We love the fact that we can be sitting on the verandah, and can see Bonefish 'tailing' right there in front of our villa. He likes the fact that he can wade in beautiful clear warm water to the north or south of us chasing after these elusive fish. We enjoy the fact that we are very close to San Pedro town, a short water taxi ride away, but have the luxury of almost seclusion at our villa. Even if all four villa's are occupied, there are days when you might not see another person in or around the pool.
What makes this Villa unique
Each time we return to Villa Del Mar we have this overwhelming feeling that we are at 'home'. We just love the view that we have, and never seem to tire of it. Not a day goes by that we don't comment on how the reef looks. It sits just about half a mile out from us and some days you will barely notice it and others, there will be waves crashing right over it. It is not unusual to see a huge ray swimming past the dock, or dolphins gently passing by.We have several resident Iguanas that vary in size and take little or no notice of us, although they attract quite a lot of attention.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Great Get Away
This the 2nd time we have stayed at this property! Our last stay was prior to the addition to the kitchen and the added space on the main floor. This is a fantastic property, the managers are great and were there to answer questions. The pool is always clean and big enough for everyone. Being right on the beach is wonderful for daily walks! We would absolutely recommend this property.
Thank you so much for your review!
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the improvements,
Sue and Martin
Everything about Los Encantos was perfect. The location was great, the house was beautiful, clean, and comfortable for our 5 guests. Kitchen roomy and well stocked. Caretakers Nevia and Harley were so friendly and helpful. The management company was very helpful. Awesome salt water pool. Our tour and fishing guides picked us up at the dock in front of the house. Rented a golf cart to get around the Caye from north to south and the house wasn’t too far from San Pedro. Breakfast burritos delivered every morning! Good restaurants within walking distance or a short golf cart ride.
Thank you for taking time to write the review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and should you visit Ambergris Caye in the future we hope you might consider returning to Villa Del Mar.
Martin and Sue
Pros & Cons
PROS = Harly and Nevia are sweet and helpful as can be • the Caribbean Sea is an amazing place to snorkel • Clinton is a great guide, highly recommend him • the house is very comfortable • exploring the Mayan ruins at Xuanantunich was incredible • being picked up from the dock for water excursions is wonderful
CONS = there is a brand new home going up right next door and the construction crew starts at 7am every morning except Sundays • the sea grass on the beach is stinky and you can not swim on this side of the island • because they rake up the sea grass and leave piles on the beach, the mosquitos are quite bad. We used 25% Deet bug spray and still had many, many bites • the 3 bikes on the property are completely rusted and had flat tires. Harly pumped the tires for us and then on our first ride one of the chains broke in half and we had to walk the bikes home • the golf cart cost $300 USD for the week and was horribly slow. They should use a different golf cart company. We were always passed on the road by all the other carts and our first trip into San Pedro, we got a flat tire. It takes 20 minutes to get into town.
We are sorry that you had a few issues with your stay.
I'm afraid that there is nothing that can be done about the Sargassum, it is completely down to Mother Nature and like you we find the smell quite awful. It comes and goes completely with the change in weather which I'm afraid is extremely unpredictable. The Mosquitoes are also something that we can do nothing about. As you can imagine the climate is extremely harsh on all things metal and we thought leaving bikes out for our guests to use was a good thing to do. We accept that they may be not in the best condition and are given a thorough overhaul when we are there.
As for the golf cart, it sounds like you had a bad cart that needed changing.
We hope this hasn't put you off revisiting Belize.
This was a wonderful vacation, the house was amazing! Pool, Ocean, Harly and his family were the absolute best! Thank you so much for renting the house out so people like us could enjoy this perfect setting.
Thank you very much for taking the time to do a review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our little piece of paradise!
Sue & Martin
Just Another Day in Paradise!
We fell in love with Villa Del Mar! It just seemed like the perfect setup for our group of 3 couples! The house, the staff, the location worked perfectly for our group. Every morning we would get up and sit on the deck and say to each other, "Just Another Day in Paradise!"
Why was this house so perfect? There are a number or resorts north of San Pedro, but Villa Del Mar is part of the 4 house compound, Los Encantos, that shared a dock and a pool. We loved having the individual privacy of this house and the space that it provided. The house itself is beautiful and very high quality with a huge living room/dining room that opens up onto the 2nd story deck. We spent most of our time on the deck as it was a great place to watch the sunrise, look out over the water, a great place to read or just visit, and was always cooled by the easterly sea breeze. The kitchen was well equipped and we ate all our breakfasts and most of our lunches at the house. We would suggest that they add a muffin pan and a few more options of baking pans for the future. (For muffins and brownies)
The two bedrooms downstairs were wonderful with King Beds and private baths. A third bedroom upstairs had a queen bed with its own private bath, and additionally there is a half bath in the living room. We were initially concerned that the couple in the upstairs bedroom wouldn't have very much privacy, but the living room is so large they were never disturbed by people in the living room. Each room has its own separate air conditioning unit and was very comfortable.
The beach area is picturesque but not usable as a beach entry into the water. The water is very shallow and mucky. You need to walk to the end of the dock to get to waist high water. Its like that all along the Ambergris Caye east coast and so we really enjoyed the beautiful salt water pool. Ambergris Caye was having a massive seaweed problem while we were there and that was our only disappointment. We went diving several times and used White Sands Dive Shop and they just came and picked us up from the dock. We also spent several days at Secret Beach which is 3 miles and a very bumpy gold cart ride (25 minutes) on the west coast of Ambergris Caye. The water there was fantastic and having food and drinks delivered to your chair was heaven.
The caretakers Harley and Nevia were fantastic and helped us out at very step. We couldn't have been more pleased with our short visit to Paradise.
That you so much for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our "Paradise".
So sorry that the seaweed was unpleasant but unfortunately that is nature at its worse!
Hopefully if you return to Belize you will consider Villa Del Mar
Sue & Martin
Excellent place to stay
A private slice of heaven. One of 4 villas that share a sweet salt water pool and beach front. Although you can't really swim or snorkel directly off the beach because it's kind of mucky and full of sea grass in places on this side of the caye there are spots close by you can kayak out to reef. We were well cared for by Nevia and Harley.
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our villa and the island.
Sue & Martin
Our Villa is set in a complex of 4 surrounding a saltwater pool. We are a short walk to a local store that sells most essentials.
It has its very own dock with Palapa where the local Coastal Express Water Taxi Service can pick you up and drop you off as well as all the local activity companies. San Pedro town is about 10 minutes away by boat, or a 25 minute golf cart ride away.
There are top class restaurants and bars within half an hours walk of our villa.
The property is serviced and maintained by our on site caretakers Hayley and Nevia. Nevia cleans the property on alternate days during your stay and is able to cook your catch of the day or other local dishes if requested. For over 6 years, we have used Caye Management, an on-island, well-respected rental management company, to handle our bookings , who are there to assist you at all times if necessary. Of course, all questions welcome.