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Luxury, affordable, close to town and all of the attractions in the CAYO area.

Bedrooms 1
Space 440 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

This Is A 12 Acre Private Estate With Fully Equipped Luxury Boutique Villas

Villa CAYO is to the jungle what Condos are to the beach. These air-conditioned, fully equipped, luxury boutique villas provide comfortable, affordable accommodations on a private 12 acre estate focused on ecotourism. Located just 1 ½ mile from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena with auto rentals, taxis and bus service easily available making this a perfect vacation destination.

The villas are nestled on a terrace overlooking the Village of Cristo Rey Village and the Maya mountains. From the observation deck of the main villa you can see Spanish Lookout and the surrounding countryside. While on the roof veranda you could also be greeted by some of the 225 birds known to occupy the jungle canopy in the Cayo district. Particularly friendly you could be greeted by the Aricaris checking to see if you might have a papaya to share with them. At night the local kinkajou or coatamundi could be in the trees eating the seeds and nuts.

Waking up to the jungle mist and the sounds of the chacalaca and parrots can be one of the greatest jungle experiences.

The BBQ area is located on a hillside terrace under tall Salam trees that offer food to many of the birds and wildlife of our area. There is a conversation and observation deck available for all of our guests to use.

The villas kitchens are fully equipped to allow cooking for special diets or to avoid the high cost of resort dining or local restaurants. There are baking sheets for roasted vegetables, crock pots for slow cooking and a BBQ area for grilling.

This excellent location is close to most of the Maya sites, zip lines, caves and cave tubing. The friendly owners can help you arrange your adventure tours. They will strive to make your eco-adventures a safe and relaxed experience without any hidden charges.

More Details

Ken and Virginia Krohn
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 May, 2018

About Ken and Virginia Krohn

What can be said about a couple in their 40’s who packed up their life in the US and moved to the beach in Belize? Well, whatever you call them, that was us. We had wanted to live on the beach in the U.S. but honestly, even if we could have afforded

the property, the permit fees, insurances fees, and the cost of building a home would have been too much for our budget.

In our search for affordable beaches, we did look at the beautiful country of Costa Rica but found the Spanish speaking to be a little overwhelming. Our stopover in Belize turned out to be exactly what we were looking for; it was magic! This beautiful country had gorgeous water, warm, friendly English speaking people and affordable

beaches. So, we did it! We bought a tiny lot right on the beach and lived there for almost 20 years. Eventually, the magic did wear off because living on the beach was not a vacation. It seemed everyone wanted to move to paradise and soon the density of homes and the traffic took its toll. With the influx of tourists and hawkers on the beach, our peaceful life was lost. It was time for a new dream. Not wanting to move back to the States, we looked to the beautiful mountains of the Cayo district here in Belize. The gorgeous views, the breeze, the wildlife and birds are breathtaking and the cost is still affordable.

Ken and Virginia Krohn purchased this villa in 2007

Why Ken and Virginia Krohn chose San Ignacio

We have been in Cayo since 2008 with our two rescue dogs and really like living in such a welcoming area. The outdoor living, the slower pace, and the huge farmers market gives us the ability to live a cheaper and healthier lifestyle, if we choose.

Because Belize is such a small country, the beaches are not far away so, the magic is

back! Now it is a vacation again to drive a short distance to the Caribbean Sea where we can dive, snorkel or fish to our hearts content. We can even fly directly to the beaches from the local airport which has flights connecting to every major area

in Belize.

What makes this villa unique

Villa CAYO Belize provides luxurious affordable accommodations in an excellent location for visitors not wanting to stay in a remote, expensive resort. The air conditioned villas have fully equipped kitchens with full size refrigerator and stove, dining area and lounging area with 40" flat panel smart TV with a blue ray DVD player. There is also an outdoor conversation areas with BBQ and seating under the giant Salam Trees overlooking the village of Cristo Rey and the Maya mountains.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in San Ignacio in Cayo

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 440 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Full bathroom with spacious shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • A king size bed with two side tables with electricity and USB ports.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
This excellent location is close to all of the Maya sites, zip lines, caves and cave tubing. As owners of this new property we are anxious to please and will help you arrange your tours to fit your needs. We will strive to make your eco-adventures a safe and relaxed experience without any hidden charges. If you are interested in relocating to Belize we have lived in Belize for almost 25 years and can provide you with a network of professionals and experienced ex-pats that will make your transition to Belize an easy one. If you stay at Villa Cayo we will provide this information and tour for free. www.belizeliveretireinvest.com


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Luxury, affordable, close to town and all of the attractions in the CAYO area.
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

A place that we would visit again!

  • 5 of 5

The view was magnificent, the place was close enough to town, yet felt like a true 'escape' in the jungle. I wished we had stayed longer. Virginia and Ken were so helpful: taking us in town the first day we arrived to get groceries, showing us around the town, and helping us organize a tour to the ATM caves. We felt completely at ease at their place. They left us contact information for taxis and other important numbers. All details were considered, from the cookware, comfortable bed, blackout blinds, to the overall appearance of the place. There was a lot of care put into this place and it was greatly appreciated. A wonderful place to stay... definitely our favorite during our travels through Belize.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful accommodations and setting, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Ken and Virginia were super helpful. They assisted us with setting up tours, providing directions to places and gave us advice on car rentals and dinner spots. The cottages were nicely decorated and had quality construction, which is often rare for central America. And the setting was amazing!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! Such a beautiful couple inside and out! You were amazing guests and we loved your company. Thanks for coming to stay with us and we hope you come again real soon! Warm regards, Virginia
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Frisco, TX


  • 5 of 5

First, I will say that Ken and Virginia went above and beyond to not only make us feel welcome, but to help us get there! We drove in from Belize City a little late after our luggage didn't arrive and we ended up getting to San Ignacio after dark. Google Maps couldn't figure out where to go and we were completely lost in the dark and in a foreign country. Ken and Virginia jumped in their vehicle and met us down the road from Villa Cayo and escorted us up to the property. After a long flight, delays and lost luggage, their hospitality made it all better. Once there, Virginia walked us through the entire condo and answered all of our questions. She even has a list of recommended places to go/eats and cab drivers! It was great to not have to think about that after a long travel day.

The condo itself is beautiful. Love that you can drink the water without worry, the kitchen is stocked with anything you need, the bathroom is gorgeous and the views are breathtaking! Truly a find in the jungle of Belize!

Ken and Virginia were the most lovely hosts. They honestly care about their guests and went above and beyond to be there for us. They met the cab driver when our luggage finally appeared the second day at 9pm, they kept track of us and their other guests as we came and went to ensure we made it back safely each day and enjoyed our adventures. Oh, and they have the most adorable rescue pups on the property. They are the sweetest dogs!

We headed to San Pedro after our stay in San Igancio thinking the beach is what we would rave about upon getting home but honestly, the jungle has our hearts. It is beautiful, peaceful, safe and the people are amazing. We loved each day we spent there and plan to go back and maybe buy a few acres of our own.

Thanks again to Ken and Virgina. We plan to see you again soon if you will have us back!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding Accommodations with Gorgeous Views!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed here from Jan 24-27, 2017. We actually planned the start of our trip around a 3 night opening we found in their schedule. Delaying the anticipated start date of our trip to Belize proved to be a great decision once we arrived at Villa Cayo. The accommodations were phenomenal and definitely lived up to our expectations and more. The villa was very clean and comfortable and had a gorgeous bathroom/shower with good water pressure. Although we were busy during our time in San Ignacio, we made every effort possible to simply unwind and spend time at our villa. We bought groceries at Chen's supermarket (recommended by Ken and Virginia) to make breakfast before our ATM cave adventure and our last morning before checkout. We had everything we needed to make a great meal and it was so relaxing to enjoy a meal outside with such spectacular views. We took some of the best sunset pictures with the landscape/mountains in the background!

Ken and Virginia were the best hosts we could've asked for. We arrived late after a long day of travel and they greeted us to help with luggage and made sure we were comfortable. They provided recommendations on anything we needed including restaurants, taxis, planning day trips, etc. and even gave us a ride into town our first morning there with a personalized tour of town. They were always available to help and made a great effort to ensure we had a worry free and memorable stay :) Ken and Virginia connected us with a taxi driver named Jose who we ended up arranging a shuttle with after checking out our last morning and beginning our Journey to San Pedro. Jose was super friendly with a great personality; highly recommend him even just for local rides to and from town.

Do your self a favor and stay here!! 3 nights is not enough. Before we even left, we were already contemplating our next trip back to stay at Villa Cayo to potentially do a day trip to the Tikal Ruins in Guatemala!

Thanks Ken and Virginia!!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ft. Collins, Colorado - summer in Rand ,CO.

Fantastic Place, Views and Hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Villa Cayo was a fabulous experience. The unit is the best equipped place we've stayed in the 15 years plus we've used VRBO. The kitchen had everything you could want for your stay. All appliances were first rate. The shower, bathroom and hot water system are well designed. The best thing was the king size bed was very comfortable, which is a big deal for us. Ken and Virginia could not have been more welcoming, friendly or helpful. The Crave restaurant which was their number one recommendation for dinner was a great dinning experience. The fact that it is a studio Villa does not do the place justice, it's more Villa than studio. Overall this was a great stay and experience, I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed Villa Cayo. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW............Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We really appreciate it! It was so great having you here......we loved our conversations and appreciated your company............please come again soon......we can't wait to hear your continuing Belize stories. Hope to see you soon............Virginia
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Breathtaking! A must stay in the Cayo District!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, wow, wow! Villa Cayo is an awesome place to stay! I enjoyed myself, felt safe, and felt comfortable staying there. First, the panoramic view and sounds of nature is breathtaking. Next, the modern conveniences available made my stay very comfortable. Finally, Ken and Virginia were so gracious and welcoming. They made me feel like family. Upon my arrival, Virginia took me to San Ignacio, gave me a tour of town, took me to the market, and made sure I was good to go. She also assisted me in the coordinating of transportation and tours for my adventures in Cayo. I had nice conversations with Ken and got to meet their dogs too. It's good to stay in a place where you feel treated very well. I would highly recommend staying at Villa Cayo. Thank you Virginia and Ken!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I can't believe you are already gone! We loved having you here and are so glad you loved Belize. You have proven that a single woman can come to Belize........feel safe............and have a wonderful time. Thank you for doing that for Belize and for Villa Cayo! We hope to see you again in the near future!
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Nearest Airport
74.3 Miles
Philip s. W. Goldson Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Town of San Ignacio
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Town of San Ignacio
Nearest Beach
74.3 Miles
Caye Caulker plus boat trip or Tropic Flight
Car: recommended

Villa cayo has an excellent location right in the heart of the Cayo District. You can be picked up at Villa CAYO and taken to any adventure tour of your choice, soft or adventure.

Explore nature: Covering more than 8,000 square miles, rectangle-shaped Belize is slightly larger than Mass. About 60 percent of it's land surface is forested.

Soft adventures include Belize Zoo / Mayan Village / Botanical Garden / Butterfly Farm / Green Iguana Project / Natural History Center / Birding tours and Maya Archaeology

Active adventures include Zip lining / Rock Climbing/ ATM Caves / Crystal Cave / Horseback Riding / Canoeing/ Cave Tubing / Hiking / Mountain Biking and four wheeling


Prices & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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