Need to know
Two cottages, sleeping eight.
11am, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both subject to availability.
Double rooms from $1895.00, excluding tax at 9 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.
A Continental Belizean-style breakfast of eggs, beans, tortillas, fresh fruit and juices is served each morning and included in the price.
The island’s beach is by the dock, lined by exotic palms, mangroves and sea birds. Shallow waters mean you can dip straight in to snorkel amid the coral reef. Expect to spy anything from tropical fish and nurse sharks to turtles, seahorses, rays and beautiful corals. At the end of the dock, you’ll also find a sunken hammock and a picnic table for afternoon drinks or lunches.
At the hotel
Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, snorkelling equipment, fishing rods, hammocks, board games, children’s toys, drums, guitars. WiFi and phone reception are patchy, but available in certain rooms. In rooms: tropical interiors, ceiling fans, towels, robes, coffee/tea-making facilities, locally-made Rubba Dub soap, Forest Essentials toiletries, a sea-facing porch.
Our favourite rooms
Newly-built Coral Cottage is the main event, with a king-size bed and a pull-out sofa bed in the separate lounge, plus an ensuite bathroom and an additional outdoor shower. Whitewashed, clapboard walls mix with beachy, tropical colours, local artwork and terracotta ornaments. The front porch has hammocks and immediate access to the shore. The second cottage, Seahorse, is located near Mangrove Cove, home to many seahorses. With the same barefoot, beachy feel, it has driftwood lights, seagrass rugs and open, airy windows that channel the sea breezes. Two queen beds and additional twins make it ideal for family groups or friends. The bathroom is in an adjacent building.
Therapists from Turtle Inn’s Sunset Spa can be brought over to Coral Caye for in-room treatments, including a Thai massage, sea-salt body scrub or coconut hair rinse.
Bring as much beachwear as you can carry: twin with Australian designer Rye, with kaftans and cover-ups from Evarae.
There are no TVs on Coral Caye, so prepare to sleep to the sound of waves washing against the shore.
Pets are welcome and dog food is provided. Better still, on this private island, you won’t have to worry about them running off (unless they’re really good swimmers). There’s even a resident hound named Goldy. See more pet-friendly hotels in Placencia.
Family groups are warmly welcomed at this laid-back Belizean retreat, with children’s games, an outdoor playground and abundant marine life to occupy would-be Attenboroughs.