Belize, Belize

Matachica Resort & Spa

Rates from (inc tax)$300.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Pretty palapas in a row


Belizean beachfront bliss

 From a distance, the colourful crop of sea-facing palapas at Matachica hotel in Belize resembles a tray of inviting tropical drinks topped with tiny umbrellas. Zoom in closer and you’ll find hammocks on every private porch, a spoiling spa with coffee scrubs and fruit facials on offer, kayaks and snorkel gear on loan and those tropical cocktails at every turn.

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Full American breakfast daily



Need to know


27, including 23 suites.


12noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $300.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD357.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of fresh fruit, baked goods, cereal and eggs.

Hotel closed

18 September until 6 October 2015

At the hotel

Beach, spa, gym, concierge, DVD/film library, books to borrow and free WiFi in communal areas. In rooms: purified water in reusable jugs, L’Occitane bath products and free WiFi.

Our favourite rooms

Let the sound of the crashing surf lull you to sleep each night from the pink-hued ‘Melon’ Deluxe Beachfront Casita just a stumble away from the sea. As with all of the the casitas, this thatched roof palapa has a private porch and is tastefully styled with locally crafted artwork and furnishings. This casita also has double mosaic sinks in the ensuite – the key to harmony in some relationships.


Take a break from the beach with a dip in the freshwater unheated outdoor infinity pool or a soak in the Jacuzzi. Recline on one of the double sun loungers dotting the terrace and order a fruity cocktail poolside.


Release further into deep relaxation mode with an all-natural papaya facial or sea salt and sea clay body massage at resort’s Jade Spa. There are two treatment rooms and a enticing menu of signature treatments.

Packing tips

Leave the bug spray behind. You’ll find insect repellent stocked in every room. Also, there is a small gift shop in the lobby if you forget any essentials.


Smoking is only permitted outside.


Sorry, Fido will have to miss this trip. See more pet-friendly hotels in Belize.


This is really an adults-only escape. Children over 14 are welcome but not especially catered to.

Food and Drink


Top Table

Dining outdoors in the glow of the moonlight never gets old.

Dress Code

Cool, comfortable and colourful – you can’t go wring with lightweight linens for the men and tropical print sundresses for the ladies.

Hotel restaurant

The interior of Mambo – breezy plantation shutters, dark wood tables and chairs, bright paintings and hand-carved sculptures set beneath a soaring thatched palapa rooftop – opens onto an outdoor terrace set with white-cloth draped tables shaded by white umbrellas. No matter if dining inside or outside, you’ll be treated to Caribbean-fusion dishes like jerk seared sea scallops, a robust curried island shrimp and simply prepared catch-of-the-day.  

Hotel bar

Perched just steps from the sea, Red bar patrons can almost dip their toes in the ocean as they sip their potent Jungle Juice concoction (a blend of rum, vodka triple sec and mélange of fruit juices) or fruity Mangotini. As the name indicates, deep red walls set a romantic tone and Moroccan lamps, a red felt-covered pool table and wicker seating with leopard print cushions make for a clubby after-dark scene.  

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10:30am, lunch is 12noon to 3:00pm and dinner is available from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Room service

Dine in on delicious dishes from the breakfast, lunch or dinner menus during restaurant hours.


Matachica Resort & Spa
5 miles North of San Pedro
San Pedro


Phillip SW Golden International Airport (PGIA) in Belize City is the country’s main hub for international and domestic flights. Once in Belize City, the quickest way to reach San Pedro is by hopping a 15-minute flight on Maya Island Air or Tropic Air.


There are only a few roads on Ambergris Caye, and those are best left to the locals to navigate. Taxis are available around San Pedro, but otherwise people travel on foot, by bicycle or golf cart.

Worth getting out of bed for

If your aim is to keep things mellow, Matachica will not disappoint. Spend a day at the infinity pool or unwind in the Jacuzzi before booking an appointment at the Jade Spa (+011 501 223 0002). With an assortment of treatments from banana and papaya facials to coffee scrubs, you’re in for a true Belizean experience.

Paddle out in the Caribbean Sea on a complimentary kayak or snorkel with a Matachica guide as they lead you along the barrier reef in a private or group tour. Fish with a Matachica captain and catch snapper, grouper and barracuda on a private or group tour, and – the best part– a Mambo Chef will prepare dinner that night with your day’s catch.

Scuba diving in the world’s second-largest great barrier reef is a must. The concierge at Matachica will set you up on a tour at Lighthouse Reef where you can dive at the Blue Hole or head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and swim with over 100 species of tropical fish.

If you’re curious to explore beyond the resort, hop on a shuttle at the hotel or a catch a ride on a water taxi and venture into the nearby town of San Pedro for local shopping and dining.

Local restaurants

One of the area’s most renowned restaurants, Mambo (+ 011 501 226 5010), is right in your backyard. Throw on your lightest sundress or tropical shirt at dine on local Belizean cuisine with an American twist as you sit outside on the deck overlooking the turquoise water.

Leave the resort for a night and head into San Pedro to Elvi’s Kitchen (+011 501 226 2404). The tropical-themed restaurant is a local favourite and known for the best ceviche on the island. Every Friday night they host a Mayan feast with traditional dishes and live music.

Local bars

Stop by Palapa Bar & Grill set on the bay and float in the bay on inner tubes as you sip a locally brewed Belikin (+011 501 226 2528), or grab a seat on the sundeck and feast on fresh fish tacos.

Another excelleint water hole is Rojo Beach Bar set next door to the resort (+011 501 226 4012). Order a rum punch, try the lobster pizza and dig your toes in the sand – it doesn’t get more laid-back than that.



Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this tropical hotel in Belize and unpacked their Garifuna artwork and tropical print sarong, a full account of their luxury beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Matachica Resort & Spa in Belize…

Pulling up by motorboat to Matachica Spa & Resort, a long dock stretching into the ocean and dotted with double sun loungers first comes into view – welcome to the ultimate in island living. The dock – a prime place for a boost of vitamin D or casting a lazy fishing line into the impossibly blue Caribbean sea – is one of the many postcard-worthy perches throughout this lush resort where the tropics meet the sea.

Set out from the secluded, white sand beach in one of the kayaks on loan to explore some of the world’s best coral reefs. Swing from the hammock on the private porch of your thatched-roof casita. Lounge by the freshwater infinity pool or make your way to the cool sanctuary that is the Jade Spa. You’ll be sure to find your favourite sunny nook or palm-tree shaded hideout (several, even) …. and you won’t want to give it up.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Matachica Resort & Spa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff and service at the hotel, in the restaurant and bar, on the boats and on our snorkeling trip. Food at the restaurant was delicious!

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife, television or fast internet access. That said, the casitas need better lighting and more comfortable seating for reading and lounging.


Stayed on 22 Feb 2016

We loved

Friendly, accommodating staff, the quietness, the fact that there was no concrete only sand and wood, and the beautiful water. 10/10

Don’t expect

TV, Phone or eloquence.


Stayed on 18 Feb 2016

We loved

Everything! The gorgeous serene property, the amazing staff, the very fun New Year's Eve party, the delicious meals, the incredible wine menu, the relaxing spa. We were treated like family and were sad to say goodbye to the wonderful people who took great care of us. I highly recommend this resort for a very romantic, luxurious, peaceful getaway.

Don’t expect

To want to come home: we certainly didn't!


Stayed on 26 Dec 2015

We loved

personal service from airport on, ample free breakfast and wonderful fresh food, comfortable large rooms, access to beach, plenty of space for lounging

Don’t expect

lively or late night atmosphere, families, television, easy access to town or other services, swim up bar


Stayed on 1 Nov 2015

We loved

The cabanas were attractive and spacious, offering plenty of privacy, and having one's own hammock was a nice bonus. The hotel was very stylish in general, and the staff were very welcoming – it gets extra points for the variety of free sports equipment.


Stayed on 11 Dec 2014

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