Naturally Belize Customer Comments
"Accommodation was excellent and matched well with on-line descriptions.
Our visit to Lamanai ruins from the lodge was wonderful.. Not just for the Mayan history but our very
delightful and knowledgable guide Brenda was amazingly good at spotting the array of wildlife surrounding us
and making sure that we saw it as well. Her use of my phone to take photos through her scope means that we have
some terrific photos and videos as momentos.
Monkey river tour from Chabil Mar. Excellent. Nice lunch in Monkey river village.
Snorkel trip to Hol Chan marine reserve. Thoroughly recommend. Lucky enough to see a loggerhead turtle. Hired a golf cart to take a trip up the Caye and then to visit secret beach. Superb.
For a small country it offers such a varied choice of locations and activities as to suit a wide range of people."
John and Shirley - February 2020
"We had the most wonderful first trip to Belize. Karen from Naturally Belize
arranged the perfect accommodation for us and everything went so smoothly. Belize is a fantastic country
and we fully recommend Naturally Belize whose expertise really helped us plan the perfect holiday."
Dan and Tracey - January 2020
"We had a great holiday. Your logistics planning worked out perfectly with good connections made at each stage.
Lamanai Lodge was all we expected but I would say that 3 days is enough to cover the activities so the fourth day is really for those who want to relax. Although rooms are not at the level of Chaa Creek the intimate atmosphere that the staff create is a big bonus.
Chaa Creek is pitched very differently, much in the style of an international hotel. Much less personal but more comfortable.
Belize is a great country with a Caribbean flavour but more gentle people than we have met in
some of the more well known countries - we would definitely go again."
Paddy and Susan - January 2020
"It was amazing! We have fallen in love with both Belize and Guatemala and cannot speak too highly of the itinerary you planned for us. The tours you arranged were excellent with amazing guides. I would like to send an especial thank you to our guide in Antigua who really went beyond what she needed to do and was so knowledgeable.
I have been singing the praises of Naturally Belize to anyone who will listen! I am a great believer
in trying to seek out the small specialist companies who hopefully have the local knowledge but of
course it can feel like a bit of a gamble if you don't know anyone who has travelled with the company
but my faith was completely justified and I cannot thank you enough for a holiday which has left
us with some incredible memories. I will be back in 2-3 years to ask you to plan us a holiday to
north Belize and Yucatan."
Amanda and Jonathan - December 2019
"We absolutely love, love, loved our trip to Belize!!!! Thank you so much Karen
for arranging this special trip for us. It was one of the best trips we have ever had. I would certainly
recommend this trip to anyone – we had an absolutely amazing time – saw so many things and had
so many different experiences in 3 different places that it was like having 3 holidays.
Stayed at Lamanai, Black Rock Lodge and Victoria House"
Lynn and Christopher - December 2019
"First of all THANK YOU for your extremely personal attention and recommendations, having the chat with you about my mother's mobility issues and our preferred type of holiday meant that your recommendations were spot on, we definitely would not have been able to make these bookings without your insider knowledge.
Lamanai Outpost Lodge was an amazing place, and thank you for suggesting it at the beginning of the itinerary, this was ideal. The included guided tours were fantastic and the guides themselves the key to their success. We had Ruben, and he brought so much more to the tours (having grown up in the village and around the Mayan ruins). All the guides were super knowledgeable about the wildlife which was so interesting. Four nights was perfect as it means we had 8 tours includes, which was all the ones we wanted to do (we did the night safari twice because it was so good). Accommodation was excellent, far better than the description. Every tour was different because you just don't know what animals will come out, so I don't think you could ever be tired of this place. Added bonus, being so close to the Lamanai ruins, Ruben knew when the cruise ship trips were coming in, and showed us round extra early so we had the whole site to ourselves, amazing.
Pelicans Pouch was a dream come true, a real desert island and we were the only people on
it (apart from the excellent staff esp Terri and Kevin). Herons Hideaway was perfect for us,
with the sea breeze meaning we didn't need fans or aircon and didn't get bitten. The snorkelling
was great, and the team bent over backwards to ensure my mother got out to see the reef."
Mailan and Maisie - December 2019
"We had a lovely time. Everywhere was great. Loved all the accommodation.
The Belize people were so friendly Mayan air were great. Very scenic flights. Would thoroughly recommend.
Both places were wonderful. Chaa Creek was lovely. The tree top Villa was great. Hearing the howler monkeys
was special . All the staff gave a wonderful service. We didn't think it could be followed but Victoria
House was also lovely with incredibly helpful staff."
Helen and Roger - November 2019
"I would recommend Belize very highly; it is beautiful and easy to get around; we were tracking howler monkeys in the morning and snorkelling on the reef by 4:30pm on the same day. The transfers all worked like clockwork, the people are welcoming, friendly and great fun and the infrastructure better than we thought.
"Lovely accommodation in both Lamanai Outpost Jungle Lodge and Victoria House. Thoroughly enjoyed the great value tour package at Lamanai Outpost; highlight for me was the spotlight night boat safari but they were all great with fantastic guide George. We went on three snorkelling excursions in Ambergris Caye, the third being a private charter with Wild Adventures of Belize Limited where we snorkelled with manatees which was an absolutely incredible and moving experience.
Thank you so much, Karen, for all your help. I would highly recommend Belize and Naturally Belize as a
travel company. Nothing was too much trouble and we had a fantastic time."
Maxine and Paul - November 2019
"Thank you so much for the most amazing holiday. When I spoke to you about our hopes we hit the jackpot.
We travel a bit and know when someone listens to your idea of the perfect holiday.
You guys are masters of your art in every respect.
You are also a pleasure to deal with I am really hoping to send so many friends your way to share this fantastic experience.
Please thank the team. The holiday couldn’t have been better. Adrenalin stuff , diving, and places we stayed."
Simon, Samantha and Hannah - August 2019
"Highly recommend – a hidden gem and would definitely recommend. All in all we had an
amazing holiday - thank you for your recommendations and guidance. The inclusive tours at all resorts
totally blew our minds. The information, knowledge, opportunities for us all were much appreciated.
Scuba School and Family Dive Center in San Pedro were excellent – all kids obtained there Open Water
Certification. They collected us and dropped us back daily from Xanadu. Small groups for diving, v patient
The John Family - July 2019
"We absolutely loved the holiday, and especially appreciate how well arranged everything was. Every transfer
worked perfectly with no delays or problems, all the lodges and activities lived up to or exceeded expectations. Would like to especially thank you
for how quickly and efficiently you rearranged the internal flights at short notice when we realised that after 7 days of non-stop activity, we just
wanted to get to the pool in Xanadu and relax.
All your recommendations were spot on, and it is the first time I can remember coming back from a holiday like this without thinking that there were things I would do differently if I was doing it again – I honestly can’t think of anything I would want to change.
Would definitely recommend Belize (in fact we already have). The mixture of wildlife, adventure and history was perfect (with a bias towards the adventure to keep the children active and entertained). We had never really considered it before as we had always thought of it as a destination only for diving, but there is so much to do and so many interesting aspects, it was absolutely perfect for us. In addition to the country itself, all the people we met, and particularly the staff at the lodges and the guides, were exceptionally friendly and welcoming."
Simon, Abigail, Ella and Thomas - July 2019
"Overall a great holiday, Belize is a beautiful country with lovely people, I would definitely recommend it as a
holiday destination. Thank you for all your help, the detailed itinerary was extremely helpful. All of our accommodation, flights and
transfers were excellent. We could not have asked for more, I don’t think we have ever received such friendly, genuine, helpful service in
any other country we have visited. Not just from hotel staff but everyone we met during our stay."
Sandra and Richard - July 2019
"I would definitely recommend Belize the 2 centre trip was perfect and provided a good insight to the country.
We also tagged on 2 days in Miami which was good to break up the journey back. Thanks for organising and your recommendations."
Jo and Nicholas - April 2019
"Great accommodation. Great food. Lots to do. Very impressed with Naturally Belize - in particular the speed at
which all emails were answered every time I had a query. Fantastic destination. Definitely worth doing jungle and coast.
Lots to do but plenty of down time also as we were often up early for activities. Highly recommend it."
Marie and Tom - April 2019
"Pelican Pouch and Xanadu were a high standard of cleanliness and comfort. Beautiful surroundings. Very relaxing.
Pelican Pouch can be described as paradise. Belize is a beautiful holiday destination with a huge variety of wildlife. We loved the casualness of life,
an airstrip in the town centre just like a bus station. The amazing wildlife right there in front of you. It was a well organised amazing trip and we
loved every moment. Thank you for arranging it."
Wendy and Mark - April 2019
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip you organised for our family. You created an adventure for us which was utterly
amazing and extraordinary. Each place we went to seemed to be better than the last, with a superb balance over the two weeks which gave us a bit of
The itinerary flowed perfectly. Lamanai was the perfect start, even down to the 5am starts which were ideal for the jet lag. It was also good to have organised activities for those days. Pelican Pouch was the perfect end. The jungle/sea balance worked beautifully.
The holiday started with an incredible high. The boat trip in to Lamanai completely set the scene. We loved our three nights there, and were busy from before dawn to after dusk finding all kinds of animals. Dawn canoeing? Night time spotlight safari? Crocodile hunting? Touring the nearby village? Having the Lamanai ruins all to ourselves? Swimming in the lake? Amazing. We all said that even if we had had to go home after just Lamanai we would have had a great holiday.
Black rock was again different. We were slightly more independent there, which was great. We climbed a mountain, and found some waterfalls by ourselves. We went horseriding and caving to the astounding Crystal Cave. And spent many hours jumping in off the rope swing. We even caught an ocelot on a motion sensing camera.
Placencia was fun, and a welcome bit of people life after the wonderful seclusion of the jungle. The Nirvana was amazing: we were expecting a standard B&B, not a palatial suite! The ice creams were lovely... We went snorkelling at Silk Caye, with the sharks, turtles, and rays, and kayaking as a family one beautiful morning."
Patrick, LLeona, Max, Trixie, and Casper, April 2019
"The trip was brilliant. All accommodation was fantastic. All the staff at both resorts were very friendly and
helpful. Food at Lamanai was amazing...so much of it, and good quality with staff very happy to accommodate alternatives.
Xanadu, we enjoyed trying local eateries, particularly the places where the locals eat. Hotel staff were happy to advise.
Guides at Lamanai, so knowledgable, and seemed genuinely keen to show local wildlife etc. All the trips at Lamanai brilliant, can’t fault it, a truly memorable experience.
Really enjoyed the diverse cultural mix among the locals.
A great trip, with good transport links, and an excellent service provided by yourself....Thank you!"
Sue and David - March 2019
"Lamanai must be on top of the list for anyone visiting Belize for the first time, just a great experience.
Those who like diving, snorkling etc could not find a better experience than Pelican Pouch.....just paradise ! We walked up the beach when on La
Placentica to the hotel that was full when the holiday was planned. We were so pleased that it had been as staying at Nirvana in the village yet
on the beach gave us much more of a Belize experience.
Belize is really a top destination if one wants heat, sun, clear warm seas, diving, snorkling, wildlife and of course a people who speak English and are welcoming and charming and helpful."
Peter and Pam - March 2019
"The 17-night itinerary organised by Karen was a perfect introduction to the small yet remarkably diverse country of Belize. From rainforest to reef and back again we enjoyed two delightful and very different rainforest lodges, a luxury beach resort in Placencia and the Caribbean vibe of Key Caulker where the motto is 'Go Slow'.
Hiking at Black Rock Lodge, caving at Actun Tunichil Muknal (home to a Mayan sacrificial site), and dawn canoeing at Lamanai were among the many
highlights. A great place to visit and a holiday to remember - thanks largely to the expertise and excellent service provided by Naturally Belize."
Beatrix - November 2018
"Belize is wonderful and exceeded our expectations – perfect mix of activity whilst moving around followed by rest and relaxation
on the islands. Would recommend to couples and families alike. Thank you so much for organising a holiday of a lifetime for us – we have and will continue
to recommend you to our friends. The holiday was superbly organised and perfectly tailored to our needs. Thank you so much.
Our top 3 hotels were Meson du Maria, Black Rock Lodge and Xanadu."
Siobhan and John - December 2018
"Just to say, we have had a wonderful holiday in Belize!! Thank-you so much for your superb organisation. Everything worked
so well, especially our travelling arrangements. We all thoroughly enjoyed our exciting trips to various places from Pooks Hill and wouldn't hesitate to ask
you to help with our travel in the future. With best wishes."
Catherine, David and Juliet Oakley - July 2018
"One absolutely fantastic holiday followed by a hectic return. Thank you so much for everything you did to make it such a
wonderful experience. Everything went like clockwork with absolutely no issues. All staff and locations were wonderful, and they spoke highly of you.
A couple of minor observations. When we travelled out we had an over night stay at Dallas. I assumed we would need to pick up our suitcases as we were
leaving the airport. But we didn't, so were lacking a few things. It wasn't an issue, but worth letting others know. San pedro is obviously expanding,
so there was a lot of building going on. It wasn't an issue to us, but something to be aware of."
Kevan, Jean, Jodie, Adam - July 2018
"All the accommodation was very good. The Xanadu apartment was very well fitted out with three ensuites and a well appointed kitchen. An attractive site too.
Tours were good, particularly the ones in Lamanai. I liked the idea of two inclusive activities a day as it encourages you to do things.
Again a good mix of wildlife seen - lots of snakes. Evening sunset cruise was particularly entertaining. All the boat activities were easy to get on and off for people not particularly happy with boats. Staff all very helpful and English as a first language makes everything easier.
Slight downside was San Pedro town is not very attractive. Also beaches not great but we knew that. Perfectly fine for what we did but no good for a long beach holiday.
Only negatives were canoe trip at Black Rock ended up being a guide paddled one - we were expecting to do it ourselves. If you want that you need to book kayaks. I did raise it afterwards and they agreed to review their staff advice to customers when booking and literature ( and gave us a discount).
One thing I must mention is the VIP zoo trip. One of the best things I've ever done! Fantastic! Could do with more than two hours though and Sharon would have been happy to spend longer.
All in all a very well planned trip. Interesting places, modes of transport (boat to Lamanai) and light aircraft trip. A very good mix. Many thanks
indeed and please thank Karen for us. All the best."
Ian, Melanie and family - July 2018
"The holiday was absolutely great. It all worked so well and we all had a fantastic time. There was something for all of us
including all the family. They really enjoyed it. Thanks for all your sorting out of the places to stay and activities. Sarah and I would love to go
back again one day and maybe visit one of the outlying islands/Cays."
James, Sarah and family - June 2018
"We’ve had the most amazing experience in Belize – it really lived up to all my expectations. We don’t usually visit the same country twice, but have talked about going back again! Weather was perfect until the last day when there were thunder storms which caused issues with our flights – Nothing anyone can do to change that though.
Thanks so much for helping us organise such an amazing itinerary. The hotels and excursions that you suggested were great for us. We saw pretty much all
the wildlife that we wanted, which is what we went for. A few too many biting bugs though! I would recommend taking your insect repellent seriously! I would
(and have already) recommended Belize and this company to friends who have asked."
Sian and Neil - May 2018
"We are back from a super holiday in Belize. Thanks for your organising skills. All the transfers went like clockwork and
our 3 resorts were absolutely lovely. They were all very different from each other and the staff at each one could not have been more polite, helpful and
John and Margery - April 2018
"We had a fabulous time in Belize. Your recommendations for the hotels were absolutely spot-on. Each hotel was outstanding
but all were quite different from each other. Chan Chich was low key and intimate; Chaa Creek was more commercial with a bigger variety of activities whilst
Victoria House was perfect to finish off. We were upgraded at Chaa Creek to the Tree Top suites and our room was used by Prince Harry on his visit to Belize!!
The staff were always very welcoming and so friendly."
Virginia and Richard - April 2018
"We had a fantastic holiday. All 3 hotels were wonderful, although very different. The food was wonderful at all 3 locations, although more expensive then we were expecting.
Banyan Bay was beautiful and the staff friendly. We loved breakfast and dinner on the decking next to the restaurant. The attached dive shop were really helpful. We did Mexico rocks and the day sail to Shark alley and Cauker Caye, but the absolute highlight was the private boat charter with fishing, lunch and snorkling as we went to a pristine part of the reef. We hired a golf cart and went to Secret Beach which was great fun. We also ate out in San Pedro, which was very atmospheric.
Chaa Creek was an absolute highlight. We did everything available and loved it all. The guides were very knowledgable and friendly. We saw loads of wildlife and learnt about the Mayan culture and medicines. Horse riding was a great hit as was the guided night walk and spider hunt!
Chabil Mar was the perfect place to rest and relax. We loved the bungalow service and dinner on the pier. The swimming was better here because we could
swim off the pier, but the water was not so clean. We had a wonderful time."
Sarah, Robert and family - March 2018
"Belize was incredible, thanks. Here's some feedback.
To take the four places we stayed in turn:
Lamanai: Lamanai is an incredible place. The accommodation was ideal for a family with youngish children - two bunkbeds separated from our own (enormous) bed
by a not-quite ceiling-height partition thing. Our guide (Abdul) was incredible, but the only other guide we had much to do with (Eduardo) was also great,
staff at reception and in the kitchen were ace and the food was amazing. Free cold water in the fridge in our room, and always available in the restaurant
(as well as juice) added to a sense of generosity. We were asked to choose what activities we wanted to do, and told our guide just to take us on all the
good ones. He filled our itinerary with the things that are offered for free, not even suggesting the trips you have to pay for. We'd have liked to have done
the crocodile-tagging trip (which costs extra), but I really appreciate not being aggressively sold stuff and at least not having done that gives us a reason
to go back. Overall, it's a great first stop - not only reasonably close to the airport, but getting there via speedboat really blows those aeroplane cobwebs
away. We stayed here for three nights and at Black Rock for four, but we'd happily have swapped them around. If there was a pool it would be perfect (we did
swim in the lagoon, but only before we saw the crocodiles; they say the crocodiles have never hurt anyone, which may very well be true, but I certainly wouldn't
want to be in the water when one swims past feeling peckish).
Black Rock: We really enjoyed some of the walks straight from Black Rock, and swimming in the river with howler monkeys swinging and screeching in the jungle on the opposite flank. It was good for birds - there were toucanettes nesting on site, toucans nesting on the other side of the valley, and beyond that loads of other cool things flapping about. Staff were on the ball and friendly. But for all that, it didn't quite feel as special as Lamanai had.
Hatchet Caye: An amazing place. Staying on the reef, going for pre-breakfast snorkels, was fabulous. Watching rays swim past at night through the ultra-violet lights at the end of the pier was magical. Food was good and plentiful. The cabana was a bit crowded with four of us in it, but it was OK. Everything there (drinks at the bar etc) is a bit more expensive than on the mainland, and extra trips arranged through their dive shop are also expensive (US$67 per person to go snorkelling to Silk Caye, not much less than it costs from Placencia even though you're almost there already), but really you don't have to go anywhere. For snorkellers, it's so much better to stay here than in Placencia, and it really feels like a ludicrously idyllic Caribbean paradise. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone who can afford it.
We didn't spend any time in cities, and were largely driven around in a touristy bubble, but our experience was fantastic. I loved how undeveloped even major tourist attractions were, lacking expensive gift shops and all other forms of cynical profiteering, and allowing a sense of discovery even on well-trodden paths. I found staff everywhere unusually friendly and accommodating. I also found Belize more culturally and ethnically varied and interesting that I expected it to be – I had been unaware of the large Mennonite communities, and how traditional Mayan villages remain.
We had a fantastic trip, which started and ended in the best places any of us have ever stayed. We have and will recommended it and you enthusiastically to everyone we meet."
Simon, Rachel and family - March 2018
"Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful trip! You did such an amazing job! We loved the places you sent us
to and saw lots of wonderful animals and sites, exactly what we wanted. We met lots of people travelling with Naturally Belize and they were all very happy!
Keep up the good work and let me know where else you organise trips too, we'll be coming back!"
Annie and Mark - January 2018
"We got back from Belize yesterday safe and sound. I must thank you for a wonderful holiday-best ever! What a place-lovely
people, good food and I never felt unsafe once. We had a ball! Each destination was fabulous. I achieved an item on my bucket list-to swim with turtles! The
sharks and rays were an add on extra! I relive each moment. We loved the golf carts in San Pedro and went to Secret beach. Chaa Creek was stunning and the
birds fantastic. I saw a tarantula on the night walk! Guatemala was amazing. The drive down to Placencia was great and all the guides and staff everywhere
very informative. The location of Nirvana was fab, when we eventually found it and the town and bars great fun! We did Monkey river seeing crocs and manatees
etc. I was in my element. If there was a negative it was passing through Atlanta-3hrs standing in a queue for border control! Coming back was bearable -only
1hr.! Overall though all flights on time and helpful folk everywhere. Weather was good too. Many many thanks for a dream holiday,"
Jane and Douglas - January 2018
"Hi Karen, I wanted to say a huge thank you for arranging such a fantastic holiday for us! We really did love every minute
and it was the perfect mix of adventure, wildlife and relaxation. Chaa Creek was beautiful and made us feel very special. The food was fantastic (my son tried
15 new foods alongside the comforting familiars on the children’s menu), the activities and guides were brilliant. We took advantage of almost everything on
offer including 2 horse rides, canoeing into San Ignacio, Xunantunich and the night walk. It was really nice to have all our food and most of the activities
included in our package. This made a big difference to me personally."
"We were really impressed with our villa at Chabil Mar. Our “Partial Sea View” was even better than expected and the children loved the pier and the pools. We took 2 trips with Splash (Laughing Bird Caye and Silk Cayes) which were both amazing. The guides were brilliant and swimming with the nurse sharks, turtles and stingrays was truly unforgettable. All our transfers worked seamlessly and the drivers were mines of information about Belize. The flight on the propeller plane was in equal parts terrifying and thrilling for me! American immigration was the only issue we encountered on our trip. It took us over 1.5 hours to get though on our arrival in Atlanta. Our body clocks told us it was about 1am and we were all exhausted. The system was confusing and the queuing system penalised us for being non-US, a family and first time entrants to the US on our ESTAs putting us in the slowest queue with just 1 server. An official finally took pity on us and took us out of the static queue. We were also really lucky on our flight out of Atlanta. We took off just 3 hours before the whole airport closed down for 6 hours with a powercut! I will be recommending Belize (and Naturally Belize!) to everyone I know. Thank you so much,"
Freya, Robert, Amelia and Richard - December 2017
"Accommodation at Chaa Creek and Victoria House was perfect and to very high standards. A bit cold in Belize itself as
there is no heating in the bungalow but other than that very comfortable and roomy. We did a lot of guided tours in Chaa Creek and the guides made the
experience very special due to their knowledge and obvious passion for their subject matter. All the diving and snorkeling trips from Victoria house also
first class. . Not as cheap though as one might have expected due to the fact that it is a less travelled destination."
Olivier and Anne - December 2017
"Another lovely holiday in Belize! Lamanai was gorgeous and Brenda our guide was superb! The boys even had a morning on
the ringos, set up by the owner. We were spoilt and loved the crocodile encounter although sadly didn’t catch one but the ride was thrilling! Food delicious!
Boys loved jumping in the lagoon! Pelican was equally fab and the snorkelling and fishing was great! Very relaxing and boys had a ball! We did leave the
island the night before as sea very choppy but all catered for and went well! Thanks for organising and definitely up for another trip there although would
fly via Toronto saving time and visas. The inaugural flight landed whilst we were in the airport!"
Heather, Benjamin, Frank and Joseph - December 2017
"We were pleasantly surprised by how friendly Belizeans were, and what a great destination the country is,
so don’t understand why so few English people know about it as a holiday destination. We would certainly recommend it after such a lovely holiday there, a
nd would return again (especially if flight timings from the UK avoided an overnight US stop). Perhaps, some of Belize’s charm comes from the fact that the
country isn’t overrun by tourists! Based on our experience in Placencia (here only breakfast was included), did we find the cost of living unexpectedly high
for a Central American country compared to others. We enjoyed the trip to ATM, and were looked after well by the guides, with comfortable transport to/from
the venue. Similarly, our trip to Xuanantunich Mayan Ruins was good, particularly having our own private guide throughout the morning. Generally, all the
guides we had at both lodges were enthusiastic and enjoyed their jobs. We went scuba diving on Christmas Day with Splash and conveniently located across the
road from Chabil Mar – we were happy with that experience too."
Kate and Stephen - December 2017
"We had a great time. Thanks for your company's input. We'll definitely recommend Naturally Belize. Friendly,
interesting destination. We felt safe at all times. Wide variety of activities. Pity about the value of £ to $! We chose this holiday for snorkelling and
nature. Your recommendations were spot on."
Eileen and Lesley - August 2017
"We had an amazing time in Belize and it didnt seem as third world as i thought it was , the place was amazing and the people were so lovely and friendly . Going out of season worked to our advantage .. and it didnt rain that much ... Lamani upgraded us to rooms over looking the river i can only assume because they were quiet . Howler monkeys decided to visit what a treat .. Visit to the local village great , not staged like in Africa and we learnt to cook mayan style... The place was fantastic we definitley recommend staying at Lamani .. Food lovely, just way too much just like america .. Pooks Hill .. it was okay , room was nice , just wasnt keen on everyone having to dine at the same time , Bocawina Resort another amazing place and we got upgraded here also to a suite it was lovely .. The restaurant on site lovely food .. cocktails weren't bad either !!!."
"Would definitley recommend visiting Belize , hardly saw any europeans where we stayed all americans / canadians .. Thank you very much for organizing
this for us .. It will be a holiday we will always remember and we will go back at some point , as they were still lots we didnt see or do ...
Angela and Jackie - July 2017
"Brilliant holiday destination, especially with our 13 year old daughter. History, culture and art to keep mum interested,
new part of the world, snorkelling and different cultures for husband and all of the activities for daughter. Couldn’t have picked a better holiday for us
Jane, Luke and Olivia - July 2017
"We wanted to experience both a rainforest and coastal holiday and we got the best of both, as well as culture and history.
It’s a wonderful, friendly, welcoming and really interesting country which we would highly recommend to anyone! All the guides, particularly at Black Rock
Lodge were superb and so friendly and their knowledge was second to none and really enthusiastic. Our honeymoon was awesome and planned perfectly by you guys
at Naturally Belize! Thank you!"
Tom and Samantha - May 2017
"We would definitely recommend Belize as a holiday destination. Just wish we had more time there to explore other parts
of the mainland. At Lamanai we were allocated our own ‘guide’ when we arrived and he accompanied us on all 6 trips during our stay. He was very good and had
excellent knowledge of the local wildlife, plant life and Mayan Ruins. We also went on a half day snorkelling excursion to Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
The guide was very good and it was a great snorkelling experience. Both Lamanai and Xanadu accommodation exceeded our expectations. The staff at Xanadu
were excellent, couldn’t do enough for us while we were there.”
Jo and Richard - April 2017
"We had a great time and the itinerary you put together was fantastic, a great mix, including a bit of luxury right
at the end. Highlights were undoubtedly the ATM Cave and an Eagle Ray at Glovers Reef, but we enjoyed it all. Thank you for your amazing organisation
of our trip. Everything worked like clockwork. People at every stage were so friendly and helpful. Vicky at Pook’s Hill is great.”
Andy and Ruth - March 2017
“It was a really fabulous holiday! We would definitely recommend it at a destination. It’s an attractive country,
plenty of variety (we loved the combination of jungle/Mayan ruins and then the beach) and still relatively unspoilt. Also fabulous snorkelling and delicious
food i.e. lots of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables . And the Belizean people are so nice! In the hotels, on the tours and even the restaurants and shops they
were so friendly and helpful. All the accommodation was excellent. Very well appointed, clean and comfortable. Very impressive settings and garden/beaches.
Yet pleasantly relaxed and easy going. We thought the variety between the three locations (Lamanai Outpost, Chabil Mar and Matachica) was perfect.”
Karen and Richard - February 2017
"Thank you – you laid on a superbly varied and excellently organised itinerary for us. We love to be active and there was the perfect volume of different things to keep us interested. Every single transfer went exactly on time and as planned, allowing us to savour every moment of a special two weeks we will never forget. Lamanai Outpost and Black Rock Lodge were truly special locations. It was amazing to get away from the big smoke and into the wilderness albeit in serious comfort with no lack of facilities. Likewise Belizean Nirvana was immaculate, just metres from the sea. Xanadu was also very good. Would definitely recommend it; we loved the variety between the experiences from the wilderness in the jungle to the laid-back relaxed seaside venues – a far cry from the bustling, over-crowded European beaches. It was heaven on earth."
"From Lamanai we did the night-time river safari, medicine walk, sunrise kayaking, sunset cruise, Lamanai ruins, visiting local village for cooking demo, bird-walk – Brenda, our guide, was so knowledgeable and we saw so many different animals and birds species."
"San Pedro – snorkelling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley was great, got up close and personal with sharks and rays as well as a large volume of fish."
"Black Rock we did a night-time nature walk; kayaking, ATM Caves and summit hike. The ATM Caves was a unique experience with a memorable guide (Manuel) whose dry delivery and humour were a highlight to light up a fascinating underground tour. Again, very knowledgeable guides throughout, especially when just idleing away hours in the main restaurant area, watching birds at the feeders."
"Placencia – organised a snorkelling trip by ourselves to Laughing Bird Caye – incredible! Didn’t organise a tour with the hotel but did use their kayaks
for a jaunt around into the mangroves!”
Stephen and Nicola - January 2017
“The holiday was amazing - it surpassed our expectations. We were very impressed with the package you put together for
us and the service and support you offered. There were no nasty surprises just lovely ones. I would highly recommend you!”
Sarah and Andrew - January 2017
“We would recommend Belize and even more so Black Rock Lodge. Black Rock Lodge wasn’t just any break it was extremely special.
I think it was a good call to do the active part of the holiday first then the relaxing part second. Even with Ambergris Caye being so special we missed
Black Rock Lodge. The rooms at Victoria House were immaculate and pleasing to come back to after a day out and about. Going around on golf carts was so much
fun and gave us the freedom to explore San Pedro. It was excellent! The roads further afield are not as good but went venturing and took us to some stunning
places like Secret Beach (where we spent the entire day) and Rojo Beach Bar and Lounge. It is a unique experience which we will remember for many many years.
Belize is wonderful and we really enjoyed the cultural and people. You’ve done very well indeed! We had a fab time.”
Michael and Tharene - December 2016
“We are just back from our amazing trip that you organised for us to Miami and Belize and just wanted to let you know how smoothly the whole trip went. Your organisation of all the various parts to the trip were absolutely spot on and the hotels that you chose for us suited us perfectly . The Tides was in just the right position as we only had one night there but were able to get out and about very easily. The arrival by boat to the Lodge was very "James Bondish"!!"
"Our guide Levi at Lamanai was fantastic and so helpful and full of knowledge -the Lodge was incredible and all the staff charming. It was quite an experience and all the activities we went on with Levi were fantastic and on the last morning we had time to make a trip to the Mennonite community which was fascinating especially being driven around the community by Mr Cornelius even having a snack made by his wife at their house."
"Victoria House was the perfect place for us to relax and again the staff were charming and we hired a golf buggy in order to discover the rest
of the island. All in all it was a fabulous trip which went without any hitches, organised beautifully by yourselves and we will certainly recommend
you to people.”
Linda and Nigel - December 2016
“We had an amazing holiday in Belize. The itinerary you put together was a perfect blend of everything and we enjoyed it very much. So a huge thanks to you for organising our holiday and making it so easy to travel from place to place and for suggesting excursions all of which were good quality. All the tours were very good. The guides at Blackrock and Hidden Valley were exceptional, very amiable, great communicators and highly knowledgeable. The snorkelling tour was also very good but mainly due to the amazing location rather than the guides, they did not seem to be as knowledgeable or didn't impart their knowledge as well as the other guides.
"Belize is a great holiday destination especially if you like an active holiday and appreciate wild flora and fauna.
There's a wide range of tours and a great variety of destinations to choose from. We would definitely recommend it.”
Margaret and Andrew - December 2016
"We had an absolute amazing time!!!! Words cannot explain how brilliant it was. Once again thank you
very much for helping us. Everything was spot on; accommodation, food, people etc I got to live my dream of swimming with turtles."
Charlotte and James - November 2016
"We would thoroughly recommend Lamanai Outpost Lodge in all respects.
Great way to experience the jungle without being overly arduous or challenging. Fantastic range of excursions included with the holiday.
We are all still buzzing with excitement about this part of our trip. We are also very pleased with all your expert help, advice and
arrangements from Naturally Belize and won't hesitate to recommend you to our friends and families. Thank you!"
Jill and Tony - August 2016
"Better than we could have imagined! We loved having the opportunity to see both the jungle and beach parts of Belize too as they were like 2 different worlds. The jungle lodges were authentic and close to nature and the beach hotels were relaxing and luxurious.
We did loads. Pooks - Canoeing, Xunantunich, The Zoo. Victoria House - Snorkelling. Lamanai - Spotlight Safari,
Sunset Cocktail Cruise, Sunrise Canoeing, Nature Walk. Almond Beach - Zip-lining & Waterfall rapelling. All tours were great and
very different, which is good as we were looking for variety. If I had to pick I would say zip-lining was my favourite but it's a
tough choice. We also had a couples massage on our last day at Almond Beach which was lovely! The locals are all so friendly
(big shock to miserable Brits like us who aren't used to that!) and everyone and everything is so relaxed that you just can't help
feeling relaxed yourself! Thank you Naturally Belize for making our honeymoon so fabulous and memorable!!"
Sarah and Michael - August 2016
"We were delighted with all the bookings you made for us, particularly Lamanai and Hatchet Caye- they were both excellent, 5* accommodation! We thought it was the best and will definitely return! Everyone we met was friendly, helpful and charming. We would give it the highest recommendation- and urge the Belizean people to keep conservation near the top of their agendas- it's a wonderful country.
First, we thought that NB provided an excellent service during our planning and booking for the trip. Second, we were in
the Cayo District when Hurricane Earl made landfall, and were very grateful for the excellent service and support provided by NB.
You quickly found us alternative accommodation when ours wasn't available for a few days, and couldn't have been more supportive
and helpful throughout- many thanks!"
Fiona, Richard, Ben, Eliza, Hugo and Olivia - July 2016
"Naturally Belize put together a number of itineraries which exactly matched our initial request and
fine tuned the final itinerary to our requirements. The detailed itinerary and local information given to us prior to our departure was
excellent and every detail was pre-arranged including the tours and everything went smoothly. Ka'ana Boutique was exceptional,
it exceeded our expectations. The hotel itself was beautiful, the food excellent, but it was the management and staff who we shall
remember for many years to come, they were friendly, helpful and couldn't do enough to ensure our holiday experience was amazing.
They really went 'over and above'. All tours were excellent and the Ka'ana tour guides were extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable."
Jayne and Keith - June 2016
"Mark and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Belize. It was our first time in this country and it far
exceeded our expectations. The itinerary was perfect for our needs and I liked the fact that we went to Lamanai first.
From the moment we stepped off the plane the people could not do enough for us. All the transfers were on time and the boat trip along the river to Lamanai was a great start to the holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed all the activities provided in the hotel package. We sat at the top of the temple, listening to the howler monkeys at dawn, seeing the mist over the tree tops and watching the sun rise over the river. This memory will stay with us forever.
There was a bit of a delay from Placencia to Hatchet Caye but this turned out to be a bonus as we were taken to the beach resort of
Placencia for lunch and here Mark and I experienced the laid back feel of Belize which prepared us for the relaxed atmosphere of Hatchet Caye. The accommodation on Hatchet Caye was lovely and the uninterrupted view from the duplex was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and all the staff were very friendly. We spent time snorkelling and went on a couple of boat trips, the first to try and see a whale shark and the second to swim with turtles, nurse sharks and rays. Unfortunately we didn't get to see a whale shark but that didn't deter from the trip as it was a brand new experience snorkelling in the deep sea as opposed to coral and reef beds.
All in all we had a terrific holiday and would like to thank you personally for planning it for us. Mark and I would definitely recommend your travel company and Belize to family and friends."
Deborah and Mark - May 2016
"Well, we are back from the most fantastic holiday we have ever had! Everything worked incredibly
smoothly on the trip - all transfers were perfect, all locations amazing. We really couldn't fault a thing. Thank you for putting
together the itinerary for us - it was absolutely perfect and completely met our requirements."
Sam and Family - April 2016
Thanks for organising what was a trip to remember - we had the best time - everything went very
smoothly and all our accommodation was super. Your suggestions were spot on and Black Rock lodge in particular stood out as somewhere
we would have spent an extra few days at if we'd had them. Best trip - the night spotlight safari at Lamanai with our guide Ruben who
was brilliant. So atmospheric, with a clear night so we had the stars above and all the wildlife around us. Thank you for a well
organised and very happy trip - what a great country with so much to see and do and very friendly welcome everywhere."
Sascha and Family - March 2016
We were expecting it to be good but it exceeded our expectations - the people are friendly and
welcoming, environmental issues are clearly important to most of the population. We felt that we achieved a good balance of the
things we wanted - the jungle wildlife, luxury beach chilling and the hippy vibe/beach life at Placencia. We would definitely
recommend it. Overall though a fantastic holiday and your advice and organisation was much appreciated."
John and Brenda - Feb 2016
Belize is an excellent holiday destination, as one can easily combine the rain forest with the marine
life off the coral cayes. Took many tours, found they were all small groups, with very knowledgeable guides. Would most definitely
recommend it and Naturally Belize."
Leslie and Cynthia - Feb 2016
Thanks for arranging the holiday. We had a great time and loved Belize! The accommodations at the
Lamanai Outpost Lodge and at Matachica lived up to our expectations. We enjoyed them both: stunning locations and helpful and friendly
staff. From Lamanai we visited the Mayan ruins, kayaked at sunrise kayak, did the cocktail cruise, jungle dawn nature walk. We couldn't
do the night walk because there was a storm that evening. The guides (Levy and Brenda) were excellent. Had some great bird sightings.
From Matachica we snorkelled Hol Chan and shark ray alley: well-organised, excellent guides. Loved it. We also kayaked out to the reef
by the hotel and borrowed bikes to cycle into San Pedro. We definitely recommend Belize as a holiday destination; it's a beautiful country. It's not spoilt by tourism and has such interesting history, cultures and amazing wildlife. Thank you for the first class service provided by Naturally Belize, we will definitely recommend you!
Laura and Michael - Feb 2016
"Thank you so much for your organisation of our recent Belize trip. You were recommended to us by our daughter and son in law who booked their honeymoon with you in 2013.
You were so patient and helpful, and provided so many options every time we came up with another idea. All three resorts we stayed in were delightful in their own different ways, from the " rustic " feel of Lamanai, then successively more luxurious as we went to Hamanasi via Chaa Creek. All the travel arrangements you made went without a single hitch.
Belize has so much to offer, wildlife, history, beaches, diving, we would most definitely recommend it."
Brian and Patricia - Feb 2016
"Wow. Just Wow. What a country! The people, the food, the locations, the flora and fauna. And it's eco! A country that really seems to care for it's environment and the other creatures that live in it. We could learn a lot from them. Can't thank you enough for all your help and arranging. We would highly recommend Lamanai, Bocawina Rainforest Resort, Belizean Nirvana and Pelican Pouch. Would go back to each of the places in a heart beat! "
Daisy and Jack - Jan 2016
"Naturally Belize, means naturally brilliant. Short and sweet but says everything." Sue, Jim & Wills - Jan 2016
"We had a truly amazing time in Belize. Thank you for all your work getting us out there given the relatively short notice.
Chaa Creek and Matachica were both brilliant in their different ways, what was common between them was how genuine all of the staff were and
how they truly did seem to want to ensure we had a great holiday. The guides at Chaa Creek were excellent, we did a raft of things while there,
and they were very passionate about nature, the environment and their homeland and clearly clued up on the subject in hand (be it Xunantunich,
bird watching, their horses etc). We are very sad to be back and left wanting more, which is a great thing."
Edward and Katharine - Dec 2015
"We had a super time in Belize! Pook's Hill was gorgeous. The setting, guides, food and gin all super!
We tubed and swam most evenings in the river, bird watched every morning with before breakfast and enjoyed all trips. We absolutely
adored the ATM cave, had an amazing guide! We shall remember this day forever as very special indeed. (Well recommended)! We visited
the ruins at Xunantanich, which were so impressive and the boys particularly loved the ferry and howler monkeys. Same day Pook's Hill
treated us to lunch at local restaurant "Benny's" and we all ate Pibil washed down with Belikin, with our guide who was so interesting
and brilliant - we were expecting a packed lunch! Pook's is very special and a real gem!
En route to Hatchet we swam in the Blue Hole sink hole and saw many sights on the Hummingbird Highway. Hatchet Caye again was so relaxing and a very special place. Staff were first class as was food, snorkelling, sailing and accommodation. We couldn't believe how reasonable for such a private and exclusive resort! We would definitely recommend not only these two fabulous places but Belize as a super destination to all our friends as it was truly magical and so unspoilt. We were so well looked after and really couldn't say anything negative at all. Your details were very thorough and everything ran like clock work, first class! - thank you! Belize was one of the best destinations and experiences we've had!"
Heather and Benjamin and family - Dec 2015
"What a fantastic destination. Something for everyone. People lovely. Felt Safe. Food good. Well put together itinerary. Karen listened to what we like to do and really hit the mark with what was organised. Great information pack to take with us. Very happy!"
Lavinia and Family - July 2015
"Young James and I had the trip of a lifetime! It was all wonderful, if I had to pick a favourite leg of our adventure it would be the jungle and Hatchet caye. Truly truly magical places with the nicest people on resort to look after us. Top marks to you and everyone involved. We will most certainly see Hatchet Caye again one day."
James and Family - August 2015
"Really really recommend Belize, beautiful, lovely people and we felt really safe and looked after for the whole trip. It was the best holiday I think we've ever had! Thank you sooo much for organizing it."
Kali and Family - June 2015
"Belize has loads of variety to offer in a small country, English spoken widely which removes some of the angst. We only met friendly, helpful people. Accommodation at Caves Branch was not super luxury in an absolute sense but top class for a jungle lodge. From Caves Branch we went on a jungle walk, river tubing trip, tour of Mayan Ruin and a birdwatching tour. All were of the highest quality. Hatchet Caye was very special - made us feel like millionaires."
Eileen and Bruce - June 2015
"Belize was truly delightful and the two centre holiday a real joy. We chose to stay at Chaa Creek and Matachica and felt it was excellent value for money. All tours were very good, small groups, informed guides with a strong safety culture. I would thoroughly recommend Belize, the two centres and your company. It was first class, a treasured memory."
Robert and Helen - May 2015
"We had a lovely holiday and with your help, we got the balance of destinations just right.
Lamanai was a great place to stay in the jungle with the mix of Mayan ruins and nature. One highlight for us was the boat trip to get to the lodge. A fantastic start to the holiday. We were lucky that for most of the activities we were the only people and had Brenda, a very knowledgeable guide, to ourselves. We loved the night walk, the ruins and the spotlight safari on the boat. Food here was good. I very soon learnt to ask for small portions as I just could not manage the amount of food we were given.
Hatchet Caye was a good choice for a few days on a quiet island. Dave enjoyed diving from here and I went on a snorkelling trip. We were lucky to see nurse sharks, sting rays and turtles. Quite an adventure! The staff at all three resorts were very good but at Hamanasi they seemed to go the extra mile. Everybody was friendly and knew our names within a day. The treehouse accommodation was fantastic. We would certainly recommend Naturally Belize. A first class service giving us a memorable holiday."
David and Lorraine - April 2015
"What can I say!?..........What an amazing trip and adventure. A part of Belize has come back home with me. Just wanted to say thank you for organising a first class trip with memories my children, my husband and I will remember for a very long time. The service was impeccable. The people amazing and having Lamanai at the end of the holiday was the icing on the cake. Utterly beautiful. I want to go back tmrw please :)"
Nathalie - Apr 2015
"We have just come back from the best holiday we have ever had visiting Guatemala and Belize thanks to the brilliant organisation of Nicola at Naturally Belize.
We can not praise the company enough. Our holiday included 6 flights, 4 road and two boat transfers, stays in 4 different hotels/lodges and 2 guided tours and 4 day excursions. At no time were we worried that our itinerary would go wrong, we were confident that Naturally Belize had it covered!
Naturally Belize had recommended the lodges and they were perfect for our needs. Pook's Hill being one of the most memorable and welcoming places we have ever stayed at. Snorkelling off the beach at Pelican Pouch was another highlight and the Mayan ruins at Tikal and Caracol were unbelievable. So many experiences in such a short time.
Thank you Naturally Belize!"
Penny, David, Rowan and James - March 2015
"Thank you Karen for your recommendations they were brilliant and each place so different, the places you have on your books are exceptional. Everywhere we went our transport and transfers went like a dream shame it can't be so outstanding here. Loved Lamanai and all the staff and guides.
Black Rock so pretty and again wonderful staff and guides.
Shame about the biting insects at Hidden Valley which could ruin your holiday despite every prevention and insect repellent under the sun, but makes up for it with the lovely rooms, nice staff and guides and the gastro dining.
Loved Pelicans Pouch and our little house 'Herons Hideaway' was just a shame the weather was not at its best whilst we were there but still idyllic and again lovely welcoming staff.
Mark snorkelled with nurse sharks which made his holiday.
Victoria House was just the perfect end to our holiday able to relax and reflect on all we had done and to also have the opportunity to integrate a little more with local life.
Flying into to Belize City from Ambergris we had Tapir's at the end of the runway what an ending, you don't get that at Manchester airport!
All in all a wonderful experience put together by you so seamlessly by you."
Sue - Feb 2015
"Just a note to say thank you for a wonderful holiday - it started brilliant and then just got better and better. People great and organisation went like clockwork."
Barrie - Feb 2015
"Just a big thank you to Karen, for being so patient and helpful. Talking to someone who knows the place was really useful and I can't think of anything that I would have done differently. It has just whetted my appetite to go back and visit other places in Belize."
Desna - Feb 2015
"Would definitely recommend Belize as a destination. It was a long journey, especially on the way back but a culture we hadn't experienced before and a beautiful destination."
Mark - December 2014
"Once again we had a wonderful time, and really enjoyed Belize. We loved Chaa Creek, plus the 4 days at Chabil Mar. The organisation from your end was superb, all ran well and truly the holiday couldn't have been any better. Many thanks again, we will recommend Naturally Belize to others without hesitation."
Caroline - December 2014
"Thank you for tailoring a wonderful holiday for us. We will treasure the memories for years to come!"
Andy - July 2014
"Belize is very friendly, easy to navigate and get around. The Tropic Air service is very useful and makes life very easy. Lovely people and all very helpful. Unspoilt country (not sure for how long!) Definitely recommend it."
Nick - July 2014
"Enormously impressed with Naturally Belize. The itinerary ran like clockwork, and we had the trip of a lifetime. Have and will continue to recommend Naturally Belize for their sterling service and recommendations. Thank you!"
Simon - April 2014
"We would like to thank you for organising such a wonderful holiday for us in Belize and Costa Rica. All our travel arrangements, which included nine flights and nearly as many transfers by land, went like clockwork. The various lodges we stayed in were all very comfortable, served excellent food and the staff were helpful and friendly. The guides who took us on hikes through the rainforests were excellent and knowledgeable. This was a very memorable trip."
Di and Bryan - November 2013
"Belize was wonderful as ever. As with last year we were amazed at how friendly and informative all the people were in the lodges and hotels. This really makes a fantastic family holiday."
Helen - July 2013
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us experience the most wonderful holiday in Belize. It is a beautiful country with so much to offer and the people are so friendly, welcoming and helpful. We loved it. From the exquisite bird and animal life and the Mayan ruins at Lamanai, to the fantastic snorkelling at Mexico Rocks, to the wonderful horseback riding through the jungle and aromatherapy at the Spa at Chaa Creek, to the rest and relaxation finally at Placencia. So well worked out. We couldn't have asked for a better holiday."
Linda and Bill
"We are extremely grateful to you for your recommendations we had an absolutely fantastic time."
Robert - June 2013
"Thank you for organising a great trip, we will be recommending Belize and indeed Naturally Belize in the future. Belize is a brilliant place to visit. I think more British travellers knew how much there is to see and do in Belize it would be more popular. We have visited over 70 countries and Belize is already in our top 5."
Ronald - May 2013
"Many thanks for what was a perfect holiday. Everything went as planned and your suggested itinerary was spot on for the mixture of experiences we were are after."
Mark - April 2013
"We would definitely recommend Belize as a holiday destination, in fact we have already been telling friends and family that they should visit! We felt that it offered everything that we wanted from a holiday - wildlife, beach, good food and sunshine. The staff and local people were very friendly and we felt safe walking around on our own. We would love to go back again sometime soon.
James - April 2013
"We had a wonderful time, just such a shame it went so quickly. Thank you for all the organisation, it all went really, really smoothly. We would recommend Belize to people who love snorkelling and diving."
Sally - March 2013