This inspired beachfront resort on Belize’s largest island is an escape for the adventurous and the leisurely, alike. 

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Wellness

  • Non-Smoking Hotel

    Non-Smoking Hotel

  • Massage Services

    Massage Services

  • Free Healthy Breakfast

    Free Healthy Breakfast

  • Farm-to-Table Program

    Farm-to-Table Program

  • Organic Food Options

    Organic Food Options

  • Vegetarian Food Options

    Vegetarian Food Options

  • Sleep Programs

    Sleep Programs

  • Fitness Programs

    Fitness Programs

  • Guest Bikes

    Guest Bikes

Green

  • A\C Energy Saver

  • Tree Relocation Program

  • Recycle Program

  • Responsible Watering

  • Eco-Friendly Bath Products

  • Cruelty-Free Products

Community Impact

  • New Jobs Created

  • Local Artisan Products

  • Locally Sourced Furnishings

  • Donates Back




Certifications

  • Conde Nast Award


ABOUT

The Setting

After a short ferry from the mainland of Belize, you will arrive at Ambergris Caye, an idyllic island sanctuary facing the baby blue Caribbean and the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Along the 25-mile stretch of powdery shoreline is a village of 32 vibrantly colorful casitas with thatched roofs known at Matachica Resort. The resort was recently resdesinged with purpose and sustainability in mind, these efforts landing it in the top ten resorts of Central America in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best.” 

Despite its tropical seclusion, this is no Robinson Crusoe situation, however. There is an exciting restaurant helmed by a French Laundry alum, jungle activities and water-bound excursions to keep your dance card full, a lounge-worthy pool scene, and you’re just a golf cart ride from the buzzing town of San Pedro. 

Sleep and Sanctuary

Design with purpose was the core philosophy behind Matachica’s recent redesign. Thirty-two vibrantly colored beach casitas and villas, with sea and partial sea views seamlessly blend into Ambergris Caye’s inherent beauty. Each is topped with an authentic thatched roof and adorned with a personal patio and hammock. Kick-off vacay in tropical luxury by entering your villa threshold into reimagined interiors with fully-renovated en-suite bathrooms and upgraded fixtures, and eco-friendly amenities.

The bedroom walls are adorned with tropical custom murals by famed Montreal-based illustrator Cécile Gariépy for a pop of color and whimsy. The super comfy beds draped in soft, beachy linens help you sleep off a day of rustic island adventures on eco-friendly mattresses. Recent studies have determined the casitas and villas are also best enjoyed barefoot, lounging in your terrace hammock, with a good book or a good cocktail. 

Eat. Pray. Eat.

The open-air Mambo Restaurant redefines typical vacation resort fare spearheaded by former Head Chef de Partie at the French Laundry, chef Léon Cerredo from Paris, France, and Culinary Institute of America graduate and pastry Chef Stephen Lighter. This dynamic duo reimagined two dining spaces and refined menus of each, seamlessly blending global techniques with local flavors and practices. To complement the restaurant, Mambo Bistro is a casual beachfront eatery with a light menu of local organic produce and fresh sea fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

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Amenities

  • Airport Transportation

  • Free Parking

  • Complimentary Breakfast

  • Air Conditioning

  • Laundry Facility

  • Restaurant

  • Bar Lounge

  • Room Remote Control

  • Beachfront

  • Gym

  • Hot Tub

  • Bath Robes

  • Concierge

  • Complimentary WiFi

  • Pool


OPTIONAL EXTRAS + FEES

Check-in: 2 PM | Late check-in upon availability 
Check-out: 12 PM
Special check-in instructions

Guests must transfer via airplane or boat to the property; guests must contact the property at least 72 hours before travel.

This property offers transfers from the ferry terminal and airport; to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival For more details, please contact the property Access to the property is via a 20-minute domestic flight from Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, or via ferry boat. Airport transfers are offered from the San Pedro airstrip and not from the Belize City airport.

Accessibility

Staffed front desk

Pets:

Not allowed

Children and extra beds

No children or Extra beds at this property

 


IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Kind Eats and Drinks
Conscious Culture
Mindful Adventures
Do Good for the Day
  • Bring a needed in-Kind gift for Aces Wildlife Rescue as they rehabilitate and rescue reptiles and avians on the island
  • Lend support to Hope Haven Belize, who provides care for children who have been abandoned, neglected or sexually and physically abused by their parents or guardians. They also work in conjunction with Colleen’s Food Bank, an environmentally friendly project that provides meals to underprivileged children and adults. 
  • Prep yourself with all the zones and regulations before visiting Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Be Kind to Yourself

Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America

HOW TO GET THERE

By Plane
  • 80 km from Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) served by most major US airlines. 
  • 9.3 km (about 5 miles) from San Pedro (SPR) domestic airport, reachable by short domestic flight from BZE. If you are more comfortable taking a boat and do not mind the extra time, there is also a 2 hr ferry option from Belize City. From San Pedro SPR, a ferry is roughly 5 min to Grand Caribe and a 3 min walk to Matachica. 
By Automobile

From BZE, follow International Airport Road to Northern Hwy. Continue on Northern Hwy. Take Philip Goldson Hwy (Northern Highway) and Northern Highway to King St in Belize City. Take Regent St to Belize City - San Pedro Ferry. Take the Belize City - San Pedro Ferry. Upon arrival in San Pedro, take Laguna Dr to your destination. About 3 hr travel time.