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It's hard to know where to start with this review, as this was truly a perfect vacation in this beautiful home! There really are no words to describe the serenity of sipping your morning cup of coffee on the front deck watching the sunrise from this house. Everything from beginning to end was simply amazing.
We had a party of 6 and stayed for 8 nights. As with everyone else, we think the world of Victor and Naomi who were fantastic and truly appreciated. Victor helped with setting up several snorkeling tours, a day on the mainland with zip lining and cave tubing, and on our last night in Belize we were staying at the Princess Hotel in Belize City due to a very early flight home the next day and Victor set us up with a tour of the Belize Zoo for that day as well. Any questions or needs, he was full of information and more than happy to assist. He took care of reserving/returning the golf carts we rented (so glad we decided to rent those) and also water taxi/land taxi to and from the airport in Sanpedro. Naomi was very sweet, cleaned the home every day, and on one night cooked us the BEST dinner of the trip - it was outstanding! They were both close at hand if needed, but not overbearing in any way.
The house itself was gorgeous, very roomy, beautiful furnishings, pool was wonderful and the home felt very safe (Victor and Naomi's dogs also keep an eye on things at night adding to the feeling of security). After our all day trip of zip lining and cave tubing, we came back to enjoy a soak on the hot tub on the roof (awesome!) We also did some sea kayaking, which was fun and a first for me.
I could go on and on about how much we loved Stella Di Mare, although part of me would like to keep this secret to myself 🙂 I am already starting to plan a return trip and if Randy will have us, there is no place on the island I would rather stay. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful slice of paradise with us, we can't wait to return!
Thank you Cheryl! We look forward to your next visit!
Seven of us stayed at Stella di Mare from 4/24/16 to 4/30/16. Myself, my daughter, son-in-law, and four kids.
We had a wonderful time! Victor and Naomi were great; Victor met us at the airport in San Pedro and we took a speedboat out the the house. All prepaid.
We used to wonder why people built pools right next to the ocean... we don't ask that question any more! The pool is delightful, relaxing and we spent a LOT of time in it, looking out at the beach and ocean. The kids spent even more time in it, although the hot tub was another big attraction for them. (At first, grandpa wasn't quite so keen on hot tubs in the tropics, but he got quite accustomed to the practice!)
We won't hesitate to book Stella di Mare again. We can't say enough how pleased we were with Ambergris Caye and the house. Naomi provided daily maid service and offered to cook if we wanted... but we decided to eat out instead, just for fun. The restaurants on Ambergris Caye are wonderful. We also liked the daily morning burrito delivery by José (I think that's his name) who arrived by bicycle along the beach path. That took care of breakfast, although we made eggs a few times, too, in the well-appointed kitchen. We made coffee daily... the local coffee is quite good!
Victor arranged to have golf carts waiting for us when we arrived. We used them all week (they were rentals for which we paid a rental agency) and we went all over the Caye with them. We snorkeled, swam, went out to the National Park to play with porpoises, etc. by speedboat with a guide.
Everything we great, and the kids really didn't want to go home! The last day they asked about becoming citizens of Belize so they could stay, but Mom, Dad & Grandpa all had to go back home to their occupations. Pity!
We're delighted you had such a wonderful time Jess! Please visit again soon!
We not only love this house and location on the North end of the island, we really love Victor and Naomi as they are wonderful hosts. We have stayed at private homes on both sides of San Pedro, but Stella is still our favorite. Now that they have paved the road from the bridge almost to Stella, getting to town is fast and easy. The owner's have added a new hot tub and pool; which make the place even better.
We loved our time in Belize! Stella Di Mare is a lovely location with beautiful views. The road from town is partially completed, so expect some bumpy golf cart rides on the way. Not to worry - it is actually part of the charm! Stop by Abby's roadside stand on the way - she will remember your name forever! And perhaps the best part is getting to know Victor and Naomi, the caretakers. Not only do they clean, cook, and fix, but they also are a wealth of information for restaurants; where to buy things, and coordinators for snorkeling, scuba, and fishing. On our fishing excursion, we came back with 30 snappers!
Victor took us to a unique snorkeling beach one afternoon and Naomi cooked an authentic Belizean dish one night.
On departure, Victor had arranged for the golf carts to be picked up, a boat to take us to town, and a taxi to the airport. All was included in the price of the cottage!
We would love to return, and will do so in the near future!
A quick note to say thank you for letting us stay in your little place in paradise. We had a great time and really appreciated the help, assistance and suggestions from Victor and family. We enjoyed their presence.
As you are aware, our group had its challenges. Not only did two couples fail to make it to Belize, another couple had to return home after the first week to attend a family emergency. That left only two people for the last week!
This was our first trip to Belize and I don't think it will be our last. We thoroughly enjoyed the house, location, diving, the Belizean people and the weather.
Thanks again from the group.
We had a group of 8 stay at this house for 7 nights and had an amazing time. The house was everything we expected it to be! Naomi was over every day cleaning and doing laundry and did an excellent job keeping up with our large group. Victor did a fantastic job arranging tours and golf cars for us during the week, and made some great restaurant recommendations. Aji and The Lazy Crock were a short drive from the house and were two of our favorite places to eat. Wild Mangos in San Pedro was another of Victor’s recommendations and it was fabulous! Victor also told us which supermarkets to avoid and which ones were better to shop at than others.
Our second night we went out on our own and walked down to Captain Morgan's for supper - do NOT eat there! Service was less than stellar, the food was overpriced for what you got and the bar waitress was terrible. She couldn't keep our drink orders straight and tried to palm some of our change at the end of the night.
The beach was not quite what we were expecting for snorkeling and lounging, but Victor cleaned it daily and kept it well maintained. The water at the end of the dock was deep enough for jumping off and for swimming. We were also able to see some amazing sunrises from our patio and have some great pictures to prove it.
If we ever come back to San Pedro, we will certainly book this house again! Thank you Victor and Naomi for making our vacation so wonderful!!
Just wanted to send you a quick note about our WONDERFUL vacation at Stella di Mare!! We all had an amazing time and were very pleased with the accommodations, the caretaker, Victor and his wife, Naomi. We were even fortunate enough to get to know their sweet children, Edward and Rachel and a few cousins, Josh and Phil. My son Jax loved hanging out with all of the boys as well as my husband. They took them out on the kayaks to snorkel and then taught them how to spear fish lobster. Victor was also very helpful and knowledgeable and did a great job of taking care of things for us and helping us with excursions, getting groceries, reserving a golf cart, etc. Naomi is very sweet and did a great job working around us to keep the house clean daily. We appreciate all of your help in making the arrangements and answering all of our questions to ensure our family vacation was such a success. We are very pleased to say the least and already looking at next year’s calendar as we want to go back and explore more on the island. Thanks again for everything- you have a beautiful home that provided us our favorite vacation yet!!
Did I mention we swam with sharks!!! Scared but loved every minute of it and yes, the older kids (8 and 5) did as well and can’t wait to brag to all of their friends!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful home on Ambergris Caye with our family July 8-22. We had a fantastic time there. Victor & Noemi were there for us every step of the way. I was especially impressed when he overheard me say that a clothes line would be helpful to hang wet beach clothes & towels. The next day he put one up & Noemi brought me clothes pins. We certainly made good use of it.
We were able to take advantage of her good cooking a couple of times while we were there. She even baked us a cake when she heard it was our anniversary.
They were always there to provide whatever we needed from daily cleaning, booking outings, or just answering our questions. Victor even watched our grandson when he jumped on the trampoline with Rachel in the San Pedro city park one Saturday night.
Your home was so homey & had everything we needed. Thank you very much. We will surely recommend it to our friends.
We would also like to thank you for taking the time to answer all our questions before the trip. It made our preparations so much easier. Belize was all the guide books say & more. We look forward to returning someday!
Thanks. The vacation was great! Victor & Naomi where fantastic.
I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time in Belize at Stella Di Mare. We really enjoyed our stay. Victor, Naomi, Edward, and Rachel were all exceptional. The location of your home is fantastic. I am glad that we chose your house. I enjoyed Belize the best so far out of all of the places I have been to. I thank you for sharing your home.
Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know what a great time we had at Stella Di Mare. The week passed so quickly. We loved the area and the quiet surroundings. Also wanted to let you know how lucky you are to have Victor and Naomi representing you...they do a great job.
Hope we are able to do it again. Thanks for all of your advance help and advice.
We had a truly lovely time! The location of the house was perfect for our group of 2 families as was the size of the house. As you intimated, Victor and Noemi were fantastic and helped us in many ways. We spent a fabulous 10 days, enjoying the Caribbean breezes and sunshine and partaking of the local fare. We tried out many of the local restaurants; Lazy Croc, Las Terrazas, Portofino Resort, Rendez Vous, Captain Morgan's, Capricorn and Fido's, to name most of them! David's taxi service was really excellent - even on New Year's eve. The boys went fishing with 'Roger' a couple of times, we all went snorkeling with 'El Gato' and visited Caye Caulker, and some of the group visited the Mayan ruins at Lamanai (quite a long way to travel ... but worth it, in my opinion). The kayaks were well used, both out at sea and in the lagoon behind, and Victor's local knowledge and fishing skills were well appreciated! Many fish were caught, and Noemi cooked for us on one occasion at the house - she is indeed a very good cook. Our golf carts were not used as much as we'd thought, but having taken delivery of them we used them as much as possible and let Victor use one whenever it was helpful for him. On a future occasion, I doubt that we'd rent carts - we were easily within walking distance of most things, and the water is by far the most comfortable means of transport - especially when being able to use the pier, a great advantage.
We made use of both the water taxi from Belize City on our way over to the island and we flew back to Belize City using Air Tropic. Victor's smiling face on arrival and on departure was very welcome. Enclosing a photo taken (one of many ...), wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy 2013.
I brought my wife and 2 teenage kids to Stella di Mare for what turned out to be the best vacation ever! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the amenities at the villa are fabulous, we never felt like we needed to leave for anything. Victor, the caretaker was so valuable to have for information on tours and making arrangements. He even taught our family how to crack open the 7 varieties of coconuts on the property. Can't wait to go back!
We stayed at Stella Di Mare with a group of 8. We could not have had a better time. The house was amazing with all of the amenities. Victor and Noemi were so helpful to us and we got a taste of the culture by spending time with them. Victor helped arrange some private tours for us. I would recommend the cave-tubing and Mayan ruins tours and the snorkeling/catamaran tour. Noemi is an amazing cook and I would recommend you have her cook for you as often as she is willing! There are tons of restaurants on the island and within walking distance from the house. I can't wait to go back!!!!
We had a wonderful time at your beautiful villa. Stella di Mare is truly a gem! Victor and his wife are some of the sweetest people that we have ever met. They are a real family filled with love and happiness. It was a pleasure to be in their company. It is amazing how simple their lives are, yet completely grateful for what they have. The house is in a perfect location, very private, yet many very good restaurants within walking distance. We really enjoyed the pool and hot tub. We are looking forward to our next trip there. RM North Andover, MA
We stayed at Stella di Mare with a group of eight and it, honestly, could not have been better. Victor and his family were so kind and helpful and made our trip even more enjoyable. The house looks even better than the photos (which are great) with the light coming in through the upstairs living area. The bedroom were breezy and comfortable and I have to admit that I really enjoyed having air conditioning on occasion! And the paintings of the toucans in the children's room was a nice touch! The area is nice and quiet but you can walk in either direction to some wonderful restaurants. I would love to return to the Stella Di Mare!
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We're delighted to know that you had such a wonderful time.
I just returned from a weeklong getaway on Ambergris Caye and am so delighted with our house that I had to write a review. Stella Di Mare was perfect--ideal for a large group of people (we were 7 women), but would also be fabulous for one or two couples with kids. It was just a 15 minute boat ride from San Pedro, which I'm so glad we didn't stay in, and how many people get to commute into town by boat. The house was beautiful, the pool was amazing and had nice outdoor furniture for all of us, the kitchen had everything we needed, the dining room was large and the table big enough for all of us, the bedrooms were comfortable with plenty of closet space, the bathrooms were clean and nice, and our caretakers Victor and Naomi were incredibly friendly and helpful. We happened to have the opportunity to see another comparably priced rental while we were there and I'm just so happy that we chose Stella Di Mare.