Excellent

44 reviews

1 / 24 Pool and ocean

Map
Map

Overview

Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4
Sleeps:
6
Type:
Villa
Pets allowed:
No
Wi-Fi available:
No

Description from owner

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 6399713

About the area

We suggest a golf cart rental * for sightseeing and exploring downtown San Pedro. There are sooo many restaurants and shops to chose from. We have secured a special golf cart rate for our guests and can be picked up at the Airport or at Seascape.

Owner profile

Peter & Barbara R.
Years listed:
2

Languages spoken: English

Amenities

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Housekeeping Included
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Sea view
  • Waterfront

Appliances

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine

Activities

  • Bikes
  • Boat available
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (44)

Excellent – based on 44 reviews Excellent
44 reviews

“Five Star Rating From A True Travel Snob With The Highest Expectations”

Reviewed 30 May 2017

Peter, I wanted to let you know how much my sister and my two nieces loved your beautiful villa and we cannot wait to return again. Although I am 57 and my sister is 51, we are still typically quite active when we are on vacation, especially when we are with her two kids (ages 20 and 22). However, at the end of the trip, we laughed about how we spent the majority of our vacation time - laying around the beautiful pool with gorgeous beach views (yes, Landshark beers were involved). We found ourselves going to dinner earlier and earlier each night in order to get back to the villa to watch movies from your wide selection of DVDs (yes, wine was involved). We talked with the girls several times about going out for drinks after dinner, but they just wanted to get back to the villa to watch movies. This speaks volumes coming from a 20 and 22-year-old! And they were up at 6am every morning to go running on the beach. Again, this was a first for them on vacation! I also wanted to mention that we absolutely loved Lupe and the guys that helped us with our luggage - and got the kayaks out for us. Especially Lupe! We thought it was so funny when we would take a couple of steps toward the office to ask a question, Lupe sprinted out to us to see what she could do for us. I admit I am quite a travel snob, but the service Lupe provided went way beyond expectations. I imagine you and the other owners know how valuable Lupe is with exceeding expectations of your guests, but I wanted to be sure you knew that we loved her and cannot wait to see her again when we return. My sister and I own a vacation rental home in Destin, Florida, so when we go on vacation in a VRBO home, we always identify a few ideas from the guests' perspective to share with the owner. However, at the end of the week, we could not think of anything about your villa or the service that the staff provided to improve the experience. Just to confirm we did get off the pool lounge chairs and your enormous built-in living room sofa, we had an awesome time at Secret Beach (bumpy golf cart ride that is well worth it), swimming with the sharks at Shark Ray Alley, snorkeling (how much better can it get than having a private boat and guide pick you up at the Villa's dock), and many trips in town to eat, drink and shop. Thank you so much for again, and we hope to return soon!

Owner's reply: Barbara and I are just THRILLED with this review. We will remember this as one of the very best 5 STAR reviews if not, THE best..Kim; thank you so much. Peter

“You have to see it... and STAY!... to BELIZE it ! Beautiful Villa !”

Reviewed 29 May 2017

As soon as you walk in this lovely home, you will be happy and pleased that you selected Villa Descanso! Just steps away from the beach, the Caribbean view is beautiful! We were welcomed at the San Pedro airport by the property manager and our taxi was arranged and awaiting our family of five. The villa has every amenity that you need and more ! The villa is located very close to many wonderful restaurants, which was so convenient.The pictures of the pool are amazing right? You will not be disappointed! We enjoyed the pool just about everyday and during our leisurely time at the pool we were the only guests. The bedrooms are spacious, each with their own bathroom which was a "must have" for our adult family of five. Lupe, the Concierge arranged all our Belize excursions with spot-on recommendations. Peter the owner of this amazing villa was in touch up to the time of our trip, providing all the tidbits of travel needed arriving to Belize Amergris Caye. So would we go back and stay at Villa Descanso... absolutely 100% YES !

Owner's reply: As I told you personally " pardon my French" but " mucho thanko" for another great review. Jill, we also thank you for keeping in touch with us during your stay.. Barbara and I hope to see you again. Peter

“Terrific vacation at Villa Descanso on Amergris Caye”

Reviewed 21 May 2017

I had the pleasure of staying at this villa from March 1-5, 2017. It indeed lived up to its name as it felt like a restful and quiet place but with all the creature comforts of home. I feel that Peter and Barbara provided the amenities that they themselves would want from a 5 star resort. It was a great place to relax and unwind. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of matching dishes and glassware with ample cooking supplies. I liked that there was a large container of bottled water kept full all week. The mature on-site concierge and local staff were very knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant. The concierge had our rental golf cart delivered for us. The staff awaited our arrival to handle the luggage and we only had to admire the vegetation, especially the plumeria, and walk in the white sand. As soon as we got up in the morning and grabbed our coffee we headed out to the patio to sit on the Adirondack chairs to enjoy the sea breezes, seabirds and beautiful clouds floating by. This was repeated with a glass of wine later in the day. Paradise. The long pool meanders through the property so that even if other neighbors/guests are also enjoying/using the pool everyone can have their own little space to lounge/swim about. That said we felt like we were the only guests since the 6 villas have plenty of elbow room, as you can see from the website photo. It is a minute or so walk down to the beach where there are a couple of Seascape lounge chairs but we mostly relaxed by the pool and or on our patio. You can fish off the dock. It has a water taxi service which we didn't use but I saw other guests come in from the airport this way. The barrier reef is very close and there is a dive/snorkel shop a short walk down the beach which was very convenient. I had the twin suite. My bed was very comfortable with soft sheets and the bathroom was huge and had a beautiful vanity. We opened the windows at night and let the breezes cool us. I liked that our villa was in a less densely developed part of the island. I had a great vacation and would highly recommend Villa Descanso. I cannot imagine any other hosts who would try to be as thoughtful to the guests and as interested in the guests as Peter and Barbara.

Owner's reply: Thank you for another great review. Really happy that you and your tennis buddies enjoyed Villa Descanso. Peter

“Fantastic!”

Reviewed 15 May 2017

I’m not sure if it’s possible to have the perfect vacation but our stay at Villa Descanso was pretty close. Typically when you plan a vacation and it is all on you; the determined planner. You start by looking at locations, pictures, prices, then hope for a great vacation. But with Villa Descanso we found the owner, Peter, was equally determined to ensure we had a great vacation. Peter stayed in touch with me from before booking thru my return home. He answered questions, emailed information on his house, the area, excursions and restaurants. He also had a wealth of information waiting for us when we arrived at the house. Villa Descanso is.… amazing. We found the house to be even more beautiful than the pictures. It has a wonderful mix of Belizean style and comfort with nice size bedrooms, huge bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen (which we used a lot) and a comfortable living room with beautiful views. My friends and I spent a lot of our time outside around the pool and on the porch. With only 3 of the 6 villas available for rental Seascape feels very private and very safe. In fact, during our 2 week stay we were often the only ones there--we felt like we had our own private resort! The grounds were beautiful and well maintained. In fact, there always seemed to be someone taking care of the pool, trimming plants, and meticulously raking the sand throughout the property. When you are at the Villa Descanso you have no doubt that you are on vacation. As part of Seascape you have concierge service. As seasoned travelers, our first thought was: we don’t need a concierge; we can take care of ourselves. Well, this being our first trip to Belize, Lupe (the concierge) was invaluable. First we were met at San Pedro Airport with a taxi waiting to take us and our bags to the Villa. During our drive we got a quick overview of the area, learned about restaurants, shopping, markets, etc. When we arrived at the Villa we found the rental golf carts Lupe had arranged waiting for us and Lupe ready to escort us to the Villa. We found the Villa beautiful, clean, very organized and spacious— perfect for us, 3 couples. Lupe walked us though the Villa answering questions concerning; air-conditioning, electronics, and the kitchen, as well as local restaurants and excursions. During our stay, Lupe booked 3 excursions for us; cave tubing and zip line, Lamanai, and the Blue Hole. With each excursion Lupe verified our booking the night before and met us on the dock to ensure we would not miss our boat pick-up. She also ensured that we had bottled water delivered to the Villa throughout our stay which was a huge help. Needless to say we did not just rent a house when we booked Villa Descanso. The location was perfect. White Sands Dive Shop (PADI 5 star) was just a 3 minute walk up the beach. Before reaching White Sands you pass “CocoCabana” (excellent). “O” is along the way as well. Just a short golf cart ride away was “Aji’s”, “The Truck Stop” (fun), “Rain” (one of the best restaurants on Ambergris Caye in our minds) and what became our favorite afternoon stop; “Tiki Maya”. We also had great meals and fun in San Pedro at Blue Water Grill (sushi on Tues/Thursday nights), Elvi’s, and Fido’s. Sunday is BBQ night, everybody on the Caye BBQs. Fresh vegetables are hard to come by on Ambergris Caye but lucky for us Tracy, one of the full time residents at Seascape, has a catering business so we were able to get amazing salads from our next door neighbor and enjoy eating dinner at the Villa! Our trip was all around fabulous and we have so many fun memories. Choosing Villa Descanso for a visit to Ambergris Caye is a great way to ensure an awesome vacation. Perfect location, beautiful property and surroundings and an owner and on-sight caretakers who really care.

Owner's reply: We love our guests and our reviews but REALLY appreciate the time you have taken to write this great review... This is probably the best review ever for future guests to read. Peter

“Excellent Belize Villa”

Reviewed 10 May 2017

Let me preface this review – this is the second time we have stayed in this villa – and it was just as good the second time around! The Villa is beautiful – the photos are very accurate. We traveled with another couple but the house is equipped to handle more than that quite comfortably. Everything was neat and tidy – the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms are well equipped with everything you need as well as entertainment things in the main area (games, DVD’s, books, etc.). It should also be noted that the villa is equipped with a safe and security equipment – even though we never felt unsafe – nice features to have. There are a total of 6 villas – one other was occupied while we vacationed. Very nice to have it all to yourself – but a lot of space that I would not worry even if all units were occupied. We are outdoor people and spent a good deal of time on the large front porch area, the pool and the beach. There is also a very nice dock to watch the waves and see some marine life. All of this – just steps from the front door! Everything is kept very clean – the pool was vacuumed and the beach raked every day. Seascapes is the best of all worlds in my opinion – for a number of reasons. We enjoy the fact that we are about 10 minutes from town allowing for quiet time – but just a quick jaunt if you want to go. You are also only a few minutes from many dining establishments if you want to stay close to the Villa. I would be remiss to not mention the staff and owner. We were met at the airport by Simon and Lupe was on property every day as well as several others – wonderful individuals that make sure you have a great trip. And Peter – fantastic to work with and a wealth of information that he is happy to share with you.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your 2nd stay with us.. Our next 2nd stay guest will be in 3 weeks. She is ALSO from a cold climate; Wisconsin.. Brrrr. Can we do "three in a row"... Peter & Barbara

“Relaxation Paradise!”

Reviewed 2 Apr 2017

We have travelled all over the Carribean and this is one of the best places you will ever find! This is an authentic luxury villa with great ocean breezes, beautiful shaded porches, powdered sugar beaches, and beautiful relaxing pool just steps from your villa. Beautiful beach front in both directions for relaxing walks. The Villa is huge. Perfect for a family with up to 4 kids. The staff is fantastic and will assist with your every need. We highly recommend renting a golf cart and exploring the island. The town is full of life and has great restaurants. The island has a old world feel to it; yet to be invaded by American chain restaurants like some destinations. Visit Secret Beach, it is like something from a dream. If you want to snorkel or scuba dive, White Sands dive shop is a short walk down the beach from the Villa. Fishing and tour guides will pick you up on the Seascape pier right out from the pool. Whether you are just looking to relax or get out and be active on the island, Seascape has the best of both worlds. The owners, Pete & Barbara are great to work with and will make sure your stay is perfect. We started missing the place the minute we had to head to the airport to leave. We will definitely be back!

Owner's reply: We really hope to see you as a repeat. Thanks for leaving a great review. Peter & Barbara

“Beautiful Belize Getaway!”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2017

As stated in a previous review, the pics do not do this beautiful villa or beach location justice! The immaculate grounds are the first thing you notice upon arrival. The onsite concierge greeted us within minutes and took her time to welcome us to Villa Descanso and patiently walked us through the villa and answered our questions. Our first reaction to the villa was unanimous: this is the most beautiful place we had ever stayed in! The details of the villa, size of the bedrooms, and bathrooms was exceptional ~ we needed time to walk around to absorb all of it. The space was more than enough to group together or spread out for private time. The villa has everything you need to either hang out "at home" to relax, or get out to play. The kayaks and bicycles are readily available for use. The kitchen and personal incidental items are well stocked. The on site concierge was extremely helpful and remained available to us during our stay. The grounds are immaculate and kept up daily. The grounds persons worked all day long to keep it clean and were also very available to lend a hand if needed. A special 'Thank you' to Lupe, Sayid, and David, and the two lovely housekeepers for making our vacay feel so luxurious! And finally, Peter: Peter is the best person I've ever worked with to ensure all details to prepare for the trip are thought of, well in advance. He was extremely timely and attentive to my questions, and went above and beyond to make sure our golf cart was available upon our arrival, our dinner reservations for our Birthday Girl were set, and had a very thoughtful dessert planned out to meet our dietary needs. I felt like he genuinely cared about our trip and wanted us to have a great time. Mission accomplished! This was the easiest trip I've ever planned, thanks to him. The vacation was amazing and the villa one of our very favorite things about our trip! Only regret: the vacay ended too fast!

Owner's reply: You had one word for the Villa... I have one word for your review... WOW.... Thanks for the great review.

“SO much SPACE”

Reviewed 16 Jan 2017

This place is nice. The owners have thought of everything! Most importantly coffee pot and coffee grinder (not listed in amenities). We had a grand time over the Christmas Holiday with our children (16,13,10). There was enough space for us to spread out. The pool is great. We spent a lot of time playing in the pool. The community dock has just been redone and we spent almost every afternoon sitting and watching the water and waves. Peaceful and rejuvenating. The villa is even bigger in person. Just so much space! We enjoyed our family time, watching the DVDs (provided) or playing games (again provided) or just hanging out on the porch. Just what we needed. Thank you!

Owner's reply: We are always thrilled when we get a "wow" from our guests.. Thanks for another great review. Peter&Barbara

“Exceptional”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2017

The place is great! A group of 15 of us stayed at Seascape to celebrate my 50th birthday. 4 friends and I stayed in Villa Descanso. It was better than advertised. The property is fabulous, even the pool has views of the ocean. Owner was an absolute pleasure. He helped me with the booking and provided us with a significant amount of information about Ambergris Caye, including maps, restaurant reviews and general tidbits, before our arrival. The owner also followed up before, during and after the stay to make sure that we were fully satisfied. The staff was extremely helpful and accommodating. For instance, we booked a sunset cruise through the office and the manager not only made sure we were picked up but also met us upon our return to make sure we enjoyed the experience. I have traveled all over the world and have to say that this was one of the most incredible places I have visited. Highly recommend Ambergris Caye and Villa Descanso in particular.

Owner's reply: Thank you for one of the best reviews ever. Peter % Barbara

“Best vacation spot on earth!!”

Reviewed 17 Oct 2016

Two friends and I just had the pleasure of staying at Villa Descanso for the past week and I can tell you without any hesitation that it was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed and, quite possibly, the best vacation I have ever been on! From the moment you book your stay at the villa you get assistance from Peter and the staff at the property regarding absolutely anything and everything you could have a question about. As we were interested in several services such as having an in-house chef for at least a couple days and in-house massages and facials, golf cart waiting for us, etc. we peppered Peter and the staff with questions. In every instance I had a response from one or the other within the hour. That being said and having seen the beautiful pictures of the property, you still have to wonder if your expectations are actually going to be met when you reach the property. Let me tell you what happens when you first walk on to the property, your jaw drops, you cannot speak except to look around and say "wow, look at this", "wow, look at that" for at least a good hour. It is truly heaven on earth, your expectations are met and then some! The grounds and pool are immaculate and are kept so every day. I know this because I spent several hours a day on the front patio area gawking at the amazing surroundings and watched the staff at Seascape clean the grounds for hours every single day. Having walked up and down the beach a lot, I am of the opinion that it is definitely the most pristine and jaw-dropping property on the beach. The inside of the villa was absolutely gorgeous and you are left wanting for nothing, and I truly mean nothing. I really can't say enough about how lovely it is and emphasize that no pictures could ever do it justice. It is the type of place that you tell your friends back home, "I wish you could see it because I can't even try to explain it to you!" The staff was just as great with the inside upkeep. Everyone is super friendly and will continue to assist you with anything you need while there, whether it is pulling out the kayaks for you, giving you information on the local critters or just giving you directions to the best grocery store. The dock is also one of the best on the beach. I highly recommend spending time just sitting down there watching the GIANT rays float and fly by! The island itself was just as inviting as the villa in every regard. Don't hesitate-in the end, the only thing you will regret is having to leave!

Owner's reply: Thank you for mentioning the one word I hear from MANY guests... WOW... I have some favorite emails from guests: one said " wow, the pictures do not do the Villa justice" Great review and you were great guests Peter & Barbara

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