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2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice

We thank all of our happy guests for another top 1% ranking on TripAdvisor! This time people loved us as a romantic hotel. That’s cool. But don’t let it stop you from coming here if you’re a fun solo traveler or a group of friends, either. 😉 


Thanks again, everybody!


And while we’re at it, we should share that we got this for the hotel too:

And one of these for the Bistro:



Coconut Room

If you can tear yourself away from the balcony overlooking the beach and sea from your comfy outdoor sofa, you’ll notice some other features of the Coconut Room. Like the fact that it has two separate sleeping areas with queen beds, a tiled bathroom, A/C, lots of light, tiled floors and hardwood & rattan furniture. Did we mention the balcony with the comfy sofa?

Coconut Room
  • Main room with 1 queen bed, sofa(bed), small table & chairs
  • Additional bedroom with 1 queen bed
  • 1 bathroom (updated 2012)
  • In-room safe for small valuables
  • Air conditioning in both rooms
  • Mini fridge
  • Balcony with sectional sofa and views of the beach and sea
Check Rates and Compare our Rooms, Suites, and Private Vacation Rentals



Photo Price Sleeps Beds Balcony/Deck Kitchen Pool Other
Maya Apartment              
IMG_4438 $$$$ 6 1 King + 2 Queen Balcony Kitchen Hotel Large apartment
King Tide Apartment              
IMG_4659 $$$+ 2+4 1 King + 2 Futon Covered Deck Kitchen Hotel 700 sf modern
Kingfish Suite              
2013-11-30-4212 $$$ 3 1 King + 1 Single Deck Kitchenette Hotel Privacy and comfort
King Conch Suite              
2013-11-30-4180 - Version 2 $$$ 3 1 King + 1 Single Deck Kitchenette Hotel Same layout as Kingfish
Coconut Room              
IMG_4347 $$$ 5 2 Queen + 1 Sofabed Balcony   Hotel 1 queen in separate room
Jaguar Room              
IMG_0282 $$+ 3 1 Queen + 1 Futon  Small Porch   Hotel Great views on beach level
Toucan Room              
IMG_5295 $$+ 2 1 Queen Balcony   Hotel Sunny, views from balcony
Hummingbird Room              
IMG_4730 $$+  3 1 Queen + 1 Futon Porch   Hotel Beach view from bed!
Hibiscus Room              
IMG_0657 $+  2 1 Queen Patio   Hotel Small inside with nice patio
Flip Flop Palace Suites              
IMG_4111 $$$+  2 1 King, + some have 1 daybed Balcony/Patio Kitchen Hotel Beachfront Suites!
Joya del Mar Main Apartment              
2014-06-15-5931  $$$+  2 + 2  1 King + Futon Balcony Kitchen Hotel Large 1-bedroom apartment
Joya del Mar Upper Suite              
IMG_4361  $$$  2  1 Queen Balcony Kitchenette Hotel 1-bedroom suite
Joya del Mar Junior Backpacker Room              
2014-06-15-5934  $  2  1 Queen    Kitchenette Hotel  No A/C, no beach view
Dreamsicle House Upper              
IMG_1402 $$$+  4 2 Queen Balcony Kitchen Shared btw 3 units 2 Semi-Private Bedroom, 1 Bath, Living Room
Dreamsicle House Lower              
IMG_4359 $$$  6 1 Queen + 2 Double Balcony Kitchen Shared btw 3 units Family budget unit, 2 Sleeping Rooms, 1 Bath
Dreamsicle House Studio              
IMG_1105 $+  2 1 Double Deck Kitchenette Shared btw 3 units Small poolside unit
Agua Villa              
IMG_4840 $$$$$  6 1 Kng + 1 Qn + 2 Sngl Pool deck Kitchen Private 3 Bedroom / 3 Bath



2016 Traveler’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award 2016

TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award 2016

Maya Beach Hotel has won a 2016 Traveler’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor! We were named #2 in the Best Bargain Hotels – Belize category. Special thanks to all of our guests who have taken the time to review us online. 

For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

“We are thrilled to be one of the handful of resorts in Placencia that have received Traveler’s Choice awards,” says Ellen Lee, a Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro owner. 

Maya Beach Hotel also won Traveler’s Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013, including being named on Central America’s Top Small Hotels list.

“We congratulate the properties that have won Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “As travelers consider where to book their next trip, they should be sure to check out these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.”



Vacation time.

Time to slow down, buy some sunscreen and head to Belize.

New furniture on the beach!

Look how beautiful the water is today. And the beach. And even our new beach furniture made by some guys right in our own neighborhood.


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Maya Beach Hotel honored in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotels Awards

Placencia, Belize – 17 January 2013 – Maya Beach Hotel today announced that it was chosen as a winner in three categories of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards.

Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

“It sure is nice when our hard working Belizean employees receive kudos for their good work,” said Ellen Larson Lee, who owns and operates the Maya Beach Hotel along with her husband John Lee.

Maya Beach Hotel made the following Top 25 lists on TripAdvisor for 2013:
Top 25 small hotels in Central America
Top 25 small hotels in Belize
Top 25 hotels for service in Belize

“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

To see 2013 Travelers’ Choice winners, go to


Wine cellar.

Every bottle of wine chosen for the Bistro was selected by owner Ellen Lee, to pair with flavors coming out of husband John Lee’s kitchen. “We travel ourselves,” Ellen explains, “and we’re always looking for wines that work with spice, Caribbean flavors, and seafood.”


No shortage of things to do in Belize. Unless you want it that way.

Whether your style is do-it-yourself or do-it-for-me, the opportunities to see and experience the natural beauty, history, and contemporary culture of our area. You can have one of those vacations where you totally wear yourself out! Either that or you might wear out a hammock. We don’t mind, just as long as you’re having the experience you’d hoped for.

Do-it-yourself activities

Guided tours

Swimming. The Caribbean Sea is beautifully shallow for a few hundred feet in front of the Maya Beach Hotel. The sandy bottom makes it easy to spot many of the small fish and occasional crustacean. We haven’t seen it yet, but a lobster could walk right up to the beach and offer itself for your dinner! Snorkeling. Licensed guides will take you to fabulous locations to see Belize’s marine life. <More details>
Kayaking and snorkeling. With a little effort, you can paddle one of our complimentary kayaks out to False Caye, a small island approximately a mile away from the hotel. Take along your snorkeling gear and have a look at the coral and other underwater life surrounding the caye. The hotel maintains a small supply of snorkeling gear, but you may want to bring your own to ensure you get the size and fit you need. Diving. With the world’s second longest barrier reef just 18 miles directly east of you, the underwater possibilities are endless. <More details>
Bicycling. Take a short ride up or down the road to one of the other nearby resorts for lunch, or spend the day riding to Seine Bight or all the way to Placencia Village. It’s impossible to get lost, since only one road serves the peninsula. Dive instruction and certification. Get certified in as little as three days, or take a course to advance your skills and enhance your enjoyment of diving. <More details>
Placencia Village. Take a bus or taxi 8 miles to the lovely town of Placencia at the end of the peninsula. There, you can hang out with Creole fishermen and other locals in one of the popular watering holes. Stroll up the beach. Have a lobster burrito for lunch. Try a dive. A “discover dive” is a real dive with a certified dive instructor, a great way to find out what all your scuba diving friends get so excited about! <More details>
Seine Bight Village. This village is just 3 miles from the Maya Beach Hotel and it is where you can experience the Garifuna culture. A few small restaurants let you sample Garifuna cooking, and a popular artist named Lola also works from her studio in Seine Bight. Fly fishing. Bonefish, tarpon and permit fish are abundant, and it might look easy when you can see the fish right in front of you, but tempting it on to your hook is another matter altogether. <More details>
Bird watching. Belize is home to more than 500 species of birds. Many of them make their homes in the coastal areas of Belize, including Placencia Peninsula and the nearby cayes. Hop on a bicycle or walk the peninsula to try and spot the birds in the Maya Beach area. Deep sea fishing, spin casting or trolling. Placencia’s guides know just where to go to give you the best shot at a big fish, or just something for dinner. <More details>
Self-drive. Most of the Maya ruins and parks like Cockscomb are accessible by car. Often you can find an on-site guide once you get there. If you like to do things this way, please bring a map or a good guide book with maps of the local areas. Cockscomb Basin. A guide can take you deep into the forest, where you’ll see many species of native plants and animals as well as beautiful waterfalls and dramatic scenery. <More details>
Driving from Belize City. If you arrive to the international airport early in the day or if you are traveling here from another part of Belize, you might find it interesting to make a stop at the Belize Zoo (between Belize City and Belmopan) or the Blue Hole National Park (on the Hummingbird Highway). Check our MAP page for directions. Monkey River and Manatee tours. Join a boat tour or kayak up the Monkey River where you’ll see – you guessed it – monkeys! <More details>
Maya sites. Easy day trips from the Maya Beach Hotel can include excursions to Maya sites and villages. <More details>
Cave tours. Cool off by spelunking, hiking, swimming or floating through one of Belize’s fantastic underground cave systems. <More details>
Zipline. Woo hoo! There are several Ziplines in Belize, and they can often be combined with other cave, river & jungle activities. <More details>
Massage and other spa services. Everything from a private masseuse to larger resort spas can be arranged through the Maya Beach Hotel. <More details>