Thatch Caye Resort – Belize

Thatch Caye overwater bungalows

Featuring a total of 5 overwater bungalows in addition to 4 land-based rooms, the Thatch Caye Resort is on a private island just off Belize’s central coast, and it might be the closest experience to the South Pacific that’s available in the Caribbean. The 5 thatch roof bungalows are located over the water, positioned to take advantage of the sea breezes and views of nearby islands. Unlike a Bora Bora resort, you cannot swim directly off the patio as the bungalows are elevated 15 feet over the water’s edge. There are, however, two sandy beaches on either end of this private 1 mile long island.

This is an all-inclusive hotel where nearly all the activities are included with the room price as well. Rates are quite reasonable so it’s excellent value for those looking for an eco-resort-type property rather than a luxurious chain hotel. Alcohol and a few activities cost extra.

Location

Thatch Caye Resort is located on its own island 9 miles from Dangriga in central Belize.

Rooms/villas/suites

5 Overwater Cabanas

Beds: One king or 2 twins in each bedroom
Wi-Fi: Available in the lobby
Entertainment system: No
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Full bathroom with stand up shower
  • Wall and Ceiling fans
  • Private deck with hammocks

2 Overwater Villa Cabanas with living room

  • Beds: One King or 2 twins, plus full size futon in the central living room cabana
  • Wifi: Available in the lobby
  • Entertainment system: No
  • Room service: No

4 Jungle Casitas

Beds: One king or 2 twin size beds
Wi-Fi: Available in the lobby
Entertainment system: No
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Full bathroom with stand up shower
  • Wall and Ceiling fans
  • Refrigerator
  • Private rooftop patio with hammocks

1 Paraiso Casita

Beds: One double
Wi-Fi: Available in the lobby
Entertainment system: No
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Full bathroom with stand up shower
  • Wall and Ceiling fans
  • Refrigerator and mini kitchenette
  • Private rooftop patio with hammocks

Rates

  • Low season from US$799 US per person based on cabana accommodation and a minimum 3 night stay
  • High season from US$880 US per person based on cabana accommodation and a minimum 3 night stay

All packages include:

- accommodation (minimum 3 nights)
- welcome drink and orientation
- three meals daily from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
- non alcoholic beverages
- unlimited use of kayaks and stand up paddle boards
- all taxes (9% hotel, 12.5% sales)

Activities and tours can be booked onsite with Guest Services.

Booking is available by emailing [email protected], calling 800-435-3145, or on the Thatch Caye Resort official website.

Restaurants and bars

  • Thatch Central restaurant and bar
  • Star Fish Bar

Resort features

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Sea kayaks
  • Hobi Cat
  • Stand up paddle boards

Spa

There’s no spa on the island, though massage services are available.

Nearby activities

  • Fishing excursions
  • Maya ruins
  • Cave Tubing
  • Zip lining
  • Horseback riding
  • Jungle Rappelling
  • River Kayaking

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Thatch Caye Resort are generally excellent. This eco-resort gets a “paradise” rating from most, with both the setting and the staff receiving very high marks. The rooms are found to be more than adequate, but it’s the private-island feeling and the activities that seem to get most of the raves.

The rooms are fairly basic however, so it’s important to book knowing that this is not a deluxe 4-star resort. Thatch Caye seems to have done a good job in setting expectations, as very few guests complain about anything.

Getting there

To reach the Thatch Caye Resort you’ll first need to fly to Belize International Airport (BZE). From there you can take a short flight to Dangriga (Thatch Caye is happy to make this reservation for you), where you’ll be met by hotel staff for a 20-minute boat ride to the resort itself.