Glover’s Atoll Resort & Island Lodge – Belize

Glovers Atoll overwater bungalows

A very unusual place, Glover’s Atoll Resort & Island Lodge is more of a private-island campground than a proper resort, but they do have 8 “thatched roof overwater cabins” to go along with their beach cabins, dormitories, and actual campsites. It’s at the edge of a popular diving spot and there are several other water sports on offer.

The cabins come with cooking utensils and a portable stove, and there’s a restaurant on the island as well. The prices here are incredibly cheap compared to proper overwater bungalows, but reviews from past guests are often vicious in their dissatisfaction, so this isn’t a place to just book without doing your research.

Location

Glover’s Atoll Resort & Island Lodge is located in the Caribbean about 70 kilometers southeast of the town of Dangriga in Belize.

Rooms/villas/suites

8 Thatched Roof Overwater Cabins

  • Beds: One double up to 4 singles
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Entertainment system: None, no electricity
  • Room service: No, but cooking utensils and a stove are there

Special room features

  • Sheets (bring your own towels)
  • Mattresses
  • Pots, pans, utensils, candle jars
  • Kerosene stove
  • Hammocks
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Shared composting toilets and shower stalls
  • No electricity

Rates

US$45 per person per night for 2 to 4 people

Bookings and inquiries can be done on the official Glover’s Atoll Resort website

Restaurants and bars

  • Open-air restaurant

Resort features

  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving training
  • Freediving
  • Underwater photography
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Catamarans & skiffs with guides
  • Fishing

Spa

None

Nearby activities

  • Lighthouse Reef Atoll trips
  • Whale shark, sea turtle, and dolphin trips

What the reviews say

Reviews of Glover’s Atoll Resort seem to be very mixed, with outraged guests actually outnumbering those who love it, which is extremely unusual for any hotel we list. The people who love the place seem to have adjusted to the fact that it’s basically a campground with some huts and rooms, and the owners can be flakey or worse.

Those who’ve rated it poorly complain about being overcharged on credit cards, getting horrible or hostile customer service, and that most extras available can be a rip-off. There are also guests who state they return visit after visit, so there are some who really do seem to love the island. Before booking it would be wise to read the latest reviews and see if you think you are ready to give it a chance yourself.

Getting there

To reach the Glover’s Atoll Resort you’ll need to get to Belize, which usually means flying into the international airport just outside of Belize City. From there you can fly or drive to the town of Dangriga, after which you’ll take the free boat to the resort that comes included in one-week packages, or charter a boat yourself to get there on any other day.