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Matachica Resort & Spa

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Charming collection of casitas on the beach
  • friendly staff and good management
  • postcard-pretty beach

    Cons

  • No kids under 12 allowed
  • San Pedro is only accessible by Water Taxi

Fodorite Reviews

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Matachica Resort & Spa Review

Thatch casitas in shades of mango, banana, and blueberry offset by brilliant white sand give this deluxe beachfront resort a Gauguin-like quality. Inside, the fabric, artwork, and tiles echo the outdoor colors. Five new beachfront casitas with king beds, Matouk and Frette linens, and private patios command the best views of the sea and the barrier reef. The on-site Jade Spa offers banana and papaya facials, coffee scrubs, and chocolate body wraps along with more traditional spa services. There's a large swimming pool. Delectable though pricey seafood and other dishes are served at Mambo, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The same owners now operate Gaia Riverlodge in the Mountain Pine Ridge, so mainland-beach packages are offered. Honeymoon, fishing, diving, and other packages are also offered.

    Hotel Details

  • 25 casitas, 1 2-bedroom villa
  • Rate includes breakfast, no meals, all meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 06-04-2014

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    New Carribean Chic

    Mata Chica is an oasis of relaxation. From the cozy hammock on our porch, to the exotic garden bathroom, you couldn't help but relax in the island air. The service was attentive and caring from the cold drink waiting upon arrival to ensuring our timely departure in San Pedro. An island retreat, the rooms were tastefully decorated with flavors of Belize; and the food had a flare of artistic Carribean flavors felt from the rest of the island. Mata Chica brings together the cultures of the Caribbean and the Mayan country side; and with it a sense of adventure and new beginnings.

    by janisde, 7/5/08
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    Spectacular place. Intimate and Relaxed.

    My girlfriend and I cannot say enough about the exquisite comfort, service and surroundings of the Matachica resort on Ambergris Cay. From the water taxi ride from San Pedro, we were greeted with pre-ordered cocktails of our choice upon arrival and given a friendly, laid back tour of the intimate complex. Talk about Fantasy Island. Staff greeted us with warm smiles and open arms and management personally went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Luggage magically appeared in our colorful casita which was elegantly appointed; Island local flair meets upscale chique. The restaurant was top shelf, the hot tub overlooking the view was sublime and the perfectly manicured white sand beaches were heavenly. Be prepared to be off the grid. No room phones or TV and internet access only in the lobby and entertainment center. But this is exactly what WE wanted! Everyone felt like family by the end of the week, but in a totally non-invasive, chilled out way. Even the music in the lobby and dining room at night was excellent. Props to management for their cool lounge stylings and overall, calming and intimate experience. We loved Matachica!

    by daveyhj, 2/5/09
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    Exceptional

    I would like to compliment Mata Chica on delivering a very memorable vacation experience. The premier accommodations at Mata Chica resort are not the best thing going for them; they run a very close second place to the Mata Chica staff. The location of the resort is 5 miles north of San Pedro, spread out on a picturesque beach that is picture perfect for some relaxation. The accommodations are exceptionally comfortable and offer you a taste of Ambergris Caye elegance. I found the open and airy room very comfortable and the interior delivers authentic warmth. What really stood out for me while I was at Mata Chica was how well the staff complimented the accommodations. I have spent some time employed in the hospitality and resort management field and cannot remember the last time I observed so many staff members eager to assist. From my perspective, it was a matter of “pride” to the staff at Mata Chica that each contributing staff member put forth that very important above and beyond effort. From the moment I was greeted at the airport to the moment I checked-out; I found many warm and caring individuals looking to make my stay memorable. It is with great pleasure and sincerity that I say “Thank you,” to the staff at Mata Chica.

    by jrchico1, 9/3/09
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    Pure Perfection

    From every place we had to choose from, we selected Matachica for our honeymoon this past April. The pictures did not do this little piece of heaven justice. The staff was extremely attentive, yet not over anxious and they felt more like close friends we had not seen in ages than those who worked at Matachica. The food was delicious, my favorite being the molton chocolate cake. Everything from the preperation to the presentation was handled without a flaw. We splurged to book the beachfront casita and will not be staying in any other casita when we return. It was absolutely incredible and although there were plenty of things to do, we were very happy to sit in our hammock or in a lounge and take up the sun. It was the epitome of relaxation and if we had a choice in the matter, we never would have left.

    by monkey0411, 9/10/09

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