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Singing Sands

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Small, owner-run beach hotel
  • pleasant cottages
  • good restaurant
  • reasonable prices

    Cons

  • Smallish rooms

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Singing Sands Review

The six wood-and-thatch cabañas here, recently redone with polished hardwood floors, are nicely decorated and attractively priced. New owners, who also purchased the Inn at Robert's Grove, have upgraded this small beachfront resort. There's a 200-foot pier with an area for swimming and a bar, and a pool set in tropical gardens. Singing Sands was named the "Small Hotel of the Year" by the Belize Tourism Board in 2013. The hotel also manages four apartments. The hotel's restaurant, Bonefish Grille, serves Korean and other Asian dishes along with seafood. Singing Sands also manages four apartments.

    Hotel Details

  • 6 cabañas, 4 apartments.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 09-03-2013

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    Paradise on the Peninsula

    We stayed at Singing Sands Inn for 3 nights (9/3 - 9/5) after visiting the San Ignacio area of Belize. The owners of the Inn purchased the resort property about a year ago and renovated it before accepting new bookings. Their end product is a gem; a beautifully landscaped property with a warm and inviting feel, comfortably appointed rooms (most with a view of the ocean - hint: the lower the room number, the better the view), a great restaurant (try the omelet for breakfast - it was wonderful and like none I'd ever had before) and most importantly, a warm and attentive staff. Maya, one of the owners does a great job of helping to arrange tours, taxi's, local flights to Belize City, etc. For those who prefer to stay on a property for the duration of a visit, there are canoes, clear bottomed kayaks and bikes that can be rented or you can spend your time snorkeling or swimming (in either the ocean or the fresh water pool).

    With Singing Sands being in Maya Beach and Placencia being about 7 miles away, I was a bit worried about being a bit outside of the village action. After exploring both areas, it turned out that my concern was unnecessary – aside from choices of souvenir shops and eateries, Maya Beach and Singing Sands had everything that peaked our interest. In fact, on the day that we went into Placencia, we walked the village checking out a reasonable amount of the shops & grocery stores, ate lunch and returned to Singing Sands in under 6 hours.

    If you are considering a stay in either Placencia or Maya Beach, I’d suggest the latter. (Placencia doesn’t seem to have the beach breeze of Maya Beach and felt considerably more hot and humid) The road from Maya Beach to Placencia is now paved, so you can easily rent a bike to get into the village take the bus for $2 BZE ($1 USD) per person each way or take a taxi. If you’re considering a stay at Singing Sands vs. another place in the area, I suggest Singing Sands for all reasons previously mentioned.

    PS - Don't let Fodor's air conditioning comment scare you away. If the significant ocean breeze isn't enough for you in the evenings, there are portable air conditioning units that you can use.

    by CK_of_USA, 9/8/09
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    Simply perfect

    The Singing Sands Inn went through a major rennovation in 2008, the outcome is impressive. From doing research on hotels/resorts up and down the pennisula, SSI is a beautiful and great priced paradise. Cabanas are the perfect space, clean and newly furnished. There is nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. Propriters, Maya, Michael, Huyan and Jean-Marc are the best hosts. The restaurant has inventive and truely homemade culinary dishes, it didn't make me miss NYC so much. The new pier is a great spot to relax or kayak to the false key for some fantastic snorkeling. Or, if you want adventure, the staff helps to arrange an outting. I will definitely be back and would absolutely recommend this spot to all my friends and family. It was the perfect vacation. The website, which hasn't been updated, doesn't do it justice. Trust me! You'll be happy with your stay.

    by zoomie80, 3/22/09

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