Fodor's Expert Review Matachica Resort & Spa

5 miles (8 km) north of San Pedro, San Pedro Town, Belize District, Belize Fodor's Choice

Palm-leaf thatch casitas in shades of mango, banana, and melon, offset by brilliant white sand, give this deluxe resort a Gauguin-like quality. An Ambergris classic since 1996, Matachica deserves its world-class reputation. The resort and its excellent service have a way of making you feel like a honeymooner even when you're not (many guests are). We recommend snagging one of the six beachfront casitas, which command the best views and catch a breeze. Matachica easily has the island's sexiest pier, which features landings with cushy daybeds for two. There's also a stunning swimming pool, kid-free. You'll have access to the pricey but delicious Mambo Restaurant and Bistro. Jade Spa offers treats like papaya facials, coffee scrubs, and chocolate body wraps. The same owners now operate Gaïa Riverlodge in the Cayo District, so jungle-beach packages are offered, among others. Staff members here are famously attentive.


  • a distinctly Belizean experience
  • impossibly stylish and sexy
  • friendly staff and seasoned management


  • for the price point you might rather stay at a private island resort
  • not for families
  • a/c doesn't always do the trick




Phones: 226--5014


31 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Ages 16-plus only

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