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Portofino Beach Resort’s Guest Book

Posted on 27 Dec, 2015 in the Portofino Guest Book Category. 321 Comments

Portofino Beach Resort's Guest Book...Welcome to our Portofino Beach Resort’s Guest Book…  If you have just returned from your well deserved vacation here with us,or have stayed a long time ago here at Portofino, we hope that you enjoyed your stay!!!
We welcome your comments and encourage you to post your experiences and definitely we look forward to welcoming you back!
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321 Responses to "Portofino Beach Resort’s Guest Book"


1 | by Anonymous, USA said on May 8th, 2016 at 8:23 am

“The place to go.”

May 8th, 2016

From the moment we arrived until the end of our stay we were treated like family. It’s a small resort so you have the place to yourself with fun people. Good dinner menu, fresh caught specials every night. The no problem package is recommended. Tree top suite was so nice. Easily could have accommodated 2 kids as well.


2 | by Gary R, Bristol, United Kingdom said on May 3rd, 2016 at 8:22 am

“Great location to explore Ambergris Caye from”
May 3rd, 2016

We stayed at the Portofino for four nights. The staff were excellent – very friendly and very helpful. Only 20 minutes by boat from San Pedro. Our room was a colonial suite which was enormous. Restaurant was very good albeit a little pricey – definitely go fishing – we caught barracuda and the restaurant cooked it for us. All activities can be booked on site – we went snorkelling, diving, fishing and hired jet skis. The reef and sea life is extraordinary – never been so close to sharks, stingrays and turtles.

Stayed April 2016, traveled with family


3 | by Aneca1123 said on May 1st, 2016 at 8:23 am

“Relax and enjoy”

May 1st, 2016

We absolutely love this place and highly recommend for those interested in an island vacation. Kayaks. Fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling available. Great food awesome location. Off the beaten track yet close enough if you must get a city fix. Transportation easy LOVED!


4 | By Kanadian2016, Edmonton, Canada said on April 28th, 2016 at 8:22 am

“Went for a wedding, will go back!!! Great resort!”

April 28th, 2016

We had gone down for my brother in-law’s wedding. I had never been to Belize or considered it for travelling (don’t know why). But I will be going back!

The resort is small, quaint with excellent staff. By day two, everyone knew your name. When I asked what time the bar is open till, they said ‘whenever you guys are done drinking.’. They even let us pour after too many drinks one night.LOL Anything you needed, they had or would get or recommend.

This is not an all inclusive resort, so I was a little worried about prices. We had stayed in the mansion, and I had to paid for my wife and two kids after the week was done. My total bill was $800. This included two dive excursions, all meals we ate at the resort, rounds of drinks (wedding cheers), and miscellaneous extras. I was pleasantly surprised by this. Although we did plan our meals and kept prices in mind, we didn’t obsess about prices.

Our dive shop on the resort was great! My wife didn’t bother bring her dive ticket with her and decided she wanted to go diving when we got there. They found her certification from the Great Barrier Reef from years previous. Great job! The dive gear was in good shape, but we brought our own masks, snorkles, boots and flippers with us. One dive was inside the reef (30 ft) at the national park. We saw turtles, an eel, sharks, rays, a friendly barracuda (his name is Jack), it was an aquarium!! Simply stunning. best diving I have ever done. Later in the week, we went outside the reef (75 ft). Saw a lion fish (kill on sight), schools of indigo fish and coral reef. Again, stunning. The dive masters were knowledgeable, helpful (ran through a 20 min refresher course for my wife at no charge), friendly and funny. Made for great dive trips. We also did a snorkel tour with the group. Same route as our first dive and again, amazing! So much wildlife!

The resort pool was deep (for a change – 10 ft), which we all loved!! They would serve drinks by the pool and in the water if you’re in the hammocks. Can’t beat that.

The food is one of the best restaurants on Ambergris Caye. Great food, every meal! No matter what it was, it was good, fresh and timely. Listening to the birds sing while you eat is a treasure. Such unique songs!

Mo shuttled us back and forth to San Pedro in the resort boat. Always on time and super helpful for tips and hints! Great guy, we all loved him!

Would I go back? YES!!! Without question!! Great resort and people. Everyone speaks English (first language), so there was never an issue. Street vendors were not relentless like Mexico, Dominican, etc. If you said ‘no’ and walked away, end of story. That was really nice.

Room Tip: All rooms are amazing! There’s no loser in the bunch!


5 | By Luis A, Peachtree City said on April 17th, 2016 at 8:22 am

“Excellent Customer Service/ Awesome Resort”

April 17th, 2016

My wife and I had a wonderful time at Portofino. I call them the day that I was to arrive and were practically on time to pick us up from the airport. Transferred to the boat to the Resort. Upon arrival, we were received with cool drinks and we were told not to worry about our luggage, that was taken care of, totally hands off. After check in, we were taken to our beach front room and gave us Belizian soap of different kind and flavors. The room was awesome, plenty of hot water and complimentary soaps/shampoo and conditioner. Beautifully decorated. The Staff was very helpful and were eager to assist us on whatever we needed. We rented the golf carts for 3 days and drove all over Ambergris/San Pedro. The power went out for one night but was running on backup generator. We could not run the A/C, but the location has awesome security, we were able to sleep with our doors wide open and enjoyed the ocean breeze in our room, sort of like camping but in an awesome bed. No bugs or mosquitoes.
I wish they offer coffee makers in the rooms, that way, I can have it whenever I wanted it.

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms are the best.


6 | by Julie, USA said on April 15th, 2016 at 8:20 am

“Gorgeous Resort – take the 15 minute boat taxi to get there!”

April 5th, 2016

Gorgeous setting, comfortable beds,
Great snorkeling trips, good food, clean beach, nice pool. Lovely touches like flowers on the bedspread, handmade soaps, and mosquito netting over the beds.


7 | By Robert (USA) said on April 11th, 2016 at 8:21 am

“Perfect if you like paradise away from it all”

April 11th, 2016

The location is a bit remote but absolutely stunning – Almost like your private Island. Most of the staff is super friendly.


8 | By Sarah, UK said on April 10th, 2016 at 8:21 am

“relaxing hotel to get away from the bustle of San Pedro”

April 10th, 2016

lovely beach, good food


9 | by Michael, USA said on April 7th, 2016 at 8:21 am

“Exceptional”

April 7th, 2016

The resort is small and intimate and felt secluded. Fantastic views, Huge two bedroom with full living, kitchen & dining. Food at restaurant was top notch! Raul waited on us all week at the bar. Fantastic service. Water taxi was efficient. The website does not do the resort justice. We were quite pleasantly surprised with the overall quality.


10 | by Stacy, USA said on April 3rd, 2016 at 8:20 am

“Excellent”

April 3rd, 2016

Loved the staff, clean, unique, safe atmosphere!


11 | by Anonymous, USA said on March 31st, 2016 at 8:19 am

“Exceptional”

March 31st, 2016

We loved the Portofino. Far enough away from town to feel secluded but only a golf cart or boat ride away when you wanted to head into town. Loved the smaller sized resort, and the view from our room was amazing. Portofino’s restaurant had terrific food – every meal we had was excellent but we especially loved the Tapas menu in the afternoon. All the staff were extremely helpful and very friendly.


12 | by Anel R said on March 30th, 2016 at 8:19 am

“Cozy, quant, relaxing! ”

March 30th, 2016

We (husband, self, and daughter) stayed in a suite for 4 nights. The suite was spacious, 2 full beds, WiFi, A/C, small refrigerator with complimentary water. Upon our arrival we were given complimentary scented bars of soap made locally. They smelled delicious and worked up a great lather. Our room staged with flowers on bed and in bath area. The staff was very nice, helpful and more than happy to accommodate. The hotel is approx 20min North of town San Pedro. Recommend to rent a golf cart for the day approx $59 US or couple of hours. Hotel offers complimentary bikes and kayak. Swimming pool on site (not heated). Beach access from hotel walking distance. Water is like bath water and the view is amazing.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay. Our tours we booked on our own prior to arrival. Recommend snorkeling /scuba tour. We had an absolute amazing time! Thank you Portofino for having us!


13 | by Diana G Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States said on March 28th, 2016 at 8:19 am

“Best little resort”
March 28, 2016

This is very nice, small Belize resort! The people who work here are very nice and that makes the difference! You can rent a golf cart to ride into town and do local shopping! Please rent a cart and go to dinner at the restaurant called rain. Sit on top floor I think on clear evening you see a lot of Belize and the sunset! They have boats that take you snorkeling to the reef, the best was Mexico rocks because you get to snorkel with nurse sharks and stingrays!

Stayed March 2016, traveled with family


14 | By Sherry Niesel, Mason. United States said on March 19th, 2016 at 9:15 am

“Honeymoon After 4 Years – Much Needed”

March 19th, 2016

We just returned from our week long stay at Portofino. We had a great experience. We felt like we were leaving friends behind when we left. The staff are all amazing. Nick and Juan (I believe) are a lot of fun at the bar. Make sure you spennd some time with these guys, they are hilarious, personable and knowledgeable. Every morning we would have breakfast which was top notch service from the restaurant. The front desk staff was very nice and always willing to help but what I appreciated the most was that they were always so very happy to help. Never felt like a bother. The resort is definitely accommodating; it was very peaceful and relaxing, almost like having the resort to ourselves. The rooms are very nice and have all the essentials. We stayed in the VIP building which was right on the water… which is amazing. The “clean-up” crew did a great job at keeping the beach clear of the sea grass and often were up at 5am working hard to remove the grass. My only complaint about the rooms is that there wasn’t a broom. You tend to drag sand in with you, but the room service does a good job at cleaning things up for you everyday. It just would have been nice to sweep up after yourself at night. The bed was comfy, the view was spectacular, and the hammock was a nice touch. The food in the restaurant was great. I read many other reviews which stated something different, but our meals were always tasty, well proportioned and delicious. They have a special everyday as well. Plenty to choose from and a good variety. You can have your meals in your room, at the bar, or sitting at the beach. In terms of location, the resort is well up the north side with little to nothing close by. Of course there is a water taxis that can take you anywhere relatively easily. Plenty of other resorts, bars and restaurants to visit if you’d like. San Pedro is interesting and has plenty of arts and crafts for you to shop. Island hopping by boat or plane is easy. By easy, I mean unbelievably easy. You’ll definitely need to explore some other locations to get the full feel for Belize. The guides at Serious Adventures are the best on the island. Although the resort is great, these guys really made our trip. I guess the way I see it is…you don’t often remember what the rooms looked like, but you always remember what you did while you were there. Serious Adventures are local guides located on the dock that will make your trip unforgettable. Be sure to look them up. We did the Xunantunich and Cave Tubing tour and Gustava was AMAZING. You must request him. Very funny and teaches you as you go. The immediate water just off shore is a bit grassy (as is all locations in the area), but still good for some basic swimming and snorkeling. Calm waters, warm and clear. Also make sure to check out Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. A MUST. Overall it was a well deserved vacation and very relaxing. If you are looking for a party time and excitement at night this is not the place for you unless you want to take a water taxi into town. But if you want to relax, enjoy the peace and quiet definitely worth the price. I hope you have as good of a time as we did.


15 | By Mallory Tully, Gouverneur, United States said on March 15th, 2016 at 9:14 am

“We LOVE Portofino!”

March 15th, 2016

We LOVED our visit to Portofino and can’t wait to go back! We were so impressed with how friendly and helpful the staff were, how clean the amenities and how beautiful the location was! All staff members we encountered were more than willling to help or answer questions. We booked two tours through Portofino and it was incredibly easy. Our room was perfect. We were so impressed with how hard your employees worked to make this an enjoyable vacation and to keep your property clean and tidy. Will HIGHLY recommend!
Our room, handmade soaps (including the thoughtful gift we got when we left), easy of booking tours, hammocks and chairs throughout the property, “feel” of the place, peace and privacy


16 | By Karen B, Horseshoe Bay, Texas said on March 11th, 2016 at 9:14 am

“Couldn’t ask for more!”

March 11th, 2016

Portofino made our trip flawless! They took care of anything and everything we needed! The staff was very friendly and the location was great. I highly recommend renting a golf cart to come and go because there a lot of great restaurants in San Pedro and you will want to drive to Secret Beach too. The food at Portofino is excellent too. We booked a trip for the day that included fishing for your lunch, snorkeling and then eating your catch on the beach. It was so fun and the lunch was delicious!


17 | By Ernst d, Ambergris Caye said on March 7th, 2016 at 9:13 am

“A greate Caribbean experiance”

March 7th, 2016

A fantastic place to be, right on the Caribbean coast.
Wonderful in terms of nature, the colors of a fairy tale.
The hospitality of the crew is perfect.
You will be taken on from St Pedro,
With a large launcha and 20 minutes later you arrive at your paradise.
The rooms, the pool, the controls are quite good.
The kitchen with their European, Caribbean tuch is delicious, fresh and professional.
The little tappa programs are new and recommendable.
In short, a surprise at the highest level.
Thanks Portofino.

Stayed February 2016


18 | by tjk37, Tuscaloosa, Alabama said on March 3rd, 2016 at 9:13 am

“Very relaxing & diving nearby”

March 3rd, 2016
Overall my stay at Portofino was great. I travelled there with my aunt in May. My favorite thing about the resort was the proximity to the barrier reef. The staff was super friendly and helpful, which was especially nice when trying to book our adventures for the week. Portofino has its own dive shop, so you can book all of you dives through them. The dive master was very nice, and it was only about a 90 second boat ride from the dock to the stunning reef. The staff also helped us out with our booking of inland adventure to the Mayan ruins. The pool area at the resort is very nice, and they have good bar food as well as a nicer restaurant that opens for dinner.
I would defiantly recommend Portofino for an out-of-the-way relaxing trip. My aunt and I quickly noticed that we were nearly the only ones on the property who were not honeymooning or celebrating anniversaries, but we still had a great time nonetheless. More geared towards a romantic getaway than a family or solo spot.
Stayed May 2015, traveled with family


19 | By Malloy T, Watertown, New York, USA said on February 28th, 2016 at 7:45 am

“We LOVE Portofino!”

February 28th, 2016

My husband and I were so impressed with our stay at Portofino! We couldn’t get over how beautiful and well-kept the property was. The staff is beyond friendly and helpful and were able to answer any and all questions that we had. We booked two tours through the resort (snorkeling with Action Divers at the end of the dock and a tour to Lamanai with Searious Adventures). We also enjoyed a couples massage on the beach which was outstanding.

We chose to eat many of our meals at the resort. While we originally thought the meals were slightly pricey, once we factored in the cost it would take us to travel to “town” (San Pedro) we realized it was well worth it. I do wish there were more options on the menu, however we also took a short walk down the beach in both directions to other locations to enjoy some variety. We enjoyed the handmade soap that was in our room and appreciated the gift we got when we were leaving. Housekeeping came by twice a day and there is plenty, plenty of sitting/tanning/lounging space located around the resort. It was incredibly quiet and private here. The only thing we wished were different is that there was deeper water for snorkeling and swimming at the front of the property (however, we made due with the pool)!


20 | by Jenna, USA said on February 23rd, 2016 at 7:45 am

“Exceptional”

February 23rd, 2016

Relaxing atmosphere and beautiful resort.


21 | By Christine M, Eastvale, California, USA said on February 20th, 2016 at 7:45 am

“A Heavenly Piece of Paradise!”
February 20th, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this resort. It is quiet and secluded, so if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax, this is as close to paradise as it comes! The resort is right on their own private beach, complete with palm trees, lounge chairs and a beautiful Belizean breeze. Get yourself a delicious smoothie from the bar and you’re in heaven! The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. And the rooms are beautiful and comfortable. Truly first class, in my opinion!


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Renovated Portofino Mansion.

Posted on 28 Nov, 2014 in the For our Travel Trade Partners!|Portofino News Category. No comments

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We are so happy to share you our latest update in regards to our Portofino Mansion!

As of October 2014, we renovated our Mansion completely. The theme of the Portofino Mansion is “Beach” with the latest new styles, offering our guests a comfortable, fashioned, tropical experience.

Our beautiful 4 bedroom beach front villa consists of 2 floors and is located right on the beach facing the glistening Caribbean Sea. The beauty of the Portofino Mansion comes from the architectural details of the home, that were inspired by the old traditional colonial homes – simple Belizean Beach elegance, spacious floor plan, large front porches with hand carved wooden chairs, Mahogany wooden French windows and doors with unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea.

This fascinating air-conditioned beach home sleeps up to 6 people on the first floor and up to 4 people on the second floor. This is the perfect beachfront home for families or groups of friends that want to be together.

The main floor (Beach Level offers 1,200 square feet of inviting interior space which includes a spacious living area with a flat screen TV,DVD/CD Player, a kitchenette that is open to the dining area, spacious bathroom with double sinks and hot and cold rain shower, and two bedrooms. The master bedroom is complete with a built in closet and a king size bed facing picture windows that offer outstanding views of the Caribbean Sea. The second bedroom has a small closet and two twin beds, which can also be replaced with a queen bed, based on guests’ need. There is also the possibility of adding an extra twin bed in the nook of the hand carved wooden staircase leading to the connecting door on the second floor.

The top floor measures 800 square feet with a fully equipped kitchenette, a cozy dining and living area with flat screen Cable TV, DVD/CD Player, a spacious bathroom with hot and cold rain shower and two bedrooms, each containing one queen sized bed. This level not only features a full length balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea as the main level (beach level), but also has a spacious back porch (400 square feet) from which you can watch the beautiful sunsets.

This beautiful Beach Front Villa can be rented as a whole or as two separate levels depending on the size and particular needs of each family or group. These units are non smoking but smoking is allowed on the porch.

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Portofino Brochure.

Posted on 28 Aug, 2014 in the For our Travel Trade Partners!|Portofino Guest Book|Portofino News|Website News Category. No comments

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Dear Portofino Friends, we have created a new brochure for you, which you can download when clicking on the link below:
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We hope you enjoy!

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