We are so proud to share these amazing pictures with you, taken by Sondra Davis, who just started her own company called “Flash Focus Photography“.
Sondra was so kind for sharing her pictures with us, and we hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.
When Sondra emailed us, she also wrote us the following review:
“When I first met my husband, we went through the whole 20 questions stage. We discovered that vacationing on Ambergris Caye in Belize was on both our bucket lists. Now being a young married couple, we couldn’t afford it, but we were able to plan the most amazing 10th wedding anniversary trip to our “paradise”. While researching places to stay, I kept coming back to Portofino’s page. There was just something about the raw beauty of the property and I was drawn in. We visited in July of 2013, and it was by far the best vacation of our lives. The staff was extremely accommodating as well as congenial and simply amazing. I’ve in all my travels never encountered a staff like the crew at Portofino Beach Resort. They are ALL top notch. Our vacation was fantastical and effortless upon arrival. Our cabana was impeccably clean and fabulously decorated. The handmade soap was a very original touch, I fell in love with it as well as the fresh tropical flowers. And the food! Oh the food! Superb, we were never disappointed. We plan on making this a yearly tradition, so you should be seeing a lot of us. You may as well adopt us now ”
For more information about Sondra’s work, visit her Facebook Fanpage as her new website will be up and running very soon!
Did you spend all your time in your tree house as a kid? Or were you brokenhearted because you never had one? Well, these nine gorgeous hotels can turn your childish tree house fantasies into grown-up realities. These rustic-luxe (or just luxe) tree-house-style bungalows will let you live among the birds (and, in some cases, monkeys). Who says you have to give up on your childhood dreams?
Portofino Beach Resort, Belize owners Jan and Sandra van Noord opened this romantic hideaway in 2001, and today it has 16 rooms (many cabana-style units with thatched roofs, including the aptly named Treetop Suite) and one mansion for families and groups. The room decor is a mix of Belizean and Guatemalan textiles and furnishings, and the ambiance is unpretentious (the owners call the vibe “barefoot elegance”).
This Article was made by Kelsey Blodget for The Huffington Post
By James Abroad, August 19th 2013
I came to Belize in search of adventure and fun, allured by its amazing outdoor and ocean activities. Staying on a tropical island or in the jungle doesn’t mean having to rough it; as my recent stay at the Portofino Resort has proven. Located 6 miles North of San Pedro Town the main mode of transportation is by boat, and being whisked out to the resort made it sink in that I had left civilization behind for a secluded paradise.
The resort is made up of cabanas and suites and I stayed in a spacious room on the 2nd floor with thatched roofing, hardwood floors and a very comfortable bed. The room had met all the expectations of comfort and relaxation, but I hadn’t traveled around the world to sit inside all day. The resort offers a wide array of free activities and paid tours. Most of my days were spent relaxing on the private beach, poolside and out in the water.
While being secluded on your own little tropical beach resort sounds idyllic, it comes with the cost of not having a lot of choices for food nearby – leaving you at the mercy of the often-times not so great resort food. Thankfully Portofino’s on location restaurant had a variety of tasty options on the menu for all meal times. Jessica and I also had a romantic beach dinner under the palapa that was one of the best meals we’ve ever shared together.
I’ve always had a hard time sitting still, especially while on vacation. When arriving in a new foreign land countless miles from home exploring and adventures are my top priority. Portofino has a dive operation right on site ready to teach scuba diving certifications and take experienced divers out for amazing diving. In addition to making use of the complimentary kayaks I went out on several excursions with them.
A Beach BBQ – A small group from the hotel went out to snorkel, and we had the opportunity to hunt for our lunch – fish & lobsters. The reef near the hotel was bustling with sea life and we had a great time trying to catch some of it to fill our bellies with. After a couple hours we took our catch to a secluded little beach and picnic area for a relaxing lunch.
Snorkeling at Mexico Rocks – A perfect example of why I love Belize so much. With a kayak and 15 minutes of paddling I was out at a spot named Mexico Rocks for snorkeling. Within just a few minutes I had seen nurse sharks, rays and fish all busy going about their day and I was thrilled to witness it.
Portofino did an excellent job of combining luxury, seclusion and activities together to make a resort that really stands out.