Fringing the fine white sands of Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, Victoria House is an elegant plantation-style resort with spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea. Thatched rooms and cottages, spread throughout the gardens and along the edge of the beach, are decked out with vast canopied beds, cool tiled floors and dark mahogany furnishings. A handful of beachfront villas come with private pools. This is a perfect base for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts; the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley and Coral Garden dive spots are just a short boat ride away, with waters teeming with nurse sharks, octopus, stingrays and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. For more intrepid divers, Belize's famous Blue Hole is within reach too, and there are paddleboards and kayaks available for more languid expeditions drifting along the pristine coastline. The hotel spa –one of the largest on the island – is set among waving coconut palms and treatments can take place out on the sands. The buzzy little town of San Pedro is a short walk or cycle away and is a lovely spot to wander around while dipping in and out of artisan shops and lively bars and restaurants.
There are two restaurants – the flagship, Palmilla, serves breakfast and informal international fare with a local twist for lunch and dinner. The seafood is particularly good. For more laid-back dining, the palapa-style beach bar and restaurant Admiral Nelson's serves tacos, pizza and fish and chips and doubles up as an atmospheric spot for sundowners.
Couples & families
Spa with an array of treatments
Watersports including snorkelling, diving, kayaking and paddle-boarding
PADI dive centre
Boat trips and a variety of excursions
Things to do nearby
Snorkelling on the barrier reef
Diving the Great Blue Hole
Absorbing the laid back, Belizean life in the town of San Pedro
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