Victoria House: The Belize Resort Fit for a Queen
When Queen Elizabeth II made an official visit to Belize in 1994, had she not been offered a government residence during her stay, we’re pretty sure she would have been delighted to stay at Victoria House for reasons that have nothing to do with her grandmother’s name. This accommodation was one of Belize’s first-ever upscale resorts, established long before Ambergris Caye became the world class Belize destination that draws vacationers from around the world.
Belize has become so popular, even airlines are adding routes to handle traffic increases. Victoria House is a perfect amalgam of old-world splendor, nostalgia and luxury, and the Queen would likely approve of the longevity of staffers, some of whom have worked at the resort for 25 years. After all, Her Majesty knows a thing or two about longevity and loyalty!
Step into a garden paradise
When noted travel authority “Fodor’s” reviews a resort property, editors take more than a cursory look-see at landscaping. They know that first impressions are critical to a guest’s sensibilities when they vacation. Reviewers discovered no shortage of tropical magnificence at Victoria House, where lush expanses of botanicals and trees-—including more rainbow-colored bougainvillea and hibiscus than the eye can take in—-stop first-time visitors in their tracks. Steps away, pristine beaches await guests. Though located near the bustling town of San Pedro, civilization may as well be 100 miles away because the resort is an epicenter of peace and tranquility.
Private enclaves of rest and relaxation
Given the architectural grandeur of this colonial-styled building, you might expect a huge, complex warren of accommodations designed to host crowds, but in fact, there are only 42 lodgings under roof, so even the smallest rooms impress savvy travelers with their size, amenities and one-of-a-kind touches like furnishings carved from locally-grown trees. Beachside accommodations are particularly grand and include two-bedroom villas that host larger parties while suites are known for private roaming space for couples eager for an intimate respite from the world. From standard rooms to a five-bedroom manse, you can bring all of your ladies-in-waiting and footmen along if you’re planning the ultimate family vacation.
A jewel in Belize’s crown
When competition is stiff, awards and praise count. Victoria House has received so many kudos and awards, staff has begun to run out of room to display them all. This much praise heaped on a resort assures travelers that they have chosen wisely when they book accommodations at this grande dame of resorts. Certificates of excellence and distinction have poured in over the years from prestigious authorities that include Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast Johansens and TripAdvisor. Year-after-year, Victoria House maintains its honorary designations and high ratings from the travel industry and guests for everything from service to cuisine.
Nearby San Pedro (two miles away) offers quite the restaurant scene. Eateries range from high-end epicurean palaces to little bistros seating a handful of guests, but you might be surprised to learn that many Victoria House guests have no intention of leaving the resort for meals. Why bother? The Packages is known for its diverse menu and culinary excellence. Indulge in fresh conch ceviche, beef tenderloin, grouper in a cashew crust, grilled lobster and fresh fruits and veggies. Even vegans heap praise on Victoria House chefs. Take breakfasts and lunches at La Palmilla or Admiral Nelson’s Bar overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Guests with no desire to leave the resort have been known to order the daily special each night so they don’t have to decide what to choose from the menu.
Your vacation your way
You feel it in the air, at the spa and even within your accommodations: Victoria House is an uncommon experience. Staff is delighted to bring meals to the balcony that opens your room to vistas of gardens and ocean views that are breathtaking. They understand your need for privacy and while you’ll be pampered from morning to night, couples seeking seclusion get just that. Given this impeccable white glove service, word has gotten out that Victoria House wedding and honeymoon services are a step above the ordinary. Packages designed to give couples destination wedding options are so varied, choosing just one can be difficult.
On the other hand, if it’s your intention to do everything under the sun during your stay, who are we to discourage you? Work with staff to set up an itinerary that includes diving, snorkeling, fishing, rain forest hiking, shopping, making the San Pedro bar scene, seeing every Mayan ruin time allows plus zip lining and river rafting. Victoria House offers packages that include suite, amenities, various attractions and sporting experiences, so tailor the one you like to your time constraints and take advantage of package pricing that saves money while making certain you don’t miss a thing on your wish list. Your fantasy vacation begins the moment you visit victoria-house.com and browse pull down menus that describe the possibilities!