The Good: the setting is fantastic, sitting right on the ocean, new dock and hut
The grounds are kept immaculate by Alex. Plenty of nice seating around the pool and upper deck.Lots of comfortable seating in the upstairs and nice spacious kitchen. Alex and Elana really take care of you!
The Bad: 3.5 miles was a bit further from town than I would have liked (20 - 25 mins by golf cart). The pool was a lot smaller than it looked, but it was nice, a bit cooler than the ocean though. There were no Kayaks as advertised. The kitchen was poorly supplied and needs some updating, larger glasses, newer pots and pans, dishwasher soap would have been nice. We ate breakfast there and made one dinner, which was a challenge.
The Ugly: The huge cockroach that lived in the kitchen made for some comical dances and screams. The showers barely had pressure and the lighting in two of the bathrooms was horrible. Also there is no lighting in the kitchen above the sink, where you clean up after cocktails. Our bed was O.K, and one of the other couples said their bed sagged. We stayed upstairs btw. This place would be really, really nice if the upstairs was just updated a bit. I would recommend to a
friend provided they knew everything I just described..
We had a party of 13, plus a toddler and infant, and Casa Redonda worked out beautifully. Indoor and outdoor space for gathering, and plenty of privacy. Gorgeous pool with chaise lounges, and a spectacular long dock with a palapa at the end, where we swam, watched the sun rise and hosted masseuses! Another small, fort-like palapa near the house is charming when the occasional rain falls. You can coordinate a chef, Marfa, who was terrific and very helpful. Other help for the house is also excellent. Only issue is that between the house and San Pedro is a 2+-mile road that is very hard to navigate with the golf carts that everyone rents. With many deep and water-filled potholes, it is really, literally, painful, which made quick excursions or zipping to and from the airport a chore. Rumor has it that it will be paved in March 2017.
Casa Redonda was perfect for our group, the house itself is spacious and well organized. It had everything we needed for a great time. The pool, ocean front, and location are right out of a magazine. Pictures do not even do justice. The beds are comfortable and the house is clean with air conditioning a "must have" for us spoiled Americans. The best part was having someone waiting for me at the water taxi and Victor the care taker. Victor engaged with us, showed us the places to shop, showed me how to cook belizian fish and taught us how to make fresh ceviche. Having a local there to assist made the trip even better. We loved Victor, tell him we miss him already!
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I can´t imagine staying anywhere else, perfect for big families like mine . The first thing you will notice when you get there is the amazing view to the sea and the relaxing areas surrounding the infinity pool, you will never want to leave! And in the nights you will hear nothing but criquets. I want to go back there every year, i totally recommend Casa Redonda.
We just returned from literally the vacation of our dreams! We were a group of 6 adults and 6 kids (ages 8 months to 5). This place was an absolute dream. The pool was so kid friendly and you could find shade anywhere. We rented the top suite which was 4 bedrooms and we never felt confined there was so much room. I cannot say enough of this place. Watching the sunrise in the "tiki hut" or relaxing in the huge hot tub watching the sun go down. This place hit everything in our list - pool, beachfront, dock, BBQ, hit tub, view, deck...I could go in forever.
I have to give a huge shout out to the staff. Elvis (caretaker) and Roxy (housekeeper) went above and beyond. I have travelled to many vacation homes and the service we experienced was above and beyond. They truly made this place more exceptional than it already was.
A dream vacation!!! We are already talking about when we can go back!!!