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“Tranquil getaway with gorgeous views”
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Penthouse Bedroom
Penthouse sitting area
Penthouse kitchen
Penthouse Veranda
Ducks in the pond
Library
Main kitchen
Parrot
Pool & Palapa
Purple Sky
Sunset
Keel-billed Toucan
View of driveway from Penthouse balcony
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Main Veranda
Kitchen and 2nd balcony
view from balconey
Penthouse bed /sitting
Private bathroom
slate shower
another view south to the Maya mountains
Drive in from front gates
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
San Ignacio, Cayo

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sanfrantr...
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Tranquil getaway with gorgeous views”
Reviewed 28 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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We stayed in the penthouse for 10 days with our 2 young children. This was our first time booking a vacation rental and the process was seamless. Martha was always quick to reply and helpful when answering my questions so I felt comfortable completing the reservation.

Directions were very easy to find the Avana Villa penthouse, as it's located just a few minutes outside of San Ignacio. You will need a rental car to stay here, and best to get one with good shocks, as the road leading to the property is very bumpy. Once you enter the gates, your tranquil oasis awaits! Martha and Murray were always helpful with answering questions, giving restaurant recommendations and driving directions. Our son loved their dog, Mitsu (sp?) too!

The penthouse is naturally located at the top of the house, meaning that there are 4 sets of stairs to climb. Other families with young children might prefer to stay in their Garden Suite as it's on the ground floor and you won't have to carry children (and their things) up and down the stairs. But we had booked the penthouse because we wanted those gorgeous views, and they certainly did not disappoint! The views are simply amazing at all times of the day and night. The apartment is very spacious and we loved the giant shower room- we had to take family showers just to take advantage!

The rest of the house and grounds, including the swimming pool, are also beautiful and perfect for a relaxing getaway from it all. The jungle is right there and you can hear it all day, but it gets surprisingly quiet at night. We all slept like babies there!

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Liked best: The gorgeous views with cool breezes!
Liked least: Bumpy road leading to and from the villa
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
29 Mar 2015
Thanks so much Marika, we really enjoyed having you and the kids here.It was lots of fun and we look forward to seeing you again! Good luck with your future endeavours!
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ef83
Kelowna, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing stay! Great hosts! Nice and Quiet place to get away from it all”
Reviewed 7 March 2015 for a stay in December 2013

Martha and Murray's property, house and location near San Ignacio was perfect for what my Wife and I were looking for to start the trip off with. It is only a quick drive to get to the nearest store to pick up some beer and supplies for dinner. The view from the Penthouse is amazing. The sunsets were stunning.
It was good to talk with Martha and Murray to find out ideas on where to go locally and get a history of the area and what is currently happening.

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Liked best: the view
Liked least: a few bugs at night, not big deal
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Brendan B
1 review
“A Penthouse in Paradise - Six out of five stars!”
Reviewed 18 February 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Our stay in Martha and Murray's penthouse apartment at Avana Villa was incredible. My wife, myself and our three children (ages 20,17, and 12) stayed Dec. 27-30, 2014. The villa sits 1-1/2 miles down a private road just 2 miles, or so, west of San Ignacio on a beautiful 20 acre, gated estate. Our hosts had everything ready on our arrival and showed us around the beautiful grounds, filled with fruit trees, a sheep meadow and lush tropical plants. The penthouse apartment was perfect. Its was large with high ceilings (and ceiling fans) and cool stone floors. There was a full kitchen which was prefect for cooking in. French doors led out to a wonderful veranda with incredible views to the north and west into the hills of Guatemala just a few miles away. The sunsets were totally amazing every night we where there. The villa is off the gird and powered by solar, butane gas and a gas powered generator, when needed. You must be respectful of this and turn off lights and fans when not in use, but we had no hardships with this. The hot water for showering is gas fired and plentiful. There is a large library of books, board games and DVD movies and a laptop DVD player for guests to use. Martha and Murray are great hosts. Always willing to show you around the grounds and give advice on places to dine and things to do in the San Ignacio area. Martha even brought a week old lamb up to the villa to meet our kids, which really thrilled them. But i think our favorite thing about Avana Villa was the triangle swimming pool. Nothing was better then returning from a long hot day exploring the nearby Mayan ruins, caves and jungles, then diving into the cool clear waters of the pool. A real treat. I would highly recommend this property. ... On a side note. If you happen to play disc golf the only course in all of Belize is just 3 miles west down the Western Highway. I was so surprised when we drove by it. I had not even given playing disc golf a thought while in Belize, so was very happy to go one afternoon and play a round. Its a great little 9 hole course laid out through the dense jungle and up and down over still buried Mayan ruins. It was an unexpected find. Check it out if you play. They have free discs to use. Say hi to Tino, the owner and pro for me.

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Liked best: The sunsets and pool.
Liked least: Having to leave to soon.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
19 Feb 2015
Thank you so much Brendan for the your very kind words, we are very touched! It was a joy and pleasure to meet you and your beautiful family,so glad to hear the girls enjoyed themselves! We have since had several more lambs. Come back anytime!
Best regards,
Martha and Murray
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marfusha
chicago
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome place for kosher-keeping guests”
Reviewed 23 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we felt pampered and cared for. The place is extremely clean, with great views, and fantastic wild life. The owners took a lot of time to show us around, to point out every tree and animal living on their beautiful property.The place has a feel of being in the middle of nowhere, while it's really close to the city.
Renting a car is well worth it, and driving around San Ignacio wasn't hard.
The owners also took care of our religious needs, namely kashrut and shabbat.
If you are looking for an affordable paradise-like place away from a city hustle,we highly recommend it!


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Martinis2...
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Paradise!”
Reviewed 16 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

What an incredible place. Martha and Murray are wonderful. They make you feel like you are visiting old friends not just renting a place to stay. The property is gorgeous and made us want to never leave Belize. The location is secluded enough to really enjoy the jungle of Belize but has the accessibility to so many things the country has to offer. It was great having Avana Villa as our base to go and explore. We do recommend a rental car for this location and it is a bit hard to find without good directions.

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