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“Loved this out of the way place in paradise!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sarkiki Reef Resort

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Sarkiki Reef Resort
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Loved this out of the way place in paradise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

We, a family of three, travelled to Hopkins last January and were absolutely blown away by the natural beauty and unspoiled, laid back atmosphere. Staying in a two bedroom suite was perfect for us. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a little patio overlooking the pool and the gorgeous beach!

We loved the fact that it was not like any of the other hotels because it gave us the chance to shop at the local market and get a taste of what was available for locals. Even though the rooms are very simple, they had everything we needed and the staff made sure our villa was always clean and fully stocked with towels, bedding and kitchen/bbq utensils.

The pool is awesome... not that big but always clean. It was most fun swimming at night time under the stars and in the rain! The beach is also small, but very private and was great for swimming because the water was mostly calm and kept shallow for quite a ways before dropping off over your head.

It's almost too far to walk to town from Sarkiki, but we had a car so we didn't mind driving in (it's only about 5 minutes into the main part of Hopkins). I would definitely recommend renting a car, as it's hard to get a taxi and too far to walk to town or Dangriga.

Yes this property is simple and doesn't have the amenities of some of the other resorts, but it was absolutely wonderful and we would go back again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank CdnBeachBum37
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

Exactly the "homebase" we were looking for . A quiet, clean, safe facility, an amazing beach (raked every morning just in time for our sunrise swim!) and a very helpful staff. A perfect place to call home while exploring this amazing country. Honestly we didn't know what to expect after reading some of the reviews, but after having already booked, we decided to make the most of it. I dont know how much has changed since the reviews on here from January, but we have found no plumbing or water issues. There is more than enough water pressure to remove that residual sunscreen at days end (make sure you pack lots as the Belizian sun cannot go underestimated!) and all the hotwater you need. The hot water does take a minute or two to reach the upper shower, but once it does there's plenty. We're staying in one of the 3 level units with 2 bedrooms and three decks all on seperate levels. The beds are 6inch foam, firm and very comfortable. Like the previous reviewers, I too prefer a firm matteress. Being from Canada, the air condidtioning is a nightly godsend. I'm in the upper bedroom (warmer of the two) and all you have to do is pull the curtains mid day and turn on the AC in the later afternoon, shut the door and by nightfall, you'll be cool as a cucumber. All the fans help as well. They provide an extra, heavier blanet for the bed, but the sheets work just fine for me. The vegetation is much more established than the photos on their website. The gardeners here work all day and the results are obvious. We'll be back!

Suggestions:
- Rent a car. The bikes here work fine, but if you want to go further than Hopkins, a car is a must. This place was meant for day trips. From what we have heard the bus sytem is ok and a great experience, but can eat away at your daylight hours
- Grab groceries on the way in. There are several great stores in Hopkins. Buy a couple days worth of food, stock the fridge and relax. Dangriga is slightly cheaper for shopping. If you're stuck, the manager keeps a good stock of the basics to get you through to the next day.
- Fly into Dangrigia. It was $138usd 'open ended' return for this flight. It's a 20-25 minute flight, but saves you 3hrs of driving. We had the plane to ourselves and the views were breathtaking! Rent your car from Dangrigia or have it delivered to the resort.
- Ask the staff about the tours and sighseeing. We have learnt so much in the last few days about sightseeing oppotunities and experiences from the other people staying here as well as the staff. You'll pay way less and meet people who really care about their country. Ask, ask, ask!
- Bring bug spray. Not because of this beach necessarily, but the trips you may be taking. The staff spray the beach each night (apparently they just switched to a more 'eco' friendly product which is always nice) and it does help. I've only been bit twice that I can tell, my travelling partner a few more times (when she wasn't wearing any bug spray!) We've been told that the flies are a part of beach life in Belize at dawn and dusk. We were prepared for the worst, but the gentle sea breeze has kept them at bay.
- Be flexible with your schedule and don't plan/book everything before you get here. As I suggested above, ask around.
- Save some time for sitting on the beach, swimming in the ocean or the pools!

Room Tip: Every room opens to the pool deck and beach. Rooms 1 and 16 are at the ends.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Vic-cRb
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atlanta
Level Contributor
64 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Sarkiki requires a little explanation. It is not a resort nor is it a hotel. It is a building of attached condo apartments. Each unit is mulitple stories tall with private balconies and roof top space. The apartments are huge with a kitchen, washer/dryer, A/C etc. You need to have your own supplies, not even a starter set of shampoo/soap is provided, but again this place is designed for indepent travelers who want the experience of shopping at the local market.There is no restaurant, no bar, no lobby etc..but there is a live on site manager who can help with whatever you need, book trips etc. She and the rest of the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to see you have fun (one even came running to get us from our room when he heard that there was a tapir in the village! the manager gave my daughters a good bye present of shells). The location is nice, right on the beach and across from the lagoon. It is not in the village nor walking distance really so a car is a must. it is about a 5 minute drive to Hamansi and the other big name resorts, another 5 min drive or so to Hopkins itself. As others have noted there are sand fleas (true everywhere on the coast) so bring bug spray. The beds are firm but we like firm beds and found them comfortable. The pictures are a little misleading: there are no flowers on the nightstand or bed (in fact no pictures/decorations on any walls, beach/pool chairs are provided but they are not the fancy colorful set in the pics, and the rooftop balcony is not covered with a thatched roof - it is completly uncovered - great for seeing the beatiful night sky, a bit bright for sitting out a reading a book though. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would go back in a minute. If you are looking for a self catered trip you will enjoy Sarkiki, if however you want a hotel setting and services this is not for you, head to Hamansi if you can - it was beautiful and the dive shop fantastic. Parrot Cove was nearby and nice as well.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank luvs2ski
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

My sun on I fell in love with the Sarkiki. Perfect spot with a wonderful sandy beach not yet built up the big hotels. We stayed in one of the three bedroom suites which was very spacious, with four separate decks on different levels; unobstructed views over the gardens, pools, and ocean on one side, untouched and natural mangrove forests and hills to the rear. The staff was so good, we really miss them and are looking forward to heading back. The property was kept very clean, someone was always around to help. It was great being able to sleep with doors wide open, listening to the ocean and birds, and feeling completely safe. There was air-conditioning everywhere if you wanted it, but as there are also big ceiling fans in every room, we did not need it. It was so much nicer to have the option. We had a rental vehicle, which you want as there is so much to see in the area. This place spoils you for other spots. It was great.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank darlene f
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Sherman, Texas
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

Very unimpressive. I require little. A good bed, and a nice shower. This place has neither.
Concrete beds, and no hot (or even very warm) water. The rooms were large enough and clean. But everything is done on the cheap. We specifically asked if they sprayed for sand flea's and were assured they did. Then it didn't work, because we were all you can eat buffets for the sand fleas, and we were not the only guests eaten up by them. Hopkins roads are not the greatest, but the resort was far outside of town, with no bar, or restaurant, so without some means of transportation you are stuck there. I would not recommend using their bicycles . They haven't seen oil since they were sent from the factory about 15yrs ago. We changed our own sheets, and took out our own trash. They had a washer and dryer, that required something about as strenuous as a 6 mile hike. Up and down 3 flights of stairs. I would have been better of drying my clothes with a blow dryer.
the highlight of the stay was how nice the staff was. They were always helpful. and tried to do the best they could. They really didn't have a lot to work with. It's not that this place was a great value, in hindsight we could have stayed in town for about the same price.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank AndersonL_12
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Additional Information about Sarkiki Reef Resort

Property: Sarkiki Reef Resort
Address: 4 Phase | Sittee Point, Hopkins, Belize
Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our property proudly sits on 3 acres of lush, fully landscaped Caribbean beachfront. Your 2 or 3 bedroom villa sits poolside and beachfront and comes with a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ and outdoor living space to maximize a tropical lifestyle. Tours to the rainforest, river, reef and ruins are easily arranged. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sarkiki Reef Hotel Hopkins
Sarkiki Reef Resort Belize/Hopkins

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