Accommodations to suit any pocket and preference in Hopkins Print E-mail
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Written by By Jem Smith   
Thursday, 07 September 2017 00:00

On a trip held by the Belize Tourism Board on Friday, August 25 to Sunday August 27, 2107, media persons were taken to the Hopkins Village in Stann Creek to discover Belize. Aside from both terrestrial and marine activities, we were given the opportunity to get an inside look at some very high end hotels and resorts as well as their rooms, restaurants, bars, and other amenities.

The group of 14 journalists and reporters had the luxury of calling the Almond Beach Resort and Spa and Jaguar Reef Lodge their home for the entirety of the trip. When we were not being consumed with work, sun, and engaging in group activities off site, we had downtime to explore the resort. We were initially given a tour of most of the compound which covered several rooms, pools, the spa and café, the beach, and the main restaurant and lobby.

Viva Belize, a hotel group and adventure company that has been in existence for over 20 years, is the parent of Almond Beach Resort and Spa and Jaguar Reef Lodge, two properties that are situated directly next to each other. Viva Belize is currently undergoing construction and Almond Beach is under renovation to enhance the luxury factor in some rooms for persons that might be looking for that.

In the room my roommate and I stayed, Jobillo Suite, there were all the basic amenities that one could find in a hotel: a water cooler, sofa, two separate rooms, several closets, access to a front and back verandah, air conditioning, an iron and ironing board, lamps, complimentary alcohol and soda, as well as other things. All other rooms that we were shown came with those items and some even came with a kitchen area.

According to Andre Johnston, General Manager, Viva Belize Southern Resorts, one of the rooms had just been finished on the day we arrived. We were given a tour of the room, called Orchid, which came with all the aforementioned amenities. The twist with this room is that it even had its own private pool.

While Villa Margarita, a part of the same property, has many luxury rooms, the Jaguar Reef Lodge has accommodations that cater to families and Almond Beach is more couple oriented. Typical prices range from USD $299/night and can go all the way up to USD $799/night but Viva Belize is having a promotional rate for Belizeans until December 20. Until then, Belizeans pay just BZD $199/night. This is in an effort to increase the traffic of Belizeans on the property as well as encouraging Belizeans to discover and invest in our own local properties.

On our last day of the familiarization trip, we visited the Hopkins Bay Resort, also having promotional rates for Belizeans. The resort is situated on the beachfront and consists of 19 villas, each independently owned. Teophilus Giron, Assistant General Manager, gave us a tour of the property, home to two pools and a restaurant and bar. Each villa is identical with two rooms downstairs, one with a King sized bed and the other with a Queen sized bed, a bathroom, a living room area, a kitchen and stairs to upstairs which hosts a bathroom and a bedroom with a king sized bed.

Like the VIVA Belize properties, Hopkins Bay, situated at the North end of the village, is currently having promotions. A villa can be rented in its entirety for $400/night. It hosts up to 8 persons and there is a charge of $50/additional person.

Make Belize your tourist destination this year. There is so much in Hopkins, and elsewhere, to explore and to be proud of. Like the cliché saying, be a tourist in your own home.