Ambergris Caye wins big with 2013 Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Press Release – Belize Tourism Board – The results for the Trip Advisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards are in, and once again, Belize received multiple awards and acknowledgements. With multiple stakeholders placing in the top tiers of the awards, Director of Tourism, Laura Esquivel-Frampton extends congratulations to all the awardees.  Director Frampton says, “This is a testament to the hard work and dedication to the tourism product by our industry. The recognition awarded is truly deserved, and really helps to show how much we (Belize) pride ourselves on quality service. We are definitely leaps and bounds above the rest, and have surpassed most in our region and rank highly alongside some of the largest around the world.

Belize dominated in the categories of “Top 25 Small Hotels in Central America” and “Top 25 Hotels for Service in Central America.”

The results are as follows:

Top 25 Small Hotels in Central America:

1    Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Shop – Hopkins, Belize

2    Pelican Reef Villas Resort – San Pedro, Belize

3    The Phoenix Resort – San Pedro, Belize

4    Coco Plum Island Resort – Dangriga, Belize

7    Turneffe Flats – Turneffe Islands, Belize

9    Chabil Mar – Placencia, Belize

10  Xanadu Island Resort Belize – San Pedro, Belize

18  Turneffe Island Resort – Turneffe Islands, Belize

Matachica Beach Resort

Matachica Beach Resort

19  Matachica Beach Resort – San Pedro, Belize

22  Belcampo Lodge – Punta Gorda, Belize

24  Pook’s Hill Lodge – Belmopan, Belize

25  Maya Beach Hotel – Placencia, Belize

A total of 12 Belize properties were awarded, giving Belize 48% of the total.

Top 25 Hotels for Service in Central America:

1    Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Shop – Hopkins, Belize

2    The Phoenix Resort – San Pedro, Belize

5    Pelican Reef Villas Resort – San Pedro, Belize

6    Chabil Mar – Placencia, Belize

11  Coco Plum Island Resort – Dangriga, Belize

15  El Pescador Resort – San Pedro, Belize

16  Black Rock Lodge – San Ignacio, Belize

Trip Advisor 2013-117  Xanadu Island Resort Belize – San Pedro, Belize

18  Mystic River Resort – San Ignacio, Belize

21  Pook’s Hill Lodge – Belmopan, Belize

24  Athens Gate – San Pedro, Belize

A total of 11 Belize properties were awarded, giving Belize 44% of the total.

Other Central American categories were:

Top 25 Hotels in Central America:

5    Victoria House – San Pedro, Belize

8    Coco Beach Resort – San Pedro, Belize

10  Grand Caribe Belize Resort and Condominiums – San Pedro, Belize

11  Las Terrazas Resort – San Pedro, Belize

Top 20 Luxury Hotels in Central America:

1    The Phoenix Resort – San Pedro, Belize

7    Las Terrazas Resort – San Pedro, Belize

9    Turtle Inn – Placencia, Belize

10  Blancaneaux Lodge – Cayo District, Belize

12  Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort – Stann Creek, Belize

Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Central America:

3    Colinda Cabanas – Caye Caulker, Belize

8    Villa Verano – Hopkins, Belize

15  Captain Jak’s Cabanas – Placencia, Belize

18  Pook’s Hill Lodge – Belmopan, Belize

19  Hopkins Inn – Hopkins, Belize

24  Clarissa Falls Resort – San Ignacio, Belize

Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Central America:

1    Twin Palms Bed & Breakfast – Belmopan, Belize

20  Moonracer Farm Lodge & Tours – San Ignacio, Belize

23  Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge – San Ignacio, Belize

Special recognition must also be given to those properties that placed in the top 25 categories for the World.

Trip Advisor 2013-2Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World:

2    The Phoenix Resort – San Pedro, Belize

Top 25 Small Hotels in the World:

2    Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort – Hopkins, Belize

16  Pelican Reef Villas Resort – San Pedro, Belize

20  The Phoenix Resort – San Pedro, Belize

Top 25 Hotels for Service in the World

5    Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort – Hopkins, Belize

Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the World:

13  Twin Palms Bed & Breakfast – Belmopan, Belize

The Belize Tourism Board extends enormous congratulations to all winners; in particular, BTB commends “The Phoenix Resort” for receiving a total of five awards; two in the world categories and three in the Central American categories.

For a full list of all the properties rewarded in the various categories, please visit Trip Advisor’s webpage at www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.

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