Matachica Resort

5 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
24 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Secluded
Starting at:
taxes included per/nt

MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Sometimes a hotel’s address says a lot. Matachica’s, officially, is “5 Miles North of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.” Suffice it to say that they don’t have a problem with traffic noise. Set along a secluded white sand beach and reachable only by motorboat, this is a hotel that’s all about disconnecting from the outside world — its colorful thatch-roofed casitas and cabanas are technology-free (air conditioning aside).

A large-scale redesign in 2019 at the hands of designers Byron and Dexter Peart leaves Matachica’s interiors looking refreshed, blending rustic handmade textures with a bold, graphic sensibility — the unplugged life is certainly not a dull one. The tactile comforts are top-shelf, and the fully renovated bathrooms count Ceramica Suro sinks and eco-luxe Haeckels bath products among their charms.

The best of the accommodations are set a stone’s throw from the surf, though even from the most distant casitas, it’s only a minute’s walk across the warm white sand until you’re at the water’s edge. At every level, the accommodations come with their own private patios strung with hammocks, for when stepping out the door onto the beach just seems too arduous a path to relaxation.

Things can get a bit more strenuous if you wish, but only by degrees. The staff will gladly set you up with sea kayaks, snorkel gear, a pedal boat or bike — all free to use. And off-site there are jungles and caves and Mayan ruins to explore. Best of all, the world’s second-largest barrier reef is just offshore — an unspoiled diver’s paradise, in a setting where the effect isn’t undone once you step back on shore.

Matachica’s restaurant, Mambo, is worth mentioning as well —  ingredients are sourced from the organic garden at Matachica’s sister property, GAÏA Riverlodge. For cocktails and light bites, the renovation also bears new fruit in the form of Danny’s Tree Bar, set right on the beach against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.

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Matachica Resort
5 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Off street parking
  • Bar
  • Wine Cellar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • Doctor on call
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Wake-up service
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Beachfront
  • Adults only

Need to Know

  • Children under the age of 16 cannot be accommodated at Matachica Resort & Spa.
  • Eligible Plus reservations: Credits and discounts will be applied at check-out in local currency unless otherwise noted. Credits are valid toward incidentals only and will be forfeited if not used.
Check in: 14:00
Check out: 12:00

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Uses energy-efficient heating and cooling
  • Uses energy-efficient lighting
  • Cleans with eco-friendly products
  • Stocks eco-friendly shampoo and soap
  • No single-use plastic toiletries
  • No single-use plastics
  • Farms organic or hydroponic produce on property
  • Sources produce from local farms
  • Creates seasonal menus from locally sourced produce
  • Sells or donates surplus food
  • Composts food waste
  • Reduces food waste
Community and Environment
  • Purchases from locally owned businesses
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in sustainability best practices
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Provides volunteer opportunities for guests and staff
  • Restores and protects natural ecosystems and wildlife