This month we spent a week at the Nautical Inn in Seine Bight, on the Placencia Peninsula, in Belize. The Nautical Inn is a friendly little place that has its (mostly) pros and (only a few) cons.
Prior to arrival I chatted with Sarah from Michigan who answered any questions I had. She also let me know that our room had been upgraded from the Angelfish to the Red Snapper. I found out later that the Nautical Inn is actually divided into “villas” and once all are sold (starting at $200,000 US) there will be 8 different owners. It was my impression there were 3 or 4 as of present and one of them was actually there towards the end of our stay.
We arrived after over 14 hours of travel, including 2 flights (with a screaming toddler, yes we were THOSE people) and a 4 hour car ride through the Belize countryside. Upon check-in we were offered a cold Belikin and headed to our room to store the luggage and change into swim suits. We were warmly greeted by 3 other folks, in the pool, who we later discovered were members of the Inn team.
We changed the boys into their swim suits and headed out to the pool. The staff were very good with the boys and played with them for a good hour. Afterwards it was time to change and get dinner. As the cook was swimming, we decided to head down to Roberts Grove for dinner.
When we returned we were told that we were the only guests and the security guard was off that night; but to lock up tight by 9:30 and we’d be fine. I expressed some concern as it was our first night (with 2 little ones, in a foreign country and we would be all by ourselves) and found out the next day they had arranged for someone to be there overnight.
the room was a good size with a microwave, mini-fridge and a coffee maker. The beds were really comfortable, we saw few bugs which is great considering it is the tropics, had a great view, decent pool that was perfect for the kids, exceptionally nice staff–especially Jovita, and they serve a great rum punch. They have kayaks which you can use for free and a nice little beach.
Garrett, who is in charge of security is retired military and we felt very safe under his watch. They can arrange for tours both inland and on the coast. Also, we had an issue during our stay and contacted an owner who resolved the issue immediately, from the States. Plus there is a friendly dog named Buddy who also watches out for resort guests. Lastly it is very clean. I observed them cleaning a room and it took hours; they are exceptionally thorough and it shows.
The cons: It is a drive to the village of Placencia, there is a very limited menu in the restaurant, which closes early if there are only 1 or 2 guest rooms occupied at the inn.
It is small; if you are looking for a hopping resort, this is not the one. We went during the off season and during half of our stay we were the only guests. For me it was lonely and I felt like we were putting the staff out because it was just us. But I like a lot of action.
However, if you are looking for a quiet place to relax and unwind and simply get away, this is your place.
Overall I would recommend the Nautical Inn. They really do care about their guests and address needs immediately. Bear in mind it is Belize and everything operates on Belizean time.