These are the two most recent reviews from TripAdvisor:
The Best Birthday Celebration Destination
JAN 26, 2011 | TRIP TYPE: COUPLES
I selected Grand Caribe from a list of resorts on Ambergris Caye off of the Internet. I liked the look of it from the pictures, but that isn’t always a true representation. In this case it is 100% accurate, and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. Both my boyfriend and I agree that the Grand Caribe was the best resort we saw on Ambergris island (and we looked at others while we were there to make a comparison and judgment for subsequent visit options), in terms of location (easy beach walk, bike ride and/or jog into San Pedro town), and amenities (Pool Bar and Grill, On Site Concierge/Activity Coordinator, 24 hour security staff, and daily housekeeping). Although an exercise room would have been nice, we made do with daily runs on the dirt/sand road that runs North and South, which provided some interesting scenery. The entire staff at Grand Caribe Resort was friendly and very accommodating. Eli set us up on two wonderful excursions, one for a half day private sailboat/snorkeling charter, and the other for a mainland Mayan Ruins full day tour. The entire trip was one of the best birthday celebrations I’ve ever had, and we left the island feeling more satisfied with our experience than we had even remotely anticipated. We came home raving about it with lots of photos, and our friends are now eager to arrange their own trips to Grand Caribe.
Perfect Second Home/Vacation/or Early Retirement.
JAN 22, 2011 | TRIP TYPE: COUPLES, FAMILY
My family and I stayed at the Grand Caribe the week before Christmas (2010) and had a fantastic time on Ambergris. It is easy to see after exploring the Island that Grand Caribe is one of the premier properties on the Island. We stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath on the second floor and loved it. Our Condo was detailed with everything you need for a turn key perfect vacation. The condo was spacious, clean, new, beautiful, and had an abundance of staff and security. Everyone was friendly and truly seemed excited and welcoming. I have traveled all over the world and these are some of the friendliest folks I have ever encountered. It is great to experience a stay in a several hundred thousand dollar condo for a relatively nominal nightly fee. Trading money for this kind of luxury and adventure is money well spent. We made arrangements with management as others have done and enjoyed drinks, fruit, snacks, and food being selected and waiting on us when we arrived. For those who want to be pampered and for those who enjoy convenience, it’s the only way to go. We did a few tours which we enjoyed, Hol Chan, Shark ray alley, and Lamani which were all great. Swimming with nurse sharks is amazing, and I’m scared of sharks. We met other Americans in San Pedro who talked about not having to rent a golf cart because they stayed in town. I honestly think part of the charm of this small Island is the golf carts. The entire family enjoyed loading up on the golf cart and going to dinner or exploring the island in between snorkeling, swimming, jet skiing, building sand castles, etc. I’m going to St. Martin in a few months and I bummed that I wont be cruising on a golf cart. To give a fair and balanced review, the only thing that I would have preferred at the Grand Caribe is to have had a safe in the room. I would have liked having a place to lock up my cash and valuables while on the beach, although nothing in our room ever went missing.
Additionally, the views are beautiful, but there is sea grass along the sea floor which seems a bit mucky, which is thoroughly noted in other reviews of Belize. My impression was that most swimming in the sea is done off the boat docks. Overall, it’s a great place to stay and a great Island that has a charm that is difficult to describe. Ambergris Belize is a special place. I will definitely be returning for another vacation at Grand Caribe, and possibly to discuss a condo purchase.