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The Inn at Robert's Grove––Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize

Occupying 22 acres of prime Belizean beachfront, The Inn at Robert's Grove is a grand hacienda–style affair, owned and operated by transplanted New Yorkers. This is one of the classier operations in Belize and one of the larger ones, but you wouldn't know it watching the sunset from your rooftop Jacuzzi.

The Inn at Robert's Grove

The string of resorts along the length of the Placencia Peninsula offers a few high–class shining stars. The Inn at Robert's Grove is one of these, occupying a narrow beach between the Garinagu village of Seine Bight and the tourist town of Placencia. Service is excellent at Robert's Grove, where more than 110 staff are on hand to keep the machine humming along—this is important at a property with a higher occupancy rate than the country average, as a near constant stream of guests, including many repeat customers, keep things busy for much of the year.

Room at The Inn at Robert's GroveThe rooms boast warm colors and a stately comfort. They have high ceilings, king–sized beds, hardwood furniture, and tasteful artwork from the region. All rooms boast large private baths, air conditioning, ceiling fans, terra cotta tiled floors, and individual terraces (in addition to other amenities like cable television, room safes, and mini–fridges). The various oceanfront and grand villa suites have even more amenities and can be connected in a variety of configurations that make staying with family and friends a breeze.

Dining at The Inn at Robert's GroveThe Inn at Robert's Grove started small, the romantic vision of a Manhattan–weary couple, Robert and Risa Frackman, and has steadily expanded over the years. It now features several multi–story buildings of accommodations in addition to the main restaurant, lounge, three swimming pools, spa, and bar area. There are a trio of rooftop hot tubs, the resort has the only tennis court in the area, and there is a popular open-air restaurant with a hearty menu of Belizean and international cuisine. A five–minute walk across the peninsula is the resort's more casual restaurant, the Habenero Mexican Cafe and Bar, which is especially nice for sunset cocktails and appetizers overlooking the Placencia Lagoon. That's where you'll also find Robert's Grove's own marina and dive shop and a range of diving, fly fishing, and inland packages.

Ask about booking a room on Robert's offshore islands. This is what truly separates The Inn at Robert's Grove from the rest of the pack. Nobody but your private island cook and caretaker will cater to you during your "private island" stay on either Robert's or Ranguana Cayes, two distant specks of sand, palm, and coral, with more simple but comfortable accommodations, surrounded by nothing but ocean.

Web Address: www.robertsgrove.com
Total Number of Rooms: 55
Published rates: $215 to $485

Review and photos by Joshua Berman.

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