North Beach (3.5 miles north of San Pedro), Ambergris Caye, Belize
Venture several miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye's only town, and you'll find Las Terrazas, with its luxurious condo-style accommodations, expansive white sand beach, and one of the chicest pools on the island. Perfect for honeymooners, scuba divers, and families, Las Terrazas offers a tranquil escape that feels miles away from civilization yet is only a short boat ride or golf cart adventure away from town.
From the moment you step onto the dock from your complimentary boat transfer, let the pampering begin. Sip on your tropical welcome drink-with or without rum depending on your preference-as you begin the check-in process and are escorted to your welcome massage.
Las Terrazas features just under 40 units, with several varying floorplans ranging from around 1,000 to 1,700 square feet. Choose from one to three bedrooms, including some split-level units. All condos have full-size kitchens with high-end appliances, spacious living areas, and handcrafted Belizean furnishings throughout. Choose a room with an oversized tub to relax in during the evening, or just curl up on the couch in the provided plush Las Terrazas bathrobes.
All condos feature central air conditioning, ceiling fans, washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi access throughout. As a whole, Wi-Fi in Belize is not necessarily fast, so do not be surprised to encounter slower speeds at times. In the master bedroom closet you'll find a yoga mat as well as umbrellas, which are extremely handy in case of a brief afternoon rain shower.
Accommodations include a sea view or views of the pool, courtyard, or lagoon side of the island. The latter is perfect for catching a Belizean sunset. Book a beachfront sea house to be right on the Caribbean, or live large and go for a penthouse condo with multiple outdoor living spaces. Some penthouse condos also have private plunge pools and/or outdoor jacuzzi tubs.
Even when fully booked, Las Terrazas feels more like a small boutique hotel than a large resort. You'll have plenty of privacy in your condo, and the thick concrete walls keep any potential noise from neighboring units out. With people out during the day on excursions and exploring the island at night, it tends to be pretty quiet in the common areas.
The grounds at Las Terrazas are some of the most picturesque on the island. The 70-foot infinity edge pool is definitely the place to be. Snag one of the in-water loungers if you arrive early, or one of the shaded loveseats at the end of the pool.
Las Terrazas Resort occupies a spacious stretch of white sand beach, and it is often empty since many travelers fill their days in Belize with a variety of tours and activities. The beach has ample loungers, hammocks, and even an Instagram-worthy swing in the water. Make a pot of coffee and set the alarm as sunrises from Las Terrazas' beach or dock are worth being an early riser for. Due to its more northern location, you won't get much foot traffic passing through on the beach either.
Onsite amenities include a spa and a small fitness center as well. Guests have complimentary use of kayaks, paddleboards, Hobie Cats, and bicycles. There is a 5-Star PADI dive shop, and top-notch snorkeling is just a short boat ride away. This is thanks to the island's proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Las Terrazas' Concierge Desk can arrange all your tours and excursions, including day trips for popular activities on the mainland. They can even arrange for a grocery stocking service, so your condo's fridge can be stocked full of cold Belikin beer and whatever other provisions you might want.
There is a small store on site for sundries, and inside you'll also find a freezer with freshly-stocked paletas from Regina's Paletas that are made right on the island. A paleta is essentially a fruit-based popsicle, and Regina makes a variety of delicious options showcasing local Belizean ingredients. The best part of buying one here is that you can eat it right away by the pool rather than fussing with a melting one while on a golf cart in town.
When it comes to dining options at Las Terrazas, there is only one restaurant. O Restaurant offers a variety of Caribbean and Central American dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can opt to eat onsite your entire trip, but it's worth exploring local hot spots in town as well. Food prices are what you would expect to pay for a higher-end luxury resort, but the drink prices are far more reasonable than other luxury resorts on the island. There is also a rooftop lounge area which overlooks the pool and grounds-perfect for an evening cocktail before dinner.
I recommend having breakfast and lunch by the pool under the individual cabanas and book a reservation for dinner inside. Celebrating a special occasion? Las Terrazas can coordinate a private dinner on the beach, or even a special breakfast by the pool. My personal favorites to start the day-cloud eggs and avocado or the Island Crepes, both served with fresh juice and a cup of piping hot Belizean coffee.
At dinner, come hungry, as you'll want to order starters like the porcupine shrimp and entrees like the pork spare ribs that fall off the bone or the peppered beef tenderloin. Steak is really hit or miss on the island, and O Restaurant's steak was a hit. Seafood lovers shouldn't miss the fresh whole fish, lobster (when in season), or the Belize stone crab claws. Whatever you do, save room for dessert, as the Bailey's-infused chocolate sea urchin truffle and chef's special caye lime tart are worth breaking any diet for.
Like other parts of the Caribbean, Belize has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of Sargasso washing up on its shores in recent years. The off-putting smell is anything but pleasant, but it's almost become a part of life for many coastal locations throughout the Caribbean. Many properties rake each morning to keep ahead of it. Las Terrazas works tirelessly to keep their beach clean, and recently installed multiple barriers to help keep the Sargasso from hitting the shore.
Boat transfers are available back and forth to town, or you can rent a golf cart directly from Las Terrazas. The drive south into town takes around 25 minutes and is on mostly paved road, except a small stretch of road in front of and near the resort itself. Head north, and it's a relatively short jaunt to the popular Secret Beach area, which stopped being a secret around four years ago. Secret Beach is located on the western side of Ambergris Caye - which is spared the influx of Sargasso. Instead, you'll find a number of beach bars and shallow, crystal-clear water. If Secret Beach is a must-do on your Belize vacation, Las Terrazas is an ideal base. If you're exploring the island by golf cart, other popular bars nearby include Rojo Lounge to the north, and Truck Stop and Crocs as you drive south toward town.
The staff at Las Terrazas is on the ball and understands the needs of high-end luxury travelers. They do their absolute best to accommodate you throughout your stay, whether it's preparing something special from the kitchen or arranging private romantic excursions. For special requests, it's best if you let them know as far in advance as possible, since Ambergris Caye is an island, and it's not always easy to source provisions at the last minute.
When booking, look for a variety of specials available throughout the year-everything from stay four nights get the fifth free to romance packages and dining options that include some or all of your meals. Take note, many resorts in Belize, including Las Terrazas, typically close for a portion of time around September/early October to allow for staff holidays and prep the resort for the upcoming high season. Check with Las Terrazas for exact dates if you're planning to visit around that time.
Web Address: https://www.lasterrazasresort.com
Total Number of Rooms: 39
Published rates: $369 to $659
Review and photos by Erin DeSantiago.