The Maine Stay Suite- Gorgeous Beach Cabanas [#55689] | View Property
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)
$185 - $228/nt US Dollars
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My wife and I came down for a week at the end of October/beginning of November. Perfect time. Not too hot, very comfortable and no big crowds at some of the near by activities. Placencia and the cabanas were the perfect home base for a fanstastic visit to the best Belize has to offer. While at the cabanas just resting and relaxing was great and if you needed to go into town to pick up a few things or get a bite to eat, it was a quick 15 min ride. Highly recommend getting a rental car and exploring the area. The ride back into mountains to go to Jaguar Paw to do the zip line and cave tubbing is well worth the ride and the zip line/cave tubbing is a blast. Stop at the blue hole which is right on the way. Very cool. We also went to the nearby Mayan preserve. The hike to the top of the bluff was tough but a great workout and well worth the fantastic view. On the way back stop at the waterfall and natural pool. Outstanding and if you go during the week no one is there but you. I don't need to go into the fantastic diving and fishing but for those of you like myself who are spearfisherman, it can be done as long as you go out with a local. Drew can hook you up with Kevin. All in all it was great and we would certainly go back again.
- Guest Ricardo G. (-)
- Date of stay 12/31/07
- Review Submitted 12/31/07
My husband and I spent a week at the cabanas in June. We were a bit skeptical as we left the airport and started the drive to Placencia. Our apprehension grew as we traveled! However, when we woke up the next morning and went swimming and snorkeling off of the pier, we knew we had made a good decision. Drew arranged a day of fishing and snorkeling with Kevin for us and that was an awesome day. He cooked us the best fish I have ever eaten. We had intended to go again, but weather didn't permit. We caught enough fish to eat the entire week! We drove to Xunantunich-what an impressive sight. We also took the Monkey River trip, as well as did a day of cave tubing. We ate at a couple of great restaurants recommended by Karen, but cooked most of our meals right at the cabanas. We really enjoyed the privacy and convenience of the cabanas and enjoyed sitting on the pier at night. We were not able to swim at night due to wind and rain, but the breeze was great! Drew and Karen were a wealth of knowledge before and after we arrived. They were even willing to change our reservation at the last minute due to flight cancellations. I could have stayed in Belize for another week easily, and that is unusual for me. The people were very friendly and we enjoyed shopping at the grocery stores and markets. We brought home about 15 bottles of Marie Sharps (we collect hot sauce) and some great Belizean spices to cook with. The only complaint I had was the bumpy road to get to Placencia, but we even got used to that! Belize was not what I had expected but definitely worth the trip!
- Guest Lynette Anderson (Powell, WY)
- Date of stay 08/14/07
- Review Submitted 08/13/07
My husband and I stayed in the cabana in early August, 2007, with our three children, ages 12, 9, and 7. We were in the newer of the two properties available. This rental has separate sleeping quarters which are ideal for two couples or a family with children. The interior is well-planned, very clean, and includes modern appliances, A/C and cable TV. The landscape is well kept and we spent a lot of time outdoors laying on several hammocks. The lighted dock is steps away. The water is shallow enough at the end of the dock for kids (ages 8+) to jump in and still have their heads above the water. During our stay, it was not uncommon for locals to be using the dock, but there is a locked gate between the yard and the dock. It is a 15- to 20-minute drive south to Placencia, so you would need to have a car. The owners live across the street. We found them to be very friendly. They welcomed us warmly and recommended a great place for lunch on our first day. Despite the fact the owners live close by, they respected our privacy yet were available to answer our questions and/or provide information on local vendors. I would recommend this property to my friends.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/13/07
- Review Submitted 08/13/07
I am a Peace Corps Volunteer living here in Belize and have been lucky enough to get to know the owners of the MaineStay. Drew and Karen have built a very special vacation house on a truly rare and coveted piece of land. During my time in Belize I have been able to visit all the major vacation spots and I can attest that the MaineStay is by far the most accommodating and original. The MaineStay has everything that someone coming to Belize would want. Besides all the amenities of home (internet, AC, full-kitchen, etc.) it is also centrally located in the country allowing one to very easily make day-trips to any corner of the country. My family has just returned to the States after spending a week at the MaineStay and they said repeatedly said that it was one of the best vacations they have ever had. I would recommend the MaineStay to anyone looking to get away from the hotel bustle and into a relaxing home-like atmosphere where they can feel on their own yet still very connected to all the activity of Belize.
- Guest Jeff Frank (Blue Creek Village, Belize)
- Date of stay 04/22/07
- Review Submitted 04/22/07
I just returned from the best vacation I have ever had. The cabanas are 1000 times better than the photos can show. Drew and Karen were awesome hosts, and have really created a paradise. We went as 2 couples and had plenty of room and were very comfortable. We did a sail/snorkle day, the men went deep sea fishing with Kevin, We drove to Xunatunich one day. It was just an awesome vacation. The cabanas have everything you will need, and I cannot say enough about the beauty of the property and Placencia. The locals are truely the nicest people I have ever met. I will defanately return and would only stay at The Maine Stay.
- Guest Holly Little (Haltom City Tx)
- Date of stay 03/28/07
- Review Submitted 03/28/07
My husband and myself and our 20 year old son stayed at the cabanas December 10-17th and had a fantastic time. The weather was beautiful...don't be fooled by weather forecast on the internet as it only shows Belize City. Placenica is 3 1/2 hours south of Belize City. We followed weather up to time we left for Belize and it showed rain forecasted for the entire week. We were so pleased to find sunny blue skies and very warm weather (mid 80's to 90's) when we arrived in Placenica. The cabanas are absolutely beautiful and perfect for a family. We stayed in one cabana and our son in the other. The grounds surrounding the cabanas are beautiful and the water's edge is only a few feet away. You can snorkel the coral bed and fish right off the pier. We rode bikes into seine bight and placencia, took a fishing/snorkeling trip with Kevin. Did the monkey river tour and visited with the locals. We had the wonderful time with all of the activities, but also thouroughly enjoyed just hanging out on the beach & water right in front of the cabanas. We felt right at home with all of the locals and found everyone to be genuinely friendly. Drew and Karen were very helpful and full of good information. You will not be disappointed with your decision to stay at the cabanas...
- Guest cb22010 (corvallis, oregon )
- Date of stay 01/02/07
- Review Submitted 01/02/07
My husband, best friend and her son stayed at the Cabanas June 20 - 27, 2006. What a wild ride! After two planes and a very long car ride from Belize city, we were wondering if it was all worth it. After a good night's sleep, we woke up the next day and experienced beautiful beaches, exceptionally friendly locals, and great adventure. Our stay in Belize was fantastic. Drew was a terrific host. The cabanas were great (he isn't kidding when he said you can sleep with the doors wide open). The breezes from the ocean were incredible. The only regret was not spending a little more time with Drew, he seemed to be a wealth of knowledge and insight. There was just so much to do and it seemed like not enough time to do it. Hope to see you again some time Drew! Thanks for the experience of a lifetime!
- Guest Karen211 (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Date of stay 07/04/06
- Review Submitted 07/04/06
My girlfriend and I stayed in the cabanas late-Feb/early-March. They are spectacular. Drew and Karen are great! We spent the first 4 days doing nothing but relaxing at the cabanas, an activity for which they are perfect!!! No cabin-fever feeling like you can get at some resorts or hotels (which is why I prefer to rent private homes when I travel). Be sure to take advantage of the veggie truck that comes on Sundays and Thursdays -- it's super-fresh food at a reasonable price.
- Guest John211 (Worcester, MA)
- Date of stay 06/19/06
- Review Submitted 06/19/06
The Maine Stay is a 2 room, 2 bath with lots of deck space. Perhaps, better for a couple or family with kids rather than 2 adult couples because someone sleeps in the living room and kitchen area. The owners live across the street and are very knowledgeable about the area and friendly. The beach is right in front, but, at times, had a fair amount of ocean debris (plastic bottles, etc) depending on the tides and winds. Heavenly when the winds are blowing! It is about a 15 minute drive to Placencia, so a car is handy although there are taxis available. There are many snorkling and diving excursions from Placencia. Drew will help you make reservations. Monkey River boat ride is fun too. The kitchen is well equipped. Tried to buy fresh fish each day, but with no luck. Truck with great pork chops and veggies stops at the house 2xwk. Very good and convenient. Other grocery stores in Placencia as well as stores for souvenirs and good restaurants(lots of chicken and beans and rice). Yes, and even a gelato store.
- Guest hilde Lehmann (san diego, ca)
- Date of stay 06/15/06
- Review Submitted 06/15/06
We just got back from staying a week at the The Maine Stay Cabanas and we had a great time. Drew and Karen are wonderful people and their cabanas are really first class. A great view with great sunrises. The tropical ocean breezes were wonderful for sleeping. The ocean is literally 30 steps from the Cabanas. I would come back anytime and recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys comfort, relaxing and beautiful views.
- Guest Bill79 (-)
- Date of stay 04/06/06
- Review Submitted 04/06/06
I met up with my parents from Australia, and my sister and her boyfriend from London, for a belated Christmas family reunion in January 2006. We had a fantastic stay and would highly recommend the accommodation to anyone. It was perfect for our family reunion, but also would be a good getaway for couples or for a group of friends. Drew and Karen were delightful hosts, and the cabins are right on the water. Belize is a magical place, everyone should get down there before it becomes over-crowded with tourists!
- Guest Lucy15 (New York, NY)
- Date of stay 03/14/06
- Review Submitted 03/14/06
We searched many rentals for 6 months before deciding to take the trip to Belize. When we came across the Cabanas we looked no further and booked the first open time available. When we arrived, Drew and Karen were right there to greet us and brought us right over to the cabanas. We arrived to the most beautifully lit up site. There was lighting on the cabanas, along the pier and even the beautiful palm trees have been staged with low lighting. We would sit out at night under the palm trees and look out at the ocean, listening to the sound of the waves. We travel all around the carribean each year and have stayed in beautiful resorts but none of them have anything on the cabanas. There is a lot to be said about having your own private resort on the beach. We took our two girls, 6 and 18 who got to share their own private cabana with bed, couches, bathroom and their own access to the deck and beach. Our attached cabana too had all that the girls had but included an entire kitchen set up with everything you will need. Drew and Karen really want to make your stay as comfortable as possible and asked us to let them know if there is anything they should add. We have not been able to think of anything they already haven't. The local fisherman come around everyday and will bring you fresh catch fish and lobster if so desired. We fished most days ourselves right off the pier. We had a lot of fun going into the town or village. The locals are so friendly and helpful. We sailed and snorkled, went on the Monkey River trip and just simply made several trips into town to try out different eating spots. There was nothing we didn't enjoy. We usually travel alone but now that the girls have had a taste of the carribean, they want to come back every year. We will definetly come back to the cabanas. My youngest made friends with the other little local girls her age. My girls have gained a great appreciation for their own lives back at home, more than my words can ever teach them. Oh - and aside from the most wonderful time and experience we had I guess I forgot to mention that it rained 90% of the 9 days we were in Belize. Don't let this scare you because it was highly unusual but the point is, we can only imagine how our time would have been if it were sunny. We will be back! Thank you Drew and Karen for making our stay as wonderful as it was.
- Guest Jim & Karen Chandler (Rehoboth, Mass)
- Date of stay 02/05/06
- Review Submitted 02/05/06
Renting the cabanas was the best travel decision I could have made. We arrived to the most gorgeous lit-up oasis, just after dark. We rented a 4x4 in Belize City and were so glad we did! It made arriving to our cabanas even more dramatic after coming off of the dark bumpy hwy! My husband and I (30-somthings) brought my two teenage nieces and we felt like millionares. Each cabana is beautifully decorated and stocked with everything one would need for a week of fun: bikes, kites, fishing rods, games, floats, sand chairs... coffee maker!So much more than I ever expected and we used all! As the owners suggested, we slept w/ the doors wide open each night, waking to the sunrise each morning. Wow... I felt safe in our private paradise and it was like coming home each night after our excursions. Thank you so much Drew and Karen for your hospitality and assistance before departure! You guys rock!!! No doubt, we will return someday. Hope you'll have room for us! Next time no excursions... just fry jacks and our little pier:)
- Guest Dominick and Tammy D'Andrea (Bridgeport, CT)
- Date of stay 01/19/06
- Review Submitted 01/19/06
Placencia and the Maine Stay really are a tropical paradise, and the Travers are first-rate hosts. We stayed over Christmas and were completely wowed by the cabanas--no pictures can do them justice. The trees are so green, the water so blue, everything just gorgeous. The fishermen really do set their traps right off the beach, and we bought 4 live lobsters from one--such a great dinner! We ate dinner out mostly, though. Habaneros was tasty and very affordable, not part of a resort so none of those extra fees, and the best part was that we bicycled there (with a flashlight--gotta watch out for those potholes!). Placencia is such a friendly area, and the Travers' were a god send. We had a big airline debacle on the way down, and Drew volunteered to reschedule our puddle jumper since we were in a difficult position to rearrange our plans. They have great information about the area and were just so welcoming. If we visit Placencia again, we would definitely stay at the Maine Stay again, and highly recommend it to anyone.
- Guest Kristine, Nate, Nicole & JR (Seattle, WA)
- Date of stay 01/08/06
- Review Submitted 01/08/06
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January 2004 “Amazing, beautiful, unbelievable, beyond any of our expectations!!!~ Thank you—Thank you—Thank you! We have truly had the most wonderful time. We could not have asked for anything more.” Dale & Steph--MaineJanuary 2004 “We’ve had a blast this past week! Our jaws dropped upon arrival. The Maine Stay website couldn’t do this place justice. The pristine beach with deluxe pier & palapa confirm that this is truly paradise. If you’re ready for the best vacation in the world, know that the Maine Stay will surpass even your wildest dreams” Amy & Ryan—MinnesotaJanuary 2004 “The Maine Stay is one of the nicest spots we have ever had the pleasure to experience. The accommodations are unbelievably comfortable. Wicked Good!” Kathy & Mike—MaineJanuary 2004 “After our excursion to Pumpkin Caye today, I now know that 5 days is simply not enough time in this beautiful place. Just what we needed to rekindle out love for each other an places outside the US.” Wendy and Dan—MaineApril 2004 “Before we came I remember saying I felt like I had already been here because I’d seen so many photos. That first evening I realized how wrong I was! You need all your sense to get the true picture. The trade winds, and the changes in the water, hearing the birds and the palm trees swaying, geckos chirping, sunrise stillness and amazing full moon rising over the ocean. The slow pace makes the days feel longer—doubles your vacation time. We will be back!” Deb & George—CaliforniaMarch 2005 “This is a little bit of heaven right here on earth.” Carolyn & Elizabeth—Tennessee April 2005 “You were so right—one week is not nearly enough to take in all that Belize has to offer! You were both the warmest hosts—treated us like family. We can’t wait to return!” Michael & Jenny—CaliforniaJune 2005 “Yes, The Maine Stay is definitely the place to stay if you make it to the peninsula. It is a perfect spot….Take you time and keep an eye on everything: many birds, colorful lizards, whiptails, blue and red crabs, coatis, huge toads, and hummingbirds can still be spotted around the cabanas. Take even more time and talk to the people—especially the locals whose diversity, originality and kindness are bound to strike you. And perhaps more crucial, spend some time with Drew and Karen, some of the best people in the world. Although we didn’t know them prior to our arrival, they really made us feel at home.” Thierry a
- Guest N/A
- Date of stay 01/02/06
- Review Submitted 01/01/06
We stayed in these cabanas for one week and it was pure paradise! The cabanas are designed and situated perfectly. If you want to take a leisurely swim, or go snorkeling, there is beautiful coral right off the pier (which is such a luxury!). The inside of the cabanas provide the perfect combination of simplicity and comfort. The kitchen is all full-service. I cooked several meals in there with great ease. Also, there is ample deck space for lounging and watching the sun rise from the hammock. After looking at the additional pictures provided in the link, we were convinced that these cabanas would suit us quite well, but in fact it was far better than we imagined!!!
- Guest Sunny8 (New York, NY)
- Date of stay 05/20/05
- Review Submitted 05/20/05