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Casa Rana, A Gorgeous Home with Pool, Fantastic Staff, Private Chef Available

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 7+)

You are invited to discover a true island paradise. Casa Rana is a designer luxury villa that for the last 7 years has catered to more than 200 immensely satisfied guests. It is the perfect place for your Caribbean adventure. Located 20 minutes north of San Pedro in the exclusive Mexico Rocks area you will awaken in your pillow top beds to amazing sunrises. Your choices each day ranges from doing absolutely nothing to fun experiences on the island or the mainland. Accessibility to all activities and restaurants is easy.

Utilizing the principles of Feng Shui, our intention was to build the most beautiful home on the island, a place that would be in harmony with nature, a place of spirituality, and a place where one could nourish the soul. Our guests have confirmed that we accomplished our goal; Casa Rana has become the Number One luxury rental home destination in Belize. Please read the guest comments below; or Google us; the comments say it all.

Day trips Include snorkeling, visiting Mayan ruins, cave tubing, zip-lining, bird watching, spa treatments, diving, fishing, kayaking, and much more.

For the last several years since 2016 we have been offering in-home meals served by our caretaker Bea. I personally trained her, as I have done with hundreds of other aspiring chefs. Bea is truly gifted, and she and I have created a menu of Belizean and Caribbean favorites, along with delicious Asian specialties. Our guests tell us we have the best food on the island. Don't miss her Key Lime Pie!

The Unique Benefits of this villa: Our home includes spacious rooms and exquisite furnishings, in addition to unobstructed views of the Caribbean. Casa Rana is a living-breathing piece of art, dancing with energy twenty four hours a day. At night the unique lighting transforms the home into another dimension. Bring your family and friends and share with us a most memorable bare foot vacation. Staying in a stunning 3,000 square foot luxury home with its own private beach, plunge pool ( 10' x 14'), and dock, is an extraordinary experience very few people ever get a chance to do.. Just observing the water, the sky and the sea will occupy hours of your time. The power of nature is here in its full glory.

Why the Owner Chose San Pedro: Belize is a land of many different cultures living in an unusually harmonious way. English is the official language and the country is governed according to English Law. It is a land of astounding beauty, and one of the last parts of the Caribbean to be fully explored. We were mesmerized with the beauty of the Caribbean water, the sky and the island of Ambergris Caye. This was a place where we knew we wanted to be. Our varied backgrounds includes (among other professions) design and building, and we wanted to build a home that was a 'work of art and spirituality', to be shared with all who chose to visit.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Owner

We were mesmerized with the beauty of the Caribbean water, the sky and the island of Ambergris Caye. This was a place where we knew we wanted to be. Our varied backgrounds includes design and building, and we wanted to build a home that was a 'work of art and spirituality', to be shared with all who chose to visit.

Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why Owner chose San Pedro

Belize is a land of many different cultures living in an unusually harmonious way. English is the official language and the country is governed according to English Law. It is a land of astounding beauty, and one of the last parts of the Caribbean to be fully explored.

What makes this house unique

A private chef offering some of the best food on the island!

Amenities

San Pedro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Each bedroom has it's own oversize bathroom with large walk-in showers
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This bedroom can be converted to accommodate a queen bed.
  • * All Three Bedrooms have air conditioners, plus ceiling fans throughout the Home * King Bed: US Made Pillow Top Mattress, Cotton Sheets, and Down Pillows * Queen Bed (2) : Two US Pillow Top Queen Beds, Cotton Sheets, and Down Pillows * Twin/Single Bed (2) : Two Pillow Top Day Beds, Cotton Sheets, and Down Pillows. This bedroom can be converted to accommodate a queen bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • caves
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
All three bedrooms have air conditioners plus ceiling fans throughout the home, Linens provided and light housekeeping service, including laundry. We will change linens and towels every third day, or more ofen upon request. We have a 46' Sony flat screen and surround sound system and a Movie Library with: more than 150 different new titles to chose from, Private Pool: 'Plunge Pool' (10' x 14'), with large deck, chairs and chaise lounges, Fully equipped modern gourmet kitchen, New double door refrigerator with freezer, Catering Available: Pre-Ordering Food and Beverages Available. Manager on site to help arrange all your adventures and activities, Daily boat ride into town with advance request., Pick Up and Drop Off at San Pedro Airport, Wedding Planning and Corporate Retreats, Yoga Mats. Tour guides, diving companies and fishing guides will pick you up at our private dock and bring you back when you are finished.

Reviews

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Casa Rana, A Gorgeous Home with Pool, Fantastic Staff, Private Chef Available
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4

Great home - very relaxing atmosphere

  • 4 of 5

Our boys loved this vacation home, James was absolutely wonderful with our kids. Taught them so many things about the plants, fish and birds. Bea made a wonderful dinner the first night of our arrival. Richard and Diane were very sweet and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Our Family Vacation on Ambergris Caye at Casa Rana

  • 5 of 5

There is only one word that captures our wonderful experience at Casa Rana on Ambergris Caye in Belize: idyllic. In every way, it was all we had hoped for as a family vacation for just my husband and me, our daughter, her son and daughter, and our son's daughter, ages 7, 12, and 14. We explored the Caye, played in the pool, snorkeled off the dock, snorkeled at the reef, went pyramiding, discovered a "secret" beach, told family stories, and sang songs at night. All the while, we were luxuriously ensconced in the beautiful Casa Rana. The name means "Frog House," and in all the rooms, which are spacious and comfortable, there are charming images of the Casa's totem amphibian. Other works of art, representing many cultures and time periods, capture the imagination (please take time to "read" the stones in the urn fountain in the living area). From every window and from the patio and porch, there are captivating views of the sea and waves breaking over the coral reef. At night, with a full moon bathing all in a silver light it was enchanting. Peaceful. Restorative. Our host, Richard, could not have been more affable and helpful--he scheduled our day trips, ordered a golf cart for forays into San Pedro, provided round trip transportation to and from the airport, and many other thoughtful services. He even feted us with fresh caught lobster tails for dinner the night before our departure. Casa Rana is furnished with every amenity, and it is impeccably maintained by the care takers, Bea and James, who anticipated our every need, from housekeeping to supplying fresh towels to taking care of our laundry. James brought us a fresh coconut so we could taste its water, and he gave us a lesson in the Creole language used in Belize (the national language is English). Bea prepared 2 superb dinners for us, replete with appetizers (try the conch seviche) and desserts (hard to choose a favorite between key lime pie and rum coconut cake). When my daughter asked Bea to make cupcakes for our granddaughters impromptu 7th birthday celebration, Bea did, and she also brought in appetizers, party hats, balloon, decorations and flowers for the occasion. They could not have done more to make our week at Casa Rasa more enjoyable, and we are very appreciative of them and of Richard for all they did for us. We'll never forget them or Casa Rana, the blue and turquoise sea, the soft breezes, and the sounds of lapping water. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sylvia and Buck, All of us at Casa Rana are humbled by your kind, gracious and generous Review. It was a pleasure to be able to host you and your wonderful family. Our very best wishes and we hope to see you again. Diana, Richard, Bea and James
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5

Beautiful, welcoming beach house

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful, exquisitely maintained beach home was perfect for our family vacation. There was plenty of room for the five of us and the furnishings are very comfortable. We enjoyed having our own private beach and dock. Our hosts, (Richard, James and Bea) were honestly the most delightful and accommodating we have ever experienced in our many years renting properties through VRBO. The location of the home was perfect for our needs. A 20 minute golf cart ride gets you right into town and there are many really great restaurants and bars along the way. We hated to leave this paradise!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

BEAUTIFUL!

  • 5 of 5

Richard, Diana, James and bea were amazing! If youre wanting a vacation where you have information at your disposal this is the place to stay! We traveled with a group of 7 and slept comfortably and had more than enough room. James was so informative about the local spots that we should check out (ex. SECRET BEACH!). They were all so friendly and made our experience one for the books! If you’re second guessing going to San Pedro, Don’t! Thank you guys so much again! We’re already looking forward to our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Home, Wonderful People

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough GREAT things about Casa Rana!

From our explorations of the Island, Casa Rana is one of the most beautiful properties for rent. The layout provides for wonderful gathering spaces for your group both indoors and outdoors, whether it be in the spacious living room, at the pool or on the beach / dock. Also, the beautiful bedrooms (each with an ensuite), provide for a nice way to get away and catch up on rest. Clearly, much attention was paid to the design and aesthetic of the house which adds so much to the experience.

With respect to the hospitality, Richard, Diana, James, and Bea could not have offered more. They managed to make themselves available to help us get the most out of our visit (planing meals, day trips, etc.), while still respecting our privacy. They were able to get us connected with the right locals to find the best food (Bea is also a phenomenal cook), and the best guides to the local sights and culture.

I would book this trip again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed a week long stay at Casa Rana. Richard, Diana, James, and Bea took very good care of us. I wanted to address some of the thing I read and/or concerns I had when we planned this trip.

First, getting to Casa Rana. My wife hates small planes and turbulence in general. Because of this we arranged transport with Nautilus Water Taxi. When we arrived it was very windy with white capped waves. It was too rough to go by water taxi. We were met getting off the jet by Nautilus representatives who explained the situation and arranged plane transport for us. We were on the plane within 30 minutes and received a refund for the outgoing trip. The plane was packed with just enough room for sardines, but was quick, comfortable, and quite honestly fun. People were going on vacation after all and we laughed most of the way there. My wife even enjoyed the ride. Quite a shock. We did the return trip by Nautilus water taxi. It was a beautiful ride lasting about an hour and a half. They met us at Casa Rana dock and escorted us right to the airport. That said, I would have no problems with either mode of transport. Michele and the Nautilus crew were great and I feel this transport felt like we were extending our vacation. Personally, I would go water taxi again.

Next the house. It is a beautiful and comfortable home. We tend to be with those that enjoy air conditioning. Here, we did not have any problems. The bedrooms are air conditioned and the house enjoys breezes to the point that we did not miss central air. So, don't sweat the AC issue. No pun intended.

Richard and Diana are very knowledgable and make themselves available if you so desire. If you prefer relaxing, you would never know they lived out back. They are friendly and enjoyable people, not intrusive at all. The same goes for James and Bea. James was great at masking reservation at restaurants and Bea is a wonderful cook. In fact, Bea cooked for us three of the seven nights. You have to have her key lime pie.

Getting around the Caye by golf cart was an adventure to say the least. It was more like an olympic slalom event. The dirt roads are very potted. It costs about 300 for the week and I felt it was worth it even though we didn't use it every day. It does offer you some freedom. The house is seven miles north of town, so this is valuable. That said, Richard and James can arrange water taxi service to restaurants.

All told, this was a great vacation. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
San Pedro
Car: not necessary

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. (Casa Rana is Located 7 Miles North of San Pedro) -- Beachfront: Caribbean Sea is 65 Feet from House. Casa Rana, located on Ambergris Caye, Belize is a designer luxury home that is the perfect place for your Caribbean adventure. Located a 20 minute boat ride north of San Pedro in the exclusive Mexico Rocks area.

Other Activities: Diving, snorkeling, fishing, trips to Mayan ruins, shopping, boating, kayaking, parasailing, health/beauty spa, and much more.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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