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Paradise Found! Beautiful Villa On The Sea in the Village of Placencia!

Placencia, Belize
  • Villa2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

Private Villa on the Sea, Walking Distance to Centre of the Village

This elegant, private, and truly beautiful villa is set in a gorgeous tropical garden complete with large pool and two palapa docks right on the Caribbean Sea. The walled estate offers complete security, luxury, and privacy yet is but a short walk (5-8 minutes only) form the centre of Placencia Village with its many artisian shops, fantastic local and international restaurants and fun beach bars.

The interior space is the lower level of the Villa and is approximately 2,000 square feet and offers every comfort of home. There are two bedrooms and two large bathrooms, one with a beautiful outdoor shower complete with its own small private garden as well as large walk-in indoor shower. There is a fully equipped indoor kitchen complete with a gas range, a large refrigerator with an ice maker, blender, microwave oven, dishwasher and all other equipment necessary to produce a gourmet meal which can be enjoyed in the dining area. The lounge area is complete with all you need to enjoy a relaxing evening watching television (flat screen) or listening to music.The entire area is tastefully decorated with local art and crafts and is very well maintained. Of course it has central air conditioning, free wi-fi (Skype quality) and cable television for your comfort and enjoyment.

The garden and pool area is truly beautiful! There are many paths to explore to discover its lush foliage, bountiful flowers, including many orchids, numerous types of palms and flowering shrubs, climbing vines and even fruit trees. When swimming in the large salt water pool, gazing at the large palms and flowers surrounding it one feels as though they are truly in the Garden of Eden! There are several cushioned lounges and chairs in the pool area where you can choose to rest in either the sun or the shade. Near the pool area is also an outdoor kitchen complete with a new (2015) gas BBQ to prepare those more casual meals. There is a nearby eating area with its own fireplace and large mosaic table top, featuring what else, but starfish!

The palapa docks which go out several feet from the shore are perfect spots to enjoy the sea breezes and watch the sailboats in the harbour and the local boats, visiting yachts, and dolphins go by. There is also a rooftop deck area with its 360 degree views of the sea, the canal and the distant mountains and is the perfect spot to sip a drink and watch the most gorgeous sunsets the Caribbean has to offer!

All this comfort and luxury is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day or to come home to after a day in the pool or on Placencia's white sandy beaches, or on one of the many day trips, snorkeling, diving, hiking, or exploring nearby rain forests or Mayan ruins.

Bring your e-book for reading in your hammock, your hiking shoes for local tours, flip flops for dining out and your sweetheart for the best honeymoon, anytime, anywhere.

Keywords: Starfish Villa is a large, beautiful Mediterranean style villa with water on both sides of the property. The Villa is very private and secure yet truly within very easy walking distance to the centre of the Village of Placencia. Therefore, the majority of our guests decide to not rent a vehicle, a very considerable cost saving. We are always pleased to pick up our guests at the Placencia airport and return them there for their return flights. Of course, there is no cost for this courtesy service. The Villa itself has a large and luxurious pool with a waterfall surrounded by lush tropical gardens. There are two palapa docks and a rooftop deck. The interior space has two bedrooms, two large baths, one with an outdoor shower with a small private garden; fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas.


Gail M Smith

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
About Gail M Smith

Your firendly hosts, Gail and Paul, look forward to sharing this beautiful paradise with you. They are in residence during part of the year at the Villa and occupy the second level of the Villa when in Belize. There are also full time caretakers at the Villa who have their own separate cottage which is on the property who will take good care of any guests should the owners be away. Gail and Paul know the area well and will be very pleased to recommend their favourite restaurants, shops, excursions and guide to help make your holiday in beautiful Placencia truly fantastic! You can also find us on FaceBook look for Starfish Villa Placencia.

Gail M Smith purchased this Villa in 2011

Why Gail M Smith chose Placencia

We've travelled the world and there is no better paradise than this one. We have a passion for sharing the magic of this country and especially this unique and charming village. We love the friendly Belizean people and can enjoy easy conversations with everyone here in English.

What makes this Villa unique

Unsurpassed elegance at home, with easy access to world class diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, rainforest hiking, Mayan ruins, bird watching, or just hanging out at the famous Barefoot Bar! Should you be interested in this property but our calendar dates don't work for you please don't be shy. Some of our bookings are family and repeat guests so we can often switch things around for you. Also you can find us on Facebook STARFISH VILLA PLACENCIA.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 2 Bathrooms
          • 2 full bathrooms. one of which has both indoor and outdoor showers.

          Location Type

            • Mountain View
            • Ocean View
              Gorgeous views on all sides, harbor, sea, lagoon, canal, distant mountains, gardens and pool. The sun rises and sunsets can be seen from either of the palapa docks or the rooftop deck.
            • Oceanfront
              Bordered by both the Caribbean Sea and the Placencia Lagoon. Feels like an island, without the hassle and inconvenience of needing water transport. Come and go as later/early as you want!
            • Village
              A truly short and easy walk to the centre of the Village with its many shops, great restaurants, beach bars, miles of walkable beach.
            • Water View
            • Waterfront


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central Air
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Two Coffee makers one is a French Press.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully equipped, including, Blender, French Press Style Coffee Maker & Coffee Grinder,.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Dishwasher is new.
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped kitchen. Granite counter tops, stainless steal appliances (water & Ice in the door), Bar stalls at island.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Fully equipped including BBQ tongs etc.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Spices, sauces etc
                        • Refrigerator
                          New side by side with water & ice
                        • Stove
                          Modern stove 5 burner
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Both in door and near the pool and outdoor cooking / BBQ area.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Balcony
                                      Roof Deck with a great view. Plus 2 Docks with thatched roofs.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Gazebo
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Outdoor grill is located by the pool kitchen.


                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          For suitability questions please contact us.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool
                                              The pool is private in that there are never any other paying guests on the property.


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • horseshoes
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • rafting
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              41 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Our best VRBO experience ever. Beautiful home, beautiful yards, excellent hosts!

                                                              Oliver A.

                                                              We spent 10 nights at Starfish Villa after 4 nights on Ambergris Caye. Gail picked us up at the airport personally (and back to the airport at the end of our stay). On the way to the house she stopped at the store so we could get supplies and she also pointed out good stores, restaurants, etc. The initial impression of the property was amazing - even nicer than the VRBO pictures. Everything was in excellent condition and very clean. Gail and Paul were very friendly and gracious hosts making sure we were looked after and giving us good information about tours, dining, etc. They were always there when we needed them but also gave us all the privacy we needed. The staff (Eder and Luisa) were also great - friendly, helpful, and the house and yard were always kept in beautiful condition. I have to mention Lindon too - how he spends all day on the rooftop terrace sanding and painting in the scorching heat is beyond me - and he always had entertaining stories for us! This place, the location and the people really made this a great vacation for us all. Thanks so much Gail & Paul!

                                                              Nice Placencia getaway

                                                              Steve P.Pleasanton, CA

                                                              Paul and Gail were gracious, accommodating hosts at their beautiful, expansive villa.

                                                              The location was very convenient, as the town was literally a 5 to 10 minute walk up the dirt road that starts in front of the house.

                                                              The grounds are well manicured and beautifully landscaped. The

                                                              property is large, allowing the members of your party to seek solitude, if the want, in any of my favorite places: The third floor lookout, the two palapas ( short piers that extend out over the water), the pool, the swinging benches in front of the entryway).

                                                              Your first floor suite is large and well appointed. I especially liked the outdoor shower connected to the master bath.

                                                              We spent quite a bit of time just relaxing on the property and walking around town. The people in Placencia were all very friendly, greeting you whenever you encountered them.

                                                              Overall, it was a nice January getaway to a warmer climate and one I would highly recommend.


                                                              Angela S.Fort Collins

                                                              My husband and I spent 7 nights at the Starfish Villa for our honeymoon. The property is truly amazing and very well maintained. The home had everything we needed and then some. The pool was the perfect way to cool off after a walk into town. We loved fishing off the docks every morning and taking advantage of the rooftop deck! Pedro, the caretaker is extremely sweet and helped us with everything we needed. We would highly recommend Starfish Villa to anyone looking for the finest accommodations in Placencia. Book this place and you will not be disappointed! It is truly stunning and photos do not do it justice! Thank you so much for the wonderful honeymoon:)

                                                              Starfish Villa was awesome!

                                                              Stephanie K.Tallahassee, FL 32312

                                                              It was everything we hoped it would be. The accommodations were top shelf. Opportunities for dining, fishing, snorkeling and other excursions were plentiful. All restaurants, bars and grocery stores are within a 10 minute walk from the house. The pool and palapa docks made for some excellent downtime. We were there during the off-season, mid September, and it was perfect for us as we were looking for a quiet getaway. However, about half of the restaurants and bars were closed for the rainy season but there were still enough options to satisfy our desires. If you are looking for a more uptempo atmosphere, you need to go during their typical season. If a laid back, non touristy getaway is what you are looking for September is great. The caretaker (Pedro) for the property was very attentive whenever we needed him but was also unobtrusive. All in all, we couldn't have been more pleased.

                                                              We Found Paradise in Placencia, Belize

                                                              Janet G.

                                                              We found paradise at the Starfish Villa in Placencia, Belize. The accommodations were spacious, very clean and extremely comfortable for two couples. We had exclusive use of the beautifully landscaped grounds, pool, BBQ and the most gorgeous ocean views that provided both the solitude and relaxation we were seeking in a vacation rental. The town centre is only a short walk with lots of shopping, great restaurants and ocean-side bars and cafes. Our hosts, Gail and Paul were awesome, providing helpful information about everything to see and do in Placencia. After picking us up at the airport, they took us shopping for groceries/supplies and made reservations for any excursions or restaurants we were interested in. We highly recommend Starfish Villa to anyone seeking a unique and wonderful vacation in the sun.

                                                              A Beautiful Private Setting You Won't Want to Leave

                                                              Tony V.Porter Beach, Indiana

                                                              Imagine living in a beautiful hidden garden of paths wending through tropical plants and trees bordering on the Caribbean, a pier stretching out into waters made calm by outlying reefs, a tall palapa area at the end of the pier for sunning or lounging by the sea. Within the garden is a waterfall feeding a large, curved pool for swimming. And nearby, a garden dining, grilling, food prep area that opens out to another over water palapa-covered deck and bar for gathering at mealtime or anytime.

                                                              The home’s interior is equally enchanting with its beautiful clay tiles covering the floors, large rooms, granite counter tops, two artful and modern bathrooms, one with an outdoor shower and connecting to the spacious master bedroom, and a smaller guest bedroom with built-in cabinets. A high wall ensuring privacy and solitude surrounds the entire property.

                                                              This property is so enjoyable that it’s possible to never want to leave it during your stay but when you do, the owners Paul and Gail are good friends to their guests and eager to help guide your visit and make arrangements wherever needed. As proof of the charm of Starfish Villa, we enjoyed visiting so much that we’ve contracted to return next year.


                                                              Placencia, Belize

                                                              Privacy and security within a beautiful walled estate, you will be our only guests. The villa is a short walking distance to the quaint and colourful Village with its many shops, beach bars, fantastic restaurants and Placencia's famous white sandy beaches . The indoor space of the rental property is approximately 2,000 square feet. The grounds include a private beach area, two palapa docks, large pool with a waterfall, outdoor kitchen and dining areas, rooftop terrace with 180 degree views, set within a beautiful tropical garden. The land and sea day excursions companies pick up and deliver our guests at the Villa's gates at no cost. We gladly pick up our guests at the Placencia airport and deliver them back there for their return flights. While vehicle rentals are available, the great majority of our guests do not rent one during their stay or, if they wish to do some independent exploring, they only rent a vehicle for a day or two. A considerable cost saving. The property owners may be in residence during your visit, however there is always resident caretakers present on the property in a separate cottage ensuring your comfort and security.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Cancellation, 60 days or more full refund less $100.00 admin fee. 60 days to 45 days full refund less $200.00 admin fee. 45 days or less if we are unable to rent the villa no refund. ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY OF OUR DATES ARE TAKEN BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SO IF WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR EXACT DATES YOU SHOULD STILL CONTACT US. Thank you, starfishvillaplacencia@gmail.com

                                                              41 Reviews
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