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'Casa Ixchel' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; Why to stay with us!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

When we first visited Belize about ten years ago, my wife and I fell in love with the people and the Maya culture. This passion led us to making “Casa Ixchel” (Maya goddess, pronounced ee-SHELL) our island home.

On the second story landing, you are greeted by a wooden Maya profile and our screen door carved with representations of the Maya gods of sun, moon, land, water and wind. Our main door simply says “Welcome”.

The open floor plan begins with a fully-equipped kitchen, native mahogany cabinetry and custom granite countertops and bar---and continues to the dining area with locally-made mahogany dining table and chairs. A metal palm-leaf screen separates the dining area from the spacious great room---furnished with wicker queen-size sleeper sofa, entertainment center, occasional tables, credenza, chairs and hassock (all made right here in San Pedro by Hummingbird’s).

French doors open onto the lanai, the beach breeze and the Belizean sunrise. A glass-topped table and propane grill make al fresco dining a “must”. Directly below lie landscaped grounds, tiled fresh-water pool area, beach and 300 ft. private pier with palapa, perfect for snorkeling and fishing.

From the lanai, a second set of French doors opens into the large master bedroom: king-sized bed, luggage bench, two chests and a comfy chair, all mahogany and wicker. The unbelievably huge master bath offers a Jacuzzi spa tub, separate shower, double sinks and more custom granite. There is even room for another Hummingbird chair and mirrored dresser.

The guest bedroom---with its white furniture, en suite full bath, queen-sized bed---is painted a light, tranquil green, suggesting an environment in tune with nature and the beach. The flooring consists of coral-pink Mexican tile throughout.

The décor of our entire condo/home reflects our love affair with Belize. Paintings by Belizean artists and native-themed art dominate our walls, embellished with whimsical frogs and geckos. One of our favorite paintings depicts our namesake “Ixchel” and her husband “Iztamna”, who are, in many accounts, the “mother” and “father” of Maya culture.

Of course, you can find nature’s beauty and bounty everywhere on “La Isla Bonita”. The turquoise waters, white sands and lush flora are available to all. So, why should you choose to stay with us?

Initially, we bought “Casa Ixchel” to share with family and friends. We decorated it and appointed it with that in mind. Then, we decided to make it available to others. Therefore, we are honored to share the blessings of our house with you: Ixchel and Iztamna…Bruce and Brenda…welcome you.

(Location, location, location: “Casa Ixchel”, one of Tranquility Beach Club’s nine units, is located 1.4 miles south of lively San Pedro, so privacy and relaxation reign. Easily accessible by taxi, boat, or golf cart, these condos have onsite 24-hour maintenance and security (thank you, Mr. Armando!), a small restaurant across the road (Lone Star Grill and Cantina) and, farther down, a little market (Marin’s Mini) for necessities.)

More Details

Owner
Bruce or Brenda Breen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 7, 2017

About Bruce or Brenda Breen

We are Bruce and Brenda, soon-to-be-retired chemical operations engineer and teacher, respectively. It's the same old story: we came; we saw; we fell in love with the country and the people. Because we want to share our Belize blessings with family and friends, we purchased Casa Ixchel.

Bruce or Brenda Breen purchased this condo in 2011

Why Bruce or Brenda Breen chose Ambergris Caye

Belize is investor-friendly, and we discovered Mr. Kyle Thomas, Coldwell Banker real-estate guru, who found the perfect property for us. Also, Caye Management is an established and well-respected management company, and we trust Mary Hawthorne and her staff (Rosita, Earl, and Angela) to take good care of us and our guests.

What makes this condo unique

Like any work of art, Casa Ixchel 'spoke to us' when we first walked in the door. We already felt an affinity with the Maya culture, and we we saw the rough-carved native face on the wall of the lanai, we knew we were home.

Amenities

San Pedro Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Over size area with extra large double sink
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold-out queen size sleep sofa in living room
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Fold-out queen sleeper sofa in living room
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Onsite Safe for valuables; 24-hour onsite security and maintenance; Landscaping and groundskeeper; Enhanced privacy: only 9 condo units; Restaurant across street; Transportation to and from San Pedro airport provided; Complimentary maid service once a week--additional maid and laundry service available upon request for additional nominal fee; Beach and pool towels; Pool floaties; Ceiling fans in every room; Growing collection of books, DVDs and board games; Blow dryer; Ironing board and iron; Digital radio/alarm clocks; Screened door and windows for sea breeze; Closets in both bedrooms; Beautiful art! Casa Ixchel is only a short distance from the Marco Gonzales archaeological site. Guided tours are available from park volunteers and staff.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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'Casa Ixchel' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; Why to stay with us!
average rating of 4.866667 based on 45 reviews
5

VERY RELAXING....

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this condo....Patio looks onto the pool and beach. The grounds are very well maintained and a very friendly community.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything we needed!

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about the property....just the right size, beautiful furnishings and artwork, comfortable, balcony perfect for meals, reading and/or gazing out at the ocean. Pool always inviting. Also loved taking my morning coffee out on the pier under the palapa before most of the community was awake. Perfect distance from the town-easily reachable in a golf cart, but out of the hubbub of the "city". Armando lived up to his very helpful reputation. We also enjoyed the Lone Star restaurant which is only a few steps across the road. Oops I guess there was one item we didn't have or couldn't find and that was a can opener-but the Lone Star was very kind to loan us one. Would definitely recommend this condo and would stay again if we are so lucky to visit Ambergris another time in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN
5

Wonderful waterfront property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four which includes 2 kids spent 4 nights at this property. What a wonderful gem this is just 10 minutes by golf cart from town. We walked into the property and just said "Wow!". It is truly lovely. Wonderfully decorated and plenty of space for everyone. Our driver was waiting for us at the airport when we arrived in San Pedro and he was right on time for pick up the morning of our departure. Armando was wonderful for questions we had onsite as well. Having the Lone Star restaurant across from the property is a real perk, especially since we were too tired to go to town for dinner one night. The accumulation of sea grass along the beachfront was extensive. More than some other properties, but we knew ahead of time that this is an issue the entire island battles and it did not take away from our experience and enjoyment of the property. The pool we nearly had to ourselves and it was well maintained and cleaned daily. I highly recommend this property! The owners were great with questions and communication in advance of our trip. Thank you for sharing your San Pedro oasis with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, Colorado
4

Amazing Month at Casa Ixchel

  • 4 of 5

A friend and I spent the month of February, 2017 at Casa Ixchel.

Everything about Casa Ixchel is wonderful. It is spacious, well appointed, and located in a very quiet section of Ambergris Caye. It is a bonus that the Lone Star Grill is located just steps from the condo. A short walk south along the shore there is a small pool-side eatery associated with a condo complex. A bit further south and you'll run into a fabulous beach-side "zoo" with animals made from natural and found objects. Worth the short walk. Apparently you can walk north almost to the town of San Pedro (we didn't) and there are restaurants along the way. We can honestly say we enjoyed the roadside bar-b-que or stewed chicken, rice/beans and slaw at roadside eateries such as Robins or Delicias as much as restaurant fare.

Casa Ixchel had everything we needed. We would have given Casa Ixchel 5 stars except for a 2 week period where we had water pressure problems and sometimes had only a trickle of water. Showering was difficult. We heard it was an island-wide problem, but our complex seemed to be hit especially hard. Check with the owners to see if the problem is resolved.

To take advantage of the many things to do on Ambergris Caye, we recommend renting a golf cart. We especially liked going to the hermit crab races at Crazy Canucks and to secret beach. The Sunday corn-hole tournament at the Truck Stop (north of the bridge) also was fun. We rented a cart for the month and were able to negotiate a price that was half of that originally quoted. We recommend Cholo's even though the golf carts are not as high end as others.

The deck in front of Casa Ixchel took a hit in the August, 2016 hurricane and about a fourth of the dock and the palapa were destroyed. Nevertheless, we snorkeled off the end of the dock - there are steps leading into the water - and had the pleasure of seeing yellow stingrays, which are relatively rare. We snorkeled at Caye Caulker with Hicaco Tours (highly reccomended), and especially liked the sites of south channel, coral gardens, and shark/ray village. They also took us to see a tarpon nursery and seahorses. Our favorite snorkeling on Ambergris was with Chuck and Robbie to Mexico Rocks where we saw turtles, eels, sharks, and lots of fish.

Regardless of the water pressure problem, we highly recommend Casa Ixchel and thank Armando, Angela and the wonderful people of Belize for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely specific and helpful review! We are so sorry about the water pressure, but are happy to report, after this guest's visit, that we have installed a new individual pressurized water system that is no longer reliant on the city's grid! Therefore, thank you for your excellent review, kind guest. Because of you, Casa Ixchel is even better. Looking forward to your return!
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houston, TX
5

Grea Place, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Couldnt ask for a better place to stay on the Island. The condo was all we had hoped for. It was awesome to sit on the patio and watch the sunrise in the morning over coffee or mimosas. The condo was just far enough out of town but still close enough to run into town whenever we wanted.

You definitely need a golf cart. Dont book it ahead of time!! when you get there the golf cart shops are everywhere and you can barter to get a better much much better deal.

If you dive I highly recommend Chuck and Robbie's. Ask them for the shark dive. I'm a dive instructor myself and that was possibly the best dive I've ever done. They also do fishing charters which was very fun and very cheap compared to what I'm used to paying. I think 200 dollars for 4 people.

Cheers,

Chris

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When a dive instructor says "...possibly the best dive I have ever been on", that is high praise! We are so proud of our local businesses and love to hear such glowing recommendations---for them as well as us. Specifics that help future guests are the best reviews. ..thank you. Looking forward to your return!
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5

Exceptional Location

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time staying at this condo. This stay was two weeks and the first was for a month.The condo is very nice and well maintained.

Right on the beach with stunning views of the ocean just steps beyond the pool.A great place to have your morning coffee and breakfast.

The caretaker Armondo is always available and ver knowledgable and is happy to help with anything you need,if he can't do it he knows someone that can.

Caya management is just a call away 24/7 and super helpful..

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Actions speak louder than words! (Although we certainly appreciate the positive words...lol) Returning for a second visit to Casa Ixchel says it all...
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Map

Casa Ixchel is only a short distance from the Marco Gonzales archaeological site. Guided tours are available from park volunteers and staff. Contact person is Jan Brown.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.