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Tropical House With Private (non-shared) Pool

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Lush & Private Getaway With Private Pool & Tropical Gardens.

A true tropical hideaway, Villa Gemma brings a blend of the simple and the luxurious to discerning guests. Maintaining the feel of a rainforest getaway without the temptation of television, yet providing the required link to the world with complimentary WiFi, Gemma's quiet seclusion, lush locale and private swimming pool, provides an unsurpassed level of privacy and a truly romantic ambiance. (Note: this is one of only two private rental homes on the island with a non-shared pool. This pool is for your use only.)

You will find the cottage to be comfortable and yet rustic. A well equipped kitchen with gas stove/oven and an outdoor BBQ allows for quality meal preparation and the refrigerator is a full sized unit. A microwave, coffee pot, blender, Belizean handcrafted breakfast bar and dining table round out the dining experience.

Ceiling fans on both levels of the house, assisted by portable oscillating floor fans and vaulted ceilings will keep the cottage refreshed with moving air. All windows and doors are fully screened. There is a lock box for your valuables and motion sensor lights in the garden. The pool deck is also quietly lit for your enjoyment and safety. The compact three piece bathroom features a hot water shower, basin and toilet.

The second level deck overlooks the pool and tropical garden, catching the nearby ocean breeze while providing the perfect lookout point for all the natural habitat and flora and fauna that Caye Caulker has to offer. Animal life includes a wide variety of birds including hummingbirds and many varieties of small iguanas. While away your afternoons in a hammock with a good book and enjoy the early evenings illuminated by the fireflies.

Villa Gemma features a private swimming pool that is steps away from your door. The property and swimming pool are not shared with any other homes or guests. Natural Belizean hardwood decks compliment the constantly changing sun and shade of the yard. Cool off with a refreshing dip in your own custom designed, freshwater pool that reflects the best of the Belizean forest grotto style and provides an excellent atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy.

The cottage is located in the neighbourhood south of the village. Rental bicycles are available through the manager and it is approx. 10 minutes by bike to the village.

Villa Gemma offers an exceptional vacation experience for friends and couples alike. We are confident your time at this lovely property will be cherished and fondly recalled.

More Details

Property Manager
Yvonne Beimuts
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

My husband and I spent our honeymoon on Caye Caulker and we couldn't have been more impressed with our accommodations! Villa Gemma is a beautiful, spacious, private house in a very quiet and friendly community on Caye Caulker. The house is surrounded by palm trees and other gorgeous trees and plants and includes a beautiful private pool that we used almost every day of our 10-day vacation. We spent a number of hours relaxing on the upper deck of the house reading and snoozing in the hammocks. The kitchen is fully-equipped and we were able to make quite a few of our own meals there. We got around Caye Caulker by renting bicycles through the property management company which worked out great! Would definitely recommend renting bicycles as it made our trips to the various areas of the island quick and seamless. One thing to note is there were small sand flies that bite mainly at dusk and sometimes other times of day so make sure to pack bug spray and some long clothing or be prepared to hang out indoors for a little while if you want to avoid the itchy bites. We barely saw any mosquitoes on the island during our stay though which was great. Yvonne gave us helpful instructions for our arrival to Caye Caulker as well as very insightful tips and recommendations for restaurants and island tours. Michael, the property manager had a taxi waiting for us upon arrival and made sure we were taken care of for the duration of our stay. Any worries we may have had were completely assuaged by the professionalism of both Yvonne through her pre-travel communication and Michael upon arrival on Caye Caulker. We would definitely stay at Villa Gemma again and would recommend it to anyone visiting Caye Caulker!
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Amenities

Belize District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen bed plus pull out double futon couches in both bedroom and living room.
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Please Note: Interior stairs from 1st to 2nd floor are steep (may not be suitable for seniors or small children). Villa Gemma is on filtered town water which is suitable for both drinking and cooking. However, a complimentary 5 gallon jug of drinking water will also be supplied and the manager will resupply on demand at a cost of $5BZ per jug. Please no smoking in the house or on decks. If you are traveling with young children please enquire further. A standard rental agreement will be supplied at time of booking. Thank you!

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Tropical House With Private (non-shared) Pool
average rating of 4.375 based on 23 reviews
5

Perfect little spot

  • 5 of 5

A great home away from home! The pool was a godsend especially since there is nowhere else to really swim on the island. The property is private and beautiful. Michael, the property manager was just wonderful. Yes, the house is a bit out of the town centre but the bike ride back and forth was great and to be honest, it was nice to be away from the hustle of Caye Caulker. I am very late in writing this review as it's been a LONG while since our holiday in Belize but I have not forgotten how much we enjoyed our time there. So sorry for the belated thank you Yvonne! Life just got in the way. :-)

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Penny , so glad you enjoyed your stay. We'd love to have you back any time! Thank you for the wonderful review!
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Just OK

  • 2 of 5

Property was clean... Got broken in on our second night, stole Credit Cards and Cell phone. It kind off put a damper on the rest of our vacation. There are wooden shutters for the Windows, that we hadn't used. After the break in, we used them of course, but that made the villa very hot, so with only 2 fans in the bedroom, it made sleeping very difficult. It needs AC in the bedroom. Also the lighting outside was not sufficient and bright enough. Michael and the staff were wonderful, no complains there.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Steve, I’m sorry this happened to you and so very glad our wonderful staff was available to address any of your concerns. As noted in our welcome sheets and again upon arrival, we always remind guests to lock doors and keep valuables away from open windows. It is virtually impossible for someone to "break into" the house unnoticed particularly with guests inside. In this case, this was not a break-in as valuables were left within reach near an open window. While this was very unfortunate, we and our staff do make every attempt to be clear in the safety precautions for guests and stress that they not create an opportunity for theft (as you would not do at home). There are lights all around the pool area and also outside the house (including two strong sensor lights). Short of turning this into a fortress (and there is a high gate with a lock on it), the best we can do is advise guests what common sense precautions they should take at any time they are travelling. Our staff always check that the lights are working and I’m sure if you needed any lighting repaired, they would have done so immediately. As you can see in all the posted reviews on this site and other popluar ones, there should be no need for A/C nor to close the window slats. Everyone has truly enjoyed this wonderful authentic Belizean home with their very own private pool and the lush surroundings. We do hope this has not changed your view of this beautiful island and it’s wonderful people, this is really a wonderful and unique place to vacation for most visitors!
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Amazing getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Villa Gemma is a fantastic spot on beautiful Caye Caulker. The private pool and little kitchen are everything you need. We recommend getting the bikes, much better than walking. You can't go wrong!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed our home Shawn, thank you for booking with us and please come back again soon!
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5

Paradise found -

  • 5 of 5

Okay, today is my first review. I do this with reluctance because we would love to keep this piece of paradise to ourselves. Yvonne provided us with helpful information from how to get to Caye Caulker to what to expect upon arrival. We were surprised to find a golf cart taxi arranged to transport us to Villa Gemma. The surprises continued with the amazingly cheerful, helpful and attentive property manager Michael Joseph and his sister CeCe. The property was private, tucked within lush tropical vegetation and had a beautifully refreshing pool. On the quiet side of the island, but easy bike or walking distance to "downtown", Villa Gemma was indeed a tropical paradise. The upstairs bedroom (with steep narrow stairs inside or conventional stairs outside) had a comfortable bed and well equipped kitchen. The hammocks on the upstairs balcony were AMAZING. Despite no AC, the open windows, cross breezes and fans provided a very comfortable night's sleep. We came to Belize for diving and Belize Diving Services delivered above expectations. These guys are not only professional, but truly enjoy what they do. Some of our favorite restaurants included Terry's grill, Belizean Flava, Syd's, Meldy's and Il Pelicano. If you're looking for relaxation - this is the place!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

It's a Gem in the island!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights there, and it was fantastic. We really enjoyed swimming in the private pool, cooking fresh sea food, relaxing on the hammock. Looking stars from the pool in the night is so precious. It takes about a mile away with downtown of Caye Caulker but you can rent bicycles from the house. The house was well maintained and garden was clean. We saw a gardener a few times.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Yuko, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come back again soon!
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Family time on the island

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay swimming in the private pool, snorkelling in the ocean and biking around town. Great destination for a family trip. Only warning is be very careful with valuable items. Our place was broken into while we where home.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Il Baretto
Car: not necessary

All amenities, restaurants, bars, water sports are less than 15 minutes away. Mainland tours are easily arranged from the island including cave tubing, zip-lining, Belize Zoo and Mayan ruins.

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Rates & Availability

Belize District House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$152
$997
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 11 2017
4 night minimum stay
$132
$762
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid-High Season
Nov 12 2017 - Dec 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
$160
$1,005
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday Season 2017/18
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 6 2018
4 night minimum stay
$219
$1,515
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid-Season
Jan 8 2018 - May 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
$159
$1,037
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$132
$798
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $239.25
Cleaning $47.85 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are based on double occupancy, $20 extra per person per night will be applied for extra guests. Check-out is 11am, check-in is 3:30. Please see rental agreement for further information.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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