About the property
- Villa440 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
This Is A 12 Acre Private Estate With Fully Equipped Luxury Boutique Villas
Villa CAYO is to the jungle what Condos are to the beach. These air-conditioned, fully equipped, luxury boutique villas provide comfortable, affordable accommodations on a private 12 acre estate focused on ecotourism. Located just 1 ½ mile from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena with auto rentals, taxis and bus service easily available making this a perfect vacation destination.
The villas are nestled on a terrace overlooking the Village of Cristo Rey Village and the Maya mountains. From the observation deck of the main villa you can see Spanish Lookout and the surrounding countryside. While on the roof veranda you could also be greeted by some of the 225 birds known to occupy the jungle canopy in the Cayo district. Particularly friendly you could be greeted by the Aricaris checking to see if you might have a papaya to share with them. At night the local kinkajou or coatamundi could be in the trees eating the seeds and nuts.
Waking up to the jungle mist and the sounds of the chacalaca and parrots can be one of the greatest jungle experiences.
The BBQ area is located on a hillside terrace under tall Salam trees that offer food to many of the birds and wildlife of our area. There is a conversation and observation deck available for all of our guests to use.
The villas kitchens are fully equipped to allow cooking for special diets or to avoid the high cost of resort dining or local restaurants. There are baking sheets for roasted vegetables, crock pots for slow cooking and a BBQ area for grilling.
This excellent location is close to most of the Maya sites, zip lines, caves and cave tubing. The friendly owners can help you arrange your adventure tours. They will strive to make your eco-adventures a safe and relaxed experience without any hidden charges.
Ken and Virginia Krohn
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- May 14, 2018
About Ken and Virginia Krohn
What can be said about a couple in their 40’s who packed up their life in the US and moved to the beach in Belize? Well, whatever you call them, that was us. We had wanted to live on the beach in the U.S. but honestly, even if we could have afforded the property, the permit fees, insurances fees, and the cost of building a home would have been too much for our budget. In our search for affordable beaches, we did look at the beautiful country of Costa Rica but found the Spanish speaking to be a little overwhelming. Our stopover in Belize turned out to be exactly what we were looking for; it was magic! This beautiful country had gorgeous water, warm, friendly English speaking people and affordable beaches. So, we did it! We bought a tiny lot right on the beach and lived there for almost 20 years. Eventually, the magic did wear off because living on the beach was not a vacation. It seemed everyone wanted to move to paradise and soon the density of homes and the traffic took its toll. With the influx of tourists and hawkers on the beach, our peaceful life was lost. It was time for a new dream. Not wanting to move back to the States, we looked to the beautiful mountains of the Cayo district here in Belize. The gorgeous views, the breeze, the wildlife and birds are breathtaking and the cost is still affordable.
Ken and Virginia Krohn purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Ken and Virginia Krohn chose Cayo
We have been in Cayo since 2008 with our two rescue dogs and really like living in such a welcoming area. The outdoor living, the slower pace, and the huge farmers market gives us the ability to live a cheaper and healthier lifestyle, if we choose. Because Belize is such a small country, the beaches are not far away so, the magic is back! Now it is a vacation again to drive a short distance to the Caribbean Sea where we can dive, snorkel or fish to our hearts content. We can even fly directly to the beaches from the local airport which has flights connecting to every major area in Belize.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa CAYO Belize provides luxurious affordable accommodations in an excellent location for visitors not wanting to stay in a remote, expensive resort. The air conditioned villas have fully equipped kitchens with full size refrigerator and stove, dining area and lounging area with 40" flat panel smart TV with a blue ray DVD player. There is also an outdoor conversation areas with BBQ and seating under the giant Salam Trees overlooking the village of Cristo Rey and the Maya mountains.
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A place that we would visit again!
The view was magnificent, the place was close enough to town, yet felt like a true 'escape' in the jungle. I wished we had stayed longer. Virginia and Ken were so helpful: taking us in town the first day we arrived to get groceries, showing us around the town, and helping us organize a tour to the ATM caves. We felt completely at ease at their place. They left us contact information for taxis and other important numbers. All details were considered, from the cookware, comfortable bed, blackout blinds, to the overall appearance of the place. There was a lot of care put into this place and it was greatly appreciated. A wonderful place to stay... definitely our favorite during our travels through Belize.
Beautiful accommodations and setting, wonderful hosts
Ken and Virginia were super helpful. They assisted us with setting up tours, providing directions to places and gave us advice on car rentals and dinner spots. The cottages were nicely decorated and had quality construction, which is often rare for central America. And the setting was amazing!
WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! Such a beautiful couple inside and out! You were amazing guests and we loved your company. Thanks for coming to stay with us and we hope you come again real soon! Warm regards, Virginia
Fantastic Place, Views and Hosts!
Our stay at Villa Cayo was a fabulous experience. The unit is the best equipped place we've stayed in the 15 years plus we've used VRBO. The kitchen had everything you could want for your stay. All appliances were first rate. The shower, bathroom and hot water system are well designed. The best thing was the king size bed was very comfortable, which is a big deal for us. Ken and Virginia could not have been more welcoming, friendly or helpful. The Crave restaurant which was their number one recommendation for dinner was a great dinning experience. The fact that it is a studio Villa does not do the place justice, it's more Villa than studio. Overall this was a great stay and experience, I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed Villa Cayo. We will return.
WOW............Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We really appreciate it! It was so great having you here......we loved our conversations and appreciated your company............please come again soon......we can't wait to hear your continuing Belize stories. Hope to see you soon............Virginia
Outstanding Accommodations with Gorgeous Views!
My girlfriend and I stayed here from Jan 24-27, 2017. We actually planned the start of our trip around a 3 night opening we found in their schedule. Delaying the anticipated start date of our trip to Belize proved to be a great decision once we arrived at Villa Cayo. The accommodations were phenomenal and definitely lived up to our expectations and more. The villa was very clean and comfortable and had a gorgeous bathroom/shower with good water pressure. Although we were busy during our time in San Ignacio, we made every effort possible to simply unwind and spend time at our villa. We bought groceries at Chen's supermarket (recommended by Ken and Virginia) to make breakfast before our ATM cave adventure and our last morning before checkout. We had everything we needed to make a great meal and it was so relaxing to enjoy a meal outside with such spectacular views. We took some of the best sunset pictures with the landscape/mountains in the background!
Ken and Virginia were the best hosts we could've asked for. We arrived late after a long day of travel and they greeted us to help with luggage and made sure we were comfortable. They provided recommendations on anything we needed including restaurants, taxis, planning day trips, etc. and even gave us a ride into town our first morning there with a personalized tour of town. They were always available to help and made a great effort to ensure we had a worry free and memorable stay :) Ken and Virginia connected us with a taxi driver named Jose who we ended up arranging a shuttle with after checking out our last morning and beginning our Journey to San Pedro. Jose was super friendly with a great personality; highly recommend him even just for local rides to and from town.
Do your self a favor and stay here!! 3 nights is not enough. Before we even left, we were already contemplating our next trip back to stay at Villa Cayo to potentially do a day trip to the Tikal Ruins in Guatemala!
Thanks Ken and Virginia!!!
Breathtaking! A must stay in the Cayo District!
Wow, wow, wow! Villa Cayo is an awesome place to stay! I enjoyed myself, felt safe, and felt comfortable staying there. First, the panoramic view and sounds of nature is breathtaking. Next, the modern conveniences available made my stay very comfortable. Finally, Ken and Virginia were so gracious and welcoming. They made me feel like family. Upon my arrival, Virginia took me to San Ignacio, gave me a tour of town, took me to the market, and made sure I was good to go. She also assisted me in the coordinating of transportation and tours for my adventures in Cayo. I had nice conversations with Ken and got to meet their dogs too. It's good to stay in a place where you feel treated very well. I would highly recommend staying at Villa Cayo. Thank you Virginia and Ken!
Thank you so much! I can't believe you are already gone! We loved having you here and are so glad you loved Belize. You have proven that a single woman can come to Belize........feel safe............and have a wonderful time. Thank you for doing that for Belize and for Villa Cayo! We hope to see you again in the near future!
A lovely place and great hosts!
My partner John and I had a wonderful time in San Ignacio! Ken and Virginia are delightful, they pre-booked us with a local guide, David, who took us on a tour of Barton Creek Cave and to Big Rock Falls. David, a local of Mayan and Jamaican decent, is extremely knowledgable of the area, plants, history etc. Ken and Virginia provided us with additional information of where to go in the area, ruins, good super markets, etc.
Great people, we would definitely stay there again! A beautiful view from the sitting area and our villa, hummingbirds at our window, many birds including parrots flying by, and great sunsets! Very peaceful, we loved it.
This is a wonderful couple to be around. So interesting to talk to and hear about all of their adventures. They loved being around nature and historical places which made Belize perfect for them. We are so happy they came to stay with us and hope they come back soon!
Villa cayo has an excellent location right in the heart of the Cayo District. You can be picked up at Villa CAYO and taken to any adventure tour of your choice, soft or adventure. Explore nature: Covering more than 8,000 square miles, rectangle-shaped Belize is slightly larger than Mass. About 60 percent of it's land surface is forested. Soft adventures include Belize Zoo / Mayan Village / Botanical Garden / Butterfly Farm / Green Iguana Project / Natural History Center / Birding tours and Maya Archaeology Active adventures include Zip lining / Rock Climbing/ ATM Caves / Crystal Cave / Horseback Riding / Canoeing/ Cave Tubing / Hiking / Mountain Biking and four wheeling
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