About the property
- Villa450 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 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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- Apr 6, 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 2015
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.
Local Services & Businesses
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Ken and Virginia have created a wonderful environment for a terrific vacation. My wife and I stayed in the bungalow pictured for 7 days. The unit is wonderfully appointed and perfectly perched high above San Ignacio with a million dollar view. With maid service daily, a great kitchen and a BBQ, you have everything you need when you come back from a day of incredible adventures!
We picked this unit on the strength of perfect ratings. It is completely warranted. You will NOT be disappointed.
Thank you for a wonderful way to spent out 35th wedding anniversary! We hope to come back some day.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! We enjoyed having you here and so happy you had a great vacation! It would be great if you made it back for your 40th anniversary! See you then! Ken and Virginia
Wonderful Hosts at Picturesque Location
First off, the hosts because they were beyond exceptional. Virginia and Ken were looking out for us from the time we booked, to a week before we arrived and through three days we stayed there. We were going to get guided trips and try and take a bus in, but thankfully, Virginia encouraged us both to rent a car and we are so glad we did (this was my wife's first time out of the US and my first time driving central). Virginia was kind enough to set us up with a great guide for the ATM tour the first day; when we got back, we had enough to visit Cahal Pech. The second and real reason we got the car, was to go to Tikhal - that was an excusion so plan for 4 hours of tour once you arrive. The morning we checked out, we rushed down to Rio on Pools for a quick dip and came home. While we were not travelling, we were encouraged to visit the downtown of San Ignacio - it wasn't on our radar but the people are extremely friendly and the town has a lot of character. We had no idea all San Ignacio had to offer. Ken and Virginia were able to provide us with a lot of good information, but we only really communicated through mediums (not in person), so rest assured to those honeymooners, you will fully have your privacy.
Secondly, the accommodations were incredible. A luxurious private room/efficiency with a fully equipped kitchen, fridge, strong ac, no shortage of channels with a picturesque panoramic view. The room was cleaned everyday so we left the maid a few American dollars. It was just really nice to come home after our adventures to fully air tight, cool, comfortable room - great style too. You could honestly spend your entire vacation in the room and cook your own food if you wanted. We had a hard time balancing exploring the restaurants/town or whether we would just dine in; typically it depended on how tired we were at the end of the day. The view overlooks the luscious forests/jungle that grow near the river and the sunsets are incredible; admittedly, we had a hard time catching the sunset, there were just so many things to take in while we were in San Ignacio.
I highly recommend Villa Cayo. If you have any questions, just send them a message; between providing us travel recommendations, directions, restaurant recommendations, and hosting at an incredible place, it's going to be hard to beat the added comfort. It's almost like you are getting a personal tour, that you end up taking on your own.
Best place we stayed in Belize
Beautiful, secluded yet close to town. Clean spacious Villa with tasteful modern design. I honestly wouldn't change anything. Ken and Virginia were extremely helpful. Virginia arranged trips to Tikal and ATM Caves for me through a local guide service and Ken gave me a ride to the store and to show me around a bit. My wife and I would recommend Villa Cayo to anyone staying in the district and we will stay here again when in Belize. Thanks for all your help and information Ken and Virginia!
Luxurious and relaxing
Ken and Virginia's villas are luxurious, private, and very reasonably priced. Villa Cayo is situated just outside of Santa Elena, about a 5 minute drive from town. The hilltop view is incredible and provides excellent sunset and stargazing opportunities. Our villa featured an incredibly comfortable bed, air conditioning (!!!), and fully equipped kitchen. We cooked at least one meal for ourselves every day while we were here, including grilling. Your stay features daily maid service with fabulous attention to detail. Ken and Virginia are very gracious hosts; Virginia took us around town to show us the best restaurants and sights to check out. They were warm and accommodating but also made sure we had privacy. We were thrilled with our stay at Villa Cayo and will surely be back the next time we are in Cayo.
Hey Guys! Thanks for taking the time to write such an amazing review! WOW! We really enjoyed your company and can't believe you are already gone. You are a beautiful couple and have so much in life to look forward to. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope you come back again soon! Warm Regards, Ken and Virginia
The property was stunning, very high end. Beautiful view! Five Star Rating!
The rooms were very nicely decorated and furnished. Everything you need in a kitchen, they had it! Very clean! Waking up to the birds every morning was a real treat. Excellent service, daily (clean sheets, fresh towels) and the rooms are beautifuly and tastefully decorated. Above and beyond what we had expected. Virginia and Ken are a pleasure to talk with. Virginia showed us around the town when we first arrived, If we ever stay in the San Ignacio area again, there is no where else we would stay but here!
WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We so enjoyed your company, you are such a beautiful couple and we loved your enthusiasm in exploring Belize. We hope you come back again sometime! Warm Regards, Virginia
Good location, very clean, wonderful owners, stunning views.
Everything went well as expected. Virginia and Ken e mailed me the directions with some extra tips for the road. The villa was immaculate, morning and evening views of the valley were beautiful. I was very happy that I have decided to stay in that cozy little villa
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a great review. It was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back again real soon! Ken and Virginia
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