The Inn at Roberts Grove Hotel

, Placencia, Belize
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The Inn at Roberts Grove Hotel

, Placencia
Placencia Penninsula - Placencia - Belize 523-3565
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Honeymoon in Belize

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just got back from having my honeymoon in Belize, and we stayed the full week at the Inn at Roberts Grove. A few comments about the establishment:

First, I'm surprised by the constant 5-star rating. In fact, I wonder if some of the postings aren't prompted by those with business interests because they are so over the top. I gave the resort 4 stars because it is one of the best in Placencia, but it still isn't the Ritz. I was aware of this when I went, I wanted to experience Belize, the jungle, etc. but wanted to clarify for those who haven't been.

In all, the resort is beautiful and modern looking. Close to the beach, incredibly hospitable staff, beautiful pier, and many fun excursions. I did find, however, that there were some surprise charges...e.g. $20 room service fee that I was not aware of until we checked out. Also, the establishment is very open...which is wonderful because it allows the ocean breeze. However, as a result, my room was also full of little flea like bugs...even found a few in bed. Also, the white bed sheets had big black mold stains a couple of times. The restaurant is very open, but as a result I was beating mosquitos off my husband during our meals.

Bring bug spray!!!

In all, we enjoyed the accomodations, but believe a few changes could be made to make things more comfortable...especially for the price.

Wonderful Resort

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just got back from Roberts Grove and I have to say that it was wonderful. The staff was fantastic and they were all about service and comfort. The accomodations were spectacular and the pools were great. The foos was very good also. We went on a few excursions and we really enjoyed them- the guides were great and very knowledgable. The only somewhat negative thing that I might say is that you really cannot expect much from Placencia/ town. While there is much physical beauty to this part of Belize it is largely undeveloped. Bring lots of bug spray! I would highly reccomend this place.

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from LanSluder
I have stayed at the Inn at Robert's Grove three or four times since it opened in 1997, and like a good cabernet it just seems to improve over the years. This time, in the so-called off-season in July, the hotel was almost completely booked, and I think it was 100% full one night. Robert and Risa Frackman truly have their fingers on the pulse of their market. They understand what upscale travelers want, and they deliver the entire package: beach, sports (water toys are free, and there's a fitness room and tennis courts, plus fly fishing center and dive shop), spa, tours (they've added horseback riding through Little Hill Bill Ranch in San Roman village) and good food. They've had the same chef for years, Frank daSilva. Indeed, each time I return I see many of the same hotel staff, always a good sign. A highlight of the week is the Saturday evening poolside barbecue, with all you-can-eat lobster, fish, chicken and shrimp. My son, in his last year at Harvard (and thank the tuition gods for that) would travel to Belize just for this one meal. For 2005, Robert's Grove is adding room service. This trip, my family and I had one of the deluxe two-bedroom condo units, and it was a delight. The Frackmans have purchased the property just south of the resort, adding another 200 ft. of beachfront. Under construction on this land are two new "haciendas," each of which will have two ground-floor two-bedroom condos and on the second floor a three-bedroom unit, which as I understand it will be a flex unit which can be rented in various configurations. Bob and Risa also are building a third swimming pool for these new units. Several hotels in Belize have two pools, including the Radisson Fort George, Turtle Inn and Banana Beach, but this will be the first with three. Robert's Grove is shooting for completion of the new haciendas and pool late this year. Robert's Grove has also upgraded its regular rooms, with a new paint scheme and other improvements. They look 100% better, and I can now say that even if you don't choose a suite you'll be happy with Robert's Grove.

After a stay in Placencia, we headed out to the resort's new private island option, Robert's Caye, about 10 miles off Placencia. We were one of the first to try it out, and I'm happy to say we enjoyed it. Perched around on the island "Bora Bora style" are four newly built thatch cabañas. They're situated partly over the water, so you can actually enter the sea from your cabañas for swimming or snorkeling. If you swim out a little ways there's a good bit of patch coral, and you can expect to see a variety of fish, lobsters, starfish and other sea life. Yes, the island is small, hardly more than a spit of sand, and the cabins aren't air-conditioned, but there's hot and cold running water and most of the units enjoy a stiff sea breeze to cool them down. Packages include all meals, boat transfers, use of kayaks and snorkel equipment, and drinks and beer, so all you have to worry about is not getting sunburned. The Frackmans own Robert's Caye, and they still lease another island, Ranguana, which has three cabins (with newly installed bathrooms). Ranguana is larger and has a fabulous setting on the reef, about 18 miles out from Placencia.

Contact info: Inn at Robert's Grove, Placencia, Stann Creek District; tel. (---) or (---), fax (---); e-mail (---), (---). Rates at the main resort: US$179-$500 double in-season, US$130 to $300 off-season. Meal plan is another US$55 per person per day. At Robert's Caye, all-inclusive rates (all meals, drinks, transportation) are US$347 per person for one night, with discounts for longer stays; at Ranguana the rate is US$323 per person all-inclusive. Rates are plus 9% tax. All major credit cards accepted.

--Lan Sluder

Wonderful family time

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent Christmas 2004 in Belize at The Inn at Robert's Grove. We had 3 generations in our extended family (ages 7 to 77). The fine facilities were easy to maneuver and the children easily went from room to room visiting everyone. We felt safe on the resort grounds and gave them lots of freedom. It felt as if we had our own beach house. The staff was friendly and the ocean was tranquil. Each night we had great dinners either by candlelight on the beach or in the charming dining room. Great selection on the menu and everything was good! We enjoyed the day trips and expect to go back and do more of them but this time we mostly used the kayaks, played scrabble and swam in the pool, which was always crystal-clean. The atmosphere was very personable and laid-back. We take a family beach vacation every Christmas and this was our favourite!

nice, but far from the village

from A TripAdvisor Member
A very nice hotel, but it is 5 miles from the village, which makes it feel pretty isolated and a bit like a compound. Great bartenders, and generally good service (just don't ask for a poached egg in the morning....).

Lots of couples and honeymooners. If you want a resort, this is a nice place, but if you want to explore the village a bit more and eat meals elsewhere, I'd stay closer to town.

Great restaurant and amenitites

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just spent three nights at Robert's Grove and had a great time. The food was excellent and reasonably priced (especially compared to some of the 'best' restaurants in Ambergris Caye). We were able to dive one day and the dive staff was very professional. We sprung for the 2nd floor oceanfront grandvilla suite (1 bedroom). It was really nicely furnished, but seemed poorly planned with the bedroom being quite small and the living room not that usable. I would recommend saving some money and going for a different room. The availabilty of kayaks, windsurfers, and hobie's was great. The best feature of Robert's Grove is the staff- very helpful and accomadating without being overly fake.

great resort...unorganized dive shop

from A TripAdvisor Member
First the GOOD STUFF. The resort is beautiful but remote. They have an amazing staff in the resort. Very helpful and friendly overall. The food was excellent and the head chef Frank is from Toronto Canada(a great food city)
The pools are clean and refreshing after a day of diving. The bar staff is also very attentive.No real complaints about the resort itself. The only draw back is for those who wish to venture into town. A taxi ride for $20.00 US roundtrip. The town is small and one day is enough to see everything. Not much if you
like to shop. Ask for Mike Moore the cab driver. He lived in the US for years and is prompt, safe and has an SUV rather than a bumpy mini-van than many cab drivers use. (4-Moore Taxi Service ------)
The BAD Stuff. Beware of mosquitos,sand flies,sand fleas and other pests.
Many of the tourists were bitten up badly and repellant did not work for most tourists. The town is strewn with alot of litter especially the local beaches and harbor. The Dive shop operated by Robert's Grove needs alot of work. They have no retail sales of equipment and the shop itself is quite empty. The manager seems uninterested in the needs of the diver. The dive crew is hit or miss. Walter my divemaster for 2 days of Whale Shark diving was great. He did all he could to give us a great dive. The other dive masters were not helpful at all and anti-social. Too many bad things to state in detail. The Dorado dive boat is big,clean and a pleasure to dive from. The Enforcer is small and the boat rides are long to the sites. You take a beating by the waves and sun to the sites. 1-2 hrs min. The Whale Shark season is
too crowded and the dive shop was not equipped to handle the overflow. The shop crew is always running late. We left the dock for our 1st day of diving 2 1/2 hrs late due to a crew member filing up the boat with regular
fuel instead of diesel. I could relate many other stories about the need to improve the dive operation. To finish...the resort is highly recommended
but I will utilize another dive shop next year.

paradise found!

from topgun1
I spent 4 nights along with my wife and 2 couples following 9 days on a catamaran. The service was impeccable and genuinely friendly. Andrew the "maitre'd" was helplful and a joy. All the restaurant servers seemed at ease inobtrusive and pleasant. The resort is laid-back and comfortable. I would return tomorrow....Food was above average and well prepared and presented. The Habanero on the lagoon has a paella special to die for. My only decision each days was whether to get into the blue hammock or the yellow one!

Great bargain for what you get.

from PatrickMcc
The Inn at Roberts Grove was a wonderful experience for me and my wife this past February. The room was elegant, the meals were excellent and the staff was fabulous. The resort is very compact and you are never far from a pool, the beach, the bar or the restaurant. They own a Mexican restaurant across the street on the lagoon which was also excellent. We took the Monkey River Trip and the Jaguar Reserve Trip- the guides were excellent, especially the Mayan guide for the Jaguar Reserve trip. We did eat one night at Kitty's Place which was good but wound up eating at Robert's Grove for all of our meals the other days. Not only was the food excellent but the meals were priced reasonably. The resort has bikes that you can use and we biked into Placencia one morning which was very laid back. If you like to go into town for dinner you would have to take a cab. Parts of Placewncia were nice but some of the town was run down and the beach was strewn with a lot of litter.

A Family Vacation

from A TripAdvisor Member
We are a couple with four and seven year old girls. From a family point of view:

THE GOOD STUFF
The staff were friendly, courteous, knowledgable and extemely helpful
The rooms were spacious and cleam
We Always felt safe
Beautiful views and grounds kept very well
Trips arranged at hotel kept kids attention and were very nice
Nice clientele - quiet at night, all types - couples, families, singles
nice sandy beach, three pools for kids
fair pricing for trips

THE NOT SO GOOD STUFF
no transport to town, no other resorts nearby - $20 round trip in taxi, sometimes you felt trapped
the food was very good but lacked some imagination
trips were wonderful but needed a minimum number of people - we let staff know at beginning of week we wanted horseback riding and told staff we would go any day if others were interested. Another couple did the same but the staff never got us together. It was by chance meeting we found each other and were able to go.
they seemed to nickel and dime you - $60 for snorkeling but another $10 for lunch even though you might have meal plan, $1.50 every time you use the operator, not having transport to town keeps you there so you have to eat there, etc.
we figured it cost less to go without the meal plan than with
the dock, where all trips leave from, was somewhat disorganized and it took a while for trips to get off and running. We took four trips and each time there was something to keep us at the dock waiting. One time we were told a trip had enough people and then when it came time to leave were told that might not be true - we finally left an hour and a half later and although the trip was great!

We had a great time, it's a wonderful place and the not so great stuff really didn't interfere with our vacation. The staff are really world class here and I can't imagine anyone being unhappy unless you don't have activities for the children because the trips don't meet the minimum. The town is nice but keep your interest a day or two at most.

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  • Address: Placencia Penninsula - Placencia - Belize
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