After checking in at the Mayan Princess Hotel and dropping my bags on the floor of my room, I found myself standing in the middle of the verandah staring at the amazing beachfront view. Mind you it was night time, but I was on the third floor and a cool tropical breeze swept through the room and the view was still spectacular.
You see, the Mayan Princess Hotel is located right on the beach and towering three stories high each beachfront suite offers a fantastic view of the Caribbean Sea, be it day or night. My view that evening included that of the lighted pier of Amigos del Mar Dive shop where their dive boats had been put to sleep down for the evening. The beach is very well lit and you can enjoy the island go by while you relax on your private verandah.
Tourists walk by with Belikin beers in hand having a jolly good time, locals stroll with their families and enamored couples stroll leisurely enjoying the beach ambience that caters for intimacy and romance; the beach just comes alive with activity. Having purchased a bottle of wine from a store around the corner, I just sat back on a lounge chair, sipped away and enjoyed a peaceful evening watching the San Pedro nightlife go by.
This is one of the major appeals of the Mayan Princess Hotel; it is right in the center of downtown San Pedro, with great accessibility to stores, restaurants, bars, dive shops and much more; yet it is peacefully secluded on the beachside. Secondly you can purchase some groceries and make use of the suite’s full kitchenettes that are equipped for you to prepare meals of your own, reheat food and brew some coffee. But brewed coffee is also available at the lobby from 6:30am to 10:00am daily. The suites are spacious, comfortable and clean, that includes large closet space, a television, safe, ironing board, additional futon sleeping space and hammocks are also available for siestas on the verandah.
Being on the beach is the third major appeal of Mayan Princess Hotel. Waking up and opening up the large French doors invite the morning sun into our room. It’s a completely different scene during the day, with San Pedro waking up right in front of you. You see locals heading next door to Lily’s Restaurant to get their favorite breakfast, while others heading to Coastal Express water taxi for their boat ride to work in north Ambergris Caye. You also see tourists heading up the dock at Amigos del Mar Dive Shop readying for their day’s outing at sea. You can also almost reach for the pelicans that soar by the building. It’s a true glimpse of paradise at your disposal.
From the moment you arrive on the island the staff of Mayan Princess Hotel will take care of you. They provide complimentary shuttle by taxi to and from the airport and greet you with a courteous reception. The staff will carry your bags up to your room and clean your room daily. You can feel free to stay connected to the world with free internet access or get lost in the ocean breeze swinging on one of your complimentary hammocks.