frequently asked questions
What is Royal Belize?
Royal Belize is a whole-island resort originally developed as a private retreat. It is not a typical hotel, it is a private property offering a luxury vacation experience to discerning travelers who cherish privacy and attentive service.
Will there be other people on the island?
Royal Belize is for the exclusive enjoyment of a single guest party at a time, so there will only be you and the staff. No other guests. The staff resides in an area separated by water from the main part of the island. We will tailor our service to provide you with as much privacy as you like.
How many staff will there be?
There is a minimum of seven people at your service during your stay, including the cook, concierge, servers, housekeepers and the grounds-keeping crew. Our staffing level may increase with larger groups, depending on the circumstances.
How big is the island?
The island is approximately seven and a half acres, or three hectares, including the marina, staff, and equipment areas.
Are children welcome?
Absolutely! Children under 14 stay free with their parents at Royal Belize. The bedding in our villas can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate families of all sizes and kids of all ages. We can even create some special fun for more adventurous youngsters.
What is there to do?
The list of activities and unique adventures is quite long. Royal Belize has the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the western hemisphere. The flats attract professional fly fishermen, while the reef is great for trolling for bigger fish. On the island, guests enjoy the kayaks, standup paddle boards, small catamaran, and a variety of beach games. Of course, most people prefer to lay in the sun on a float or read in one of the many hammocks around the caye. Mainland adventures are equally numerous and attractive. Your personal travel concierge will help you plan each day in as much detail as you prefer.
How do we get to Royal Belize?
The simplest and fastest way to get to Royal Belize from the international airport in Belize City (BZE) is to take a 15 minute commuter flight to Dangriga where you will be met by Royal Belize staff. From the airport in Dangriga, you will be taken to our boat for the 25 minute ride out to the island. You can also either drive a rental car or take a chauffeured van on a two hour scenic drive down the Hummingbird Highway through the Maya Mountains to Dangriga to be picked up by our team. The third option is via direct door-to-door helicopter flight between BZE and Royal Belize. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes each way. There is a four passenger limit and baggage size and weight limitations apply.
What do we need to bring?
A great attitude and an appetite for either adventure or relaxation. Everything else will be provided. Your personal travel concierge will assist you with planning the details of your trip to ensure we have everything your party requires. One thing we recommend for active guests is some form of foot protection such as water shoes or reef shoes.
What will the weather be like?
View reliable historical information about precipitation and average temperatures by month at http://belize-guide.info/weather. Please bear in mind that the islands of Belize receive substantially less rainfall than the mainland.
What are the check-in and check-out times?
When we have guests checking out the same day, the earliest arrival time to the island is 3:00 p.m. The latest departure time from the island on check-out day is 12:00 p.m.
Boat transfers and late check-ins allowed?
For safety reasons, we have a strict policy of only offering boat transfers during daylight hours. If your flight arrives in Belize too late in the day we will gladly make arrangements for an overnight stay on the mainland and transfer you to the island the following morning.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Reservation deposits and final payments may be made with a credit card, wire transfer or check. Incidental expenses incurred during your stay may be settled on island with a credit card, cash, or traveler’s checks.
What about gratuities?
Gratuities are entirely at the discretion of our guests and are always appreciated. If they are pleased with the service, past guests have tipped an average of $350usd as a group per day of their vacation. Gratuities are shared among all the Royal Belize staff. Cash tips are preferred.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is not permitted in the villas or The Grand Palapa, but you're welcome to enjoy it everywhere else on the island.