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Shaka Caye Private Island Resort

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Embark on an unforgettable Belize adventure at our Private Island All-Inclusive Resort, nestled on Little Frenchman Caye, a mere stone's throw from the vibrant Belize City and the historic St. George's Caye! Our resort is a paradise redefined, featuring expansive beachfront villas that promise serene mornings and stunning sunsets. Indulge in a culinary journey with our exquisite food and drink selections, all included. Thrilling tours and tailor-made packages await to enhance your stay, ensuring every moment is packed with excitement and luxury. Start your dream Belize vacation with us and create memories that will last a lifetime!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Boating
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free airport transportation
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Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkelling
Water sport equipment rentals
Fishing
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Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Manicure
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24-hour security
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Little Frenchman Caye, St. George's Caye Belize
Shaka Caye Private Island Resort
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Philip S.W. Goldson Intl Airport
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Belize City Municipal Airport
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B D wrote a review 7 Apr
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My family and I recently stayed at Shaka Caye and we cannot wait to return. In fact, we wanted to take this opportunity to say "thank you" and express our gratitude to the amazing staff for such a wonderful stay. You made us feel like family and we are truly grateful for the time we got to spend with you and the memories you helped us make. We loved how Edwin and Raddy greeted us with warm smiles for each of our meals. They provided very friendly service. The food was fantastic! The bartender, Percy, was awesome. He kept the drinks flowing and the conversation going. We thoroughly enjoyed his craft cocktails and we appreciated how he introduced us to new things. Veronica was also amazing! She was extremely helpful and even played games with our son while my wife and I watched the sunset. Andres got us to and from the airport and island safely and we enjoyed the time we spent with him on the boat. John helped us get to and from the airport safely and promptly. And Lily and her crew kept our room clean and comfortable, it felt like home away from home. We really appreciated the entire staff and their dedication to us during our stay. We hope to see you in the future and cannot wait to return. ❤️
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Jessie wrote a review Aug 2022
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Shaka Caye is magical.! This was our third trip, and we had the most delightful experience. The privacy is unmatched, the fresh food delicious (e.g. lobster curry) and staff were warm and kind. Snorkeling with Jairo is a must-do, and Ismael and Carlos were responsive and helpful. Highly recommended! Stay at least 4 nights for the full experience. We’re already planning our next trip back.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Brody E wrote a review 6 Apr
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We felt like we were in our own little world here at Shaka Caye! Let's start with the staff. They took care of everything we asked for, were extremely quick to respond on our own private Whatsapp channel, and were very polite, accommodating and communicative throughout our entire stay. There is a ton of work they do behind the scenes so that our stay feels effortless, clean, and super relaxing. We also shared some great laughs with Obi and Percy during late nights at the bar! Next, the food was awesome. Chef Glenda cooked some incredible traditional Belizian food, like fry jacks, fried fish and more. She was also very accommodating if someone just wanted some pancakes or waffles. Fresh juice, hot coffee, amazing desserts - we could go on and on about the food. The rooms themselves were extremely comfortable. Remember you are on an island, so there are little bugs here and there - but not in the rooms, the staff does a good job of making sure of that. If you are sensitive to mosquitos, bring some spray or anything else you'd like. The first 2 days I got some bites, but that is unavoidable. Finally, there was endless activities to do. We did an amazing excursion to Caye Caulker where we fed birds flying over us, huge Tarpon fish in the water, saw a seahorse farm & pet stingray that swam right up to our feet. The Shaka Caye fisherman are also top notch. They took us out to a couple amazing spots where we caught a ton of fish (upwards of 40 within a couple hours) - and then Glenda cooked them up for us that night! We even saw a manatee in the ocean, & they stopped the boat so we can swim with them. Overall, an incredible experience, top notch service on your own little private island oasis. Plus - we had a couple wild dolphins come right up to the beach and swim with us - SO COOL!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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D M wrote a review Feb 2024
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This resort is nowhere near as advertised. I’ve travelled to plenty of all inclusive resorts and I can easily tell that this is not even close to that. When I originally booked, they were kind enough to give me a small discount as I felt that the prices listed were outside of my budget. The small discount that was offered was still overpriced for our overall experience. They advertise a welcome drink - it was warm and had no alcohol. You’re stranded on the island with nothing to do all day and it costs $150 to go anywhere else. They told me this cost would be split between boat passengers but when we checked out, they charged me and my boyfriend the full $150. They advertised that there was a shop at the island to buy sunscreen and bug spray and there was not one. The kayaks and paddle boards were old. There was seaweed/grass growing all around the island making it virtually impossible to swim. Half of the cabana is not air conditioned and the other half that is, I was told, there was no key to lock my belongings up. I later found one in the room… The snacks in the mini fridge were expired and the fridge did not keep anything cold. The island bar was uncomfortable to sit at as the wooden high top chairs did not have any cushion. The bar drinks were watered down/not really alcoholic. The staff is cordial and friendly but it seemed that most of them did not want to *actually* attend to us. I’m also concerned about their living conditions as they all seem to stay in one cabana, which like another reviewer mentioned is inhumane. They tacked on a free snorkeling trip with my stay, which was kind but I had to remind them of it when I arrived because they tried to charge me. During the snorkeling, the equipment was old and dirty and no instructions were provided for first timers like my boyfriend. The snorkel guide just so happened to be our boat captain as well. He took us into heavily current waters and my boyfriend cut himself on a coral reef as a result. During our $150 transfer to Caye Calker, the same boat captain got drunk and on our way back, he swerved the boat so hard that a couple who was also on the boat fell into us and hurt my ankle. Although the staff offered ice and a band aid for me and my boyfriend, we felt that this all was extremely careless on their part. When I requested a partial refund through my credit card company, they refused. Do NOT spend your money here! Go to a real all inclusive resort. It’s a shame that this was our experience because I travel frequently and could have referred plenty of new people to come here. Did I mention we came home with random bites all over our body as well? Yeah, never again. 👎🏽
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We regret any inconvenience you faced and take your concerns seriously. Your feedback and your satisfaction is our priority, and we hope to better serve you in the future.
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Kathy D wrote a review Feb 2024
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My daughter and I had a wonderful getaway at Shaka Caye. Very calm and relaxed. It has a small but beautiful clean beach with paddle boards and kayaks. If the beach toys aren’t out, you only have to ask. Actually, if there is anything you’d like just ask. While the menu choices were generally limited to a fish, a chicken and a vegetarian option each meal, every thing was prepared in a Belizean manner and delicious. The chef, Gigi, came to the tables to explain the meals. (We were asked when we arrived if we had food preferences which we did not. ) Roddy the bartender and server made things happen. Once during a conversation at the bar, one of us mentioned that we liked ceviche. The next day it was at the bar during cocktail hour. It seems that our room had been recently renovated. Clean with a very nice bathroom. The bed was dreamy. The housekeeping staff left jugs of drinking water in room daily and always asked if we needed anything but they generally had everything covered. We had a great excursion to Caye Caulker with Edwin and I will leave the details so as not to spoil anyone’s adventure. Thank you all, Vee, Fiona and Nigel for your hospitality.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from SHAKA CAYE, Owner at Shaka Caye Private Island Resort
Responded 16 Feb 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! It is always wonderful to receive feedback from our guests, and we were delighted to have you as our guest! We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Shaka Caye in the near future and continuing to provide you with exceptional service and unforgettable experiences. Warm regards, Entire Shaka Caye team!
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Melissa M wrote a review Feb 2024
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I debated writing this review because I think this place has a lot of potential. I decided to write the review because we booked our stay based on all of the previous glowing reviews. It turns out pretty much all of the staff has been there for ~3 months or less so the positive reviews about staff no longer apply. We could’ve looked past a lot of the cons if we had at least felt welcome and respected by the client-facing staff while we were there. It could’ve been a 5 star review if we weren’t constantly frustrated with the way we were treated. We got less frustrated when we learned we weren’t the only guests that felt this way - we spent a while trying to figure out if we did something to annoy them but it turns out that everyone had the same experience we did. In my complaints below I specifically do not name employees we had a bad time with because I think they could improve and I don’t want to set bad expectations. I do specify the employees that we had good experiences with though! Difficulties: - It was pouring during our boat trip to the island so we were soaked when we arrived, and after saying hello to the staff we went to quickly change into dry clothes. We came back out expecting someone to talk with us or give us the “orientation” to the island but we just aimlessly walked around without direction. We eventually asked about it and the island manager said “you checked in when you got on the boat.” So we went with it even though we felt out of place. Turns out the island manager is the one that should’ve given us the orientation so it was obvious that we did not get one… - During “orientation” or at least in your room, there’s supposed to be a pamphlet of information which details what’s included in the all-inclusive price or not. We were never given this. When we later found out one existed, we asked if we could get one and we were rudely told a couple times “there’s definitely one in your room.” There definitely was not one in the room but they did bring us one after we asked. That’s when we found out we had been getting all sorts of drinks that aren’t included and we didn’t know. - When we mentioned to the manager how we didn’t get the “pamphlet”, and didn’t know we had been buying drinks rather than getting included ones, he apologized and offered to have those drinks taken off our bill. Note, this was conversational and we did not ask them to be removed, just mentioned that going forward, we definitely want him to tell us if we’re getting something that isn’t included. On our last day, we asked to review the bill and those drinks were on there so we reminded about taking them off, and we are told “the employee who forgot to give you the pamphlet will have to pay for those drinks out of pocket but we can remove them.” Which not only is NOT what we were told, but was trying to guilt us into paying for something that we were told would be taken off our bill with no problem. - During orientation they’re supposed to add you to a group text with resort staff, which IS a great idea and super effective, except they forgot to add us to anything and I still don’t really understand who was supposedly in charge of doing that. We did get added eventually but we felt very out of place having to figure that out on our own. - The bar is supposed to be a fun gathering place but our usual bartender always made us feel like we were a huge burden. For example, I ordered a drink from their 10 options of included drinks (literally listed on their menu) and got complaints about him having to make it. Apparently the previous bartender made the menu and our bartender didn’t like making his drinks, which was apparently my problem. When many people were around (or his boss) he would be more pleasant, but if it was a smaller group the attitude came back out. - I mentioned in my reservation, in my pre-arrival email, and to staff that we were on this trip for my friend’s 30th birthday. I was told they’d try to do a little something special for her but they never did, didn’t even tell her happy birthday. When we checked out at the office I did see a note on the board saying “special treat” for my friend but that never happened. - This isn’t a big one because it turned out fine (since we asked them to leave the island earlier than they were going to) but after taking the boat to the mainland to catch our flight home, we had to wait in the hot sun for a car to come back for us because despite there being 13 people on the boat, they only brought 2 cars to pick people up (and didn’t realize that wasn’t enough seats). Cons: - The food was good, but nothing spectacular/gourmet. Each meal was either a buffet or a choice between two options. Because of this setup, they seem to pick easy “crowd-pleasers” as the options. We thought we’d get a lot of seafood options but it was usually chicken, shrimp, or pork which didn’t make you feel like you were on an island. We did get tilapia and snapper once each. That being said, there was always plenty of food and it was always really good, just wasn’t what we expected based on previous reviews. - If you are a person that likes to have any sort of plan in place, do not come here. I accepted we had to wait until we were on the island to plan our excursions (as I was told via email before we arrived), but it was extremely difficult to get them to set things. We luckily reminded them of what we wanted to do each day many times so our excursions always happened (except massages and a sunset cruise but we didn’t push as hard for those). Other guests who were more relaxed had things cancelled on them multiple times. It doesn’t feel like a vacation if you have to constantly hound the staff to help you schedule an excursion. Keep in mind you cannot schedule any on your own because of the travel to and from the island. - Before arriving, I sent an email that I thought would be helpful telling them what activities we were interested in. They didn’t respond but I figured that was fine and we’d plan things when we arrived. In my email and when we finally talked to someone about what we wanted to do, it felt like we were pulling teeth to get them to schedule. They treated us like we were crazy for wanting to do a few activities. - We mentioned wanting massages multiple times. They just didn’t set this up for us at all. On our last full day, a couple did get massages and we easily could have done them while the masseuse was here as well, but it was just never set up or acknowledged at all. - The same story above goes for a sunset cruise as well. Maybe it was the weather we had but we really couldn’t see a sunset at all while we were on the island. Nonetheless they didn’t tell us anything about planning a sunset cruise or not, just never acknowledged it. - There’s really nothing to do on the island when the weather is poor, which is to be expected, but the staff also don’t seem to care if you’re having a bad time during the bad weather. Pros: - Roddy at the restaurant was there a couple days for us and he was great. - Andre, one of the boat captains, was absolutely fantastic during activities and boat rides. He really looked out for the guests and made sure everyone had a great time. He always had a fantastic attitude and made sure to go above and beyond to give you a unique/great experience. We were only on the boat with Edwin once but he seemed great as well. - The “Caye Caulker Sea Adventure” was fantastic with Andre. You can walk around, visit shops, go to restaurants/bars on your own in the early afternoon then Andre takes you to pet sting rays, see sea horses, feed tarpons, and swim with sharks later. - All “back of house” staff were wonderful. Always polite, courteous, timely, and did a great job. - It does seem like a great place to bring young kids to. The island is super small so they can have more “freedom” than a regular resort. There were 6 kids under the age of 10 while we were there (from 3 different families) and it seemed to work out well for them. - The rooms are exactly as advertised. The AC works great. We had one resident fly in our room the whole time but no other bugs. I’d only note that you can definitely hear the other suite through the wall but it wasn’t much of an issue for us. - The restaurant setting is lovely. It’s facing the water and every table has a beautiful view, even if you aren’t right next to a window. No AC since the windows are always open but plenty of fans. - If you like to socialize, it was a great place for that, at least when we were there. - Fiona was the island manager on site our last two days and she seemed great. I wish she had been there from the beginning of our trip. When she was the backup bartender she had the smile and service you would expect! - The WhatsApp group text is a big pro, I think it’s a smart and effective idea as long as you’re added to it. - The boat ride to/from the mainland is delightful (assuming it’s not raining). Andre would always stop to show us dolphins/manatees/etc. General tips: - There really should be a more thorough explanation about the car ride to the boat that takes you to the island. We were a group of 3 girls in our 20s and I’m so grateful another group was with us when we arrived or I definitely would’ve been VERY concerned about our safety. The driver and car won’t be marked. They aren’t taking you to a “marina” at all - the boat is located at a boat house not far from the airport. To get there, the driver has to pull off the road onto a dirt path through construction areas, to a house (not visible from the road) that has a boat house. If this had been explained I would’ve had no issue with it but it definitely was not what I was expecting. - When planning an inland trip, be sure to ask about what days the cruise ships will be doing excursions. It was Wednesdays and Fridays for us, but we were just lucky that we went on a Tuesday, the staff didn’t advise us on the best day to go (or on anything…at all). Also push on the staff to schedule ASAP as they only have 2 boats to go to and from so if you don’t get schedule right away, others will schedule and you will have to go along. - The beach is very small. This wasn’t a problem for us because we really only had one good beach day, and it was our last day when we had already befriended the other guests, so we were all hanging out together anyway. - When choosing a room to book, keep in mind that only the direct ocean-facing suites have covered decks (I believe they’re all the A suites). The B suites have decks with a table and chairs that can see the ocean as well but having a covered deck would have been nice on the rainy or super hot days. - If having a gym is important to you, this isn’t the place for you. They have some kettle bells and yoga mats but nothing else. I don’t think it would be easy to even go for a run on the island. They mentioned they might try to get more gym equipment though. - This is a place where you create your own entertainment. If you are looking for a private getaway it could be good for you, but there aren’t any evening activities/etc that you might see at other resorts. - Beer and wine aren’t included in the all-inclusive price. The included beverages are all fairly sweet cocktails (usually a mixture of juice, grenadine, and a liquor). Any blended drink isn’t included (eg piña coladas), even if you ask for it to be made with local liquor. We also think the liquor is fairly watered down, but a lot of places do that. If you go to Caye Caulker, you can buy some stuff and bring it back to the island if you want a cheaper option than paying for things at the resort. Bottles of wine on the island are $65 USD for what would be a $10 USD bottle.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 16 Feb 2024
Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback. We're truly sorry to hear about the challenges you faced during your stay and the impact it had on your experience with us. Your insights are invaluable and we're committed to addressing these issues to ensure they are resolved and improved upon. We appreciate your recognition of the staff members who made positive impressions and we'll be sure to pass along your kind words. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for a more enjoyable and seamless experience.
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Tracey T wrote a review Jan 2024
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We wanted a small intimate island experience with options to expand and that is exactly what we got plus so much more!!! The staff was amazing! They welcome you as if you are family and then go out of their way to bring you the Caribbean experience of your dreams. Good food, a beautiful restaurant, the best curated excursions, water views from every corner of the 7 acres of sandy paradise. Come as you are. They provide Kayaks to explore the mangroves, paddle boards, snorkeling gear. The birds! The fish! The iguanas! Andre took us out to secret spot (his office) on the barrier reef and we got to see thousands of beautiful creatures of all kinds and came home with lobster and conch that was cooked up by our chef Brian. So delicious!!!!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 Feb 2024
Thank you for the thoughtful review! Your feedback is invaluable, and we're delighted that you had an enjoyable stay. Having you as our guest was a pleasure, and we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to Shaka Caye soon. Count on us to continue delivering outstanding service and creating memorable moments for you. Best regards, The Shaka Caye Team!
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Christian H wrote a review Jan 2024
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First time visit to Shaka Caye. I’ve attempted to be as objective as possible for this review. Living area 1. Old fridge with old snacks and cheap soda. 2. Old coffee maker. 3. No microwave. 4. Water in a plastic jug vs brought in each day. 5. No sofa only two chairs. 6. No working WiFi. Bathroom 1. The toilet wobbles. 2. The shower takes 5 minutes to get hot. 3. Soap and shampoo, but no q-tips, moisturizer, etc. Sleeping area 1. No TV. 2. No closet only a dresser. Deck 1. Hammock is old and no longer stretches out comfortably. Beach 1. No pads on the beach chairs/benches the first few days. 2. Only three umbrellas for 5 villas. 3. Kayaks and boards are old/not maintained. 4. No pool or sitting pool of any kind. Bar 1. Pay extra for beer, wine, etc. 2. Seating is limited and uncomfortable. 3. No entertainment except one TV behind the bar, usually playing music. 4. No bar snacks. Restaurant 1. Mostly buffets. 2. Food is lukewarm. 3. Not farm to table. You’ll eat a lot of eggs, chicken, potatoes, and farmed shrimp. No fresh whole fruit. No fresh anything. 4. Only option for drinks is water and sugary bottled juice. 5. No menu of any kind. Just random things announced each day. 6. You must give what time you’re arriving for each meal within a predetermined two hour window. No late breakfast, early lunch, etc. 7. Sewage smell on hot days. 8. No room service. Game Room 1. One TV. 2. A few board games. 3. Old sofas with torn cushions. 4. Musty. This is a 2 star experience at best. Maybe worth $100-ish per night. Most certainly not worth $800-$900 per night. Finally, the entire staff (10-15 people) are housed in one or two villas which seems inhumane. Best to avoid Shaka Caye.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 1 Feb 2024
Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. We're sorry to hear about your experience and are committed to addressing your concerns. Your insights are important to us, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Shaka Caye in the near future to provide a improved services. Warm regards, Entire Shaka Caye team!
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Nicole O wrote a review Dec 2023
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I went with my husband for 7 days, and words do not do Shaka enough justice. It’s a secluded island paradise with phenomenal service, excellent food, and the bluest water you’ll ever see. Shaka’s beaches & surrounding water look unreal at times, like they should be Microsoft backgrounds. It’s just far enough out into the ocean that you’ll see some super cool marine & wildlife. The rooms are perfect, just pick one, they’re literally all on a beach. I can’t shout out to the staff enough. Hector’s bar is lit! The drinks are fantastic, whether you choose his Belizean pour or a nice rum punch, he’ll even deliver it to you on the beach. If he’s not at the bar, don’t worry, he’s just getting more ice. Rodwell & Vee are fantastic butlers who will bring your meal to your room, but don’t skip on dining with them in the dining room, the views are spectacular! Chef Breezy’s creations in the kitchen will blow your mind. He doesn’t do a rotation of meals, he puts out two options for each meal a couple hours before serving. Everything was so fresh and delicious, we wondered how we were hungry again for each meal. I’m still adjusting back to regular American food. Our boat captain, Edwin, picked us up at the airport & boated us right over to paradise. He also took us and some new friends on a day trip to Caye Caulker, where we drank Lazy Lizards, swam with sharks, pet stingrays, and fed tarpons. Highly recommend as this was one of the coolest excursions of our lives. If you’re still questioning Shaka, just don’t. Book it because you (and I) will be dreaming about this trip for decades. I will never stop singing Hector’s fave (now mine too) Joanna, Jo, Jo. Thank you to all of y’all at Shaka for making this the most exceptional vacation! We will absolutely be back, you better Belize it!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from SHAKA CAYE, Owner at Shaka Caye Private Island Resort
Responded 17 Dec 2023
Thank you for the thoughtful review! We appreciate the time you took to share your positive experience with us. Your feedback is invaluable, and we're delighted that you had an enjoyable stay. Having you as our guest was a pleasure, and we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to Shaka Caye soon. Count on us to continue delivering outstanding service and creating memorable moments for you. Best regards, The Shaka Caye Team!
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Luis V wrote a review Dec 2023
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If you haven't made up your mind yet... well here is another review. First, this trip would not have been the same if it were not for Sheniah, Jacob, Andre, Hector, Vee, and the other supporting staff. They made the experience feel like home away from home. Treated us like family and attended to all our needs. All of them have multiple roles and do not get paid enough. The experience would not be the same without them. We started by landing at the airport and being greeted by Shaka Caye Staff (John). Make sure to download WhatsApp beforehand. That is how all communication is done. After being greeted you will take a 10ish min ride to the Marina. There you will take a 25-minute boat ride to the private island. We were greeted by the boat captain (Andre) and told all the interesting facts about the area. We also saw a few crocs. Sadly, we did not see any dolphins on the boat ride there, but dont worry those will come. During the boat ride were asked what we wanted for lunch. Wow already taking care of us! Upon arrival, we were greeted by our personal butler (Sheniah) and other supporting staff. Of course, they had welcome drinks! We were given a tour of the island. We were explained all the Island had to offer by Jacob. Very well explained. Our book-in process was hassle-free and we had our room in a matter of seconds. No long lines, no waiting, no stress! Let me tell you that this place will take your breath away. Absolutely gorgeous waters. The island is about 7 acres but you can walk around half of that. The other half is just an undeveloped heavy brush area. We stayed in a Studio room. The room did not disappoint. I was kind of worried the room would be subpar but it was not. Very spacious and has great amenities. Very cold AC and hot showers! The bed was a bit firm for me and I did not like it very much. Though, my wife liked it and she slept great....so it all depends on your taste. The food is absolutely amazing. Homecooked and prepared by a chef. Also very healthy food. The portions, at first, I felt were a bit small. Some other guests also expressed this. That may have just been for a meal or two because after that I filled up with every meal. You get two options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You get an appetizer and dessert for dinner only. My wife was not a big fan of the breakfast but I had no issues with it. Just regular breakfast items (eggs, bacon, fruit, beans, potatoes, sausage). The restaurant you eat at has some of the best views on the island. The sunrise is a must. We saw dolphins swim by us (Literally a few feet away) as we ate breakfast. The sunset is also a must-see during dinner time. It truly makes every meal feel like a romantic meal. Sheniah and Vee made every one of our dining experiences special. This island is very secluded and private. At times there was only us and second couple on the island. The most during our stay was 8 other guests. So yeah...it is personal, private, and quiet. So if that is what you are looking for... this is for you. There are also Kayaks and paddle boards you can use at any time. Literally, just go to the beach and take off. No wait, no lines, no asking people, just get on and go. I kayaked to the island next door which also has some very beautiful beaches. Beach volleyball is also offered. It was very thoughtful that Sheniah remembered we liked to play volleyball and went out of her way to make sure we played a game or two with them. There is an open bar that was handled by Hector. Very knowledgeable in his craft. He even made drinks that were not on the menu with the items he already had. Hector and Jacob also provided me with a personal IPad so I could watch my Texans. Super awesome of them. We also did a Caye Caulker trip, a snorkeling trip, a romantic dinner, and a bonfire. If you do anything on the island make sure it's the Caye Caulker one. You get to walk around that island, feed the tarpons, snorkel with nurse sharks and stingrays. It's a must. All for about $75 a person. Again, all this is done through the resort. So no waiting for a boat pickup or other guides. They take all the guesswork and stress out. We did ours with Andre. Andre is the man. He made the excursion one of a kind. He truly loves what he does. We also did the snorkel trip with Andre and Hector at the barrier reef. We had the pleasure of witnessing Andre feed an Eel, spear a lobster, and even catch a second one with his bare hands. You see tons of fish, stingrays, and corals. We missed out on the manatees and turtles. We did get to take those lobsters and eat them for lunch! The best snorkel experience I have had and it is not even close. Whatever Andre is paid.... double it! Our last few days we had rainy and windy weather but the staff made it work. We had our romantic dinner by the beach on one of those days. Sheniah made it work and it was very pleasurable. Our bonfire and smore's may have even been better. Overall, the experience here was one of a kind. An experience we will never forget.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from SHAKA CAYE, Owner at Shaka Caye Private Island Resort
Responded 11 Dec 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! It is always wonderful to receive feedback from our guests, and we were delighted to have you as our guest! We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Shaka Caye in the near future and continuing to provide you with exceptional service and unforgettable experiences. Warm regards, Entire Shaka Caye team!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shaka Caye Island Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Shaka Caye Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Shaka Caye Island Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Shaka Caye Island Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, Shaka Caye Island Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shaka Caye Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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