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“Home away from home, Beautiful”
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Kayaks on beach at home
Front of Home from Street Gate
Private Pool at rear of house
Downstairs Living room
Downstairs Living Room including Sleeper Couch
Dining Room Table
Eating Area near Kitchen
Kitchen
Second Floor Living Room/Bar
Second Floor Living Room/Bar
Second Floor Master Bedroom, King Bed Facing Caribbean
Second Floor Master Bedroom, King Bed Facing Caribbean
Second Floor Second Master Bedroom, Queen Bed Facing Caribbean
Second Floor Second Master Bedroom, Queen Bed Facing Caribbean
Bathroom for Second Master Bedroom
Second Floor Bedroom, Single over Full Bunk Bed
Downstairs Front Bedroom with Queen Bed
Downstairs Bedroom facing pool with queen bed
Second Story Balcony facing Caribbean
Patio
Patio including Gas Grill
Patio adjacent to pool
Aerial View, Tipsy Gecko house furthest Left
Waterfall in local area
sunset over large 150 foot pier with palapa and swim deck
Recent Wedding on Pier Palapa
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Private Pool behind house
View of rear of house from pier
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Placencia, Stann Creek

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StenaJoy
coeur d' alene, Idaho USA
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101 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Home away from home, Beautiful”
Reviewed 17 August 2012 for a stay in May 2012

We traveled with 10 people (4 adults, 1 teenager, 2 ten y/o's, 1 seven y/o, and 1five y/o. Everyone said the Typsy Gecko was a perfect place to stay. Javier and Mabelle (live in caretakers) go above and beyond their job descriptions. Their goal is to provide you with your perfect stay. The house itself is perfect, beautiful, safe, comfortable, and gave us all space to enjoy each others company, but enough room to have alone time. The yard/pier is post card worthy. My husband's favorite spot was the hammock on the pier. The ocean water was wonderful. The kids were swimming at 6am amd were not freezing(we are from North Idaho, so this is an annomoly for us).

Do take enormouse amounts of sun screen! Take many different forms, stick, spray, lotion. Take different SPFS. I did not take enough and it is not readily found in the stores. My family did not burn as bad as the other family but i took myself anf te kids tsnning a few times before our vacation. I know not a politically correct decision, but it was Alot better thsn them gettting second degree burns and burning throug there clothes. Do take bug spray (i took way more than needed. Should have taken about four bottles for ten of us.) The mosquitos get bad after it rains. It is still warm out when it rains. Plan minimum 90 minutes for any meal. Gasoline is not readily found either. Gas stations are few and far between, but we found grocery stores have gasoline for sale by hand if you stop and ask. Most everybody is friendly and accomodating. Do take plenty of cash with you. The larger establishments take credit cards but keep in mind you credit card company will charge a fee. And there are two ATMS in Placencia, but our banks charged fees and limited how much we could take out per day. So if you are paying a tour in cash you might not be able to take out enoug cash to pay for it. G rocery store was more expensive than the States. The grocery stores do not stock produce or if they have it, it is nasty. Buy your produce from trucks around in the am(i could not figure out a svhedule or a pattern). Only buy what you will use in 1-2days. It is ripe and spoils FAST. The best meat we got was from a truck parked in the grocery store parjing lot, selling beef and pork frim a cooler in the back (weird I know). Do slow down for speed humps! Do take whatever first aid type items you think you might need, again, not readily available.

All in all....we loved this vacation. My husband would move here. And we all feel as if we left our heart in Belize!

PS Mabelle goes beyond a hotel maid......she does dishes! And laundry! :-)

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Liked best: The layout of the house (enough room for everyone) and the secluded beach. Not alot of people around.
Liked least: The mosquitoes
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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California
Reviewed 6 August 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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FDFNATIC
California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Expectations Exceeded!”
Reviewed 26 March 2012 for a stay in March 2012

I am afraid to say how I really feel, lest it becomes so popular I can't get the dates I want next time I go.

I booked the Tipsy Gecko for my wife and I, and 8 other people. It was perfect, private baths in virtually every room (we used the office as a bedroom but that required using another rooms bathroom to shower). It had more than enough space that we could feel alone if we wanted, but big enough to gather for meals and such.

It comes with everything you need, We used the golf carts to trek the mile down the road to the store to buy groceries and run to the Maya Hotel for the occasional meal out. The truck was great for the longer trip to the village. We also took full advantage of the bikes and Kayaks.

The kitchen is well equipped complete with ice machine. 3 of us are chefs and we were able to easily accommodate feeding the 10 of us great meals with the facilities.

There is a handy book with lots of local info. Here is our experience
- Snorkeling & Diving - Splash
- Monkey River - Percy
- Massage on the Upper Deck (very Relaxing)
- Lunch out Maya Hotel, De 'tach Restaurant
- Appetizers - Maya Hotel
- Casual Dinner and stiff drinks - Barefoot Bar

The best part was Javier and his wife Mirabelle. From the pick up at the airport, arranging Taxi's, to giving us the local lowdown, and coming home in the afternoon to a clean house and kitchen with laundry done and folded. Sigh, I want to go back.....

Thanks to all for making this a very pleasurable visit.

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Liked best: Peronal Attentive Service, Quality Construction and Furnishings, Relaxing Atmosphere
Liked least: Well it rained one of the days we were there.......
Travelling group: Large Group/Tour
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Reviewed 12 February 2012 for a stay in January 2012

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Austin Texas
Reviewed 1 February 2012 for a stay in March 2011

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