Max occupancy: 2
1 King Bed
Maya Beach, Placencia, (16.600556, -88.356667) Shark Studio Retreat-Swan Villas, Placencia, Belize
Dog-friendly waterfront studio w/ resort amenities including shared pool
This modern studio in the luxurious Swan Villas development features absolutely stunning architecture, shared amenities including a gorgeous swimming pool, and easy access to the nearby beach on the lagoon. With just enough space for two guests to enjoy a peaceful and scenic getaway, this rental is the perfect place to stay during your Belize vacation!
This particular listing is for one of the two upstairs studio units. You can also rent the other, identical upstairs unit, the Turtle Studio Retreat separately (or together in this listing). The entire bottom floor of this villa is also available, in the Rock Fish Retreat. If you need lots of space, you can even book the entire three-unit villa, the Ocean Villa, which can sleep up to eight guests.
Walk up to this second-level ultra-modern studio unit and you will be impressed by the design, which focuses on relaxing colors and circle-shaped features. In this rental you will have a kitchenette where you can grab a quick snack, as well as a sitting area where you can watch some TV or use the complimentary WiFi access. This home even has air conditioning to keep everyone cool, plus a shared laundry area that will be useful if your clothes get a little dirty while exploring the area.
When it's time to head to bed, snuggle into the circle-shaped king bed and enjoy sweet dreams of tomorrow's adventures. This studio-style rental has its own private bathroom with a walk-in shower and a separate jetted bathtub where you can take a relaxing soak. This home is just the right size for two guests, so bring that special someone or a close friend to this gorgeous condo. If you step outside onto your private balcony, you will find a lovely area with seating and spectacular views of the grounds and the nearby lagoon.
With the lagoon just 75 yards away, you can borrow a kayak and paddle around the gentle waters, or simply lounge on the beautiful beach and sunbathe. The resort offers kayaks and bicycles and make sure you bring your swimsuit, because the Swan Villas even has a stunning infinity-edge pool where you will love to swim and relax while breathing in the fresh air. Your dogs - welcome for a small nightly fee - will love the great outdoors!
If you feel like taking a daytrip out of the villa, you can walk or drive about a mile north to Maya Beach, a tiny community where you will find a market and a few eateries. If you drive south about 15 minutes you will reach the larger town of Placencia Village, which offers a huge variety of restaurants, shops to peruse, and a lovely public beach. In Placencia you can try out some authentic Belizean cuisine (or go for the more familiar Italian or seafood options), then get some ice cream from the well-loved Tuttifrutti Gelateria or a pastry from the bakery in town.
This region is known for its amazing scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities, and you can rent gear or take lessons right in town. Whether you set off alone to explore the offshore barrier reef or go with a group to seek out the friendly manatees that live in the lagoon, you will have plenty of options here. If you're in the mood for even more adventure, you can book a tour that ventures farther into Belize for an exciting day of hiking through the jungles, exploring caves, visiting wildlife preserves, or touring Mayan ruins and maybe even a neighboring chocolate factory. However you end up spending your stay, you will have access to varied activities that will delight everyone!
For a romantic getaway or a solo retreat, this spectacular Belize vacation rental offers a luxurious atmosphere, great amenities, and unparalleled beauty that ensure you will have an unforgettable time here!
Belize Tourism Board license # 1930/2016
*Please note that the property has a security guard at night and security cameras at the common areas in the property.
Heating & cooling
Kitchen & dining
Washer/dryer : Shared
Nearby activities & attractions
Pool : Shared
Jo-ann C.Dec 2019
Loved the spaces however did not like hidden costs. Make sure you review your whole bill before booking
Hi Jo-ann, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We sincerely apologize for the lack of clarity around the cost of your reservation. In addition to rent, there are taxes and fees associated with your reservation, but we always make sure to show you the total cost of your reservation before you book. We also itemize these various costs so you can review them before booking. We hope to host you again soon!
Peter W.Dec 2019
The space was relaxing, clean and the design was excellent - the concierge Vero went above and beyond to help us organize and execute everything we needed to do - thumbs up.
Michael D.Nov 2019
Waking up to the expanding view of the lagoon, that stretches past the mangroves, to the mountains to the clouds above, is a treat not to be missed. The most relaxing experience in the most unique of settings. Each aspect of the interior design has been attended to -- just fell in love with this whimsical little place.
Laura B.Oct 2019
I had a memorable vacation in Placencia, the magic of Swan Villas made me feel I was in another planet...the apartment was very comfortable, the pool is great at day and night time, I used the kayaks and had a great time in the lagoon...sunsets views are incredibles... can t wait to go back <3
David V.Mar 2019
Todo fue increíble, la arquitectura del lugar, el equipamiento de la habitación, la vista desde la habitación y sobretodo la amabilidad de los colaboradores.
David V.Mar 2019
La amabilidad de las personas, la tranquilidad del lugar y la ubicación!
Samantha A.Sep 2018
We loved this place! The setting was absolutely beautiful with the balcony in our room overlooking the lagoon. Overall, the setup of the room was a little unorthodox, but we really enjoyed it and thought it added to the overall experience. We took advantage of the kayaks and the bikes, which were both free. The pool was another highlight as it was absolutely beautiful as well, overlooking the lagoon. This rental was perfect for sunsets, both from our balcony and in the pool.
The only complaint we had was with the shower, because the water temperature was difficult to get just right. It seemed to take a long time to respond to our adjustments and was either too cold or too hot, but never in between. Other than that, we loved the place and would definitely stay again.
Stephen M.Jul 2018
The architecture, the location close but not too far from Placencia and close to Maya beach, the pool, the water from the lagoon, the comfortable bed. Strongly recommend this place~
Stanley P.Apr 2018
Great place for those who wish to be on their own and
Experience the area as a native of Belize, those Not looking for an all inclusive resort
Susan M.Apr 2018
If you want a very comfortable, private and scenic property, this is it. Very quiet, with a huge balcony overlooking the "lagoon" and mountains, just perfect for watching beautiful sunsets. The onsite pool is fabulous, and most of the time we had it to ourselves. The only downside is the location. It is a bit far away from the village of Placencia where most of the restaurants and dive shops are located. But the best restaurant we found (Maya Beach Bistro) is not very far.
Sidney S.Jan 2018
Swan Villas design and location make it a very unique travel destination. The grounds are beautiful and clean. The look of the buildings and property set it it apart from anything else we experienced in Placencia.
Michael M.Sep 2017
It was a piece of heaven to stay in Swan Villas, especially in the Lionfish apartment. Instead of the planned 5 nights in Lionfish we stood 4 more nights in the Turtle appartment. The location is a must see. Everything is individual and very well constructed. Besides it is very clean and perfect equipped with everything you expect. The view is gorgeous and we appreciated every moment in this place. Also, the communication with Montse was always easy, quick and accommodating. If we ever come back to Belize, this will be our first place to stay.
Arnoldus V.Jul 2017
We really enjoyed staying here. Everything was well organised. Would be nice if there was some more restaurants in the area but overall a great experience!
Nathalie H.Jul 2017
We had an amazing stay, the location is about 15mns from the town, its 10kms, you can cycle easily (no slope); the villa itself is incredible, the style is very original and everything is suited for you to spend a great time. The view, the terrasse, the pool, the kayaks on the river... unforgettable! And on top of all this, the kindness of the owners!
Nicole B.May 2017
Very nice stay. Montse was very kind & helpful. Aesthetics were beautiful. A little too far from Placencia village. Taxis were $20 USD one-way. This is the kind of place to stay for a week, relax, and do DIY food.
Irene S.Apr 2017
This rental property was so unique. From the moment you turn the corner in the walkway and see it, it is like another place in time. Owners were extremely accommodating and a pleasure to meet. It was exactly as advertised, beautiful. Ample room for two people. Every inch was utilized to it's utmost use, and fitting with the architecture. Comfy round bed, extra large shower, jacuzzi in room, all perfect. The salt water infinity pool with seats and jets was superb, I spent a lot of time here and for the most had it to myself. My own private Oasis! I would certainly recommend this rental property to anyone.
Jeff H.Mar 2017
Already wrote a glowing review but, can't find it in my reviews so I will repost it now. My wife and I stayed here for three nights during our vacation in Belize. The property is very diffrent as far as the architecture and is was fun to stay at such a unique property. Everything was as described on the website. Montse, the property manager, was very helpful, she stayed late to great us when we arrived and show us around the property. She also gave us a map of the peninsula and highlighted places we might enjoy and gave us suggestions of things we wouldn't want to miss in the area. (Thanks for the suggestions, everything you suggested that we tried was perfect!) The pool is beautiful and we were glad to see the property has laundry facilities. Kayaks and paddleboards were available for use as were bicycles. We were very confortable here during our stay.
Rae M.Mar 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Swan Villas. The property is wonderful, clean, well maintained and located in a great location. It is about 6 miles from the town of Placencia which makes it quiet and away from the business of town. There are restaurants close enough to walk as well as a store.
The unique architecture of the building made for a unique experience. Very serene and relaxing. The pool was fabulous especially after a long day of sightseeing. Because it is just for the property we were often the only ones in it and at most there were four of us enjoying the sunset from the pool.
Montse and Rudy were very helpful and provided us with activity ideas as well as restaurant recommendations that were fabulous. If learning something new is of interest I recommend the Bunches of Bananas farm tour. Though a bit of a drive to Belmopan area, the ATM cave is a must see. Stopping along the way at St Herman's cave and the Blue Hole were highlights as well as Kropf's bakery.
Bruce H.Feb 2017
This was by far the best place I have stayed in for a long time. You are far enough away from anything that when it gets dark and the traffic quiets down it's as peaceful a place as you will find.
Cheryl B.Feb 2017
This is a beautiful area that is quiet if we want to get away from the crowds. There is a lot of construction going on all over but you get used to it after awhile. We would recommend this space for a family experience. Loved it!
Denise D.Feb 2017
A beautiful and quiet place to stay. Clean and comfortable. You can tell the owners care about it. We had a rental car so made it easy to get around since we were about 15 minutes from town. There are a few restaurants and small store within walking distance though. I would recommend this place and like to stay again.
Martha S.Jan 2017
The perfect getaway for my husband and me to relax and unwind. The landscape and architecture were absolutely stunning, it was a one-of-a-kind experience. We had the pool to ourselves one day which was fantastic. One morning we awoke to an amazing rainbow over the lagoon, the next morning we awoke to an extraordinary migration of dragonflies.
Montse and Rudy were friendly and always available if you one has questions. There are a few restaurants a mile down the road and the main village is about 6 miles. Bikes were available for free and a golf cart for a nominal feel which made it easy for us not having a car rental. We are already talking about a return visit!
Natalie H.Nov 2016
We had an amazing time at this beautiful villa! The room was clean, uniquely designed, and peaceful. Montse was incredibly helpful as well. She showed us around the property and emailed us a list of contacts for the activities we were interested in. I would definitely recommend Swan Villas to everyone!
Matthew C.Nov 2016
The house is wonderful and the hosts are welcoming and informative. I would love to visit again.
Tyler B.Nov 2016
it was awesome
Deborah M.Oct 2016
This place is wonderful. Extremely relaxing. The infinity pool is fantastic and the architecture is great. For those that love spiritual relaxations...this is the place!
Lee S.Oct 2016
We stumbled upon the property by chance and are 1000% satisfied with our stay at the beautiful Swan Villas. We were wary about opting for a location without meals provided, but found this forced us to get out and explore the area, both Placencia Village and Maya Beach. Our favorite eatery was The Maya Bistro, which never failed to disappoint. We felt confident from arrival to departure in the responsiveness of the property managers and knew we were in good hands. Rudy even accompanied us on a kayaking adventure one morning! The pool and grounds of Swan Villa were immaculate and after getting to know the area a bit we knew we'd stumbled upon a gem. The a/c was heavenly at night after 90 degree days. We spent two days in the interior of Belize and couldn't wait to come back to the Villa. We highly recommend the location and thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
Stephen G.Sep 2016
Excellent villa for the money...Very artistically done.. the grounds are beautiful, clean and pool is very cool.... Kayak the bay a must... very calm and sighted at least 25 manatees in the bay... The host Rudy and his wife who designed this place were very accommodating... At first the swan shape architecture appears novel, but truly artistic..the design has no sharp corners throughout the space...Happy! Happy! Highly recommend staying here and its worth the short drive to downtown
Olivier A.Sep 2016
I had one of the upstairs studios. It was just perfect.
Excellent 2m round bed. Jacuzzi in the room. Super bathroom (I missed my wife though ;-)
The swimming pool is super and at night the little luminescent stones encrusted in the floor give you the impression to sin in the stars. ..
Robert W.Jul 2016
Set in the beautiful Maya beach on the Placencia peninsula Swan villas is a picture perfect place to relax and enjoy your break. The villa my partner and I stayed in was fully kitted out with everything you need to make yours stay convenient all the utensils you may need. The views of the lagoon are amazing. Swan villa is truly a place you will want to return to, without question on of the best villas I've stayed at whilst in Belize.
Celina C.Jul 2016
Loved everything about this place. It was more secluded and further away from the bars in the village but that's just the way I like it. The bikes helped us to get around so we didn't need a car or golf cart as we stayed in the pool every day and kayaked in the lagoon. Hosts were very helpful with everything. Perfect getaway spot, miss it already and hope to come back!
Jonathan P.Jul 2016
Great spot for Placencia
Christopher H.Jun 2016
Rudy and his wife are very friendly and make themselves available for what you need. We did not need to ask them for anything but they let you know they were there if you didn't need anything. Very close to a few different restaurants and a grocery store and just a short drive into Placencia. One of the most unique structures we've ever had the pleasure of staying in.
Derek F.Mar 2016
The Swan Villas surpassed out greatest expectations for a place to stay in placencia. We were able to travel back and forth between Placencia Village and the villa easily seeing as we had a car that we rented. The place was one of the coolest places my wife and I have ever been to, and the service was above and beyond excellent. I would recommend this place to anybody looking to travel to Placencia, and you can't beat the price either!
Paul W.Mar 2016
Great sunsets, fascinating architecture, the studios have very small kitchen so don't plan to cook much, and if weather is wet and cool use lots of insect repellent on feet and legs. Certainly a great deal for the price. Rent a car... they are expensive but worth it. Take Rudolpho up on transportation to and from the airport. Roads aren't marked well and its not like driving in the states. You can rent a care in Placencia. Local veggies and fruits are inexpensive and delicious. Don't expect to snorkel right off shore. You have to get out to the cayes.
Rita L.Mar 2016
Great view of the lagoon. Very comfortable stay. The condo had everything we needed. Management is very accommodating and easy to check in. Everything was great.
Joseph C.Jun 2015
My girlfriend and I stayed 6 nights. The property is well groomed and very clean. Rudy and his wife went over and above with helpful information and being there for us 24/7. We went snorkeling with them one beautiful morning and it was a lot of fun. How often do you have fun with your hosts? Good stuff!
All rooms have a terrific view of the lagoon and the ocean is across the street. Saw a lot of iguana's, interesting birds and sting rays from the property.
They have a great security system with video so we felt like we had an added sense of security.
Their pool is nothing short of awesome which had a terrific view. Very relaxing after a day of exploring.
Candidly, after seeing where others were staying in the area we felt like we were staying at the best place in town! We would stay again - for sure!
Melanie W.May 2015
We stayed in the Shark Retreat Villa. It was so unique and wonderful. The property was quiet, clean and so enjoyable we hated to leave. Rudy was such a wealth of information and organized various adventures including Kayaking the lagoon, we saw sting rays, iguanas and many different birds. He took us on a bike ride and tour of the area. There was an organized ocean swim, regretfully we weren't able to make this. I highly recommend shark retreat to anyone. We would stay again with out hesitation and we will be recommending it to friends.
Kelsey M.Apr 2015
An absolute pleasure to stay here! I have traveled all around the world, and my stay here with helpfulness of Rudy has been the best customer service I have ever received. He went out of his way, above and beyond to help us... make us feel welcome and comfortable. I cannot say enough good things about this beautiful place and the helpfulness of Rudy.
You will not only stay in a beautiful and very modern designed architectural masterpiece, but you will receive the best customer service during your stay here. I would certainly come back again, no questions asked!
We are delighted to see what a wonderful time you had during your vacation, and it is always pleasant for our employees' hard work to be recognized. Thank you for choosing Vacasa!
JIM B.Mar 2015
Staying here was a delight. It's different and whimsical and will remind anyone who'se had kids of The Cat In The Hat. The construction is well executed, beautiful and well maintained; it appears every item was chosen for the best quality and for the enjoyment and amusement of the guests. There are too many delightful things to itemize, but any guests will enjoy discovering them.
Rudy was very helpful in getting me oriented, this being my first trip to the area. A car or a motorbike would have allowed me to see more, but what I did see was clean and modern and charming.
For both Rudy and his wife, Monse, this seems to be a labor of love.
My stay here was excellent and I'd highly recommend it.
This really is a unique place with wonderful amenities like yoga classes and kayaking offered in the mornings. Lots of care has gone into this place, the owners are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and have done a fantastic job with this unit. We are so pleased to hear that your first time there was a great experience. We look forward to having you as a guest again!
Matt S.Mar 2015
What an incredible experience my wife and I had staying at Swan Villa. First of all, the service that Rodolfo and Montse provide is first class all the way. They go out of their way to ensure that you have an exquisite experience. It made us feel completely at home.
Next, the villa itself is immaculate from design to conception. Everything felt like we were staying at a five star resort yet had the intimacy of our own villa. All of the finishings are top of the line and we enjoyed dinner on our own private balcony two of the nights that we were there.
The grounds themselves though really differentiated Swan Villa. The infinity pool is a great place to relax during the day or at night. The amenities are also fantastic. We loved the Friday evening sunset yoga class and being right on a lagoon, we made sure to take advantage of the kayaks provided.
All in all this was a wonderful stay at a great price. I highly recommend this for the Placencia area and you are right near Maya Beach to boot. I can't wait to go back.
Thanks for this great feedback! Its excellent to hear that you felt you were in a 5 star rental! Glad you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for the great recommendation.
Kris C.Mar 2015
My husband and I so enjoyed staying at the Shark Studio, in the Swan Villas! We went from Ambergris Caye, Belize, where we spend several months each year, to visit friends from Colorado, where we also live. The architecture and design is so very unique, and fun. Everything is round. The Studio was beautifully decorated, with such attention to the details. All our needs were taken care of. The little kitchen was extremely efficient, and having a washer and dryer was handy. The infinity pool, beautiful, and we always like a jet tub. Owners, Rudy and Monsirette, were always available to help and offer information about the Plancencia area. They also have a "sport program" every morning that you can attend; kayaking, yoga, swimming, etc. We highly recommend staying at this lovely property.
Tom B.Feb 2015
Swan Villas is a beautiful and elegant property. It has an amazing design you will not find anywhere except maybe Spain!! My wife was especially impressed with the beautiful shower!! The views are amazing fro amost all parts of the villa. The openness and brightness are something to behold. The view as you arise each morning overlooking the lagoon and mountains is spectacular. That view can only be matched by the view and the quietness each evening. Rodolfo and Monsey were wonderful!!
Thank you for your kind words! We are so excited about these beautiful villas and are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay. The views are certainly amazing and we appreciate your comments about what you loved about the retreat. We look forward to seeing you return.