Max occupancy: 2
1 King Bed
Maya Beach, Placencia, (16.600383, -88.356879) Turtle Studio Retreat-Swan Villas, Placencia, Belize
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This gorgeous and modern studio in the upscale, brand-new Swan Villas combines a contemporary design with luxurious amenities, all while surrounded by the stunning scenery of coastal Belize! When you stay here you will enjoy fantastic shared amenities including a pool and close beach access, as well as all the comforts of home and everything you may need to have a lovely visit.
This lagoon front property is the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring this tropical region! This is an extremely unique development, with a famous architect designing the buildings. Inside and out, you will find interconnected design schemes that focus on relaxing elements and repetition of round shapes that give this home a particularly trendy atmosphere.
Walk up to this second-floor unit to find a self-contained studio with lagoon views and a private space where you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Here you will have air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable even during the warmest tropical afternoon, as well as WiFi access so you can keep in touch with your loved ones. A kitchenette is a great place to grab a quick snack or a cold beverage, and you can lounge on the round, king-size bed and watch some TV while you rest up for more fun.
A private bathroom has a walk-in shower, plus a separate jetted bathtub. You will have access to a shared laundry area, which will come in handy during longer visits. If you step outside to your private balcony you can sit and breathe in the fresh air, marvel at the gorgeous lagoon, and look over the landscaped grounds of the property. This studio is a perfect size for a serene solo escape or a romantic retreat for two.
Within the Swan Villas, you can access the fantastic shared amenities. Go for a dip in the inviting infinity-edge pool, cross the road to sunbathe on the sandy beach, use the kayaks at the property and go exploring the water or a bicycle to see the landscape.
You will find great restaurants at Maya Beach is just about a mile north. For even more options, drive about 15 minutes south to the end of the peninsula where you will find the lovely Placencia Village. While you're in town you can, get a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, take a stroll along the pristine coastline, and enjoy happy hour time at a beach bar.
In Placencia you can also rent gear or book tours to make your visit even more special. If you like to go boating, fishing, scuba diving, or snorkeling, this area is a fantastic place to enjoy the water and the gorgeous seascape. You could go with a group to view the friendly manatees that live in the lagoon, or go ocean fishing in the Caribbean Sea. For even more excitement, check out an expedition that ventures into the Belizean jungles, a tour of the Mayan ruins, or a trip to a wildlife preserve where you can learn about the diverse animal life. With so many fun-filled options and beauty in every direction, you will have plenty to keep you busy here!
This listing is for the Turtle Studio Retreat, though you can also rent the identical Shark Studio Retreat, which takes up the other half of the upstairs floor of the villa. If you need more space, you can also rent these two units together in this listing. For even more options, you can check out the bottom floor of the villa, the Lion Fish Retreat, or book the entire three-unit, two-floor Ocean Villa, which can sleep up to eight guests.
*Please note that the property has a security guard at night and security cameras at the common areas in the property.
Belize Tourism Board license # 1930/2016
You must be 18 years or older to rent this property.
Washer/dryer : Shared
Heating & cooling
Kitchen & dining
Nearby activities & attractions
Pool : Shared
James F.Mar 2020
Grounds is well kept. The studio we stayed in is unique and though small was equipped.
Christine H.Jan 2020
We called it Whoville. It was cute. Everything was clean & it was cozy. The balcony was huge & private. We wished we had more towels & sink space, but it was all fine. Saw a lot of wildlife off the balcony looking into the lagoon.
Norman C.Oct 2019
The reservation procedure and team was seamless!
Selena M.Oct 2019
The Turtle villa was such a lovely surprise! It is beautiful and so unique. We decided to spend a few extra days here. The pool and grounds are so peaceful and we definitely made use of the bikes.
Blair A.Aug 2019
Loved my time un Swan Villas. The room were clean, well equipped and a bit funky. Sitting on the deck of the pool, looking up at the starts was incredible. I made good use of the kayaks and bikes made available
Nadia E.Aug 2019
“This was one of the most beautiful homes I've stayed in. It had a very Spanish feel and waking up to the view of the lagoon and mountains in the morning was amazing. The concierge was helpful in setting us up with a golf cart and great places to eat nearby. The pictures really don't do this place justice- the jacuzzi was fun and had a color changing light, the shower made you feel like you were under the sea and the infinity pool was perfect. It is about a 14 min golf cart ride from the airport and about 20 min or so from Placencia village. There were plenty of places to eat nearby though so we didn't find this to be an issue at all.”
Billy M.Jul 2019
“Un lugar increíble. Tranquilidad, paz. El diseño de la villa es hermoso. 100% recomendado.”
Colleen S.May 2019
“I highly recommend this place. The grounds are beautiful and so is the view. The architecture and modern design adds to the experience. Everything is close by. When we were at the room, we enjoyed the beautiful pool, sunset views, the balcony, tub and shower. The information packet was helpful. We also enjoyed eating and hanging out at the beach at Bonefish.”
Kathleen M.Mar 2019
Beautiful, unique studios with fantastic views of the lagoon. The grounds and pool are gorgeous and Maya Beach and Placencia Village are easily accessed.
Justin P.Feb 2019
We loved the Swan Villa. The views are gorgeous, the rooms are comfortable and unlike any place we've ever stayed. The staff was helpful too. We would absolutely stay again and again.
Kathryn M.Feb 2019
My husband and I stayed in the Turtle Studio at Swan Villas. What a lovely place! The entire property is beautiful and very well maintained. The views of the lagoon with the mountain range in the background is gorgeous and must have some of the best sunsets in the area. We watched the sunset every night from the infinity pool overlooking the lagoon. I wish we would've had a chance to take out the kayaks provided, but we were too busy exploring the area. The only negatives about the property itself were the sand flies (annoying little buggers, that are just a part of staying in the area) and the water temperature in the shower was difficult to control... either too hot or too cold, but that is a minor complaint considering the shower itself is HUGE and GORGEOUS. It also would have been nice to have a drinking water jug available, as we were unsure if the sink water was potable.
Do keep in mind that this property is 20 minutes driving from Placencia. We rented a golf cart, which was adequate for us, and kind of fun. It did, however, restrict how much time we spent in Placencia village, as it was about a 30 minute commute. We also got rained on in the golf cart the morning we left, which was quite the "soaking" experience, but hey just a funny story to take home with us. Even though it is a bit far from the village, I would still stay here again, as there is plenty close by to the studio. Dinner at the Maya Beach Bistro is a MUST. We actually ate there twice during our stay, because it was SO GOOD.
What's App was a great tool to get in touch with the property managers while there, and they were adequately responsive.
Whitlei B.Nov 2018
David, the manager was wonderful to work with. We originally had a problem with our room. He was able to accommodate and fix the problem, causing us no stress (which is always wonderful). The room was beautiful. What a lovely pool to look over the lagoon. I am thankful for the kayaks that are able for use. It was great taking them out on the lagoon. Also, the Villas aren’t right in town. Which is very nice. Renting a golf cart is highly recommended. We loved our stay here. It was beautiful and relaxing.
Stephen B.Sep 2018
The pool and the grounds overall were incredible. Took the kayaks out on the bay which was great. The shower in the studio was epic... endless blue stones with a view of the Cockscomb Basin.
We had the place to ourselves seeing that it was the off-season. I could see sound becoming an issue had we had neighbors.
Check out Wildside Adventures for a great personal snorkel tour. Skimp on groceries and eat out as much as possible. Everywhere we went had amazing food.
Alaina H.Aug 2018
The first thing I really loved was the large back sliding doors that bring in a lot of light and beautiful front row views of the lagoon. The shower and whirlpool tub was also one of my favorite amenities. I loved how the tub had aromatherapy and an LED light in it for ambiance. The biggest downside for us was the front door. It is a very cute design but is not sealed by design and mosquitos were getting into our room from the lookout/ openings outside of our room. The mosquitos on the lagoon side can be a nuisance depending on the season you visit. It was bad when we were there so don't forget your bug spray! This is a very nice place to stay and the value is awesome!
We are currently working on plans to modify the doors and windows so the bugs cannot get in the home. In the meantime, we have increased spraying. Thank you!
Verlin W.Jul 2018
Absolutely the most uniquely designed place I have ever stayed in. The room had everything you could want, but the shower cave and the balcony overlooking the lagoon were probably the best features. That of course is not including the wonderful infinity pool and deck area. Got a chance to meet Rudy the owner and David, who manages the place. Both of them were great guys and offered us fantastic tips on enjoying the area. We just wish we had a little longer stay there to actually enjoy the place. We spent most of our time driving around and taking day trips by car. Very cool, but we did not get a chance to explore the lagoon, using one of the furnished kayaks or hang out on the beach. The beach was ruined up and down Placencia anyway, due to huge amounts of sargassum that continually washed up from the sea. Nasty stuff. The only advice I wished that someone would have dropped on us is to not take the Coastal Highway back to Belize City. I am quite sure that driving on the surface of the moon would be a smoother ride. It is not a highway in any sense of the word and should be avoided at all costs, if you drive. Swan Villas on the other hand, is a place you will not be disappointed with.
Rachel P.Jun 2018
The staff was very helpful before and during our stay. They were always able to be reached via email. I also loved the pool, a very relaxing atmosphere. My husband and I also enjoyed being able to use the kayaks and bicycles. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing stay.
Chester G.Jun 2018
Thank you to Veronique and David for being responsive during our stay at the Swan Villas (Turtle Room) in Placencia, Belize. My husband wanted to try AIRBNB (we were celebrating our anniversary and wanted a place that was a hidden gem) he selected ocean view and he saw images for Swan Villas, Turtle Room. The images were realistic and it was exactly how it looked in person. As a customer, your always hesitant on what you are truly viewing and end up asking yourself, “will it look exactly like the pictures?” Reviews are very important to us (as it’s important for me to give a reviews) and of course location. Thanks to the good reviews we agreed to give it a try. In addition, our family in Belize City provided us with information and what to expect when in Plancencia. But for those who truly don’t have the resource like we did, they will not be disappointed. I love the booklet VACASA created, it’s helpful to have important information of your location, especially safety monitors and emergency contacts. We loved our room and everything in it, it was clean and all the appliances worked well. I liked that VACASA TEAM communicated with us before we left USA and gave us all necessary information’s. We liked the “WHATSAPP” application so communications are easier to deal with for out-of-towners. Providing internet service as part of the amenities with no extra cost is greatly appreciated. We could communicate back and forth consistently with Veronique and David. I love the view overlooking the lagoon.. it was so picturesque and so beautiful to watch the sun set. I know that pool is a big seller for sure and it was enjoyable to swim in and just sit and relax. I love the landscape around the common area, and thanks for letting us know that VACASA does their best efforts chasing the insects away in a manner that is still safe to the environment. We can’t control the natural creatures that lives in this beautiful country. However, we did see a scorpion (David has the image) and thankfully I saw it at the end of our stay!!! A little bit of advice, perhaps it may be time for VACASA to review the bedsheets and pillow cases, comforter etc. I wasn’t happy to see all the stain marks on the bedsheets. I did end up having to wash all the bedspread we were going to sleep in because the smell of the sheets was not pleasing. I also recommend for you to replace the little pillows because when you take off the “sham” the pillows do not look very pleasing. YES, I’m one of those OCD type of person that looks at every little detail of where I will be sleeping in. Other than that, the place was very pleasant. We will recommend this place to our family and friends. We plan on returning in the future and stay much longer than just two nights. I will not post anything about the bed sheets on my reviews. But I do expect for VACASA to look at the bedsheets and make a change.
Rolanda L G.Apr 2018
We loved everything about it...the incredible view from every angle, the comfy round bed, the spacious balcony, the relaxing jacuzzi tub, and our absolute favorite amenity...the AMAZING shower cave! I was so entranced with it that I'm having something similar replicated in my custom build.
Bradley G.Mar 2018
The views from the balcony for sunset and the infinity pool were amazing. Having a window from shower over looking the lagoon was incredible also
Dennis B.Feb 2018
The grounds are very peaceful with little to no outside noise (traffic or town noise) to disrupt the atmosphere. The room itself was the most unique room we've stayed in. Very modern and the bed is comfortable. The shower is out of this world great. The view of the lagoon is front row and breathtaking. Pool area inviting and relaxing. Local restaurants and store just down the road. Staff was there during the day if needed but never bothered us. Only interaction was a good morning. Room was very clean and welcoming. Grounds well tended. We will stay there again without hesitation.
Stewart C.Jan 2018
stay somewhere with no corners , its cool .
Dassia M.Nov 2017
Visiting This place in general is an unique experience. The structure it self of this place is out of the ordinary four wall house.
I spent some time in the balcony star gazing. The colors on the sky during sunrise were incredible.
If you want to have a peaceful experience, this is the place to visit.
Lottie F.Nov 2017
Considering there was construction going on on site as well as Resort next door we were able to enjoy our time at Swan.
Only negative would be the sand flies.....so itchy!!!
Stacey C.Nov 2017
Loved our stay at Swan Villa! The Turtle unit had everything we needed for our stay and the architecture was very unique. We enjoyed the open feel and the ease of access to both the ocean and lagoon sides of the Peninsula. The bikes and kayaks were a great addition to enjoy the area. We were traveling during the slow season, many restaurants had odd hours or were closed. The Bistro at Maya Beach resort was always open and had great food and service. I would stay here again for sure.
Lizz M.Sep 2017
We loved our stay at the villa, just didn't particularly care for the town of Placencia.
Amanda B.Jul 2017
Absolutely wonderful time! Really enjoyed coming back every afternoon and dipping into the pool overlooking the lagoon. Nice being on the lagoon side of the island. Not as much wind this time of year. Being in the building business, we really appreciated the unique design and concept of Swan Villas. Very interesting. Montse was the best! She was such a pleasure to meet and talk to. Hopefully we will be back soon with some friends!
Rick & Dorothy E.Apr 2017
It is an interesting place to stay and pretty good overall. Construction is happening next door. I hope they add more to the kitchens in the new construction. You need to know upfront that you are 7 miles from Palencia. We rented a car but I guess you might be able to use a golf cart. By all means use the pool.
Patricia W.Mar 2017
We had such an amazing time. I would recommend renting a golf cart to explore easier, but you can take a taxi pretty easily. Walking and biking is sketchy at night. Although the area is very safe, it's very dark! The property is just like it looks in the pictures. Thanks for a great, relaxing vacation!
Dahn C.Mar 2017
I loved this place--and the pool is awesome. Only you and the other 2 suits have acccess and it is lovely. We met such nice people who respected our privacy when we wanted it. This suite is so unique. And read the books in the room--this house has been included in at least 3 architecture books.
Silvina S.Feb 2017
Although it was a bit far from town, we enjoyed our stay better than anywhere else. The place and the surroundings were stunning. Full of little details that made it unique. From the arquitechture to the decor, and the views. Incredible to wake up in the morning overlooking the lake from the bed!
Jeri J.Feb 2017
The unique Turtle studio at Swan Villas was very pleasant. The pool was beautiful. The view of the lagoon was great. The downside to the property is that because of the stucco construction and shape, sound carries throughout the building, and you will hear the washing machine, plumbing, doors being slammed, and if your neighbors are noisy, you will hear them.
Allen H.Jan 2017
Very calm, comfortable, and peaceful. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly consider a return visit.
Barbara W.Jan 2017
Love the feel of the place, Love the look, Love the design!!
Linda M.Nov 2016
Swan villas is wonderful , unique, private, and convenient location to both inland and beach excursions. As if you were enjoying your vacation in your own private villa.
Madeline G.Nov 2016
Our jaws dropped the second we arrived to the property. The pictures are great, but in person the spot is truly special. The pool is unique, beautiful, and a great a place for a swim and relaxation. The rooms were like a piece of art yet comfortable. And the hosts were a delight - ready to give recommendations, help with anything, and were reachable via whatsapp at all times. Hotel like service for an airbnb. Highly recommend for those who want to get away. The surrounding area isn't very developed which made it feel very intimate - we kayaked, snorkeled, stand up paddled, biked, ate, and relaxed without any hassle. Highly recommend this place!!
Laura S.Nov 2016
Very nice place to stay and will stay there again.
Stephanie C.Oct 2016
We travel out of the country at least three times a year and this is the best accommodation we've every experienced!!!!
Service - beyond compare
Style - this goes without saying and the reality of the pictures is unbelievable!!
Cleanliness - this is ever-present...very important to them
SPACE - this unit is HUGE!!
VIEW - breathtaking (even in the shower > that WINDOW!) from all parts of the room. The windows are strategically placed for breeze and for the view
Details - everything you need for comfort/everything you need if you like to eat in
POOL- perfect temperature, perfect view, perfect size; and they take painstaking effort to keep it clean - even going under water with snorkels, using small brushes to clean the surfaces!
Extras: These guys are a team that communicates among themselves in such a way that the guest is always taken care of - the best tag team I've seen! They remain available via text, call, or during their regular checks on the property. They are "always around" ready and willing to assist and will all go out of their way to provide the ultimate stay here.
We will be back!
Avis B.Sep 2016
The setting, location, amenities and hosts of Swan Villas were everything we had hoped (it is exactly what you see in the pictures, amazing!), and made for a wonderful vacation.
Harold R.Sep 2016
We celebrated my wife's birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary in this beautiful Caribbean garden spot and were not disappointed! The ambiance of the area is simply beautiful!
Jordan M.Aug 2016
If you are looking for an affordable getaway in an isolated area, this is your place! The architecture of the hotel is remarkable, and the placement is so serene.
My wife and I were impressed by the service and help that Rudy, the owner, offered to us throughout our stay. It was a great place for our honeymoon, since we wanted the opportunity to explore nature, but also relax.
Just make sure to always put on your bug spray, because the sand flies can be brutal!
Alicia B.Aug 2016
The room was adorable. The bed was very comfortable and the AC unit worked wonderfully. The pool was also very nice to lay around when we were not at the beach. We attempted to take out the kayak, but be advised- with the weather in Belize metal (and even plastic) deteriorates quickly. The D rings on the kayak were broken and we don't advise rigging the seats if the D rings are not there...
Joy R.Jul 2016
Swan Villa is amazing. Everything about the property makes you feel one with nature and in complete relaxation mode. You must stay here! This is how to have a tranquil and unique time while experiencing this awesome peninsula! Thank you so much Rudolfo and Monste for letting us stay in your villa! We hope to see you sooner than later!
John L.Jul 2016
From the moment we were picked up at the nearby airport we were treated to the attentive care and informative tour by Rudy of the local businesses and property grounds. The beautiful secluded property with stunning day and night and the amenities available were ideal. The room was very clean and had everything we wanted :from the aroma color therapy equipped jacuzzi , kitchenette, large shower overlooking the water, to the lit infinity edge pool. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. We also made use of the paddle board, bikes, and golf cart available to visit the beach, market, and great restaurant nearby. Happy Anniversary to us!
Ambar S.May 2016
Beautiful facility for a quiet getaway from big city, perfect to get in touch with nature and enjoy the ocean; not to mention seafood!
The property has everything you need, beautiful and comfortable, AC was awesome since it was pretty hot and humid. Rudy and his wife are amazing!
Barbara C.Apr 2016
I love this property - the owners are very nice and helpful and carrying. The pool is amazing and lights up at night. The suite was very clean as on the photos. We will be back for sure and stay again in that place :-) Barbara and Gerard
Tracy C.Mar 2016
Swan Villas is such a unique experience , thoughtful attention to detail during the design and construction process is evident. Pictures do not do it justice. Great quiet location, all the small touches inside and out are appreciated
Patricia J.Mar 2016
Rudy was awesome!!
Hannah P.Mar 2016
this is such a cool property, we stayed at 7 different places in Placencia and this is the one place that had the most comfortable bed and great shower pressure and hot water. the shower has a bench seat that's about 4 feet long with a window that opens and looks out at the mountains, it was like taking an outdoor shower. and the shower head is awesome to. the tub also has a bench seat which makes it comfy for two people to sit in and it has a really cool aroma feature on it, be sure to use that. the bed was also a really nice size for two people. the mini fridge is a great size! it's a little bit bigger than your average mini fridge, so that was very helpful. they also have one burner to cook stuff on with 1 pot and 1
pan, mixing bowl, strainer, silver ware, cooking utensils, and dishes. we feel like they thought of everything for this unit, but clearly if you're wondering about something specific, be sure to ask if they have it before you arrive. I would say, we like to fish and most places we stayed didn't have a filet knife and the ones in Placencia were very cheap, so we'd suggest bringing your own filet knife if you plan to cook your own fish. they also have a stackable washer and dryer which was always available even when the 2 other units were occupied and also using it. and they have an iron and ironing board and also have laundry detergent. they don't have fishing poles but you can rent one in Placencia for $10 a day, you'd be better off bringing your own. they do have a couple 2 seater kayaks and 4 bikes on the property. and one paddle board. ...you'll really love this place! just book it, you'll be happy! I'm very picky when it comes to staying places and we really liked this place and the owners! :) have fun!!
Judith R.Dec 2015
We truly enjoyed our time in Belize. Rudy and his wife are really nice and helpful. The property isn't really near anything so the bikes are really handy. Would recommend to everyone.
Nigel T.Nov 2015
We chose to have our honeymoon ay Swan Villas and it turned out to be perfect! Way better than we ever imagined. The place is very clean and an extremely well maintained property. The architecture is so different and really stunning, I've been all over the world but never seen anything like this before! Everything about this place is different and very unique. Rudy the owner is a very helpful and very polite guy who really cares about making sure you have the best time possible, he really goes out of his way to help in whatever way he can. So a big thank you Rudy, you really made this trip the best ever! A++
Marie D.Oct 2015
Because we came in the off season we had the whole place to ourselves. We have never seen such a different and beautiful building. Everything was top notch. Rudy and Montsy were fabulous hosts. They were always available for questions and suggestions as to where to eat and what activities there were to do. We absolutely loved this place and would stay there again in a heartbeat. We spent hours in the pool and got to watch the manatees play in the lagoon while we lounged.
Sandra S.Sep 2015
All of the rooms are lovely and clean. The saltwater pool is a great place to relax and watch the sunset. The location is excellent. Close to everything without being right in the middle of the action. Rudy is a great host and very helpful. Reserving with Vacasa was super quick and easy. I definitely recommend Swan Villas.
Steven M.Apr 2015
wonderful integrated accomodation. loved the at once retro and modern styling
of the villas. thoughtful things like
music systems and flashlights were much appreciated
Coral T.Mar 2015
The owner is amazing a full of great energy, you can run, bike, boat every morning or just relax by the pool, this place is just getting started and is already amazing!
We are so glad that you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the great combination of fun outdoor activities and opportunities to relax! We hope you can come visit again sometime!