based on 84 reviews
Jason C
Days in Paradise!

Don't miss this booking, the Villa Rising Sun Team will take great care of you and the space is everything you could possibly want in a beach house! From time of booking to the end of your stay (and beyond!) you are in good hands here. Definitely take advantage of their available services, we were very happy we chose to have Shelly cook for us 2 nights, spend a day out on the Cook your own Catch (which accommodated us for some snorkeling time, both of which were fun and AMAZING!), and our night with the drummers! From age 7 to 65 our group of 6 were very comfortable and there were no boring moments during our 4 night stay

Thanks so much Jason and we have already heard from your referral. You guys are the best and we loved having you all with us. Please come back soon and tell everyone we said hello :)

replied by the owner (1/7/2022 1:04:59 AM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 1/2022

Bride S (Juno Alaska)
Perfection in paradise

From booking until after we left, the amazing folks from Villa Rising Sun took care of us. Hands down the most connected, caring and considerate hosts I’ve run across. They’ve developed a VIP page that gives incredible, easily digestible info about the property, transportation, activities, and a whole array of other entertainment options. While there we dove, kayaked, biked, snorkeled, had wonderful meals, luxurious on site massages, and enjoyed every sunrise. We loved our first night out listening and dancing to Garifuna music at the local pizza joint. And eating at Maxim’s was everyone’s favorites. Who knew chicken could taste that good? Villa Rising Sun even arranged for the local yoga instructor to teach a great class outside of her normal schedule to accommodate us. The house itself was perfect for our group. Loved having indoor and outdoor dining options (with a well-equipped kitchen), our own palapa bar, and very comfortable AC and fans. Highly recommend laying down the blue pad in the dock net, listening to rolling waves and birdsong while watching the stars give way to the morning light. And do yourself a favor- order some stormcloud. Thanks Team Villa Rising Sun for helping create a perfect vacation! Already looking forward to our return.

Bride, thank you so much for staying with us and for the wonderful review. People like you are what makes this the best job in the world, seriously. Your group was just amazing and we really enjoyed being in on the surprise with the guys. What fun. Please come back, we miss you all and there is so much more to see and do and we would love to share that with you.

replied by the owner (1/11/2022 6:18:41 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 1/2022

Darren and Amy (United States)
Above & Beyond

Villa Rising Sun did not disappoint. The property is as beautiful as the photos depict. The Villa is clean, spacious, and you will find all the amenities you could possibly need. Mark, Sabrina, and Dean are there to ensure you have everything you need and can help facilitate any of your adventures. We had a little hiccup in our trip and they came to our rescue! If your looking for a private and beautiful place to unwind, look no further!

Thank you Darren and Amy. We truly enjoyed having you and hope you can come back again when we can spend more time together. Thank you for the kind review.

replied by the owner (1/21/2022 8:38:39 PM)

Family with older children  |  stayed in 1/2022

Amanda H (US)
Highly Recommend!

Beautiful place and amazing and accommodating hosts! Can't recommend this place enough!

Thank you so much Amanda. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and we enjoyed having you. Everyone from here says hello and please come back!

replied by the owner (1/7/2022 1:03:28 AM)

Group  |  stayed in 12/2021

Chad W (Utah)
What a gem

We are so lucky to have found this little slice of paradise in Hopkins Village. This was a last minute booking for us but we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Mark, Sabrina and Dean were extremely helpful with planning our stay. Dean suggested excursion options and dinner reservations. We highly recommend this complimentary service because it’s emailed to you weeks before you arrive and laid out in a day by day itinerary. We have 2 teenagers and our excursions consisted of 2 in the jungle and 2 on the sea. We thoroughly enjoyed them all! We can’t say enough good things about the village of Hopkins and the people. Everyone was so welcoming and we loved their laid back culture. The Villa is well stocked and easily accommodated our family of 4. There is an awesome private Tiki bar right outside the back door but we loved the dock even more. From fishing to swimming and amazing sun rises the dock was a huge hit for our family. Even though a little nervous about the 2.5 hour drive, we rented a truck from Crystal Car Rental and it was the right decision. It was an easy and scenic drive. Make sure you stop at Hibiscus Fast Food in Cayo to and from the airport for the best burrito you’ll ever eat.

Hello Chad and thank you all so much for coming to Hopkins Belize and staying with us. We absolutely loved having you and hope you will come again. We are thrilled you guys had such a great time and got to get away and enjoy yourselves. Hope to see you again next year!

replied by the owner (1/15/2022 7:56:28 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 12/2021

Brenda Petram (California)
Like our own little resort!

From the warm welcome to the amenities, these hosts win hands down. The house is beautiful and immaculate and they thought of everything from coloring books and laser tag game to a fully equipped kitchen to the welcome basket of goodies. Mark and Dean were always nearby if we needed anything. but never crowded us and let us feel that the place was ours. The beach front bar and dock were so awesome. We all enjoyed taking turns as bartenders and listening to music while relaxing on the provided lounge chairs or hammock. We honestly loved our stay and would highly recommend Villa Rising Sun to anyone wanting a comfortable and fun stay in Hopkins.

Hello Brenda and thank you for taking your time to review us. We really do appreciate it. You guys, owning property down here, certainly made it very easy. And it's terrific to finally meet you guys. We all hope you will come stay with again in the future :)

replied by the owner (11/21/2021 5:32:53 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 11/2021

Melessa D. (USA)
Beautiful villa in Paradise

We were greeted on arrival by friendly staff who took appropriate health measures due to Covid. They were so helpful throughout our trip. Always willing to help and offer suggestions. The property is beyond beautiful and better than expected! The house was immaculate, the tiki bar became a favorite place to hang out with all the right amenities! The ocean is right out the back door with beautiful sandy bottom for wading and snorkeling. The village of Hopkins was close and convenient and all of the locals were friendly and welcoming. Can’t wait to go back!!

Thank you Melessa for staying with us and such a wonderful review. We could not be happier that you guys had a great time and we had a great time having you here. We can't wait for you all to return soon!

replied by the owner (10/14/2021 9:05:53 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 10/2021

Katy K (NY, USA)
Standing ovation!

I try hard not to give properties a 5 star review -- knowing that I need to save the 5 stars for the truly exceptional places. But Villa Rising Sun has earned it. The property itself is as beautiful and amazing as it looks on line -- and then some. As beautiful and well-appointed as the house is, the beach bar in the back of the house is where we were happiest spending our time -- a well-equipped bar with a great sound system and spectacular beach view. But what made Villa Rising Sun truly worthy of a 5-star review, is the efforts that the homeowners (Mark and Sabrina, who live upstairs) and the property manager (Dean -- next door) went to to ensure that we had the vacation we wanted. I requested assistance arranging a surprise birthday dinner for my husband with a GariFUNa drummer and punta dancer. THEY CRUSHED IT and then some. Mark perfectly teed up the surprise arrival of the drummers and dancers and it turned into a spectacular party. But then again, we found that a party is likely to break out if Mark is present. Unforgettable birthday celebration with them letting us join in with the drumming and dancing and helped with the punta dancing skills --leaving my husband with sore hips for days from his efforts to get the butt-wiggle right. We also signed up for the Cook and Catch fishing trip. which was a lot of fun. We were unable to get to the island where the cooking was to take place but, no problem -- Mark invited them to cook the fish at Villa Rising Sun. The food (cooked by Medal, our fishing guide) reflected his extensive culinary experience and would have been at home on any plate in the finest restaurants around. Yuri (our Russian boat captain) and Blain (who we kept busy supplying us with drinks on the boat) joined us. Mark showed up and another party broke out with Sabrina and Dean joining us. It was raining rum and Beliken and vodka and we had lots of laughs while getting to know some wonderful people. Our golf cart ran out of gas on our way to breakfast but fortunately they had provided us with a phone to contact them with any issues. Dean arrived with a gas can within minutes. We owe Hopkins an apology. We had not been to Hopkins before and wanted to spend a few days checking it out. We had so much fun at Villa Rising Sun that we sort of neglected Hopkins. We intend to make up for that on our next trip to Belize, and we certainly intend to stay at Villa Rising Sun again.

Katy, thank you so much for the terrific review. If we could review guests you three would be five star all the way. We really all hit it off and had so much fun with you guys. We will certainly be keeping in touch with one another and can't wait for you to come back. Tell the guys we send our love! Mark & Sabrina, Dean, Shelly, Juana (your crew)

replied by the owner (10/31/2021 7:41:43 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 10/2021

Elizabeth (States)
Round 2 at Villa Rising Sun

This was our second stay at VRS!! Which means we loved it so much we came back!! The owner/operators are FANTASTIC!! The home is super clean, well maintained, fully stocked and 100% secure! Walk outside to the Tiki Bar for morning coffee or down the dock to see the sun rise. Absolutely breathtaking! This rental unit has a fully staffed team that will ensure your excursions are booked, coordinate with transport to and from airport, stock the must haves prior to arrival and so much more!

Thank you Elizabeth and we look forward to round three with your lovely family :)

replied by the owner (11/15/2021 8:24:22 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 10/2021


I cannot express in words how wonderful our stay at Villa Rising Sun was from beginning to end! The staff met us with amazing gracious attitudes and all of the appropriate measures for Covid protocol. The house and amenities were more than expected and the views were breathtaking! The house is situated in one of the most convenient areas of Hopkins and is close to everything. The ocean is right outside your door with beautiful swept beaches and well maintained dock and tiki bar. We took advantage of the personal shopping, private chef nights and the Garifuna drummers and every experience was beyond expectations. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful and we can’t wait to return to this wonderful piece of paradise!

We can't wait to have you all back. It was terrific to meet everyone and so glad you had an awesome time.

replied by the owner (11/15/2021 8:27:41 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 10/2021

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