based on 65 reviews
Craig Davis
Highly recommend Villa Rising Sun

We just got back from another stay at Villa Rising, such a great beach experience we visit each year. Beautiful Beach, crystal clear Caribbean waters, private tiki bar and lots of sunshine. Short walk up the beach to bars and restaurants and other destinations in the village. We will be back next year for more of the same Mark and Sabrina are fantastic hosts so accommodating and helpful this trip they arranged to have a local come and cook us diner the night we arrived which was wonderful because after a long day of travel who wants to cook dinner. Anyone who wants awesome laid back beach experience will love Villa Rising Sun. Hopkins is charming fishing village with great local seaside eating establishments, such a good time.

Thank you guys so much for staying with us and the terrific review. We had so much fun with you and can not wait till you get back. Please tell MJ we send our love! Mark & Sabrina, Dean, Jose and Ms. Juana

replied by the owner (6/5/2021 8:25:52 PM)

Not specified  |  stayed in 5/2021

Stephen C (Washington State, US)
Vacation Paradise

Everyone in our family had a great time. The owners and manager treated us like family. A great place to relax and plenty of adventures for everyone.

Thank you Stephen, for staying with us and taking the time to put in a review. We really enjoyed having you all stay at Villa Rising Sun. It was a pleasure having you and we hope you will come back to stay with us again. By the way, Tango and Zoey miss the kids very much lol! Best Regards, Dean, Mark, Sabrina, Jose, Juana, (Tango and Zoey)

replied by the owner (5/17/2021 6:37:42 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 4/2021

Shawna C. (Iowa USA)
Great spot for a fun vacation

Mark, Sabrina and Dean did a fantastic job of helping us with things to do, memorable experiences and great dining. Very friendly and all fun to be around. The Villa was great with a fantastic beach and we enjoyed the outdoor bar almost every night! I would highly recommend Villa Of the Rising Sun to anyone!

Thank you so much for staying with us. You were the perfect guests and we can’t wait to have you back.

replied by the owner (3/12/2021 10:47:26 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 3/2021

Nihara C (USA)
Most amazing vacation rental ever!

If you are thinking of staying here, don't hesitate! Staying at the Villa Rising Sun is like visiting family. Mark and Sabrina (the owners) and Dean (the property manager) will take excellent care of you and make sure you have an absolutely wonderful time. The house itself is pure magic and the property looks exactly like the pictures. You'll be staying in a perfect beachfront villa. Your "backyard" will be a private stretch of beach with your own tiki bar (no joke!), a stunning dock, a hammock, and beach chairs. We pinched ourselves every time we stepped outside. The beach itself continues on far beyond the property--we took long walks on the beach every single day. When we weren't sunning at the beach, we were off on amazing excursions that Dean organized for us--including a snorkeling and fishing trip, a zip-lining and river tubing tour, and a boat ride on a bioluminescent bay. Dean also helped us with restaurant reservations, and connected us with an incredible cook who made dinner for us (and cleaned up) several nights during our stay. And when our golf cart got a flat tire while we were enjoying lunch at Ella's Cool Spot, Dean drove up with a new golf cart for us and took care of the other one. We literally had to do nothing but just relax and enjoy. It was perhaps our best vacation ever. We can't wait to go back.

We so much enjoyed having you, Trin and the kids. You are such a wonderful family and now you have family in Belize. We can’t wait to have you back!

replied by the owner (5/17/2021 6:35:26 PM)

Family with older children  |  stayed in 3/2021

Dave (Wooter)
Easy International Travel

Anyone worried about international travel and the testing requirements needs to know how east Villa Rising Sun made it for us. Six of us came, two got tested when we arrived at the Belize City Airport. The testing took 20 minutes and we were on our way. Villa Rising Sun arranged to have us tested right at the Villa before we returned home to the US. They provided CDC approved testing for $75 and had our printed and electronic results in 30 minutes. Super easy! Our time in Belize is just what we needed to get away from all the craziness and just enjoy ourselves. We went on several tours but the islands and snorkeling were all our favorites. We will definitely be coming back soon!

Thank you for sharing how easy the process was and for coming down to enjoy our little piece of paradise. We very much appreciate it and look very forward to your coming back soon.

replied by the owner (2/4/2021 6:56:54 PM)

Family with older children  |  stayed in 2/2021

Elizabeth H (United States)
100% will be back!

A++ property, owners, managers, etc!! Seriously organized and made our vaca stress free!

Thank you for coming down over the holidays and sharing your family with us. It was wonderful to get to know you and so happy you were able to have such a great time. We are all looking very forward to your returning! Dean and Crew

replied by the owner (1/6/2021 9:38:39 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 1/2021

Scott Family (Montana)
What dreams are made of

Visiting Hopkins for a family wedding, we couldn't have asked for a better location. Mark and Sabrina were amazing hosts; they were always available to answer questions, provide recommendations, or help arrange activities- shout out to Happy Go Lucky Tours. The location is amazing- close enough to restaraunts and town, but with so much privacy. We stayed with our parents and sons (5 and 2). There was plenty of room for everyone, the house is immaculate- thank you Ms. Juanna! We started every morning playing in the sand, and ended the day in the private tiki bar. Truly an unforgettable experience, we can't wait to return!

Hello guys and thank you for the review. We hope you are all doing well and will come back sometime soon.

replied by the owner (6/5/2020 7:42:22 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 3/2020

Anonymous (US)
Everything we expected and more!!

This property is amazing. We traveled with 3 adults and 2 young children (5 and 2) and we had an amazing stay at Villa Rising Sun. The property was immaculately prepared and ready for our arrival. The owners even stocked the refrigerator with the groceries we asked for. The beach was clean and got raked every couple of days so you would wake up to freshly manicured sand. The house was plenty big for the 5 us and had all the amenities you could ask for with kids. (board games, frisbees, soccer balls, etc) The housekeeper came every day and would reset the house. The owners upstairs were there when we needed them, but gave us all the space you would want to enjoy the family time. They helped us book our tours and came thru on every request that we came up with. Even helping track our travel issues and flight cancellations. We were down here for a wedding and the location to the resorts was ideal. My family and I had an amazing time in Belize and can not recommend this property any more highly. I can't wait to visit this property again and see our new friends.

It was such a pleasure for all of us to meet your beautiful family and it was great you all got to enjoy some of the activities Belize has to offer. We certainly hope you will come back for a visit once things get back to normal. Be safe and know you have new friends in Belize!

replied by the owner (1/6/2021 9:41:31 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 3/2020

Joanne Nelson (Wisconsin )
Better belize it

This house is amazing! The hosts Mark and Sabrina are wonderful. Its a little piece of paradise. Definitely recommend. Cant imagine staying anywhere else!

Group  |  stayed in 1/2020

Wolf Patrick (Hopkins Belize)
Such a great place to stay

Four of us girls stayed for 8 nights and it was awesome. The pictures don’t do the place justice. Super clean. Mark and Sabrina are the owners live up stairs- don’t let that be a negative in your thinking to book it, they are the friendliest and most helpful people you will ever meet. There is 6” of concrete between you and no one will hear your noise. They are not intrusive and are like having a concierge on site. We chose to engage with them and thoroughly enjoyed their company, there was so much about the local area and people they were able to tell us about. They hooked us up with Shelly (a local cook) and she made us dinner at the house. We invite her and her assistant Brenda to eat with us and asked Mark and Sabrina to join us and we had the best time ever. Mark knows everybody here and took us for a tour the first day so we could meet the locals and learn where everything was. We took a snorkeling trip to the reef and were picked up right on the dock at the house. The reef is phenomenal’ second largest in the world and you will not find formations this large anywhere. The ocean floor was and entire reef and there were place where I could swim underwater through trenches and the coral walls towered over me. I swear I saw a 2 bedroom apartment sized brain coral too!! We saw a couple of manatees near the dock and also pelicans and frigate birds diving for fish. We had an Agouti and a Coatimundi visit us almost daily At the house to munch on our left over veggies. That was pretty special. You can also meet Tango who is a local celebrity at “Shake-it” and also Mark and Sabrina’s dog. She is so lovable and got me my dog fix every day. They have a kayak and we used it to go around the point where a flock of Pelicans were roosting and they didn’t mind us at all. They crash landed within 15 feet of us. Loved it and Mark Sabrina made even better!!!!

Wolf, You and the gals were wonderful. The perfect guests and we would so much like you guys to come back. Cheers from Sunny Belize ;)

replied by the owner (12/29/2019 10:37:55 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 11/2019

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