max 10 guests      5 bedrooms      4 bathrooms
  • Amenity Attributes
    • baby crib
    • king
    • outdoor shower
    • queen
    • shower
    • toilet
  • Attractions Attributes
    • caves
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • festivals
    • rain forests
    • reefs
    • restaurants
    • ruins
    • zoo
  • Dining_checkbox Attributes
    • Child's Highchair
    • Dining
  • Entertainment Attributes
    • Books
    • Games
    • Satellite / Cable
    • Stereo
    • Television
    • Toys
    • Video Library
    • Cable TV
    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Stereo System
    • Games
  • General Attributes
    • Air Conditioning
    • Clothes Dryer
    • Hair Dryer
    • Internet
    • Iron & Board
    • Linens Provided
    • Living Room
    • Parking
    • Telephone
    • Towels Provided
    • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen Attributes
    • Coffee Maker
    • Dishes & Utensils
    • Dishwasher
    • Kitchen
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Pantry Items
    • Refrigerator
    • Stove
    • Toaster
    • Full Kitchen
    • Kitchenette
    • Refrigerator
    • Coffee Maker
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Cookware
  • Leisure_activities Attributes
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • gambling casinos
    • photography
    • walking
  • Local_services_and_businesses Attributes
    • ATM/bank
    • groceries
    • massage therapist
    • medical services
  • Location_type Attributes
    • Beach View
    • Beachfront
    • Near The Ocean
    • Ocean View
    • Oceanfront
    • Water View
    • Waterfront
  • Outside Attributes
    • Balcony
    • Bicycles
    • Deck / Patio
    • Kayak / Canoe
    • Lawn / Garden
    • Outdoor Grill
    • Water Sports Gear
  • Pool_spa Attributes
    • Private Pool
  • Sports_and_adventure_activities Attributes
    • deepsea fishing
    • fishing
    • fly fishing
    • pier fishing
    • sailing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • snorkeling
    • swimming
    • water tubing
  • Suitability Attributes
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only
    • pets not allowed
  • Suitability_chkbox Attributes
    • Events Allowed
    • Long-term Renters Welcome
    • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
    • Weddings
  • Arrival_day Attributes
    • flexible
  • Breakfast_meal_type Attributes
    • Booking Possible
  • Catering_options Attributes
    • Catering available
    • Guests provide their own meals
  • Dining Attributes
    • Dining Area
    • Dining Room
  • Dinner_meal_type Attributes
    • Booking Possible
  • House_cleaning Attributes
    • Housekeeper Optional
  • Lunch_meal_type Attributes
    • Booking Possible
  • Onsite_services Attributes
    • Concierge
    • Massage
    • Private Chef
    • Staff
  • Theme Attributes
    • Adventure
    • Away From It All
    • Family
    • Sports & Activities
    • Tourist Attractions
  • Safety Attributes
    • Outdoor lighting
    • Smoke detectors
    • Carbon monoxide detector
    • Fire extinguisher
    • First aid kit
    • Emergency exit route
    • Emergency phone number: Medical
    • Emergency phone number: Police
    • Emergency phone number: Fire
  • Health and safety Attributes
    • Enhanced cleaning practices
    • Clean with disinfectant
    • No-contact check-in and check-out
    • High touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant
    • Towels and bedding washed in water that's at least 60sC/140sF
    • 1 day (24 hours)
    • SafeHome (VRMA & VRHP)
    • Enhanced cleaning practices
    • Clean with disinfectant
    • Minimum time between stays
  • Living Attributes
    • Air Conditioning
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Linens
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Ironing Board
    • High Speed Internet
  • Business Attributes
    • Nearby ATM
    • Nearby Post Office
    • Nearby Internet Cafe
    • Nearby FedEx
    • Nearby Bank
    • CrossFit
  • Outdoor Attributes
    • Deck
    • Patio
    • Balcony
    • BBQ Grill
    • Outdoor Shower
    • Private Pool
    • Beach
  • Geographic Attributes
    • On Beach



Payment Methods
Most major credit cards - Cash

Payment Balance
Balance and schedule of payments can be discussed the property manager or will be detailed under policies tab.

Booking Cancellation Conditions
Cancellation policies can be discussed with the property manager or will be detailed under policies tab.

Security or Damage Deposit
A refundable security/damage deposit will be required by the property manager.


Nightly rates shown do not include taxes, conditional rate adjustments or any applicable fees - request property or use rate calculator to obtain an accurate quote.



Rate Period Nightly
May 1 to Dec 16 Min Stay 3 nights 649 USD


Rate Period Nightly
Jan 4 to Apr 30 Min Stay 4 nights 749 USD
May 1 to Dec 16 Min Stay 3 nights 649 USD



Rate Period Weekly
May 1 to Dec 16 Min Stay 7 nights 4,543 USD
Dec 17, 2023 to Jan 3, 2024 Min Stay 7 nights 6,573 USD


Rate Period Weekly
Jan 4 to Apr 30 Min Stay 7 nights 5,243 USD
May 1 to Dec 16 Min Stay 7 nights 4,543 USD

Long Term Stays


Rate Period # Nights Long Term Stays
May 1 to Dec 16 Min Stay 30 nights 30 19,470 USD


Rate Period # Nights Long Term Stays
Jan 4 to Apr 30 Min Stay 30 nights 30 22,470 USD
May 1 to Dec 16 Min Stay 30 nights 30 19,470 USD

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The following review(s) were provided by the property manager.

Girls Getaway @ Gran Castillo !!!! Girls trip 2023! We had a great time. The views are spectacular. William & Marvin were great! If you book this rental you will not be disappointed! Say Hi to Choppo~ Response from Sunrise Property Management; Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Thank you for choosing to stay at our property for your girls' trip in 2023. We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time and that you found the views to be spectacular. We're glad to hear that William and Marvin were great - we're proud to have them on our team. We're delighted to hear that you would recommend our rental to others, and that you're confident that they will not be disappointed. It's always great to hear positive feedback from our guests. We will definitely say hi to Choppo for you! Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back for another great stay soon!
- Kimberly H.
Reviewed On: 3/29/2023
Ambergris Caye gem El Gran Castillo was a fantastic home for our group of 9. The layout was perfect for all of us to meet together but also gave us plenty of privacy for each of our families when desired. Can't begin to say enough wonderful things about William and Marvin, the caretakers - both were so nice and helpful. Simon, at Sunrise Management was awesome as well. He really helped us negotiate our comings and goings and quickly responded to all my questions. Loved being right there on the water where we could paddle out to the reef and snorkel on our own. Our group of both kids and adults had a fabulous time there. Response from Sunrise Property Management; Sunday, March 12, 2023 It was an pleasure to read your review of El Gran Castillo Janet! I'm so glad to hear that you had a fantastic time during your stay and that everything met your expectations. I'm delighted to know that I was able to help you negotiate your comings and goings and answer any questions you had during your stay. I'm always here to make sure that our guests have the best possible experience, so it's great to know that I was able to assist you in any way I could. I'm also happy to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful location of the home right on the water. I loved seeing your snorkeling, kayaking and mainland adventures on YouTube. It's great to know that both the kids and adults in your group had a fabulous time during your stay. Thank you for choosing El Gran Castillo for your vacation and for taking the time to share your experience. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future!
- Janet P.
Reviewed On: 3/3/2023
Incredible house, amazing service, 5 stars! We had 8 adults here on a birthday vacation. There were so many extras booked from so many different people and they were all handled beautifully. The house is immaculate and has incredible views. It was amazing to have the house manager William on site for anything we needed, he truly goes above and beyond; just a gem. The two balconies provide amazing views. Each floor has a kitchen including the studio space. Next door is a full service bar that serves good and breakfast. Kayaks and bikes to use. Also I recommend you have the spa services come out and do a massage on the pier, truly amazing. Have your coffee and watch the sting rays jump from the water or just have the local pups nuzzle your toes. Honestly would stay here again in a heartbeat. Response from Sunrise Property Management; Monday, May 16, 2022 Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us Maribel, and for your wonderful review. We would love to have you stay with us again,
- Maribel M.
Reviewed On: 4/20/2022
Absolutely Amazing This property exceeded our expectations in many ways. Stunningly beautiful views. Exceptional accommodations with countless amenities. Beautifully maintained inside and out. The interior design of the house fit the needs of our 9-person party (3 generations) perfectly. The exterior design of the house is striking while at the same time subtle so it does not disrupt the beautiful natural surroundings. The location is great - we had everything we needed onsite, but for the occasions we wanted to venture beyond the property it is fun and convenient to take the golf cart to restaurants, attractions and downtown. The on-site team, William and Marvin, are great. Lovely warm personalities and fantastic hosts who helped provide a very comfortable stay and helped create many very special moments throughout our stay. Simon and the rest of the team with Sunrise Property Management is the most thorough, professional, knowledgeable and service-oriented group we have ever worked with over many years of rental stays. Excellent communication and so proactive to prepare us for our international travel and plans for our visit well before arrival, and ready to help with anything (excursions, transportation) throughout our entire trip. This property deserves more than 5 stars. We give it ALL the stars!!! Response from Sunrise Property Management; Monday, June 13, 2022 Thank you so much for all of your kind words Grainne, it was such a pleasure hosting your family and we hope that you'll all be able to join us again the future.
Reviewed On: 6/6/2022
Awesome getaway !! Everything was great. William was on top of everything. The man can cook too !!! Response from Sunrise Property Management; Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Thanks so much for staying with us John, we're thrilled to hear that you had such a good time. We hope to see you back again in the future!
- John P.
Reviewed On: 12/27/2022
Paradise Great space, awesome beach and best caretakers ever. Response from Sunrise Property Management; Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Thank you for staying with us Stephanie, it was our pleasure and it's great to hear that you had such a good time at the villa.
- Stephanie B.
Reviewed On: 12/19/2022
Wonderful stay/Wonderful staff We had such a wonderful family vacation staying in this beautiful house. It was immaculate and well maintained. The staff was simply the best. Simon made booking our stay and excursions a breeze (they picked us up right off the dock for our mainland excursion). William and Marvin were attentive and helped with everything we needed. William was able to get us fresh lobster (thankfully it was lobster season, and it was sooo good!) and fresh fish the week we stayed. He even helped get us to a clinic when one of our teenage boys fell on his wrist (all was okay!). They really went above and beyond and we could not have been more pleased or impressed. We had a great time fishing and snorkeling right off the docks, and kayaking around too. We saw lots of fish, and even a ray and nurse shark. Very cool! The beach area and hammocks were amazing. The rooftop pool was refreshing and a great place to hang out too, and the star gazing was phenomenal! Overall, we enjoyed our stay so such and I would recommend most highly! Response from Sunrise Property Management; Monday, August 9, 2021 Thank you so much for your very informative review Amy. It was a pleasure hosting you and we truly hope that you'll be able to join us again in the future.
- Amy G.
Reviewed On: 7/22/2021
Amazing stay I really want to thank Sunrise Property Management and especially William and Marvin for making our already amazing stay in Belize even better. William and Marvin were amazing always there for any needs the property was clean and ready for our group with everything we needed. William went over and above helping us with tickets for the ferry, as well as many suggestions for great food and activities. The guys put on a great coconut display and treated us to an amazing crab race. If you stay in Belize you gotta stay here! Response from Sunrise Property Management; Thursday, April 14, 2022 It was truly our pleasure to host your stay at El Gran Castillo de Arena. It is such a great place and William and Marvin do such a fantastic job of taking care of our guests. We hope to see you back in Belize one day!
- Aron S.
Reviewed On: 4/11/2022
Paradise on Ambergris Caye El Gran Castillo de Arena is amazing! The home is beautiful, well equipped for all of your needs, and extremely clean. The reservation staff and caretakers, William and Marvin, are awesome! They made our trip so special, were always there to assist us, and made sure we had the best time possible on our trip. I can't wait to return! Response from Sunrise Property Management; Friday, December 3, 2021 Thanks so much for choosing to stay with us Beth, it was a pleasure having you stay with us and we can't wait for you to return!
- Bethany M.
Reviewed On: 11/30/2021
Fantastic Family Retreat I would recommend this property to anyone heading to Belize! Our family loved our stay and appreciated all of the coordination provided by the property management group. Everything about our stay was top notch. From William and Marvin ensuring everything was perfect for us each day to Simon and the management group setting up our on-site spa day (highly recommend). The floor plan is set up perfectly for families traveling together. Each living quarter has its own kitchen and living area for some individual down time. Had a blast and can’t wait to get back! Response from Sunrise Property Management; Wednesday, March 23, 2022 We're thrilled to hear that the villa met all of your needs and that we were able to provide the services to help make your vacation a great success. We can't wait to have you stay with us again!
- Jacob H.
Reviewed On: 3/20/2022

Listing History

  • This property owner/manager has been registered with Owner Direct since Sep 29, 2020.
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  • The availability for this property was last updated on Jun 06, 2023
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Beachfront. Close to Secret Beach. Kayaks. Bikes. Pool. Paddleboards. 5BDR

ID 261621 - 5 beds (4 king and 1 queen). Base rent is for 10 occupants.
San Pedro Town Accommodations
5 bedroom villa, sleeps 10 in 3 suites. Perfect for family groups.. GOLD STANDARD CERTIFIED!

El Gran Castillo de Arena, the "Great Sandcastle", with its thoughtful design, beautiful décor, location, and overall commitment to excellence, is regarded as one of Belize's finest beachfront villas.

This private home is located just 4.5 miles north of San Pedro Town in the sought-after Mata Grande area, the closest location on Ambergris Caye to the fun and famous Secret Beach. With its 3 separate living areas within the home, it is perfect for your multi-family vacation with large areas to gather and private spaces to unwind and relax as well. We know these days you may have to work as well so we have 60Mb Fiber.

It has been said by past guests that our best feature, hands down, is our caretaker, William. He and his loyal and friendly dogs, Tonester and Lady, live behind the house on the property. He is here to assist you with anything you need. Marvin is William's assistant; he takes great pride in keeping the grounds and beach looking immaculate!

The 'Sunset Tower' is the third-floor patio with a 360-degree view of paradise. Rejuvenate your body after soaking up the Caribbean sun with a refreshing plunge in the 4' deep dip pool. The patio furniture and tables, along with the shaded pergola, offer a fantastic spot for dining while viewing the beautiful turquoise Caribbean waters or breathtaking sunsets.

The upstairs master suite features a spacious air-conditioned great room with soaring ceilings. It is tastefully decorated with an earthy Mayan theme in rich jewel tones with comfortable rattan furniture and locally carved mahogany tables. The beautifully designed, fully-equipped kitchen has a dining and breakfast bar area that seats up to 10. There is plenty of room for the whole gang to gather. The master bedroom with a king bed has an en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has a king bed that can be converted into two twins for versatility. There is also a second full bathroom in the upstairs unit.

The downstairs suite features a fully equipped kitchen, a living area, two bedrooms featuring split kings for vesatiloity and a bathroom. The dining table, along with the breakfast bar, provides seating for seven.

The hideaway suite connected to the south side of the house features lofty ceilings, a living/dining area, kitchenette, a large bedroom with a queen bed, and a full bath.

All towels, linens, iron/ironing board, and a hairdryer are provided for your convenience. A washer/dryer is also available for use with a 7-night stay or longer.

Enjoy direct access to the beach right out the door. Across the white sandy beach lies your private pier with a thatched palapa and swim deck. The dock is perfect for snorkeling, sunbathing, or trying your luck at reeling in your fish dinner.

On the beach is your own private thatch-roof palapa to keep you cool and shaded while sipping your favorite libation at the "Carpe Diem" bar. A warm-water shower to rinse off after your day's excursions is conveniently located right outside your front door. Situated in the tropically landscaped backyard is a BBQ grill to cook that fresh catch of the day.

Included are bicycles, kayaks, snorkel gear, beach games, beach toys, baby needs and much more.

Whether you want to hire a golf cart, plan a tour, or need recommendations for someone to cook or shop for you, we take pride in our fantastic service and will arrange your transportation to and from the villa upon your arrival and departure.

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