High-End Accommodations on the Coast of Belize
The Ellysian offers modern, luxurious accommodations in the heart of some of the world’s most productive permit flats. Situated on the edge of Belize’s Placencia Peninsula, Ellysian guests can easily access Placencia’s chain of cayes and flats that are host to large numbers of permit and bonefish. This beachfront paradise not only has access to some of Belize’s most productive permit flats but plenty of activities for the non-angler as well, from beautiful sandy beaches with outstanding swimming and snorkeling to complimentary bikes to explore the nearby town of Placencia. Tours of the areas nearby Mayan ruins and the beautiful jungle surroundings of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary can be arranged in addition to fishing adventures. The Ellysian’s plush accommodations combined with world-class permit fishing make it the ideal destination for anglers, couples, and families alike.
The Ellysian offers several different types of rooms. Beachfront Studio rooms on the first and second floors offer premier views out of an open, spacious layout. The bedroom and bathrooms offer generous square footage in addition to a veranda style porch with chairs.
The One Bedroom Beach Suites offer plenty of room for small families with a large bedroom and living area with a pullout sofa bed. Each of these suites offers views of the garden in the front of the property with rooms on the second and third floors offering views of the Placencia and mountains to the west of the Village.
The Exclusive Penthouse on the third floor provides the best views in the Ellysian and handpicked interior design by the First Lady of Belize. The Penthouse does include three bedrooms, one master bedroom with a large, connected bathroom. The two additional bedrooms with King size beds share a bathroom.
Food and Beverages
The Ellysian offers guests the opportunity to visit different local restaurants in Placencia for each meal. The property is located in the heart of Placencia while retaining a private feel for the hotel, rooms, and pool. There is a terrific breakfast restaurant next door, De Tatch, that offers quick, local, basic breakfast options. All restaurants in town are within walking distance, many on the Placencia Sidewalk, a safe and quaint passageway through town for pedestrian traffic only.
Typical Length of Stay
Packages for any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The Ellysian has a number of complimentary beach bicycles available to guests who would like to explore the area. Furthermore, the best beach swimming in Belize is located in Placencia. Lush white sand beaches and calm, clear waters create great conditions for swimming and snorkeling as well as a host of other water-related adventures. Local tours can be arranged to visit nearby Mayan ruins and the beautiful jungle surroundings of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Monkey River area.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for Ellysian guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, cell phones will usually work at the Hotel and in Placencia.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Aero Mexico, Southwest, Avianca, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into the Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) before 3:00 PM in order to make your necessary domestic connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Placencia, Belize. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Placencia are NOT included in your trip package, but Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange these flights for you in addition to transfers to and from the Ellysian Hotel based on your international arrival and departure schedule. On your departure day, you can book a return international flight at any time, as flights from Placencia back to the International Airport begin as early as 7:00 AM each day of the week. The Ellysian can easily accommodate early flights. For a more leisurely departure, we recommend flights after 12:00PM local time.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.
Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information. https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Placencia is perhaps best known for the large numbers of permit that inhabit the southern area’s huge chain of cayes and flats, most of which are about a 45-minute run from Turtle Inn. Surrounded on all sides by deep, blue water, these healthy sand and turtlegrass flats are home to some of the largest permit found anywhere. Schools of bonefish can be found on some of the cayes for those anglers interested in a diversity of species. A number of the mangrove islands and mainland lagoons also hold good numbers of snook, as well as tarpon ranging in size from 10 to over 80 pounds.
This area of Southern Belize is blessed with a wide range of fishing contexts including extensive saltwater flats, mangrove islands, the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere, and a plenitude of backcountry rivers, lagoons, and lakes. Yellow Dog has booked guides in the Placencia area for years and the guides with whom Yellow Dog works are experienced and professional locals. We will gladly arrange any number of guided fishing days to complement your stay at The Ellysian.
Boats and Equipment
The guides in the Placencia area fish from 23-foot super pangas, boats that are ideal for both poling the flats and running over open water. Most boats have poling platforms and are designed for fly fishing, with spacious casting decks and clean interiors. The Ellysian does not provide or sell gear, equipment or flies, so it is recommended that guests bring all necessary equipment.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
Due to the detailed nature of The Ellysian’s numerous accommodations options and the many activities and add-ons available, all package rates will be customized per guest. Please call Yellow Dog for details and full pricing.
Depending on your reservation, most packages booked thought Yellow Dog include all lodging, all guided fishing with a professional Placencia-area guide, transfers in Placencia, use of bicycles, and all taxes and GSTs.
What’s Not Included:
- International flights to and from Belize City
- Round-trip Tropic Air flights between Belize City and Placencia
- Bar tab at the resort
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Spa services
- Breakfast, Dinner, and Lunch on non-fishing days
- Additional non-angling tours and activities
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.