Condé Nast Traveler - Cover and Hot List Winner 2018
"Gladden feels like an exclusive oasis, and it is, thanks to the privacy the location allows". Read the full Review on Cntraveler.com
The island was amazing with amazing hosts. Peter, Colleen, Al, and Tiffany do an awesome job at making sure you have a memorable experience. Their knowledge of the area and variety of experiences that you have the ability to experience make this place one of a kind: Scuba, snorkeling, sailing, massage, fishing. You must try this island. It is the bar for what an island experience should be.
Mike H | January 10, 2018
Luxury facility, cared for by a fabulous world-class staff of four, surrounded by beautiful deep blue waters of the Caribbean. Seriously, paradise!
My family visited Gladden having sailed with Peter and Colleen a few years ago in the BVIs. We didn’t think our yacht charter with Peter and Colleen could be topped, but we were wrong. Our seven days with Peter, Colleen and the adorable couple, Al and Tiffany, was heaven. We experienced Colleen’s culinary masterpieces on the yacht charter, and had the pleasure of enjoying her edible delights three times daily served under a breezy canopy on Gladden. Peter can do anything: captain, scuba master, fishing captain, facility mechanic, storyteller, and cook (under the careful eye of Colleen), all with warmth and charm. Tiffany provided excellent massages anytime of day, as well as facials with natural local products. Al, with his perpetual smile, was present anytime to help with water toys, facilities, or delicious craft cocktails. The fabulous foursome seems to anticipate your needs before asked. They bend over backwards to make sure guests’ needs are met; the house and veranda pool stay spotless, and provisions are always stocked. Colleen’s homemade cookies were replenished daily.
The privacy of this island can’t be overemphasized. The island’s location is far away from everything and everyone. Not to worry if you need a dose of humanity, there is a large boat on the island and Peter knows many hot spots to visit. The staff is present as much or as little as you wish.
With the exception of scuba diving trips, our family chose to stay on Gladden. After relaxing among loungers on the beach, by the pool, or under the dining canopy, we only had to walk steps to snorkel among a lovely reef (of course all masks and fins were provided). We enjoyed three days of diving with Peter, master diver, along the world’s second largest reef. After diving, we visited King Lewey’s island, a quirky fun little place with Disneyesque statues of pirates and birds. King Lewey himself greeted us donning his crown and cape. We initially planned to visit other islands and take a land excursion, but after spending only one day on Gladden, we chose to stay on Gladden paradise. We enjoyed Belizean nature all around the island: osprey nest with babies, juvenile fish among the Mangrove trees, and tropical birds chirping in the trees.
We highly recommend experiencing Gladden Private Island for luxury facilities, spectacular sunrise and sunset views, and a loving attentive staff.
Sharon Ralston | North Carolina, USA | January 2018
10-star staff, excellent accommodations - property has all amenities on site !!
I can't emphasize the quality of the staff enough, they made it a 10-star experience - charming, funny, excellent chefs, and easy-going!! I was surprised to discover the property came with all amenities included, as we were expecting additional fees to charter a boat, but upon arrival, discovered the property has its own center console and flat bottom boats for easy transfers to snorkeling or scuba sites, and to bar hop (King Lewey's was our favorite)! We had our golden doodle with us for the trip, the staff was great with him, and all of the island stops were pet friendly. Gladden lives up to their promise of an exclusive and unforgettable experience!! We highly recommend the property and request Peter, Colleen, Al & Tiffany - you won't be disappointed!
Connor B | March 2018
Over the course of nine days we experienced nothing but excellence
In a world full of hyperbole, Gladden manages to exceed its own stated very high standards. Over the course of nine days we experienced nothing but excellence. The lodging, the food the service and maybe most of all the privacy afforded us made for a perfect vacation. Both of us have travelled the world, stayed in the best hotels and eaten the finest food and drink the world has to offer. In the face of that experience Gladden exceeded them all. Every whim was catered to, every meal met our demands, we had complete privacy. We had almost daily massages, a facial or two, a yoga lesson, classical guitar at supper, meals when and where we wanted both on the private island and elsewhere. I simply can't imagine a better vacation or better staff. I must place emphasis on the fact that when the good folks at gladden they all inclusive, it is, period. From the moment we stepped off the aircraft at the airport in Belize city, we paid for nothing. We were met at the Château ["house" just doesn't seem to reflect the building] with a wine fridge filled with our favourite varietals, a fridge full of our requested local beer and real champagne, chocolates, snacks, indeed everything you could [and we did) dream up.
I can't leave my review without comments about the Château. This is the most adaptable building I've ever had the pleasure of residing within. Almost every wall could be removed. There were never-ending options of where to sit, where to eat and where to play. The design was perfect for guests seeking solitude and variety. Want a swinging bed? Go upstairs. Want some shade? Pick a chair downstairs. Want some sun? Move to another chair. Want to snorkel walk 30 m. The kitchen was always stocked, the pool was always clean, special requests like a rose every night on the bed? No problem. I could easily write a book about this place but suffice it to note that it's as close to perfection as you're going to find on this planet in this lifetime. I was quite skeptical that the holiday would be everything that it was made out to be. I could not have been more wrong. From our initial communications with Adam and Chris through to our constant interactions before and during our visit with Colleen and Peter and of course with the on-site support and services of Tiffany and Al this is a well thought out and executed holiday -no small print, no exceptions no excuses. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic myself, if you're considering going here, consider your decision already made. I'm as demanding and cantankerous as any luxury traveler and they exceeded my expectations.
Steven C | March 2018
We absolutely loved our week on Gladden Island. We wish we could have stayed longer!
Things We Liked About Gladden Island: -The weather (not -20 degrees like back home) -The amazing guest house -Remarkable/professional staff -Colleen's fabulous cooking -Peter's humor -Tiffany's manicures/pedicures -Al's fire starting/bonfire -Snorkeling on the reef -Sunshine -Overnight Oats for breakfast -Scuba Diving -Sparkling water -Spotted eagle rays -Catching lobster -Bacon-wrapped chicken/couscous -Curry Shrimp and Rice -Paddle boarding -Barracuda-they can fly across the water! -Alberto's driving the boat safely -Peter's expert scuba knowledge -Artichoke Dip for happy hour -Fresh conch appetizers -Al's special drinks -Sunsets on the water -Dancing on the beach -Seeing the nurse sharks -Brain coral -Visiting other islands -Drinks at King Lewey's -Drinks/snacks at Hatchet Caye -Colleen's homemade bread -Chocolate cake -"Peter's" cookies -Fresh oranges -Coffee at sunrise -Soft beds -Clean rooms -Beautiful views -Gentle breezes -Watching squalls roll in-Thunderstorms at night -More paddle boarding -The master bathtub with ocean view -Sherry's stunning paintings -The hurricane doors -Eggs made to order -Ice cream with strawberries -Pelicans diving -The osprey nest -Hermit crabs -Black bean soup on a rainy day -Folded cloth napkins -Mayan history and land tour -Jenga tower competitions -Belize's lovely climate -Friendly locals -Emilio helping at the airport -Champagne and grilled lobster on New Years Eve -Private island solitude -EVERYTHING!
Terri G | December 2017
The most amazing vacation of my life
The property was from a fairytale . A 2 person small secluded Island with the greatest 4 person staff that you could ever ask for that was at your service on a moment's notice from their own Island less then 100 yards away!!! Just an incredible experience. Thank you Colleen, Peter , Tiffany and Al . You made our stay unforgettable.
Jim W | November 2017
My husband and I visited for 4 nights for our belated honeymoon and I cannot say enough fantastic things about our trip. It was the most amazing experience of our lifetime. The best part was the team that works there – Tiffany, and Al, and Hector. Colleen and Peter are two especially wonderful people and really made the trip special. They are genuine caring people, knowledgeable about what they do, and have a good time doing it! We feel like we made new friends for life! The team took the time to plan a special evening for us, with chef Omar from nearby Placencia and musical guitarist. Even though it was raining outside, we had such a good time and Omar’s food was beyond belief. We thank them both for coming out to the island in such dreary weather…and at night!
The food every day was fantastic. Colleen used only the freshest food and nailed every one of our favorite foods. Peter went snorkeling with us and took some great pictures of what we saw on the trip. The views were amazing, the house was gorgeous. We spent most of our time just gazing at the views around us during the day and up in the sky at the stars at night. Honestly no complaints whatsoever, only accolades for what the team did to make the trip so special and easy going. We hope to be able to come back again and refer some friends or family to visit as well! Thank you for the amazing experience!
Amy A | November 2017