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Phil Prax and Mae Marsh hail from Alaska and know the joy of a reprieve from winter snow removal and subzero temperatures.  That is why they envisioned and built the Alaska Reprieve.


Phil was born in Minnesota and relocated to Alaska when he was 14 years old.  Phil has traveled the world and first visited Belize in the early ’90s where he fell in love with the land and the people. 

Mae was born in Maryland and lived in Europe and throughout the US, finally settling in Fairbanks.  She first traveled to Belize in 2015 where she fell in love with the small fishing village of Placencia. 


Together, Phil and Mae set out to create a place where guests can enjoy the relaxing vibe and the peace of mind they have found in Placencia.  Due to the couple’s extensive travel, they have a high bar for comfort and amenities.  Every detail of the Alaska Reprieve was developed with your comfort in mind.  Phil and Mae look forward to sharing their reprieve in the hopes you will enjoy it as much as they do!



Placencia is a quaint fishing village in the middle of paradise. Located at the end of a long peninsula, this charming village offers the simplicity of life and living.  With pristine beaches looking out to the Caribbean Sea on one side and a mangrove-lined lagoon on the other, you won’t find big-name hotels or fast-food chains. 


Instead, Placencia offers a tropical vibe that is reminiscent of 1950's Key West with small privately-owned guest facilities, lots of variety of restaurants, great meals, fresh seafood, souvenir shops, coffee shops, and wine bars.  The barrier reef offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing while the flats are well known for bonefish, tarpon, and permit.  There are expeditions to the jungle, The Spice Farm, chocolate or a hot sauce factory, zip-lines, and more.  There is tubing, hiking in the Cockscomb Basin Natural Reserve, and trips to see the Scarlet McCaw.  We like to meander down to fish table around 4:00 pm to see the catch of the day, talk with the locals and ex-pats, and buy fresh fish.  The village motto is “barefoot friendly” and the people are gracious and welcoming.

  • Beach Club pool passes

  • Free high-speed internet

  • Free Wifi access

  • Bicycles

  • Kayaks

  • Floaties

  • Full kitchen

  • Pots, pans, utensils

  • Plates, bowls, flatware  

  • Laundry facilities

  • Free on-site parking

  • World-class fishing, snorkeling, and diving

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