Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014. 7:58 pm CST.
San Ignacio, Belize, Larry Waight Reporting:
Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala and facing the Caribbean Sea lies Belize, a country prized by locals and tourists alike for its beautiful coastlines, tropical jungles and impressive resorts.
These getaways from the hustle of everyday life are the perfect spots to unwind and take in everything this charming country has to offer.
Victoria House Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye
Found on the largest island of Belize, Victoria House is an exclusive resort with only forty-two rooms. Each one is located in a tropical garden setting with views of the reef and surrounding beaches. While not every room has a television, better entertainment can be found with their luxury massage and spa treatment in either your room or in a beach gazebo along the shore.
El Secreto Boutique Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye
This not so secret collection of 13 individual thatched roof houses provides guests with a mixture of the contemporary and traditional room. Each one comes complete with a tandem bathtub, outdoor private Jacuzzi and patio. It also boasts a stunning outdoor restaurant on the beach and spa treatment that can be enjoyed on their moon tower cabana.
Chabil Mar Beach Resort in Placencia
Mayan for “beautiful sea,” Chabil Mar is located in Placencia and is surrounded by the beauty of the Caribbean. Winner of over 7 traveler’s awards, its location with over 400 feet of private beaches features tropical gardens and a private pier. Guest rooms present verandas with tables and chairs as well as 1000 square feet of living space.
Turtle Inn Beach Resort in Placencia
A 25-room seafront location built by the famed Francis Coppola, this refuge is the perfect place to achieve total relaxation. All rooms feature artisan furniture, a luxury bath and a large screened deck. There are two infinity pools on site as well as a kids only gelato bar and spa that uses only local organic ingredients.
Laru Beya Beach Resort in Placencia
Laru Beya is the self-purported place to “do nothing and experience everything.” Each room includes a hammock on the balcony. All accommodations are specially designed to fit individual guest needs from a rooftop Jacuzzi to an en-suite full kitchen. The hotel is full-service and features a miniature golf course, bicycles, kayaks and even a library for those that want to relax inside.
Blue Marlin Beach Resort in South Water Caye
For the couple looking to have a full private island experience, Blue Marlin is the ideal location made up of 4.5 miles of an 18 acre island. Guests are treated to en-suite bathrooms and a variety of lodgings to choose from. Because of its vicinity to the crystal blue waters, the resort treats visitors to diving services where even novices can explore the sea like never before.
Cahal Pech Village Resort in San Ignacio
So named after the hills of the ancient Mayan city the resort is built on, Cahal Pech is one of Belize’s largest with over 40 rooms to relax in. Each room comes with private balconies facing the Belize River Valley. The resort itself features 3 freshwater pools, a fully stocked bar, delicious restaurant and vehicles to take you to some of the best excursions in the country.
Hidden Valley Resort in Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo
Very exclusive with only 12 cottages and located in a private sanctuary in the Mountain Pine Ridge area, Hidden Valley lives up to its name. Couples are treated to lounges with hearths, full mahogany bar rooms and a surrounding 7,200 acres of untamed with wilderness. Dotting the property are jungle platforms used for both rest and yoga.
Amber Sunset Jungle Resort in Cayo
Nestled in the hills of the rain forest overlooking Unitedville, this luxury resort comprises 28 acres of private forests and five treetop tree houses. These high up rooms are built with hardwood floors and a screened lounge area. The resort takes advantage of its surroundings with nature trails, a pool and bar and Lookout Hill.
Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge in Belmopan
Located within over 100,000 acres of wilderness in the Sibun National Forest Reserve, Sleeping Giant is truly a rainforest escape for couples that enjoy nature. Their 13 guest rooms are finished with woods, marble and granite and feature three piece bathrooms. Its most stunning feature is its view from the second floor lounge where you can enjoy a coffee while taking in the sounds of the surrounding forest.
Ka’ana Boutique Resort in San Ignacio
In Western Belize surrounded by the ruins of the ancient Maya lies the intimate Ka’ana Resort. Apart from their spa and five different meal options, the property offers private tours of the surrounding jungle and ruins. Guests can choose from five types of suites that look out over the beauty of the area.
Matachica Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye
Situated along stunningly white private beaches facing the second largest barrier reef in the world lies Matachica and its 26 villas. Each one is private and features patios with hammocks and daily maid service. Fully immerse yourself in relaxation at the Jade Spa with all natural ingredients taken from the local jungle and sea.
Cayo Espanto Private Island Resort
The ultimate in privacy and a 5-star resort, Cayo Espanto is a private island three miles from San Pedro. The island has seven private villas each facing its own beach. The villas come with a personal houseman, private sundeck, three meals a day and water sports equipment. Additional pampering includes cigars, cognacs and professional massage therapists.
Las Terrazas Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye
Spacious with full kitchens and living rooms, guests can choose between six different designs of La Terrazas’ 37 full-sized townhomes. After unpacking, head to the spa to fully unwind with a myriad of services. Follow this up at O Restaurant and a private dinner on their rooftop, around the pool or on the beach.
Portofino Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye
An eclectic mix of 17 beautiful rooms ranging from beach cabanas to suites, Portofino Beach Resort affords every guest with an unadulterated view of the Caribbean. Meals can be served en-suite or enjoyed on a private dock. Their Green Parrot Beach Bar also provides guests a way to unwind right on the beach.
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