Diving, snorkeling and fishing – indeed these are all incredible experiences that come to mind when you think of Belize. But there is an abundance of so much more to see and do in this tiny country. Crawl through the Maya underworlds, harvest cocoa and make chocolate with indigenous farmers or learn to beat a drum with the Garinagu. The Ellysian believes in curating travel that evoke life-altering experiences. Those that are different, that are eye-opening and that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Here are just 3 alternative experiences curated by The Ellysian…combine them with a stay for your dream Belize getaway.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Chocolate Making
Did you know Belize boasts the world’s first Jaguar Reserve? This sanctuary is home to all five of Belize’s cats: Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Jaguarundi, and Ocelot. On this wild tour, your guide will then take through the sanctuary, spotting more than just wildlife. You’ll also see stunning vistas and lots of tropical flora and fauna. And after your hike, tube down the river before your final dip in a waterfall.
Following, the tour you’d have surely worked up an appetite. So head to a traditional Maya cacao plantation and factory. Here, you’ll learn about the full process of chocolate making from seed to bar.
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Island Hopping & Manatee Spotting
This is a different type of island hopping. The Placencia lagoon is home to an abundance of marine wildlife. This includes these manatees. Actually, these gentle giants are one of the national animals of Belize and are a delight to simply watch. This short tour meanders through the lagoon spotting these marvelous creatures along with an abundance of wildlife.
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Mayan Ruins and Inland Blue Hole
No doubt you’ve heard of this Blue Hole when you’ve looked up Belize. But did you know there is actually an inland Blue Hole too? This alternative tour shows you the lesser known jungle-version of the Blue Hole – St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Surrounded by the rainforest and jungle trails, underground cave systems merge to form this magnificent sink hole. Also, this tour gives you a great history lesson into Belize and its Mayan heritage, taking you to one of the surrounding Mayan sites.
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More about The Ellysian
A stay here evokes peace, luxury, life-altering experiences and heavenly dreams.
This luxury boutique bolthole is located inside Placencia Village. Indeed, the resort is one of the few Gold Standard Recognized Hotels in Placencia. In line with its tagline, modern chic meets local charm; the intimate beachfront property features only 13 rooms. Each celebrates the feminine spirits and offers the mesmerizing calmness surrounded by unfettered elegance. Choose from a beachfront studio, a 1-bed beach suite or the exclusive penthouse. All feature deluxe cotton linens, oversized bathrooms and all the modern comforts needed to truly relax.
At The Ellysian, you can choose to do everything or nothing at all. Complimentary beach toys allow you to fully take advantage of the special location, steps away from the Caribbean Sea. Yoga, beach massages and champagne hour can also be arranged. The on-site restaurant, Muna Restaurant & Bar, offers all day-dining and features the very best of Belize cuisine. And the pool bar, The Trap, may do exactly that. Spend your days jumping from pool to bar with specially shaken local cocktails and snacks! Certainly, the hotel offers everything you need for the most enchanting Belize getaway.