One of the biggest advantages of staying in a country with virtually no large hotel chains is that each luxury resort offers something completely bespoke. From having unique amenities like an over-the-lagoon spa or a private plunge pool right outside the bedroom, certain hotels in Belize are definitely worth the splurge. Here are the top 5 to keep in mind when planning a honeymoon, girls’ getaway, or a family trip.
This private island resort continues to win awards as a base for romance and eco-luxury. Located off the coast of Placencia, this seven-acre-long caye has a limited number of guests at any time. With a pristine enviable shoreline – that once a year houses sea turtle hatchlings – Ray Caye lets you enjoy the spoils of a private island with a slew of on-site activities.
You can choose to relax and soak in the pleasure of having an island almost all to yourself or hop on a jet ski and skim the Caribbean Sea. Spend the day paddleboarding off the shore or simply relax at the end of the dock. With Ray Caye only having 20 rooms, the convenience of hosting a wedding, large birthday, or a family getaway is applauded. And if you really feel like splurging, you can either rent half the island or the entire caye.
The newly opened Marriott-owned property made a splash not only in Belize but across the Caribbean before it even opened its doors this summer. The extravagant hotel became the go-to for those seeking ultimate opulence – and they were not disappointed. Holding more than a thousand feet of beachfront access, Alaia Belize is unlike anything Ambergris Caye has seen before.
Its 155-unit complex comes with effervescent pools, multiple lounging areas, and even decadent suites. A night spent at Alaia Belize is an experience, the likes of which you do not need to visit far-flung destinations like the Maldives to witness.
Another private island, Cayo Espanto was one of the first resorts in Belize to hold the title of having the sought-after over-the-water bungalows. Three miles off the coast of Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto is not your average private island retreat. Guests have seven villas to choose from, but the Casa Ventanas holds the key to unlocking lavish memories you couldn’t create anywhere else. A wrap-around dock, glass window installed into the bedroom floor to gaze at marine life swimming beneath your feet, and french doors opening up to the ocean view. Talk about a romantic honeymoon worthy of a splurge.
The peninsula on its own is worth a trip to the town of Placencia, but if you’re looking for a retreat after a day of driving the Hummingbird Highway, check out Naia Resort & Spa. Naia’s rooms with outdoor showers and standalone bathtubs are all worth the hype, but their over-the-lagoon spa is something you can’t miss.
Opt for a facial, massage, body treatment – or all of the above – for a stay to the standards of Bali.
Another Ambergris Caye resort? You bet, but this San Pedro resort truly is deserving of the umpteen awards it rakes in every year. Just this year, Victoria House Resort & Spa was nominated for the Conde Nast Johansens 2022 awards. The reason? Victoria House knows a thing or two when it comes to luxury and excellence.
In fact, they even won the Best Resort for Romance in Central and South America last year! If that’s not enough to convince you, maybe you need to come and enjoy the beachfront villas with their special bespoke touches for yourself.