At Last: Affordable Luxury in San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye

by Larry Waight

For seasoned Belize travelers who have wearied of hearing about “affordable luxury” – but who never quite find it – this news is going to come at just the right time for 2021 winter travelers and those planning sojourns in 2022: Find this rarity at Belize’s top destination: San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye.

The Alaia Belize is a Marriott resort that is so new, even frequent Belize visitors are just learning about it, but this property is fast becoming the island’s most talked-about destination. What makes this new addition to Marriott’s Autograph Collection so unique? A creative mix of modern Caribbean design, lush oceanfront views and a menu of amenities that is unprecedented.

Still baffled by the concept of affordable luxury?

Don’t be. The Alaia Belize fits every criteria found in dictionaries and style books: it’s about demanding a higher quality that is tailored to our desires at costs that are affordable. Quality is never sacrificed, and personal service is superior. Pair these attributes with a property that has been so magically landscaped and groomed, Eden comes to mind. But it’s the little things that impress. Extra touches like complimentary airport transport and exceptional personal service are part of Alaia Belize’s allure.

Choose from varying lodgings that run the gamut from studios to villa-style one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. These spacious digs (ranging in size from 500- to 2,500-square-feet) incorporate the genius of design that blends indoor/outdoor architectural trends. As a result, every accommodation delivers breathtaking views of either the Caribbean Sea or the lush gardens and pool. Interior and exterior materials curated by Mother Nature include the use of reclaimed woods, textured wall coverings, tropical fabrics, and textural stone.

Amenities galore

As part of your Belize vacation, you are likely to want to fill your itinerary with the water sports for which Belize is known. To assist you in getting the gear and help you need, Alaia’s onsite Dive Center staffed by PADI-certified dive instructors, dive masters, and snorkel guides stand ready to serve you. And what premier Belize resort can say that they keep an Adventure Concierge on staff?

These delightful souls stand ready to book your tours, sort out your transport and handle logistics, so whether your cup of tea happens to be the thrills found in cave-tubing, zip-lining, or exploring Belize’s 900+ Maya sites, just say the word and your schedule appears. Alternately, hotel staff is happy to point you to the resort’s pools, including one on the hotel’s rooftop that’s an adult’s-only sanctuary.

Food and beverages fit for royalty

But touring the wonders of Belize isn’t possible without gourmet sustenance that’s found in abundance under Alaia Belize’s roof. Select a new dining venue daily if you wish by choosing from options that include:

-Sea Salt Restaurant for international cuisine where fresh fish is the star of menus
-Vista Rooftop, an adults-only venue offering Asian-inspired eats and an impressive beverage selection
-The Wine Club’s private dining space gives you a front row seat to the resort’s impressive cellar
-The Beach Bar delivers daily surprises from music to world-class pizza just steps from the ocean.

In-suite dining is always an option if you’re in no mood to venture outside your posh accommodations or you’re too exhausted from an exhilarating day of adventure tours to get dressed. This isn’t the entirety of Alaia’s eating venue list. Visit the website to learn more and when you pack for your stay, it’s okay to bring a bib and a voracious appetite!

It’s perfectly acceptable to focus on pleasure at the Alaia

Few Belize resorts have gone to the trouble of installing a world-class wellness center and spa, but would you expect anything else from a property designed to be a model of affordable luxury? The K’in Spa & Wellness Center is likely to outshine spas you’ve frequented back home and that’s the point. Expertly trained staff pays as much attention to your state of mind as they do on rehabilitating your body and spirit.

The state-of-the-art fitness center is prized by guests who wouldn’t think of vacationing at a place that didn’t have access to exercise equipment, and the spa offers singles and couples services that are mind-blowing. Skeptical? Don’t be. Browse K’in’s menu and you’ll be convinced that this is no ordinary haven:  HERE

Unwrap a Belize vacation package for the best holiday of your life!

The secret to having a stress-free vacation is opting for a package so everything you need is included for a single price. This is where the idea of affordable luxury comes full circle and at Alaia Belize, your package choices are eclectic, allowing you to curate your stay so you don’t miss a thing. Choose from several exclusive deals that include “Romance in the Sea,” “Discover Belize,” and “More Belize,” each featuring a unique mix of tours and experiences.

Read the details of each one before choosing at, and you’ll become a believer! Affordable luxury is more than just a phrase that’s been adopted by the tourism industry. It’s a compendium of the extras you expect from an extraordinary Belize vacation found only at Alaia Belize where no time of the year is a bad time to check in and find nirvana!  

All images courtesy: Alaia Belize

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