What exactly constitutes a boutique hotel? In short, they’re all the rage today: a different kind of hotel, so unique that it will be the first thing you talk about when you’re back to work post-vacation. Altogether, it’s a relatively new concept that popped up in the 1980s, breaking all the rules of a traditional accommodation. Down to the details, these resorts create a world of experiences that caters to making your stay more than just an overnight. Not to mention, boutique hotels are typically more intimate in scale, creating the ambiance of being a personal guest in a private home, rather than just a hotel occupant. Same as no two fingerprints are like, neither are two boutique hotels in Belize – here are ten worth traveling for.
With a touch of understated luxury, Ka’ana (meaning heavenly place in Kekchí Maya) is a unique boutique resort and spa with luxurious rooms and casitas. Escape to nature just a mile or two from Guatemalan territory in one of the 17-rooms that offers a seclusion few other hotels could match. Besides, Ka’ana Resort is Belize’s only member of Luxury Hotels of the World.
Belize’s trendiest new destination, Itz’ana Resort, features everything a guest craves, in close proximity: а burgеоnіng fооd аnd сulturаl ѕсеnе, ассеѕѕ tо іѕlаndѕ, bеасhеѕ, rіvеrѕ, јunglе, саvеѕ аnd thе wоrld’ѕ ѕесоnd lаrgеѕt bаrrіеr rееf. Besides sparing no detail, the 18 posh accommodations of Itz’ana ooze rustic, tropical ambience with Central American and Caribbean décor.
Situated on a 7-acre island, Blue Horizon is a waterfront fly fishing lodge is perfectly located in the heart of “Permit Alley,” the most productive permit flats in Belize. Not to mention, the intimate Blue Horizon Lodge is ideal for all fly fishermen. The lodge officially re-opened in 2020 with five guests cabanas for a maximum capacity of 10 anglers, which have been completely refurbished.
As a chic 13-room hotel of unfettered elegance, The Ellysian celebrates the feminine spirit as it reflects the strength and confidence of women; their history to stand courageously, empathetically and lovingly. In the heart of Placencia, The Ellysian is a modern stay with easy access to the local village life. Book now between December 30, 2020 and receive 50% off rooms. Details here.
As a celebrated eco-lodge, Blancaneaux Lodge is an earthy oasis in the midst of the vast Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The indulgent 78-acre lodge by Francis Ford Coppola offers 20 open-air thatched cabanas and luxury villas, just a short hike away from nearby caves and waterfalls. Vacation like a Coppola: remote, secluded and sustainable by design.
As another accommodation in the Family Coppola Hideaways, Turtle Inn is the ultra-chic beachfront resort serving barefoot opulence. With individual-thatched, Balinese-themed cabanas, like Blancaneaux Lodge, guests can also enjoy signature Italian fine dining. Besides being steps away from the Caribbean Sea, Turtle Inn is a few minutes by bicycle from the charming sea-front fishing village of Placencia.
Surrounded by towering pines in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, GAIA Riverlodge is a stylish, open-air lodge beautifully perched above the Privassion Creek. Cabanas and villas are well spaced out onsite, naturally creating a sense of privacy by nature. Ps: the riverside and waterfall-view rooms give unrivaled sunrise vistas.
Whether its a distinctive location in a key area of Belize or décor with the country’s zesty Caribbean and Central American roots on display; a resort’s personalized attention to detail, including hand-picking seasonal ingredients from the organic garden, make it a one-of-a-kind host. But what really makes a boutique hotel special in Belize is its unique personality: that can be a design concept, themed suits, or unique architecture.