The Times dubbed private islands, large villas and private home rentals as the ‘golden tickets’ for travelers seeking an escape this winter. Because of their remote location, privacy and limited interaction with other people guests feel relatively safe. Moreover, travelers can enjoy the simple pleasure of being outside their own four walls – something which we definitely took for granted pre COVID-19. For those seeking a Belize holiday for your bubble, read on for your golden tickets to travel.
Private Island Escapes
Private islands are the hottest destination this winter for those ready to travel. Belize boasts a large number to choose from, although not all are created equal. For those who want an island of their own coupled with the most beautiful surrounds and bed to rest your head, then these are for you. Even better, these golden ticket private island resorts in Belize are all Gold Standard Certified.
At Ray Caye Island Resort, you can experience paradise the way nature intended. This beautiful secluded island is located 17 miles east of Placencia. This island transmits a pure romance, making it perfect for a wedding, honeymoon, or a couples’ getaway. But that’s not all; you can host yoga retreats, family/friends getaway, and so much more. This island hosts the Main House, where guests can have their own room and a private deck.
Alternatively, Oceanfront Cabañas opens into small private beaches around the island. Facilities on the island include the al fresco restaurant ‘Lionfish Grill’, as well as a full bar service for tropical cocktails. They also have their own PADI dive shop, with free kayaks and paddle board usage.
The private island of Ray Caye can accommodate up to 50 people. Additionally, you can rent all 20 rooms, allowing you to have the island all to yourself for a starting price of US$9,000 per night. For more information, visit their website.
This is a very intimate island away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, where your only neighbours will be the friends you travel with. Located 8 miles out of Placencia Village; Coral Caye was once a fishing camp but has now been renovated to suit your luxury needs. Vacation like a Coppola – as in Francis Ford Coppola – in their two cottages: Coral Cottage and the Seahorse Cottages. The island is best suited for two to ten guests. Enjoyed by one party at a time as an exclusive use experience, always, this entire island comes with caretakers that provide your morning coffee, fresh fruit, breakfast, lunch, and fresh-caught seafood dinner. For an extra fee, you can experience al-fresco massages, hire a private chef, pre-order grocery items, or make a special treat for any occasion.
The private island of Coral Caye ranges between US$1,435 to US$2,035 per night based, on double occupancy. Additionally, the island can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people. For more information, visit their website.
Sites like Airbnb and VRBO have reported a boom in bookings for remote villas and private rentals. They allow people to still stick to their own bubble and self-isolate or quarantine with their loved ones. In addition, they can cater to larger groups and offer all the amenities of a home, whilst on holiday. These private rentals and remote villas are both easily reachable by a commercial flight, followed by a private local transfer. While travel pods and ‘covid bubbles’ trend, these are the golden tickets in Belize for those looking to travel.
This oceanfront rental is perfect for travelers looking for an all-inclusive stay. Located 9 miles by boat from Belize City on the charming island of St. George’s Caye, Casa Al Mar is truly a rustic island escape. Here, time stands still: there is no electricity (all homes are powered by generators), no cars and no shops. Start the day with a solo paddle at sunrise to catch breakfast. Or, just as easily, you can laze the day away in a colorful hammock to the soundtrack of wind in coconut fronds.
The house sleeps up to 16 people and takes care of everything you could want or need. You’ll enjoy complimentary airport and boat transfers, WiFi, your own island cook for all meals, housekeeping, non-alcoholic drinks, and island-based activities. Plus, a private boat, designated boat captain and licensed tour guide, ready for any additional tours.
Alternatively, choose to be on the beach with easy access to all the inland activities Belize has to offer. The intimate beachfront resort of Sirenian Bay is nestled on the golden sands of Seine Bight Village, just outside Placencia. Their self-contained private villas cater for groups from 2 to 14. Daily housekeeping, a concierge and private butler are at your service throughout your stay. Now, Sirenian Bay offers a new all-inclusive experience with all bungalow stays.
In addition, you have full access to the resort amenities. These include beach toys, a spa, miniature golf course and pool, complete with Snooty’s Poolside Bar. Even better, guests can also make their stay all-inclusive. This package includes unlimited beverages (non-alcoholic, local beer and liquor, plus house wine), breakfast, lunch, happy hour, snacks and room service. Finally and of course, Sirenian Bay is among the Gold Standard Recognized Hotels in Placencia, giving guests that much needed sense of security.
For more information or to book your Belize group holiday at Sirenian Bay, visit their website.