4 Belize Resorts to Rejuvenate at in 2021

by Carolee Chanona

Although we’re only halfway through, I’ll go ahead and say it: 2020 has been a year. Whether its their respective amenities or extremely beautiful but remote locations, Belize is the perfect place to rejuvenate – if only for two weeks of the year. By definition, a getaway translates to a vacation, and a sun-dappled destination makes the perfect escape. The best part? Travel to any solo – if so desired – because sometimes a real break means a break from people too. Besides a very attentive staff, each of these resorts redefine wellness with garden-fresh menus, renewing spa treatments, and a plush place to retire to afterwards.

Ka’ana Resort

Bespoke wellness service with boutique accommodations come together in the heart of Western Belize, because adventures are best enjoyed well-rested. At Ka’ana Resort, wandering spirits can roam free at this verdant oasis; that may look like yoga on your private patio, artisan kombucha at check-in, or sleeping to the sounds of the Belizean rainforest. Not to mention, The Spa at Ka’ana allows guests to experience the mystic energy of Belize through traditional spa services; that includes holistic Reiki healing and local specialty treatments like Maya Abdominal Massage.

Matachica Resort & Spa 

Just a speedboat away from the thriving hub of San Pedro, Matachica is an adult-only, carbon-friendly beachfront resort. Matachica Resort is small, which means every room is in its own private beach house. Rejuvenate with the best of Belize’s essentials: glistening aqua shallows, a white beach, and 25 Caribbean-colored thatched cottages. The beach casitas are best: nothing can beat stepping straight from bed to private terrace to beach to Caribbean Sea. On-site Mambo restaurant serves fresh local produce alongside hand-caught seafood like rich lobster and tender local snapper. Did we mention Matachica is the perfect place to unplug? Although the rooms don’t have internet or a television, Matachica offers complimentary wireless internet access in the main building and surrounding areas.

Thatch Caye Resort, a Muy’Ono Resort

Thatch Caye Resort sits on its own private island off the coast of Dangriga, Belize. Only 30 guests at a time can stay at this picture-perfect destination, guaranteeing a unique experience. When you’re not holing up in your overwater bungalow or cabana, you’ll be discovering the true meaning of blissful tropical living. Instead, rejuvenate by sunbathing on a hammock, swimming in the natural saltwater pool, receiving an optional seaside massage, or enjoying many of the complimentary water toys. While the resort is fully sustainable, you won’t even notice you’re staying at an eco-resort. Besides, Thatch Caye is the perfect place to disconnect and recharge; WiFi is only available in common areas, allowing you to immerse yourself in your getaway.

Blancaneux Lodge, a Family Coppola Hideaway

Film buffs and indulgent travelers alike will relish in luxury at Blancaneaux Lodge, a Family Coppola Hideaway. That name is no coincidence: film director Francis Ford Coppola arrived shortly after the country achieved independence from Britain. Francis later bought an abandoned lodge and its 72 acres in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and used it for a decade as a family haven. In 1993, it opened to the public as the Blancaneaux Lodge, a resort with 20 thatched-roof rooms and cottages within hearing distance of a waterfall. Today, Blancaneaux Lodge is a sumptuous spot to rejuvenate at in Belize; give oneself to its biophilic design with plenty of natural furnishings, a fruitful organic garden, and their Thai-themed Waterfall Spa. Inside 107,000-acres of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, you’re in one of Belize’s truly wild places.

Header photo courtesy Thatch Caye

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