The 3 Belize Resorts That Made Travel + Leisure Readers’ 10 Favorite Resorts in Central America

by Khaila Gentle

Travel + Leisure readers have been pouring out their love for Belize this year. The travel publication just released its 2023 World’s Best Awards winners and three Belize resorts rounded out the list of 10 Favorite Resorts in Central America.  What’s even more impressive, though, is that Belize and Costa Rica were the only two countries to place on the list. Keep reading to see which three Belize resorts were Travel + Leisure favorites this year.

Travel + Leisure Readers’ 10 Favorite Resorts in Central America 2023

8.  Blancaneaux Lodge 
The view from the Sunrise Villa at Blancaneaux Lodge.

Hidden away in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Blancaneaux Lodge is Francis Ford Coppola’s laudable creativity embodied. Rustic yet luxe, this Coppola Family Hideaway is every traveler’s mountain escape dreams come true. Twenty dwellings sit surrounded by a rainforest wonderland, complete with a rushing waterfall, a babbling creek, and loads of tropical flora. Boasting a creekside spa, horse stables, an organic garden, and two exquisite restaurants, Blananeaux allows the world-weary traveller to be as active or as laidback as they please.

9.  Cayo Espanto
Cayo Espanto. Photo courtesy of property
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A private island stay fit for an A-lister, Cayo Espanto is luxuriously remote. It’s found just west of Belize’s top travel destination, Ambergris Caye, and it promises a stay as rejuvenating as it is lavish. Here, guests can revel in true opulence and a truly intimate stay, with accommodation options including a total of just seven villas.

10.  Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort 
Photo by Nathan Barratt / Hamanasi

A lush coastal forest leads the way to Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins Village. It’s a living testament to this award-winning Belize resort’s dedication to sustainable travel. One of the founding members of Regenerative Resorts, Hamanasi is a leader in conservation in Belize. And, most impressively, this boutique resort still delivers big when it comes to bespoke experiences and memorable stays. Here, guests can enjoy days spent diving into Belize’s cerulean depths, trekking through its lush greenery, and exploring its eclectic culture.

About Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards

Photo by Hamanasi

For the third year in a row, Costa Rica’s Nayara Tented Camp topped the list of favorite resorts in Central America. Nevertheless, all the resorts that made the list of Travel + Leisure reader favorites in Central America excel in delivering praise-worthy travel experiences.

The T+L World’s Best Awards lists the best of the best in hospitality, all chosen by reader votes. The awards encompass a wide range of categories, including cities, resorts, transportation, islands, national parks, and even tour operators.

It’s one of the travel industry’s most trusted rankings. Readers vote based on a number of characteristics that they can rate as excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. For the hotel categories, readers rated properties for their rooms/facilities, location, service, food, and value.

Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle sends heartfelt congratulations to the Belize resorts that continue to win Travel + Leisure readers’ hearts. Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels as we continue to share on how Belize has done in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2023.

Featured Photo by Blancaneaux Lodge. Read the full list of “Travel + Leisure Readers’ 10 Favorite Resorts in Central America 2023″ here.

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