Curated ‘Bubble Zones’ in Belize for Travel Pods Seeking Privacy

by Carolee Chanona

The term “travel pod” (sometimes called a vacation pod) is a way to travel with others while minimizing many of the risks typically associated with group travel. Virtuoso, Ltd. (a global network of travel agencies with more than 22,000 advisors) reported that 79 percent of respondents to a July 2020 poll indicated they would take part in a travel pod. The luxury travel network defines a travel pod as “a group of two or more households whose members have been following coronavirus quarantine and social distancing guidelines who make plans to vacation together.” The range of where-to possibilities is wide open: Participants can rent a large villa, charter a catamaran, buy out a small private island, takeover a hotel, or camp at a national park.

Matachica Resort & Spa’s Bubble Zones

For the ultimate luxury in ‘group privacy,’ Matachica has created three ‘bubble zones’ within its beachfront property on Ambergris Caye. Ideal for those traveling with large families or with friends who prefer to stick together as a travel pod, these three bubbles will enable your group to enjoy your own beach, dining area, boat, and pier areas and live in individual casitas clustered either to the south (13 rooms), the north (17 rooms) or their two luxury villas — each with two rooms. Matachica will also ensure that each zone has its own housekeepers, wait staff and captains, limiting the number of staff that will regularly interact with your group. A great way to enjoy a holiday on the beach in a hotel setting with hotel services and yet retain the privacy that is top of mind during the pandemic.

All-inclusive rates house up to 34 guests, averaging US$700 per night per person for a 7-night package. Enter code TE20 for 25% of all bookings with their reopening sale. Book with confidence with Matachica’s updated flexible cancellation policy.

A Villa through Vacasa Belize 

When you book with Vacasa, you’re getting more than a vacation rental. After all, beach destinations are a-plenty in Belize; Vacasa properties are worth a visit year-round, with more becoming Gold Standard certified by the week. Whether travelers are looking to book a weekend getaway or the trip of a lifetime, Vacasa is the trusted partner for all things vacation rental. In addition to adhering to Belize’s Gold Standard program, guests of Vacasa can rest assured with its Premium Clean program; expanded housekeeping measures meet or exceed CDC recommendations and align with guidance from hospitality industry experts. Enjoy peace of mind with flexible travel options, even up to 7 days before check-in; you can reschedule your trip, or cancel and receive 100% of the cost as a Future Stay Credit. By booking a villa, you’re entering into your very own travel bubble.

Exclusivity on Coral Caye, a Coppola Hideaway

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Coral Caye. © Oliver Pilcher

As a sister property to Placencia’s Turtle Inn just 8 miles offshore, Coral Caye is an exclusive-use private island with show-stopping accommodations; each villa boasting direct waterfront and private pools. Two dwellings and its Great House are the only buildings on the island. Meanwhile, both can accommodate from two to ten guests starting at US$2,000 per night. Choose between its Coral Cottage, their newest dwelling ideal for a couple or young families. Or Seahorse Cottage, which is ideal for extended families or friends. There’s a new menu every day, and the property encourages a mix of pure seclusion and active journeys. That’s whether you’ve ‘gone fishing‘ or simply exploring the second-largest reef system in the world. Enjoy total exclusivity in a Belize bubble with just you and yours on Coral Caye.

Being COVID-Safe in Belize

Travel pods are arguable one of the safest ways to travel right now, but it’s important to be COVID-safe still. And so, be responsible in Belize by adhering to our national mask mandate, practicing 6 feet of social distancing, and proper hygiene. It is also strongly recommended to bring along a negative PCR test, taken within the 72 hours of traveling to Belize. There is also a national curfew, outdoor dining capacity restrictions, and a recommended Tourism Safe Corridor. Learn more about Belize’s current restrictions amid COVID-19 here.

Header photo Matachica’s lounge by ROEming Belize.

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