First Look: Aruna Resort & Villas, Ambergris Caye’s New Resort Community Development in Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Nestled at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula, the tiny English-speaking nation of Belize with a population of just about 400,000 is becoming its own compelling alternative to crowded Caribbean destinations. Ambergris Caye has become the stepping stone for retirees and emigrants in pursuit of a Caribbean retreat and entrepreneurs eager for a slice of promising potential. And in its sandy town of San Pedro, there’s proofmulti-million dollar resorts rise stories above the beach, including the newest Marriot’s Autograph Collection Hotels’ Alaia Belize and an iteration of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville chain. Now, there’s a brand new resort development slated to open its doors in Spring 2022: Aruna Resort & Villas.  

Guests are still months away from making good use of its 15-minute road access to Secret Beach, but Aruna Resort & Villas aims for a Spring 2022 launch in Belize. If you’ve ever been to Secret Beach on West Ambergris Caye, you’ll understand the allure of why the name Aruna was even chosen. Stunning at sunset, Aruna means “reddish glow” in Hindu scripturescombining Hittite methodology meaning sea god, and the Sanskrit meaning of sun god. Phase 1 includes Sunset Villas and Sunset Suite Villas, with passive income opportunities available via James Group | Century 21 Btal


  • Beach Club
  • Chill & Work Lounge
  • Events Concierge
  • King Size Beds
  • Lagoon Lounge
  • Over Water Restaurant
  • Private Canals
  • Private Decks
  • Spa Treatment
  • Sunset Lounge
  • Sunset Pool Club
  • WiFi

One bedroom and two bedroom options are available for sale here; the resort will face the Caribbean Sea, lagoon, and its own private canal. Ambergris Caye continues to be a pillar of tourism in the country, ownership opportunities are getting harder to come by. As one of 84 countries in the world to call the CENTURY 21® brand home, Belize’s real estate network continues to grow, with agents moving at the same speed. In 2021, The James Group, a buyer’s agent, became the exclusive Century 21 Btal Broker in Ambergris Caye. Today, The James Group is the exclusive agent for Margaritaville Resort Belize while representing other developments, like Aruna Resort & Villas. 

Images courtesy The James Group

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