Recognized Gold Standard Hotels Certified in Cayo District

by Caribbean Lifestyle Editorial Team
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During the downtime of Belize postponing its previous August 15 airport reopening date, hotels continue to work towards Gold Standard Recognition by the Belize Tourism Board. Announced August 28, Belize will reopen its international airport for leisurely travel on October 1, 2020, for Phase 3 of its Travel Reopening Plan. However, with a phased reopening, international guests will only be able to stay with accommodations certified through the BTB’s Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program, an enhanced health and safety protocol. for the safety of travelers. At time of reopening, guests will be limited to resorts and hotels within Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor.

All those visiting Belize after October 1 must stay with a recognized Gold Standard property!

If you’re looking to base yourself in the Cayo District, the hub of all jungle adventures, then here are the properties you can choose from:

Recognized Gold Standard Hotels certified in the Cayo District

Those denoted with a ☆ are approved for reopening in Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor, which comes into effect on October 1st

Mystic River Resort – Cayo

Rivers are magical, and one property in Belize that gives you the chance to simply enjoy their beauty is the Mystic River Resort. Located 7 miles from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Mystic River gives you the chance to explore all the Cayo District has to offer and return to the incredible serene wilderness at the end of the day. And, the beauty of the Macal River. Find out more about some all-inclusive packages being offered. Mystic River is within Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor, which comes into effect on October 1 during Phase 3 of Travel Reopening Plan.

San Ignacio Resort Hotel – Cayo

Offering exceptional service since 1976, San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Western Belize is the only full-service, luxury accommodation in the heart of town. Conveniently located just minutes away from the bustle of San Ignacio’s Burns Avenue and Farmers Market, escape urban hustle on their lush grounds, with plenty of on-site activities to discover! With only 27 rooms situated over the 17-acre estate, this is urban social distancing at its best. San Ignacio Resort Hotel is within Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor, which comes into effect on October 1 during Phase 3 of Travel Reopening Plan. Enjoy SUPER SAVING OFFERS HERE.

Resorts Continue to Ready for Reopening

While Belize plans to reopen in October, more Cayo-based resorts prepare for their own reopening at a later date – whether November or after. Below, we are recognizing popular Cayo hotels that are in the process of Gold Standard Certification.

Blancaneaux Lodge – Mountain Pine Ridge

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Nestled in the heart of Mountain Pine Ridge lies Blancaneaux Lodge, a member of the Family Coppola Hideaways. This intimate inn features 20 boutique cabanas overlooking the reserve. The reserve itself is a playground for nature lovers with waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, and a plethora of hiking and biking trails. After all, being tucked away in the ethereal Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve makes it the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate as you take in the beautiful sounds of nature. A nearby waterfall from Privassion Creek tumbles into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Besides, you can enjoy Belize’s simple pleasures.

Gaia Riverlodge – Mountain Pine Ridge 

Photo Courtesy: Gaia

Surrounded by towering pines in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, GAIA Riverlodge is a stylish, open-air lodge beautifully perched above the Privassion Creek. Cabanas and villas are well spaced out onsite, naturally creating a sense of privacy by nature. Besides, just an hour jeep ride from the more populous San Ignacio area gives guests a chance to recharge inside the 24 private and spacious cabanas. Enjoy the rainforest’s intimacy with its native birds, butterflies, and remarkable flora, set amongst the pink and orange glow of the setting sun and rush of the waterfall. Ps: the riverside and waterfall-view rooms give unrivaled sunrise vistas amongst rural luxury.

Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge

Photo Courtesy: Sweet Songs 

Based on the banks of the Macal River in San Ignacio, Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge is surrounded by 100 acres of lush tropical forest for a truly renewing resort experience. Above all, discover on-site wonders like incredible wildlife and birding alongside its Botanic Garden; some of the best culture and adventure experiences are just nearby. Altogether, this eco-lodge provides an intimate jungle setting for families, couples, and groups looking for an active vacation.

Ka’ana Resort 


Photo Courtesy: Ka’ana Resort

Inspiration comes alive at Ka’ana Resort, a luxe outpost where wandering spirits roam free. Nestled deep in the tropical jungles of the Cayo District, this boutique resort is an oasis of style and culture. Although, its modern amenities and personalized service are guaranteed to please well-seasoned adventurers alike. Besides, the name itself – translating to “Heavenly Place” – says it all!

For a listing of all Gold Standard certified hotels by the BTB, click here.

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