Whether you’ve been married for 50 years or 50 hours, it can be hard to find the time and the place where you and that special someone can feel truly alone and at peace with one another. The modern world brings with it the expectation of always being connected and within reach, but every couple deserves the chance to simply step back every once in a while and take the time to remind one another of why they started their romantic journey in the first place. The tropical paradise of Belize offers one such escape — and sequestered away among the wildest frontiers of this Caribbean country is Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful opportunity to retreat to nature together or a chance to explore the great outdoors, there’s no better place for your romantic vacation.
Belize is blessed with an overwhelming amount of natural beauty — but while there are many resorts that promise you the chance to truly commune with nature, few can boast what Hidden Valley Inn can: a completely private nature reserve that stretches 7,200 acres tucked away in the verdant Maya Mountains. This diverse landscape is home to indigenous species of wild cats and birds. Meanwhile, multiple trails allow you to explore the jungles, ravines, and waterfalls at your own pace. Best of all? You barely have to worry about sharing no matter what you want to do.
The accommodations at Hidden Valley consist of a mere dozen suites in addition to an estate lodge. It’s the next best thing to having your own private house in the heart of the Central American jungle. Just know what you’re getting into. The bike trails encompass a full 90 miles, with each varying in terms of length and difficulty. And while there’s nothing quite like walking along in nature with the person you love, Hidden Valley Inn also offers complimentary 21-speed mountain bikes for more adventurous couples.
If you’re the type of couple that prefers to commune with nature without overexerting yourself, there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself at Hidden Valley Inn. The Lodge itself is elegant — though far from stuffy — building in the style of a Victorian estate, and its high ceilings and sophisticated accents help set the mood of romance. The lodge itself is just a short walk from the cottages and suites, and it offers plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied if you grow bored of exploring the trails or staying in your room.
The roaring stone fireplaces really establish a mood, and there are both lounges and a reading room for wiling away the evenings together. Full massage services are available on-site — and you can choose to either venture to the lodge for your service or simply have a masseuse come to your room for the privacy and convenience you deserve. If you’re feeling a bit more sociable, the two of you can catch drinks at the on-site bar and enjoy a romantic dinner at the restaurant.
Just because you’re in the middle of nowhere doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice a cosmopolitan culinary experience. The Blue-Ribbon culinary style perfected by the local chef is all about blending together the local Mestizo and Maya flavors with the exclusive use of local ingredients — many of which are grown directly on the reserve.
It shouldn’t be hard to find time to spend together, and Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve has done an exceptional job of making that sometimes difficult task significantly easier. Their honeymoon package offers four nights in the spacious and extravagant estate room as well as a wide variety of tours and some intimate, romantic experiences together.
Best of all, you and your partner will have the flexibility to pick and choose from the experiences you want to have while visiting. And if the honeymoon package isn’t exactly your cup of tea, there are plenty of other packages to not only choose from but customize.
The range of adventurous vacation packages offers options to explore both the beach and the jungle, to dig deep into the rich Maya history in the region, or to enthusiastically explore the vast networks of caves and waterfalls that can be found in and around the reserve. And if you’re just starting the journey of marriage together, Hidden Valley Inn is the perfect place to start your romance off right.
The staff is ready to handle everything from catering to making sure that you get your marriage license, and they provide affordable wedding packages. You’ll even have the assistance of a wedding consultant to help you understand your options and make your dream a reality. But no matter where you are on your journey of love, Hidden Valley is exactly where you deserve to be in 2022!