A Heavenly Place in Belize: Ka’ana Resort

by Nelita Castillo
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In Mayan, the name Ka’ana means ‘heavenly place’, and this boutique resort certainly does not disappoint. Set within the tropical gardens of Cayo’s rainforest, Ka’ana Resort is Belize’s first Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Superb service, modern cottages, and easy access to a Mayan adventure all combine at this boutique hotel. Despite it’s obvious beauty in design and nature, Ka’ana Resort’s real strength lies with its friendly staff. Their goal is to ensure each guest has a unique experience, while redefining hospitality to do it. Regardless of position, each member of staff treats you like royalty and stands behind Ka’ana’s commitment to service. And, they do it with a smile. 

Location

Conveniently, Ka’ana is less than a two-hour drive west from Belize City. This luxe outpost is located just outside of Cayo’s twin towns, San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Additionally, Ka’ana is a part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, with the Guatemalan border located only five miles away. 

Accommodation

With five varying accommodations to suit your needs, modern amenities pair with white linen for an authentic experience. Whether you’re planning a romantic escape or an adventure abroad, you’ll always feel at home with Ka’ana. Each private cottage is filled with natural light, while its gleaming hardwood combines with local textures. As a result, Ka’ana is redefining luxury in the Belizean rainforest. 

Balam Suite
Ka'ana Resort, a Hyatt Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotel, will be reopening in November 2020.
Private Villa - One Bedroom
Ka'ana Resort, a Hyatt Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotel, will be reopening in November 2020.
Private Villa - Two Bedroom
Main Entrance

Inside, 4-star luxury awaits. Each room is fully equipped with air conditioning, TV, internet, and furnished patios of your tropical Belize dreams. Connecting rooms are available upon request. Not to mention, Ka’ana guests can take advantage of a full spa treatment, an infinity pool, and two indoor pools. The resort also offers family-friendly services, with baby-sitting available on-site. However, don’t underestimate it’s romantic potential. Couples can enjoy the resort’s private dining offered on the terrace, near the pool, or in the wine cellar. If you’d like a private picnic, request the romantic spot of your choice with their ‘Destination Dining’.  

Food

Ka’ana encourages their guests to either unleash their hidden foodie personality or further indulge their passion for a taste-bud adventure. Their on-site dining, La Ceiba Dining Room, celebrates gourmet Belizean cuisine with local herbs and vegetables from their organic garden. Celebrated for it’s farmhouse design, La Ceiba pairs local food with world-class wine. Oh, did we mention the wine cellar? With over 1,000 bottles of wine, Ka’ana has thoughtfully chosen world-class and small-production wines to boast the largest wine cellar in western Belize. Craving cocktails instead? Head to The Wallace for artisanal mixers and lounge in the jungle-cool open atmosphere for pre-dinner drinks.

The Wallace

Tours 

Centrally located, the Cayo District of Belize has many wonders to explore. At Ka’ana, each tour is guided privately by one of their own staff. Whether you enjoy bird-watching, history, adrenaline, or all of the above – adventure awaits. Looking for a cultural experience? Book a Maya cooking class or ceramic pot making class in the nearby San Antonio village. Spend a day exploring Xunantunich across the hand-cranked ferry, by foot or horseback. How about a peek into the past of the Mayas? Remnants of an ancient Maya civilization are hidden nearby, just waiting to be explored in the cool, dark, watery underground caverns of Barton Creek Cave. Whatever your interest, Ka’ana Resort will be waiting for you. 

Photos Courtesy: Ka’ana Resort

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