Picture this: it’s Monday morning, your calendar is full, your inbox is overflowing and it feels like there just aren’t enough minutes in the day to get everything done. Not to mention, you are trying to get everything done under the new norm of working from home. That could be a clue to take a step back and get some fresh air. Mentally, planning a holiday not only gives you something to look forward to, but inspires hope. Getting away from the stress of your weekly routine doesn’t have to mean pitching a tent in the jungle and leaving your phone at home. Who can blame you if you want to be off the beaten path, yet unwind in a plush canopy bed? That is, somewhere with a full spa, a great restaurant and of course, Wi-Fi. Here’s how to get lost in Belize at these rural luxury resorts.
Craving a relaxing beach holiday with rural luxury? Matachica is just the place for you. It is an adult-only, carbon-friendly beachfront resort allowing you to vacation by the Caribbean Sea. Matachica Resort is small, which means every room is in its own private beach house. Rejuvenate with the best of Belize’s essentials: glistening aqua shallows, a white beach, and 25 Caribbean-colored thatched cottages. The beach casitas are best; nothing can beat stepping straight from bed to private terrace to beach to Caribbean Sea. Additionally, on-site Mambo restaurant serves fresh local produce alongside hand-caught seafood like rich lobster and tender local snapper. Did we mention Matachica is the perfect place to unplug? Although the rooms don’t have internet or a television, Matachica offers complimentary wireless internet access in the main building and surrounding areas.
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. An hour jeep ride from the more populous San Ignacio area, guests can recharge inside the 24 private and spacious cabanas to the waterfall’s sounds. Enjoy the rainforest’s intimacy with its native birds, butterflies, and remarkable flora, set amongst the pink and orange glow of the setting sun. Ps: the riverside and waterfall-view rooms give unrivaled sunrise vistas amongst rural luxury.
Hidden deep in the rainforest on the southern coast of Belize, Copal Tree Lodge is the definition of a rural retreat at its best. At the heart of the lodge there is a commitment to sustainability and the local community while 16 canopy suites, farm-to-table cuisine, a restoring spa and a host of outdoor activities truly make this lodge a place like no other. Our top tip: make sure to visit the property’s cocktail garden where they grow their own limes, coconut and pitaya – the perfect garnishes for your pre-dinner drink at The Rum Bar.
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.
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