Beach Huts, Redefined: What A Luxury Bolt to Belize Looks Like at Matachica

by Carolee Chanona

Located on the north coast of Belize’s biggest island, Matachica Resort peppers 10 acres with its 500-square foot casitas to draw a stunning balance of landscape and local, natural elements for a bit of seaside solace. Done up by the dream team of Canadian twin designers Byron and Dexter Peart, these beach huts in Belize are entirely redefined. “We asked him [owner, Daniel Lighter] to list keywords to describe his vision, and he responded: unplugged, authentic, nature, human,” Byron and Dexter Peart said. The result? A redefined Belizean beach experience that honors craftsmanship, sustainability, and functionality oozing character and style to channel prime-time tropical vibes. Finding your bit of seaside solace includes these beach huts on the north coast of Belize’s most famous island, where Matachica Resort guests can watch the sunset from their private veranda and nod off to the sound of the waves on the Belize Barrier Reef.

More About Matachica.

Each of the 32 stand-alone, thatch-roofed palapas is equipped with a king-size bed, walk-in shower, patio, and hammock for a luxe finish; not to mention, two gourmet eateries, a world-class spa, and an adventure hub for those seeking more than peace and quiet. Sounds like you may never have to step foot off Matachica’s property. Though if you did, you’d be right on the stunning coastline of Ambergris Caye, Belize. And did we mention it’s adults-only, too?

But for all this attention to luxe design and detail, Matachica is essentially a barefoot hideaway. After all, it’s housed on over 800 feet of Caribbean seafront, where more guests are wearing sarongs than they are shoes. That even includes celebrities alike – Neil Patrick Harris named Matachica Resort in Belize one of the seven best places to travel this winter. 

Foodies, Assemble. 

Food alone makes the trip to this chic little colorful corner outside San Pedro Town worthwhile. You could stay for a week and still not try everything: freshly baked Belizean Johnny Cakes; Belizean fried chicken and savory cornbread waffles; shrimp ceviche; and catch of the day, piled high under slaw on a fresh brioche bun. All are served in the open-aired Bistro dining room using fresh fruits and vegetables locally from Matachica’s sister property Gaia Riverlodge and at neighboring farms in the Cayo District of Belize. 

Tables at the laid-back restaurant spill out on the veranda; here, the shallow, sandy beach are just steps away from a sun-bed dotted pier and rattan chairs under umbrellas. 

Try a flight of tacos at Danny’s Tree Bar, a wrap-around concept on, you guessed it, a tree. Or, try French fusion with a Montréaler touch at the elevated yet casual, sit-down eatery of Mambo’s; specials range from lobster ravioli and tuna tartar to grouper ‘en croute’, snapper prepared in banana leaves to Rib & Reef. 

What A Quick Bolt To Matachica, Belize in 2023 Could Look Like

Feeling the call of the sea to relax, reset and revive? Then this quick escape is for you.  The essentials are included, including one ninety-minute aromatherapy massage per guest, as well as a group tour with Matachica tour guides exploring the beautiful coral reef and marine life at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. The perfect weekend escape with plenty of flexibility for you to create your perfect island stay, only in Belize.

All in all, the four-night escape package to Matachica Resort & Spa includes: 

  • Round-trip transfers  from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to Matachica Resort
  • Welcome cocktails upon arrival
  • Accommodations for four nights in a Seabreeze Beach Casita with one king bed.
  • One ninety-minute aromatherapy massage per guest.
  • One group Hol Chan Shark Ray Alley Tour
  • Full breakfast daily
Get in touch here. All images via Matachica Resort & Spa

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