What does luxury travel look like to you? As broad a term as it is, the meaning of luxury travel varies from person to person. But, one thing that most travel experts can agree on is the fact that it usually involves exclusive and unique experiences. A burgeoning destination that can compete with the likes of Costa Rica as well as its fellow Caribbean nations, Belize is a hidden gem in the world of luxury travel. From flights over one of the world’s greatest wonders with carrier Maya Island Air to infinity pools above the jungle canopy, here’s how to experience the best of luxury travel in Belize on a 10-day trip.
Sojourn on the Sandy Shores of Ambergris Caye
Though still a choice destination for the budget-conscious traveler, Belize is in no short supply of luxury accommodations and experiences. For those willing to splurge on an unforgettable vacation, there are myriad possibilities within the country’s 8,864 square miles. To start, head to Ambergris Caye for crystal clear waters, offshore exploration, and an ever-buzzing social scene.
Where to stay: Spend your first five nights luxuriating in the beauty of “la isla bonita” with Victoria House Resort & Spa. Providing guests with a taste of barefoot elegance, this award-winning resort offers upscale relaxation alongside gourmet dining, health, and wellness packages, and a host of bespoke adventures. Plus, its location just two miles south of San Pedro Town makes the perfect base for a week of island exploration.
What to do: During your stay on the island, be sure to book the tour most often listed under luxury travel experiences in Belize. A flyover tour of the Great Blue Hole with Maya Island Air grants travelers a bird’s eye view of one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite natural wonders. Also from Ambergris Caye, enjoy sunset cruises on the Caribbean Sea. Or, plunge into Belize’s depths with a diving tour of the Turneffe Atoll and the Blue Hole.
Head Inland for Luxury Travel in the Belize Jungle
Next, go from reef to rainforest with a puddle jumper flight that doubles as its own mini excursion. Watch as the shimmering blue sea gives way to lush greenery when you travel across Belize from San Pedro to Punta Gorda. This southern municipality sits in the Toledo district and is the gateway to some of the most remote and captivating Belize experiences – luxury travel included.
For me luxury is not about the marble bath-tub or the gold taps, but about the location, the hosting, the guides.
– Becx Whitefield
Where to stay: Sitting fifteen minutes outside of Punta Gorda, Copal Tree Lodge is opulence embodied. Tucked away inside a 12,000-acre nature reserve, the resort boasts a 3,000-acre sustainable farm, 16 private suites, one three-bedroom villa, and endlessly magnificent views. The pièce de résistance of this luxury resort, however, is the private infinity pool resting among the treetops. With features like bathrooms looking out at the lush rainforest, an onsite tram, and the majestic Rio Grande nearby, enjoying a four-night retreat comes effortlessly.
What to do: More than just a luxury eco-lodge in the Belize jungle, Copal Tree Lodge offers the intrepid traveler a wide range of unique experiences to choose from. Accompanied by highly skilled guides, discover the beauty of rainforest birding, bean-to-bar chocolate making, rum tasting, fly-fishing, and more.
Getting Around Belize
Whether you’re going from reef to rainforest or planning to enjoy some island hopping, getting around Belize is hassle-free. With local carriers like Maya Island Air, going from one destination to the next – and enjoying their luxury travel experiences – takes mere minutes. In operation since 1962, Maya serves major travel hubs in Belize like Caye Caulker, San Pedro, Punta Gorda, and Placencia as well as the Belize International and Municipal airports.
Ready to indulge in unique and exclusive experiences? Start planning your once-in-a-lifetime luxury trip to Belize today.