Anyone who is familiar with Belize knows that the Placencia Peninsula is ‘the’ hot new destination. With everything it has to offer, from beaches to jungle adventure and rich southern culture, its no wonder resorts seem to be popping up. If you truly want to immerse yourself in authentic, top of the line Belizean atmosphere, you must visit Naia.
Since it opened in 2017, I have heard nothing but raves. Recently, I was able to visit and stay overnight. I was hired, with my Jazz trio, to entertain on New Year’s Eve, less than six short weeks ago. I was stunned at the location, the architectural style, and most of all, how everything ran and fit together seamlessly, like a well-oiled machine. The festivities took place on the beach, under the stars. There was plenty of good food and drink and good fun. What a way to start 2020!
“The Difference is in the Details”
Even upon arrival, guests are treated to cold water, and an icy washcloth to refresh themselves. The lobby is all hardwood with very high ceilings that give lots of light. The rooms are spectacular. I stayed in a “small” one. It was expansive, huge King Size bed, indoor tub, and outdoor private sun porch shower, TV, and Kitchen equipped with coffee beans and French Press. The getting ready experience was pure pampering, and I came out smelling all citrusy from the potions and lotions provided!
What sets Naia apart is all the details, the sense of ease and convenience, multiple bars, multiple pools, and privacy like one has in one’s home. Accommodation comes in all sizes; studio, one-bedroom, and five ‘homes,’ four 2-bedroom, and one 3-bedroom, all with private pool, and access to the beach, and personal room service. Coming in 2020…a 5-bedroom house, three stories, equipped with an elevator. It promises to be the most luxurious accommodation in the country.
Respect for the Environment
What sets Naia apart is that the whole property seems to have sprung out of its surroundings. The lush setting is undisturbed. Many years ago, when the land was filled, old-growth trees and mangroves were kept, orchids were preserved and flora carefully moved. Even coral boulders have been re-purposed as beach umbrella holders. Everywhere you will see swing lounges. The rooms feature only Belizean craft and workmanship, and the art on the walls will introduce you to our talented Belizean artists.
I had heard from my women friends how spectacular the Spa was. Yet, I was astonished. Pools and bridges lead to the massage rooms which are over the lily ponds! Everything is provided, from fluffy towels and slippers, showers, and a tea bar. You may just want to stay there all day after your massage. You won’t have to move a muscle. Relax and order from their restaurant in a tropical garden setting.
1981: The Restaurant
This second-floor restaurant overlooks the beach and horizon and honors the year of Belize’s Independence. The décor reinforces this team and the walls feature photos of actors during the filming of Mosquito Coast when Harrison Ford and cast inhabited the area back in the 80’s. The cuisine is authentic modern Belizean.
Written by Nelita Castillo