NY Post calls Belize “Perfect for an Elopement or Micro Wedding”

by Carolee Chanona
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A micro wedding can have macro impact if you are exchanging vows in tropical splendor, like in Belize. Having one foot in the Caribbean and one foot in Central America, Belize boasts see-through shoals of the Caribbean Sea alongside an intoxicating raft of culture and heritage. Travelers can get in touch with their eco-warrior with a bounty of luxury jungle lodges. Albeit, sun-kissed relaxation awaits at exclusive private isles. For all intents and purposes, this tiny but mighty destination—long hailed as Mother Nature’s best kept secret—still remains an off-the-beaten-path option. Indeed, this makes Belize a perfect tropical destination for an elopement or micro wedding. Perhaps that is why the New York Posts lists Belize in their picks for out-of-this-world nuptials in the tropics.

Why Belize

Photo by Hamanasi Resort guest Elena Ollick

Tiny Belize has big ecotourism, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Given the diversity in its inherent natural beauty and warm people, it’s hardly surprising that Belize draws a really broad range of travelers. Although, they all share one characteristic—curiosity.

Belize travel requirements

Belize is the latest Caribbean nation that opened to international tourism, welcoming back visitors as of October 1. Testing negative is Belize’s #1 entry requirement; COVID-19 tests can be taken within 72 hours of travel or after landing. Additionally, visitors are required to download the Belize Health App for contact tracing and reporting health symptoms. Face masks are also required in all public places.

Where to get hitched in Belize

Hamanasi Resort 

Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and the lush Maya Mountains, Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort is a secluded, intimate resort in Central America. As the premier resort south of Hopkins, Hamanasi (Garifuna for ‘almond tree’) combines the amenities of a top-class dive resort with an array of both adrenaline-charged activities and relaxation. That is, all on a gorgeous 400ft private beachfront. All of Hamanasi’s rooms and suites face the sea, except for the popular wood-floored tree houses, which hide among the coastal foliage behind the beach. This locally-run, exclusively-priced resort currently offers a wedding package starting at $2,150.

Blancaneaux Lodge, a Coppola Hideaway

Set within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Blancaneaux Lodge offers an outdoor pool, lush organic gardens and two restaurants. Each charming bungalow and villa has a balcony with rippling riverscapes of Privassion Creek, set against towering evergreen pines. Nonetheless, the luxurious bungalows and villas combine to offer 20 boutique cabanas—the perfect repose after hiking to a nearby waterfall or cave. Besides, the crisp mountain setting allows guests to explore the ancient civilization of the Maya before returning to their own thatched roof dwelling with extensive amenities offered. From three dining experiences to a spa, horse stables and more, the evergreen foliage in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve is the perfect complement to a micro-wedding or elopement. After all, being tucked away in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve makes wedded bliss ethereal. Build your package with a local wedding planner, like Confetti Grand Belize.

Royal Belize, a Muy’Ono Resort

At Royal Belize, your 7.5-acre private island getaway comes with three luxe villas sleeping up to 16 guests. Prices starting at $11,500 for a full staff including a chef and an adventure ambassador for lobster-spearing. However, wedding packages (from $999) include a pig roast reception, local Garifuna drummers for a procession, a full band, conch shell wedding aisle, private couple’s massage and more. Besides, you are on your private island; at 7.5 acres and just nine miles off the coast of Dangriga, Royal Belize is found in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve.

Victoria House Resort & Spa

Spectacular, private, and located on a breathtaking Caribbean island, the award winning Victoria House Resort and Spa features 42 rooms offering a variety of world-class accommodations. Winner of the 2020 Condé Nast Johansens “Best for Romance in Central and South America” award, Victoria House Resort and Spa’s white sand beach and world class amenities make for a Belize destination beach wedding to remember. Inside, 42 rooms shines across 10 acres as intimate and casual; rooms vary in size and style, however they all have garden and sea views. Choose from a Casita, Plantation Room, Suite or Private Villas; and for dining, bounce between the Admiral’s Bar and Palmilla Restaurant. Meanwhile, a 4-night elopement package at Victoria House Resort & Spa starts at $3,555.

Copal Tree Lodge, a Muy’Ono Resort

The sustainable Copal Tree Lodge is in a jungle attached to an organic farm, 12,000-acre nature preserve, and the Copalli rum distillery.  Besides, ceremonies are fully customizable for up to 75 people (with elopement package available) in locations including the lodge’s rustic thatched-roof palapa or under the farm’s towering Ceiba tree, which the Mayans called the Tree of Life. Packages can include a live band or snorkeling adventures for the wedding party. Prices start at $1,899 for the couple plus 4 guests, to $4,189 for up to 30 guests.

Make It A Micro-Wedding in Belize

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Jaclyn and Thiago’s micro-wedding at a Sandbar in Belize, captured by Leonardo Melendez Photography.

Belize has implemented safety restrictions that temporarily limit the size of gatherings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While there is no curfew, restrictions currently limit event attendance to a maximum of 10 people. Read more about Belize’s travel health & safety protocols here. “Tropical destinations perfect for an elopement or micro wedding” article adapted by the New York Post; read the original article here. Additionally, all Belize wedding packages are priced in USD; prices are also subject to change.

Header photo of a micro-wedding at Blancaneaux Lodge, courtesy of Leonardo Melendez Photography

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