As the biggest island among the 200 closest to Belize’s shore — and as a destination in close proximity to the stunning Belize Barrier Reef — Ambergris Caye has rapidly become the premier destination for visitors who want a tropical escape. You can expect beautiful weather and an inviting culture no matter what time of year you visit Ambegris Caye, but the amount of resorts you have to choose from can be difficult. Fortunately, there’s one name that stands above them all. Matachica Resort is ready to roll out the red carpet for you, and here are just five reasons why this resort is the perfect destination for your next trip.
Matachica’s 2019 redesign was all about emphasizing design sensibilities that had a sense of practical purpose, and the result is a selection of 32 different casitas and villas that each have their own personalities and their own advantages. Seafront casitas offer a private and intimate getaway where you can step right out of your property onto the beach, while the breathtakingly expansive luxury villa offers the most opulent way to kick back and relax with your family or a group of friends. But it’s the little details that really makes these unique units shine. Celebrated illustrator Cécile Gariépy designed murals for properties throughout Matachica Resort, and the eco-friendly Coco-Mat brand was commissioned to provide couch cushions that are as ecologically friendly as they are comfortable to sit or sleep on.
The fresh seafood caught in the Caribbean Sea is undoubtedly the highlight of cuisine in Belize. The chefs at Mambo Restaurant understand better than anyone the strengths of the local culinary scene while also recognizing how they can be evolved with influences from around the world. Acclaimed chefs Stephen Lighter and Léon Cerredo bring their own personal influences to the table, and the result is a creative and playful mix of ingredients and influences that include everything from locally sourced lobster ravioli to a decadent mocha tart. Mambo Restaurant is conveniently located right on-site of the resort, so there’s no need to venture out for a nice dinner if you don’t want. And while the open-air design of the restaurant is the perfect way to experience the surrounding nature, the staff will be happy to arrange for a more private and intimate dinner experience if you’d like as well.
3. A Resort That Prioritizes You
Belize resorts that promise to offer everything for everyone are a dime a dozen — especially on Ambergris Caye — but Matachica is content to offer an experience that provides clarity through intent. This is an adults-only experience, and limiting guests to people over the age of 16 allows the staff to focus their experience on the goal of making their adult guests happy. Whether you’re looking to spend your entire vacation in solitude or get out and explore the world, you’ll get exactly as little or as much attention as you’d like. And even without the various adventures and excursions that Matachica offers, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get out and explore. Bicycles and golf carts serve as the primary means of transportation on this modestly-sized island, and they’re readily available to the guests of Matachica.
4. Your Gateway to Adventure
If there’s something you’ve dreamed about doing on a tropical island, chances are that Matachica can provide it. Snorkeling and kayaking are available right on the island, and there’s an extravagant spa for when you want to let the stress in your body just melt away. But the staff at Matachica can provide you with adventures off-site as well. Whether you prefer fishing, snorkeling, or diving, there’s plenty to do on the nearby barrier reef, and a direct water taxi to the mainland means that the rest of Belize is in reach as well. Excursions offered by Matachica cover everything from tours of extant Maya sites to adrenaline-pumping adventures like zip lining and cave tubing. And if you’re here with a group, the staff can even work with you to arrange for private events that take your whole party into consideration.
There’s a lot to do in and around Ambergris Caye, but you shouldn’t have to spend hours of your time stressed out planning your idyllic vacation. Matachica’s packages provide a thorough and cost-effective way to experience everything you want without wasting any of your time and money — and the number of options available to you are frankly staggering. Milestone packages help you celebrate important moments in your life like a graduation or honeymoon, while regular packages emphasize specific experiences like romance or exploration of the reef and rainforest. But if you’re the type who likes everything to be the way you want to the letter; you can even design your own perfect getaway package.