At the absolute Western end of the Caribbean, slotted between Mexico and Guatemala, Central America’s second-smallest country has been ready for its hotel buyout close-up. That is, thanks to one island resort in Belize just 18 miles from the coast of Placencia as the Caribbean’s ultimate escape, available for a full island buy-out or just half at a time. For those looking for the view to end all views in the ultimate privacy, you can book a coveted stay on this Belize private island that feels like the Caribbean, before it got crowded: Ray Caye Island Resort.
Having long escaped the ravages of mass tourism, Belize’s sheer under-the-radarness has become one of its most important selling points for a nation that’s more than 40% reliant on tourism. There are almost no cookie-cutter resorts, few multinational businesses, and—most crucially for the sake of COVID—the lowest population density in Central America.
After a recent rebrand in early 2020 just before the pandemic shuttered resorts countrywide, Ray Caye’s ultra-contemporary, crisp-white aesthetic and Matisse blue trim is the antithesis of the Caribbean cliché. Forget thatched-roof huts or “chic shacks” perched over the seashore on stilts. Rather, Ray Caye’s posh villas—spread over a total of seven acres—feature clean lines, subtle patterns, and constant oceanfront views of the Caribbean Sea. The vibe—especially in its light-filled welcome centre—oozes the warmth of Belizean hospitality and the salt-tinged air on this edge of the Western Caribbean.
That same feeling extends to all 20 accommodation options, which are nothing if not spectacular. Six oceanfront villas, six oceanfront cabanas, six ocean & garden view island rooms, and two very special honeymoon suites (with their own plunge pools) combine to host a maximum capacity of 50 guests. Just feet from the sea, it’s as close as you can get to the waves without going for a swim. And at $38k—that’s just $950 per person with all taxes included—you’re saving $10k from the regular rates, and getting extra add-ons like boat and land transfers, plus one free day tour.
All meals are included—yes, all three courses of dinner—in addition to a snorkel tour to Silk Caye Marine Reserve, land transfer from Placencia, boat transfer to Ray Caye, and use of all non-motorized water toys, the island slide, private beach, and all docks.
Natural yet elegant enough to honor the surrounding landscape and beachfront location, renting the entirety of Ray Caye Island Resort is easier than you think. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a multi-generational family reunion, the ultimate destination wedding with your closest family and friends, or friends eager enough to escape all at once: Ray Caye in Belize is the answer.
Rates are based on double occupancy, and booking the island also equals exclusivity—no other guests will be on the island during your stay, but public island areas will still be open to day visitors. Full island rentals at the discounted rate must be booked now through January 31st, 2022 for stays April 30th through September 30th, 2022.