Ring In 2023 At Itz’ana Resort, Fodor’s Top Pick For Best Hotels in Central America

by Carolee Chanona

A contrast from congested beach resorts found in neighboring Cancun, swap out your traditional Christmas colors for a landscape filled with endless shades of blue with Belize. Instead, stay right on the beach on the Placencia Peninsula, and you’ll be able to snorkel and day-sail your way into the new year. Here’s why you should ring in the new year at Itz’ana Resort, coincidentally one of Fodor’s top picks for the best hotels in Central America & MexicoAfter all, Itz’ana makes a stay in Belize a breeze with personalized service, roomy suites, beachfront villas with 300-thread-count sheets, and a whimsical world of activities at your fingertips.

The Most Stylish Resort On The Peninsula Right Now

Arrive in Placencia via puddle jumper, thanks to connectivity from the international airport to Itz’ana Resort by Maya Island Air, and head into either your Deluxe Room, Beachfront Suite, or Villa to get acquainted with your new accommodations. That is, after getting your welcome drink (rum-spiked or on the healthier side, with local sea moss) to be an aperitif before your on-property Mixology Class. Enjoy it poolside at a pretty, L-shaped infinity pool that faces the beach.

Later, turn down the tempo at Biblio Bar, a quiet leather-chaired sanctuary overflowing with books, or at the speak-easy that’s hidden away within. For dining, tropically-decorated Limilia Restaurant doesn’t disappoint either; biophilic design plays upon fresh fares like hand-caught snappers and locally sourced steaks. Yes, you must order dessert: the Ix Cacao chocolate gianduja features local chocolate ganache with jungle honey combe and chocolate ice cream. Though despite being on vacation, I wouldn’t encourage you to sleep in; with an Eastern coastline, sunrises are spectacular and Itz’ana beachside hammocks are prime viewing spots.

Plus, Itz’ana Resort launches its brand-new 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom Penthouses, both complete with a private plunge pool, chef’s kitchen, and sundeck.

A Festive Night

What better way to see the New Year, than with a big bang abroad? Flashing fireworks and revelrous celebrations are the tickets for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve break—and it’s all happening at Placencia’s most stylish resort. Starting at 8 pm on December 31, guests at Itz’ana Resort can head to the shores with those they love for a night of curated dishes, dazzling cocktails, and the pop of fireworks to herald in 2023. Make a reservation here.

All images via Itz’ana Resort.

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