How Sunrise Yoga on Top the Empire State Building Can Win You A Trip to Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Here’s something you don’t get to do everyday: take in the sunrise over a sleepy Manhattan while performing sun salutations on the 86th floor of the iconic Empire State Building in New York City. And best of all, participants get entered to win a Belize vacation — with seven lucky yogis walking away with a hotel stay to the likes of Naia Resort & Spa, Victoria House Resort & Spa, Ramon’s Village, and Ka’ana Resort. After all, August is National Wellness Month —  focusing on self-care, stress management, and creating healthy routines.

Another day, a new vinyasa. Image via Ka’ana Resort

Sure, it’s the World’s Most Famous Building, but I’d argue the best view still awaits you in Belize. With spa-centric resorts that places a heavy focus on wellness as event prizes, seven winners can celebrate National Wellness Month with the envy of the masses: in Belize. And oh boy, do most of us need a little R&R. Spaces are limited, which makes your odds of winning even better. Based in NYC? Grab tickets here.


Aerial yoga, anyone? Image via Naia Resort & Spa.

Since its opening in 1931, New York City’s Empire State Building has dazzled both tourists and locals alike. Early birds can watch the city that never sleeps wake up with sunrise from the 86th floor observatory, limited to 100 people per morning. 7 winners in 28 participants? That’s incredible odds for a Belize vacation, if you ask me. Thanks to this partnership with the Belize Tourism Board, two Belizean yoga instructors will set the tone for a practice that feels a little like home: Caribbean music, vibrant backdrops, tropical greenery, and more.

About the wellness resorts in Belize

The World’s Most Famous Building will partner with the Belize Tourism Board to bring Belize to the heart of New York City with an exclusive sunrise salutation led by two Belizean instructors. Tickets for the sunrise yoga class on August 26th at the Empire State Building are on sale now for $115 and available online. Face masks are required to attend, and through the entirety of the event. Here’s a glimpse into some of the prizes up for grabs:

Naia Resort & Spa

Found just outside Seine Bight village, 35 residences, treetop villas, and cozy beach houses empty directly onto the beach. Each dwelling boasts its own character, like pops of vibrant Caribbean silhouette artwork, decadent white-trimmed verandas with private splash pools, and huge bathrooms with either a freestanding and deep-soaking tub or entirely outdoor garden shower. Empty, relaxed and full of charm, Naia Resort & Spa encapsulates a tropical Caribbean getaway, tucked away for families (and couples especially) to reunite, escape and exhale in Belize. It’s the ultimate spa-centric seaside luxury resort on the mainland.

Victoria House Resort & Spa

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Although Belize’s Victoria House Resort & Spa is set two miles outside of the town, the immaculate white sand beach is worth a little social distancing. Inside, 42 rooms shines across 10 acres as intimate and casual; choose from a Casita, Plantation Room, Suite or Private Villas. Not to mention, 3,500-square feet of Spa (the largest of its kind on Ambergris Caye) at your beckon. So while Victoria House is an award-winning luxury resort, you can expect a casual, relaxed and comfortable vibe exactly that’s perfectly inline with National Wellness Month.

Ramon’s Village 

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You’re staying in the heart of downtown at Ramon’s Village Resort—a charming locally-operated hotel with thatched-roof accommodations, tropical flowers, retro furnishings, and the oldest on-site dive shop in the entire country. Beachside, stay in Tahitian-styled cottages (modeled from the Polynesian island of Bora Bora) with Belize’s local craftsmanship of native materials. Besides, you are in no concrete condo encompassed by concrete parking lots. Bounce between Ramon’s Village Resort’s tropical garden interior that’s lined with Royal Palms and hibiscus, to the beach, and back.

Ka’ana Resort 

Prefer not to get sand in your suitcase? Then retreat to a private paradise with Belize’s first member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Near the border of Guatemala in the Maya Mountains of Belize, Ka’ana Resort’s tropical gardens and atmospheric casitas form a green oasis of tranquility. There’s 17 equally-beautiful rooms of Ka’ana; beautiful hacienda-style casitas and buildings complete each interior’s natural materials, a private patio, local art and high ceilings. Leave the planning and pampering to Ka’ana with transfers, breakfasts in bed, private picnics and so much more. Or, simply bask in wellness with The Spa at Ka’ana, or dining at The Wallace Bar and La Ceiba Restaurant. Think luxury linens, outdoor showers, private plunge pools, and endless Mayan ruin adventures.

The Placencia, a Muy’Ono Resort 
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Placencia peninsula. Photo via Instagram @verbalgoldblog

The Placencia, a Muy’Ono Resort, is situated on the beautiful Maya Beach of the Placencia Peninsula, making it perfectly poised as a PADI 5-Star Dive Resort for both jungle and offshore adventures. And after a day of exploring the Belize Barrier Reef, Maya Mountains or simply pool-side lounging, live in luxury with one, two, or three bedroom accommodations.

Header via Getty Images. All other images not captioned, courtesy of each respective property.

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