A mountain range that looks like a slumbering giant. Towering waterfalls that plummet hundreds of feet. Wide open blue horizons that stretch on for miles. The one thing that all these have in common is this: you can witness each in one small but mighty location. We’re talking, of course, about Belize – the dually Caribbean and Central American nation that has been wowing travelers the world over in recent years. If you look forward to spectacular views and magical moments when you travel, Belize is undoubtedly one of the region’s top destinations. The next time you plan a visit, consider these resorts, each of which promises some surreal views.

1. Plummeting Cascades at Hidden Valley Wilderness Lodge


There’s a lot to take in at the expansive private reserve that’s home to Hidden Valley Wilderness Lodge. Though, if you’re a fan of the great outdoors, that’s sure to be a good thing. Through the lodge’s 90 miles of hiking trails – complete with sloping hills, wooden bridges, and natural pools – guests enjoy access to stunning waterfalls, some of which are almost 1000ft tall.

For the best views: Take the relatively moderate hike to Butterfly Falls, one of the most Instagrammable cascades. For sweeping views of Belize’s rolling mountains and lush pine forests though, book a guided tour to King Vulture Falls or Tiger Creek Falls (pictured above).

2. Peaks and Valleys at The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

You won’t believe it until you see it, but there’s a giant sleeping in Belize’s Maya Mountains. Found just off the Hummingbird Highway, The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant was named after the spectacular mountain range sitting in its backyard. Perhaps Belize’s most famous, the Sleeping Giant mountain range is a sight to behold and at this Belize Collection resort, guests can enjoy it in all its grandeur from multiple vantage points.

For the best views: Take a bicycle (which is complimentary for guests) and head over to The Nest, this riverside treehouse offers a direct view of the Sleeping Giant alongside verdant green meadows and the winding Sibun River, too. 

3. Blue Horizons at Ray Caye Island Resort

Photo Credit: Ray Caye Island Resort/ Kaejon Misuraca

Ray Caye, found in southern Belize, is far-flung, idyllic, and a postcard-perfect tropical dream. This 7-acre private island boats plenty of ways to unwind on island time, from hammock lounging to catch-and-release fishing on the docks. What’s truly calming though, are the various shades of blue surrounding the island. Take it all in over dinner at the Lionfish Bar and Grill. Or, better yet, enjoy spectacular 360-degree views from one of Ray Caye’s many hidden vantage points.

For the best views: Head over to The Cove – the resort’s recently constructed, guest-exclusive bar and pool. Take the spiral staircase up to the roof for amazing views of Belize’s blue horizon. Or, watch the sunrise from atop the South Dock before plunging into the sea via Ray Caye’s giant overwater slide. 

4. Spectacular Sunsets at Sunset Caribe

Photo by Duarte Dellarole / Sunset Caribe

Found inside the buzzing resort village of Caribeville (Population: Happy), Sunset Caribe is a chic and modern stay on the island of Ambergris Caye. But while many might think of sandy beaches and the lapping of waves when they hear the island’s name, this Belize resort offers a glance and a different side. Though sister resort Grand Caribe offers plenty of stellar beach views, at Sunset Caribe, it’s all about bayside views by the pool. And as the name suggests, there are plenty of spectacular sunsets involved.

For the best views: Grab a drink from one of the resort’s two swim-up pool bars. Then, pick a spot and watch as the sunset paints the sky in a myriad of hues. Perhaps you’ll opt for the overwater jacuzzi?

5. Misty Pine Forests at Gaia Riverlodge

Photo by ROEming Belize

As far as panoramic views go, Gaia Riverlodge is in no short supply. Perched above the cascading Five Sisters Waterfall, this luxury eco-lodge looks out at Belize’s expansive Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve as well as the Elijio Panti National Park. From sunrise to sunset, there’s plenty of greenery to go around, and the views are truly calming. Take it all in from the comfort of your thatched roof cottage, which comes complete with a private veranda.

For the best views: Grab a seat at the Five Sisters Restaurant for an early breakfast and enjoy the beauty of the misty pine forest. Or, turn the other way for sunset and enjoy the fiery reds of the evening. You might even spot a parrot or two flying overhead. 

Featured: Butterfly Falls at Hidden Valley Wilderness Lodge by ROEming Belize

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