‘Tis the Season for Itz’ana Resort

by Megan Rodden
Chritmas lights at Itz'ana Resort

Make your holidays merry and bright! There’s nothing quite like a Caribbean Christmas. Surround yourself with the beauty of Belize this holiday season and ring in the New Year next to the sea. Here, we decorate palm trees, and Christmas lights compete with the sunshine. We don’t build snowmen, we make sand angels, and Reggae music might accompany the sound of sleigh bells. You don’t need to snuggle up beside the fireplace to get toasty. You can spread out poolside in a lounge chair. Join the festivities at Itz’ana Resort & Residences this month for one-of-a-kind culinary experiences, holiday-themed beach crafts, Santa visits, Christmas cocktail classes, and so many more merry adventures.

Sights and Sounds of the Season

Enjoy the festive season at Itz’ana

The intimate yet well-appointed Itz’ana Resort is set in a tropical paradise, but the property transforms into a Christmas wonderland for the month of December. A magnificent and memorable stay any time of the year, Itz’ana becomes a truly magical retreat around the holidays with elevated experiences and stunning décor. The heart of the resort is the British Colonial-style structure, The Great House, which is the focal point of the hotel and the hub of activity. This elegant and welcoming gathering place evokes a feeling of classic luxury with its many French doors and antique furnishings but the staff really deck the halls for the holidays. The elaborately trimmed tree is a special sight; one to gaze at after a full day of fun in the sun and splashing in the sea.

Festive Flavors

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The tastes of the season are showcased in innovative and fanciful ways at Limilia, Itz’ana’s celebrated restaurant. Freshly caught seafood and seasonal offerings blend with traditional flavors to create new Christmas classics that could become your family’s favorite. Make memories, and cocktails, with one of Biblio Bar’s expert mixologists. This season, they’re offering a special Christmas-edition of their renowned cocktail class.

Don’t miss one of their multiple course epicure experiences, like the 3.4.3 Dinner. Celebrated on December 9th, the 343th day of the year, the experience sees one of Itz’ana’s chefs presenting guests with a thrilling sampling of 3 appetizers, 4 main dishes, and 3 decadent desserts.

Itz’ana also invites you to ease in to the holiday spirits with Make it Sparkle. Spend an afternoon around the pool with sparkling wine tasting.

Peek at their holiday calendar for other special culinary events.

Holly Jolly Happenings

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Santa Claus doesn’t skip the Caribbean… but his reindeer do! Santa lands at Itz’ana not in a sleigh, but in a sailboat. Having your holiday in the tropics just means that traditions might be tweaked with island-inspired flair. Kids, and the young at heart, are welcome to join Itz’ana staff for gingerbread decorating and coconut painting. Craft a souvenir tree ornament that you’ll cherish forever and bring a bit of Belize home with you.

Also, the monthly local artisan market is sure to be especially jubilant this December, set among the twinkling lights and festooned foliage with the Caribbean Sea as its backdrop. It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. Beautiful weather, simple soirees, delightful dining, exciting excursions by land or sea, and engaging activities and just some of what’s in store.

All images courtesy Itz’ana Resort & Residences

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