Are you the type of traveler who scours the hot award lists before choosing a hotel? We don’t blame you – so do we! We have a new list for you to look at! Travel + Leisure has released its winners under its Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ 2021. The annual Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ 2021 reader survey ranks the best of the best in various destinations, including airlines, airports, car rentals, cities, hotels, spas, islands, and more.
With a focus on Central America and the top 10 resorts in the region, Costa Rica led the pack of winners for the best resorts in Central America, securing half the spots on this year’s list. However Belize was right behind, with four hotels earning high marks from T+L readers. Interestingly, each of the four is located in a completely different part of the country, demonstrating that travelers have broadened their explorations of the beautiful nation. Two were located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Area in the Cayo District, one in Punta Gorda in the south of Belize with one property on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. From this mix it can be seen that while the beach stays are certainly beloved, it was the jungle properties that dominated this year’s list of reader favorites with 3 of the 4 winners in Belize being jungle lodges.
Here are the Belize hotels winners.
Blancaneaux Lodge Score: 94.15
In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, and immediately fell in love with the location. Today the lodge is a 20-room luxury hideaway. Here, waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting allows guests to explore the ancient civilization of the Maya and to return to their own thatched roof dwelling, rich with Guatemalan décor and nestled in the foliage of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve.
Copal Tree Lodge Score: 93.82
The definition of agritourism-chic: Copal Tree is a Jungle Lodge, organic farm, and a 12,000 acre nature reserve. The lodge is set in the verdant hills of southern Belize. It offers some of the best in local food and culture, active adventures, wildlife viewing, saltwater fly fishing, and world-class hospitality. There are two swimming pools, a spa, a farm-to-table restaurant, a rum distillery, organic coffee and sugar farms, and so much more to discover here.
GAIA Riverlodge – Score: 96.25
Perched atop of the magnificent Five-Sisters Waterfalls in Belize’s famed Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Gaïa will fulfill its promise to reconnect you to your adventurous and truest being by disconnecting you from everything else. The second you set foot on the property a weight lifts. The quiet of the rainforest, its birds and butterflies, magnificent flora, the pink and orange sunsets glowing upon the pine trees, and finally, the distant roaring of the waterfall will work their magic.
Matachica Resort & Spa – Score: 95.76
Steps away from the sea and the world’s second-largest barrier reef, Matachica’s serene and technology-free property allows guests to disconnect in order to reconnect. The beachfront casitas, relaxed atmosphere, elegant design, and adults-only property merge to create a truly authentic, restorative getaway.
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