Umaya Resort — The Newest Addition to The Belize Collection’s Boutique Resort Group

by Carolee Chanona

From active and authentic escapade to pure relaxation, The Belize Collection—a boutique resort group entirely owned and operated by Belizeans—adds Umaya Resort & Adventures on Maya Beach in Placencia to its growing portfolio. The all-suite, 60-room boutique hotel features locally loved woods, like Santa Maria and Mahogany, alongside views of the Caribbean Sea and the Maya Mountains, with the water’s edge just steps away. The resort includes 430 feet of private beach; nearly 7,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, well-suited for any occasion; a freshwater luxury pool with cabanas; an intimate spa, and more.

Following their rebrand in late 2019 from ‘Belize Ocean Club’, Umaya unites cultural experiences of southern Belize and adventures from nature’s bounty—a familiar ethos at the heart of The Belize Collection. The name ‘Umaya’ itself means ‘one’ in Maya, and the feeling of one community is weaved throughout the property, too. The beachside is an oasis of relaxation, hosting both Fyah Bar & Grill and a vast swimming pool for hours of lazing in the cool blue for leisure at your disposal.

And with views of the Cockscomb Basin, Restaurante Laguna—the on-site Belizean restaurant led by Executive Chef Rahim Melendez, the corporate chef behind all The Belize Collection eateries—dives headfirst into the locavorian movement with “village”-inspired fare. At Umaya, guests can relish in the hand-picked ingredients just a few yards away,  whether in cocktails or cuisine.

“The Belize Collection is excited to add Placencia and to bring its world-class service, attention to detail, unique cultural offerings, and its dedication to the guest experience to Umaya Resort,” said Ian Lizarraga, managing partner at The Belize Collection, in a press release. “This location is in the heart of a popular eco-destination, perfect for people looking to soak up the sun, snorkel the Barrier Reef, learn of our Mayan history, and hike in the world’s most pristine rainforest. It’s all here and we are thrilled to be offering it to our guests.”

If you haven’t quite found your sea legs to beckon in diving or snorkeling escapes offshore, Umaya’s team can customize the jungle escapade of your dreams. Zip-line through Belize’s treescapes, emerge yourself in culture with a chocolate-making class, or leisurely tour Cockscomb Basin by river tube. Ready to explore, rest, and repeat at Umaya with The Belize Collection? Book direct here.

More about The Belize Collection

The Belize Collection also owns and operates Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge located in Belmopan, Belize; plus The Lodge at Jaguar ReefThe Colonial at Jaguar Reef, and Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef located outside of Hopkins Village, Belize.

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