Unplug and Reconnect at Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas in Placencia, Belize  

by Larry Waight

Belize is home to countless marvels — from the world’s second largest barrier reef to the darkness and scale of the expansive ATM Cave to the ruins of a lost empire scattered throughout the interior’s jungle. But one of the country’s most brilliant jewels is also one of its most humble. Placencia Village still has the personality of a sleepy fishing village despite the fact that it’s positioned on a peninsula only a half mile wide. The Placencia Peninsula plunges 16 miles north to south, creating a narrow sliver of land with lovely beaches on either side. Placencia is quickly becoming a destination with the same level of notability as idyllic islands like Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. But even in this slice of paradise, there’s one resort that stands above them all.

A New Breed of Luxury Vacation

Photo Credit: Duarte Dellarole

Luxury vacations have a reputation for being all about status, indulging in expensive things and posing in a way that will make all of your friends back home jealous. Frankly, it’s an exhausting approach to taking a vacation. Sirenian Bay is predicated on the notion that the sumptuous beauty of Placencia can speak for itself. Instead, Sirenian Bay’s approach is to emphasize architecture that doesn’t impede on nature and employing from the local community to ensure that the resort community reflects the values and the vibe of Placencia as a whole.

Specific to Your Individual Needs

Turtle Villa at Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas.

Whether you’re looking to stage an elaborate destination wedding, catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, bring the family somewhere special, or simply get away by yourself for some rest and relaxation, there are accommodations that will fit you like a glove at Sirenian Bay. The 12 bungalows at Sirenian Bay offer views of the beach and rooms flexible enough to suit everyone from two to six people.

But if you really want to go all out, there’s nothing quite like the villas. The Manatee, Seahorse, and Turtle Villas are each wholly unique — and they’re each tailored for a different type of experience. The massive Manatee Villa is a spacious estate with three master bedrooms and the ability to sleep 14, while the Turtle Villa is the perfect, cozy space for an intimate couple’s escape.

All of Belize at Your Fingertips


Seascapes at Sirenian Bay.

Belize is one of the smaller countries in Central America, but the variety of content packed into that relatively small space is awe-inspiring. The staff at Sirenian Bay are happy to help you see as much — or as little — of the natural landmarks in Belize as you’d like. Tours can be booked directly through the resort, and there are a wide number of options available to you. The Belize Barrier Reef is a must see thanks to its incredibly rich ecosystem, but that’s just scratching the surface of what Belize has to offer. Whether you want a cruise down the Monkey River, an excursion into a cave that was once the site of human sacrifice, or the opportunity to go zip lining over lush and verdant rainforests, there’s certain to be a tour that will excite you.

Of course, you don’t need to take a serious day trip to see the beauty that Placencia Peninsula has to offer. Sirenian Bay offers paddle boards, bicycles, and kayaks free of charge to guests, so you always have the option to go out and explore. And if you want additional mobility, the resort’s golf carts are often actually a preferable alternative to having a more traditional car. And while there are dozens of dive sights up and down the coast, you’ll find snorkeling and scuba opportunities much closer to home as well. 

If You Want It

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The Manatee Villa at Sirenian Bay

If you decided you just wanted to hide away in your beautiful villa and spend your whole time on the resort property, that’s okay too. In fact, the staff at Sirenian Bay will do everything they can to make sure you have the experience you dreamed of. Whether you want a private chef or a butler, they can arrange to have your every needed catered for — or you can simply have room service called to your private quarters.

More sociable guests will have plenty to do without needing to step foot into Placencia Village. Snooty’s Pool Side Bar is always serving up creative signature cocktails in addition to classic tropical favorites, while Inky’s 19th Hole Bar & Grill offers more substantial options for everyone. You can even build up an appetite at the adjoining mini golf course if you’re looking to work for your dinner.

Stop Waiting 

Cool off in private plunge pools. Photo courtesy Sirenian Bay

The perfect tropical getaway is within your reach. Belize is accessible from the United States and surprisingly cheap, and you might be surprised at what you can expect when you start talking to the representatives at Sirenian Bay. Let them provide you with the opportunity to unplug and put things in perspective. 


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