Vacation Like A Celebrity At This Exclusive Private Island In The Middle Of The Caribbean Sea

by Carolee Chanona

This next year will break significant tourism records, so this is the time to go big with your plans—and there’s never been a better reason to vacation like a celebrity on a Belize private island. Earlier this month, the Belize Tourism Board made note of the destination’s swift recovery with 370,524 overnight tourist arrivals in 2021, which was 69.2% more than the previous year. Aside from Belize’s beautiful beaches, cerulean water, and largely untouched, lush landscapes, it’s easy to identify what makes this stretch of paradise (no larger than the state of Massachusetts) stand out among its more familiar peers in the region.

For one, Belize boasts over 400 offshore islands and islets along with the world’s second-largest reef, and this private island is letting its guests vacation like a celebrity in the heart of an atoll. If you’re ready for your GOAT vacation trip, this all-inclusive and awe-inspiring package at Manta Island Resort in Belize rewards you with celeb status, just for being you. 

Meet Manta Island Resort: Belize’s Newest Luxury Private Islands 

A-list celebrities don’t just go on vacationthey head to private islands for the ultimate getaway that promises peace and solitude, away from the prying eyes of any paparazzi. And quietly, Belize has actually been the Caribbean’s answer to virtually every kind of vacation demand all along: adventure, romance, nature, culture, cuisine…you name it. Named in 2022 by Tripadvisor Travelers as one of the Hottest New Hotels in the WORLD, the world is certainly starting to be let on, though. 

At a humble 12 acres, Manta Island Resort is a beach luxury that’s bound to exceed any expectations—no stir-crazy island fever here. Opened in 2021, the 12-acre Manta Island features nine Private Oceanfront Cabanas and three 2-Bedroom Reef Villas, plunge pool included. 

Opened in 2021, accommodation in one of just nine oceanfront cabanas – which sleep up to 3 guests – or in one of their two reef villas, which promises the pinnacle of barefoot luxury. In fact, the higher-tiered reef villa is Manta’s two-bedroom overwater bungalow, and it’s complete with a private infinity pool, outdoor sala, walk-in showers with rain heads, and more. On the table, expect seasonal organic cuisine from your gourmet private chef, or a floating fruit platter in your private plunge pool on arrival; that’s aside from a fully stocked kitchen of your favorite snacks, thanks to a pre-arrival questionnaire. 

Getting there involves a helicopter or a private boat transfer for the 36 miles from mainland Belize’s coastal town of Dangriga – unless you have your own wings, that is. Whether you’re planning a girls’ trip, a honeymoon, or the ultimate solo vacay, Manta Island Resort is Belize’s hottest private island that’s seriously next-level luxe. And luckily, you don’t have to be an A-lister to stay at this stunning spot.

All The Lavish Details Of Manta’s Celeb Vacation Package 

Aside from rum-spiked cocktails and endless water activities, this idyllic island offers more than you would imagine given its size. The big draw here is actually the remarkable aquatic life in the surrounding marine protected area, compactly biodiverse within eyeshot of your Belize reef villa. It’s an average of 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, which makes it perfect to explore your private island’s “backyard” and one of only four atolls in the entire Western Hemisphere: the elliptical ring of coral in the Caribbean Sea called Glover’s Reef Atoll stretches 20 miles long and seven miles wide.

Though there’s islandwide WiFi, you’ll want to skip Netflix for what’s included in your Celebrity Vacation Package. On a special luxury boat, you’ll get at least one private guided snorkeling trip, one island hopping guided personal trip, one deep sea fishing charter, and one sunset cruise.  

Connect through any of the 19 major U.S. cities that fly direct to Belize, and be whisked away just <2 hours later by your Manta Island concierge, straight from the Philip Goldson International Airport. With roundtrip local transportation by private helicopter to and from the island, you’ll even get a once-in-a-lifetime flyover tour of Belize’s Great Blue for arrival only; UNESCO-attested, it’s also the only ‘blue hole’ visible from space. 

Arrive, Celeb-Style, To Your Caribbean Island Soujourn

On arrival, your welcome drink awaits at the casual haunt of the Black Coral Bar & Restaurant, which overlooks Glover’s Reef Atoll and doubles to be perfect for lunch, dinner, and sundowners at dusk. Orientation of the island then leads you into your Belize Reef Villa for you and yours—chilled champagne awaits in the comfort of your overwater bungalow, to make unpacking even sweeter and for your “We’re like celebs!” cheers. All daily meals and bar snacks are included, as is one intimate private dinner in your villa. Butler serviced, we recommend saving this experience for your last night—committing each breaking wave to memory, by candlelight on your balcony. Unlimited local bar beverages are included, along with select imported alcohols, though your fridge will be stocked with your chosen non-alcoholic drinks. 

As for post-sun pampering, it’s up to you when to enjoy the included 90-minute massage of your choosing and 45-minute herbal body wrap. Though if you’d rather just take it easy in your private plunge pool, that’s an option too. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls let you take in all the sights of shore break from the comfort of your plush robe on the couch, though included blackout curtains make it easy for a post-snorkel siesta, too. 


Customize your sojourn with a stay of 4 or 7 nights within a haven of tropical splendor—that’s the beauty of VIP status when you vacation like a celebrity at Manta Island Resort, Belize

Images via Manta Island Resort.

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