An Island Package Promising Two Dreamy Hideaways of Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Retreat; refuge; sanctuary. Three synonyms for one word: hideaway. A place someone can escape to for privacy, relaxation, or seclusion; a destination that also promises all three. Belize in itself is undeniably a hideaway, but go deeper, and there are eco-lodges and luxury resorts within that double down on the very definition. Here’s one package to experience both of Belize’s duality—salty seaside memories and lush rainforest discoveries—with Victoria House Resort & Spa’s Hideaways of Belize vacation package.

Perks of traveling to Ambergris Caye during Low Season

Photo by ROEming Belize

You’re vacationing in the tropics, and Belize’s rainy season—with its only other season being dry—also coincides with summer and our low season for travel. Although there’s never a bad time to visit Belize, it is important to remember that plans can get interrupted because of rain or a possible storm. However, your odds are pretty good, if we do say so ourselves! It’s more likely to rain in the early morning, evenings, or nighttime, and no tour was ruined solely by overcast skies. Belize’s tourism industry and seasoned travelers know all this, of course, which is why they’re quick to embrace its perks: room rates are slashed, airline tickets are lower, and you’ll have sites & attractions almost entirely to yourself. 

Take Victoria House Resort & Spa for example: despite being one of the most appointed luxury resorts on the island, rates drop ~15% from June 1 with Low Season, in comparison to their Peak Season rates. It’s also why we’re taking a closer look at Victoria House’s Hideaways of Belize Package, promising two wild, luxury getaways — both in Northern Belize.

Your Island Hideaway

Your salty sanctuary is but two miles south of San Pedro Town, the metropolis of Ambergris Caye. Yet, you’ll feel worlds away while at Victoria House Resort & Spa: the sea and its tranquil sounds follow you everywhere you go, and its 40+ years of hospitality are weaved throughout every bespoke experience. And as one of the first-ever resorts in the country, Victoria House’s Caribbean blue roofing, stark white sands, and meticulously manicured gardens aren’t only iconic, but they’re also award-winning.

The largest full-service spa on Ambergris Caye (3,500 square feet!) are a big sell, but so are its vacation packages. At your island hideaway, you’ll stay in a breezy Casita or Palmetto Room for 3 or 4 nights, where a bottle of prosecco awaits. You’ll have massages for two inside one of their five treatment rooms (or by special request, on the beach), a two-stop snorkel to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley (including equipment), all three meals daily, and all ground transportation to-and-from the airstrip. That’s because your next stop whisks you away from the 25-mile isle to the district of Orange Walk to a stylish, safari-style jungle hideaway: Chan Chich Lodge.

Your Rainforest Hideaway 

Rustic refuge meets mountainside retreat inside the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon basin? Step into Chan Chich Eco-Lodge. Or rather, trek by a dirt road in a 4×4 all-terrain vehicle. So exclusive—with its unbothered wildlife to back it up—visitors need to give their vehicle model, color, and plate numbers a week prior to visiting. Surrounded by the Selva Maya Forest Reserve, Chan Chich is the real deal.

Within a remote northwestern corner of Belize on 30,000 acres of private nature reserve lies 12 rustically charming yet comfortable thatched-roof cabanas and one two-bedroom villa set amid the grounds of an ancient Maya ruin. Think phenomenal birding and the occasional puma sighting. Or, just dig into farm-fresh organic produce at a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating, cocktails in the tropical-themed bar, and a screened-in swimming pool with Jacuzzi.

With this package, you’ll stay in a Regular or Deluxe Cabana for 3 or 4 nights—a complimentary bottle of wine and welcome cocktail included. Explore the property by bicycle, or take any daytime walk, vehicle tour, or hour of horseback riding instead, they’re all included! And because you’re on the Gallon Jug Estate, an arm of Bowen Holdings, you’ll also have your pick of Belikin Beer, bottled water, juices, and an assortment of soft drinks. Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily for two as well as all domestic travel in Belize between Hideaway vacation package resorts.

All images via respective properties; header image via Victoria House Resort & Spa.

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