Why Las Terrazas Is Ambergris Caye’s Secret Sweet Spot

by Larry Waight

When many people talk about Belize, what they’re really talking about is Ambergris Caye. Because while Belize is home to jungles, Maya sites, a massive barrier reef, and any number of other awe-inspiring sights, nobody captures the vibe of a beautiful island paradise quite so well as Ambergris Caye. That’s a big feat considering that there are over 400 islands in Belize — but Ambergris Caye manages it thanks to the perfect convergence of properties. It’s positioned within the Barrier Reef proper but is still close enough that water taxis can offer easy access to and from the shore.

And as the largest island of the 200 that sit close to the Belize coast, it’s equipped to handle tourist season in a way that few others are. The town of San Pedro is lively and equipped with all of the necessities — but whether you want to stay close to town or retreat further into the less populated parts of the island, you’ll find yourself courted by a seemingly endless parade of resorts that desperately want you to stay with them. You fortunately don’t need to sort through all the offers, because there’s one resort on the island of Ambergris Caye that stands head and shoulders above the rest. 

Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris Caye

Las Terrazas Resort.

The first moment that you’ll recognize you’re truly being pampered is likely when you’re boarded on a private boat for your transfer from the marina to Las Terrazas Resort. The resort itself is located a few miles north of San Pedro — providing you with isolation and privacy away from the often-bustling commercial hub.

A Home Far, Far Away From Home

Nearly 40 condos constitute this private slice of paradise, but these aren’t merely interchangeable cookie cutter units. Whether you need one bedroom or three, you can find something that will suit the size of your party — and there are even split level units available for groups who want to maintain their own privacy while still vacationing together.

But no matter what size room you pick, you can depend on it to match and then exceed the standards of luxury that you deserve. Hand-made Belizean furniture is used throughout the condos, and they’re all appointed with expansive living spaces in addition to the bedrooms. No one at Las Terrazas goes without Wi-Fi or central air conditioning in their condos, and you can also expect to find a washer and dryer within your unit. All of the units even come with full kitchens for when culinary inspiration strikes.

Staff That’s Ready to Pamper You

Beachside Massages & Treatments Included. Image Courtesy of Las Terrazas

Of course, you never have to cook at Las Terrazas if you don’t want to. You’ll receive a fresh and delicious cocktail as soon as you arrive, and that’s simply setting the stage for the level of care you can expect for the rest of your stay. O Restaurant provides a sumptuous variety of food that draws deeply from Caribbean and Central American influences, or you can stock up on your own supplies at the on-site store.

Many guests find all the rest and relaxation they need out on the beach, but those needing a little more will find it at the premier spa located right on the premises. And if you get bored of swimming in the ocean, you can just turn your attention to the 70-foot infinity pool available to all the guests of Las Terrazas. Yoga mats are available for those seeking out a sense of inner peace, or you can try to reel in your own dinner with the complimentary fishing poles.

And Facilitate Your Adventures

Las Terrazas Bikes

No matter what it is you’re looking to do, you can count on the staff at Las Terrazas to try their best and make it a reality. Kayaks, hobie cats, and paddle boards are available for exploring the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, or you can borrow a bicycle or rent a golf cart for an easy ride to San Pedro.

The front desk is also ready to jump to your needs when you want to get a little more adventurous. While Ambergris Caye is beautiful in its own right, it just offers one little fraction of Belize’s splendor. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities out on the Belize Barrier Reef, but you can catch sight of some of the sea life without having to get wet by just chartering a sailboat. And if you decide you want to venture out onto the mainland, the front desk will be happy to arrange for excursions where you can go zip lining, cave tubing, or venturing into the ruins of the Maya Empire.

A Place Built For You

The view from O Restaurant at dusk

Ambergris Caye is one of the most popular destinations in Belize, which is why it’s refreshing to see that there are still resorts like Las Terrazas in existence — boutique, serene, and focused on the unique needs of every guest. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be royalty, it’s time to find out.                                      


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