Why Placencia, Belize + Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas Adds Up to a Great Winter Getaway 

by Larry Waight

If the thought of a white Christmas doesn’t exactly fill you with delight, it might be time for a change in scenery. And if the idea of running away to the tropics for a holiday seems extravagant to you, you may be surprised to discover what Belize has to offer. This Caribbean country is comfortably warm throughout the year, and you can spend your holidays comfortably dipping into some of the warmest and bluest waters on Earth. Direct flights allow you to reach Belize in less than three hours, and the fact that English is the national language ensures that you’ll feel right at home when you arrive.

Sirenian Bay: A Subtler Approach to Luxury Travel

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Sirenian Bay Resort and Villas is a relatively recent resort development in Belize, but they’re already setting new standards for what a Belize vacation can look like. They wear the badge of boutique resort seriously, and they understand that a true luxury experience carefully walks the line between offering everything that guests would need without being overbearing. If you’re looking to enjoy your winter in Belize in privacy, you’ll get all the solace you need.

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The Manatee Villa at Sirenian Bay

The Bungalows offer a curated experience in paradise without having to worry about surprise charges at the end of your trip. These private bungalows can sleep from two to six people depending on the size of your party, and any bungalow stay is an all-inclusive experience. Sirenian Bay offers transport to and from the Placencia airstrip, and you’ll be treated to a complimentary drink as soon as you arrive. From there, you can just kick back and relax knowing that all of your food and local drinks will be free of charge.

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If you’re looking for something more luxurious and private, you can turn your attention to the villas themselves. The Turtle, Seahorse, and Manatee Villas each have their own sense of personality — and there are options that will work whether you’re traveling on honeymoon with your partner or with your entire extended family. All of these villas come with spacious designs accented with local interior design and full kitchens. The homey and modern aesthetics will be the perfect fit for your holiday celebrations.

Placencia: A Perfectly Positioned Paradise


Seascapes at Sirenian Bay.

While Sirenian Bay has been carefully crafted to offer a rejuvenating boutique experience, the location of the resort itself is just as important. Sirenian Bay is positioned on the Placencia Peninsula — a strip of land in Belize’s southeast that is 16 miles north to south despite being only a half-mile wide. The result is some of the highest density of beaches in the world and the assurance that you’re always within reach of the shore.


Try a round of mini-golf at Inky’s Restaurant, Bar & Mini-Golf.

Cruise five miles down the coastline and you’ll hit the town of Placencia Village. There’s an authenticity and a liveliness to this town that you won’t find in more developed tourist towns like San Pedro, and life is friendly and slower down here. Residents are just as likely to get around on golf carts as they are to drive a car, but Placencia is a major hub for excursions both out into the Caribean Sea and deeper into the country’s interior. Whether you’re looking to explore everything Belize has to offer or simply luxuriate by the waves, Sirenian Bay is positioned to roll out the perfect vacation experience.

Fine dining in Southern Belize at Sirenian Bay’s Inky Restaurant. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

If you do want to journey further afield, the helpful front desk can help you arrange for everything you need. Thanks to a partnership with local tour operator Captain Jak’s, Sirenian Bay has cornered the market on excursions and adventures. Whether you want to go diving around the barrier reef or exploring dark caverns inland, you can count on the locals at Captain Jak’s to give you a straight answer. 

Everything You Need in One Place 

Placencia Village is well worth a visit, but Sirenian Bay is a surprisingly self-sufficient community in its own right. Nearby Maya Beach offers a level of privacy to swimmers and sunbathers looking to avoid the crowds, or you can borrow a complimentary kayak or paddleboard to see what the waters are like for yourself. Get your heart rate up at the tennis or pickleball courts, then treat yourself to some pampering at Siren’s Spa. There’s even a full mini-golf course known as Inky’s on-site.

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Play a round of mini-golf then dine at Inky’s Restaurant.

You can also be confident that you’ll be well-fed no matter what your dietary preferences are. Beach Grille, Inky’s Restaurant and Bar, and three60 Martini Bar offer a variety of drinks and tastes to suit even the pickiest of guests — or you can enjoy a drink right at the pool at Snooty’s Pool Bar. For those seeking out a little more privacy, Sirenian Bay offers both delivery services and private chefs.

Sirenian Bay recognizes that luxury means different things to different people, and that’s why they’ve made choice such an integral part of the experiences they deliver. Spend your winter in Belize today, and let Sirenian Bay host you. Just be aware that you may not want to ever leave. 

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