13 Unique Belize Resorts to Visit this Fall
If you’re planning to visit Belize this fall, but you can’t decide where to stay because you have found too many choices, it’s understandable. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of resorts known for their luxe environs, amenities and award-winning hospitality—and this doesn’t begin to touch on the natural wonders that await your arrival like our famous reef, jungles, wildlife, Mayan ruins and the friendliest English-speaking people on the planet.
The following 13 resorts are not just enclaves of relaxation and pleasure; they’re trend-setting lodgings that have put Belize on the Caribbean tourism map. Are they the only reason Belize has a growing reputation for being the hottest destination in the region? Nope. Airlines are adding routes to meet growing demand–the newest of which are Westjet, starting direct Toronto flights in October, and Southwest Airlines launching a Denver leg to its already-impressive U.S. cities of origin list as of March 2017.
#1 Resort: Victoria House
Location: Ambergris Caye
Unique feature: If Belize’s past intrigues you—after all, if the British hadn’t colonized, English wouldn’t be spoken by everyone you meet—a stay at the award-winning Victoria House should be at the top of your wish list. Rest and relaxation are the order of the day within this glamorous 42-suite haven, but if you decide that a dose of excitement is just what the vacation doctor ordered, walk one mile to San Pedro to get your fun fix!
#2 Resort: Chabil Mar
Unique feature: Imagine a 400-foot private beachfront reserved just for the limited number of guests living in luxury at the resort. Tropical balconies are the very definition of the word “private,” so what goes on at Chabil Mar, stays at Chabil Mar. A gourmet eatery on the grounds will delight your palate, but if you prefer an intimate meal on the balcony you may never want to leave, just say the word.
#3 Resort: Portofino
Location: Ambergris Caye
Unique feature: Imagine yourself sequestered in a tropical paradise: a treetop suite that’s lavished with local handmade furnishings and a view of the Caribbean that’s picture postcard perfect. Portofino could remind you of South Sea Island living, but this magical accommodation is so much closer and you needn’t leave the premises to have the vacation of your dreams thanks to the resort’s spa and eatery.
#4 Resort: The Placencia Hotel & Residences
Unique feature: Opened in 2003, the stellar reputation of The Placencia Hotel & Residences has now gained further accolades and notoriety. While already an impressive resort and property, the addition of the new Casino at the Placencia has added a new dimension to the stay and play resort. Sure, you can still spend your holiday lounging on the beach, patronizing the spa and eating gourmet food, but the addition of Belize’s new casino gaming ‘s epicenter makes The Placencia the one-stop, must-visit destination in the region. Offering a full range of gaming, you can enjoy the excitement of the casino action, and then relax by the beautiful, swim up bar and watch the activity at the new mega-yacht marina. Whether swimming, snorkeling, fishing or planning your future trip to the upcoming golf course, there is something for everyone, every hour of every day. the 24/7 playground in paradise.
#5 Resort: Cahal Pech Village Resort
Location: San Ignacio
Unique feature: Rumor has it, guests plop themselves down on the hammocks set up on their roomy, tropical, thatch-roof verandas and must be talked into leaving their cabanas from time to time! If you choose this all-natural setting, you’ll also find yourself in proximity to one of the most-visited Mayan ruins in Belize. This unique community is a great fit for couples and family: nearby San Ignacio awaits if you need a taste of town life.
#6 Resort: Caves Branch
Location: San Ignacio
Unique feature: Clever architects turned this former jungle river camp into a cozy village of 5-star tree houses that call to the adventurers in the souls of visitors. If access to Belize’s unique flora and fauna off the beaten path is exactly what you crave, you’ll be well positioned to cram as many natural tours and attractions into your schedule—just as long as you can drag yourself away from the resort’s hot tubs and roof-top decks.
#7 Belize Adventure, Inc.
Location: Benque Viejo Del Carmen
Unique feature: Imagine yourself perched atop a jungle mountain in a spacious cabin that’s so far off the tourist grid, you’ll be forced to redefine your idea of what a tropical treehouse should look like. Nature lovers flock to this eco-resort for the authentic jungle experience. Explore natural wonders like the Macal River, waterfalls, Mayan ruins, cave tubing and more. Call the Maya Mountains your home during your Belize stay and forget the word “stress.”
#8 Resort: Barefoot Caribe
Location: Caye Caulker
Unique feature: If your idea of a proper vacation calls for access to every kind of fishing activity the Caribbean has to offer, grab your gear and book your Barefoot Caribe room now. There’s a well-established restaurant onsite that’s an island favorite and nearby dive and snorkel shops are ready to provide anything that suits your fancy. If you’ve always wanted to see the Big Blue Hole that Jacques Cousteau raved about, you’ll be nearby, so make this excursion the highlight of your trip.
#9 Resort: Black Orchid Resort
Location: Belize City
Unique Feature: If spending part of your precious vacation time commuting from the airport to your final destination isn’t your style, get off the plane in Belize City and spend just 15 minutes getting to your Black Orchid suite. There are accommodation choices for every budget: comfortable rooms, luxury suites and villas. Tucked into a rainforest setting that separates you from the world, you can book excursions if you like—-but you don’t have to leave the grounds to have an idyllic holiday.
#10 Resort: Banyan Bay
Location: San Pedro
Unique feature: This is the place frequent visitors prefer if they’re bringing their families, so if you’re traveling as a group, this resort makes the perfect lodging. Spread out in your oversize suite that’s just steps from the waterfront restaurant. Kid-style entertainments exhaust youngsters by day’s end, so you enjoy the bonus of a romantic dinner once they’re in dreamland.
#11 Resort: Yok Ha
Location: Waterfoot Caye
Unique feature: If nothing will do but a luxury suite on a tiny private island, Yok Ha promises to deliver on the romance and seclusion big time. At just three acres, you couldn’t get lost here if you tried, but that’s exactly what guests have in mind from the moment they spot the brightly-colored cabins that stand in contrast to the whitest beach you’ve ever seen. Come to the island. Get on island time. Nobody leaves here with regrets!
#12 Resort: Laru Beya
Unique feature: Frequent guests refer to Laru Beya as their favorite exotic getaway because you’ll marvel at the amount of privacy this award-winning property affords guests. Honeymooners love exclusive access to the resort’s gourmet restaurant so they don’t ever have to leave this luxury property unless the spirit moves them. Laru Beya gives you access to all the Caribbean offers…including non-stop cooling breezes.
#13 Resort: San Ignacio Resort
Location: San Ignacio
Unique feature: One needn’t look far to figure out how the San Ignacio Resort earns its reputation for being unique: book accommodations here and you’ll be sequestered within the environs of what everyone calls, “the only jungle in town.” In fact, this former estate has been transformed into a hillside kingdom overlooking the Macal River where the vistas are nothing short of spectacular.
If you’re slightly overwhelmed, you won’t be the first traveler to feel that way and having multiple choices has caused more than one traveler to split their time in Belize between two locations. Your grand vacation awaits so pack a bag (casual duds only) and get started. Even if you stay at only one resort, nobody will stop you from visiting the other 12 while you’re here to satisfy your curiosity!