Top 15 Resorts, Lodges & Hotels in Cayo Belize
Over the years, Cayo has been dubbed as the Eco tourism Capital of Belize due to its abundant of Maya ruins like Caracol, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, waterfalls like Rio on Pools and Thousand Foot Falls, meandering rivers like the Macal and Mopan, and spectacular caves like Actun Tunichil Muknal and Barton Creek.
Cayo also has a plethora of resorts, lodges and hotels that can be used as bases to explore the wonderful attractions of western Belize.
Below we have put together a list of the top affordable and reasonable resorts, lodges and hotels in Cayo that you can stay in on your next vacation:
Cahal Pech Village Resort
Located in San Ingnacio, this rustic-style resort features spectacular views of the Belize River Valley and offers guests free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant. Cahal Pech Village Resort also has a tour desk.
Each suite and room at this property is totally air-conditioned and comes with a cable TV, a wardrobe and a balcony. The private bathrooms feature a shower and toilet. Suites are also offered.
Local cuisine is served at the on-site restaurant, while guests will find other restaurants, many offering international cuisine, within a 10-minute walk.
Cahal Pech Village Resort can organize canopy tours and nature outings, or guests can relax at the outdoor swimming pool. Massages and other spa services can also be arranged.
The Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins are a 5-minute walk from the property, while Philip SW Goldson International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.
Surrounded by rainforest and set next to the Macal River, Midas Resorts is a 10-minute walk from the centre of San Ignacio. The pretty complex features a hot tub, outdoor swimming pool and attractive gardens.
Set in charming cabins, each villa and suite at the Midas Resort has bright décor and comes with a terrace. All accommodation has air conditioning, cable TV and a ceiling fan.
Guests can enjoy an English breakfast in the Midas’ dining room. There is also a bar, where free Wi-Fi is available.
The Midas Resort has an ideal setting for fishing and horse riding. The resort arranges trips to nearby caves and Mayan ruins, as well as bird watching excursions.
Windy Hill Resort
Windy Hill Resort is a 15-minute drive from the Guatemala border, in San Ignacio, Belize. It offers a gym, outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi zone and free parking.
Accommodation is in cottages or rooms, all with a fan, cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Cottages feature air conditioning and have a flat-screen cable TV and terrace with a hammock. They offer garden, mountain or pool views. Rooms have a balcony with garden views.
The complex has an à la carte restaurant and a lounge bar. Room service and packed lunches can be requested.
Massage is available and there is a laundry and ironing service. The tour desk can arrange a variety of excursions and an airport shuttle service is available for an extra charge.
Mahogany Hall Luxury Boutique Resort
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Mahogany Hall Luxury Boutique Resort is located in the quaint Village of Bullet Tree. It boasts beautiful tropical gardens and features free daily breakfast.
The spacious suites at this hotel are totally air-conditioned and come equipped with wooden décor, a flat-screen cable TV and a private balcony. All rooms have a large private bathroom with a shower and toilet.
Fruit, muffins, juice and coffee is served for breakfast daily, and the property’s “Ricos” restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, offering a wide range of national and international dishes.
The Mayan Ruins of Cahal Pech are 20 minutes away in car, while the Barton Creek Caves are a 15-minute drive away. Philip SW Goldson International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive from Mahogany Hall Luxury Boutique Resort.
San Ignacio Resort
Just a 5-minute drive from the Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins, San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers an outdoor pool, an spa and fantastic jungle views. The Green Iguana Conservation Project is based on site.
Each bright air-conditioned room has elegant décor, free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony overlooking the jungle. All rooms offer a safe, flat-screen cable TV and bathroom with a bathrobe, hairdryer and free toiletries
San Ignacio Resort Hotel has a restaurant, which serves international and Belizean cuisine. You can also find local restaurants within a 5-minute walk, in the centre of San Ignacio.
Free private parking is available at the San Ignacio Resort and the 24-hour reception can provide information about the surrounding area. The border with Guatemala is 15 km away, while Belmopan is a 30-minute drive away.
Maya Mountains Lodge
Surrounded by tropical gardens, Maya Mountain Lodge & Tours offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant and bright accommodation with free Wi-Fi and wonderful garden views. San Ignacio town is 2.5 km away.
Each air-conditioned room and cottage at the Maya Mountain Lodge features colourful, functional décor and a bathroom with a shower and towels. Some also have a kitchenette and a porch with hammocks.
The on-site restaurant serves fresh natural dishes, including vegetables and herbs from the gardens. Several nights a week, you can enjoy themed dinners based on the different ethnic cuisines of Belize.
The property organizes activities including kayaking, cookery classes and tours of Mayan ruins such as Xunantunich and Caracol. They can also arrange trips to Actun Tunichil Muknal, known as the Cave of the Crystal Maiden.
The area around Maya Mountain Lodge is ideal for hiking and bird watching. The border with Guatemala is within a 20-minute drive, while Belmopan is a 30-minute drive away.
Ka’ana Resort & Spa
Set in beautiful gardens, Ka’ana Resort & Spa features a spa, an infinity pool and charming rooms with terraces. Located outside San Ignacio, it offers excursions to nearby national parks, caves and the rainforest.
The spacious rooms at Ka’ana Resort & Spa are set in small houses overlooking the tropical gardens. All rooms have a small seating area with an iPod dock, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
La Ceiba Restaurant serves gourmet Belize cuisine using organic produce from the Ka’ana’s gardens. Private dining is available next to the pool, on the terrace or in the wine cellar.
Ka’ana Resort & Spa spa offers treatments using sugar, cocoa and coffee. Holistic therapies and massage are also available.
The property is within 50 km of 4 forest reserves and a 10-minute drive from the border with Guatemala.
Set within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Blancaneaux Lodge offers an outdoor pool, organic gardens and 2 restaurants. Each charming bungalow and villa has a balcony with wonderful river views.
The luxurious bungalows and villas feature a spacious seating area, a mini-fridge, free WiFi and an iPod dock. Villas also have a kitchenette. The en suite bathrooms include a bath or shower and a hairdryer.
Blancaneaux Lodge is surrounded by pine trees and has its own orchid trail. The property can arrange hiking to a nearby waterfall and caves. Free bikes are also available to explore the surroundings.
Free parking is provided at Blancaneaux Lodge. San Ignacio town is around 30 km away, while the Guatemalan border is within 50 km. Belize City can be reached in 2.5 hours by car.
Mariposa Jungle Lodge
Surrounded by jungle, Mariposa Jungle Lodge offers luxury thatched cabins, a nature trail and an outdoor pool with a slate waterfall. This boutique eco-lodge is a 30-minute drive from San Ignacio.
Each charming cabin at the Mariposa Jungle Lodge has canopy beds with mosquito netting and a screened porch with a hammock and stunning jungle views. Each cabin has a minibar, unlimited purified drinking water and a remote-controlled fireplace.
The main Lodge has a traditional Belizean restaurant, a full bar and a lounge with a large TV and a collection of books, artwork and board games. Free Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge building and by the pool and hammock palapa.
Trekking, caving and zip lining are popular in the surrounding jungle. The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest reserve is only 15 minutes’ drive from Mariposa Jungle Lodge, while Belmopan is 45 minutes’ drive away. The Guatemalan border and the Caracol Maya Site are about 1.5 hours away.
Rumors Resort Hotel
Rumors Resort Hotel features free Wi-Fi, free public parking and children’s playground.
The air-conditioned rooms have balcony or patio. They offer cable-TV and private bathrooms with shower.
The property’s restaurant serves local and international food. Activities at the Rumors Resort include karaoke nights.
Cahal Pexh Mayan Ruins are 5 minutes by car and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are 10 minutes by car. The town of San Ignacio can be reached within 5 minutes by car.
Parrot Nest Lodge
Offering a restaurant, Parrot Nest Lodge is located in Bullet Tree Village which is 15 minutes away from San Ignacio. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge. The accommodation will provide you with a balcony. You can enjoy garden view from the room. Extras include bed linen and a fan.
At Parrot Nest Lodge you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a tour desk and luggage storage. The property offers free parking.
Mystic River Resort
Mystic River Resort offers beautiful riverside cabins surrounded by rainforest, just 10 km from San Ignacio. This luxury resort features a private river beach, a spa, organic gardens and an open-air restaurant.
Each stylish fully equipped studio and suite is set in an independent cabin with wonderful river views. All suites have a sofa, a safe, free WiFi and a private bathroom with bathrobes.
Mystic River Resort’s tour desk can arrange many activities and excursions. These include horse riding, canoeing and river tubing, as well as visits to Mayan ruins and guided treks through caves and waterfalls.
Free parking is available at the Mystic River Resort. The border with Guatemala is only 25 km away, while Belmopan is 45 km away.
Offering a restaurant, Rolson Hotel is located in San Ignacio. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a balcony. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a bath or shower. You can enjoy mountain view and city view from the room. Extras include cable channels.
At Rolson Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, luggage storage and laundry facilities. The property offers free parking.
Vanilla Hills Lodge
Vanilla Hills Lodge offers spacious bungalows located in the lush tropical jungle outside of San Ignacio. It is a short walk from the Mopan River and offers free Wi-Fi and parking.
Each bungalow here features cozy wooden décor and comes equipped with a seating area, a kitchenette and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. They also have a private terrace overlooking the gardens.
Vanilla Hills Lodge serves a wide variety of organic meals for breakfast and dinner, and guests can also prepare meals in their bungalows. There is a market within 6 km of the property.
The Mayan ruins of Xunantunich can be reached in a 20-minute drive, while Philip SW Goldson Airport outside Belize City is 125 km away.
Amber Sunset Jungle Resort
Set atop a mountain with brilliant views of the surrounding Cayo District, this newly opened eco-resort is both high end and unique.
Spread out over 28 hilly acres, Amber has five unique cabins, each named after one of the cultures that makes up the tapestry of Belizean life. Each cabin is built and furnished with locally sourced and crafted materials.
Lonely Planet’s favorite: The Garifuna, which features a king sized bed suspended from ropes, indoor rock-tiled shower and an outdoor stone pool for bathing beneath the stars.
Other rooms also have their own outdoor tubs. There’s a beautiful onsite restaurant serving local and international cuisine (meals BZ$12 and up) and a hilltop pool with an attached bar, auspiciously named Wild Things. Guests at Amber Sunset can enjoy nature walks on the grounds and management will arrange tours to ruins, caves and other areas around Belize.