It may be tiny, but what Belize lacks in size it makes up for in attractions. Despite spanning less than 9,000 square miles, its stunningly diverse natural beauty, turquoise and coral-hued barrier reef, lush rainforests, and intriguing history make it a must-visit destination. If you've been lured by its cerulean waters, balmy beaches, and fascinating culture, these are the 10 best hotels in Belize to check out.
10. Victoria House Resort & Spa, Ambergris Caye
Located in a scenic setting on Ambergris Caye, the Victoria House Resort & Spa offers guests the ultimate in rest and relaxation. Accommodation is split between rooms, suites, and private casitas - each option is spacious and luxuriously appointed, but for those looking to push the boat out, the private casitas with their elegant four-poster beds, handcrafted furnishings, and shaded verandas overlooking the hotel's lush lawns are worth the extra expense. Onsite amenities include an indulgent spa, an oceanfront infinity pool, a fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar. The hotel also offers an excellent range of organized activities, including caving adventures, scuba diving, Mayan ruin tours, and more.
9. Belizean Dreams Resort, Stann Creek
A small, locally-owned, all-inclusive resort tucked away in a tranquil spot on the coast of Hopkins Village in southern Belize, the Belizean Dreams Resort is ideal for guests looking for the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. Accommodation is provided in nine standalone villas set just feet from a pearly white sand beach, along with seven boutique rooms located within the chic main building. For those looking for an especially memorable experience, several packages are available that promise as much adventure or romance as you can handle - choose between the Belize Jungle & Beach Package, Romance or Honeymoon Package, Inland & Island Package, Just Chillin' Package or the Ultimate Diving Package.
8. Matachica Resort & Spa, Ambergris Caye
With its picture-perfect beachfront location on Ambergris Caye, it's hard to imagine a hotel with a more idyllic setting than Matachica Resort & Spa. Guests have a choice between 30 air-conditioned single unit casitas, each of which comes with its own private porch, or one of two 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villas. Regardless of which you choose, expect an exquisite balance of comfort and luxury, with elegant decor, Frette and Matouk linens, sumptuous bathrooms, and stylish finishing touches. Thanks to the exceptional array of amenities (which include outdoor dining options, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa and fitness center) and a plethora of activities to enjoy (including pedal boating, bicycling, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, sunset reef tours, and more), you're guaranteed a memorable experience.
7. Chan Chich Lodge, Orange Walk
If you want to fully immerse yourself in the Belizean wilderness, you'll struggle to find a better base than Chan Chich Lodge. Set in the heart of pristine rainforest and surrounded by wildlife, it's ideal for nature-loving guests who want to experience as much of Belize's glorious natural beauty as possible. Conservation is very much the order of the day here, with accommodation consisting of charming thatch-roof cottages made from locally-sourced materials and a restaurant serving up wonderful dishes prepared from ingredients sourced at the on-site organic farm. Activities include canoeing, horseback riding, and a variety of tours into the surrounding jungle, including an unmissable 4WD night tour.
6. Belizean Cove Estates, Ambergris Caye
Boasting a clean sweep of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, Belizean Cove Estates promises intimate accommodation in a wonderfully tranquil setting. Set 3 miles north of San Pedro Town on beautiful Ambergris Caye, the accommodation consists of six luxurious beachfront villas with one, two, or three bedrooms, all of which come with marble floors, gourmet kitchens, spacious living and dining areas, and private balconies or patios. With the soft white sands of the beach just footsteps away, it promises the perfect beach getaway for families, couples, and solo travelers alike.
5. BlueBelize Hotel, Toledo
Perched on the highest strip of coastal land in Belize, the BlueBelize Hotel offers the kind of views over the Caribbean Sea and nearby Guatemala that need to be seen to be believed. After making yourself at home in one of the luxurious suites (all of which come with en suite bathrooms, living/dining/kitchenettes or full kitchen with coffee and tea facilities, a large veranda with glass-topped tables, deckchairs, sun lounges, and hammocks, and complimentary wifi), you'll have your pick of activities to choose from, including fishing, snorkeling, bicycling, and touring the Mayan ruins.
4. Matachica Beach Resort & Spa, Ambergris Caye
Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or romance, the Matachica Beach Resort & Spa promises all three in abundance. Set on the pearly sands of Ambergris Caye, this beachfront oasis offers accommodation in authentic thatched casitas, each of which comes with artisan furniture, luxurious bed linen, and private verandas with woven hammocks. For a pampering treat, head to the Jade Spa to enjoy an indulgent treatment or sip on a cocktail by the side of the infinity pool. If you're craving adventure, you'll find a range of activities on offer, including kayak expeditions and guided snorkeling tours.
3. Cahal Pech Village Resort, San Ignacio
Set in a picturesque location in San Ignacio, the Cahal Pech Village Resort serves up wonderful panoramas over the Belize River Valley, a superb onsite restaurant dishing up a range of local and international cuisines, three freshwater pools, lush tropical gardens, and enough activities to keep even the most discerning traveler happy. The accommodation is provided in thatched-roof cottages featuring private, screened verandas with deck chairs and hammocks, artisan furnishings made from Belize hardwood, two exceptionally comfortable double beds, a writing table, and air conditioning.
2. Cayo Espanto, Cayo Espanto
As The Telegraph says, if you're looking for absolute seclusion and attentive service, Cayo Espanto is the ideal getaway. Since 1998, this private island retreat has welcomed guests to enjoy five-class service in the most exclusive surroundings imaginable. Set three miles off the coast of San Pedro, it offers a handful of open-plan villas, each of which comes with its own heated plunge pool, awe-inspiring panoramas over the ocean, and even a private butler service that will let you enjoy freshly prepared dishes, handcrafted cocktails and premium wines from the comfort of your villa whenever you choose. There's a huge variety of activities to enjoy, including fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, beachside strolls, and a range of in-room spa services.
1. Las Terrazas Resort and Residences, Ambergris Caye
Named as one of the best hotels in Belize by US News and Travel, the Las Terrazas Resort and Residences offers blissfully comfortable accommodation on a glorious oceanfront setting on Ambergris Caye. Treat yourself to a massage at the Serenity Spa and Wellness Center, take a dip in the 70-foot infinity pool, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail on the Rooftop Sky Lounge, take a tour of the Mayan rainforest, learn to dive at the Belize Barrier Reef, hop across the waves on a WaveRunner... the opportunities are endless.
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