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Best Overall: Chabil Mar – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"This is an all-villa resort where every room faces the sea, with an air-conditioned living space and a personal veranda."
Best for Romance: Almond Beach Resort and Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Couples should indulge at the onsite spa or at the heated infinity pool with hot tub and swim up bar."
Best Adults-Only: Coco Plum Island - Private Island – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The beaches are never crowded, but there is a separate “privacy” beach at the southern end of the island, if guests need to get away.."
Best for Diving: Hamanasi Belize Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"They hotel has a full line of rental gear and Nitrox and offer classes for all experience levels, from beginner to those going pro."
Best Boutique: Victoria House Resort & Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The intimate beach resort has 42 rooms offering choices between a spacious pool villa, a suite, a well-appointed Stateroom, or a romantic Casita."
Best for Nature: Lodge at Chaa Creek – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Guests can stay in a villa with its own private Jacuzzi in a spacious, palm thatched suite in a beautiful tropical rainforest."
Best for Families: La Terrazas Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Parents can put the kids to bed early with the babysitting service offered and have a romantic private dining experience on the beach."
Best Eco-Friendly: Kanantik Reef & Jungle Belize Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Kanantik sits on the edge of nearby Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a jaguar preserve and bird-watcher’s paradise."
Best for Luxury: Cayo Espanto – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Once at Cayo Espanto, guests can unwind in the plunge pool, at the water’s edge, or on the twin lounge chairs at the end of their very own dock."
Best Overall: Chabil Mar
Chabil Mar is a full-service resort near the quaint Placencia Village on the 18-mile Placencia Peninsula. Travelers are warmly welcomed with a tropical cocktail (rum optional) and fresh flowers. It is an all-villa resort where every room faces the sea, with categories ranging from 950 square feet to 2000 square feet of air-conditioned living space with a personal veranda. Some villas have lofts and two bathrooms.
Guests can access the village by walking down the beach, by bike or kayak, or can even paddleboard to the traditional village to enjoy shopping or local restaurants. And then they can then come back to cool down in one of the two infinity pools.
There is Chef Daniel’s Café Mar, “Restaurant at the Sea”, but the resort can also arrange a private candlelit dinner either on the pier or the beach.
The resort is so enticing that guests may never want to leave, but tours such as a Howler Monkey Tour can be arranged.
Best for Romance: Almond Beach Resort and Spa
On a five-mile stretch of sandy beach and close to the Garifuna Fishing Village of Hopkins, the intimate Almond Beach Resort has just 12 rooms, all beachfront for amazing sunrise and sunset views. The best option for couples is a beachfront thatched cottage, which has a King bed, private porch, and a private outdoor shower.
Couples can indulge at the onsite spa or at the heated infinity pool with hot tub and swim-up bar. The resort offers complimentary paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling gear, but for more organized activity, there is an evening boat tour out to Anderson Lagoon to view magical bioluminescence.
Visits to a jaguar preserve can also be arranged, as can rappelling, chocolate tours, and Mayan ruin tours. After a day exploring, couples can enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant and be entertained by live Garifuna drumming.
Best Adults-Only: Coco Plum Island - Private Island
For adults looking for quiet and privacy, this private island resort is the best option in Belize. All resort packages include local round-trip air transportation to and from Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City and Dangriga, and upon arrival at the airport, guests will be met by a member of the resort team for transport to their accommodations 10 miles away.
The island hosts no more than 42 guests at a time. Coco Plum has 18 stand-alone private cabanas, some standard, some suite, some premium suite, and even one three-bedroom overwater villa for the ultimate in Caribbean luxury.
The beaches are never crowded, but there is a separate “privacy” beach at the southern end of the island. Activities revolve mostly around the water, with diving, snorkeling, and fishing being popular with guests. Guests wake up to beautiful sunrises with frigate birds flying overhead and can stargaze the clear skies at night in hammocks before bed.
Best for Diving: Hamanasi Belize Resort
Hamanasi is an award-winning eco-resort on the Southern coast of Belize, nestled between the Maya Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. The accommodations are treehouses that are raised 12 feet off the ground and surrounded by a variety of lush vegetation, orchids, and chirping birds. Deluxe treehouse rooms even have a Jacuzzi.
The hotel happily caters to all sorts of dietary needs at the on-site Singanga restaurant. And activities are made easy through the free use of kayaks, bicycles, and stand-up paddleboards, but this PADI five-star resort shines when it comes to diving. Staff can take guests to all of the best dive spots, including the Southern Barrier Reef, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Turneffe Islands Atoll, the Elbow, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the Blue Hole and Half Moon Cave. They have a full line of rental gear and Nitrox and offer classes for all experience levels, from beginner to those going pro.
Best Boutique: Victoria House Resort & Spa
On the island of Ambergris Caye just two miles south of San Pedro Town, the largest community on the island, Victoria House is close to restaurants and nightlife, adventurous excursions, and relaxation time on the beach. The intimate beach resort has 42 rooms offering choices between a spacious pool villa, a suite, a well-appointed Stateroom, or a romantic Casita. The friendly hotel staff is great at setting up excursions to Mayan ruins or diving at the famous Blue Hole.
Set amongst coconut palms and loads of flowers, the spa is 3,500 square feet and is the largest of its kind on Ambergris Caye. Dinner at the Palmilla Restaurant always finishes out the day nicely, especially with dining under the stars. Every evening there is a different Amuse Bouche to pique the appetite, and entrees can include fresh conch ceviche, cashew crusted grouper, beef tenderloin, and grilled lobster. The kitchen is also happy to prepare any fish that guests may have caught that day.
Best for Nature: Lodge at Chaa Creek
While this lodge has many room choices, they are all nestled deep within nature. Guests can book a Tree Top Villa and share the forest canopy with toucans and parrots while looking down upon the Macal River or stay in a villa with its own private Jacuzzi in a spacious, palm-thatched suite in a beautiful tropical rainforest.
There is a picturesque trail network throughout this 400-acre nature reserve. Active guests can explore on their own or join a guided tour. Also on-site is a 33-acre Maya Organic Farm that provides freshly harvested produce for The Lodge. The Chaa Creek Natural History Centre was established in 1995 to become the first one of its kind in Belize, and proudly displays local flora, fauna, ecosystems, and geology of Belize. There are also anthropology exhibits depicting the life and culture of the modern Maya.
Best for Families: La Terrazas Resort
Mixing tranquillity and full relaxation for parents with a multitude of activities for kids, La Terrazas is the perfect family resort. Families can lounge right on the beach, in the 70-foot infinity pool or paddle a kayak over the island's transparent waters. After a day of adventure, everyone can unwind in either suites and sea houses with full kitchens and free Wi-Fi. Larger families can book one of the three-bedroom villas on the beach.
Dinners can be casual at the Rooftop Sky Lounge at sunset, or parents can put the kids to bed early with the babysitting service offered and have a romantic private dining experience on the star-lit beach. The concierge can plan a cave tubing adventure through the Maya rainforest or a deep-sea fishing excursion, diving, or WaveRunner rentals. There are complimentary Hobie Cats, bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards, while golf carts and fishing equipment can be rented.
Best Eco-Friendly: Kanantik Reef & Jungle Belize Resort
What makes Kanantik stand out is that it is an eco-sensitive resort and a proud member of the International Ecotourism Society. Shaded by palm trees on 1,300 lush acres in Southern Belize, it's on the edge of nearby Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a jaguar preserve and bird-watcher’s paradise.
There are 25 private stand-alone cabanas that all open onto the clear blue Caribbean waters and have air conditioning, hardwood floors, and four-poster beds.
Guests can hike to the top of a waterfall overlooking the jungle canopy, dive a reef site, visit ancient Mayan ruins and watch the sunset over the mountains from a hammock from the personal cabana deck.
The menu at the restaurant centers around organic produce and herbs grown on the grounds, fresh fish caught daily, beef and fowl raised sustainably on local farms, and coconut syrup handmade from the fruits of trees on the ground.
The location is very remote but can be reached by an easy direct flight to a private airstrip located on resort grounds.
Best for Luxury: Cayo Espanto
Located three miles off the coast of San Pedro, Cayo Espanto is just off the southern shore of Ambergris Caye. Guests can choose from three helicopter routes from Belize International Airport; the direct route which goes over a few cayes, the Red Route which goes over Belize’s Barrier Reef in addition to some cayes or the meandering Orange Route which flies over the Blue Hole and the Turneffe Island. It is even possible to see sharks, dolphins, sting rays, manatees or crocodiles along the way.
Once at Cayo Espanto, guests can unwind in the plunge pool, at the water’s edge, or on the twin lounge chairs at the end of their very own dock. The seven ultra-private villas are situated so that travelers may not see another guest for the duration of their stay.
Spa treatments including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, scrubs, and ear candling take place in the comfort and privacy of the villa. Villas range from a 1,100-square-foot overwater bungalow to a 2,600-square-foot two-story villa with a private plunge pool and alfresco shower.
Guests fill out a preference form upon booking so the chef can craft a unique menu suited to their tastes. Meals can take place in the villa or candlelit on a private veranda.