Exotic Luxury: 9 Best Resorts in Belize for an Unforgettable Stay

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Snorkel among colorful reefs, visit ancient Mayan sites or zip line through the jungle on your next trip to Belize. This tiny country is located in Central America, bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. Here, white sand beaches, exotic wildlife, warm weather and tropical islands attract tourists all year round.

Enjoy all Belize has to offer by staying at one of its luxurious and all-inclusive resorts. Belize resorts are tucked into the jungle, perched on remote islands and seated on the beach. For complete seclusion, stay at Cayo Espanto, a luxurious resort located on a private island.

Enjoy the many wonders of Ambergris Caye at Alaia Belize or Matachica Resort. Blancaneaux Lodge is a cozy mountain resort, while Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort is a beachfront paradise. Plan your trip now with our roundup of the nine best all-inclusive resorts in Belize.

Cayo Espanto’s Casa Estrella has a hammock, infinity plunge pool, beach area, and two private docks. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

1. Cayo Espanto

Heidi Gollub, one of our SBT writers, recently visited the Belizean private island of Cayo Espanto with her husband. It was the perfect choice to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary — an intimate setting with panoramic views of the Caribbean Ocean. Tucked away in one of the resort’s seven villas, they never saw another guest (but they saw plenty of pelicans and iguanas). 

At Cayo Espanto, gourmet meals are tailored to your taste and served on your schedule. Your personal butlers make sure your private dining experiences are memorable. Start each day with coffee and fresh fruit, followed by a hearty breakfast on your deck. After snorkeling steps from your living room, you can sit down to a healthy lunch on your private beach. Afternoon tea is optional, but save room for an intimate dinner by tiki torchlight served right on your dock. 


2. Matachica Resort, Ambergris Caye

If you’re planning a romantic getaway, look no further than Matachica Resort. This adults-only resort is located on Ambergris Caye island, five miles north of San Pedro Town. Here, guests can dine overlooking the Caribbean Ocean, and sleep nestled in beachfront casitas. Accommodation options also include beach bungalows, oceanfront cabanas, luxury suites and villas.

Spend your day snorkeling, kayaking or biking across the island. The resort can also organize boat trips, fishing excursions, a scuba diving adventure or a day trip to a Mayan temple. To unwind after an active day outdoors, take advantage of the resort’s luxurious spa treatments, including massages, scrubs and facials.


3. Belizean Dreams Resort, Hopkins

This dreamy beach resort is located in Hopkins, a village on the Belizean mainland. With a seaside infinity pool, a tiki bar and direct beach access, Belizean Dreams Resort has everything you need for the perfect tropical getaway.

Accommodations include seven boutique rooms and nine beachfront villas arranged in a U shape. The largest villa can accommodate up to eight people and is a great choice for families. The resort’s restaurant overlooks the beach and serves delicious Belizean cuisine under a thatched roof. Guests can also explore the shops and restaurants in Hopkins.


4. Blancaneaux Lodge, Cayo District

The Blancaneaux Lodge is a dreamy mountain retreat operated by the Family Coppola Hideaways. The resort is nestled in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve in the Cayo District. Here, guests are surrounded by limestone hills, beautiful waterfalls, ravines and rivers.

Guests can stay in cabanas, villas or cottages, which feature screened-in porches, native art, local textiles and antique furniture. There is an on-site spa, located on the banks of a creek. The resort specializes in Thai massages and there is a hot pool heated by hydroelectricity. Guests can also go on an equestrian sightseeing tour, a jungle hike, a biking expedition or swim in pools close to the resort. Dining options include an Italian restaurant, a Guatemalan restaurant, a bar and a casual dining spot in the garden.


5. Alaia Belize, Ambergris Caye

Alaia is suitable for all kinds of travelers. This upscale resort is located in San Pedro, the capital of Ambergris Caye, known for its colorful wooden houses and endless outdoor attractions. When guests aren’t lounging at the hotel pool, they can book cabanas, and golf carts, or embark on an exciting daytime excursion. Helpful staff are happy to arrange tours of Mayan sites, water sports, activities or a visit to Belize’s famous barrier reef, the second-largest barrier reef system in the world.

Those who would rather stay in, can relax at one of three different pool areas. There’s an adults-only pool, a swim-up bar, a beach bar and comfortable cabanas. Retreat to Alaia’s comfortable accommodations, which include studios or one-, two- or three-bedroom suites. For added luxury, select a villa with an ocean view or a private plunge pool. Rooms feature large windows, plush bedding and chic decor.


6. Victoria House Resort, Ambergris Caye

Let Victoria House Resort pamper you. Located two miles south of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye, this boutique resort is a great place to call home while you explore Belize’s many wonders, including the Blue Hole, the Belize Barrier Reef and ancient Mayan ruins.

Stay in a beachfront villa with a private pool, or a romantic stateroom. There are spacious suites, elegant palmetto rooms and thatched roof casitas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the Palmilla Restaurant and the Poolside Patio. Surprise your loved one with a private dinner on the beach.


7. Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Stann Creek

Experience the wonders of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort. This luxury resort sits between the Caribbean Sea and the Maya Mountains on the southern coast of Belize. Guest rooms and suites are uniquely decorated with hardwood furnishings, draped beds and Central American folk art. There are beachfront suites and treehouse rooms in the midst of the jungle.

This resort is the perfect place to embark on a Belizean adventure. Not sure where to start? Consult the resort’s Adventure Center and let helpful staff put together the perfect itinerary for all your travel needs. Learn how to scuba dive, go horseback riding, tour ancient Mayan ruins or trek through the jungle. For a more relaxing vacation, chill by the pool or on the resort’s private beach.


8. Chaa Creek, San Ignacio

Escape to the jungle. Chaa Creek is an eco-lodge dedicated to conserving the natural environment and supporting the local community. In fact, 10% of revenues made from accommodations go towards community projects. The resort is dedicated to green tourism, but also to pampering its guests.

Enjoy an outdoor massage, a luxurious facial or a rich mud treatment at the resort’s on-site spa. Break a sweat by exploring the resort’s 400-acre nature reserve, which features a network of hiking trails. Unwind at the resort’s infinity pool or dine at the farm-to-table restaurant. Accommodation options include villas, cottages, suites and guest rooms.


9. Las Terrazas Resort, Ambergris Caye

Las Terrazas Resort is another luxury hotel located just north of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Guests can stay in private residences, penthouses or deluxe rooms. Some accommodations are located directly on the beach where guests can look out over the Caribbean Sea.

Fill your day with exciting outdoor excursions, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, cave tubing, zip lining and fishing. There are cave tours, boat trips and ruin tours. Those interested in seeing Belize’s famous Blue Hole can take an aerial tour. The resort also has a spa and a large infinity pool.


Adina Keeling is a freelance travel writer from San Diego, CA. She worked in local news for a year until her wanderlust drew her to Costa Rica, where she is now based while freelancing and traveling the world. She has lived in three different countries and traveled to 27. An avid solo traveler, Adina wants to empower other women to safely travel alone.
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