Here I am including a list of what I consider the best luxury hotels and resorts in Belize right now. Each place has something unique to offer, whether they are a hip boutique hotel with all the modern comforts and world-class amenities or a rustic Eco-haven in the middle of nowhere.
If you think that I’m only mentioning the resorts below because they offer upscale full service or have exclusive clientele, you’re wrong. These properties have been hand selected because they offer spectacular views, exquisite food, the best tour guides and staff, and have a rich ambiance rated “5 Star” in my books.
I also recommend that if you want to have the optimal Belize trip, spending a few days in the jungle before heading to the beach is the best experience. Below I will feature resorts in (1) Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, (2) Western Belize, (3) Southern Coast of Belize, (4) Southern Belize, and (4) Northern Belize. Just so you know, the most popular destinations are in San Pedro in Ambergris Caye and Cayo in Western Belize.
1. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has been luring travelers from around the world for quite some time and thus it is the most popular place in Belize. It’s little sister, Caye Caulker, is also popular, however, it is mostly known for its budget options.
1.1 Cayo Espanto
Located only 3 miles away from Ambergris Caye, this private 4-acre island is the ultimate retreat for couples seeking pampered relaxation, privacy, and world-class service. This luxury resort is known as a celebrity hotspot hosting TV celebrities and billionaires such as Bill Gates, Tiger Woods and many others. What couples rave the most about this place is that the seclusion allows for the perfect ambiance to connect with that special someone.
1.2 El Secreto
El Secreto is one of the most recently constructed resorts in Belize but it’s quickly becoming very well known, both locally and internationally. Considered a chic hotel, people rave about its gorgeous design and the good use of up-to-date technology. But people don’t only like El Secreto for its beautiful features, it’s location in Northern Ambergris Caye offers guest the perfect seclusion and tranquillity.
1.3 Pelican Reef Villas
Pelican Reef Villas has several modern and well-equipped beachfront condos right on southern Ambergris Caye. It is located 10 to 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Pedro and offers the perfect setting for couples and families. Guests enjoy having the option of cooking their own meals or eating at the onsite restaurant and bar. A good day can be spent lounging by the private pool or soaking up the sun at the front beach and dock that allows for relaxation, play, snorkel or fishing.
1.4 The Phoenix Resort
The Phoenix Resort is an aaward-winningbeachside resort located in the downtown core of Ambergris Caye. It’s ideal for travellers seeking to spend a lot of time in the vibrant town of San Pedro yet have the satisfaction of being able to easily find refuge within their nearby hotel. Guests feel right at home with the deluxe condo style accommodations and refreshing set of pools.
1.5 Mata Chica
Mata Chica is a beautiful resort located in Northern Ambergris Caye. It is perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking access to the lively town of San Pedro but not having much interest in spending excessive time there. Accommodations include lovely beach huts and luxurious villas, all which are cozy and uniquely decorated. It is perfect for those desiring the feeling of seclusion after a busy day of exploring nearby attractions.
1.6 Victoria House
This beautiful British colonial-style resort is located a short distance South of the downtown core of San Pedro. As one of the oldest hotels in Belize, Victoria House is known for its elegance, it has luxurious accommodations, world-class service and one of the best restaurants in Ambergris Caye. If you are a fan of pop culture, you will know that Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed (VH1) rekindled their love here.
1.7 Caye Reef Condos
Caye Caulker is the second most popular destination in Belize and it is known for the colorful Caribbean laid-back vibe. However, when it comes to luxury travel, it does not generally cater to this demographic. But for the sake of including such an amazing island destination in this list, I doubled down and came up with the best luxury accommodation recommendation on Caye Caulker. The result is Caye Reef Condos and I promise that if you stay there you won’t be disappointed.
2. Western Belize
Resorts in the Cayo District mostly cater to the eco-conscious traveller that is seeking adventure activities, cultural tours and relaxation in a serene jungle environment.
2.1 The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Chaa Creek is the oldest jungle lodge in Belize and has won many international awards for its design and eco-friendly status. They are one of the pioneers of eco-tourism and were “GREEN” before it was trendy and cool. This resort is perfect for nature lovers seeking adventure or those who just want to relax and enjoy the soothing Belizean rainforest. It is located in a private reserve 1/2 hour away from downtown San Ignacio, Cayo.
2.2 Blancaneaux Lodge
If you’re a fan of The Godfather movies you’re in luck because Blancaneaux is owned by Francis Ford Coppola. This upscale hotel is located in Mountain Pine Ridge and is surrounded by nature – rivers, waterfalls and wildlife. There aren’t any immediate communities nearby and getting there is a bit rough so I hear many people fly in with helicopters.
2.3 Ka’ana Resort
Ka’ana is a fairly new resort in Cayo but it’s quickly gaining a reputation for hosting VIP clientele. They market themselves as a boutique hotel and promote adventure travel and healthy living. It is near San Ignacio and has easy access to the highway.
2.4 San Ignacio Hotel Resort
Founded in 1976, this is one of the oldest hotels in all of Belize. Matter of fact, it was the only “upscale” hotel available in downtown San Ignacio when Queen Elizabeth II visited Belize in 1994. The hotel markets itself as having the only jungle in town since it has a private 17-acre estate filled with birds, Iguanas, and a few other wildlife.
3. Southern Coast of Belize
Hamanasi is the perfect base for travelers seeking an adventure outpost and rustic chic elegance. The resort specializes in scuba diving (it’s a PADI 5-star dive resort) but its prime location in the southeastern coast of Belize makes jungle day trips to Mayan ruins and caves easy. The Garifuna culture is a big highlight of this area.
3.2 Chabil Mar
If you’re looking for villa style accommodations on the beach, Chabil Mar is your place. Aside from having beautiful views of the Caribbean sea, the resort has many amenities and a gorgeous garden surrounding. Chabil Mar is very private, yet it is the closest resort to downtown Placencia…you’re only a short bike ride away where there’s tons of action happening.
3.3 Turtle Inn
Another of Francis Ford Coppola’s esteemed resorts, this sister property of Blancanaeux boasts luxury and a beautiful beach setting. Many famous celebrities frequent this resort, as invited guests of the director or regular vacationers. Turtle Inn sits sandwiched between the sea and the Placencia lagoon.
3.4 Roberts Grove
As one the oldest beach resorts in Belize, the good people at Roberts Grove have mastered the art of providing a tranquil and serene environment. They are situated only minutes away from Placencia but it seems as if they are miles away from any town. I love their pool and their gardens are landscaped amazingly. This is a great place to come on a honeymoon or family vacation.
3.5 Hatchet Caye Resort
Tons of islands flock the coast of Placencia and one of the most popular is Hatchet Caye. The beautiful 7-acre island hosts Hatchet Caye Resort, which has 9 guest cabanas, a restaurant and bar, and offers visitors a true caribbean island experience. Here guests can snorkel right off the beach and go fishing whenever they want.
4. Southern Belize
Toledo was once the least visited place in Belize and now it’s one of the hottest destinations for those seeking to travel off the beaten path. It has dense jungles and some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet.
4.1 Cotton Tree Lodge
Cotton Tree is the perfect escape if you’re seeking rustic luxury and seclusion. They focus greatly on sustainable tourism and the lodge primarily runs on solar power. Here you’ll be able to make your own chocolate, eat homegrown fruits and vegetables and get close to nature by doing jungle activities such as river kayaking and horseback riding.
4.2 Belcampo Belize
Belcampo is an agritourism lodge deep in the jungle of southern Belize. At their onsite organic farm you can find everything that sustains their resort – they grow their own fruits and vegetables and raise livestock for consumption. They are located amid a private nature reserve that is ideal for birding and wildlife spotting. They have easy access to the sea and offer excellent fishing expeditions.
5. Northern Belize
Orange Walk is yet growing as a tourist destination and aside from the extraordinary Mayan ruins of Lamanai, not much is happening there. But of course, there’s one luxe property worth mentioning.
5.1 Chan Chich Lodge
Chan Chich is the best bet for anyone seeking a true jungle experience. This resort is deep in the rainforest of La Selva Maya in Northern Belize and is teeming with wildlife. If you’re a birder…this is the perfect place for you.
Do you know of any other amazing Belizean hotels? Get in touch. If your suggestion is up to par, I’ll consider including it the next time I update this list. Good luck though — I must warn you — I’m picky!