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 ambience rated “5 Star” in my books.
If you want to have an awesome Belize vacation, I usually recommend a few days in the jungle before heading to the beach. The most popular destinations are Ambergris Caye, Placencia and Cayo.
San Pedro has been luring travelers from around the world for quite some time now and thus is the most popular place in Belize.
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 ambience to connect with that special someone.
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, style and it’s good use of up-to-date technology. But people don’t only like El Secreto for it’s beautiful features, it’s location in Northern Ambergris Caye offers guest the perfect seclusion and tranquility.
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.
The Phoenix Resort
The Phoenix Resort is an award winning beachside 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.
Mata Chica is a beautiful resort located in Northern Ambergris Caye. It is perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking access of the lively town of San Pedro but not having much interest of 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.
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.
Southern Coast of Belize
Hamanasi is the perfect base for Travelers seeking an adventure outpost and casual elegance. They specialize in diving but it’s prime location in the southeast coast makes jungle day trips to Mayan ruins and caves easy. The Garifuna culture is a big highlight of this area.
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.
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.
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.
Resorts in the Cayo District cater to the eco conscious traveler that is seeking adventure activities, cultural tours and relaxation in a serene jungle environment.
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 relax and enjoy the soothing Belizean rainforest. It is located in a private reserve 1/2 hour away from downtown San Ignacio, Cayo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you know of any other striking Belizean hotel? 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!