Top Gold Standard Hotels in Belize

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Tourists visiting Belize are recommended to stay at hotels and vacation rentals that are Gold Standard certified. An initiative by the Belizean government, the Gold Standard program focuses on enhancing cleaning practices, social interactions, workplace policies, and standard operating procedures across the tourism industry.

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🥇 Overview
🤿 Ambergris Caye Hotels
🏝️ Caye Caulker Hotels
🌳 Cayo Hotels
🐆 Hopkins Hotels
🏖️ Placencia Hotels

Belize Gold Standard Hotels

List of Gold Standard Hotels in Belize

Belize Gold Standard hotels are designated resorts that have passed a rigorous test for enhanced health and hygiene protocols. It’s part of the mandatory Gold Standard program introduced by the Belize Tourism Board to promote tourism health and safety.

International tourists are recommended to stay at Gold Standard hotels while in Belize. Fortunately, at this point, most places have received Gold Standard designations, including vacation rentals, restaurants, and tour operators. The program has received the #SafeTravels stamp of approval by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

The list of Gold Standard hotels in Belize is very long so here I’ve broken it down to my favourite hotels at the most-visited destinations in Belize.


Ambergris Caye

Aerial photo of Ambergris Caye

Some of the nicest beach resorts are in Ambergris Caye. Located near many top Belize Barrier Reef attractions, this island is a popular place for people seeking diving, snorkeling, and fishing tours while enjoying the lively beach town of San Pedro, which is the most popular destination in Belize.

Ramon's Village Resort

1. Ramon’s Village Resort

Ramon’s Village Resort brings some of the unique aesthetics of Bora Bora to the island of Ambergris Caye. It’s located in downtown San Pedro but its beachfront thatched cabanas, which are surrounded by a tropical garden and swimming pools, provide a sanctuary for its guests.


Pelican Reef Villas in Ambergris Caye

2. Pelican Reef Villas

Pelican Reef Villas has several modern and well-equipped beachfront condos in south Ambergris Caye. It is located 20 minutes away from downtown San Pedro and offers the perfect setting for couples and families. Guests have the option of cooking their own meals or eating at the poolside restaurant & bar.


Victoria House is an elegant resort in Ambergris Caye

3. Victoria House Resort

This beautiful British colonial-style resort is located a short distance south of the downtown core of San Pedro. As one of the best resorts on Ambergris Caye, Victoria House is renowned for its elegance, luxurious beachfront accommodations, fine dining, and overall world-class service.


Matachica is the perfect romantic hotel in Ambergris Caye

4. Matachica Resort

Matachica is a beautiful adults-only resort in North Ambergris Caye. It is perfect for 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, which are cozy and uniquely decorated.


Blue Tang Inn Beachfront Hotel in San Pedro Ambergris Caye

5. Blue Tang Inn

Perhaps the most affordable Ambergris Caye hotel on this list, Blue Tang Inn is a small beachfront hotel located in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro. It is near many excellent dive shops and popular beach bars such as Wayo’s, The Palapa, and Sandy Toes.


Cayo Espanto offers Overwater Bungalow in Ambergris Caye Belize

6. Cayo Espanto

Located 3 miles near Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto is a private 4-acre island that is the ultimate place to stay for anyone seeking pampered relaxation, privacy, and world-class service. This luxury island resort is a celebrity hotspot hosting TV celebrities and billionaires such as Bill Gates.


Bungalows at PUR Boutique Cabanas in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

7. PUR Boutique Cabanas

As one of the newest adults-only hotels near downtown San Pedro, PUR Boutique Cabanas is quickly becoming a favorite among couples and honeymooners. The resort consists of six bungalows, a small pool, a swim-up bar, and a restaurant. PUR is “compact” but has all the important amenities.


Las Terrazas Resort

8. Las Terrazas Resort

Las Terrazas Resort offers beautiful island-style villa accommodations on the beach in North Ambergris Caye. The resort caters to families and couples looking for adventure and relaxation, and it is consistently rated highly for offering amenities such as spacious rooms, a modern kitchen, and in-room laundry.


The Phoenix Resort

9. The Phoenix Resort

The Phoenix Resort is an award-winning beachside resort located in the downtown core of Ambergris Caye. It’s ideal for travelers 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.


Hilton Belize, Mahogany Bay Resort in Ambergris Caye

10. Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club

Mahogany Bay Resort is a part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton Worldwide. Located in South Ambergris Caye, this resort is set up as an exclusive village that offers seclusion to guests but it’s only 15 minutes away by golf cart from San Pedro’s downtown. The resort is the first international hotel chain in Belize.


Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker is Ambergris Caye’s smaller sister island and a popular stop for travelers looking to relax and enjoy a “go slow” Caribbean vibe. The tours and activities are similar to those at Ambergris Caye but hotel accommodations are more modest since the island attracts individuals seeking an affordable beach vacation.

Colinda's Cabanas, affordable beach cabins in Caye Caulker, Belize

1. Colinda’s Cabanas

Colinda’s Cabanas is one of the most affordable (and popular) places to stay on Caye Caulker. Their beachfront cabanas are centrally located and provide basic, comfortable accommodations. Several amenities come with your stay, including the free use of bicycles, kayaks, and snorkel gear.


We'Yu Boutique Hotel in North side Caye Caulker, Belize

2. We’Yu Boutique Hotel

Located across from Caye Caulker’s famous The Split, We’Yu Boutique Hotel is one of the newest upscale hotels in Caye Caulker. This hotel boasts modern condo-style suites overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the Northside Beach Club, which has one of the nicest beach in Caye Caulker.


Weezie's Ocean-Front Hotel and Garden Cottages in Caye Caulker, Belize

3. Weezie’s Oceanfront Hotel & Garden Cottages

Weezie’s is one of the few nicer condo-style accommodations in Caye Caulker. Its modern rooms have views of the Caribbean Sea and are equipped with many amenities including air conditioning, WiFi, and cable TV. The best thing, however, is the hotel’s short distance from the center of Caye Caulker.


Rainbow Hotel in Caye Caulker

4. Rainbow Hotel

Located on Front Street with lovely views of the beach and the Caribbean Sea, Rainbow Hotel is one of Caye Caulker’s first hotels and it’s possibly the most centrally located Caye Caulker hotel. I’ve stayed here a couple times and I like that it’s no-frills: the hotel is affordable and offers clean and spacious rooms.


Bellas Backpackers Hostel in Caye Caulker

5. Bella’s Backpackers Hostel

Bella’s Backpackers is one of the most popular hostels in Caye Caulker. Along with clean accommodations and a continental breakfast, features at Bella’s include a shared lounge, shared kitchen, garden, private beach, evening entertainment, and free bike rentals to explore Caye Caulker.


Cayo

horseback riding in belize

The Cayo District serves as the main destination for eco-adventures in Belize. Its main hub, San Ignacio is popular with tourists since it provides easy access to many top jungle attractions while having a restaurant and nightlife scene that is not seen elsewhere on Belize’s mainland. Many of Belize’s top jungle resorts are in Cayo.

Chaa Creek Belize Tree House

1. The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Located in a 400-acre private nature reserve 30 minutes from San Ignacio, Chaa Creek is the oldest jungle lodge in Belize and has won many international awards for its eco-friendly status. They are one of the pioneers of ecotourism and were “green” before it was trendy. It’s the perfect place to stay for nature lovers.


Blancaneaux Lodge is owned by francis ford coppola

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 Forest Reserve and is surrounded by nature–rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife. It’s a 1 to 2 hours jeep ride from San Ignacio to get there.


Ka'ana Resort is a luxury boutique hotel

3. Ka’ana Resort

Ka’ana Resort is known for chic luxury and it’s gained the reputation of hosting VIP clientele from major cities across the U.S. It markets itself as a 5-star boutique hotel and promotes adventure travel and healthy living. The resort is near San Ignacio and has easy access to the George Price Highway.


San Ignacio Hotel and Resort

4. San Ignacio Hotel Resort

San Ignacio Hotel Resort is one of the oldest resorts in Belize. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II stayed there during her 1994 commonwealth visit since it was the only “upscale” hotel in downtown San Ignacio. The hotel has a private 17-acre jungle estate in downtown San Ignacio that is filled with birds, iguanas, and other wildlife.


Riverview Cabin at Black Rock Lodge in San Ignacio Belize

5. Black Rock Lodge

Just a few miles from San Ignacio, Black Rock Lodge is situated on a beautiful canyon overlooking the rushing Macal River. The resort has cabins facing the water, an open-style restaurant, onsite hiking trails, bird tower, and it’s a great spot for swimming, tubing, or canoeing.


Cahal Pech Cayo Belize Resort

6. Cahal Pech Village Resort

Perched on top of a hill, Cahal Pech Village offers spectacular views of San Ignacio’s downtown. It is one of the largest hotels in the Cayo District and serves as the perfect base for travelers looking to experience all the adventure tours that Western Belize has to offer.


Waterfall View Rooms at Gaia River Lodge in Mountain Pine Ridge in Belize

7. GAIA Riverlodge

GAIA Riverlodge is perched on top of the Five Sisters Waterfalls in Mountain Pine Ridge. As a Green Globe Certified resort, the lodge is sustainable by design and its secluded location offers guests the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful and tranquil environments in Belize.


table rock jungle lodge belize

8. Table Rock Jungle Lodge

Located in the Maya village of Cristo Rey, Table Rock is an excellent choice if you want a beautiful riverside jungle setting with the convenience of being 30 minutes away from San Ignacio (by car). Even if you don’t stay here, visit their restaurant for a great rotating menu of local and international cuisine.


treehouse belize jungle lodge

9. Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge

Sweets Songs Lodge, formerly duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge, is one of the original eco lodges in Belize. According to the past owner, Judy duPlooy, the lodge has not changed much since its inception in 1987. Guests get to connect with nature and learn about the plants, birds, and animals that are native to Belize.


sleeping giant lodge in Cayo Belize

10. Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

The Hummingbird highway is one of the most picturesque areas in Belize and it’s now home to the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. The resort is located on 50,000 acres of lush Belizean jungle near Belmopan with stunning grounds and nice views of the Maya Mountains.


Hopkins

Many top boutique hotels call Hopkins home. The seaside village is a cultural hotspot for learning about the Garifuna culture of Belize, which includes fun activities such as taking drumming, dancing and cooking lessons. Other top activities include snorkeling, diving, and exploring the nearby Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Hopkins Belize

1. Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

Hamanasi is the perfect base for travelers seeking an eco-friendly resort in Hopkins with rustic chic elegance. The resort specializes in scuba diving but its prime location in the southeastern coast of Belize makes jungle day trips to Mayan ruins and caves easy.


Coconut Row Guest House downtown Hopkins, Belize

2. Coconut Row

Located in downtown Hopkins, Coconut Row offers stand-alone beachfront cabins and two-bedroom apartments with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, and private beach area with coconut trees and hammocks.


Jaguar Reef Lodge in Hopkins, Belize

3. The Lodge at Jaguar Reef

Set on a beautifully manicured beach, Jaguar Reef offers luxurious accommodations in Hopkins. Guests have the option of staying in bungalows or villas with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea. Other amenities include a beachfront pool, restaurant, and an over-the-water bar.


Buttonwood Guest House in Hopkins, Belize

4. Buttonwood Guesthouse

Buttonwood is located near the center of Hopkins and offers clean and elegant beachfront rooms with views of the Caribbean Sea. Along with private outdoor space, guests have condo-style amenities such as a dining room, living room, and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee machine.


White Horse Guest House in Hopkins Belize

5. White Horse Guesthouse

White Horse is one of the newest additions to beachfront accommodations in Hopkins. It offers guests comfortable rooms, suites, and bungalows equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, a microwave, a coffee machine, and a private shower. It’s considered a great place to stay in Hopkins for value.


Placencia

Beach Yoga at Turtle Inn in Placencia, Belize

Known for luxury beach resorts and world-class restaurants, Placencia is a charming coastal village located on an 18-mile peninsula in Stann Creek District. With beautiful beaches and its close proximity to many of the top jungle attractions in southern Belize, the village is one of the most visited hotspots in Belize.

all inclusive resort in placencia belize

1. Chabil Mar Villas

If you’re looking for a villa-style beachfront resort in Placencia, Chabil Mar is your place. Aside from having beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea, the resort is very private and you’re only a short bike ride away from downtown Placencia, where there’s tons of action happening.


Turtle Inn beach hotel by Francis Ford Coppola

2. Turtle Inn

Another one of Francis Ford Coppola’s esteemed resorts, this sister property of Blancanaeux boasts luxury accommodations on a beautiful beach setting. Many famous celebrities frequent Turtle Inn, as invited guests of the director or regular vacationers.


Roberts Grove Placencia Belize

3. Robert’s Grove

Roberts Grove has mastered the art of providing a tranquil and serene vacation environment. The resort is situated only minutes away from downtown Placencia (by car) but it seems as if it is miles away from any town. It’s a great place to stay in Placencia for a honeymoon or family vacation.


Belizean Nirvana Placencia Hotel

4. Belizean Nirvana

Belizean Nirvana is a small boutique 5-suite hotel offering simple, elegant and comfortable accommodations on the beach in the heart of Placencia. Visitors are only a stone-throw away from the all the amenities of downtown Placencia. It’ often rated as one of the best-located hotels in Placencia.


Miramar Apartments is right on the beach in Placencia

5. Miramar Suites

If you’re looking for apartment-style accommodations near the heart of Placencia, Miramar is the perfect place. Miramar is right on the beach, offering seafront views, a private beach area, and a tropical garden. And you’ll only be a short walk away from top restaurants, bars, and groceries.


FAQ

Is staying at a Belize Gold Standard Hotel mandatory?

NO, international tourists are only recommended to stay at Belize Gold Standard hotels. Fortunately, at this point, most places have received Gold Standard designations, including vacation rentals, restaurants, and tour operators.

What is a Belize Gold Standard Hotel?

A Gold Standard hotel in Belize is a property that has passed a rigorous 9-point checklist by the Belize Tourism Board that tests for enhanced cleaning practices, social interactions, workplace policies, and standard operating procedures in the tourism industry.

This involves: (1) Appointing a “Gold Standard Program Manager” (Program Manager) to implement protocols and ensure compliance; (2) Implementing Monitoring & Reporting – to conduct non-invasive temperature checks and utilize the Tourism Health Information System; (3) Ensuring Social Distancing Protocols for workers and visitors; (4) Implementing Enhanced Cleaning & Sanitization Procedures – to increase disinfection of common areas, face masks, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers, visitors, and guests; (5) Developing a Response Plan – to manage Covid-19 suspect cases; (6) Ensuring Clear & Consistent Communication – with employees and guests relating to COVID-19 protocols and their impact; (7) Installing Sanitization Stations – to ensure sufficient access to sanitization across the property; (8) Deploying Technology – for transactions, check-in/out, online ordering, ticketing, etc. to reduce physical interactions; and (9) Implementing a Training Plan – to ensure workers are prepared to manage and implement the new protocols based on their role.