There is a famous saying which states “Good things come in small packages,” and these six words perfectly describe our next travel spot; Belize. Bordered on the north by Mexico and to the south and west by Guatemala, Belize is a hidden paradise and has been called ‘Mother Nature’s best kept secret.” Pristine white sand beaches, lush rain forest, Mayan ruins, some of the world’s best flats fishing, and 450 cayes surrounded by warm clear water make this little piece of heaven a perfect place to travel for your next beach getaway.
Whether you are planning a cultural trip to explore ancient Mayan civilization, wildlife and adventure in the rainforest, or a classic Belize fly-fishing vacation – Belizeans are eager to show you their country with a kick of Caribbean flavor and friendly service. Discerning travelers often look for a variety for options before choosing the perfect vacation spot, and since hotels are one of the most important parts of your trip we put together a list of our top five awards winning hotels in Belize:
There are two words to aptly describe this property; “Barefoot Luxury”. Located in the beautiful fishing village of Placencia and surrounded by nature and white sand beaches, Chabil Mar offers luxurious accommodations and a premier beachfront location. Exclusive personalized service, stylish guest accommodations and the private boutique feel will create an unforgettable vacation experience. Featuring nineteen villas and one honeymoon suite, each features 1000 sq. feet of living area, multi zoned A/C, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, modern fully equipped kitchens, and a personal veranda that faces the Caribbean Sea. The hotel also boasts two infinity pools, an open air restaurant, beach chairs, a dock over the water for swimming and snorkeling, and a complimentary shuttle every night into the town of Placencia so you can enjoy local cuisine and nightlife.
- Top 10 Belize Resorts – Trip Advisor – 2008-2014
- Top 25 Resorts in Central America – Trip Advisor – 2008-2014
- 2014 Fodor’s Travel – Belize Award
- 2014 Frontline Person of The Year Guest Service Manager – Belize Tourism Board
- Fox News Best of Belize – Eco Resorts
- U.S News – Best Belize Resorts
Perfect For: Honeymoons, Families, Divers, Anglers, Romantic Getaways
2. El Pescador
Beachfront relaxation meets world class fly fishing. This family owned boutique hotel is Belize’s best fishing lodge, as evidence that they’ve been offering world class fly fishing vacations for 40 years! Located on the popular Ambergris Caye just a short 30-minute domestic flight from the BZE international airport, El Pescador sits on the quieter northern end of Belize’s largest caye. The property features 13 air conditioned rooms at the main lodge and 8 fully equipped 2-3 bedroom luxury villas for more space and privacy if you are traveling with family or a group of fishing buddies. Each room is assigned it’s own boat for the duration of your stay so you’ll fish with the same guide each day you fish.
El Pescador features an impressive list of amenities that makes calling it a ‘fishing lodge’ a bit of a misnomer. You can enjoy not one but three different pools, a small gym, sand volleyball court, spa services, fly shop, free wifi and their famous bar & lounge area where you can enjoy a cold Belikin and share stories of the elusive permit after a day of fishing. Your stay is all inclusive so all meals, beer, and local alcohol is included already – you just need to show up and be ready to fish! They also offer complimentary bicycles to ride into the popular town of San Pedro for nightlife and shopping as well as free use of kayaks so you can fish and explore on your own in the massive lagoon system behind the property. The Mesoamerican Reef sits less than a mile from the resort so the diving and snorkeling opportunities are first class. If you are looking into a worry free, all inclusive fishing vacation, this is a perfect spot for just about any group.
- 2014 Forbes Traveler – “Top Ten Eco Luxury Resort”
- 2013 Orvis – Endorsed International Destination of the year.
- 2013 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.
- Host of Outdoor Channel’s ‘Bones & Buccaneers‘
Perfect For: Fly anglers, Anglers, Fishing Honeymoons, Divers, and families with young anglers.
Robert’s Grove is a luxurious twenty two acre beachfront property located on the coast of the fishing village of Placencia. Whether you plan on traveling with your family or escaping with your significant other, this is always going to be a great option. Featuring spacious guest rooms and beautiful hacienda style villas, the 52 rooms and ample amenities make this the best true resort in the Placencia area. Each room features AC, cable TV, mini fridge, private bathrooms, and verandas with ocean views while the villas offer a full kitchen. The resort features three pools, an air conditioned gym, spa, three restaurants, PADI dive shop, and a dock bar over the water to enjoy a cool rum drink at happy hour. They also offer complimentary use of their kayaks, Hobie Cats, pedal boats and bicycles so you can bike the 5 km to the heart of town explore different dining and shopping opportunities.
- 2011 Conde Nast Travellers Award – Top 3 Hotels in Central America
- 2014 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice – Top 10 Hotels in Belize.
- 2008 Hotel of the Year – Belize Tourism Board
- Featured in ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’ by Patricia Schultz – Traveler’s Life List
Perfect For: Honeymoons,Romantic Getaways, Fly Anglers, Fishing Vacations, Family Vacation, Divers
4. Chaa Creek
Cha Creek resides in a 365 acre nature reserve alongside the calm flowing waters of the Macal River. Cha Creek provides an unforgettable experience for nature lovers, honeymooners, birders and any guest that wants to have a luxury rainforest experience. Featuring twenty three palm attached cottage bungalows, each is outfitted with king or queen beds, private terraces or balconies with hammocks to take in the sights & sounds of the rainforest, and open air Jacuzzis. All stays at Chaa Creek include complimentary guided tours of their Natural History Centre & Butterfly Farm, access to their Ruta Maya hiking trails, canoeing on the Macal River, early morning bird watching with naturalist guide, and the Maya Medicine Plant Trail. More luxurious amenities like the Hilltop Spa, a swimming pool, free wifi, and one of the best restaurants in the country also await the lucky guests. Chaa Creek is an environmentally friendly hotel that donates 10% of its revenue to environmental and social programs.
- 2013 Top 15 Resorts in Central & South America – Conde Nast
- 2012 Named Best Adventure Destination – National Geographic
- 2012 World’s Best List – Travel & Leisure
- Certificate of Excellence: Trip Advisor
- Top Ten Value Spas: Gayout’s Guide
- Top 25 Small Hotels in Belize: Trip Advisor
- 7 Stunning Jungle & Rainforest Retreats: Fox News
- 2011 Hotel of the Year – Belize Tourism Board
Perfect for: Nature Lovers, Honeymoons, Families with Older Children, Romantic Getaways.
5. Mystic River
Hidden within the Belizean jungle near the town of San Ignacio, Mystic River offers a perfect combination of culture and nature. This award winning eco-tourism lodge offers a great variety of wildlife and nature that will awaken your senses. Soothing sounds of birds, encompassed with monkeys and chirping cicadas and the flowing water along the Macal River will free your mind from the outside world. This beautiful lodge features king size beds, fireplace, and private patio in every room, free wifi, pool, new spa, and full service restaurant and bar. In 2012 they created their own adventure tour company so whether you want to visit to the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala or jump off waterfalls this is the place to be.
Awards: 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Award – Service & Romance
Perfect For: Nature Lovers, Birders, Honeymoons, Relaxation, Romantic Getaways.