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Home to lush rainforests, idyllic white-sand beaches with turquoise waters, the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, remarkably diverse wildlife, and ancient Mayan ruins, Belize has all you need for an unforgettable tropical getaway. The question isn’t whether to go, but where to base yourself. If you’re looking for a resort where you won’t have to constantly pull out your wallet, you’ll find a number of top-notch all-inclusives, with these properties offering the best of the best in this Central American country.
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An ecolodge set along the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Chaa Creek provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Belizean rainforest while enjoying a luxurious retreat. Accommodation ranges from rustic-luxe thatched-roof cottages that include modern conveniences to magnificent villas featuring private plunge pools and gardens. A wealth of activities can be enjoyed right on-site, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, and birdwatching. Guided tours are available to a butterfly farm and Mayan temple sites, while the lavish spa offers the perfect spot to relax afterward. Meals include mouthwatering original dishes featuring fresh, local produce.
Belizean Dreams offers accommodation in private villas with one to three bedrooms and balconies right along the beachfront, some of which include full kitchens. Of course, if you don’t want to make your own meals, there’s an excellent open-air restaurant on-site for dining with gorgeous views. You’ll find a beautiful infinity pool with a peaceful atmosphere for relaxation as well as an on-site spa. Activities like zip lining, diving certification, snorkeling, and cycling can all be arranged too. There are a variety of all-inclusive packages to choose from, all of which cover local transport, your room, food, and activities.
Set on its own enchanting private, four-acre island off San Pedro in Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto hosts luxurious one- and two-bedroom beachfront villas along with an overwater bungalow that has its own private dock. Enjoy a secluded location that ensures plenty of privacy and your choice of all-inclusive packages designed for diving enthusiasts, jungle adventurers, honeymoons, and babymoons. Look forward to decadent spa treatments, memorable tours, birdwatching, and a wide range of watersports with free kayaks, standup paddle boards, and Hobie Cat sailboats all included on a complimentary basis. Gourmet dining with world-class wines can be enjoyed in between.
All about romance and seclusion, Almond Beach Resort is located near Garifuna fishing village in Hopkins, providing an intimate stay in one of just 25 rooms. It boasts a long stretch of sandy beachfront with free non-motorized sports included like snorkeling the coral reef and adventures to the Mayan ruins. There are six outdoor pools surrounded by loungers, supervised kids’ clubs for three different age groups, a spa, and sports facilities. Plus, unforgettable dining on fine Belizean dishes can be enjoyed at the Paddle House Beachfront with a picturesque sea view. All rooms have balconies that face the sea, pools, or gardens, with standard features like minifridges, coffeemakers, and air-conditioning.
Manta Island Resort lies on Glover Reef Atoll, a ring of coral about 36 miles off the southern coast of Belize. Located on 12 lush acres, it includes three two-bedroom villas and nine perfectly positioned cabanas along the waterfront. Guests look forward to waking up with a view of the Caribbean right from their king-size bed while the powder sugar-like sands are right out their door. They include all the modern comforts and then some, complete with a mini-fridge stocked with water, sodas, and juice. The all-inclusive package includes boat and airport transfers, beverages, meals, watersports gear, and snorkeling tours. Dishes are memorable with chefs taking inspiration from traditional Mayan, Garifuna, and Mestizo fare.
Enjoy a romantic island paradise by staying at Coco Plum Island, an adult-only retreat with 18 oceanfront cabanas and a variety of all-inclusive packages to choose from, most of which include snorkeling excursions to the reef, which lies a few miles farther out. There are underwater caves to explore and opportunities to kayak, dive, or fish too. Hosting no more than 42 guests at one time, you’ll enjoy it all practically to yourself. And, if money is no object you can rent the entire island.
One of the top beach resorts in Belize, Hamanasi Belize is nestled between lush jungle vegetation and the Caribbean with a stunning mountain backdrop. Eco-friendly and rustic-chic, it’s especially popular among divers, with PADI scuba diving packages available, but couples seeking romance will find plenty to love too. It offers a personalized experience with accommodation options that include treehouse rooms for an elevated vantage point surrounded by a canopy of trees, orchids, and birds. Or perhaps choose a beachfront room where you can enjoy a soothing sea breeze. The on-site restaurant serves authentic dishes using local ingredients, including vegetables from the property’s own garden. In addition to diving, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and bicycles are provided for complimentary guest use.
One of the most luxurious resorts on Ambergris Caye, Matachica Resort and Spa oozes with opulence, featuring 27 individual thatched-roof casitas with romantic elements like two-person hammocks and canopied beds. You’ll feel like a VIP, arriving by private boat at a dock where the staff will welcome you with a coconut mojito, Matachica’s signature drink. Choose from themed all-inclusive packages such as diving, fishing, or honeymoon which include your accommodation, round trip domestic flights between Belize City and San Pedro, round trip airport transport, two daily meals, and additional extras related to the theme like a sunset dinner for honeymooning couples. There’s a gorgeous infinity pool surrounded by cushioned lounge chairs, white umbrellas, and pillow-topped daybeds, while the Jade Spa offers fabulous treatments using natural ingredients from the sea and jungle. Plus, authentic Central American cuisine can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Mambo Restaurant.
A themed resort on Ambergris Caye, Ramon’s Village takes its style from Bora Bora’s Tahitian cottages, providing the ultimate jungle/beach experience. You’ll have a beautiful beach at your doorstep with hammocks and lounge chairs for relaxing or take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel and dive with sharks with a diving operation right on-site – up to three dive trips are possible every day. You might even hop on a boat to the mainland to check out Mayan ruins or go tubing through caves. There’s a freeform pool and a pool bar at the heart of the property and an excellent on-site restaurant, Pineapples on the Beach for open-air dining on gourmet cuisine. The rooms are wide-ranging but all have a jungle theme, some featuring private outdoor balconies, while others have access to shared patio spaces.
A luxury boutique hideaway, Blancaneaux Lodge is owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola. It’s nestled in the 107,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve among jungle with tropical trees and waterfalls and offers special all-inclusive packages. They include three nights of accommodation in a riverfront cabana, three cooked breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners, plus a full-day four-wheel-drive excursion to Maya citadel of Caracol and Rio Frio Cave, and a canoe adventure to Barton Creek Cave, an ancient Maya ceremonial and burial site. Round-trip transfers between Belize International Airport and Blancaneaux Lodge are provided on a complimentary basis too. Accommodation is in cabanas, villas, and an ultra-luxurious two-bedroom villa.
Mystic River Resort is an eco-friendly jungle lodge surrounded by diverse wildlife. Guests enjoy a tranquil sanctuary conducive to wellness that includes the opportunity to practice yoga, relieve stress at the spa, and dine on meals that range from Thai to local fare that include ingredients grown on-site. Tours through the jungle providing close encounters with all sorts of creatures, including 600 different bird species, can be enjoyed too. Upscale accommodations include studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites, some of which have private outdoor showers and plunge pools. All come with king-size beds, fireplaces, and private patios with views of the river and rainforest.
Alaia Belize is a recently opened luxury property that offers an all-inclusive option for those seeking the best of the best. The Ultimate Alaia Experience includes a beachfront villa, private helicopter transfer, breakfasts, dinners, excursions, boat trips, spa treatments, and several personal chef-prepared meals. There are three swimming pools, including a rooftop pool with a stunning sea view, three restaurants, and a full-service spa. Plus, shopping, dining, fruit stands, and more in San Pedro are a short walk away.
Ray Caye is an island resort named after the spotted eagle rays that can be seen swimming just offshore. It sits 18 miles off the coast from Placencia Village, accessed with an hour-long boat ride. Guests enjoyed a mile of unspoiled shoreline and unlimited use of non-motorized watersports gear. Deep-sea fishing, fly-fishing, snorkeling, and diving are the top pursuits here, partially thanks to the island’s ideal location near the world’s second-largest barrier reef, just 30 minutes away by boat. Rooms include semi-private beaches with hammocks, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and a small collection of DVDs.