Belize has many fabulous places for tourists to stay. Although the average size of hotels in the country is under 25 rooms, there are a;so some really exceptional luxury hotels and resorts available. These top end establishments are truly outstanding with a consistent superb quality and a general ambiance which amply justifies their selection. Then there are some really terrible ones which cannot be recommended irrespective of personal budget limitations: they are just too awful. As a specialist in destinations in Belize I recently visited the country and my husband and I inspected 35 hotels in 12 days.
OK, 35 hotels in 12 Days you might think I’m crazy, some of the hotels and resort lodges were new to our list of properties to see while others were repeats from previous trips to re-acquaint ourselves with any additional features and remodeling that may have taken place since the last visit. Most of the days were spend looking at a variety of hotels from moderate boutique 3 star properties to 5-star deluxe luxury resort romantic get-a ways. In the process of all these sight inspections As I was touring and talking with all the different hotel managers, owners and staff, one thing was common throughout my visit, the Belizean people are some of the warmest friendly people waiting with open arms to greet you and make your vacation memorial. They truly are some of the nicest people I’ve met anywhere in the world.
My Top 5 Properties I Visited in Belize
The Naturally Beautiful Blancaneaux Lodge.
The Blancaneaux Lodge luxury boutique cabana style resort hotel offers a beautiful natural setting in the mountains and rain forest. One of the Francis Ford Coppola Resorts, it definitely deserves its rating as one of the very best in Belize.
The Eco-Friendly Chaa Creek Lodge.
Situated on a cognoscente 12,000 acre site, just a short drive from the resort town of San Ignacio towards the border with Guatemala, is the luxury Chaa Creek lodge. It offers eco-adventures in unspoilt jungle surrounds, while you are cossetted by the comfortable luxury and personalized service as well as spa facilities. It was an easy choice for inclusion.
Turtle Inn is an elegant retreat for anyone who wants a romantic atmosphere, great food, beautifully decorated individual Belizean style thatched cottage on the beach to relax and enjoy the scenery, a perfect honeymoon or couples get-away
Victoria House Luxury Boutique Casitas on Ambergris Cay.
Victoria House ranks as one of the very best hotels on San Pedro island. Guests can experience the true quality of this pristine resort with its beautiful white Caribbean beach. It offers casual luxury with 42 rooms available in a variety of private cottages on 10 acres of beach and carefully-tended, tropical gardens.
Caves Branch Jungle Lodge
With 58,000 acres of land this lodge offers a choice of luxury or more affordable accommodation for couples or families. Unusual treetop suites with unbelievable panoramic views are available. Activities such as caving or visits to the ancient ruins of Tikal are included in the standard rate. The magnificently varied bird life comes free of charge.
Some of “my least favorite” hotels we visited or stayed in had similar characteristics, they were either older properties that are “tired” and need a total renovation or they needed up-dated maintenance that has been neglected. Most of the properties just needed a fresh coat of pain, new linens, and scrub cleaning and minor repairs to bring them up to date. From an “outsiders eye” the lack of attention to detail or inconsistent room quality is not what we want our clients to experience. I am a little reluctant to write about these properties because these individual hotels employee many of the local Belizean people and the jobs are part of what keeps their economy going. If you call or email us, I’ll be happy to suggest hotels and resorts that we have visited and approve of.
Patsy James a Belize Travel Destination Specialist arranges travel for individual and small groups into Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador & Peru Travel Vacation.
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