Hotels in Belize

Bought sight unseen by a California doctor in 1972, the site of El Pescador enjoys some covetable sandy shores on Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize.

Popular with honeymooners, this adults-only resort spans 300 acres of tropical jungle, bordered by 1,300 feet of private, palm-lined beach.

It was film director Francis Ford Coppola who put Belize on the jet-setter’s map almost two decades ago, when he transformed his 70-acre family retreat in the country’s western mountains into Blancaneaux Lodge.

Belize discovered Chris Crowell, instead of vice versa, as the resort’s founder was drawn to the country after passing through in the late 1970’s.

Set just down the road from the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and the Guatemalan border, Ka’ana—Mayan for “heavenly place”—opened in 2007 as the first luxury resort in Western Belize.

“Barefoot elegance” is the self-described vibe of this plantation-style 42-room hotel, set on an island one mile from the world's second-largest barrier reef.

Located on 22 acres of Belize beach property, Robert’s Grove Beach Resort offers vista rooms, villas, and even private islands. Each room boasts details like handcrafted furniture, woven rugs, and antiques.

While St. George’s Caye Resort has the exclusivity of an island resort, it is also ideally located close to the Belize International Airport (transfers are complimentary).

What makes Turtle Inn, a collection of 17 cottages, eight villas, and six restaurants and bars stand out among Francis Ford Coppola’s small collection of Latin American properties?

What to Expect: While this three-acre, palm-covered island 11 miles from mainland Belize attracts hard-core anglers seeking tarpon, bonefish, yellowtail, barracuda, and king mackerel, it also pulls in visitors who just want to swing in a hammock, read mystery novels, play darts,

Located on the Southwater Caye islet, Blue Marlin Lodge offers tropically decorated cottages, seaside cabins, and guest apartments.

Just three miles from San Pedro, the secluded Cayo Espanto private island resort has seven villas, each with private beach access and a personal houseman.

With 1,000 acres of private jungle reserve and a warm mineral spa, Maruba Resort Jungle Spa offers comfortable guestrooms, each uniquely decorated in “tribal chic” and filled with fresh hibiscus flowers.

The huts at the oceanfront property on the eastern side of the Caye have a cheery orange-and-red palette. Each has its own roof terrace for taking in those amazing Caribbean views.