Hotels in Belize
Hotels in Belize are available at nearly every price point, some offering up rustic rural charm, others lavish and bursting with amenities. At the Cayo Espanto in San Pedro, you can rent beach houses on a small private island; amenities are luxurious and your privacy is guaranteed, but you'll still be in close proximity to the natural beauty of the Caribbean coast. Don't miss out on the world-class dinning or rejuvenating spa treatments offered in the privacy of your own villa.
Another one of our favorites: The Turtle Inn, located in Placencia Village in the Stann Creek district, is home to the world's most luxurious beach shacks. Each private cottage is furnished with beautiful Balinese furniture and naturally cooled by the sea breeze. Two infinity swimming pools are available when you need a break from saltwater swimming.
If you're looking for a hotel in Belize City, check out the Princess Hotel and Casino. The hotel has over a hundred rooms and suites, and all guests have access to Wi-Fi and premium cable services, as well as an outdoor pool and fitness facility.
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.
What to Expect: With only seven luxury villas, 12 smaller casita suites, and a maximum of 50 guests at the 250-acre resort, visitors will find plenty of privacy on the island’s more than two miles of soft sand beaches.
At the fothills of the Maya Mountains, this 365-acre jungle “eco-resort” sits on banks of the Macal River. Mick and Lucy Fleming opened the location in 1981 with an emphasis on providing a comfortable experience while cooperating with nature.
Location, location, location: 15-acre South Water Caye is one of the few islands directly on top of the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere.
Popular with honeymooners, this adults-only resort spans 300 acres of tropical jungle, bordered by 1,300 feet of private, palm-lined beach.
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.
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?
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.
At Black Rock Lodge [www.blackrocklodge.com], an eco-resort in the Cayo District of Belize, guides lead two-hour, after-dark hikes in search of creatures that only come out at night.
In the case of Azul's private villas, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly applicable. The steep fee paid per night to rent one of two 3,000-square-foot Ambergris Caye beach villas promises a range of amenities.
Near the tip of Ambergris Cay, a 25-mile-long island off the northeastern coast of Belize, Xanadu Island Resort is set along a gorgeous stretch of white sand.
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.
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.
Located on the Southwater Caye islet, Blue Marlin Lodge offers tropically decorated cottages, seaside cabins, and guest apartments.