By Andrea Romano
October 30, 2017
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Itz’ana Resort & Residences in Placencia, Belize, is now accepting reservations for stays beginning December 15 — and is promising guests much more than a luxurious stay.

In addition to offering deluxe hospitality and high design, the resort is also committed to giving guests authentic experiences “that sustain the region’s indigenous culture and natural environment.”

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“We’re committed to going above and beyond what’s expected of a beachfront resort,” Colin Hannan, co-founder and managing director at Itz’ana Resort & Residences, said in a statement to Travel + Leisure. “We believe that giving back to the local community and environment while also offering an enhanced luxury experience will make Itz’ana unlike any other hotel.”

At the heart of the resort is the Great House, an Ernest Hemmingway-inspired property where guests can dine and celebrate special events. The Great House is home to the resort restaurant, Limilia; a cocktail bar, Biblio Bar; and a specially designed Rum Room, which boasts one of the largest selections of rum in Belize.

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There are 16 deluxe suites and two beachfront suites, and an additional 32 resort suites — including two penthouses — will be completed in 2018, along with 46 waterfront residences.

Each guest room includes a king-size bed, natural cotton linens, a custom mural, and a view of the water.

The tropical resort was designed by architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro, combined with interiors by New York City-based interior designer Samuel Amoia. The rooms feature custom furnishings produced by local artisans and rare vintage pieces sourced from markets throughout Central America.

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Room rates start at $325 a night for a deluxe suite.