Belize All Inclusive Resorts For The Romantic Getaway Of A Lifetime
My wife and I are coming up on our five year anniversary and I want to do something really special to surprise her. I’m not going to play that “Oh, honey, I forgot our anniversary” game with her though. She would see right through that because, with us – even after five years together – the honeymoon is definitely not over. So instead, I’m telling her we’re going to spend a long romantic weekend in Chicago. (That’s a good thing to her; she loves Chicago.)
But what I’m really planning is a week at one of those Belize All Inclusive resorts. I mean, I’m pulling out all the stops – sparing no cost, and any other cliches you can think of to fit the situation. This will be like a second honeymoon!
So I’ve been browsing Belize All Inclusive Resorts online and each is better than the one before – and they are all fantastic! For instance, there is one I looked at last night after my wife went to bed. Hamanazi Adventure and Dive Resort. The rooms are awesome! They even have Treehouse Rooms! Each room has Belizean hardwood furniture, air conditioning (an absolute must in Belize, even with the ocean breezes), ceiling fans and private porches. All the luxury amenities your would expect – except, no phones or televisions in the rooms.
They have four different kinds of rooms. I mentioned the Treehouse Rooms. These are full sized luxury accommodations with a jacuzzi and curtained beds, a well-stocked kitchenette and a view from the veranda like you wouldn’t believe! And, of course, very private.
Then there’s the honeymoon suite. I am leaning in that direction. It has a draped four-poster bed made of barba jolote wood, a large front room and sitting room, a wrap-around veranda with a hammock.
But now I’m reconsidering because I ran across a couple Belize All Inclusive resorts that are not on Ambergris Caye, but are very appealing. Take the Almond Beach Resort – rich woods and entire walls of colorful tiles. The rooms are spectacular, as are the views. And then there is the Jaguar Reef Lodge and Spa. Nice! They offer several dining choices, but I like the idea of their open air dining room best – it’s steps away from the water. Of course, all the restaurants feature Caribbean dining with special attention to Belizean cuisine, and seafood of every kind. They even have barbecues on the beach!
It’s going to be hard to choose, but whichever one I settle on, I know we’re going to have a great time. We are both into scuba diving, which is why I chose Belize in the first place. It’s sitting on the second largest barrier reef in the WORLD! I cannot describe the colors and beauty sitting down there under the surface of the sea and only seen by those who strap on their oxygen tanks and venture down there.
Belize is also famous for it’s Cenotes. Maybe you’ve seen pictures of them. It looks like this giant blue circle – deep, deep blue – in the middle of the Caribbean. It’s really a deep natural pit – a sinkhole – caused by the collapse of the limestone bedrock. It’s that deep blue color because of the groundwater exposed underneath by the collapse. A little bit of history: cenotes were used by the Mayans for sacrificial offerings. I know – TMI.
There’s also cave tubing on the mainland and zip lining over the jungle canopy – honestly, there is so much to do in Belize, I wish I could pack up and move there!
Belize resorts and hotels
The Great House: New meets old in the heart of the historic Fort George area of Belize City, where this colonial home has been restored and converted into a charming inn, sure to please both business and holiday travellers.
Maruba Resort & Jungle Spa: The jungle north of Belize City provides a lush backdrop for the African theme of this unusual spa/resort. As a destination in itself, or the perfect finish to your Belizean adventure, you’ll find a soothing experience for body and soul.
Banana Bank Lodge: This Cayo getaway on the Belize River is just the ticket for adventurous travellers looking for something different. Birds and wildlife abound on this 4000 acres of jungle and ranch land.
Clarissa Falls Resort: Simply nice and nicely simple; an inexpensive lodging alternative. Situated on the bank of the Mopan River, just west of San Ignacio, this operation is well run by a charming Belizean lady and boasts a great restaurant, as well.
duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge: A “birder’s” paradise, duPlooy’s was one of the first jungle lodges in the Cayo District. Situated above the Macal River, and close to San Ignacio, the full range of Cayo activities is available here: Canoeing, trips to Maya ruins, caves, etc.
Ek’ Tun: Your Private Jungle Paradise–an intimate, two cottage resort nestled in the jungle on the bank of the Macal River, about ten miles west of San Ignacio. Beautiful gardens and personalized service set this experience apart from the others.
Five Sisters Lodge: This Belizean-owned lodge in the Cayo District is a tranquil setting, and an ideal location for exploring Caracol and the Mountain Pine Ridge area.
Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Adventure Co. & Jungle Lodge: Your source for all of the totally wild Belizean adventures you seek. Situated on the Caves Branch River, south of Belmopan, Ian’s provides rustic lodging and camping, dense jungle, kayaking, caves and more caves.
Lodge at Chaa Creek: Adventure Centre, Rainforest Reserve, and Spa. The first “jungle lodge” in Belize, now offers a full-service resort, complete with spa and conference center.
Mopan River Resort: Belize’s first and only true all-inclusive, luxury riverside resort, offers adventure with comfort and luxury with value. Packages include lodging, transfers, meals & drinks, and daily expeditions (including Tikal); bringing you the best of Cayo and the region.
Pook’s Hill Lodge: Situated on 300 acres of pristine rainforest, bordering a nature reserve, this lodge is far from everything, yet easy to get to. Located on the same site as an ancient Maya ruin, with birds and wildlife in abundance, this is a great place to “get back to nature.”
Windy Hill Resort: This collection of cottages sits on a hill just west of San Ignacio. Because they are also a tour operator, here you are well positioned to explore all that Cayo has to offer.
Orange Walk District
Lamanai Outpost Lodge: Situated on a hill overlooking the New River Lagoon, this resort is just 1/2 mile from the Maya ruins of Lamanai. Here you are immersed in the flora and fauna of Belize, its more recent history, and archaeology. Visitors are encouraged to participate with on-site wildlife researchers and archaeologists.
Programme for Belize: The 260,000 acres of the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area is managed by Programme for Belize. The recent addition of tourist facilities allows visitors to experience the pristine habitat, abundant wildlife, and cultural heritage of Belize.
Stann Creek District
Jaguar Reef Lodge: This resort was reviewed in our early, “print edition only” days; and will eventually be updated for this web edition. Follow this link to their website. Several duplex units, some ‘beachfront’ and some set back, set on the sands of a lovely stretch of beach. Located in Hopkins, just south of Dangriga.
Luba Hati Hotel: Sorry folks; Luba Hati in Placencia is temporarily closed, as it is between ownerships. We will advise when it reopens.
Hickatee Cottages: A small new property near Punta Gorda town offers moderately priced accommodations in a jungle setting. Not yet reviewed by BR. Visit their website for details.
Cayo Espanto: “Your private island;” just southwest of Ambergris Caye, offers the ultimate in a private getaway for those who can afford the luxury! This palm tree-dotted island with four unique bungalows, each with the Caribbean lapping at its doorstep, and a private plunge pool, also serves excellent meals prepared with fresh tropical ingredients.
Victoria House Resort: This large complex near San Pedro, with several different types of accommodation, from thatched Casitas to beautiful villas, offers casual elegance on the beach of Ambergris Caye. New for 2000: A swimming pool, renovated restaurant, and new decor in the rooms, and casitas.