BELIZE, December 10, 2015 – Belize’s has become a popular tourist destination thanks to a robust travel industry and “the Southwest phenomenon” that spurred airline competition after the carrier added a Belize route. Add to the ease of getting there, the Caribbean country has received an unprecedented number of honors and recognition throughout 2015.
There’s general agreement among those reporting on Belize as a first- class tourist destination that the secret weapon in Belize’s arsenal are the top-tier resorts that set the tone that keeps visitors returning year after year.
The following 10 Belize beach resorts have all made names for themselves by initiating aggressive marketing programs and upping the ante on exceptional hospitality and service that perfectly complements the nation’s beauty and natural wonders.
Thatch Caye Resort
For traveler that have had their fill of large, multi-level buildings, Thatch Caye is an attractive resort that’s big on tropical architectural design reminiscent of international hot spots like Fiji and Bora Bora.
Each luxury villa is situated along the ocean’s edge, yet the suites are positioned in ways that, when paired with lush gardens, offer guests unprecedented seclusion.
Yok Ha Island Resort
Just three acres in size, and with only five deluxe cabanas onsite, this destination is popular with laid-back travelers seeking an idyllic beach, tranquil views and a friendly onsite eatery.
Turneffe Island Resort
Observed from an airplane, Turneffe Island is a tiny, remote dot in the sea and that’s exactly what attracts visitors most. Travel here by boat and check into Turneffe Island Resort, where just 20 accommodations offer the ultimate in privacy.
Interior design focuses on the Belize’s bountiful resources: Suites feature floor to ceiling wood décor, and every patio offers guests unobstructed views of the ocean.
Chabil Mar Beach Resort
Chabil Mar feels like a village within a village, offering 20 accommodations—19 villas and one honeymoon suite. Its established presence in Placencia (the district was just named a top 2016 destination by Travel + Leisure magazine) is rooted in 400 feet of private beach, lush tropical gardens, beach-side infinity pools and its proximity to Placencia Village.
Travelers choosing the SunBreeze Suites often do so to be close to the lively town of San Pedro. There are 20 vacation suites tucked into the resort, and each has a private balcony offering spectacular views.
Walk to town to explore shops, restaurants and galleries or stick to the SunBreeze’s open-air beachfront restaurant for meals.
Reach the island by boat and avail yourself of amenities like the freshwater pool, massages, excursions and onsite fine dining at the Portofino Restaurant or more casual Green Parrot Bistro.
Victoria House Beach Resort
Victoria House Beach Resort on Ambergris Caye reminds guests of stately British manors, given its design and white glove service. The resort houses 42 suites on 10 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and has won awards and recognition from websites and publications like Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast and TripAdvisor.
Laru Beya Beach Resort
Laru Beya Beach Resort takes its name from one of Belize’s most colorful cultures: the Garifuna. Guests choose this resort for its private beachfront, and the outdoor swimming pool doesn’t attract splashing kids. Laru Beya makes a great hub for travelers eager to explore Mayan ruins, caves, wildlife and aquatic sports.
Suites have kitchens so on days guests don’t patronize the resort’s Quarter Deck restaurant, they can self-cater in the privacy of their rooms.
The Villas at Banyan Bay Resort
The Villas at Banyan Bay are known for welcoming families and provide activities and games to keep kids occupied. Spacious accommodations give guests room to spread out.
It’s just a 20-minute stroll to San Pedro for shopping and offsite dining, though guests like to stick around and dine at Rico’s Restaurant, where Belize Fusion cuisine headlines the menu.
Roberts Grove Resort
This resort is popular with gourmands eager for these multiple dining options: the Seaside Restaurant for fine dining, casual Habanero Mexican Café and Bar, and Sweet Mama’s Belize-style spot plus a little bakery and deli.