With clear blue seas, coral reefs and a diverse array of wildlife, Belize has it all. Steeped in Mayan history, it has been making waves as one of the most up and coming travel destinations in the world.
Stretching along the iconic Meso-American barrier reef it used to be a part of British Honduras and lies in the heart of Central America. You can have the chance to enjoy other areas of interest within touching distance including the likes of Guatemala as well as Mexico in the north.
Its influence is mainly down to its previous British West Indian colony which now features a number of different Creole and Afro-Caribbean locals. If you go further inland you will see the Mayans, native to this part of the world, whilst the main language spoken here is Spanish.
It’s time to say adios to stress and Ola to a host of attractions not to mention tropical vegetation and a wide variety of majestic flora and fauna. With plenty of snorkeling and deep sea fishing opportunities, guests can take advantage of the stunning Caribbean Sea offering beautiful reefs to explore and several ancient ruins.
When it comes to the most expensive hotels by night, Belize provides a treasure trove of superb accommodation.
10 The Lodge at Chaa Creek: $150 Per Night
Situated within a few miles of Guatemala, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is the typical Belizean experience. Perched close to the awe inspiring Maya Mountains, it is arguably one of the finest eco-retreats around. Run by Mick and Lucy Fleming, they have dedicated more than 30 years in perfecting this incredible jungle hideaway. Don’t worry about the environment as the focus is on providing an eco-friendly stay thanks to its lush forest filled with tropical birds and animals. You may even spot a jaguar or howler monkey roaming freely! Priced at $150 per night, each of the 23 cottages are vibrant and use the finest local materials to create a feast for the eyes. Amenities include an infinity pool, farm tours, a well-being center or simply marvel at the jungle views from your room.
9 Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve: $215 Per Night
Surrounded by 7,000 acres of forest within the Mountain Pine Ridge, Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve is the ideal location for those who want to get back to nature. One of the biggest nature reserves throughout Central America, there are more than 90 miles of actual nature trails. There are also six cascading waterfalls as well as yoga sessions and the ancient site of Caracol within touching distance. The hardest part is deciding what to do from kayaking and ziplining to horseback riding.
8 Ka'ana Boutique Resort & Spa, Cabana with King Bed: $250 Per Night
Famed for its attractive gardens, you will fall head over heels for the beautiful Ka'ana Boutique Resort. Based close to San Ignacio, you can benefit from numerous park excursions and cave trips as part of your stay. For $250 a night, why not bask in their expansive rooms or should that be houses which boast views across the lush grounds. In room facilities include a separate seating area, plasma TV and iPod docks. La Ceiba Restaurant is home to some delightful local cuisine whilst you can also enjoy your very own private dining experience. Meanwhile relax and unwind in their spa which offers decadent treatments and holistic therapies incorporating coffee and sugar.
7 Victoria House: $295 Per Night
Set among the golden sands of Belize's biggest island, Ambergris Caye, service is at the fore of Victoria House’s ethos. Ideal for honeymooners and couples alike, some of the rooms are just seconds from the calming blue ocean. With many staff members that have been there for the best part of a quarter of a century, you can rest assured you are in safe hands. Enjoy one of the largest barrier reefs on the planet which extends for 200 metres where you can sample some of the best diving around. For nearly $300, why not kick back in your own Plantation room or villa set within a tropical paradise and your own private bit of sand.
6 Matachica Resort and Spa: $310 Per Night
After sailing the waves from San Pedro, this Robinson Crusoe style retreat will ensure you escape for at least a week or two. With the Caribbean Sea as your inspiration, this is one of the best adult only resorts in Belize. For $310 per night, spoil yourself with one of their casita style rooms that are decorated with rich textures and fabrics. Sit in your own hammock or indulge in a bit of snorkelling. Time really does stand still or simply pause and take a moment in their infinity pool and smoke a fine Cuban cigar. There is also a fitness center on-site and a spa which uses the finest organic products to soothe your troubles away.
5 Phoenix Resort: $325 Per Night
Located in San Pedro, the Phoenix Resort is run by Mark Maggioto. This vibrant resort is perched by the sea with many water sports activities to choose from such as sailing and parasailing. Relax and unwind in their in-house yoga center, while the Sol Spa offers numerous treatments featuring facial peels and the Maya Abdominal Massage. With two pools to choose from you are certainly spoilt for choice here. Priced at $325 per night, apartments are the epitome of luxury accommodation and provide private terraces with ocean vistas. Hungry for more? Dine at the Red Ginger restaurant which is the ideal spot for fresh seafood and an array of mouth-watering Caribbean dishes.
4 Belcampo Lodge: $330 Per Night
For the ultimate escape, Belcampo Lodge may just be the answer to your travel troubles. Another eco style venue, wake up around nature’s finest thanks to the calls of the aptly named Howler monkey! Comprising of all suite accommodation, there are plenty of thrills and spills at this particular resort. This is thanks to great diving in Snake Cayes, fly-fishing and kayaking. On to the bungalow type suites and you will not be disappointed with large wooden beams, outdoor showers and private terraces with individual hammocks. Furthermore, the Lodge has its own farm where most of the produce and animals are tended to.
3 Blancaneaux Lodge: $350 Per Night
Perched among the picturesque Mayan mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is considered to be one of the most luxurious venues in Belize. Set among the jungle and rainforest, its minimal premium accommodation is popular all over the world. Offering 20 villas or cabanas, you can bask in the enticing views across the winding Privasson River where the water is crystal clear. Be at one with nature as you plunge into their intense waterfall pools or check out the array of hummingbirds which flutter about everywhere. Priced at around $350 per night, you get an impressive villa with iPod docks, organic toiletries and underfloor heating. You can of course upgrade to the exclusive Francis Ford Coppola Villa if you are feeling more adventurous.
2 El Secreto: $450 Per Night
Charming yet sophisticated, El Secreto is one for the keen adventurer. Mile upon mile of barrier reef and a host of fishing makes this a popular location. Set in Mangle, this natural reserve provides 13 thatched villa style huts with a number of different techy gadgets. With an iPod as your personal control, you can control pretty much everything. For $450 the Spa Villas come complete with a steam room not to mention infinity pool. You can arrange a private snorkeling excursion, and enjoy dining under the stars.
1 Cayo Espanto: $1,495 Per Night
Situated on its own private island, guests can arrive in style at Cayo Espanto via helicopter or boat. Less than four miles from Belize, you will be welcomed with open arms, a refreshing cocktail and a staff meet and greet. There are only seven private beach villas which make up this resort. With your very own personal butler on call round the clock, what’s not to like. Rich in deep mahogany, for $1,500 your villa includes fresh colours of the Caribbean, plunge pools and of course that gorgeous sea view. Fancy a taste of the outdoors? Check out their range of activities from bone fishing to bird-watching, whilst a daily changing menu will never leave you wanting more.