Blue Hole in Belize offers some of the best diving in the world
by Agnes Vaughan
Belize is a hot spot this year. It has always been hot but over the next couple of years it will be one of the top places to visit. The beauty of this country is staggering considering its small size. Not only can you find various options in Belize for a family trip experience, you can also find a number of suitable incentive properties that will fit your group needs. Belize offers pristine beaches, lush jungle activities, some of the best diving in the world and of course good night life. As a result, several hoteliers are paying attention and breaking ground in the beautiful country.
Royal Belize, an all inclusive private island resort
Plenty of Cave and Jungle Activities in Belize
Big luxury chains such as Marriott and Four Seasons are among the several properties taking advantage of the slice of heaven that is Belize. And Leonardo DeCaprio is doing amazing things there with the opening of the world’s first truly restorative island development, a project completely powered by renewable energy and designed to increase the biological health of species on the island and in the waters around it.
Getting to Belize is easy from North America with almost all flights landing in Belize City. From there you take a little fun plane into surrounding islands such as Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) or Dangriga, which is just a short boat ride away from the dreamy, Pelican Beach Resort on South Water Caye. You can also take a boat ride directly from Belize City to Turneffe Island resort, which is sure to leave your jaw dropped in awe of its beauty. Logistically, Belize is easy and once guests arrive, they experience organic food, warm people, friendly service, rich wildlife and a very relaxing vibe. Below are some of the fabulous new luxury properties opening up in Belize, just perfect for an incentive group trip. And below that you will find dreamy, existing ,properties that are perfect for a family getaway.
New Properties to Open in Belize:
1. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel - Scheduled to open in 2021
**30 minutes by boat or 10 minutes by flight from Belize City
Caye Chapel is located in the Belize archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage designated Belize Barrier Reef System, the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere. The island will feature an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman, a Fabien Cousteau nature and conservation institute, a marina, a private airstrip and more.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel - Opening in 2021
2. Alaia by Marriott – Part of the Autograph Collection - Scheduled to open in 2020
**On San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) – A 15min flight from Belize City
Following a multi-million dollar conversion & expansion, Alaia will emerge as a boutique all-villa resort with exquisite residences. Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, the idyllic beachfront resort will feature 56 two-bedroom condominiums and eight oceanfront villas, totaling 120 keys. When completed, Alaia will boast world-class amenities, including a beach club, a rooftop suspended pool and lounge with spectacular ocean views, full service spa, kids club, dive shop and live art gallery.
What Alaia will look like
3.Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wellness Resort Blackadore Caye - Opening mid 2019
**A 5 mile boat ride or quick flight from San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Blackadore Caye, a restorative island is one of the world’s most exclusive island retreats, located in beautiful Belize behind the world’s second largest barrier reef.
Blackadore Caye, a restorative island. By Leonardo DiCaprio
Blackadore Caye, a restorative island
4. Itz'ana Belize Resort & Residences – Opening in 2019
**In Belize City – 2 hours from airport
Itz’ana is the perfect base camp to everything wild and wonderful in Belize. Whether you’re better suited seeking jaguars in the wild or sunshine aboard a sailboat, the adventures await. Itz’ana is situated where reef meets rainforest, and life meets luxury.
Favorite Family Spots in Belize:
1. Turneffe Island Resort
**1.5 hour boat ride from Belize City
This private island resort is located off the coast of Belize and just 30 miles from the world-famous Great Blue Hole. Spend your days with fins or fishing rod in hand, and live the life of a castaway. Small and luxurious, a perfect destination for a couple or families.
2. Royal Belize
**25min boat ride from Dangriga or a helicopter transfer from Belize City
This all inclusive private island resort is the definition of dreamy. If you are looking for luxury and peace of mind knowing all meals, drinks and activities are included, this is the place. It is a 7.5 acre island resort managed by Muy'Ono that was originally developed as a private retreat. It is the only luxury private island in Belize rented to one guest party at a time. So make sure you bring the right friends.
3. Pelican Beach Resort on South Water Caye
**25min boat ride from Dangriga
South Water Caye is located atop the Belize Barrier Reef, approximately 14 miles southeast of the coastal town of Dangriga. This spot is perfect for guests who want to experience a laid back vibe and appreciate an eco-friendly experience. Bungalows on the water, home cooked meals, hammocks and white sands. No frills, just a simple, dreamy, island feel.
Pelican Beach on South Water Caye
4. Ramon’s Village
**15min flight into San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) from Belize City
Ramon’s Village is a sanctuary nestled in a tropical garden, surrounded by lush vegetation. It’s a beach front property that offers diving and fishing trips but its location on Pan Pedro allows guests to venture off and enjoy a fun nightlife. It is basically the downtown of Belize and if you are looking for beach and diving during the day and fun at night, this is it. Not overly expensive either.
When planning your next family or incentive group trip, look no further than Belize. From luxury to rustic, Belize has it all.