Best Hotels in Belize
BelizeBelize is a country of sapphire seas, coral reefs, kaleidoscopic wildlife, great Mayan history and the most understatedly slick resorts. In terms of size and the marine life it supports, the Meso-American barrier reef that runs along the coast of Belize is second only to the one off Queensland.
Radisson Fort George
2 Marine Parade, Belize City, Belize(00 501 2 33333)
Porters in pith helmets, a Royal Mail pillar box and Raj decor preserve a colonial ambience in Belize City's finest hotel. Boasts 102 air-conditioned rooms, including ocean suites in a six-storey tower with views of the Caribbean, as well as an excellent restaurant, the city's best watering hole (Bayman's Tavern), pool, exercise room, dive shop and a full range of tours.
Belize Jungle Dome
Banana Bank, Belmopan, Belize(00 501 822 2124)
Unpretentious and welcoming with a large pool. A great base for adventure excursions.
Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, San Ignacio, Belize(00 5)
Francis Ford Coppola's resort has seven thatch-and-hardwood cabanas and five family-size villas (including Coppola's own). The restaurant serves pasta and pizza, plus wine from Coppola's vineyard. There's river-swimming, horse-riding, hiking in the Mountain Pine Ridge nature reserve, tours to Mayan ruins and to Guatemala. Young screenwriters work on laptops under the palm trees. Come in your private plane (if you have one) as there's a landing strip.Book Now
Rainforest Reserve, Belize(020 7096 0329)
Belize's original eco-lodge with its own horse and butterfly farm, in a great location near Mayan ruins and the charming town of San Ignacio.
Chan Chich Lodge
Gallon Jug Estate, Belize(00 501 223 4419)
Built in the square of an ancient Manyan village, in a private nature reserve in the north-west. The best place to spot wild jaguar.
Belmopan, Belize(00 5)
Good value, British-run lodge with eight attractive stone-and-thatch cabanas, hardwood furniture and window screens, Guatemalan fabrics, private baths and electricity. There are five miles of nature trails, 300 acres of virgin jungle, river-swimming, horse-riding, birdwatching or tours to nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Maruba Resort & Jungle Spa
Maskall Village, Belize(00 501 225 555)
Well-established resort with 16 rooms in individually styled cabanas, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Enjoy good food and tours to Mayan ruins at Altun Ha or up New River to the ruins at Lamanai. Full spa programme of mud wraps, facials and massage.
Cayo Espanto, Belize(00 1 910 323 8355)
In terms of size and the marine life it supports, the Meso-American barrier reef that runs along the coast of Belize is second only to the one off Queensland. All the private island's villas, which vary in size and specifications, are simple wooden structures, lined in ziracote and jobillo hardwood, plainly but comfortably furnished with giant beds.Book Now
Exotic Caye Beach Resort
Ambergris Caye, Belize(00 501 226 2870)
Child-friendly budget resort with a pool, that is an easy walk from San Pedro. Has self-catering condos, too.
Ambergris Caye, Belize(00 501 220 5010)
Chica by name, chic by design. Small, laid-back, barefoot-luxury place, five miles north of San Pedro, with vibrantly coloured cottages and excellent fresh pasta.Book Now
Ambergris Caye, Belize(00 5)
Excellent, well-established resort on its own beach, two miles south of San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye. Ten rooms in stone-and-thatch cabanas; deluxe suites in handsome two-storey buildings overlooking gardens. Mexican tiled floors, mahogany furniture and Guatemalan fabrics. The dive shop (arguably the best in Belize) offers PADI instruction, diving and snorkelling on a nearby reef. Sea kayaks, catamarans and windsurfers are available, as is a full range of tours. Good, buffet-style food.
Jaguar Reef Resort
South Belize(00 501 523 7365)
Thatch-and-stone cottages, most with sea views, in a magnificent setting on the coast. Rooms have tiled floors, mahogany fittings and large bathrooms. There's excellent food in the waterfront dining room. Extensive tours include Coxcomb jaguar reserve. Dive shop, sea kayaks and mountain bikes. Beauty treatments include massages, pedicures and manicures.
Placencia, Belize(00 501 523 3565)
Intimate resort run by New Yorkers Bob and Risa Frackman. The main hacienda-style house on a private beach contains 11 rooms, all with mahogany fittings, tiled floors and large bathrooms. Facilities include tennis court and pool. There is fine food, plus snorkelling, fishing and tours.
Placencia, Belize(00 501 523 3244)
Another of Francis Ford Coppola's three hotels, decorated with elan and in Balinese style. It has a beautiful beach, child-friendly staff and the best crispy pizza in Belize. Nearby you can dive with whale sharks.Book Now