Belize set to become 2019’s most desirable vacation destination
With its temperate climate, fascinating ruins of the Ancient Mayan civilization who once inhabited the cities and wholly idiosyncratic culture and way of life (in Placencia, houses don’t have addresses, and inhabitants have begun to name streets after themselves), Belize has been one of the best-kept secret destinations of travelers who are keen to experience something more than your average Caribbean trip. However, a spate of luxury resorts set to open in 2019 and beyond will transform this tiny English-speaking country into a booming destination with the jet set.
Luxurious New Abodes
Within the next three years, a total of four luxurious new abodes will debut across Belize, beginning with Ka’ana’s Itz’ana Belize Resort & Residencies in Placencia, which will likely open any day now. This “eco-resort” from the Guatemalan hotel chain promises a private beach with 18-slip marina, solar-powered beachside villas, 50 fully-furnished suites and one of the largest rum collections of Central America found in its “jewel-box” Rum Room bar.
In 2020, the Alaia Belize boutique resort from Marriott’s Autograph Collection will open on Ambergris Caye. This secretive project is still mostly under wraps. However, the expectation is that it will bear all the hallmarks of this prestigious boutique chain. Another project rumored complete in 2020 is the Restorative Island/Leonardo DiCaprio venture: the Blackadore Caye resort. A private island retreat 5 miles from Ambergris Caye, the resort aims for “the World’s first truly restorative island development” and will feature a luxury hotel as well as “off-the-grid ‘living homes’” and a research station focused on climate change.
Then, in 2021, luxury hotel mega-brand Four Seasons will open its private island residencies (and 18-hole golf course) on Caye Chapel.