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Clockwise from left: Gladden Spit; Ambergris Caye; Kayaks off the coast; Garifuna drummer


ACCOMMODATION


The more developed resorts in Belize, notably Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Placencia, have the whole range of accommodation, from luxury hotels and villas to modestly appointed hostels and beach shacks. Prices tend to be more competitive here, too. New additions to the established scene are


few, as San Pedro, the most popular resort, is already bursting with options. That said, the


n BLANCANEAUX LODGE Opened in 1993, this 20-room luxury cabin-style resort in the Maya Mountains pioneered upscale accommodation in Belize. Set in luxuriant jungle, the lodge is in an ideal location for an adventure vacation, with excursions including canoeing into caves, trips to the Mountain Pine Ridge and horse riding. coppolaresorts.com/blancaneaux


opening, in late 2012, of the high-end El Secreto on Ambergris Caye shows there’s increased demand for genuine luxury on the cayes. The jungle resorts are also raising their game


and the 2006 opening of the 17-room, 16-acre Ka’ana Belize resort, offering five-star comforts as well as zip-lining and jaguar tracking, was something of a landmark in inland adventure- focused luxury.


n EL SECRETO A private seaside property with a striking central pavilion and just 13 villas on a quiet beach away from San Pedro. The thatched villas look rustic, but offer new technologies such as iPad-controlled air-con, while the smart Spa Villa has beach views and its own steam rooms, whirlpool and small infinity pool. elsecretobelize.com


n THE LODGE AT BIG FALLS This British-owned inland lodge sits on a river bend, surrounded by lush vegetation. The property comprises stylish wooden chalets with palm-thatched roofs and hammocks, a pool area with its own bar and a cozy restaurant. A little off the beaten track in Punta Gorda, but a good base for exploring the south. thelodgeatbigfalls.com u


The Lodge at Big Falls


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