Private Getaways – Top Private Islands in Belize
Looking for a place to get away? Turns out the word is slowly getting out about Belize. A low-impact, eco-conscious English speaking country in the heart of Central America, this unique destination is being touted as the perfect place to go to get lost for a few days, and we know why. Keep reading as we direct you to all the hidden spots, and cool spaces across the country of Belize–the perfect private island getaways in Belize that guarantee peace, privacy and world-class services.
Of the 450 islands orbiting the Great Belize Barrier Reef, Cayo Espanto, just off the coast of Belize, stands out for the following reasons. A true private island beach oasis, Cayo Espanto offers many of the five-star amenities you’d expect from larger resorts including 5-star dining, private yacht tours, luxurious spa therapies, and lavish sea-facing villas. A mere six beachfront villas line the length of the island, ensconced in wild, native greenery creating the perfect screen from would-be prying eyes. The seventh villa, the Casa Ventana, or the House of Windows sits further out, on the end of a 150 ft dock and surrounded on all sides by the clear, iridescent waters of the Caribbean Sea. The only potential downside of staying at Cayo Espanto is when it’s time to leave.
Nine miles off the coast of Dangriga, Belize, Thatch Caye, a Muy’Ono Resort is an enchanting space where nature and simple, understated comforts create a laid-back escape for ardent off-the-grid seekers. Guests have the option of choosing from over-the-water bungalows to seaview cabanas, or for the adventurous traveller, the ‘Island’s Choice’ for a chance of having multiple room experiences (may the odds be ever in your favour, wink wink). All accommodations are lavishly furnished with none of the distractions of tv, wifi or phones. These have been supplanted with ample outdoor spaces and unimpeded views and access to the sea and reef beyond. The Coco Lounge Restaurant and Starfish Bars deliver a sumptuous sampling of local flavours and international cuisine, while the spa and sea and mainland activities complement this fun island experience.
Ray Caye Island Resort
Ray Caye is a private island resort located eighteen miles of the coast of Placencia. Minutes away from the Great Belize Barrier Reef, Ray Caye is ideal for travellers seeking to break from the constraints and pressures of a busy life. This off-the-grid eco-resort offers comfortable beachfront villas and suites for solo travellers, couples, families and groups. Guests have the option of renting individual villas or the entire island. An outdoor restaurant steps away from the sea along with the resort’s organic garden delivers fresh catch and ingredients for a sublime foodie experience. If you’d like to experience more of what the island has to offer, you can. With complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, and hobi-catamarans, there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying the wonders of the sea and reef that lie just offshore.
Turneffe Island Resort
Accessible only by boat, Turneffe Island is about an hour and a half away from the coast of Belize, and worlds apart from the cacophony of sounds and traffic that swamp mainland Belize City. With the Great Blue Hole a mere hour and a half away, the resort is the perfect base for diving enthusiasts. Private villas and guestrooms feature warm mahogany lined interiors and cosy screened-in porches, perfect for sipping fresh coffee, delivered to your door each morning before sunrise. Turneffe Island Resort is above all things the ultimate place for low-key relaxation. Complete with a community dining hall, Friday night BBQs under the stars and poolside happy hours guests can meet and socialize, ensuring your stay is filled with a lifetime of memories and perhaps even, new friendships.
Belize Dive Haven
As the name suggests, Belize Dive Haven is the equivalent of every divers’ nirvana. Also located on Turneffe Island, and minutes away from Belize’s top diving sites, they offer more than a dozen guided dives and on-site training. In short, they specialize in meeting the discerning diving enthusiasts’ needs and as well as their skill levels. This newly built resort features 94 bedrooms, all of which are equipped with refrigerators and safes, have televisions and wifi, bright and airy interiors and private balconies with views of the Caribbean Sea. When you’re not fishing or diving, you’re free to choose from several relaxing beachside activities such as yoga, paddleboarding, and canoeing.