Guest Author - Kara Williams
Upscale and ultra-private, Cayo Espanto is a four-acre island on Belize that offers couples the ultimate secluded honeymoon. With only six villas, including one brand-new overwater bungalow, this island resort is super high-end and ideal for the most discerning of honeymooners who want to retreat from it all on their dream vacation.
Cayo Espanto rests in the calm waters of the Western Caribbean, southwest of Belize's Ambergris Caye, just three miles from the San Pedro Airport. Each five-star villa offers attentive service with private butler, personal chef and a staff ratio of two to one.
On Cayo Espanto, which allows just a maximum of 16 guests at any time, visitors can fly fish right outside their door, opt for scuba diving or snorkeling excursions just 20 minutes away at the second largest barrier reef in the world, or hop on a boat or a plane and play 18 holes of golf on a nearby island. Enjoy gourmet dining in the privacy of your villa, on your dock or in the dining palapa.
Rates for the oceanfront villas, which include the personal houseman, three tailored meals per day, snacks, all drinks (except champagne, wine and cordials), and non-motorized water sports, start at $1,695 per night. But through December 15, 2008, couples can rent the new overwater bungalow, dubbed Casa Ventanas, for $995 a night.
This bungalow doesn't have its own pool like the other five villas (naturally - it's over water!), but it is perched on the end of a 150-foot dock on a corner of the island. It overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean with a 360-degree view of paradise.
Belize is less than two hours from several major U.S. gateway cities and is easily accessible via Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines and American Airlines. Direct flights are available from Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles.