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Basking in Belize
Friendly and laid back, Belize is the only Central American country where English is the official language. From its famous dive spot at Blue Hole to the chilled-out Creole culture and the opportunity to skip from caye to caye, Belize is a favorite with honeymooners and pleasure seekers of all ages.
Add to that tropical weather, shimmering turquoise waters lining soft sandy beaches, dense jungles, winding waterfalls and the magical mystery of ancient Maya temples and you’ve discovered a very pleasant – and unusual honeymoon haven.
Consistently named to the list of top world favorite resorts, Victoria House’s 42 plantation rooms, villas and bungalows are sculpted into Ambergis Caye amid lush tropical gardens with wide views of white sand beaches.
Spacious cabanas with balconies promise a “view from the top,” a trademark of Blancaneaux Lodge. Francis Ford Coppola’s first Belizean mountain retreat remains one of the most beautiful nature lodges in the country. The hotel is located in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve in Belize’s Cayo District, and is set on a steep pine-forested hillside overlooking the Privassion River and a series of gentle falls. A riverside spa offers an assortment of soothing treatments in a tranquil setting.
For active travelers in search of a chic eco-retreat, Machaca Hill Lodge, tucked into 11 acres of tropical terrain in the private Laughing Falcon Reserve, offers endless natural attractions and astounding views of the ocean.
Tours to the nearby ruins of Lubaantun, the largest Maya site in Belize, hikes into remote caves and swimming in rainforest waterfalls add to the adventure.
The ultimate escape can be found at Cayo Espanto, a private island located off the coast of San Pedro. Five luxurious five-star villas, all with a private swimming pool, dock and private butler lend a “Fantasy Island” feel to any honeymoon. For those aching for total isolation, the entire island is available for rent. Activities include fly fishing, bird watching, scuba diving, snorkeling and bird watching.
For a more permanent stay, kick back at Las Terrazas’ villas and condos on Ambergris Caye where Mother Nature and pristine beaches provide the perfect, peaceful backdrop.
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