‘Why would anyone want to go to a place that has nothing to offer beyond mysterious jungle paths, hidden Mayan pyramids, exotic flora and fauna, spectacular Caribbean beaches and the world’s second-largest barrier reef – where you can dive among undulating rays and schools of iridescent fish – plus hospitable people, political stability and an incredible array of luxury accommodations? Ah. Right. Well, then, if you can look past all of that and imagine a bespoke vacation in Belize, we’ll see what we can do’…
AMBERGRIS CAYE | CAYE CAULKER | MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE | PLACENCIA | BLUE HOLE | BARRIER REEF | CARACOL & XUNANTUNICH
Below are a few top experiences that may feature in your bespoke Belize itinerary.
• Scuba-diving with whale sharks. These huge but gentle giants are seen off the coast of Belize between March and June, and are most likely to be spotted when it’s a full moon. You can also snorkel above them as they often come right up to surface.
• The Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where you can snorkel with stingrays.
• Caving the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves, one of Belize’s many Mayan caves. Plunging into darkness, clambering through crevices, and dipping under water, before exploring the site of a Mayan sacrifice.
• Snorkeling with manatees. Otherwise known as sea-cows, these curious creatures are an endangered species but thrive in Belize. Swimming with them is a magical and really quite hypnotic experience.
• The Blue Hole, a popular destination among scuba divers looking to spot Caribbean reef sharks.
BEST TIME TO GO
November to May
English, Spanish, Kriol
HOTELS WE LOVE IN BELIZE
Nothing but the best. Below are a few of our favourite hotels that can feature in your bespoke Belize itinerary.
Blanceaux Lodge is a 20 room luxury hideaway where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Located in the northwest corner of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Western Belize’s Cayo District. View the hotel website. Visit the hotel website.
TURTLE INN, Placencia
Francis Ford Coppola has lovingly overseen every detail of Turtle Inn’s creation. Rustic-chic cottages in a posh beachfront resort with a spa & pools, plus wine tastings & dining. Our favourite are the seafront thatched cottages overlooking white-sand beach. Visit the hotel website.
Las Terrazas resort & Residences, Ambergris caye
The only Virtuoso property on Belize’s largest island, Las Terrazas is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. Some of the region’s finest snorkeling and diving lie off the resort’s white sands, included Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Visit the hotel website.
The Ka’ana Resort is an award winning luxury resort located in Belize’s Mayan jungle. Step into Ka’ana, and you will find luxury accommodations, a tropical paradise surrounded by lush jungle and wildlife. Add to this plush quarters, an infinity pool & fine dining, plus a bar, you may never want to leave.
chaa creek, Belize
Chaa Creek, rated one of the world’s best Eco Lodges & a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981. It has evolved from its humble beginnings as a working farm, to become a premier luxury retreat with upmarket suites, villas & cottages, plus an infinity pool and a spa.
your own private island
At Bespoke Travel Design, we know that privacy and exclusivity rank high on your list of holiday priorities. Here are a few of our top private islands in Belize.
Coral Caye - your own private island
A new addition to Francis Ford Coppola’s hotel collection, this castaway island, just 25 minutes (8 mile) boat ride from the resort at Turtle Inn, with just two sumptuous beachy dwellings adorned with luxury touches, offers the ultimate exclusive use private island experience. For more details on pricing and inclusions for this private island experience, get in touch.
Just three miles from San Pedro, this secluded private island resort has seven villas, each with private beach access and a personal houseman. Each villa is outfitted with luxury amenities, Master chefs prepare fresh meals daily that are tailed to fit each guest’s preferences. The entire island can be rented exclusively for up to 18 guests. Visit the hotel website.
We are on our way home and wanted to thank you again for booking an incredible trip. Both the Resort in Mexico and Belize were beautiful. Great weather and service. We even decided to do a second snorkelling excursion while here (doing both the inner and outer reef).
Couldn’t have asked for more.
Thank you again.
Marie-France is a a travel expert for Belize. What makes her the expert? Well for starters, she spent 6 months working in Belize as a Guide leading sea and river kayaking tours for small groups. She has since then, planned many many private bespoke itineraries for her discerning clients. She is ready to help you tailor this active journey to your exact preferences and needs.