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Top 10 Plunge Pool Summer Escapes

12 July 21

Top 10 Plunge Pool Summer Escapes

Our 10th Anniversary here at Absolute Belize wasn’t quite what we expected, and like most of you, we postponed our celebrations in 2020. This year, we intend to make up for it!

Here’s how we’re celebrating: We’ll be drawing on a decade of experience and knowledge to share our Top 10s of Belize. We’re covering everything from cultural immersions, decadent dishes, exhilarating escapades, remote atolls, and even some insider tips!

So keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages as we take you along on FAM trips, site visits, weekend getaways, and personal staycations with all the inside scoop on what’s happening in Belize.

To kick things off, we’re sharing our picks for the sexiest plunge pool escapes just in time for summer!

 

The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Chaa Creek personifies eco-luxury. The 400-acre private reserve is an ecological playground, so much so that when you add their newest villas aptly named after the Maya moon goddess, Ix Chel, you end up with an intoxicating mix of nature immersion and indulgence pampering.

VIBE: chic, eco-luxury, modern, peaceful, private

PERFECT FOR: adventure seekers, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, nature lovers

 

Ka’ana Resort

Ka’ana is the perfect basecamp for exploring the culturally rich region of western Belize. With manicured lawns, polished grounds, and standalone cottages, the resort’s 1- and 2-Bedroom Private Plunge Pool Villas feature all of the trappings to put you instantly in vacation mode.

VIBE: chic, high style design, luxury, modern

PERFECT FOR: adventure seekers, epicureans, exploring locally, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics

 

Blancaneaux Lodge

Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux is where it’s at if you’re looking for breathtaking views as you soak in your pool. Nestled against the dramatic backdrop that is the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the Enchanted Cottage is a luxury hideaway in a rainforest wonderland.

VIBE: chic, exclusive, laidback luxury, peaceful, private, retreat

PERFECT FOR: adventure seekers, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, nature lovers

 

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

Bask in the sun as you enjoy the majestic views of the Sleeping Giant, which rests on the ridges of the Maya Mountains that surround this picturesque lodge. When night falls and the temperature drops, take a dip in the heated jacuzzi of your Mountainview Penthouse to relax before bed.

VIBE: chic, modern, peaceful, private, retreat

PERFECT FOR: adventure seekers, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, nature lovers

 

 

Victoria House Resort & Spa

Perched on one of the prettiest stretches of beach on the bustling island of Ambergris Caye, Victoria House is one of a few dreamy hotels you can find there. Casa Playa Blanca – a 2-Bedroom Villa – sits at the edge of the Caribbean Sea and features expansive outdoor spaces that allow you to enjoy refreshing sea breezes while getting your tan on.

VIBE: barefoot luxury, chic, escape, private, tropical

PERFECT FOR: beach walkers, exploring locally, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, views for days

 

Cayo Espanto

Cayo Espanto is the private island retreat of your wanderlust dreams! And while there are plenty of places to hide from the world in this pandemic, we prefer the seclusion of Casa Solana, which offers glorious views over the glistening Caribbean Sea from the comfort of your infinity-edge plunge pool.

VIBE: chic, escape, exclusive, luxury, private, retreat, tropical

PERFECT FOR: beach walkers, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, views for days

 

Naia Resort & Spa

Set in a 200-acre preserve on the highly sought-after Placencia Peninsula, Naia is the ultimate getaway for all things adventure, romance, tranquility, and wellness. Its 1- and 2-Bedroom Beach Houses all boast idyllic surroundings that allow you to recharge, renew, and reset and are the perfect escape after you’ve spent the day exploring this gem of a country.

VIBE: chic, escape, laidback luxury, modern, retreat

PERFECT FOR: adventure seekers, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, total relaxation, wellness getaways

 

 

Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas

With golden beaches and swaying palm trees overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, Sirenian Bay is paradise redefined. There’s nothing like hopping into the plunge pool of the Turtle Villa and unwinding after exploring the nearby attractions, one of which happens to be the second-largest barrier reef in the world!

VIBE: barefoot luxury, chic, laidback luxury, modern, tropical

PERFECT FOR: adventure seekers, beach walkers, exploring locally, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics

 

Ray Caye Island Resort

A destination in its own right and one far removed from the pleasures of daily living, we imagine Ray Caye has a high repeat guest percentage because once you visit this unspoiled island, it’ll live rent-free in your head! When you revisit, bring your family and friends to enjoy the private pools of the Oceanfront Villas, steps away from the crystal clear shallow waters of the Caribbean.

VIBE: chic, escape, exclusive, luxury, private, retreat, tropical

PERFECT FOR: beach walkers, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, views for days

 

Belize Sailing Vacations

For those of you looking for the perfect pandemic getaway, set your gaze out to sea and imagine sailing off into the sunset. The options are endless aboard one of Belize Sailing Vacations’ luxury yachts: bar/island hopping, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling – the ocean is your playground! Or plunge into your very own private “pool” and do nothing at all – you’re the captain of the ship. Talk about social distancing done the right way!

VIBE: barefoot luxury, chic, escape, laidback luxury, modern, peaceful, private

PERFECT FOR: adventure seekers, anglers, epicureans, families, honeymooners & hopeless romantics, marine lovers, scuba divers, views for days

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Pack your bags and your taste buds because it’s almost that time again: Lobster Season in Belize!

12 July 21

 

Every year, June marks the start of the lobster harvesting season for the Caribbean Spiny Lobster. And while the pandemic halted festivities last year, they are back on track! This year, however, the season will be opening on July 1st, 2021.

The most sought-after beach destinations in the country ‐ Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and Placencia ‐ are abuzz in anticipation of Lobsterfest, a three-day celebration of the world’s favorite edible crustacean.

So why wait any longer? Jet set to Belize and [over]indulge to your heart’s and palate’s content!

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We WOWed Wendy Perrin Travelers… Again

12 July 21

 

For the third consecutive year, Wendy Perrin – curator of world travel insider guides – has named our Founder, Rachael Wilson, and Director, Patricia Johnson, to her coveted WOW List as the Trusted Travel Experts for Belize! What makes us especially proud of this recognition is that a key component of the award process is the weight of reviews posted on WendyPerrin.com by travelers we’ve served.

We encourage all travelers considering journeys to destinations abroad – from wherever home may be – to read these reviews and consider the immense value in having a trusted travel expert design your trip.

P.S. Join us today for the final Zoom happy hour in this year’s WOW Week series, where we’ll answer your questions on how to minimize your risk and maximize your experience when you travel.

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Belize Awaits…

12 July 21

Belize Update: Vaccinated Travelers Exempt From COVID-19 Test

Belize is now allowing vaccinated travelers to enter the country without presenting a negative COVID-19 test. If you are fully vaccinated, you can present the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card as proof that it was administered at least two weeks before arrival.

If you have yet to receive your vaccine, you are still required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours (four days) of travel or a negative rapid Antigen test within 48 hours.

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2021 in Belize: A Year of Hope, Reminiscence, Optimism & Safe Travel

10 February 21

We hope you are all continuing to stay safe and well as we watch 2021 unfold. With a population just short of 400,000 in tiny Belize, tourism is a major lifeline. More than half of the people have had their standard of living gravely impacted and since the resumption of international flights on October 1st, many have benefited in some way from the extremely welcome return of visitors.

Amidst the current dialogue surrounding ethics and travel, here in Belize, visitors who are comfortable traveling are firmly welcomed. With “Gold Standard” certified accommodations, tour operators and transfer services operating in accordance with stringent procedures, laws surrounding mask-wearing, social distancing and operating protocols for outdoor restaurants and bars, we are open for business, safely.

Down Under, Tailor Made by Absolute Belize

Traveling Safely

We know that health and safety are now at the forefront of the decision-making process regarding travel and where to go in 2021. We’ve traveled around Belize to experience firsthand the safety measures that hotels and businesses have put in place. The resorts we recommend—such as Matachica on Ambergris Caye, the Lodge at Chaa Creek in San Ignacio, and Turtle Inn in Placencia—have standalone casitas, cabanas, or villas and have obtained Belize’s Gold Standard certification.

On our yacht charters, the captain and first mate are tested prior to your arrival; while aboard the boat, they do daily temperature checks, wear masks, and sanitize regularly. Our private guides and drivers wear masks and have daily temperature checks, and vehicles are sanitized before and after use. Most restaurants are open-air and have been set up for easy social distancing. In light of the fluid situation with COVID-19, we have adapted our cancellation policies depending on the hotel a traveler chooses: The Lodge at Chaa Creek, for example, will give a full refund up to 15 days before arrival and a full credit if your trip is less than two weeks out.

We remain committed to ensuring your travels are safe and as flexible as possible based on these changing dynamics.

Optimism, Celebrating Our 10th at AB
Our 10th Anniversary at Absolute Belize wasn’t quite as expected, but we counted our blessings, put hope into the universe and delayed our celebrations until we can safely do so.

We will be sharing our top 10 things that we love the most about our ‘garden of Eden’ Belize. We’ll cover everything from remote atolls, cultural experiences, divine dishes, our most exhilarating escapades and some insider tips from our expert knowledge bank.

Keep an eye out for our Instagram stories as Rachael and Patricia take you along on-site visits, weekend getaways and personal travel trips with all the insider info on what’s happening in Belize. The first story is coming shortly!

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