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Gaia, Rendezvous… And Updated Entry Requirements

11 August 21

Notes from the Directors

We are incredibly grateful to have welcomed so many guests to Belize as the country opened the international airport in late 2020. Guests have been able to access attractions with barely any other visitors in sight; spring and summer seeing the country build visitor numbers back substantially, which is why we are saying, “June is the new March!”

Most attractions and restaurants in Belize are outdoors, and accommodations are mostly distanced, including beach cabanas, jungle casitas, private villas and yachts, and remote islands, so guests can enjoy their holiday with as much isolation as they prefer.

Our Directors, Pat and Rach, have also been out and about enjoying “The Jewel.” Here are their recent experiences:

 


Rachael just returned from a quick sailing trip around the Central Cayes, including Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye, and Rendezvous Caye.

At Rendezvous (one of my absolute favorites!), we pulled into the dock at the tiny postcard-perfect island surrounded by azure waters and corals. Residents include the friendly caretaker, Pedro, the only person living on the island (except for a couple of passing fishermen who sold us some fresh lobster!), cormorants, ospreys, pelicans, sandpipers, and magnificent soaring frigates.

A snorkeling expedition around the island had us face to face with eagle rays, stingrays, and a green turtle, gliding through an endless school of blue tang and gazing at the technicolor of the rainbow parrotfish, spotted damselfish, and French angelfish. The formations at the island’s tip resemble an underwater “Grand Canyon,” with colossal corals including staghorn, pillar, elkhorn, and brain, dotted with colorful fans and massive drop-offs into the abyss.

A spearfishing mission was next on the agenda that yielded crab, lobster, lionfish, and a Spanish mackerel turned into a coconut seafood medley for dinner. We dined with Pedro aboard our very own yacht under a blanket of stars, feeling a million miles away from the rest of the world.

Next on the agenda? I’ll be heading inland to the Cayo District to scout a new collection of jungle villas, all with private plunge pools and spectacular views that we will be revealing soon!

 


Traveling fills us with so many emotions. And, if you’ve traveled in the past year, you know that traveling in a post-pandemic era is life-altering.

At Absolute Belize, we are grateful to be part of travelers’ journeys who have taken the leap, hopped on a flight, and landed in unfamiliar territory, willing to navigate through entry requirements, protocols, testing, and so many unknowns. Thank you to our valued clients who have entrusted us with making their travels safe and memorable.

Now more than ever, we know that our purpose is to help you fulfill your travel goals while taking the majority of the stress of planning away from you. Through our interactions with you, we know that travel is a feeling. Over the past few months, we have shared in

  • the feeling of taking your first family trip after being apart for so long,
  • the feeling of celebrating a honeymoon, birthday, or anniversary on a private island without another soul in sight, and
  • the feeling of being surrounded by nature and embracing all the new experiences that travel brings.

I, too, have taken a few trips to rediscover the authenticity of travel in Belize: From visiting a local home-grown coffee plantation to making birthday wishes at Gaia Riverlodge, enveloped by the enchanting Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, to indulging in beachfront luxury at Itz’ana Resort. In my eyes, Belize is still Mother Nature’s best-kept secret.

I am determined to grab life and make every memory count, and I’d love to help you rediscover your inner wanderlust.

 


Updated Entry Requirements

As of yesterday, August 9, 2021, all travelers entering Belize must present a negative COVID-19 test.

Visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Rapid Antigen Test taken within 48 hours of travel. Testing is available at the airport for a fee of US$50 per passenger. Children under the age of 5 can travel without a test.

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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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