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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

Man-O-War Caye

1 February 13

From afar the designated bird sanctuary of Man-O-War Caye looks like any other tiny mangrove island, but as you journey closer to shore the frenzy of activity becomes apparent, with birds soaring in the sky above in every direction… and the guys strutting their stuff (or inflating their red gular pouches) for the ladies during breeding season.

Man-O-War Caye lies around 70 miles south of Belize City close to South Water Caye. The 3 different types of mangrove vegetation provide a perfect sanctuary to a variety of indigenous bird species, including Pelicans, Brown Booby birds, and the Magnificent Frigate birds (also known as Man-O-War birds). Here is our pick of pictures….

Aquatic gentle giants

17 January 13

Manatees, which are also known as sea cows are marine mammals, originating around 45 to 50 million years ago. They are gentle, slow moving, plant-eating herbivores and their closest living relatives are elephants and aardvarks. They can grow over 13 feet in length and weigh up to 3,500 pounds.

Despite being an endangered species, with a population of approximately 2500 in the waters of the United States, Manatees are present in the waters of Belize and can be witnessed throughout the year. A close concentration can be witnessed at Swallow Caye, located 4 miles off the coast of Belize City. Swallow Caye has been declared a wildlife sanctuary and serves to protect the manatees and other marine life that call this habitat home. For more information or to plan a visit to see our aquatic gentle giant friends contact Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary

'The Cayes to Happiness' – travel article by Kevin Rusby of The Guardian newspaper

26 February 11

 

The Cayes to Happiness

 

Hanging out with endangered manatee, viewing the Andromeda galaxy, taking a nightly star bath and swimming in the bioluminescence. Our friend Kevin Rushby from The Guardian newspaper explains how industrial tourism seems further away than the Orion nebula on a catamaran trip exploring the Caribbean coast of mangrove islands and remote reefs in Belize.

For the full article follow this link.

For the audio slideshow follow this link

Special thanks to Cliff from Belize Luxury Sailing for making the trip a possibility, and to our friends Aime and Angus from London for sharing their vast wealth of cosmic knowledge…. and for catching and cleaning many lunches and dinners.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/feb/26/belize-ambergris-caye-holiday-islands

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/audioslideshow/2011/feb/24/belize-adventure-sailing-caribbean?intcmp=239

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel

‘The Cayes to Happiness’ – travel article by Kevin Rusby of The Guardian newspaper

26 February 11

 

The Cayes to Happiness

 

Hanging out with endangered manatee, viewing the Andromeda galaxy, taking a nightly star bath and swimming in the bioluminescence. Our friend Kevin Rushby from The Guardian newspaper explains how industrial tourism seems further away than the Orion nebula on a catamaran trip exploring the Caribbean coast of mangrove islands and remote reefs in Belize.

For the full article follow this link.

For the audio slideshow follow this link

Special thanks to Cliff from Belize Luxury Sailing for making the trip a possibility, and to our friends Aime and Angus from London for sharing their vast wealth of cosmic knowledge…. and for catching and cleaning many lunches and dinners.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/feb/26/belize-ambergris-caye-holiday-islands

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/audioslideshow/2011/feb/24/belize-adventure-sailing-caribbean?intcmp=239

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel

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