The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a 400-acre eco lodge specializing in adventure with dozens of different activities offered each day. Be sure to go on a bird watching tour this area has some of the best bird watching in the country zipline among the trees and see a view of the jungle from above, or take a tubing excursion deep in the jungle, where you’re sure to spot plenty of beautiful toucans, the national bird of Belize. While there, stay in the new Ix Chel Luxury Rainforest villas. It’s luxury in the rainforest: You’ll find private plunge pools, outdoor showers and personal butlers. Naturalist guides will take guests horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking through the dense jungle while travelers take in the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Also not to be missed: A canoe trip down the Macal River to see birds, howler monkeys and other wildlife.
For something different, head to the second largest barrier reef system in the world. Victoria House Resort & Spa, located on Ambergris Caye, features spacious villas, a gourmet restaurant with freshly caught seafood, two beachfront pools and a dive shop where charter boats can be arranged for scuba diving in the world renowned Great Blue Hole or snorkeling in Shark Ray Alley. The resort also boasts the largest spa on Ambergris Caye—taking luxury and wellness to the next level. When you go, be sure to book one of the villas. They range from two to five bedrooms and are all beachfront, with some also boasting their own private pool. For more of an eco-wellness retreat, try Naia Resort and Spa in Placencia, the southern part of Belize. Here, yoga, leisure bike rides, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and meditation will leave travelers centered and rejuvenated. chaacreek.com; victoria-house.com; naiaresortandspa.com