Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa
Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

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Belize: The Perfect Winter Destination

In the heart of Central America, paradise is found. Belize, with its pristine beaches, and azure waters, is a destination like no other. This vast and vibrant country invites you to explore the mesmerizing landscapes and flowing underwater paradises that create a world of beauty wherever you may be. Here, we take you on a journey through the seas and seaside towns of Belize to vacation to the islands this winter. Because, paradise is calling and we’re so ready to answer that call.

Seaside Adventures

Where to Stay: Belize Sailing Vacations 

Photo credit: Belize Sailing Vacations

Photo credit: Belize Sailing Vacations

Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Caribbean Sea as you embark on the Tranquilo, a private yacht in Belize Sailing Vacations’ collection. Our journey on the Tranquilo, invited us to bask in the sunshine while cruising through Belize’s islands.

Your home away from home; the sleek Foutaine Pajot ‘Saona’ 47 is intentionally designed for the whole family to unwind. With five comfortable cabins with private baths, a large integrated helm lounge deck, open seating areas and an extended aft platform you’re invited to surrender to the rhythmic lull of the waves as you bask in the sun and fall asleep under a blanket of stars. With Belize Sailing Adventures you will simply set sail for a trip of a lifetime.

Exceptional Dining on the Tranquilo

Photo credit: Belize Sailing Vacations

Photo credit: Belize Sailing Vacations

As you ebb and flow with the waves, indulge in culinary dishes that reflect the region’s flavors. The crew creates meals that celebrate Belizean gastronomy, fostering a connection to the vibrant culture found throughout the islands by sourcing sustainable, local ingredients, and fresh seafood (caught that day!). From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, the team at Belize Sailing Adventures caters to exactly what you need.

Caye Caulker Walking Food Tour

Photo credit: Taste of Caye Caulker

Photo credit: Taste of Caye Caulker

Explore the charming island of Caye Caulker on a culinary journey that will tantalize your taste buds. We embarked on Taste of Caye Caulker’s Walking Food Tour to savor the rich flavors of Belizean cuisine, from fresh seafood to local delicacies and the best key lime pie, we met with locals and expats who have created unique culinary experiences on the island. Let the vibrant atmosphere of the island and the delicious aromas guide you through this gastronomic adventure.

Snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley

Photo courtesy of DCI Agency

Photo courtesy of DCI Agency

Exploring the wonders beneath the surface at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley was a highlight of our Belizean sojourn. Snorkeling with Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop through the vibrant coral gardens, we encountered a kaleidoscope of colors swimming with marine life. While snorkeling you learn about the magic found under a symphony of colors and come to appreciate the vastness of the ocean and truly understand just how passionate Belizans are about preserving their natural seaside playgrounds. 

Photo credit: Belize Sailing Vacations

Photo credit: Belize Sailing Vacations

Belize Sailing Vacations offer the freedom to customize your experience with them. Tailor your adventure with personalized itineraries the team is happy to create. Whether your deep sea fishing or snorkeling through vibrant reefs a bespoke experience awaits. 

Photo credit: Tropic Air

Photo credit: Tropic Air

As we journeyed from sea to land with Tropic Air we witnessed pure magic flying over the iconic Blue Hole. This scenic flight showcased the beauty of this natural wonder, a colossal underwater sinkhole surrounded by vibrant coral formations. 

Exceptional Moments Beachside

Where to Stay: Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Nestled on the picturesque Placencia Peninsula, Naia Resort and Spa is the perfect place to find serenity. Immerse yourself in the opulence of oceanfront villas and beach houses, that will simply take your breath away. 

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Naia Resort and Spa offers unparalleled accommodations embodying coastal luxury. Their beautifully crafted oceanfront villas and beach houses harmonize with nature and the beauty that is found here. Contemporary design, spacious layouts, and private terraces provide a serene retreat for guests to sit back, relax, and find your zen. 

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

The expansive living quarters provide guests with the opportunity to immerse yourself in comfort and style. Shower under the stars, dip into your own private plunge pool (available on some private terraces), or order room service and indulge in a delicious meal while cozying up on the comfortable couch. The lavish villas and beach houses are designed for you to relax and unwind while listening to the gentle waves floating along the shore. 

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

The resort is home to unparalleled amenities; a picturesque yoga studio, relaxing spa, fitness center, luxurious pool, and The Beach Bar and 1981 restaurants, where every detail echoes the beauty of the surrounding landscape. 

A Day at the Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Peace and serenity await you at the Spa at Naia. Expert therapists curate rejuvenating treatments, blending ancient healing practices with modern luxury that invite you to find your bliss and stay awhile. With a private pool, thoughtfully curated treatment rooms and outdoor spaces to wander and explore, you’re invited to find your zen as you cocoon into the magic of this idyllic landscape.

Reconnect with your inner calm by joining a yoga class in the yoga studio or find your way to the pier and fluidly move like the waves of the sea as you’re guided into postures that expand the heart and nurture the soul.

Delightful Dinners in Placencia 

The Little Wine Bar

Photo credit: The Little Wine Bar

Photo credit: The Little Wine Bar

The Little Wine Bar is our new favorite place for an incredibly creative and extensive selection of wines and delicious tapas. Spend your afternoon here unwinding from a day in the sun and take some time to truly appreciate the journey these wines have taken to arrive here with you in this tiny piece of paradise. 

1981 and The Beach Bar at Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Photo credit: Naia Resort and Spa

Savor the culinary expertise of Belize at two distinguished restaurants at Naia Resort and Spa. Begin your culinary journey at The Beach Bar with a light breakfast, our go-to was a smoothie and the Mayan breakfast, and lunch beachside always ended up a sweet note with this molten lava cake. Find your way to 1981 for dinner and you will be utterly impressed. The restaurant, named after the year Belize attained independence, invites guests to experience a culinary journey of fresh Belizan cuisine. This waterfront restaurant has an ever-evolving seasonal menu that celebrates all that is Belize. 

Rumfish y Vino

Photo credit: Kevin W. Quischan Photography

Photo credit: Kevin W. Quischan Photography

Our gastronomic journey continued with a delightful dinner at Rum y Vino, a culinary haven where local flavors danced with international influences. The exquisite menu showcased the best of Belizean cuisine, creating a memorable dining experience where coastal flavors took centre stage. 

From underwater wonders to culinary escapades, Belize beckons those seeking a luxurious escape into a world of beauty and indulgence this winter. We can’t wait to hear all about your perfect getaway this winter.

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