Luxury At Ka’ana
I must admit that I am sort of a snob when it comes to boutique hotels. Ka’ana Belize offers everything I was looking for in a resort. Ka’ana is a luxury resort located in Western Belize where intimacy, luxury, and style intertwine with authentic Belizean culture. Belize has been on my bucket list for some time and the hubby and I normally stay on the beach when we travel; but this time we decided to try something a little different and submerse ourselves in the culture and move away from the touristy areas. We wanted to be submersed in the jungle and explore Belize as natives.
Before arriving at the airport in Belize City, we prearranged for the resort to have a driver pick us up from the airport to make the almost a 2 hour drive; which ran us about $150 US. Our drive was very pleasant (with air conditioning) and we were able to see the variety of the Belizian landscape. From the lush mountainous areas to the flat lands filled with orange groves and cattle; simply wonderful!
When we pulled into the resort we were greeted by the smiling staff. Our luggage was collected and taken to our villa by our driver, while we were offered a welcoming beverage and a cold face towel to refresh ourselves from our commute. We were promptly escorted to a seating area while we checked-in , rather than stand at the front desk.
The property is nothing less than beautiful and simply elegant. Tropical trees and flowers cover the grounds while iguanas sunbathe by pool, and speaking of the pool; it is simply AMAZING!!! You really feel like you are in the middle of a tropical paradise – and you are.
My husband and I traveled to Belize during the rainy season so the evening showers were absolutely relaxing after a long day of sight seeing and activities. The resort is so private we rarely came into contact with other guests during our stay. It was like we had the entire resort to ourselves and the staff made sure our every need was met.
The staff focuses on customer service ensuring they know each guest by name and greeted us each time they saw us with a smile and polite conversation. It’s clear the staff loves their job and making sure the guests are completely relaxed; ensuring all worries are left at home.
On our first day we had our consultation with the front desk supervisor; Siomara. Siomara welcomed us into the wine cellar and offered us a glass of Belizian liquor while we went over all of the activities we were interested in experiencing. My husband and I prefer venturing off on our own which is why we were so excited Ka’ana only offers private tours. Luxury definitely met nature with the personalized tours Ka’ana offered. From horse back riding, exploring the Mayan ruins of several different sites, a trip to Guatemala, cave tubing, bird watching and zip-lining. The possibilities seemed endless!
We stayed in the Balam room, which was more spacious than we expected. Once you enter the villa there is a small sitting area which held a small table, chairs, daybed, and refrigerator. The fridge was stocked with refreshments and snacks . The bed was divine, the decor was stunning, and the bathroom had a gorgeous open shower. I loved the contemporary yet rustic feel of the villa – The thick white canvas curtains that you pulled shut to cut off the sitting area and the windows made us feel like we were camping in the jungle, with a luxury mosquito net to keep the bugs out. Every evening after we returned from dinner our room was turned down with a personalized note and little yummy treat in the fridge. My husband and I would leave the room for a quick minute and come back with the room freshened up and the staff had us asking how did they know we were gone!! We also had our own large private balcony with two lounging chairs and a table. Ka’ana Resort is Pure luxury.
We had the opportunity of having Andy as our guide for all of our excursions. My husband and I chose to explore the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich, Cave Tubing, The Blue Hole National Park and ventured off to Placencia for the day to the annual Placencia Lobster Festival. Andy was extremely knowledgeable about the Mayan Ruins and took us off of the beaten path; he immersed us in the culture and history of Belize. He knew everything about the country, it’s nature, animals, and especially the ruins.
Chillin by the Pool
It was the most amazing experience we have ever had! We decided to spend our last day relaxing by the pool; watching the iguanas sunbath, and just enjoying spending time with each other at this beautiful resort. The pool is breathtaking – an infinity pool that falls into a lower level pool.
Just picture yourself lounging at the most beautiful luxurious pool in Belize, surrounded by lush tropical plants and the sound of several different birds; and I assure you it will feel like heaven.
One thing to mention is that the town is a little ways away so we ate dinner at the resort every night and let me assure you the food was amazing; both in flavors and presentation. They used veggies right out of the garden located on the property. I think we had just about every meal on the menu because I love to eat and I didn’t want to miss out on any of the authentic dishes. It’s easy to get carried away with food and drinks!
I think I gained 10 lbs during my stay because I couldn’t stop eating, the food was that good! I still day dream about the Jerk Chicken – so delicious.
Belize’s barrier reef draws in scuba and snorkeling enthusiasts from around the world and the locals are very friendly, the weather is pleasant, and the food is tasty and delicious. Belize may not be the cheapest Central American destination, but it’s one of the easiest and more relaxing places to travel in the region.
If Belize is on your bucket list make sure you stay at Ka’ana.