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The Best Places to Rejuvenate in Belize


Belize’s idyllic hidden beaches, remote coral atolls and lush tropical rainforests, provide a perfect setting for a rejuvenating and relaxing escape. This year, make time to break away from your fast-paced lifestyle and make wellness a priority. 

Here’s our pick of the top 8 best places to relax, rejuvenate and recharge in Belize:

1. Jaguar Reef Lodge and Spa

Located in the Garifuna coastal village of Hopkins, the Jaguar Reef Lodge and Spa offers guests a laid-back beachfront retreat. Amenities at this Belize hotel include a heated infinity pool with swim up Tiki bar and an onsite full-service spa. For the ultimate way to rejuvenate, book a massage on the dock overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. 

Jaguar Reef Lodge and Spa
Massage on the dock at the Jaguar Reef Lodge and Spa

2. Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef

Lighthouse Reef is located fifty-five miles off the shores of the Belize mainland. On this remote coral atoll, you will find the perfect island getaway on Half Moon Caye.  Enjoy a stay at the Lighthouse Reef Basecamp and explore the area by kayak, SUP or snorkel ‘the Aquarium,’ as well as Jacques Cousteau’s legendary Blue Hole. 

Lighthouse Reef Basecamp, Belize
Escape to a tropical island - Lighthouse Reef Basecamp on Half Moon Caye

3. Chaa Creek

This luxury Belize resort is located on a 400-acre nature reserve, on the banks of the Macal River, just a short drive from San Ignacio Town.  Staying at Chaa Creek, allows guests to relax and rejuvenate in the natural surroundings. Activities include bird watching, hiking, canoeing and enjoying the incredible treatments at the onsite Hilltop Spa at Chaa Creek. We recommend the Tropical Escape spa package which includes a papaya-pineapple body wrap with body scrub, tropical Caribbean cloud nine massage, speciality facial, lunch and a glass of chocolate wine! 

Chaa Creek Belize
Outdoor massage at the Hillside Spa at Chaa Creek

4. Tobacco Caye Paradise

Stressed, overworked and dreaming of escaping to a tropical palm fringed island? We suggest staying one of the over-water cabanas at Tobacco Caye Paradise. This simple and rustic Belize lodge is located on the tiny 5-acre acre island of Tobacco Caye, part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. The lodge is off the grid and is perfect if you are looking for a digital detox. It’s the ideal place to relax in a hammock or paddle in the crystal clear waters. 

Tobacco Caye Paradise
Relax on the hammock on your own private over-the-water cabana at Tobacco Caye Paradise

5. Gaia River Lodge

Hidden away next to the river and waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, is the Gaia River Lodge. This Belize luxury eco-lodge is the ultimate place to disconnect from the concrete world.  There are no TVs, no cell phone service and just Wifi in the main building if you must check your emails. The lodge also has its own organic garden which provides the restaurant with fresh, daily-picked fruits and vegetables. 

Gaia River Lodge
Relax by the river at the Gaia River Lodge

6. Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Escape to the heart of the Mayflower Bocawina National Park, and recharge in the tropical rainforest at the Bocawina Rainforest Resort.  This beautiful jungle eco-lodge offers the perfect base to enjoy a range of activities including zip lining, waterfall rappelling, bird watching, swimming in the natural waterfall pools and hiking. 

Waterfall at Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Rejuvenate and cool off in one of the waterfalls at the Bocawina Rainforest Resort

7. Table Rock Jungle Lodge

Tucked away in the canopied rainforest in the Cayo District of Belize, is the Table Rock Jungle Lodge. This beautiful Belize eco-lodge is set on a hundred-acre reserve on the ancient Macal River and is the perfect spot to indulge in serious relaxation. Enjoy relaxing in the riverside or barside hammocks or grab a river tube and experience a self-guided, half-mile float in the lazy Macal River.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge
Exploring the grounds at the Table Rock Jungle Lodge

8. Southwest Caye, Glover’s Reef

Disconnect from your hectic life and visit the remote Glover’s Reef Atoll, a protected marine park and UNESCO world heritage site, located thirty-six miles off the shore of mainland Belize.   Relax and rejuvenate at the Glover’s Reef Basecamp on Southwest Caye, where you can kayak or SUP around a pristine group of tropical islands and snorkel some of Glover’s Reef 700 patch reefs. It’s also a great place fly fish for bonefish or tarpon on the saltwater flats. Guests staying at the Glover’s Reef Basecamp can also enjoy sunrise yoga sessions with a resident yoga instructor (subject to availability).

Yoga At Glovers Reef
Sunrise yoga at the Glover’s Reef Basecamp on Southwest Caye

Contact us today directly at 1-800-667-1630 or info@islandexpeditions.com and our vacation specialists will be happy to help you plan your trip to Belize.