The Lodge at Chaa Creek Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Chaa Creek, one of Belize’s first eco-lodges, has evolved from its humble beginnings as a working farm to become a premier luxury retreat. This sophisticated operation includes rustic-luxe, thatched-roof cottages, wonderful service, and modern amenities such as an infinity pool with jungle views and a full-service spa. The riverside setting on a private rainforest reserve is phenomenal, and myriad tours and outdoor activities are offered through the hotel. To top it off, room rates are fair for what you get -- and there are even budget accommodations available at Macal River Camp, located on the property.
Xanadu Island Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Xanadu Island Resort is a great pick for groups and families. It is a simple, relaxed property with 18 spacious multi-room units resting on a pretty stretch of beach minutes from central San Pedro. Condo-style rooms come with kitchens featuring full-size fridges, and dining areas, great for those who want to save money. All rooms have iPod docks, beach towels, and private decks. The hotel offers a small freshwater pool with ocean views, free kayak and bike rentals, and a number of excursions that can be arranged through the on-site tour desk. Golf cart rentals are available and there is free and reliable Wi-Fi throughout.
Robert’s Grove Beach Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This laid-back, 52-room property offers a lot for the price, and has rooms on both Placencia Peninsula and two small private islands. The range of amenities is extensive, including a professional dive shop, marina (slips are available), spa, three restaurants, three outdoor ocean-view pools, and tours galore from an impressive fleet of boats. The pretty beach offers free water sports; guests can also jump off the end of the swimming pier or grab drinks at the palapa bar. The rooms have patios and basic Guatemalan- and Mexican-inspired decor (some also have kitchenettes). Free Wi-Fi and airport transfers are offered.