Blancaneaux Lodge Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Blancaneaux Lodge, one of two resorts in Belize owned by movie director Francis Ford Coppola, enjoys a splendidly lush location beside a creek in the country’s Mountain Pine Ridge. This fabulous hideaway features great amenities for couples, including horse stables, a serene spa with wonderful Oriental treatments, and a fresh water infinity pool with mahogany loungers perfect for a quiet day in the sun. Cabanas have thatched roofs, private wooden decks, and rustic-luxe decor that includes colorful Guatemalan textiles. Some even have private plunge pools. The lodge’s remote location adds to the intimate vibe.
Turtle Inn Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Turtle Inn, also owned by the Coppola family, is an intimate luxury resort set alongside a beautiful stretch of the Caribbean Sea near Placencia. The resort offers a peaceful setting and Balinese-style private cottages and villas -- each with a fabulous bathroom and an outdoor shower, screened porch, and a minibar stocked with wine. The hotel also offers three restaurants, two bars, a beautiful spa with great treatments -- including some for couples -- and two serene outdoor pools -- one of them with ocean views. Couples who decide to venture outside the resort can choose from a number of guided tours and excursions offered on-site, or go snorkeling and scuba diving at the Belize Barrier Reef, located a short boat ride away.
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.
Chabil Mar Rating: 4.0 Pearls
While the multi-room villas might feel better suited for families, one-bedroom condos are perfect for couples that want to have some of the conveniences of an apartment, including a full kitchen with a washer and dryer, a private furnished terrace and extra space. There are dozens of activities for couples to choose from, including kayaking, biking, swimming at the beach or the pools, and even get a massage for two under the thatched hut at the pier.
Portofino Beach Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This romantic hideaway in a remote spot a (free) boat ride away from San Pedro has 17 rooms -- many of which are cabana-style units with thatched roofs and terraces with hammocks-- and have a mix of Belizean and Guatemalan textiles and furnishings. Couples can lounge by the lovely pool, which is surrounded by palms and has ocean views, or take advantage of the free kayaks, snorkel gear, on-site professional dive shop, or swimming pier off the quiet beach.