Oyster knows what travelers look for in hotels. When we review properties in person around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a getaway and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our expert top value picks in Belize and get inspired!
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 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.
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.