When you think of amazing spa experiences, Belize is probably not what first comes to mind. Although Belize is not yet famous for its world-class spas, we predict more and more visitors and vacation home-owners will take full advantage of the growing spa presence here in the coming years. Picture this: As the boys go out to sea to bang the flats for permit and bonefish, the girls are getting pampered at the spa. Then again, winding down in the spa after a day of chasing bonefish doesn’t sound bad either.
Here are a few spa retreats in Belize when you’re in need of a deep tissue massage or a mud bath. Can’t make it to the spa? There are a few select masseuses who will come to your resort room for your very own balcony massage.
Chaa Creek – Situated on this very cool piece of real estate in paradise at this 365-acre eco-resort above the Macal River, the Spa at Chaa Creek offers one of the best spa menus in Belize. The therapists are wonderful and friendly and within their fingertips lives ultimate relaxation. The massages and facials were some of the best I have ever had.
Jaguar Reef, Butterflies Spa – Next door to the famed Jaguar Reef, the brand new Butterflies Spa offers a welcoming environment and dozens of different treatments to choose from. I received an indulgent and relaxing facial and enjoyed the hydrotherapy immensely.
Cayo Espanto – Truly one of the most beautiful places to stay in Belize, if not all of Central America, Cayo Espanto’s whole vibe and ambience plays host to a small but well-orchestrated spa experience. The best treatments are done in your own villa: private, unobtrusive, and relaxing. Some treatments come with the room package (so does the cuisine). The spa treatments were extravagant and the accommodations were out of this world.
Maruba Resort Jungle Spa – A different kind of place, Maruba Resort Jungle Spa is an oasis of charm and grace with a hint of wildness. This is not your traditional spa. The resort was conceived and created to blend various Mayan, Creole, and African designs side-by-side within a jungle setting, creating a tranquil and exotic feel. The spa offers all-natural treatments derived from ancient techniques that incorporate natural products produced from Maruba Therapy and the surrounding jungle environment. They also specialize in mud treatments using all-natural Mood Muds. It’s fun to get dirty here!
Ka’ana – Located poolside, the treatment rooms at this boutique resort in the Cayo district help make Ka’ana the perfect place for a day at the spa. Therapists use a variety of local calming and revitalizing ingredients in all massages, skin, and body treatments, and are performed by a terrific and friendly staff. The spa area is inspired by sensual Landero original Mayan artwork. As soon as you step inside – smelling the soothing aromas and hearing the calming music, you’ll instantly leave all your worries at the door.
Now each month or so Belize is announcing new eco-resorts with spa experiences that are sure to wow guests. I’m confident that the next time we feature the top spas in Belize we’ll have plenty of new spa experiences share, each with their own unique Belize is so famous for.