Ka'ana is described as a “boutique resort,” and it appeals to guests who want a sense of being in the Belizean rain forest while also enjoying the comforts and amenities of a full-service resort. Rooms and villas here seem to blend into the jungle, but it's clear that all is carefully tamed to ensure that guests don't feel overwhelmed by the wildness. Rooms are decorated in earth tones, with textiles and design accents all locally crafted. Furniture is sturdy local hardwood. Master suites have outdoor showers, and there are two spacious, private villas, each with its own plunge pool, garden, and outdoor terrace, among other luxuries. Staff can arrange land and sea excursions to the country's most popular cultural, historic, and natural sites.
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Ka'ana is located in the Cayo District outside the town of San Ignacio. It’s a little bit removed from the small-town bustle, so guests who want to visit town will need a car to do so. Many guests enjoy hanging around Ka'ana and simply relaxing, but those wishing to experience Belize beyond the hotel's confines can set up tours through the concierge staff. In addition to all the standard excursions offered by other Belizean hotels, including guided tours of Maya sites such as Xunantunich and Caracol, Ka'ana can organize a Maya cooking or ceramics class, helicopter tours, horseback riding along the Mopan River, and even jaguar tracking.
Need to Know
Rooms: 17 rooms; from $275. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: La Ceiba, the name of a local tree, is the on-site restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most of the food is Belizean in inspiration, and 80 percent of the restaurant's fruits and vegetables come from the hotel's own organic garden. The hotel also has a bar, the Wallace, and the largest wine cellar in western Belize, with more than 1,000 bottles; the majority is wine from the Americas. Spa and gym details: The on-site spa specializes almost exclusively in massage; there are no facials or other treatments offered. There is no gym at Ka'ana; however, staff can arrange personal yoga instruction for guests.
Who’s it best for: Couples who want to feel like they're having an adventure without going too deep into the jungle. Our favorite rooms: The one-bedroom private pool villa is an indulgence, with a private plunge pool, garden, terrace, and outdoor shower, as well as a personal butler. Maya romance: Travelers who are honeymooning or rekindling a romance might want to ask about the special dining experiences the hotel can coordinate, or about the overnight luxury camping package, which includes an exclusive evening tour of a Maya archaeological site and an authentic Maya meal.