Megan Montenaro spends some time at the Ka’ana Boutique Resort in Belize. She shares photos and her first-hand take on the place. Click in for the scoop.
After spending a week on Ambergris Caye, I was excited for the change of scenery at Ka’ana Belize. Located near San Ignacio, about 90 minutes west of Belize City, this boutique eco-resort is the perfect place to lay your head (and fill your tummy) while partaking in the endless adventures the area has to offer. I was told their motto is, “Adventure by day and decadence at night,” and they weren’t lying!
The vast array of amenities that awaited us in their newly built, 1,250 square-foot villa included an espresso machine, a flat screen TV, a private plunge pool, and a private butler who we communicated with via walkie talkie. Looking forward to the next day’s zip lining and 4-hour tour of Tikal National Park, I was thrilled to know I’d return to rest among 500 thread count sheets in air-conditioning while surfing the web. Not a mosquito net in sight! The resort features just 17 rooms in total, including five Suites, 10 Casita Suites, and two Private Pool Villas. There is also a bar and restaurant on site, and there’s an option of being served in a special location like their stargazing terrace or wine cellar, which is the largest in Belize.
Top photo, inside the villa. Bottom photo, Tikal National Park.
Ka’ana’s commitment to locally-sourced materials doesn’t just include the fresh ingredients that were grown on site and used in our welcome drinks. Most of the food and drink in the personalized mini bar were all locally made, and at each meal we were told of the day’s fresh picks and how they’d be incorporated into the menu. Their toiletries, including a wonderful cinnamon spice soap, are also made in the area. Careful of becoming too myopic, the resort also incorporates elements from much-loved hotels all over the world into its design, calling upon Parisian-Guatemalan designer Eric Ledoit to add fine touches and details. My favorites were the hanging doors behind the bed that slid to cover the windows and the intricately carved divider that separated the outdoor shower from the lounge area, both made from bamboo.
Top photo, the sliding doors. Bottom photo, the bamboo divider.
From eating and sleeping to showering and getting a massage, every turn at Ka’ana presents the option of letting as much, or as little, of the outside in. This echos the resort’s own balance between adventure and luxury, and I was thrilled to always have the choice.