100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.


Romantic Places in Belize

A former colony of Britain, Belize nestles up against Guatemala, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean sea. Its coastline is protected by the 190 miles long Barrier Reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world.

Northeast Belize

The largest of Belize’s Caribbean islands, Ambergris Caye is located in the clear shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Its only town, San Pedro, is a bustling fishing village filled with dive huts, cafés, boutiques, bicycles and sand streets.

Mata Chica Beach Resort

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Created by a French fashion photographer and his Italian makeup-artitst wife, Mata Chica contains thatched-roof villas and a white sand beach. Its Mambo Restaurant is considered one of Belize’s best.

T: +501 220 5010. 14 rooms. US$ 320-

Southeast Belize

The Placencia peninsula & lagoon is noted for its fishing, diving and white sand beaches. Located 100 miles south of Belize City, the Peninsula runs parallel to the coast of Belize for about 18 miles. At its southern tip is Placencia Village, an English-speaking Creole fishing village colorfully populated with 60’s era hippy cafes and funky shops.

Turtle Inn

Placencia Village, Belize

Francis Ford Coppola’s stylish recreation of a Balinese resort.

T: +501 824-4914. 5 rooms. US$ 300-

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort


Located 30 miles north of Placencia Village, the rustic-chic Mayan huts of Kanantik sit on 300 acres of jungle and beach.

T: +501 520 8048. 25 rooms. US$ 630-

Western Belize

The mountainous region bordering Guatemala has Mayan ruins and teeming jungle wildlife.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Adventure Centre, Rainforest Reserve and Spa, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize

Chaa Creek’s palmed-thatched cottages sit riverside on 330 wilderness acres; the award winning property was Belize’s first jungle lodge.

T: +501 824 2037. 23 rooms. US$ 185-


Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Cayo District, Belize

Arrive by 8 seater prop plane to the most luxurious of Francis Ford Coppola’s Central American lodges.

T: +501 824-3878. 10 cabanas, 7 villas. US$ 240-

Chan Chich Lodge


12 thatched roofed huts located within a Mayan plaza in the heart of the jungle interior. Reached by single engine plane, then a 30 minute Land Rover drive over a single track country lane. Huts have wraparound porches outfitted with oversized Mayan hammocks. At night, the surrounding forest comes alive with animal sounds.

T: +501 223-4419. 12 rooms. US$ 125-