Cayo Espanto luxury

We’ve had our first batch of luxury hotels in Belize up for quite a while, but with one nagging omission. We were missing the exclusive private island hotel Cayo Espanto.

Well, thanks to Kirsten Hubbard, who runs the Central America travel section of, we now have a nice comprehensive review of Cayo Espanto.

This is, by most accounts, the best and most exclusive hotel in Belize. It’s a magnet for celebrities who want to escape those nagging photographers and for wealthy tycoons who rent out the whole place and have their own island resort completely staffed. Although Cayo Espanto is removed from all else, you don’t have to go very far out of the way to get to it. It’s located between Ambergris Caye and the mainland of Belize. (But the beach is nicer than you’ll find on most parts of Ambergris.) We’ve got some photos on our site, but the one above is from the resort itself. A view from one bungalow’s dock.

We also added a review of Ka’ana Boutique Resort and Spa, which is in the interior instead of on the sea. For those who want their jungle experience in small doses—and would like to come back to a fancy room with lots of gadgets—this is an upscale alternative to Chaa Creek Lodge, which has far more land but is more rustic.