There are some resorts where you need to entertain yourself and plan lots of outside activities on your own to fill in all that vacation time and add structure to your trip. Some of the best luxury hotels in Belize have some great multi-day itineraries set up for you though. If you want to indulge your senses and get pampered without over-indulging and coming back less healthy, this Four Perfect Days package from Ka’ana Resort hits all the right notes.
The short summary is that it includes smoothies and yoga, but adventure and activities too. You get some unique authentic experiences in the surrounding area, but lots of relaxation back at the resort, complete with great culinary experiences. Here’s a more detailed rundown.
Day 1 – Thursday
Private yoga sessions are held at the on-site yoga pavilion. You receive personal instruction in Vinyasa flow and Hatha Yoga from a certified instructor. Your practice will be tailored to your level and needs.
Then it’s time for green juice and Greek yogurt, with ingredients taken from the on-site organic garden for the juice. The granola and yogurt are both house-made and the fruits are fresh from the local farmer’s market.
Horseback Riding to Xunantunich is next, at Hanna’s Stables within 400 acres of lush green farmland with orchids, roses and fruit trees. Surrounded by forested areas, open fields, Mayan temples, and mile upon mile of well-maintained bridle paths, you coombine a tour of Xunantunich with a ride on horseback along the banks of the Mopan River. You later cross the river by ferry before riding up to the Maya site.
Return and enjoy the pool & spa.
Finish with a tasting menu prepared the chef.
Day 2 – Friday
After a leisurely breakfast delivered to your room, head out for a big adventure. Hidden in the heart of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and deep within the jungle, discover one of Belize’s most impressive caves: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM). Hike through the jungle, cross 3 rivers and swim into the hourglass-shaped entrance of this sacred cave. Climb through to major interior cathedrals holding ceramic and skeletal remains from ancient sacrificial ceremonies. This mix of adventure and culture allow you to follow in the footsteps of the Ancient Maya Priests.
Upon return to Ka’ana, enjoy a happy Hour with live music.
Reserve a table on the fire-deck and return for dinner under the stars among the lush landscaping. Enjoy a nightcap and dessert in the Frieze Lounge before a deep sleep.
Day 3 – Saturday
Start the day with another private yoga session in the on-site pavilion.
Today you’ll explore San Ignacio’s local farmer’s market, local bistros, and surrounding villages for a culinary journey that exposes you to some of the most authentic Belizean foods. Your “tour guide” today is one of the Cayo district’s local personalities.
A 60-minute drive across the Guatemalan border takes you to Yaxha National Park where you can enjoy a private guided tour of this lesser-visited, atmospheric site. You’re likely to see howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals in this area. Sunset drinks are then enjoyed at the end of the tour on top of the main temple with views over the surrounding rainforest and nearby lake Yaxha. You then trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark—perhaps spotting some nocturnal wildlife along the way—and return to Ka’ana.
Back at Ka’ana, enjoy a quiet dinner at La Ceiba restaurant.
Day 4 – Sunday
After a good breakfast, head out to soar through subtropical jungle on Belize’s longest aerial runway—over 2,700 feet—and gain a bird’s eye view of the rainforest below. At Calico Jack’s Village, on a 400-acre reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge Region you’ll zip through fifteen connecting platforms, including a suspended bridge. The adventure concludes with a ride on a hydraulic jungle elevator that lifts you above the jungle canopy.
Or head to the Belize Zoo, a unique project that started when founder Sharon Matola was hired by filmmaker Richard Foster in 1982 to care for 20 animals being used in the making of a wildlife documentary film. When shooting of the film was completed, she was left to decide how to dispose of the animals. Many of them were too tame for life in the wild, so the idea of an unusual zoo cropped up. Matola hung signs around the country to raise awareness about the wealth of Belizean wildlife and the country’s deteriorating habitat; and she went outside Belize to raise money from environmental groups. The zoo is now home to over 125 native species, and instructs people about Belize’s wildlife.
Back at the resort, join a mixologist for a tasty lesson in creating a unique blend of local cocktails and refreshing versions of classics.
Or take an on-site Maya cooking class and get the opportunity to meet and learn from a traditional local cook; prepare dishes like tamales, corn tortillas and caldo using the fugon, a traditional maya stove. This popular class is held at our remake traditional kitchen on site. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and discuss techniques and flavor profiles of the Maya.
A special private dinner can be arranged at various locations on the property including the wine cellar, the star gazing patio, yoga deck, pool-side, or on the fire-deck.
Rates for the Four Perfect Days package depend on accommodations and chosen activities. See contact information here to book your perfect customized package.
For our take on the property itself, see our full review of Ka’ana Resort.