Ray Caye private island resort Belize

Imagine taking a boat from the mainland of Belize out to the barrier reef and walking along a pier to your private island resort cabana. While you’re there, you can snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard right off the shore. That’s the experience at the latest Belize resort we’ve reviewed: Ray Caye – formerly known at Hatchet Caye.

This resort already sounds familiar to a lot of long-time Luxury Latin America readers. We ran a contest a couple years ago where a lucky couple won a vacation with domestic flights, a stay at Chabil Mar in Placencia, and a stay at Ray Caye out on the reef. They ended up making it their honeymoon trip after getting married in Ambergris Caye.

Ray Caye Resort in Belize from above - a private island resort on the longest coral reef in the Americas.This is a romantic spot to connect with someone you love–or you can rent the whole island for a big family reunion. You can get satellite WiFi out here if you must, but most guests come here to really get away from it all and interact with nature instead of interacting with glowing screens.

You won’t be roughing it though by any means. Meals are at a certain time and are based on what is fresh–often caught that day–but the Lion Fish Grill restaurant is beautiful and dishes are prepared and presented at a high level. Of course there’s a full bar on site and the experienced staffers are always around if you need anything. They can set up excursions and adventures, including scuba diving. You can’t fish from the island since this is a protected marine reserve, but you can set up an excursion to go out fishing in other areas. Or grab a trident and go spear fishing with the crew: lionfish are an invasive species so you’re allowed to remove all of those you want. They’ll end up in the kitchen later.

Rooms are in the main building and cabanas. Upgrade to the latter to get the most luxurious accommodations. Despite the remote location, they have air conditioning and plenty of luxe touches to make your stay comfortable.

Cabana bedroom at the former Hatchet Caye private island resort in Belize

Bring a good book or two and dial back your stress level to a more natural state. “The small island offers nearly a mile of pristine beachfront with stellar snorkeling right off the pier. At night, you’ll want to make your way back out to the pier and watch the school of spotted eagle rays that circle the blue lights every night.”

Oh, and the water is always warm here, even in winter, so jump in anytime!

See our detailed review of Ray Caye Resort in Belize.