Luxury Belize resort offers pre-opening special

A new upmarket resort opening on Belize’s Placencia Peninsula in Jan. 2017 is offering special rates for guests who want an early preview of the property.

Perfect for a late fall or early winter getaway, Naïa Resort and Spa is offering “Early Explorer” discounts of 40 to 50 percent for stays between Nov. 16 and Dec. 18, 2016. The discounted rates start from US$163 per night for a studio beach house. Rates include 25 percent off meals and spa treatments.

Guests who book stays between Dec. 19 and Jan. 3, 2017, in advance of the grand opening, will receive 10 percent off accommodations in addition to a special welcome amenity upon arrival.

Guest room at Naia Resort
Guest room at Naïa Resort
Naïa’s accommodations include 35 individual beach houses, each appointed and designed as a private sanctuary overlooking the Caribbean. Comprising studio-, one-, two- and three-bedroom options, the beach houses are inspired by the local surroundings, with décor highlighting local artisans, according to the resort.

All beach houses include a private ocean-view veranda, air conditioning, deep soaking tubs, private outdoor showers surrounded by tropical foliage, a wet bar with fridge and coffee maker, flat screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Two- and three-bedroom facilities also offer full kitchens and expansive, seafront pool decks.

The resort is home to three restaurants which all feature Placencia’s regional fare. Naïa’s upscale waterfront restaurant is 1981, named after the year Belize gained independence. 1981 highlights the peninsula’s signature seafood with a focus on fresh, seasonal fare. The Beach Bar & Grill highlights fresh, local cuisine and serves specialty drinks poolside while the Reflections Spa Café offers light options and healthy smoothies.

Surrounded by lagoons at the heart of Naïa is a 10,000 square foot spa and wellness complex.

The spa features five individual treatment rooms plus a private island couple’s suite. An extensive menu of signature treatments, spa rituals and personalized wellness programs is offered. Treatments and products emphasize the use of native and organic botanicals.

One of the property's many lagoons Naia Resort and Spa
One of the property's many lagoons
Two wellness facilities complement the spa: a fitness center and a yoga and movement studio. The fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment, free weights and a dedicated stretching area while the yoga and movement studio offers a selection of classes including yoga, silk ropes for aerial yoga, mat Pilates and guided meditation. Both studios feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto a veranda and private yoga lawn.

Naïa Resort and Spa is set within a private 200-acre reserve, situated along a mile of beach and extending through forests and lagoons on the Placencia Peninsula.

Long known by insiders as one of the Caribbean’s most authentic and inviting destinations, the area offers a wide range of activities on both land and at sea. Travelers can visit Placentia village, once a sleepy fishing village that has emerged as an increasingly popular destination.

The peninsula boasts 16 miles of tranquil beaches, with a lagoon to the west and the Caribbean to the east. Tour guides and dive centers offer a variety of snorkeling and scuba diving excursions and offer boat rides to the nearby cayes (pronounced “keys”). Other outdoor activities in the Stann Creek region include hiking through mountainous rain forests, kayaking, deep sea fishing and exploring Mayan ruins.

Getting there

The country of Belize is served by Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), located northwest of Belize City. BZE is served by American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Alaska Airlines (NYSE:ALK), Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and United Airlines (NYSE:UAL).

After arriving at BZE, visitors have several options for traveling from Belize City to Placencia Village. Two local airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air offer several daily flights from BZE to Placencia Airport (PLJ). Flights take approximately 35 to 45 minutes in each direction.

Visitors can also travel to Placencia by bus after taking a taxi from BZE to the Belize City Bus Terminal. Ritchie's Bus Service leaves the Belize City Bus Terminal daily at 3:30 p.m. and stops briefly in Belmopan and Dangriga enroute to Placencia. The bus service does not offer reserved seats, nor are the buses air conditioned. Riders pay the driver the fare of BZD$20, or approximately US$10, when boarding.

An internet search for shuttle vans will return a host of shuttle services that will take passengers from BZE to Placencia Village. The trip takes approximately 3-1/2 hours along the Hummingbird Highway. The lush scenery along the highway is described as exquisite.

Finally, there is the option to rent a car and BZE has several car rental agencies from which to choose. Despite it being a former British colony, cars drive on the right side of the road in Belize, just as elsewhere in North and Central America.

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