Reviewed July 10, 2012
My wife and I spent the first several days of our honeymoon at Ka’ana. This Boutique Resort is one of the most delightful places either of us have ever visited. Its accommodations were private and luxurious, outdone only by the personal service of the staff and the exquisite dining experience.
Each casita, though cleverly attached to one other, seemed isolated from the total of 10 that exist on this lush canopied property. They were beautifully decorated with local yet understated flair.The big bed was dressed with crisp clean cotton sheets and a snug-able down comforter which kept us warm in our climate controlled room. Each night the bed was turned down with a personal note and a special desert that seemed to be made just for us. The view from the hammock on our veranda greeted us with exotically colored birds, flowers and other fauna. From there we rarely saw another person, which made breakfast, outside in our provided robes, that much more enjoyable.
The staff at the resort all greeted us by name and with a smile. Their attention to us and our particular taste were never wanting and oftentimes executed behind the scene but never overdone. We felt as though we were welcomed, and appreciated. Everyone seemed to take pride in their jobs and in their culture. All of our questions were answered and all of our needs were met, and then some.
The food was out of this world. Breakfast was served in our room every morning to order, and from a wide selection. Lunch was usually what the kitchen had freshly prepared to order and sent with us in a basket for a picnic. The dinners were exceptional, definitively five star, served in the candle lit dining room, usually alone, by our very own waiter. Our last dinner was a romantic, fireside, five course meal.
The activities we decided to participate in were the nature hike, Mayan ruins, cave canoeing and waterfall picnic. Each was a mini adventure filled with once in a lifetime scenery. My Wife and I were led by our very own guide, Louis, who had an encyclopedic knowledge of the fauna and flora we passed on the way, and who knew answers to almost every question about the Mayan culture.
All in all we had great expectations for our honeymoon. I personally investigated countless resorts in at least 6 different countries on three different continents before deciding to take a chance on Ka’ana in Belize. Neither my wife nor I had ever been to Central America nor had we known anyone to have visited Belize. Needless to say, when I surprised her, at the airport I was a bit concerned, to say the least, about whether it was the best place to share the first days of our married life together. It exceeded my expectations! I know one thing, I will be back to Ka’ana.
Room Tip: Number 9 and Number 10 Casita are most exclusive
When planning a trip to Belize, most people are faced with a tough decision. Do they head to the beach and linger by the water for the week, or do they trek to the jungle for adventure-filled days? However, there is another solution that offers equal parts sand and stone (for the Mayan ruins). For the indecisive, this is the ideal scenario.
The Sand and Stone package is jointly offered by Victoria House, located on the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye, and Ka’ana Boutique Resort (a Small Luxury Hotels of the World), nestled in the jungle of San Ignacio, just a few miles from the Guatemala border.
For those who want the adventure part of the trip first so second half is about relaxation, then Ka’ana provides pick-up service from Belize International Airport. The adventure begins with a two-hour drive with the driver pointing out the small villages of Spanish Lookout, Georgeville, and Teakeattle, while sharing the history of Belize, which has an eclectic mix of Mayan, Mestizo, Garifuna, Mennonites, and Chinese populations.
Excursions to the impressive Mayan ruins of Caracol (full day trip) or Xunantunich (1/2 day trip) are easily arranged by the front desk. For the true adventure seeking, caving, cave tubing, and zip-lining are all available.
When enough heart-pumping activity has been had, a quick 15-minute flight from Belize City will take you to Ambergris Caye, where Victoria House is located on a stretch of white powder beach, diligently raked each morning by the grounds crew. Swaying in a hammock, shaded by palm trees, with a drink in hand is the quintessential afternoon here, though many come to snorkel or scuba at the famous Blue Hole.
This tiny country has something for everyone, and the Sand and Stone package offers a perfect taste. As they like to say, “You better Belize it!
Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay V1 TV is both modern and innovative. We love the minimalist design of the product and suggest you record some awesome videos of your adventurous vacation at Ka’ana to later share with friends and family on this TV. Read on to learn more!
We stayed at Ka’ana from thurs-sunday in early May. The tone for the trip was set immediately when we arrived and were greeted with drinks as we stepped out of the van. The staff could not have been friendlier and more attentive. We truly felt like we were the only guests there and they attended to our every need. We met with the concierge Onil who walked us through our planned activities and asked what type of foods we liked for our arranged meals.
We did a horseback ride/river picnic as the lone excursion type activity. I heard a lot of great things about the ATM tour but didn’t try that out. The horseback ride was one of my favorite parts of the trip. After a 5-minute car rise we arrived at a horse ranch and were led by the owner of the ranch Santiago (request him if you can, he was awesome) through a long trail ride that ultimately led us to the Mayan ruins. These are simply incredible to see and should be visited. on our way back we stopped off at an area near a river and enjoyed a picnic right near the water. Oscar, our favorite Ka’ana employee, had set-up an incredible picnic area for us. It was an overall fun and relaxing experience and the food we ate (from a menu discussed the day before back at the hotel) was delicious.
We got massaged the last day which my girlfriend and I both enjoyed. Be sure to book them in advance as they are not full time employees on-site.
The last night we did the private five course meal on the yoga platform and again, Oscar helped serve us and did an incredible job ensuring that we were enjoying ourselves. He goes above and beyond with little touches like putting local flowers on the ground around our table.
The hotel grounds and rooms are very nice, the staff waits on your hand and foot and I would recommend the hotel for special occasion type vacations. You get almost every TV channel you can think of and there is WiFi on the grounds. The pool area is a little small but suitable for the size hotel. You should have no problem getting a chair.
Some note: As mentioned often, breakfast is the best meal of the day. Dinner is good too although not everything stands out. I will say that I had red snapper that was cooked on a cedar plank that was incredible. The only “Con” I would mention is that the hotel itself is a considerable drive from the airport. While this has nothing to go with the hotel and can’t be improved upon, it is something to factor in. It took us 2 hours to get from the airport to the hotel and while it was very interesting to learn about the country from our driver, we had come from NYC and were tired from traveling for so long. On the way home we had mentioned to Oscar (now one of our buddies) that the initial drive-in took a while and he forwarded our frustration along. The drive back was actually cut to about 1.5 hours thanks to an aggressive driver which was much appreciated.
Ka'ana was created for those who appreciate the elegant luxuries of a world class resort, yet yearn to experience new frontiers. Perfectly located in the midst of everything a Central American vacation could possibly offer, Ka'ana is a haven of understated luxury with a considered design style, distinguished culinary experiences and an extensive wine cellar, adjacent to pristine jungle. Experience a true luxury vacation, just steps from the many ancient Mayan ruins of Belize's jungle.