But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do, and it certainly doesn't mean you're going to rough it. Ambergris Caye is a well- rounded island, known throughout the scuba world for its proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the Great Blue Hole (as a side note, those of you unfamiliar with the blue hole should click here immediately – your eyes will thank you).
Those looking to get their feet wet with a little adventure can use El Secreto and their concierge service as a home base for exploring the natural wonders of Belize, especially in the realms of scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing, and cave tubing.
This brings us to the main draw of the blue Caribbean water: Its power to paralyze and motivate simultaneously, its ability to invite you in as well as stand there and look pretty. El Secreto seems to understand this balance in the design of their property – the location says “go ahead,” while the 13 private palapas and five-minute poolside power massages invite you to stay put. A personal hammock, Jacuzzi, and outdoor shower pump up the Caribbean, deep-breath instigating accommodations. Guests celebrating a special occasion should look into booking El Secreto’s IKAL Spa Villa, which includes a double massage cabin, steam room, indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, and a fresh water pool. Otherwise, there are three Sea Villas (ocean view), four Tropical Villas (garden view), and five Lake Villas to choose from.
Regardless of where you stay, we recommend a good balance when visiting Ambergris Caye. The South Caribbean is too beautiful to run yourself ragged, yet it is also too beautiful to sit still. Interact, then relax - missing happy hour in the Caribbean is a crime.
Rates start at $390 per night.
[Photos by El Secreto Resort]