Forget packed hotels, busy city breaks and underwhelming holiday apartments, it’s time to take your vacation to the next level with your own tropical island in Belize.
With hundreds of white sand islands along its coast, the central American country has it all – the Belize Barrier Reef, turquoise water, isolated cayes and rich marine life, including stingrays, turtles, whale sharks and dolphins.
Renting your own all-inclusive island paradise is actually quite affordable, so whether you want to explore the waters, sit on the beach or get some real peace and quiet, here are a few options to get you started.
Part of the Family Coppola Hideaways Turtle Inn resort in southern Belize, Coral Caye is a 30-minute boat ride from the resort and can host up to 12 people at a time (great for splitting the cost), offering two cottages and a great house, with a welcoming staff to keep you fed with freshly caught fish and Coppola wine.
A couple will pay $1,435 to $2,035 per night to stay on the island and there’s another $200 per night for each additional guest, but you can also pay extra for a private chef, massages and other activities.
For those that are looking for something a bit more luxurious, there’s the $6,000 per night Royal Belize.
Hosting up to 10 people in three modern villas and offering a private concierge service and private chef, guests will also have access to paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, water skis, and even use of a catamaran.
While not included in the price, guests can also book massages and a private yacht to take it to the next level. A five-star PADI dive resort, the Royal Belize is also a diver’s paradise.
Little Harvest Caye
An easy five-minute boat ride from Placencia in southern Belize, Little Harvest Caye offers the best of both worlds – isolation when you want it, and civilization when you’re tired of it.
You’ll find five suites on the island and a 24-hour staff to make sure you’ve got everything you need. There’s even a boat with its own captain for landlubbers that want to see what all the fuss is about on the open water.
A nice touch to Little Harvest Caye is the eco-friendly 45,000 watt solar system and various other energy-saving electronics.
Hosting up to 14 people at a time, the island costs $2,500 per night.
Little Peter Oasis
Believe it or not, this island can actually be rented on Airbnb and the Little Peter Oasis is a stunning little atoll with its own lagoon and deck you’ll be glued to every morning.
Smaller than the others on this list, the island only has room for four guests and will set you back $975 per night, which includes transportation to and from the island and drinks and meals by a private chef.