Best of the Best 2018 - 595
MOU N TA IN PIN E R IDGE R ESER VE, B ELIZE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Francis Ford Coppola's secluded mountain retreat, Blancaneaux Lodge, is every bit as dramatic and inspiring as one might hope. Guests choose from an array of luxuriant accommodations, including the owner's villa, with its open-air living area, and the peaceful riverfront cabanas, with their decks overlooking the waterfalls of Privassion Creek. Active types enjoy
riding horseback to hidden falls, hiking, exploring caves and "discovering" hidden Mayan cities. Of course, there are myriad spa treatments, a swimming pool, a hot tub and two gourmet
restaurants (Montagna and Guatemaltecqua) to boot.
A DV I S O R T I P
Horseback riding trip through jungle to Big
This is the perfect location for visiting the
extensive Mayan site of Caracol - be sure to
arrange an escort in advance.
Size: 20 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual
PLA CEN CIA , B ELIZE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Placencia
Francis Ford Coppola has lovingly overseen every detail of Turtle Inn's creation, using materials available in Belize's tropical region. Today, it's a hideaway praised for its rustic elegance
and every imaginable indulgence. The seafront villas are prized features, with their screened
porches, spacious living rooms and private walled gardens. When you're not "on siesta," consider becoming a certified diver, swimming in either of the two infinity pools, snorkeling, kayaking or indulging in your choice of three restaurants. Excursions are available to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world's only jaguar preserve.
$100 value tours and activities credit per stay.
The calm, clear waters are perfect for
diving - you'll see an abundance of coral,
colorful fish and, at the right time of the year,
possibly a majestic whale shark.
Distance from Placencia Airport (PJU): 1 miles/2 km
Size: 25 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual
MEX ICO, C ENT RA L A MER ICA & SOU T H A M ER I CA
Distance from Belize City Airport (BZE): 75 miles/121 km
NAYARA HOTEL, SPA & GARDENS AND NAYARA SPRINGS
A R EN A L VOLCA N O N A TION A L PA R K, COSTA R ICA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Arenal Volcano
Sister properties Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens and Nayara Springs offer luxurious accommodations in the heart of the 30,000-acre Arenal Volcano National Park. Each of the 50 rooms at
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens is a stand-alone bungalow with private garden, an outdoor shower and a spectacular view of the 6,000-foot, active Arenal Volcano. At the adults-only Nayara
Springs, each of the 35 villas features a thermal hot spring plunge pool. The properties are
connected by a pedestrian footbridge, providing access to amenities usually not available at
smaller boutique properties, including four unique restaurants and two open-air spas.
$100 value spa services credit per stay.
Birders flock to the Caño Negro Wildlife
Refuge, while anglers fish for record-setting
guapote (rainbow bass) in Arenal Lake, Costa
Distance from San José Airport (SJO): 150 minutes
Size: 85 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Zen