Whole Living, Rejuventation & Wellness
by Janelle Chanona
Belize has long been recognized as a world class dive capital, an archeological treasure trove and a jungle paradise. But in recent years, the quality and uniqueness of its spa and wellness facilities are giving tourists yet another reason (as if they needed more!) to visit Belize.
For decades the word “spa” has been synonymous with pampering, stress reduction and relaxation. But across the world, spa treatments have evolved to also include preventative wellness services using a variety of organic products.
Blessed with a wealth of natural resources, Belize’s spas are able to offer a selection of services infused with the healing properties of naturally rich mineral muds, salt and seaweed, as well as a myriad of medicinal plants and flowers.
Given Belize’s spectacular marine, coastal and jungle sceneries, many spa treatments are performed in breathtaking surroundings.
Belize’s pioneer in spa treatment options is Maruba Resort Jungle Spa, located just an hour outside Belize City, along the Old Northern Highway. Maruba boasts an internationally trained local staff, a lush jungle setting and an inviting menu of therapeutic services.
Visitors can enjoy massages and personalized treatments that include a blend of natural products and cultural flavor at resorts and hotels across Belize.
The Hilltop Spa at the Lodge at Chaa Creek offers panoramic views of the mountainous rainforest, dedicated professional therapists and progressive treatments that incorporate local healing practices.
Located on the banks of the Privassion Creek in the stunning natural ambiance of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the Waterfall Spa at Blancaneaux Lodge has an immediate calming effect while the Thai-trained experts massage aches and pains away.
Ambergris Caye is home to spas of all shapes and sizes—all of them pay homage to the soothing, healing powers of the Caribbean Sea. Options on the island range from salt rubs and seaweed wraps to yoga and meditation.
In the tranquil seaside village of Hopkins, the menu of services at Almond Beach Resort’s Butterflies Spa includes massages, wraps, scrubs and beauty treatments. On the Placencia peninsula, massage therapists use nature’s own rejuvenation remedies within striking beach and lagoon settings.
Find perspective and balance in a majestic rainforest setting when you practice yoga at the Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge. From the first pranayama (breathing exercises) to the stretching and toning asanas (physical postures), you’ll find that relaxation and joie de vivre (healthy enjoyment of life) is only one long exhalation away.
At spas throughout the country, guests enjoy signature services that blend science, culture and luxury that put them in tune with their bodies and nature, making Belize an ideal spa destination.