San Ignacio Resort Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize underwent a cosmetic revamp for its 40th birthday, so it could continue offering guests unparalleled luxury in the jungle of Central America.
The saw replaced the scalpel to give this luxury property a facelift that includes a new contemporary and Mediterranean-style lobby, complete with a new Baroque-themed bar; a formal dining room; extended outdoor seating; and an overhaul of existing suites. The 26-room hotel also added two new suites that are outfitted with in-room Jacuzzis.
The one- and two-bedroom suites at San Ignacio are quite spectacular because they’re the only accommodations in the area located in the jungle. Guests are welcomed with views and sounds of the rainforest each day. Inside, the lavish suites are decked out with local art and furnishings made from sustainable mahogany and Belizean hardwood. The hotel also provides suite guests with complimentary butler service in order to make their stay more luxurious, relaxing, and seamless.
Although the resort makes the rooms comfortable and inviting, it also encourages its travelers to step outside and get up close and personal with the fauna and foliage of the region.
One of the most rewarding experiences is the TripAdvisor-approved Green Iguana Conservation Project, an interactive exhibit in which visitors of all ages learn about the green iguana and its role in the local ecosystem.
San Ignacio Resort Hotel also offers on-site bird watching in the Belize Jungle with an experienced guide. Guests can welcome the early morning with the sights and sounds of the majestic feathered creatures.
There’s also a medicinal herbs and plants tour that introduces travelers to the healing properties of the local foliage. Under the direction of a guide, guests embark on a hiking tour “through lush tropical rainforests for a hands-on educational tour of natural remedies that were used by the Mayan community to heal numerous illnesses,” according to a press release.
The hotel also can arrange off-site day tours to the Maya Ruins, such as Xunantunich; Tikal; and Caracol, as well as caving and tubing, zip-lining, and canoeing down the Macal River.
Whatever the excursion, the point is to not only get outdoors but to learn something about Belize.
Since opening in 1976, San Ignacio Resort Hotel has been a getaway destination for travelers and locals alike. They come for not only the jungle views and impeccable service, but also the cuisine at Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant and a sense of community in the Cayo District.
To get there, simply book a flight to the Philip Goldson International Airport, and then take a scenic 90-minute drive or 30-minute flight to San Ignacio Resort Hotel. You won’t be disappointed.
[Images: San Ignacio Resort Hotel]
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