What happens when prestigious travel publications all agree that a single Caribbean destination is the place to go in 2020? The phenomenon causes curious folks dreaming about an escape to a modern-day Eden to investigate that destination immediately, and many put that place atop their bucket lists. You may wish to do the same once you learn more about Belize's Ray Caye Island Resort!
Big history; tiny location
Ray Caye, a tiny island located just 18 miles off the Belize coastline, was a relatively obscure destination until ambitious architectural plans and innovative sustainability measures were put in place when developers acquired and revitalized the private island, turning it into the ultimate Caribbean resort.
For those who saw Ray Caye before its transformation, the island's re-imagined look is breathtaking. Renovation and rebranding efforts are so dramatic. Editors sent travel writers from high-end publications like Forbes, Travel and Leisure, Travel Weekly, Luxury Travel magazine, and Carib Journal to the island to report on the transformation. That's exactly how Ray Caye Island Resort wound up on so many bucket lists.
Privacy and responsibility: elevated to art forms
It took over a year to turn existing waterfront cabanas into luxury accommodations, add posh new guest rooms and build new oceanfront villas at Ray Caye. Also upgraded were amenities like the yoga studio, gym, fitness area, and spa treatment room. A beautiful freshwater infinity pool replaced the former one. Accommodations are beautifully appointed with Belizean hardwoods, handcrafted furnishings, and marble bathrooms, but the star of every lodging is the resort's 360º water views, giving guests unobstructed vistas of the sea.
What remains unchanged is the island's ambiance and elegance. At just 6.4 acres, the level of privacy guests enjoy remains a benchmark of this lush island, down to the way private accommodations are situated amid tropical greenery circling the island. Guests have access to a remodeled welcome center, lounge, and boutique, full-service gourmet eateries, and every inch of the beach circling the island is reserved just for guests.
For veteran travelers, this much luxury within an enclave is reason enough to add Ray Caye to their bucket lists, but there's more to admire about the island. Tesla Powerwall systems were installed throughout the resort. It now runs exclusively on solar energy, making Ray Caye unique among Belize resorts, most of which rely on less dependable power sources. You won't find tastier water, either. Rainwater is UV-filtered, flowing straight from taps, and most of the organic produce served at the island's upscale eateries are grown onsite.
Play where you stay
Being this close to the ocean comes with perks, which is why Ray Caye's inventory of recreational kayaks, fishing kayaks, Hobie Cats, paddleboards and snorkel gear in addition to motorized water sports for hires like jet skis and underwater scooters are all available to guests interested in creating their own adventures. No wonder magazine editors couldn't stop raving about this remarkable haven.
Visit the website. See if this paradise doesn't qualify as heaven on earth. It's gorgeous. Fun. Sustainable, blissfully quiet, and as reservations are starting to pick up now that COVID-related restrictions are lifting, items on those bucket lists are being crossed off faster than ever.
This is already increasing island bookings, especially as travelers discover the 30-percent discount just for guests who take action by October. Hesitate too long, and other bucket listers will beat you to it. You're not going to let them do it, are you?
** Please note that discounts will be reflected at check-out**