Belizean Southern Charm at Naia Resort and Spa
After 24 hours flying, immigration fiasco, and 4 hours driving from the northern region to the southern region of Belize, we made to Naia Resort and Spa, located in Placencia Village. The drive into Naia Resort was very refreshing because it was exactly what I was expecting and needed for this long awaited relaxing vacation in Belize. No wonder The New York Times listed it as one of the 52 “Places to Go in 2017”.
The first thing I noticed was how professional and friendly the staff at the resort was. Every staff was very knowledgeable about the resort and Belize. We were also offered a tour of the property. Chris provided a tour of the resort and he was really amazing. He endured my numerous photo taking sessions, which I assume can be very annoying in the humid and extremely hot Belizean weather. Thank you Chris. One thing you will realize in Belize is that Belizeans are very friendly people.
Mario, who handled check in and showing us our room was incredibly professional and charming. I opted out for the beach-view house instead of the beach-front house because it was cheaper and overall not too bad a walk from the beach. We were also offered this delicious welcome drink made with local fruit, Nance, and Belizean Rum. Its unique sweet but spicy taste was a great way to introduce our palette to Belizean cuisine.
My first impression of the beach-view house was “YESSS”. This breathtaking view was exactly what had drawn me to consider Naia Resort and Spa as the place to spend my relaxing vacation. I definitely was not disappointed. The room was bright and white, spacious yet charming. The hardwood ceiling and furnitures were so beautiful and gave the room so much character. In fact every piece of furniture and room ascent are hand made and crafted by local Belizean artisans. I thought that was pretty awesome. Belize has some pretty great hardwood selection which you will easily recognize if you’re a hardwood lover like me.
The house had everything I needed to relax. The ensuite bathroom and outdoor shower was just the right touch to complete the perfection of this beach-view house. My thoughts throughout the stay at Naia was enjoy my room as much as possible. I literally didn’t want to leave.
On the first night, we had dinner at the 1981 restaurant at the hotel. The food was good and tasty, it was one of the most enjoyable meals I had at the resort. Breakfast at Naia was very basic and I feel they could do better with the breakfast options. Otherwise the selection of fresh fruits and juice for the complimentary continental breakfast option was a great way to start the day. Unfortunately, I was so hungry at dinner and didn’t take pictures of the food but it was good.
Besides the jaw dropping rooms, incredible beach views, and relaxing pool area, Naia’s Spa is exactly what you need to rejuvenate. The fitness room was decent size and very functional. The yoga room with the tropical Belizean view is how you want to meditate. You might even find an Iguana while walking around the spa facility. The individual spa houses scattered around the tropical landscape connected with bridges was so beautiful. There was also a pool and bar at the spa lounge area for additional relaxation if needed.
Relax on the water
Although Naia resort is one of the expensive resorts in Belize, it definitely understands the true meaning of luxury. The combination of luxury with a local Belizean twist is what makes Naia Resort and Spa the perfect place to stay in the Placencia village.