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Ka'ana Resort
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in San Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We did our annual "bestie" trip in Belize and stayed at Ka-ana resort. The accomodations were cozy, the atmosphere was very relaxing, the staff were very friendly and accommodating, the tours were awesome, tour guides were entertaining and very knowledgeable, the "wildlife" on the back porch and at the pool were entertaining, and it was the best Swedish massage I have had in my life. I would definitely stay at Ka-ana again and recommend it to anyone. The juices and adult beverages were not included; however, so that was one drawback of the all inclusive package that would have put it over the top. That being said, the drinks and juices were unique and delicious, I just would have wanted to try them all over the course of the week.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

We're glad we were able to host you for your annual bestie trip! Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience in this region and at Ka'ana. Our on-site "wildlife" is indeed entertaining, especially those iguanas! We truly appreciate your feedback and wish you both all the best for your future travels around the world. It was such a pleasure having you with us for this year's trip!

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Ka'Ana is an easy ride not even 2 hours from Belize international airport in Cayo District just west of San Ignacio. It was surprisingly right off the highway tucked into a beautiful setting disguising the road sounds very well. Ka'Ana resort probably has about 20 rooms but they make you feel like there is only one room. The service is unsurpassed from the minute you get out of customs. The driver was knowledgeable and perfectly attentive. Upon arrival you are greeted with a refreshing drink and hosts that truly represent what you are going to experience. They all greeted us by name and wanted to know how they can make this visit the best you will have. The meals were excellent including the best lobster ceviche I have ever had. They have an outdoor patio with fire pit and waterfall which is a perfect backdrop to the beauty of their dishes and drinks. They had a fun unique drink menu including my favorite the habanero mango margarita. The landscaping on the property is native and very lush. The rooms were large and perfectly appointed with handcrafted native wood built in cabinets. The AC units worked extremely well and were remote controlled. Each room has great natural lighting and windows to your private patios (front and back). Every single person on the staff from housekeeping and grounds to front desk and management effortlessly made sure everything about our stay was perfect.

Room Tip: It is a small resort so the standard rooms circle the pool area and are all probably equal. Our roo...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LGH_Texas
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Thank you for your review! It was great having you as our guests and on behalf of the entire Ka'ana team, we appreciate your kind words about your experience in San Ignacio and at Ka'ana. The mango habanero margarita is one of my favorite infusions as well. I'm so glad you enjoyed it as much as you did! Please know that it would be an absolute pleasure having you with us again if your travels bring you back to Belize. Thank you again and we wish all the best for your future adventures!

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We did our babymoon around July 4th weekend, and wanted to do both the jungle and the beach side, so we luckily landed on Ka"ana which was such a gem.

The rooms are really lovely, big big bed, the patio has hammocks, the private back yard with an outdoor shower is cute and has a nice lounger. The restrooms are a little outdated, but the overall bungalow is really just perfect and the soaps smell delicious and natural.

Little touches were nice, like the welcome drinks, the tour and tasting in their little wine cellar, little evening sweet treats on our bed, fruit plate to congratulate us. They gave us a personal consultation on the different activities in the jungle, ruins, etc .. the in-house guy they use is fantastic - professional but personable, took us on a side trip to get his favorite Mennonite soft serve ice cream as a treat (made this pregnant lady very happy).

When our flight to Belize got canceled, they even moved our stay for us one day back without us asking, no charges or hassle for not staying that night.

Most importantly -- their food was surprisingly awesome - we loved the smoked pork fried empanada-like dish. Breakfast was also a joy - they grow a lot of the tropical fruit on the on-site farm and make their own yogurt. NOM. Their cocktails (mocktails for me) were addictive - they had this sweet corn and cinnamon one that was incredible.

We drove ourselves there, it was perfectly easy to find, there is parking. Is also nice to drive yourselves because it offered us convenience of going into the small town of San Ignacio for a meal and we did our own tour of the ruins that are less than 10mins away.

One small minus was that the pool is a little small... but you're out most the day anyway, you can lounge in your private patio or save the beaching for the caye.

Overall, a truly delightful stay.

Room Tip: The villas with private plunge pools -- they were booked, but that's what i'm aiming for nex...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share a review of your time in San Ignacio and at Ka'ana. We very much appreciate your kind words. Your enjoyment of the small details as well as the large ones is great and we are taking into consideration all the feedback you've provided. Again, thank you for your review. We hope to be able to welcome you back to Ka'ana as our guests and in the meantime wish you all the best on your future travels!

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Located just east of the border with Guatemala, this hotel is perfectly located for a wide variety of day trips and adventures. We stayed in one of the duplex villas, which was spacious, clean, and had the most comfortable bed in the world. Rooms are air conditioned, but the AC is very noisy. Directly in front of our villa was the small, but very inviting swimming pool. We ate most of our meals in the dining room, except for breakfasts in our room. The meals were fantastic! The best thing about this property is the staff. We felt at home the moment we arrived. Everyone was extremely helpful and went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and enjoyed our stay. Would definitely return for another stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure having you as our guests during your visit to Belize. You've made us all very happy with your kind words about your stay and the staff. It is very much appreciated! We'd love to have you back with us if you return to Belize and hope you'll let us know if your travels bring you back to our special little country. Thank you again and all the best for your future adventures!

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

My new wife and I have been planning this trip to Belize for a year and Ka'Ana was a recommended and highly rated destination. It has not disappointed thus far. We were picked up at the airport by our friendly and knowlegeble driver, Carlson. He was courteous, helpful, and a good driver :-) Thanks for telling us about your wonderful country and getting to the resort safe and sound. Definitely take your driver up on stopping in town for a few supplies prior to arrival.

After a short !-1/2 hour drive, we were greeted by most a gracious staff member, Tatiana and offerred these wonderful Frozen Ginger deliciousness.. yummmm! Tatiana gave us our initial welcoming and scheduled our orientation for our tours. For you see, part of the reason to come to Ka' Ana resort are for the proximity to the amazing Mayan Ruins and Cave exploration, whiich i will get to in later post.

We were initially checked into the Balam suite which was very nice, but a double queen, not the perfect accomodation for newly weds on thier honeymoon. We asked to be moved to a king suite, and were graciously accomodated to a King suite with a private garden patio with an outdoor shower, which my wife absolutiely loved! When I say private, it is really private :-). Thanks Ka"Ana staff for recognizing our unique honeymoon situation.

We then took a short walk to the salt water pool and took our first dip. One thing I will say about this resort, it is very intimate. We had the pool to ourselves all afternoon. The pool is open 24 hours a day, which is very inviting.

Our official introduction to Wine Cellar and our tour packages was with Garnett, the Resort's food and beverage manager. He reviewed our tour package options with us providing good local flair. And we were introduced to a local drink called "Craboo", it goes by another brand Nancy in the stores. It tasted like a sweet port wine, a bit heavy but very good. I was generously offered two drinks and happily accepted. I will be definely buying more of the Craboo when we return stateside.

On our way to dinner a friendly host staffer stopped to enlighten us to a local lizard and resort pet that liike to run on it hind legs, we will definitley be on the look out for that creature. Ok, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Our package includes a (3) course meal for each night we are here. At first I thought we might be limited to a smaller subset of menu items based on our package - not so. We have access to all of the culinary delights. Garnett suggested we try the Belkin Stout Short Ribs and the Double cut pork chops. But before I comment on the entree, let me say the two appetizers we ordered were both very generous and very yummy Lobster Ceviche and Seafood Cioppino. My wife said it might have been the best Ceviche she has ever had. On my entree, I would say it was top (5) short ribs I've had in my life, and believe me... I've dined in some swanky places. We were so pleasantly full by the end we had to split a dessert.

Since we had traveled a great distance and wanted to spend our first night relaxing among other endeavors, we decided to call it a night. To our surprise our turn down service included lit candles, a friendly note, and a deliicious coconut macaroons left in our suite.

So Far So Great ! More to come on Day 2 of the MegaBert Honeymoon

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and thorough review of your stay with us! On behalf of the entire Ka'ana team, please know that it was wonderful having you both here and it makes us all very happy knowing that you took away special memories of your time with us. If your travels bring you back to Belize we'd be honored to have you as our guests again. In the meantime, we wish you all the best for your future journeys!

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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We were only to spend 1 night here, and it rained all day BUT we had a great time. Our room was to die for, spacious room & bathroom! We had a private outdoor patio & shower, which I was able to enjoy the next morning. We had a great introduction to the property in their wine cellar, in which they welcome you and explain everything. Make sure to try the sweet corn colada, sounds really strange but ooo so tasty! We also had the salbutes which were super tasty as well! Would recommend this property for anyone that wants to enjoy the jungles or Belize but come back at night to a luxurious hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

Thank so much for your review! We enjoyed having you both here and we're really pleased that your night with us was as enjoyable as it was. The sweet corn colada is definitely a crowd favorite and it's hard to go wrong with the salbutes as well! We hope the rest of your time in Belize was everything you wanted it to be. Thank you again for your kind words and we wish you all the best for your future travels!

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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Ka’ana is the answer for luxury travelers who want to experience the jungles of Belize but return to accommodations with A/C, no bugs in the room, Wi-Fi/TV, a spa, a very high service level, great food, and sophisticated common areas.

The location is great, just outside San Ignacio, on the way to Guatemala, only minutes from the Xunantunich ruins via a hand-powered ferry across the river. Ka’ana is also very proximate to Tikal in Guatemala.

The service level at Ka’ana is very personalized and genuine. All staff members stopped their work (including the organic gardener) to greet me whenever I passed. The staff members used our names in virtually every interaction. The housekeeping was flawless. Edible treats with quirky messages were left nightly in the room at turndown. Rotation of the room art work was a unique and cool feature.

We stayed in a Master Suite which was contemporary, private and expansive, with entry and back lounging areas, indoor and outdoor showers, fresh flowers in the room, beautiful landscaping in the private, enclosed back courtyard. We were able to see the one bedroom pool villa and it was extraordinary – the ultimate for honeymooners.

Ka’ana has put some attention to the food offerings in terms of variety and all of our meals were excellent. They have an extensive wine cellar where the welcome orientation takes place, which is a nice touch.

Ka’ana has a broad range of excursions for all ambition levels. I did a wonderful 26-mile horseback ride with nearby Hanna Stables. My husband did a 9-mile hike in rainforest with a personal guide. It was a kind of Survivor Man experience, where his guide surprised him by casually eating a live termite. I wish we'd allowed time to do Ka’ana’s Glamping option, which includes an overnight on the grounds of a nearby ruin in Guatemala.

Ka'ana has plans to add a sister beach resort near Placencia. Having visited Ka'ana and Placencia on our trip, I can't wait to return and experience their new beach property when it is open.

Room Tip: All of the rooms were expansive and well-appointed, but the private pool villas were amazing.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2013

Dear Susan,

Thank you for your review. What a kind and descriptive retelling of your time at Ka'ana! It was such a pleasure having you and Mike with us and we are still very impressed with what you all were able to accomplish on your adventures. You both dove head-first into the experiences this part of Belize offers and we're thrilled that you did. Thank you again for taking the time to write about your stay and on behalf of the entire Ka'ana team, I want to wish you all the best for your future journeys!

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Address: Mile 69 1/4 George Price Highway, San Ignacio, Belize
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Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in San Ignacio
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Ignacio
#5 Family Hotel in San Ignacio
#6 Business Hotel in San Ignacio
Price Range: £158 - £256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ka'ana Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ka'ana Resort is Belize's first Small Luxury Hotel of the World. True to its Mayan name 'Ka'ana' meaning, 'heavenly place,' this delightful resort, set in tropical gardens, offers exceptional accommodation in charming cottages with fine dining, superb service and easy access to ancient Mayan sites and numerous thrilling activities. Enjoy the best of Belize - its people, its food, and its attractions at a world class resort. ... more   less 
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