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“Luxury in the jungle” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ka'ana Resort
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in San Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“Luxury in the jungle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Myself and my husband visited Belize in Aug 2014 for our honeymoon. We stayed at Ka'ana for 4 nights and it was a perfect base to explore the fascinating culture, history and nature that Belize has to offer.

The rooms are lovely, decorated with local art and furnished with Belizean furniture which makes for a more authentic experience. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and attentive to your every need. The atmosphere is incredibly relaxed and peaceful and you are surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

On arrival we were warmly greeted by the friendly management team (Jock and Janine) and offered welcome cocktails which were ideal after our long journey. Then in the room we had a fruit platter and chocolate dip waiting for us which was delicious!

The small, intimate touches are the things that we will remember from this hotel... candles lit in your rooms at night, treats left in the fridge, private dining experience amongst the wildlife, pathways lit by candle light, breakfast in bed, the calmness of the resort and most notably the staff were so friendly and keen to meet your every need. The staff were so proud of their country, San Ignacio and the hotel. One staff member even stating that he looked to work each day as he genuinely loved his job and meeting new people.

We would recommend this hotel to any of our family and friends. Its the perfect jungle hide out if you are looking for an adventurous holiday in the jungle whilst enjoying the luxury of a boutique resort to return to from your daily adventures.

The only minor fault was that the TV was faulty throughout our stay and the wifi connection was poor in the rooms. Whilst I appreciate that we didn't go to the jungle for these elements however it is advertised as a high end resort which promises these facilities. This was not a priority for ourselves but worth mentioning if these facilities are important to you.

Thanks for a great experience,
Simon and Gemma (England)

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Simon B
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Hello Simon & Gemma! Thank you so much for writing a review and for so eloquently describing the details of your stay with us here at Ka'ana. We truly are so glad that you all had a wonderful stay and that you felt like we were the perfect luxury jungle hideout to come back to after your days of adventure. That's exactly what we wanted your experience to be like. On behalf of the entire Ka'ana team, thank you again for your kind words and we hope to welcome you back to Belize and Ka'ana someday.
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Two friends and I stayed at Ka Ana for a week and had an amazing time. The room (an air conditioned casita with a flat screen tv ) and grounds were beautiful and the staff is very friendly. The best part of our stay was the tours, we did a cave tubing tour, a trip to Tikal, and a day trip to San Pedro for snorkeling and fishing. The hotel is perfectly situated for all of these excursions and the hotel takes care of all of the details and we always felt like we were in good hands. We also took part in relaxing massages at the spa, a complimentary morning yoga class on an outdoor deck under a canopy of trees, a guided tour of the zoo, a trip to the Iguana Sanctuary, and spent plenty of time relaxing at the pool (a pretty infinity pool but a bit on the smaller side, which is fine since it's almost always nearly empty). They also offer Maya cooking classes and bartending classes on site- you will never be bored!. The only downside was that it was hard to get wifi from the rooms but there was easy access from the rest of the property.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Shana M
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Ka'ana with your friends. We're happy that you had an amazing time with us this summer and truly appreciate all the positive feedback you've shared here. What a fun trip you all had- it really is a good example of how much there is to do and see in this part of the country and why a trip to Belize should include a visit to the jungle. Thank you again and we wish you and your friends all the best for your future adventures.
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Ka-ana was our first stop on my (now fiancé) and my two week trip to Belize. Everything was just incredible. I had arranged prior to our trip to do the tour to Xunantunich. What my girlfriend didn't know at the time, was that I had also arranged to propose to her at the top of the largest ruin on the site. Ka'ana helped with everything including finding us the BEST tour guide named Andy to help with the plan. It went perfectly and it was so beautiful. I even had them sneak some champagne to the top of the ruin to celebrate the moment! Everything I asked for, they made happen, including a private dinner on the terrace with candles and tiki torches for our engagement dinner. It was unbelievable.

The staff at Ka'ana was amazing. Garnett and the rest of the crew made our trip fantastic. The room was beautiful and well appointed. The place has such a peaceful and serene vibe. It's like a little oasis away from the world, and it felt like we had really gotten away from the craziness of our lives. I would recommend this resort to anyone, and I really hope to come back one day. They knocked it out of the park!

Thank you Ka'ana!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cookerama
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Congratulations once again! The whole team at Ka'ana loves proposals and we're just so happy that we were able to be a part of making yours happen. Personalized, once-in-a-lifetime experiences like the one you've described here are what we're all about and what we feel every visitor to our beautiful country should have. Please know that we truly enjoyed having you and your new fiancee with us. We wish you both all the best for your future together and hope to be able to welcome you back to Ka'ana someday.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Absolutely everything about our stay at this hotel was fantastic! We were greeted at the airport (at 6:20 a.m.) by a great guide who whisked us to the hotel, providing all kinds of facts and answering all of our questions along the way.
We were greeted personally by managers Jeanine and Jack upon our arrival with some type of amazing, refreshing cocktail.
After resting a bit, we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeanine to discuss our activities during our stay. For every tour you receive your own personal guide for the trip and they are wonderful!
Together with their outstanding staff, managers Jeanine and Jack personally ensure that every aspect of your stay is impeccable. The food and cocktails are top notch -- fresh, creative, and delicious! Each room feels like a little casita, and it well appointed, complete with air conditioning (which is wonderful in this part of the country).
Because the property is small, you really feel the personal attention to every detail.
I really can't say enough good things about Ka'ana. You simply MUST stay here if it is within your budget to do so!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Debbie C
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for your review! We're so glad you had such a great stay in this part of the country and at Ka'ana. From the early morning pick-up to the personal guides and attention to detail- all these elements that you described so kindly really make us very happy. We truly appreciate that you took the time to share this feedback and to refer us to others. Hopefully we'll be able to welcome you back to Belize and Ka'ana and in the meantime we wish you all the best for your future travels.
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

My wife and I stayed at Ka'ana for 4 days as part of an anniversary trip to Belize. The resort came highly recommended from friends and it certainly lived up to the expectations. The staff members were exceptionally warm, helpful and courteous, and along with the managers made a point to introduce themselves to us and to call us by name for the duration of our stay. They ensured we were taken care of on all fronts whether lounging at the resort or preparing for an excursion. The property is beautiful and well located to experience the sights in the broader Cayo region.

As an aside, we selected their all inclusive meals package which we would highly recommend to others. The food quality was high (especially compared to what else is available in the area), service was attentive, and not needing to leave the resort after a full day of activity made it the perfect option.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank RandRTravelerz
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us at Ka'ana. We're so happy you chose to visit us for your special occasion. You described our team and management as being exceptionally warm, helpful and courteous and we're so pleased you felt that way as it's exactly what we want all our guests to experience. We're also happy to know that you enjoyed the cuisine and service at the restaurant. You're exactly right, the idea is that after a full day of adventure, you're able to come back to the resort and have everything looked after so you can just relax. Thank you again for your kind words. We hope to welcome you back to Belize and Ka'ana again.
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New Concord, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

My husband and I chose Ka'Ana as our first stop for our honeymoon. We went during the slower season, so we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The service was amazing. They seemed very interested in getting to know us and help make our stay there unforgettable. The food is delightful! We had a few tours booked with our package. The staff from Ka'Ana acted as our personal tour guide and they were very knowledgeable about every place we went. Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tkbova
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Thank you for your review! We really like when our guests feel like they have the resort to themselves and experience the personal service we have become known for. It's something we strive to deliver at all levels of occupancy and for every aspect of your Ka'ana experience. Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback here. We're so grateful and wish you nothing but the best for your future travels.
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New York City, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

After intensive research and months of deliberation, my husband and I decided on celebrating our honeymoon in Belize with a split stay in the jungle at Ka'ana and at the beach in San Pedro at Azul (Casa Azul). What we were looking for was a destination that would enable us to relax and unwind but would also challenge us with new experiences that were unique and memorable, fostering our sense of adventure and letting us do so as a couple. Ka'ana was the perfect mix of romance and adventure (think Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in the setting of an Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore movie), and we frequently talk about our experiences there as some of the coolest things that my husband and I have EVER done.

So for the romance and the experiences that I am willing to share publicly on the internet, Ka'ana offers wonderful dining experiences (by the way the food is absolutely fantastic and can accommodate most any request- I lived on Arugula Salad and mixed drinks while my husband had jerk chicken, coconut rice, plantains and plenty of Belkins......the local beer) as well as a beautiful, refreshing pool perfect for couples wanting to have peace and quiet. The spa was under renovation when we were there, so I can't comment on this other than I am sure that it will be phenomenal once completed. One of the highlights from our stay was our private dinner held on the Yoga deck. A candlelit pathway led us from the main lodge area to the yoga deck where there was a beautifully appointed table for two, soft music playing, and elegant unique lighting all in the foreground of one of the most beautiful and majestic trees that I had seen on our entire trip in Belize. We had a dedicated server waiting to attend to our every need but also knowing when to let us enjoy being by ourselves. This was the first time in a long time where it was just my husband and I.......no noisy traffic, no pressures from jobs, family, or friends, and most importantly no wedding planning. We ate, danced, talked, and both came away from the experience with one of the most special memories we have had together in our 7 year relationship. It was honestly the most perfect way to begin our honeymoon and has set a standard for a romantic evening for which my husband will have to strive for for the years to come.

In stark contrast to the romantic dinners and the lazy afternoons in the pool, our mornings frequently started early (anywhere from 5-7 am wake up times) where we ate room service while preparing our backpacks, applying copious amounts of sunscreen and bug spray, and mentally preparing ourselves for the adventures to come. Ka'ana ensures that their guests get the most out of each of their excursions by offering private tours featuring highly trained, skilled, and accommodating guides. We developed a game plan for our excursions during our 1.5 hr long drive from Belize city to Ka'ana with the recommendations of our tour guide Daryl as well as during our orientation once we checked into the resort. We rode horseback to the ruins at Xunantunich on our first full day at Ka'ana followed with a packed Day 2 of zip lining, a privately guided hike involving a very comprehensive tour of the flora and fauna in the jungles of Belize (I now know what a termite tastes like), and receiving multiple blessings from the sacred water drops from the roofs of the caves that we visited while cave tubing. But by far the most impressive, take-your-breath-away, this is the reason to be alive experiences we had was our private tour of ATM. In this all day adventure, I found my perfect place on Earth aka the place where my brain goes to when my mental screen saver comes up. This was physically challenging (you shimmy, shake, climb, pray, and get bruised but you don't even realize it) and mentally thrilling. We would go back there in a heartbeat and would only have our bare-foot, machete bearing guide Patrick lead us.

In all, this place is magical and I hope that I could capture the awesomeness of our 5 day adventure there with my review. Everyone treated us with such respect and made it a priority to ensure that our stay was exceptional. The general managers, Jock and Janine, also shared in enhancing our experience with hand written welcome notes, yummy snacks that would mysteriously appear in our fridge, and sharing drinks and stories with us during the evenings. We CAN NOT wait until our next stay at Ka'ana, and we hope that you will enjoy your time as much as we did.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank EloiseAtThePlaza2014
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Joanna E, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Thank you for your review! We love that you named your review the perfect mix of romance and adventure- we don't think we could have described it better ourselves. It makes us all very happy to know that you considered Ka'ana a magical place and that you were treated with respect and had an exceptional stay. We really can't express enough how much we enjoyed having you as our guests and how flattered we are by your kind words and high praise in this review. Thank you so much and we wish you all the best for your life and travels together.
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Property: Ka'ana Resort
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
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Ignacio
#4 Family Hotel in San Ignacio
#5 Business Hotel in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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Also Known As:
Ka`Ana Boutique Hotel San Ignacio
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Ka'Ana Resort Belize/San Ignacio

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