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By Kelly Gibbons, Features Editor

A luxurious and authentic, yet eco-friendly resort to visit when in Belize.


Located just 5 miles north of San Pedro, across the second largest coral reef in the world, on the Ambergris Caye Island, Matachica Resort & Spa is a Belize resort renowned for the elegance and refinement of its 31 villas. Complimented with a natural white sand private beach, Matachica is the perfect vacation spot for a calm and relaxing get away. Every villa is embellished with the charm that characterizes Central America. Vibrantly colored and exotic with thatched roofs, each is uniquely decorated with hints of Central American motifs and original art collected from around the world. They are spacious, privately located from each other, and include indigenous features of large traditional mosaic bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private patios with hammocks, bathrobes and daily maid service. Here you will find a subtle yet tasteful combination of tradition and modernity aimed at your comfort and wellbeing.MATACHICA_RESORT

Want to be more active? Discover Belize through it’s various activities: water-taxi rides to the village of San Pedro, scuba diving in the miraculous turquoise sea, taste the local cuisine, and jungle hike within Belize’s lush vegetation, which are all included though various packages offered. For the ultimate indulgence, visit their Jade Spa for rejuvenating massages and treatments using only natural ingredients sourced locally from the Belizean jungle and sea. From banana and papaya facials, coffee scrubs, body wraps, and traditional deep tissue massage, the Jade Spa is sure to provide you with an authentic Belizean experience. For a truly unique dining experience, try out the award-winning Mambo Restaurant. There you can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of contemporary paintings, local ceramic treasures, exotic handcrafted Belizean art and beautiful Central American furniture, while light Belizean music plays in the background. This restaurant is known to be one of the best restaurants in the country, offering locally inspired flavors and inspiring combinations.

And if all that relaxation isn’t enough and you’re looking for a zen spot for your morning meditation , walk down to the jetty, take in the stunning ocean view, and breathe. Yes, life really is this good.