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Itz’ana Belize Resort

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Itz'ana is a stylish, self-contained resort north of Placencia on Belize's Caribbean shores. This boutique style hotel is unmistakeably Central American in its décor and finishing.

Entering Itz'ana for the first time feels rather special. With high ceilings and louvre-shuttered windows, swirling ceiling fans and timeworn wooden floors, the main building, known as the Great House, is an elegantly restored villa dating back to the British colonial era. The quiet hubbub of conversations and atmospheric lighting help set the scene for its 21st century role as the hotel's social hub, with a dining room and cocktail bar (there's even a secret speakeasy room). Step outside to a patio filled with lush greenery, ideal for a lazy breakfast on a tropical morning, and beyond, the centrepiece swimming pool is right behind the beach. Deluxe rooms are arranged around the pool in low-rise wings and presented in unfussy tropical style, while the swish suites offer ocean views and oodles of space. The contemporary vibe is unmistakable but throughout Itz'ana you'll find artistic and decorative features which recall another era, including statement mirrors and colourful tiles. The days are lazy here, although paddle boards and kayaks may tempt you away for a while or you can sign up for snorkelling trips at reception.

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What our clients say

  • We liked Guatemala and were particularly impressed with Belize (likely to go back there)” 

    NW, Wells
  • Local flights were amazing enabling us to really see and appreciate the country.  In three weeks we only met 3 other British couples as most travellers appeared to be from…

    CT, Horley
  • JLA have been great, and Belize as a country is nothing short of astonishing in every way possible. We will be going back at some point. In fact I'd quite happily…

    SC, Wandsworth
  • Most memorable experiences: "Tubing down river at Chaa Creek. Howler monkeys above us at night, and avocados dropping onto our hut."

    LBM, Woking
  • We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring these environments with knowledgeable guides was a pleasure. Whether it was hummingbirds…

    RW, Usk
  • We knew nothing about Guatemala and Belize before our trip and had not visited Central America.  We relied on JLA understanding our interests and the resulting recommendations proved very successful.

    NW, Wells
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Our Expert's Opinion

For a change of scene, it’s just a short ride into Placencia village which has a choice of typically Belizean eateries and watering holes. By night, the stretch of beach in front of Itz’ana is a tranquil spot to check out the stars

Paul Winrow Giffin
Paul Winrow-Giffin Travel Expert After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Hannah
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Chris
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Heloise
    Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert

    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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