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“The ultimate relaxation experience - with a little fun mixed in.”
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Ka'ana Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in San Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
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“The ultimate relaxation experience - with a little fun mixed in.”
Reviewed April 28, 2010

Ka'ana is a small boutique resort catering to those seeking tranquility, relaxation, unparalled service, and the opportunity for adventure, if one chooses.

One thing we learned immediately is Ka'ana prides itself in personal attention. They do their homework BEFORE you arrive. You're greeted by name and the staff does everything possible to personalize your experience while you're their guest.

While there, we were blessed to have "Wilbert" as our dedicated guide. He picked us up, escorted us on excursions (cave tubing, zip lining, Mayan ruin tour), taught us the history of the local area and Belize in general, and in the end, returned us to the airport. He even took the time to take us into Belize's Mennonite country for fresh ice cream!

Wilbert is but one example of a well-trained and proud staff that does the little things to transform a hotel stay into a unique experience. They're the Ritz of Belize - "Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen."

I can't recommend Ka'ana enough and look forward to "Chillaxing" there again soon!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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St. Louis, MO USA
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Reviewed April 14, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our three night stay here. We were traveling with two children (11&8) and found it to be a convenient sport for our various planned activities (Butterfly farm, ATM Tour and Tikal). We did not expect it to be so luxurious. It is truly a gem and the food and service are wonderful. I actually came away wishing that we'd planned more down time at Ka'ana. We did not even swim in the pool!

Management arranged our transportation from the airport and we stopped at the Belize Zoo on the way. The kids really enjoyed feeding the Macaws and seeing the Jaguar up close. The zoo is a bit rustic, but a convenient and inexpensive detour during a long travel day. On our last day, we stopped at Jaguar Paw for ziplining and cave tubing, which the kids also enjoyed.

PS: Excursions to ATM & Tikal were spectacular.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed April 4, 2010

I have so many good things to say about Ka'ana:
1. It's a very peaceful serene place to stay. The casitas are clean, well stocked, and the beds are very comfortable.
2. It has a cool 'boutique-y' look and vibe to it. Not something you would expect to find in Belize. The pool is quiet and relaxing.
3. Although the restaurant doesn't have a hustle-bustle energy, don't let that fool you- dinners here are FABULOUS. Chef Kuylen picks fresh ingredients for his meals from the organic garden on-site. He creates his daily menus as he walks through his garden, to see what interesting Belizean dishes come to mind. They offer a cooking class (ask about it when you book your room) and I HIGHLY recommend that you schedule one.
I had a wonderful time walking through the garden to pick ingredients Chef was going to help me learn to prepare..It was the highlight of our stay here.
They also have a nice wine cellar on site.
4.The ruins of Xunatunich are just a few minutes from the hotel, and are SPECTACULAR. I was in awe, and learned a lot from our private guide (it was totally worth it to hire a guide just for the 2 of us- we were able to ask questions and see exactly what interested us). You will LOVE this adventure- don't miss it!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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new york
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

PERFECTION!! My critical family of four enjoyed three nights at this beautiful Belizean oasis in the heart of Cayo district. I rarely write reviews and our family has traveled a lot.
Ka’ana deserved a few moments of my time. Our rooms were elegant, clean, large and very comfortable. This boutique hotel is quiet and has plenty of room to stroll. The staff could not be nicer. With so many sites to see in the Cayo area, I asked Ka’ana to book my tours which they did with perfection. Every driver and guide could not have been nicer. This type “A” traveler could not be happier. The head chef Sean spent time talking and showing us the garden where he gets their fresh vegetables. Besides a wonderful menu, we asked him to cook us Iguana which he gets a million stars for! We also had two starters of Chicken feet and pigtail soup. My daughter is a cook and her Mom has worked on well known cooking shows. Sean's creation was perfection and we all got an education. We are unsure what was better, seeing the majesty of Tikal, or our stay and dining experience at Ka’ana. If you are a culinary addict like us, book this place, and try and spend some time with Sean.
I also liked their special drinks at the spacious bar. I enjoyed tasting a lovely Belizean wine in their wine cellar. My stroll and birding through their garden and open field. Other pleasant guests to chat with.
I thank this resort for creating a trip my very critical family will not forget.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Virginia
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

Expensive but very nice. Lovely pool, surprisingly good food -- though slow service. Attentive staff. They were very kind and helpful in terms of arranging things for our children.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

This was a fabulous place to stay. My husband and felt we were the only guest there, from our little Casita to the service in the restaurant! Everyone there was so nice and REAL! So happy we chose this place for our honeymoon!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Ka'ana is what you make it. The staff is very accomidating and is happy to customize each guests experience. You can stay by the pool and do spa treatments, go to Guatamala for the day and see Mayan ruins (highly recommended!), go zip lining, snorkle, horseback riding, etc..or hang out in San Ignacio (Greenies is a great Ex-Pat bar to cool off and take a break).

This is also a great foodie resort - mixology classes with Leopold, cooking classes with Sean( a native Belizian and CIA trained chef), tours of the wine room and organic garden, Saturday morning market in San Ignacio and checking out the tortilla factory are all a must do.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Ka'ana Resort
Address: Mile 69 1/4 George Price Highway, San Ignacio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center 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
Hotel Ka Ana Boutique
Ka'Ana Resort Belize/San Ignacio

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