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“Fabulous Family Holiday Trip”
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Ka'ana Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in San Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous Family Holiday Trip”
Reviewed January 23, 2011

We luckily went to Ka'Anna for 5 days before and including XMAS with 2 college age boys. The resort's location is well situated for ruins and zipline and cave tours. The standards at the hotel from food to service were 5 star quality. We cannot say enough about the customer service. My husband and I have stayed at highly regarded US hotel and feel the rooms and service and food could compare to any in the US, even though Ka"Anna is in a remote location. The private tours are incredible. I felt the tour guide/naturalists were as knowledgeable as those I had experienced on National Geographic tours. The staff attended to any of our needs. We felt it was a great value.

I feel the resort is better suited to adults and older children. Most guests spend their days on tours and then can relax in rooms and restaurants at end of day. There is an attractive small pool and small spa but not much on the property to entertain children. You should count on getting your exercise on the tours via hiking, swimming etc as roads are not appropriate for running or biking. That said, you can get plenty tired hiking through the jungle.

We would all highly recommend this resort to anyone going to inland Belize.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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ianlizarraga, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, January 26, 2011
What a pleasure it was to host you and to now read this review of your time in Belize and at Ka'ana! When our guests leave feeling like they've truly experienced the geography, culture, and history of this region, and that they did so hosted by a team of hospitality professionals, then we feel we've accomplished what we set out to do at Ka'ana. Thank you for your kind words and your appreciation. All the best for your future travels!
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

So as you will read from other reviews the hotel is nice and the beds are comfortable and so on but what pissed us off is that once you are there they try to upsell you on all their tours and services.

(use pacz they are great at a great price!)

We booked a trip to Tikal since it was our first day in Belize and didn't have plans and they charged my gf and I $440 in US currency!!
Once we went into town we found other tour companies charging $85 per person. And if you just hire the driver and guide yourself you can do it even cheaper.

They also tack on an additional ten percent to everything on top of Belize sales tax of 12.5 percent and then told us tipping is reccomended too!

Bottom line is stay here only if you are such an American that you can't do anything yourself and are ok paying through the roof in central america.

Also they are located a few miles out of town and don't provide any shuttling so be prepared to shell out for taxi fares.

  • Stayed January 2011
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ianlizarraga, Manager at Ka'ana Resort, responded to this review, January 19, 2011
There are a few different ways to experience Belize and as most visitors are aware of before coming to Ka'ana, when you allow us to script your experience, you are ensured highly personalized, exclusive service, food, and tours and yes, they come at a cost. As was communicated to you upon your arrival, Ka'ana's tours are private for a reason- they allow our guides to go at your pace, show you things traditional group tours are unable to, and they tend to veer off the beaten path. They are also led by some of the most highly-trained and paid professionals in this country. If experiencing Belize on a budget is what you'd prefer, then that's absolutely fine with us, but please understand that if you choose to stay at the first and only Small Luxury Hotel of the World in the country and the premier luxury boutique property in Western Belize, you will be guaranteed the best service and value...if you'll allow us. We were more than happy to host you and while you never expressed any dissatisfaction while with us, perhaps if you choose to visit Belize again, you will do so hosted by a property that you feel is a better match for your budget and touring preferences. Overall, it is the country that we want to share with our visitors and if you were able to appreciate the history, culture, and geography of this very special place, then we're happy for you.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

This was our first visit to Belize/Ka'ana and we will be definitely going back! We had the best 4 nights here. I can't speak enough how luxury and warm the place was. The staffed greeted us immediately and was so helpful the whole trip. Loved that it was very close to adventure! We went to the mayan caves and a day trip to Tikal. Some time just lounge around the room and pool with cocktails. We enjoyed having dinner in the restaurant here too. The food tasted authentic. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed October 2010
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Ambergris Caye
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We decided treat ourselves to a weekend anniversary adventure at Ka'ana. For two very busy people - it was the perfect getaway. We chose the meal plan option offered by Ka'ana and had breakfast and dinner included with out stay which was super handy because we just wanted to relax in comfort and take a break from it all. All the meals were delicious and it was a toss up sometimes to order the same thing because it was so good or try something new.

I did go to San Ignacio for a few hours one afternoon - great that it is so close by.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

This is a lovely resort and the staff are terrific. Food was excellent, service very good BUT if your casita is not opposite the waterfall pool, then you can hear noise from the road both day and night. would recommend only if road noise is not an issue.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed December 25, 2010

My new bride and I went to Belize on our honeymoon. We just got back home and already we're feeling "home-away-from-home" sick. To say that Ka'ana met every expectation would be a sincere understatement. They exceeded every expectation we had and we were pleasantly surprised with the level of professionalism, kindness, and welcomeness every member of their staff exuded. We were made to feel like rockstars with how much they were willing to do for us. Having never visited this beautiful country before, we were never made to feel like any of our questions were stupid. The staff was beyond helpful with their honest answers and recommendations for things to do and places to see. The rooms were gorgeous and clean! The restaurant fed us like royalty. The grounds were kept up and tended to daily. Any activity that we chose to do, Ka'ana arranged for transportation to and from which was a great help. Every driver/guide we had was courteous and very knowledgeable of Belize. We were never made to feel like tourists, even though we technically were, but rather guests in someone's home. They even went above and beyond and dealt with the airlines when my wife's luggage went MIA for 36 hours. They did all the grunt work for us and even called to give us updates on the status of the missing luggage so we could just chill in the meantime. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet getaway. Ka'ana is small (only 15 rooms) which is nice because you never want to feel like you're on top of other guests while trying to relax and be in peace. This place is the epitome of tranquility. Not to sound like a commercial, but if you're looking for a place to stay while in Belize... treat yourself to Ka'ana. You will not regret it.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed December 14, 2010

The Ka'ana is a bit outside St. Ignacio, but ideally situated in a quiet and peaceful area on the road from St. Ignacio to the border with Guatemala (and the road to Tikal). The service was impeccable, the rooms were well furnished, and the grounds were lush and beautiful (with a beautiful swimming pool). We asked the hotel to arrange a car and guide for a day-trip to Tikal and the arrangements were not only perfect, but reasonably priced as well. I have no complaints about this resort and highly recommend it. Finally, we went just before their high season and the room prices were extremely reasonable.

  • Stayed October 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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Ka`Ana Boutique Hotel San Ignacio
Hotel Ka Ana Boutique
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