Discover the untouched side of the Caribbean with a stay at Cayo Espanto, an exclusive private island off the coast of Belize offering the ultimate in barefoot luxury chic. Pristine white sand, sparkling turquoise waters and palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze; if we were asked to draw a paradise island, this is it. If you’re feeling active, Cayo Espanto offers tailored activities with everything from bone-fishing to catamaran sailing and jungle tours. But if you’re simply here to unwind, where better place to do it than soaking up the sun on your private dock or in the state of the art spa? It’s your island, anything is possible. The best bit about it? The seven private villas are so secluded that you may not bump into another guest for the duration of your stay…

Location

Located just three miles from Belize’s San Pedro in the tranquil waters of the Western Caribbean, it’s hard to believe that this island utopia is less than two hours from Miami, Florida and Houston. The perfect spot for divers and snorkelers, this tropical oasis is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef; the undiscovered pearl of the Caribbean, you need to get here fast.

Your Room

The seven private villas are dotted around the island, ensuring you are enveloped in complete privacy and tranquility throughout your stay. Toeing the line between sophisticated sleek and chic island décor, choose from a beach house, ocean villa or overwater bungalow. Each villa comes complete with a plunge pool, walled garden, hammocks and veranda, perfect for watching the sunset over the endless azure waters.

Why We Like It

Before you even arrive on the island, you’re asked to fill out a survey about your favorite foods, so the chef can create daily menus personalized just.for.you. This gives you a taste for the attention to detail that’s to come. Whether it’s breakfast in bed, a picnic on the beach or a bed under the stars, the smiling staff will be more than happy to oblige. Ultra-luxe, Cayo Espanto is your very own private island and nothing is too much trouble. They’ve distilled the very essence of the Caribbean; we only wish we could bottle it and take it home.

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