It’s A Feeling

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck
You know that first feeling when you walk into a hotel or a resort, those first few ahhhh inspiring moments? Maybe it’s caused by the stylish decor in their lobby, a friendly smile from a staff member, or the aroma from a fresh bouquet of flowers. You begin to relax.The key to your room is given, and you float down the hall until you find your abode. You unpack, you begin to make plans for your time, you wander to explore the grounds.

Maybe, just maybe, you will float your entire time there. But more likely (as per many of our previous resort experiences have gone), you’ll enjoy it, and nothing more. You’ll just be another guest, mechanically shuffled through, with little attention paid to your personal needs and desires.

You want to float. You deserve to float.

You deserve this:

Taste-testing of a local liqueur, as a welcome drink.

It was pure bliss in delicious relaxation and comfort.


Nitey Nights! Treats waiting for you in your fridge every night after dinner.


Pure luxurious comfort and style that you will miss dearly when you go.

Infinity Pool
Front Deck
Master Suite Bedroom

A diverse menu that includes many organic ingredients grown on the property.

Ka'ana Belize Breakfast

For five days and nights, we were thoroughly spoiled at the Ka’ana Belize Boutique Resort near San Ignacio. For us, it wasn’t just a room in the jungle, an exquisite outdoor pool or a great introduction to Belizean culture.

It was a feeling.

It was pure bliss in delicious relaxation and comfort. It was having our needs attended to before we even knew what we needed, and the genuine attention by every single staff member. It was the meticulous care put into every tiny detail from the exquisite meals to setting the romantic ambiance by returning to a candlelit room every night.

Sunset in the Jungle

It was impossible for us to find fault with our stay. It wasn’t just a resort, it was a place to be pampered, to be adventurous, and to feel like we just made a whole hotel’s worth of new best friends.

(And did you know? “Jungle is the new beach.” You may think of Belize as a white-sands-only destination, but we have a few posts coming up this week with amazing experiences that will convince you otherwise.)

This was luxury like we had never known it before. We were floating.

And sometimes, we deserve it too.

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For more details on our stay, including a full review of the property, click here.

While we stayed as guests of Ka’ana Belize, as always, our opinions are our own, as was our plotting and scheming to lock ourselves in our room and never leave.

21 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • February 18 2013

    I love the treats and the “nitey night” message – too cute! It looks like a beautiful place.

    • February 20 2013

      We really miss our “nitey nights”. We would always race back to the room to see what they were!

  • Looks spectacular. Far too expensive for our tastes though! We can’t justify $300 a night no matter how good it is. Just can’t.

  • February 18 2013

    I’m firmly of the belief that we ALL need and deserve some pampering from time to time. Definitely something I’ve learned from traveling!

    Also, this place looks amazing! Now just to find someone special to go back to Belize with…
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    • February 20 2013

      Agreed Amanda! And I had just written in our newsletter a week before this about how there is “pleasure in pain” while traveling. Then I wanted to redact that newsletter. We really really enjoyed being pampered! πŸ™‚

  • February 18 2013

    Wow, looks like a wonderful place to stay! So peaceful and relaxing. πŸ™‚

    • February 20 2013

      We could have done with another week (or month) there. A perfect spot to relax.

  • February 18 2013

    Looks like heaven on earth!!!

  • February 18 2013

    Looks like a beautiful resort to stay at! Our favorite hotel stays have been the ones with personal touches that truly make you feel like a guest in someone’s home rather than just another guest at another hotel.
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    • February 20 2013

      It really is the little things that make all the difference, right? We were simply in love with it.

  • February 19 2013

    Whoa-what a gorgeous spot. Love the night time treats, such a cute idea. I love when hotels put extra thought into their rooms.

    • Pete
      February 22 2013

      We loved our nitey nights πŸ™‚ We almost ran back each night to find out what it would be.

  • Oh, I just love how the moments were captured here and the food? Bless me, its inviting to whet an appetite. I love the bedroom photo too.

    • Pete
      February 22 2013

      Thanks so much Wends, it truly was heavenly!

  • February 20 2013

    Heaven! And beautiful photos πŸ™‚

    • Pete
      February 22 2013

      πŸ™‚ Thanks Hannah!

  • It does indeed look heavenly! As I was reading and looking at your pictures I became so relaxed, I think I’ll bookmark this and pull it out next time I’m stressed πŸ™‚

    • Pete
      February 22 2013

      They would love to hear this! Thanks Debbie πŸ˜€

  • Emily in Chile
    February 21 2013

    Oooh, it sounds lovely! We almost stayed here for our first anniversary. While I have no regrets about going to Hawaii instead, since that trip was also fabulous, you’re making me want to put Ka’ana back on the agenda for a future trip.

    • Pete
      February 22 2013

      Do it! you won’t regret it at all. Such a magical place.

  • Becki Kremer
    February 28 2013

    After all the snow we have been getting here, this post allows me to daydream of beautiful places! And this is for sure a place I want to experience πŸ™‚

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