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Sometimes you want to go somewhere where no one knows your name, and a small private island where you can stay incognito for a while might be just what is needed.

Enter Cayo Espanto: Not even a dot on the map, this exclusive, all-inclusive resort is located 3 miles off the coast of San Pedro, on the Belize Peninsula.

Stays at the all-inclusive start at $2,095 for two. Thanks to Cayo Espanto

With just seven homes along the edges of the small island – ranging from cozy bedrooms to an overwater bungalow with a glass floor – the maximum capacity is just 18 guests.

If you’re a celebrity, you’ll arrive by helicopter from Belize City, otherwise by boat from San Pedro, a short half-hour flight from the capital, and stop at your private dock – no lobby check-in required. since there isn’t one.

The décor of the casas is the epitome of barefoot elegance, with cement floors, louvered shutters, outdoor showers, hammocks and, in most cases, your own little beach and infinity pool.

Enjoy your own private plunge pool. Thanks to Cayo Espanto

But you won’t be a stranger to five-star service. A personal housekeeper is always available via walkie-talkie to deliver that emergency jug of margaritas.

In what turns out to be an elegant twist: there is no restaurant here, or any other communal building. After consulting with you each morning to discuss the day’s customizable menu, dinner will be catered and served on your veranda or in surprising locations around the island, such as under the palms with tiki torches, or on the lawn near a fire pit.

Belizean Chef Richard Gillette is behind the resort’s fresh seafood. Thanks to Cayo Espanto

And it’s the food that is truly exceptional here.

Chef Richard Gillette from Belize has been with the company since 2005 and was recently named executive chef. It receives praise for its blend of local Belizean specialties, fresh seafood, local produce and flavors from around the world, putting the resort at the top of the list for Caribbean dining on foodie and travel sites.

Having honed his skills at other local luxury resorts in Belize, Gillette’s team of five talented chefs creates delectable dishes that magically appear on your table. Highlights include the snapper with cashew crust and charred corn quinoa, and the crab casserole — not to mention desserts like pina colada cake and key lime pie with a shot of margarita sorbet.

Belize’s famous mangroves are best seen by paddleboard. Thanks to Cayo Espanto
The flora and fauna under the sea are equally spectacular. Thanks to Cayo Espanto

Since a walk around the island takes about two minutes, in addition to the cocktails and tasty food, you’ll also enjoy watching seafaring sports and activities. Kayak or paddle around the mangroves, take a snorkeling trip to swim with the nurse sharks nearby, try fly fishing, visit the barrier reef at Ambergris Caye or dive the mysterious Great Blue Hole. The resort’s luxury yacht can also be rented for tailor-made adventures. You can also sail past that island on the horizon; Blackadore Caye and owned by Leonardo di Caprio.

Day trips to Xunantunich by small plane can also be arranged to see the Mayan ruins, with 26 temples and palaces, followed by a tubing tour through underground river caves. If you get tired of not being recognized, the resort’s water taxi offers a shuttle to San Pedro, where shopping and entertainment await.

But it’s better to enjoy the wonderful seclusion with an in-room massage or facial.

Rates from $2,095 for two, all-inclusive; APrivateIsland.com




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