Review: Itz’ana Resort


Book A Stay

In the quaint coastal village of Placencia, Belize, Itz’ana Resort, the sister property to Ka’ana Belize, opened in 2016.


Itz’ana Resort has a prime location on the destination’s 16 miles of Caribbean peninsula, with the sea on one side and a lagoon on the other. The resort is ideally located next to islands, beaches, rivers, jungle, caves, and the world’s second-largest barrier reef, affording guests endless opportunities for adventure and exploring.

Style & Character

The resort is set around the “Great House,” an ode to the great Caribbean estates of years past. The Great House is the heart of Itz’ana and a gathering place for family and friends to gather, eat, drink, and relax. Also in the Great House are the private Rum Room, a Hemingway-inspired library, an open rooftop deck, and so much more. The Great House will inspire your story, whatever whimsy may strike. Other Amenities include a rooftop yoga deck, a water sports adventure center, a gym, and a spa with a salt-water pool.


The 39 luxury boutique cottages and villas are designed for waterfront living, featuring tall windows and doors with high ceilings to emphasize spacious, open-air living. Itz’ana has its own line of furnishings used in its villas called Itz’ana Home by Samuel Amoia.

This is all handcrafted furniture made in Central America, and this beautiful furniture has already been noticed by Architectural Digest. For the build, Boston-based architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro, a native of the region, uses traditional forms and materials to deliver a modern take on Belize’s British colonial past. Famed interior designer Samuel Amoia will outfit the residences.

Service & Facilities

Located mere miles from the world’s healthiest and second-largest reef system, Itz’ana is the perfect base camp to fish, dive, snorkel, and leisurely sail through pristine and beautiful waters. This full-service marina will feature a watersports activity center, servicing boat tours, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sunset sails to provide a perfect combination of sport, leisure, and adventure.

Just beyond the heavenly Itz’ana waters awaits an even more blissful escape. Their private island is yours to discover—bask under the Belizean tropical rays, feast on an island picnic, sail a sundown yacht charter, or even make it your own overnight campsite. And with the barrier reef as your backyard, it’s a truly special island getaway with all the luxuries and appointments of Itz’ana.

Activities in the area include stunning diving with trips organized to the Barrier Reef, only ten miles offshore. You will see a wide variety of sea life, from sea turtles, moray eels, barracuda, and king mackerel to eagle rays, stingrays, manta rays, and, at times, hammerhead sharks and dolphins up close. No matter what sea life you’re looking for, this diver’s playground gives you front-row access to the most exotic sea life you’ve always dreamed of. If you prefer to snorkel, you can do this among shoals of colorful fish and swim with barracuda, rays, and turtles in the crystal clear waters of Belize’s Southern Marine Reserve.

For the adrenalin junkie, try zip-lining down waterfalls. Take an invigorating hike to the top of Antelope Falls, where you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Caribbean Sea. You’ll then start your way down on foot before rappelling 300 to 500 feet down to the base. After the first zip, you will be treated to a delicious, traditional Belizean meal before zipping down again for a mile and a half on the longest zip line in Belize.

Food & Drink

Home to the sea-to-table restaurant Limilia offers seasonal dishes imagined by renowned chef Mara Jernigan and overlooks the Caribbean Sea.


Itz’ana, named after the Mayan god of day and night, offers a luxury resort offering a new way to live and experience the soul of Belize.

Note: Benefits & upgrades subject to availability. Benefits offered correct at the time of writing. Terms & conditions apply. Enquire for more information. Posts may be sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.