#CocoTravel : Central America, Land of Luxury

With luxury villas located on white sandy beaches, five-star hotels and magnificent boutique properties, Central America is being catapulted to the top of the list of luxurious destinations. Here VisitCentroAmerica lists some of the most exclusive places to stay in the region:

Hotel Casa Ventanas, Belize  (above)
Casa Ventanas is a one bedroom, over-the-water bungalow located in the exclusive private island resort of Cayo Espanto, a 15 minute boat ride from San Pedro.  Built at the end of a pier that stretches 150 feet off the island, this one-of-a kind property offers complete privacy to those looking for intimate accommodation. The bungalow features stunning views across the turquoise Caribbean Sea, a glass underwater observation panel for watching the sea life below, a private veranda for al fresco dining, an outdoor shower and its own sailing boat and kayaks for a taste of island living. Guests are also provided with three meals a day and transport between Cayo Espanto and San Pedro. A four night stay at the bungalow is priced from £1,259. www.aprivateisland.com

Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Five star resort Guacalito de la Isla located on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, is fast becoming one of Central America’s go-to luxury destinations. The resort offers guests a choice of ocean-view villas, residences or a golf villa located on the Guacalito golf course boasting incredible views over the Pacific Ocean. One of the highlights of Guacalito de la Isla is the Spa Mukul made up of six spa suites with different themes and treatments such as soothing massages, Turkish baths and body scrubs. Guests can also relax on the nearby beaches and enjoy an array of activities such as surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and tennis, or travel to nearby local communities to learn about Nicaraguan traditions. Prices are room dependent and are available upon request. www.guacalitodelaisla.com

Gran Roatan Caribbean Resort, Honduras

Overlooking the clear Caribbean waters on the island of Roatan, the Gran Roatan Caribbean Resort is a rare tropical gem nestled between a pristine forest sanctuary and the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.  Located directly on the beach in front of the most sought after diving spot in the world – the Mesoamerican Reef, it is a haven for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. The resort boasts 48 oceanfront view suites with their own private balconies, a beautiful infinity pool with a swim-up bar and a restaurant serving local delicacies. One night’s stay in a standard suite is priced from £177.www.grandroatanresort.com

Villa Cielo Mar, Costa Rica

Located in the Papagayo Peninsula, Cielo Mar is a private luxury resort that jots out in the Pacific Ocean in the north-west province of Guanacaste. The villa boasts six spectacular ocean-facing rooms complete with floor to ceiling windows, an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, a golf course, and a large outdoor table perfect for al fresco dining. The property houses up to ten guests – ideal for families and friends visiting Costa Rica. One week stays are priced from £61,500 www.cielomarvilla.com

JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, Panama

The JW Marriott is situated along hundreds of miles of immaculate coastline in Buenaventura approximately two hours west of Panama City. The resort features graceful Spanish colonial-style villas with panoramic views of either the ocean or the grounds. Visitors can enjoy a range of amenities such as an 18-hole golf course, a state-of-the-art spa, heated outdoor pools, a fitness centre, an authentic signature steakhouse and a Japanese restaurant. One night stay in a standard double room with ocean view is priced from £141.

El Convento Boutique Hotel, Guatemala

El Convento is a 26 room boutique hotel located in the heart of the stunning colonial city of Antigua Guatemala in Guatemala. The rooms feature warm soothing decors and some suites include fireplaces, tranquil private gardens, and terraces with jacuzzis. The hotel is nestled in a quiet street offering tranquillity and solitude but also easy access to tourist sites in the city. El Convento also has a heated outdoor pool, offers an in-room spa service – perfect after a long day of sightseeing and a restaurant serving traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Prices for two nights for a couple start from £544 www.elconventoantigua.com


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