Fodor's Expert Review NAîA Resort and Spa
Cocoplum, Placencia Rd., Maya Beach, Stann Creek, Belize Fodor's Choice
Opened in late 2016, this resort—part of the 200-acre Cocoplum master-planned development established by former Belizean media entrepreneur Stewart Krohn—aspires to be the country's ultimate spa-centric seaside luxury resort. NAIA has a total of about three dozen guest villas and houses, including stylish studio units with 13-foot ceilings and one-bedroom villas, some with private splash pools. These are mostly set in and around freshwater ponds, with a few directly on the seafront. Two-bedroom, two-level villas are set in lush gardens, and three larger houses with three bedrooms are on the water. All have original artwork by Belize's most famous artists. There is a large rectangular swimming pool near the main restaurant, another pool at the spa, and several villas have private splash pools. The resort has three restaurants including 1981 (it's named after the year of Belize's independence), which serves local seafood and other dishes on the second level of the main lobby building overlooking the pool and the sea. The spa restaurant, Reflections, serves healthy, lighter dishes, and the Beach Bar & Grill offers grilled fish and meats, burgers, and tropical drinks. Guests have access to a fitness center, yoga studio, and a long stretch of pristine beach, but the star of the show is the ginormous 10,000-square-foot spa complex set among freshwater ponds—the resort's name is inspired by the Naiads of Greek mythology. Among the spa's signature offerings are a skin-revitalizing treatment using sun-dried golden clay from Toledo District and a "Mystic Light" treatment that is supposed to open your energy pathways. The spa also offers more traditional spa treatments such as five types of massages, body treatments, facials, pedicures, and manicures.
- luxury villas and houses, some with private pools
- large spa complex with the latest treatments and technologies
- beautiful beach and lake setting
- not inexpensive
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