Situated along nearly a mile of beach and extending through lush forests and tranquil lagoons, the intimate resort is set within a private 200-acre reserve in southern Belize, Naïa Resort and Spa, a new luxury resort on the Placencia Peninsula, will debut in January 2017. Long known by insiders as one of the Caribbean’s most authentic and inviting destinations, Placencia is located on the doorstep of world-class attractions on both land and sea. Nearby, endless opportunities for discovery abound, including snorkeling on the hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, hiking, river tubing and zip lining.
Naïa Resort and Spa is the vision of lead partner and Belizean television executive, Stewart Krohn. “The concept for Naïa emerged from the Belizean experience and is reflected in every aspect of the resort,” remarked Krohn. “We started with an unbelievably beautiful site and our guiding principle was to enhance that natural environment without overwhelming it. I am confident that we have succeeded in turning that vision into reality.”
Naïa features 35 individual Beach Houses, each designed as a private sanctuary overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Comprised of studio-, one-, two- and three-bedroom options, the Beach Houses are inspired by Placencia, with décor highlighting local artisans. Each features deep soaking tubs, a private outdoor shower surrounded by tropical foliage, air conditioning and a wet bar with fridge and coffee maker. Larger Beach Houses offer full kitchens and expansive, seafront pool decks.
The resort is home to three restaurants, all designed to celebrate Placencia’s regional fare. The Beach Bar & Grill serves up fresh, local cuisine and specialty drinks poolside, while the Lagoon Spa Café offers a serene escape where guests can enjoy light options and healthy smoothies surrounded by nature. Naïa’s upscale waterfront restaurant, 1981, named after the year Belize gained independence, highlights the peninsula’s signature seafood in an ever-evolving seasonal menu.
Naïa Spa is a wellness sanctuary focused on providing deeply transformational, multi-sensory experiences that are inspired by the unique traditions and culture of Belize. The 7,000 sq. ft. complex is spread over a series of forested islands and features six treatment rooms with private decks that extend over tranquil, lily-covered lagoons. A couple’s suite is situated on its own island to provide the ultimate romantic experience.
Offering an extensive menu of highly-curated treatments and wellness programs, the spa features a signature essential oil blend, created from indigenous ingredients harvested in the region and produced by Casa Mascia Apothecary. The Naïa Spa will also feature Eminence Organic SkinCare and SpaRitual Nail Care products. Treatments include massage, facials, couple’s rituals and body treatments, while a private salon also offers nail services. Spa packages are available for individuals as well as groups and can be tailor-made to suit personal requirements.
Complementing the Naïa Spa are two wellness offerings: a Fitness Center plus a Yoga and Movement Studio. Generously equipped with everything needed to build strength in both body and mind, the Fitness Center features state-of-the-art equipment, free weights and a dedicated stretching area. Among the offerings at the Yoga and Movement Studio are sunrise and sunset yoga, silk ropes for aerial yoga, mat Pilates and guided meditation. Both studios overlook the tranquil lagoon and feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto a veranda and private yoga lawn.