Awards, Press, & Ratings


In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, award-winning hotels Matachica and GAÏA Riverlodge in Belize are implementing new community programs and digital initiatives to benefit future guests and the Belizean community at large. Though the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize remains relatively low, to ensure the safety and well-being of all guests, staff, and the local community, Matachica and GAÏA Riverlodge, have temporarily closed for the month of April… read more


Ce « mouchoir de pays » qu’est le Belize, comme l’écrit le journaliste et auteur français Alain Dugrand dans son livre sur l’ancien Honduras britannique, attire de plus en plus l’attention des Québécois. Un Montréalais, Daniel Lighter, y possède même deux hôtels, l’un à la mer, l’autre dans la forêt tropicale. Nous avons découvert les deux charmants visages d’un territoire encore peu défiguré par le tourisme.. read more

WANT Les Essentiels co-founders revamp Matachica resort as “redefined Belizean beach experience” – dezeen

Designing the resort “with purpose” took form through supporting traditional artisan crafts, and curating unique and collectible interior objects. The property also intended to incorporate the inherent beauty of Ambergris Caye and its architectural character. read more

Tropical luxe: Why Belize is set to be the next Costa Rica – The Globe and Mail

The almost three-hour drive from Belize’s international airport, to Gaia Riverlodge, a chic property hidden in the lush nature of Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, offers an impressive overview of the… read more

Matachica Resort & Spa – Style Caster

Matachica Resort & Spa is situated on the heart of Ambergris Caye easily accessible by boat. From the distance you can spot the clutch of bright palapas and cabanas scattered in the sand…read more

Easy Breezy – Travel & Leisure

All 26 candy-hued, thatched-roof casitas at Matachica Resort & Spa sit right on the sand, with hammocks in matching colors. Book a Sea-View Cabana room – the Caribbean is just 125 feet from your door…read more

6 Easy, Affordable Warm-Weather Escapes – Refinery29

A long thin wisp of an island, Ambergis is party central for some, a scuba destination for others, and a do-nothing-but-relax getaway for everyone else. Pick your poison. Most hotels line the island’s… read more

4 Places To Rejuvenate For 2017 That Your Can Visit Alone – The Coveteur

All hot weather. All Luxurious. All totally worth the trip. Talk about desert island perfection. Matachica Resort is on Belize’s Ambergris Caye (a short 20-minute puddle jump from the country’s international airport)… read more

The Best Hotels In Belize – JetSetter

Jungle cottages, romantic beachfront villas, tree houses in the rainforest canopy – there’s no shortage of standout hotels in this laid-back Central American country. Here are 7 of the best hotels in Belize… read more

Getaway – Brides

Top resorts in Central & South America … read more

Belice El Cielo Acuatico – Condé Nast Traveler

Abro los ojos y, a través de mis máscara, tan solo veo burbujas ascendiendo a la superficie de las aguas turquesas en las que me acabo de zambulllir. Una rápida inspiración me confirma que mi esnórquel… read more

Finding Food and Adventure Belize – The Huffington Post

The rest of the day was spent exploring the majestic Mayan templo of Xunantunich and traveling to the beach portion of this adventure. It was off to Matachica in San Pedro, an enchanting property… read more

Blissed Out in Belize – Condé Nast Traveller

A place to sail through calm waters, dive with manatees and drift ashore at sandy-floored beach bars, Belize is the quietest corner of the Caribbean…read more 

Peaks vs. Beaches – Departures

At the newly renovated Matachica Resort & Spa, a boutique hotel on Ambergris Caye in Belize, the brilliant blue Caribbean Sea laps white sand beaches. Fifty feet from the surf … read more

News & Articles – Luxury Travel Magazine

Matachica Resort and Spa, the exquisite, award-winning beach resort located on Ambergris Caye is the perfect location for an idyllic island holiday. Heralded as the anti-genetic beach resort, Matachica offers a spectacular… read more

Hotels – EnRoute Magazine

Facing the second largest barrier reef in the world, this rustic-chic resort is ideal for casual snorkellers and experienced divers alike. What we loved : Learning how to fish with a local guide… read more

Winter Rx – American Way

Feeling lethargic, sun-starved and itchy from ont too many woolen sweaters? You’ve got a case of the winter blues. And though medical professionals we most certainly are not, we know the cure…read more

Natural Wonders – Ebony Magazine

More than 40 percent of the country is designated as protected land. Situated along the renowned Belize Barrier Reef, Ambergris Caye, the largest island, begs you to indulge in water activities…read more

Where the Bargains Are – The New York Times

Looking for five-star service at a three-star prices? Try Latin America for your next vacation. Whether it’s due to a good exchange rate or simply because a destination is just coming into it’s own…read more