Paradise away from home, the Itz’ana Resort & Residences, Belize beckons home owners

When you think of the Caribbean, one might immediately conjure images of white sandy beaches and beach parties, but in Belize – the only country among its more popular neighbors in the region with a British colonial heritage, there is adventure, nature, relaxation, history and incentives for visitors and investors; such as the comfort of a safe and stable government, British Contract Law, Freehold Titles, offshore banking, and a favorable tax environment, making it the perfect haven for anyone looking to escape. As the only English speaking country in Latin America, Belize is part of both Caribbean and Central American economic communities.

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A country that has escaped the corporate commercialization, so don’t expect to see a Starbucks or a Marriott. Instead you will find character and adventure and attractions that include wildlife, the ancient Mayan ruins, one of the longest barrier reefs in the world, crystal oceans and pristine beaches. The country also benefits from the lower cost base of Central America, thereby offering a much lower price-point than the traditional Caribbean destinations.

“Eight years ago, we knew that Belize would become a world-class destination because of its natural beauty, culture, and proximity to major markets. Ka’ana’s success in the jungle continues to exceed our expectations. With the entire destination now coming of age, we’re thrilled to launch Itz’ana on the beach in Placencia and to share the investment opportunity” said Colin Hannan, developer.

The Resort & Residences
Itz’ana, named after the Mayan god of day and night, celebrates the contrast from which it was born, is now offering residents a new way to live and experience Belize. In the quaint coastal village of Placencia, Belize, the brand will open the Itz’ana Resort & Residences in late 2016. With a prime location on the destination’s 16 miles of Caribbean peninsula – with the sea on one side and lagoon on the other, the resort will offer its residents and guests’ endless opportunities for adventure and exploring.

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Itz’ana Resort & Residences will bring 39 luxurious waterfront boutique cottages (18) and villas (21) featuring tall windows and high ceilings to emphasize on spacious, open-air living. Designed by Boston-based architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro, who is also a native of the region, the resort features traditional forms and materials to deliver a modern take on Belize’s British colonial past and the great Caribbean estates.
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The Great House forms the heart of Itz’ana – a gathering place for family and friends to come together, eat, drink, and relax. The Great House will also home the resort’s pop-up restaurant Limilita, which is currently open by reservation only and offers fresh and local, reef-to-refurbished table dining with a new menu daily; the private Rum Room – a private bar where a Rum Sommelier will serve rums from the Caribbean and Central America; a Hemingway-inspired library; a full service marina that features a watersports activity center, servicing boat tours, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and sunset sails, providing the perfect combination of sport, leisure and adventure. There is also an open rooftop deck where guests can gather for some sunrise yoga with panoramic views and a state-of-the-art Spa. With five treatment rooms, a meditation room and saltwater pool, the Itz’ana Spa will use some of the most luxurious, locally-sourced rainforest botanicals and Mayan inspired treatments.
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Guests can make the most of their stay by exploring the paradise island, enjoy a picnic feast, sail a sundown yacht charter or do an overnight trip or simply bask under the tropical Belizean rays.

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There is also the Barrier Reef, just a 30-minute boat ride away. A diver’s paradise, the reef is rich with variety of sea life from sea turtles, moray eels, barracuda and king mackerel to eagle rays, stingrays, manta rays and, at times, hammerhead sharks, Jew fish and dolphins, that guests can see up close.

Itz’ana Home
The property residences have been designed and furnished by Samuel Amoia, known for his use of natural materials and innovative methods, with a custom collection for the new property. This has led to the launch Itz’ana Home by Samuel Amoia, a signature line of furniture which is handcrafted in Central America.
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Blending local tribal techniques with French Deco inspirations, Amoia has created a distinct aesthetic for Itz’ana Home. For the bespoke set of furnishings, which includes lighting, a console, several side tables and a folding screen, all the furnishings have been created using locally sourced materials and organic woven fabrics made from materials found in Central America. Pricing for the Itz’ana Home collection will range from $750 to $3,500 and be sold via beginning in June 2016.

The Itz’ana Resort & Residences vary in size from 1,000-5,000 square feet, with opening prices ranging from $225,000 – $890,000. Buyers will have the opportunity to choose between one to five bedroom beach or lagoon-front living, with all residences located directly on the waterfront. As a part of Itz’ana Resort, buying a home would be an excellent investment as they can be rented hassle-free by the resort’s expert management team, ensuring pristine maintenance while delivering an impressive return.

Address :
Itz’ana Resort & Residences
1/3 Highway mark
Placencia, Belize
Phone : 1.800.591.3077

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Previously travel-editor and long-time resident of extravagant Dubai, Shalu is likes a dash of luxury in everything she does. While luxury travel is a weakness, she believes there is something very attractive about understated luxury. And when she’s not dreaming of pristine beaches, private jets and molecular dining, a shiny pair of Blahniks is what she lusts for.