Itz'ana Resort & Residences
Placencia, Belize

The Resort

Itz’ana is the perfect base camp to everything wild and wonderful in Belize. Whether you’re better suited seeking jaguars in the wild or sunshine aboard a sailboat, the adventures await.Itz’ana is situated where reef meets rainforest, and life meets luxury. Our amenities are intended to satisfy your every whim. From sparkling pools and a pampering spa to an organic garden and inspiring adventures, Itz’ana invites you to relax, explore, and repeat.

Dining & Inclusions

Limilia Restaurant

Limilia Restaurant

Limilia celebrates the diversity and abundance of the area, with a nod to the Garifuna, its original inhabitants. With views of the pool and beach from both our indoor and outdoor dining rooms, Limilia awakens the senses beyond the palate. The seasonal, seafood-focused fare highlights locally sourced ingredients, including vegetables from our organic farm as well as fresh fish line-caught by our on-staff fisherman.

Experiences

Itz'ana is the perfect outpost for outdoor activities in Belize Itz’ana is the place where exhilarating Belizean excursions begin and end. Whether you’re inclined to seek jaguars in the wild or sunshine aboard a sailboat, inspiring outings await you.
Dive the Barrier Reef

Dive the Barrier Reef

Explore Belize’s Grand Channel with a trip to the Belize Barrier Reef, only 14 miles offshore. After a 40-minute boat ride to your dive site, you will see a wide variety of sea life, including sea turtles, moray eels, barracuda, king mackerel, eagle rays, stingrays, manta rays, and, at times, hammerhead sharks, jewfish, and dolphins. This diver’s playground gives you front-row access to the most exotic sea life you can imagine.

Sail and Snorkel

Sail and Snorkel

Explore Belize’s Grand Channel with a trip to the Belize Barrier Reef, only 14 miles offshore. After a 40-minute boat ride to your dive site, you will see a wide variety of sea life, including sea turtles, moray eels, barracuda, king mackerel, eagle rays, stingrays, manta rays, and, at times, hammerhead sharks, jewfish, and dolphins. This diver’s playground gives you front-row access to the most exotic sea life you can imagine.
Cook Your Catch

Cook Your Catch

Hook it and cook it! Departing from our marina, this escapade epitomizes adventure! Sail through the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, passing picture-perfect islands. Your voyage then pauses as you catch little sprats for bait. After practicing the technique of throwing a cast net, you’ll continue to the captain’s favorite fishing spot. There, you’ll test your luck, perhaps bringing in the “big one” of the day. Then you’ll head to Limilia, where our chefs will transform your catch into the perfect bite.
Great Blue Hole Visit

Great Blue Hole Visit

Venture into the blue. No trip to Belize would be complete without a visit to one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite places. The Great Blue Hole is a large sinkhole, long renowned for its stunning aerial and underwater views. Almost perfectly circular, the hole stretches 1,000 feet across and plunges 400 feet down, making for an awe-inspiring sight and site. Snorkelers can explore the fringing reefs, while divers can descend along the wall to a depth of 130 feet.
Private Island Exploration

Private Island Exploration

Your own island. Or two. Or three. Spend the day aboard a private charter as you hop between the intimate and exclusive cayes, or small islands, in the seas surrounding Placencia. Each destination more special than the next, you’ll feel like a lucky castaway as your captain delivers you from one gorgeous, remote beach to another. After a day of sun, snorkeling, and seclusion, you’ll make your way back to Itz’ana—that is, if you can resist the urge to shipwreck and never return.
Laughing Bird Caye

Laughing Bird Caye

Tiny atoll, big adventure. Just 11 miles off the coast of Placencia, this little national park packs a lot of paradise in, boasting a vast and diverse array of wildlife. A former breeding ground for the laughing gull (its namesake), this long, narrow island is yours to spend the day exploring. We recommend alternating between lazing under the shade of the palm trees and snorkeling with the abundant fish, coral, and turtles just off the beach.
Night Hike through the Wildlife Sanctuary

Night Hike through the Wildlife Sanctuary

After the sun goes down. Traverse pristine wetlands on your drive to the Southern Highway. On most nights, the air is clear enough to see the majestic silhouette of Victoria Peak (3,675 feet) and the distant Maya Mountains. Make your way to the Maya Center and the entrance to the world’s only jaguar reserve, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Rappel & Zipline

Rappel & Zipline

From high up in the treetops. Start your morning with an invigorating hike to the top of Antelope Falls, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. Then start your way down on foot before rappelling 300 to 500 feet to the base. After the first zip, you’ll savor a delicious, traditional Belizean meal. Then you’ll zip down again for a mile and a half, on the longest zipline in Belize.
Bocawina National Park

Bocawina National Park

Adventure seekers, seek no further. There’s no shortage of adventure in Belize, but the truly intrepid will find themselves drawn to Bocawina National Park, where ziplining and waterfall rappelling are part of a typical day. The park offers 7,100 acres of lush jungle, a dizzying amount of wildlife, and ancient Maya sites. Your visit to the park, which will be customized to suit your adventure level, might include flying through the rainforest canopy on the country’s longest zipline, tracking jaguar and puma on a night hike, or rappelling 250 feet down the face of a rushing waterfall—no big deal.
Explore a Maya Cacao Farm

Explore a Maya Cacao Farm

Make your own chocolate. Some of the world’s finest chocolate originates in Belize; in fact, the ancient Maya invented it. Sweeten your day with a guided tour of one of South Belize’s cacao farms. Learn about the growing, harvesting, and curing of cacao beans, as you’re led step by step through the production process for chocolate. Upon completion of your cacao crash course, you’ll handcraft your own delectable chocolate confection
Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Free as a birder. One of the most biodiverse locations in the world, Belize is a continuous corridor for bird migration between North and South Americas. As such, it offers exceptional bird-watching, with over 600 species recorded. Whether you’re a seasoned Audubon aficionado or a newly minted birder, the recreational observation of birds in Belize is an exciting and vibrant experience. Spend the day with professional spotters as you seek out our country’s wealth of birds.
Monkey River Tour

Monkey River Tour

Home of the howlers Venture far beyond the mangroves on a 15-mile boat trip to the mouth of Monkey River, home to birds, crocodiles, iguanas, and, of course, elusive howler monkeys. After a relaxing ride down the river spotting wildlife, your local guide will lead you through the rainforest, where you’ll hear the signature howl of the river’s namesake. If you think you’ve never heard a howler monkey before, think again—their distinctly Jurassic calls were used to create the vicious roars of a certain movie franchise.
Lubaantun

Lubaantun

Where history meets mystery. While its modern name, Lubaantun, means “place of the fallen stones,” no one knows its ancient Mayan name. And that is just the first of the mysteries surrounding this archaeological site. Immerse yourself in speculation of the unknown as your guide takes you through this unique and complex former city, whose most unusual feature is the complete absence of any carved stone monuments.
Nim Li Punit

Nim Li Punit

Beauty in ruins. Nim Li Punit, or “Big Hat,” is a small but spectacular Maya archaeological site named for the large headdress on a ruler found carved into one of its stone monuments, or stelae. Explore the three plazas and incredibly well-preserved ball court on a guided tour taking you back 1,200 years to the Late Classic Period, when the city of Nim Li Punit flourished.
Private Island Exploration

Private Island Exploration

Your own island. Or two. Or three. Spend the day aboard a private charter as you hop between the intimate and exclusive cayes, or small islands, in the seas surrounding Placencia. Each destination more special than the next, you’ll feel like a lucky castaway as your captain delivers you from one gorgeous, remote beach to another. After a day of sun, snorkeling, and seclusion, you’ll make your way back to Itz’ana—that is, if you can resist the urge to shipwreck and never return.
Laughing Bird Caye

Laughing Bird Caye

Tiny atoll, big adventure. Just 11 miles off the coast of Placencia, this little national park packs a lot of paradise in, boasting a vast and diverse array of wildlife. A former breeding ground for the laughing gull (its namesake), this long, narrow island is yours to spend the day exploring. We recommend alternating between lazing under the shade of the palm trees and snorkeling with the abundant fish, coral, and turtles just off the beach.
Bocawina National Park

Bocawina National Park

Adventure seekers, seek no further. There’s no shortage of adventure in Belize, but the truly intrepid will find themselves drawn to Bocawina National Park, where ziplining and waterfall rappelling are part of a typical day. The park offers 7,100 acres of lush jungle, a dizzying amount of wildlife, and ancient Maya sites. Your visit to the park, which will be customized to suit your adventure level, might include flying through the rainforest canopy on the country’s longest zipline, tracking jaguar and puma on a night hike, or rappelling 250 feet down the face of a rushing waterfall—no big deal.
Explore a Maya Cacao Farm

Explore a Maya Cacao Farm

Make your own chocolate. Some of the world’s finest chocolate originates in Belize; in fact, the ancient Maya invented it. Sweeten your day with a guided tour of one of South Belize’s cacao farms. Learn about the growing, harvesting, and curing of cacao beans, as you’re led step by step through the production process for chocolate. Upon completion of your cacao crash course, you’ll handcraft your own delectable chocolate confection
Monkey River Tour

Monkey River Tour

Home of the howlers Venture far beyond the mangroves on a 15-mile boat trip to the mouth of Monkey River, home to birds, crocodiles, iguanas, and, of course, elusive howler monkeys. After a relaxing ride down the river spotting wildlife, your local guide will lead you through the rainforest, where you’ll hear the signature howl of the river’s namesake. If you think you’ve never heard a howler monkey before, think again—their distinctly Jurassic calls were used to create the vicious roars of a certain movie franchise.
Lubaantun

Lubaantun

Where history meets mystery. While its modern name, Lubaantun, means “place of the fallen stones,” no one knows its ancient Mayan name. And that is just the first of the mysteries surrounding this archaeological site. Immerse yourself in speculation of the unknown as your guide takes you through this unique and complex former city, whose most unusual feature is the complete absence of any carved stone monuments.
Nim Li Punit

Nim Li Punit

Beauty in ruins. Nim Li Punit, or “Big Hat,” is a small but spectacular Maya archaeological site named for the large headdress on a ruler found carved into one of its stone monuments, or stelae. Explore the three plazas and incredibly well-preserved ball court on a guided tour taking you back 1,200 years to the Late Classic Period, when the city of Nim Li Punit flourished.

Events & Groups

Luxuriously productive. Get inspired at Itz’ana. With meeting spaces to suit events of every size, state-of-the-art technologies, upscale amenities, and the beauty of Belize, attendees can work hard—and then beach harder.

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Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

1000 sf

Total Event Space

100

Capacity Largest Space

Limilia Private Dining Room

Limilia Private Dining Room

Suited to intimate events, Limilia’s private dining room welcomes small groups to gather in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Yoga Deck

Yoga Deck

Our favorite spot for tying the knot, the Yoga Deck is surrounded by lush jungle and has views of the Caribbean Sea. Following the ceremony, it converts easily to a reception space.
Pool Deck

Pool Deck

The Pool Deck is a picturesque venue for festive weddings and other celebrations. Swimming optional.
Beach

Beach

It’s easy to see why the gorgeous beach at Itz’ana is our most popular event space. After all, gatherings are always better barefoot, and incredible views of the Caribbean Sea are icing on the cake. That being said, any reason is a good reason to party on the beach, including reunions, group events, and anniversary soirees.