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Withdrawn from the hustle and bustle of mainland Belize, private island paradise Ray Caye boasts a prime location on the edge of Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve.
There are 20 cabanas, each with their own private verandas and uninterrupted ocean views, ensuring visitors the utmost privacy. The island is also available for private hire so ideal for families or large groups. Dining is centred on using fresh, local ingredients, be it locally-caught fish or organic fruit and veg plucked straight from the island's own garden, which are served up on the overwater Lionfish Grill.
The island's dive centre operates several dives a day to some of Belize's most famous dive sites: Gladden Spit, Silk Cayes Marine Reserve and Laughing Bird Cay, to name but a few. Aside from diving, there is a wealth of activities to keep the most restless of guests entertained. Though the island supports a catch and release policy, guests are able to speargun lionfish when diving which they can then eat later at the restaurant. The resort does this on behalf of the initiatives of The Belize Lionfish Project which aims to reduce the numbers of lionfish in order to reset the equilibrium of the marine ecology. Guests can also go Grand Slam fly fishing on the nearby flats, as well as kayak, paddleboard, go sailing on the hobie cat or snorkelling, all of which are part of the parcel of staying at this island paradise.
After a day under, or above, the waves, guests can unwind with a spoiling spa treatment either in the comfort of their own cabana or on the resort's south pier. All the ingredients for the ultimate luxury private island experience, if you ask us.
Located 18 miles offshore from Placencia, this private island paradise is only 30 minutes by boat from Belize's Barrier Reef, making it the perfect base camp for diving and snorkelling.
Lizzie B, Original Diver