by Dan Koeppel
Imagine bunking down in a fully equipped tree house or a cozy lodge, surrounded by miles of wilderness. Join the many couples today who are seeking adventure-and luxury-in nature-filled Central America.
Wild and lush Belize could be the best bet for adventure seekers who also love champagne. Belize is Central America’s only English-speaking country, and it offers the area’s most sophisticated infrastructure. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find solitude: Belize is so lightly populated the entire country has just three traffic lights.
And though you’ll be deep in the wilderness, you’ll still find truly luxurious lodging options, including the decadent 24-room Lodge at Chaa Creek. This private 365-acre resort is located in the Cayo district, near the Guatemala border. Awe-inspiring Maya ruins surround the lodge, and there are plenty of opportunities for canoeing, mountain biking and hiking. Also near the property, see spectacular forest wildlife, a butterfly sanctuary full of rainbow-colored species and the rushing Macal River. Your best bet: Book one of the new treetop suites—they’re as close to a grown-up tree house as you’ll ever get. But this isn’t the bare-bones hideaway of your childhood: You’ll find Mexican-tile floors, a large mahogany bed, a whirlpool tub and a great big veranda that’s perfect for bird-watching. There’s little sense of “roughing it”—not when you can get a massage on your veranda and drink chilled bubbly in a tubful of suds.