Chaa Creek, A Caribbean Gem
If bling’s your thing, there’s no shortage of glitzy hotels in the Caribbean. But for a more intimate experience, check into one of these boltholes where the welcome is personal and there’s not an all-day buffet in sight:
Lodge At Chaa Creek, Belize
Even before Francis Ford Coppola opened his eco-lodges in Belize, Chaa Creek (chaacreek.com) was taking the greener approach to tourism. With some road-building help from the British army, this organic farm opened its first rooms in 1981. It is run by an Anglo-American couple, Mick and Lucy Fleming. Lying beside the Macal River in 365 acres of rainforest, it has just 23 stone and palm-thatched cottages, and a restaurant that serves locally sourced food. The eco-principles are still strong – there’s no air-conditioning anywhere on the resort and the hotel runs particularly good tours into the local area to visit Mayan ruins.