Best Resorts and Lodges in the World
Chaa Creek winner of Away.com’s Best Family Resorts
Cayo District, Belize C.A September 2, 2009: The Lodge at Chaa Creek is the winner of Away.com’s Best Family Resorts competition. After a yearlong worldwide search conducted by a renowned group of travel journalists and guidebook writers, a short list of successful family resort candidates were selected.
Alistair Wearmouth, editor of Away.com said, “For the past 12 months, I have been neck-deep in one of the toughest assignments a travel editor can expect: Scouring the globe for the world’s best destination resorts and lodges. We assigned a crack squad of travel writers with clips in publications including National Geographic Adventure, Travel+Leisure, and Lonely Planet to track down the cream of the crop, including their selections for the best family resorts, beach resorts, national park lodges, all-inclusive resorts, and six other distinct travel categories.”
Candyce H. Stapen talks about Why Families Love It “At Chaa Creek, the adventure results from experiencing the rainforest and discovering the Maya culture. On a walk along the woodland Medicine Trail, you’ll learn about the plants and trees once used by ancient healers and those still used by some pharmaceutical companies. Find out how caterpillars morph into colorful critters at the Butterfly Farm, and examine bird feathers and animal skulls at the natural history center. You can also go on a nighttime birding walk, hike the hills, mountain bike, and take a horseback ride through the jungle. And that’s just on the property. Off-property trips arranged by the resort include canoeing, visiting the Belize Zoo, and touring ancient Maya ruins. For pure relaxation, enjoy pampering treatments at the spa. The just-for-teens facials use hibiscus and papaya to heal and refresh blemished skin. Younger kids may try massages with parents present or indulge with manicures and pedicures that use polish in bright Belizean colors.”
The award-winning Lodge at Chaa Creek is the first Green Globe certified business in Belize, Central America and has lived up to, and been guided by her initial mission statement enacted when the first humble cottage was built in 1981.
“The goal of Chaa Creek is to establish a model of low-impact, sustainable development.
By stimulating interest in the environment, natural history and local culture we hope to demonstrate the long term benefits of ecotourism over other environmentally damaging options for development.”