Chaa Creek was one of the pioneering eco-resorts back in the early 1980s and continues to collect eco-awards. It is set in a 147-hectare nature reserve in Belize’s Maya Mountains and guests awake to the roars of black howler monkeys outside palm-thatched cottages. Solar panels provide power, photovoltaic switches save energy, air-conditioning is environmentally friendly and cleaning products are biodegradable. Chaa Creek has already bagged a prestigious Green Globe certification. The resort provides miles of forest trails for the adventurous to explore that weave past Mayan temples and provide opportunities for biking and bird-watching.