The growth of romantic vacations as a uniquely Belizean attraction has been highlighted again this week with the airing of The Bachelor reality TV show, and this is a welcome trend for Adventure Romance specialists such as Chaa Creek, the eco resort’s spa manager Bryony Fleming said.
“Adventure Romance just grew naturally at Chaa Creek, but there has been a definite surge in couples wanting to share exotic experiences over the last few years,” Ms Fleming said.
The 7th episode of the 16th season of The Bachelor began with Bachelor Ben Flanjik and six female contestants arriving in Belize for a holiday that ended with only four women remaining. The Belizean series included Ben and his dates leaping from a helicopter into the famous Blue Hole on the Belize Great Barrier Reef, diving for lobsters, exploring a Maya temple, and swimming in Shark Alley.
“It was great to see, and although The Bachelor highlighted just a few of Belize’s many attractions it did give a feeling for how incredibly romantic our little country can be. We see couples falling deeper in love all the time at Chaa Creek, and they don’t need to leap out of a helicopter to do it,” Ms Fleming said, “Sometimes just a candlelit dinner, a long soak in a private Jacuzzi surrounded by the tropical gardens after a hilltop couples massage is all it takes to kindle – or rekindle – the magic.”
Ms Fleming said that the romantic Belizean adventures of celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and KISS front man Gene Simmons helped bolster Belize’s romantic side in the public eye.
“I used to think that the growth of adventure romance in at Chaa Creek was more of a word-of-mouth thing, in that couples would have such an amazing time here, go home and tell their friends, who would come down and have similar wonderful experiences and it kept having a ripple effect.
“But now were seeing more publicity from celebrities, and events like the Belizean honeymoon of The Bachelorette star DeAnna Pappas and Steven Stagliano last November, which went viral on television and social media as well, resulted in more enquiries from couples about Belizean weddings, honeymoons, second honeymoons and the tailored romance adventure packages that we offer at Chaa Creek,” Ms Fleming said.
Ms Fleming pointed out that Lodge at Chaa Creek has been offering romantic vacation packages for years, as well as Belize wedding packages that include a Maya wedding allowing couples to exchange vows in ancient Maya ceremonial sites set in the Belizean rainforest. Belize honeymoon packages can also have a distinctly Maya flavour or, as with weddings, be part of a Rainforest to Reef all-inclusive package, which combines a tropical rainforest experience with a Caribbean beach holiday on Belize’s seacoast, Ambergris Caye, and the world heritage listed Belize Great Barrier Reef.
“I guess that when you think about it, it’s no surprise that Belize is becoming such a popular destination for lovers,” Ms Fleming said, “With so much natural beauty and a warm, tranquil atmosphere, Belize is pretty much custom made for love.”