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There’s a Reason Women Are Booking This Belize Resort

In Placencia, a peninsula on the southern coast of Belize, you’ll be surrounded by excitement. Whether you’re zip-lining through the inland jungles, diving on the reef, or dancing with the locals at the Tipsy Tuna, adventure in Belize is easy to find.

But in-between adrenaline spikes, travelers still need a place to relax and indulge in the natural beauty of Belize. And more and more travelers, especially female travelers, are finding that peaceful sweet-spot at the Belize resort, Naïa Resort and Spa.

Everything at Naïa has been designed with the female traveler in mind. From the airy decor in the studio beach houses to the daily yoga classes, it’s no surprise that women are looking to Naïa as the ultimate retreat, whether they’re booking a honeymoon or a girlfriend getaway. But the real heart of Naïa, the one all the girls are falling for, can be found tucked away in a private lagoon—the spa.

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Privacy and Reflection

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Follow the bridge past the yoga studio and fitness center and you’ll find a lush retreat floating on top of a secluded lagoon. Booking any appointment at the spa gives you all day access to the relaxation area, where you can take a dip in the saltwater pool. Only guests booked for a treatment are allowed access to the relaxation area, so there’s no need to worry about over-crowding. From there, you’re led to one the treatment rooms, which are private cabins that sit on stilts above the lagoon. Whether you stop in for a facial or one of the resort’s signature experiences, you’ll have time to sit on your private porch overlooking the lagoon.

A Belize Resort Designed for Women

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Even if you don’t get a chance to experience the spa, the resort offers plenty of opportunity to find your peaceful spot and get attuned to the nature even from the comfort of your room. Every studio beach house offers a view of the ocean and a private outdoor shower. Even a walk on the beach feels more like walking through a forest, with palm trees growing right up to the waterline. The un-cleared beach adds to the calming mystery of the resort. As you walk along the water, you never know when you’ll find an inviting hammock or lounge chair hidden between the fronds.

If you’re looking for a more active way to experience nature, you can borrow a paddleboard or sign up for a kayaking tour through the nearby mangrove forest.

Something for Everyone

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With the spa at its center, it’s easy to see why so many women are attracted to Naia, but it’s not the only reason. It’s been proven that women influence 85 percent of decisions on travel, but they’re likely still taking every travel companion into account. The beauty of a Belize resort like this one is that it perfectly balances the country’s adventurous side with the serenity of its nature.

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Jamie Ditaranto traveled to this Belize resort as a guest of Naïa Resort and Spa. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto and Instagram @jamieditaranto.

By Jamie Ditaranto

Jamie Ditaranto is a traveler in a love triangle with writing and photography. Follow the drama on Twitter @jamieditaranto and Instagram @jamieditaranto.

Ditaranto joined SmarterTravel in 2015. She loves ecotourism, cities with history, and discovering local hangouts. Though she likes all the continents equally, she holds a special place in her heart for rainy little islands.

Her work has also appeared online at USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and other publications. You can check out her photography on her website.

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