- Style Private island beach houses
- Setting Caribbean coast of Ambergris Caye
Cast three miles off the Belizian coast, Cayo Espanto is a hyper-luxurious hideaway of butler-serviced villas with just seven exclusive villas on a private island trimmed with white sand beaches. Dip in and out of your very plunge in, lounge peacefully in a hammock between the palms, and leave it your dedicated houseman to ensure personalized comfort at every turn.
Need to know
- Rooms Seven villas.
- Rates Double rooms from $1495.00, excluding tax at 24 per cent.
- More details Rates include airport transfer, butler service, all meals, snacks and drinks (except champagne, wines and cordials).
- Facilities Spa treatments, small gym, library, CD/DVD selection, free WiFi throughout the island. In villas: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, Yves Delorme linen, Lady Primrose toiletries.
- Poolside All villas have heated private plunge pools – perfect for cocktail hour(s) – except Casa Ventanas, which is encircled by the sea.
- Check–out 10am (but flexible by an hour or two); check-in, 4pm.
Children Infants under one year old stay free and cots are available, although Cayo Espanto is much more suited to canoodling twosomes than frolicking families.
- Also There’s a four-night minimum stay – seven nights between 17 December and 6 January and 14 over Christmas and New Years – although exceptions can be made depending on availability.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Two-floored, two-bedroomed Casa Estrella captures the feeling of staying in a glamour-drenched tree house, with open-plan living areas, cream-cushioned wicker furniture and a panoramic ocean view. Floor-length turquoise shutters line three of the house’s four walls, allowing you to configure the balance of inside/outside space as you see fit. Casa Aurora has the largest pool, and smaller, more private Casa Ventana is set out to sea on its own wooden pontoon.
- Packing tips None – even if you forget your Heidi Klein swimwear, the hotel’s staff will whip you out a designer bikini without problem or complaint.
- Also Almost any activity featuring water can be enjoyed at Cayo Espanto. Kayaks, pedal boats, fishing rods and other non-motorised sports equipment can be freely plundered, and there’s a vast range of excursions, including diving, snorkelling and golf.
Food and drink at Cayo Espanto
- Hotel restaurant The hotel sends you a questionnaire before your arrival to get a picture of your culinary tastes, then award-laden chef Patrick Houghton constructs a bespoke daily menu of dishes, which you can savour anywhere on the island you wish.
- Dress code As you like it – dress to the nines, or lounge in a Hefner-esque dressing gown all day.
- Top table Your personal butler (or houseman, in the hotel's parlance) will bring you food wherever you choose. Ask him to arrange a private picnic – you’ll be taken to a deserted beach to find your meal prepared, then be left alone until you wish to return.
- Last orders The hotel’s food and drink schedule is entirely in your hands, with a ‘what you want, whenever you want it’ policy.
- Room service Your houseman is on call 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar From the blue-hued Espanto Wave cocktail you receive on arrival to the premium cognac nightcap, all drinks are brought to you where and when you want. Sip a sundowner in a hammock or perched on a pier, or even have your drinks brought out to sea.