Providing a balance between romantic ruins, charming towns, tropical wildlife and white sand beaches, Guatemala and Belize are a Central American match made in heaven – ideal for a twin-centre or beach honeymoon.
Guatemala’s UNESCO World Heritage colonial city, Antigua, is a great starting point. Its cobbled streets are lined with pretty, pastel-hued homes, boutique hotels and an exceptional selection of restaurants. Leisurely walks are mandatory to fully absorb the romance of the place. Nearby, there are charming villages and coffee farms which you can explore by car, bike or on foot. Whilst in the land of the cocoa bean, a chocolate workshop is a must.
The rich, indigenous cultures of Guatemala are alive and well in the highlands. Surrounded by rugged hills, a trio of towering volcanoes and a handful of small villages, Lake Atitlán is worthy of a stop. Tz’utujil and Kaqchikel Mayas have plied its shores for centuries and continue to do so today, wearing vibrant traditional clothing and practicing age-old customs. For jaw-dropping views over the lake and nearby volcanoes, stay at Casa Palopo, an intimate retreat with just nine rooms. To begin your marriage with a touch of Mesoamerican magic, we can arrange a private blessing from a Mayan shaman at the nearby archaeological site of Iximche.
The northern region of Petén is home to the impressive archaeological site of Tikal, where the intriguing history of the Mayans is revealed. If you like getting lost in ancient history, you could also head to Yaxhá and Uaxactun; you can camp at the latter and we recommend exploring at sunset, when you can enjoy a cocktail as the light changes.
Across the border in Belize lie rainforests, ranches and rugged terrain. You can continue your explorations of Mayan ruins or enjoy the outdoors on foot, horseback, or by kayak, raft or canoe. The beautiful beaches of Belize are an ideal way to end your celebration. Ambergris Caye is just a mile from the Barrier Reef and is a great destination for sunset cruises and gentle water sports. Formerly a fishing village, San Pedro is the island’s only town; its sandy streets are lined with waterfront restaurants, hotels, tiki bars and dive shops. Cuddle up at Cayo Espanto, a spectacular retreat three miles from San Pedro. It’s the epitome of an exclusive island hideaway, promising peace, quiet and privacy – with lashings of luxury for good measure.
Combine a holiday to Belize and Guatemala, two stars of Central America, for a twin-break honeymoon to remember. Whether you’re besotted with chocolate, wishing to be beside the sea or mesmerised by Mayan mysteries, we’ll craft the ideal itinerary to suit you.