Sanctuary Belize

Sanctuary Belize
(Sanctuary Belize Web Site is Best viewed with Firefox or Explorer browser)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Seein' is Belizen!

Our adventure began by starting to research the country of Belize online. We were already somewhat familiar with the name Belize, by reading a little past history about the neighborhood we currently reside in. Blue Lake Estates in Gladwin County Michigan was developed by John Scnell in the late 1960's, on into the 1970's. After Blue Lake Estates sold out, John and his wife moved to Belize to start another development.

That history can be found here: Blue Lake Estates History. Belize is mentioned towards the bottom of the page. However, that is about all we knew about Belize. We even had to look it up on a map because we weren't even really sure where it was located. We are not even sure if John was successful in his next venture. We found very little about him online.

Anyway, after my husband came across the Sanctuary Belize web site, he became curious about checking out what it was all about. He submitted an online request for more information and shortly after that, he got a phone call. We then took the online tour while talking with our guide on the phone and it peaked our interest. We decided to check it out in person. For just $799 per person or $999 per couple, you can take a 5 day, 4 night visit to Kanantik Jungle Resort. The trip is ALL INCLUSIVE, including all meals, beverages & drinks, boat rides to Sanctuary Belize, Sanctuary Caye Island and an afternoon to Placencia. 

On February 28th, 2014 we arrived at Kanantik Jungle Resort for our 5 day stay in paradise! The accommodations were fantastic! Definitely a 5 star resort.... hands down!

The resort staff and our tour guides were amazing and a wealth of information. There was never a dull moment during our visit. From the time we got there, the staff waited on us hand and foot and it was always with a SMILE. The people at the resort were delightful and made us feel right at home. 

On our second day, we were taken over to Sanctuary Belize by boat. From there, we were separated into small groups and hopped into ATV's to take a tour of the development. 

I've posted photos of our trip on this PAGE.

What we saw at the development was extremely impressive. They have created a eco-friendly development with 5 Eco Systems through the preserve and development. The whole project is being engineered around the unique environment in this beautiful location. There are approx 14,000 acres of property, but they are only developing up to 3000 acres of it and they are doing it in such a way, as to preserve the mechanics of the land.

They are currently still digging the canals, but with some vision, you can see what it is going to be like. The marina is pretty much in, but they are still doing some work there. 

During our tour, we stopped at the Sancturary Pool and Beach Club for lunch and they gave us time to relax and swim in the pool. The pool area was beautiful and they have an outside bar. They were still putting in some of the finishing touches, but for the most part it looked like the beach club area was done. There are also bathrooms, dressing rooms and an outside shower and an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea.

The food they provided us at the beach club was superb! All of the fruits and vegetables were grown right there in the organic gardens at the sanctuary. Again, drinks were included. They gave us plenty of time to relax at the pool. We took advantage of our time and took a swim, before we headed back out to tour the rest of the development.

On Sunday, they took us out to the Sanctuary Caye Private Island for a day of exploring, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and spending time with other guests visiting the island. Some of the people visiting the island were people who had already invested in purchasing a lot at Sanctuary Belize. This was a great opportunity to talk with people who already owned in the development. One couple had already built their home in the Sanctuary and they were more than happy to share their experiences with us. Needless to say, they were extremely happy with their purchase.

The photos of the island don't even begin to do it justice. You really have to see it for yourself to get the full appreciation for the place. The 5 acre island provides the perfect island experience, surround by emerald blue waters, tropical fish, coral reefs, white sands and plenty of palm trees, which provide the needed shade from the tropical sunshine. 

While we were at the island, we got to enjoy a 30 minute complementary massage right next to the ocean. We also got an opportunity to go kayaking and snorkeling. While snorkeling, we saw several different species of tropical fish, including large angel fish, sea cucumbers and starfish. We also saw stingrays, squid and even a puffer fish.

By the end of our trip, we were SOLD! We ended up purchasing a lot and looking forward to returning to Belize in the near future. There is so much we didn't get a chance to see, but we look forward to putting them on the bucket list for things to do. There is a Jaguar Reserve in the nearby mountains and there are rivers that you can kayak or go tubing on. There are hiking trails and other villages and towns to visit. The Blue Hole is also off the coast of Belize and is a favorite destination for divers and site-seers. 

To find out what Sanctuary Belize is all about, click HERE and feel free to call or email us if you would like to know more about our experience there. (Our contact info is in the right column).


Below is a list of reviews from the San Pedro Scoop, which reviews travel in Belize. There are glowing reviews and a ton of great photos!