Wow: Four Seasons Belize Caye Chapel

Wow: Four Seasons Belize Caye Chapel

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I wanted to briefly cover the new Four Seasons that’s coming to Belize. While the hotel isn’t yet accepting reservations, and there’s also no way to redeem points at Four Seasons properties (aside from a cashback-based travel rewards program), this truly looks like an incredible property that I think is at least worth being aware of.

Four Seasons Belize Caye Chapel basics

The Four Seasons Resort & Residences Caye Chapel, Belize, should open in the not too distant future. The last thing that I’ve seen published indicates that the hotel will open in 2021. However, that seems unlikely at this point, as there haven’t been any updates of late. Not only does Four Seasons’ website not yet list an opening date, but the only webpage for the hotel on Four Seasons’ website is for residences. So I’d imagine we’re looking at 2022 at the earliest at this point.

Here are some basics of the new Four Seasons in Belize:

  • It will be located on a private island (named Caye Chapel) around 16 miles from Belize City, and can be reached by a 30 minute boat ride or eight minute flight (the island even has a landing strip)
  • The Four Seasons will feature 100 guest rooms and suites, some of which will be overwater bungalows, and will also feature 35 private residences
  • In addition to all the amenities you’d expect at a resort (a beach, pools, restaurants, gym, spa, etc.), the island will feature an 18-hole golf course, and a Fabien Cousteau conservation center
  • The island will be close to the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also the largest coral reef in the Northern Hemisphere
Caye Chapel private island (with runway visible)

Below are some renderings of the new Four Seasons Belize.

Four Seasons Belize Caye Chapel rendering
Four Seasons Belize Caye Chapel rendering
Four Seasons Belize Caye Chapel rendering

And here’s a video with some aerial footage of Caye Chapel, filmed long before construction of the Four Seasons was close to being complete:

You can find more information about the island in general on the developer’s website.

This private island resort looks incredible

I think I’m not alone in saying that this property looks stunning. What a cool concept — you have a private island with overwater bungalows, access to an amazing reef, golfing, and good proximity to major US airports (Belize City can be reached nonstop from Miami in two hours, and nonstop from New York or Los Angeles in around four to five hours).

This looks like the Maldives, only better, and without the jetlag and distance. I can’t imagine the kind of rates that this hotel will be able to command, given the proximity to California, New York, etc., along with the variety of amenities, from golfing to snorkeling.

Just before the pandemic I visited Calala Island in Nicaragua, which is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) property that I booked with World of Hyatt points. I had an incredible stay, though admittedly that’s a slightly different concept — it’s a private island with just four villas, and it’s also a bit more of a trek to get to.

Gorgeous Calala Island in Nicaragua

Bottom line

Four Seasons has quite a few hotels in the pipeline, though nothing looks quite as amazing to me as the new private island Caye Chapel property in Belize. This Four Seasons will feature overwater villas, a runway, an amazing reef, and a golf course, and I can’t imagine how popular this will become.

Too bad Four Seasons doesn’t have a loyalty program where you can redeem points!

Anyone else think the new Four Seasons Belize looks kind of amazing?

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  1. San

    I have been excited about this since our GM in STL mentioned it at a staff meeting. Having traveled to Belize a few times, I immediately put in my bid for a transfer. After being furloughed in March 2020, I decided not to return. Instead, I put all my energy into my budding private business. Needless to say, I am no longer able to do a job transfer, but you best believe, I will be...

    I have been excited about this since our GM in STL mentioned it at a staff meeting. Having traveled to Belize a few times, I immediately put in my bid for a transfer. After being furloughed in March 2020, I decided not to return. Instead, I put all my energy into my budding private business. Needless to say, I am no longer able to do a job transfer, but you best believe, I will be pulling every string and prayer to get an opportunity to serve as a massage therapist on the property! If there is anyone here who knows how I might get just a toe in the door, I am listening!

  2. Keith Kapatkin

    Turtle Inn in Placencia owned by Francis Ford Coppola is a high end boutique resort although clearly not what the Four Seasons will be. The new Alaia by Marriott on Ambergris Caye is another new upscale resort.

  3. Chris

    I was in the Royal Air Force stationed in Belize in 1989/90. We used to go on day trips to Caye Chapel all the time. It had a small hotel and was an absolute tropical paradise island. I don't think i'll ever go back, i wouldn't want to risk those wonderful memories.

  4. JetSetGo

    Been wanting to go to Belize but the hotels on offer are less than acceptable. Glad to see Four Seasons on board. Can’t wait to check in!

  5. Nathan

    Am I the only one wondering why OMAAT keeps reviewing 4 Seasons properties?

    1. Luke

      As nice as four seasons is, its really almost like material for a website called one dollar at a time since miles/points are useless on this brand just like the other luxury chains Langham, Mandarin Oriental, etc.

    2. Alex

      You're right about the name, but the blog originally gained prominence due to Lucky's excellent trip reports of premium cabins and hotels. In fact a regular gripe you see from long time readers is how much of the site is now credit cards/points

    3. Caleb

      You clicked, read, and engaged. Ding ding ding.

  6. snic

    Am I only one who looked at those renderings and thought, "book now, this place will be under water in 20 years?"

  7. Jamie

    Wow. That looks amazing. What a runway !

  8. Dogtor

    Upon further evaluation, it looks like the renderings are of the North part of the island. There were no structures up there a decade ago, but it was a fun place to explore. I wonder if the villas will be remodeled or ?

  9. pstm91

    Even without factoring in the flight distance/jetlag/etc, the snorkeling and diving here could absolutely make this rival the Maldives. The water there is stunning. You could also start in mainland Belize and do a mix of Mayan/Jungle with a beach vacation. Very exciting for a country that has not had much to offer in terms of higher-end hotels.

  10. Dogtor

    I stayed at Caye Chapel a decade ago when it was a private inclusive resort. Pretty amazing place. Glad to see it will be available to visit again. It appears they will be remodeling the villas that lined the Eastern part of the island and adding the over water villas on the Southern end. I believe it has been in and out of different ownerships over the period since I was lucky enough to visit.

  11. jfhscott

    I've been to Caye Caulker (about 3 miles north of Caye Chapel) perhaps 6 or 7 times. Caye Caulker is rather a dump, but safe. I do not need fussy when I am on my dive adventures. But for those who require some creature comforts, I suppose this could be a good way to use the citi fourth night free benefit.

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San

I have been excited about this since our GM in STL mentioned it at a staff meeting. Having traveled to Belize a few times, I immediately put in my bid for a transfer. After being furloughed in March 2020, I decided not to return. Instead, I put all my energy into my budding private business. Needless to say, I am no longer able to do a job transfer, but you best believe, I will be pulling every string and prayer to get an opportunity to serve as a massage therapist on the property! If there is anyone here who knows how I might get just a toe in the door, I am listening!

Keith Kapatkin

Turtle Inn in Placencia owned by Francis Ford Coppola is a high end boutique resort although clearly not what the Four Seasons will be. The new Alaia by Marriott on Ambergris Caye is another new upscale resort.

Chris

I was in the Royal Air Force stationed in Belize in 1989/90. We used to go on day trips to Caye Chapel all the time. It had a small hotel and was an absolute tropical paradise island. I don't think i'll ever go back, i wouldn't want to risk those wonderful memories.

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