Best of the Best 2002: Travel: Best Resorts: Cayo Espanto
When life gets frantic, people often daydream about running off alone to a deserted island. The notion is even more appealing if you can call ahead to request that your private butler ready your accommodations and your chef have your favorite foods on hand. At Cayo Espanto, an island resort off the coast of Belize in the Western Caribbean, you’ll experience the ultimate in seclusion without having to sacrifice a thing. You receive a detailed questionnaire before your trip that inquires about food and activity preferences. Then, upon your arrival via boat from San Pedro, you’re welcomed to your island by your staff, who are lined up on the dock in crisp khaki shorts and French blue oxford shirts. The resort features five villas, each with its own private plunge pool and dock. A soft-spoken butler is assigned to arrange for all your needs. You’ll be hard-pressed to encounter any other guests at Cayo Espanto, and while you never really need to leave your villa, you can arrange for private fishing, scuba, or snorkeling excursions and an island picnic.
Cayo Espanto, 888.666.4282, www.aprivateisland.com