Placencia, a narrow white-sand peninsula in Belize, is flanked by the glassy Caribbean Sea on one side and a turquoise lagoon on the other. The Belize Barrier Reef, the largest one in the Northern Hemisphere, is a main draw for snorkelers, with sea turtles, nurse sharks, and multicolored fish swimming beneath crystal-clear waters. And the Great Blue Hole—an impossibly blue underwater sinkhole—is regarded as one of the top diving sites in the world.
Envisioned by Irish brothers and developers Colin and Ronan Hannan, Itz’ana Resort & Residences is a 20-acre beach resort and residential community. The grounds include a hotel, 46 one- to five-bedroom waterfront residences, two swimming pools, two restaurants, a spa, and a speakeasy-style rum room hidden behind an armoire that houses one of the largest rum selections in Central America. Jungle and sea meet in the main restaurant, Limilia, where glass doors face the water. Outside, beachfront tables allow residents to dine underneath the stars with their toes in the sand. More than 300 Mayan artifacts will be displayed in the resort, and murals painted by the artist George Venson will give public spaces a distinctly Belizean ambience.
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