Lodging on Whipray Caye is built for sustainable tourism:
very basic - two double beds in each room, ceiling fans and cross-through ventilation from windows on every outside wall, clear and natural rainwater fit for drinking or a nice warm shower on those rare chilly days, with 12v and generator-supplied current in every room- that's the fun of island life. Clear clean waters sparkle with sunlight right outside your door, as you lie in bed watching the incredible Belizean sunrise.
The accommodations: 2 unique 2-room cabanas (private entry and bathroon for each bedroom), 8 full-size beds total, are basic and CLEAN. At the end of the day relax before dinner, in a comfortable hammock on your veranda, and enjoy the view of the glorious Caribbean Sea, contemplating your day with a nice cold Belikin Beer at hand.
Sea Urchin Bar/Restaurant:
We also feature the famous Sea Urchin Bar and Restaurant, one of the most unique in the entire area! The kitchen serves up a variety of Belizean and American food, mostly served fresh from the sea, and the fully stocked bar serves the coldest beer for miles around, all enjoyed under the thatched roof and open to the cooling breezes so you can view spectacular sunsets as you eat. Meals are all served Family Style and are fixed price. Call ahead or email for reservations if you are not a guest on the caye. We love to see the sailing boats tied up to our 2 mooring buoys on the west side of the caye.
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As seen on Travel + Leisure website:
"12 Affordable Private Island Resorts"
Island resorts aren’t just private playgrounds for the rich and famous; they’re also for the budget-conscious traveler. From Belize to Papua New Guinea, Travel + Leisure combed the globe to find some of the most affordable and private tropical island resorts, many of which accommodate no more than a dozen guests, feature dishes made from fresh local ingredients from the garden and sea, and offer some of the best snorkeling in the world. Take that, Brangelina!
All of these private islands are similar in their casual style and stunning locales, but their focus and amenities vary. Angler-centric Whipray Caye Lodge, on the Belize Barrier Reef, is a magnet for those looking to hook prize (permit, tarpon, bonefish), barracuda, yellowtail, and king mackerel. At Tanzania’s Chapwani Private Island, guests scout small African antelope, fruit bats, and other wildlife, while still being within a short boat ride from Stone Town, an ancient spice port, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Caye Chapel Island Resort in Belize is the only resort on the list with an airport and golf course. At the other extreme, guests take a 40-minute boat ride through jungle to get to laid-back Robinson Crusoe Island in Fiji.
One of the biggest trends in island resorts, not surprisingly, is snorkeling and diving. Three small, lush islands linked by white sandbar beaches make up the Nangyuan Island Dive Resort in the Gulf of Thailandwhere rates start at just $100 a night, and where sea turtles and whale sharks make regular appearances at its 15 dive sites.
“One of the best parts of my job is watching the look of sheer joy, discovery, and amazement on the faces of our guests as they finish their first snorkeling experience,” says Roderick des Tombe, a managing partner for another dive destination, Tiger Islands Village & Eco Resort, on Macan Island in Indonesia, which is surrounded by a stunning coral seascape.
Closer to home, the Cooper Island Beach Club and Pusser’s Marina Cayboth surrounded by calm waters in the British Virgin Islandsare big with boaters and those simply in search of sun, sand, and potent rum drinks.
No matter which tropical island resort you choose, one thing is clear: you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a luxurious getaway. After all, it’s hard to put a price tag on watching the sunset from a deserted, palm-fringed beach.