• Blancaneaux Lodge

    Belize

    Director Francis Ford Coppola used this remote jungle estate in the Maya Mountains as a family retreat until 1993, when it opened as a boutique resort. Visit Mayan ruins on horseback, bathe in waterfall pools, or just sink into a hammock with an aged-rum mojito. Book the Enchanted Cottage for views over the Privassion Creek and a 24-hour butler to cater to your every whim.
    Insider tip: The exfoliating Papaya Body Polish, with natural fruit acids, will leave skin ultra-silky.
    From BZD630; coppolaresorts.com

    Ladera

    St Lucia

    High up in the Piton Mountains, Ladera overlooks forested hillsides and the Caribbean Sea. With gleaming hardwood and net-draped four-poster beds, every villa is open on one side to enjoy the stunning views, and comes with a plunge or waterfall pool. Sugar Beach is a short complementary shuttle ride away, but you may prefer to stay “at home” and sip cocktails by the pool.
    Insider tip: Take a drive to the Sulphur Springs for a mud plunge, beneficial for stress and fatigue, thanks to the volcanic mud’s mineral-rich properties.
    From XCD1,500; ladera.com

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    JUNGLE STYLE
    Mayan history influences the décor of the Lodge

    WHITE SANDS
    Sugar Beach – overlooked by the Piton Mountains – is just a short shuttle journey away from Ladera

    IN THE FRAME
    Three-walled villas offer stunning Caribbean views

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    Photographs: Getty Images

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