How do you keep this sense of place so alive when developing your hotels?
In Ka’ana, we have this mix of two extreme worlds. We have a wonderful wine cellar that our guests appreciate, but at the same time, you and your family can also learn how to make your own tortillas and tamales with a local cook on a traditional open-fire comal. So if we can put these two experiences together—where you can eat at a wonderful restaurant after you’ve had appetizers of tortillas that you’ve cooked yourself—I think we can really touch your heart more easily than with just the wine cellar alone.
What sites should be at the top of every visitor’s itinerary?
If you like archeology, there are so many great places to explore in Belize. There is a wonderful Maya site right on a gorgeous river called Lamanai, which means submerged crocodile. It is a couple of hours boat ride from Belize City, but when you glimpse the largest Maya ceremonial center in the region, you’ll be glad you made the effort.
Going to Belize is also about going to the reefs. It’s going out into the ocean, and it has to include the amazing barrier reef that goes around the Yucatan Peninsula to the East end and all the way down into Aruba.