Congratulations to the Belize winners of the TripAdvisor.com Travelers’ Choice 2010 Awards, and especially to the Ambergris Caye winners.

In each category there are 10 winners, and the numbers below indicate the Belize winners’ rank in the top 10 in Central and South America. (The All-Inclusive winner, Mopan River Resort, is number 10 in the world, as there was no ranking specifically for Central and South America.)

The exact methodology used by TripAdvisor to pick the winners was not disclosed.

All of these winners are highly deserving. Personally, however, I think a number of other Belize hotels, inns and lodges should also have been honored.

--Lan Sluder

Best Service in Central and South America
3. Hamanasi, Hopkins
7. Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia
10. Hidden Valley Inn, Mountain Pine Ridge

Best Family Hotel in Central and South America
3. Hamanasi, Hopkins
10. Inn at Robert’s Grove, Seine Bight (Placencia)

Best B&Bs and Inns in Central and South America
4. Table Rock Lodge, near San Ignacio
7. Hickatee Cottages, Punta Gorda
9. Belize Jungle Dome, Belmopan

Top Hotel for Romance in Central and South America
1. Coco Beach Resort, North Ambergris
3. Portofino, North Ambergris
6. Ka’ana Boutique Resort & Spa, San Ignacio
7. Mata Chica Beach Resort, North Ambergris
9. Hamanasi, Hopkins
10. Coco Plum Island Resort, off Dangriga

Top Luxury Hotel in Central and South America
4. Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia
8. Mata Chica Beach Resort, North Ambergris

Top Relaxation/Spa Hotel in Central and South America
1. Coco Beach Resort, North Ambergris
9. Mata Chica Beach Resort, North Ambergris

Best All-Inclusive in the WORLD
10. Mopan River Resort, Benque Viejo