Every year travel magazines and online travel guides rate thousands of hotel, spas, resorts, restaurants, dive shops, and much more, and each year one or two places from Belize make the top ten or so. This year Condé Nast Johansens Traveler Magazine has made its inspections and set forth the 2010 Awards for Excellence. San Pedro’s Very own Mata Chica Resort was awarded Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway in Central America.

The Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence are made annually to those properties worldwide that represent the finest standards and best value for money in luxury and independent accommodation. Here are the winners of the Condé Nast Johansens 2010 Awards for Excellence winners for México and Central America:

*Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway – Mata Chica Beach Resort – Belize. (above)

*Most Excellent Beach Resort - Victoria House – Belize. (above)

*Most Excellent Lodge - Chan Chich Lodge – Belize. (above)

*Most Excellent Spa Hotel - Grand Velas All Suites & Spa, Riviera Maya – México.

*Most Excellent Eco Resort - Hotelito Desconocido – México

*Most Excellent Resort -Grand Velas All Suites & Spa, Nuevo Vallarta - México and El Careyes Beach Resort – México.

Condé Nast Johansens is the one of the most comprehensive hotel guides with an illustrated reference to annually inspected, independently owned prestigious accommodation and meetings venues throughout the world.

Their objective is to maintain the trust of hotel guide users by recommending annually inspected hotels and spas. Johansens’ careful choice of accommodation offers: Quality,Excellent Service and Value for Money. Their teams of over 50 dedicated Regional Inspectors visit thousands of hotels, country houses, inns, spas and resorts throughout 60 countries to select only the very best for recommendation in our Guides.

Mata Chica Resort is located 5 miles north of the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, surrounded by beautiful tropics and incredible marine wildlife. The resort’s majestic lobby set under a soaring thatch roof, is designed with rustic elegance and style for your comfort. Award winning MAMBO restaurant, amongst the best in the country, serves exquisite contemporary dishes, lots of seafood and a variety of homemade pastas and breads. Carefully selected music flows into the MAMBO dining room, filled with contemporary paintings, candelabras, local ceramic treasures, exotic hand crafted Belizean art and Central American mahogany furniture.

For your romantic Hideaway contact Mata Chica at 220-5010/5011, for reservations (011) 501-223-0002 or General Inquiries / Reservations [email protected] or visit their website at www.matachica.com

For Victoria House Reservation call Toll Free: 1-800-247-5159 Belize Tel: 501-226-2067 US Tel: 713-344-2340 Email: [email protected] Website: www.victoria-house.com

For Chan Chich reservations Tel: (501) 223-4419 Email: [email protected] www.chanchich.com