The sign for Ka'ana is so unassuming we wondered if we had found the right place, but once inside, we were charmed by the contemporary plantation-hut architecture.
White, mostly one-story buildings with exotic rainforest wood decks and trim are connected by a white stone walkway and lush tropical landscaping. The place is neat as a pin and reads sort of Banana-Republic-khaki lean - a sophisticated natural. The competent staff of mostly young Belizean career women warm the place with sunny smiles and gentle ways.
Everything revolves around the two-tiered, deep cobalt blue, mosaic-tiled swimming pool. It is designed and landscaped to evoke a Belizean jungle watering hole. Water falling from the larger top tier to the smaller pool below is a refreshing background sound.
The pool's moderate size, though proportionate to the buildings that are built around it, is graced with an ample slate patio with wooden umbrellas, chaises, and tables with chairs for lunchtime snacks.
Ka'ana is intimate and small with 15 rooms, an organic garden, a restaurant, and an inviting spa area near the pool. The rest of its 16 acres have yet to be developed.