Tony Rath

Feeling lethargic, sun-starved and itchy from one too many woolen sweaters? You’ve got a case of the winter blues. And though medical professionals we most certainly are not, we know the cure is at the Matachica Resort & Spa on the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye. Spread across 10 acres of pristine beach, the resort’s 26 private villas combine the best of natural island elements (thatched roofs and open-air showers) with the perks of modern comfort (hello, air conditioning). When you’re ready for a meal, skip the shoes and dine barefoot at Mambo, the on-site restaurant that serves seafood so fresh and deliciously prepared that visitors on all sides of the island come here to sample the cuisine. The staff, who greet you warmly by name, are happy to arrange your transportation and activities, like a rejuvenating massage at the resort’s Jade Spa. And if you still need convincing, we’ve got one word for you: hammocks. Every villa’s got one. Take two naps in yours and call us in the morning.

From $195 during low season,