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“Good Birding Location” 4 of 5 stars
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“Good Birding Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stopped here for the final 2 days of our trip. For the most part it was the wrong time of the year as the heat was oppressive and there was not much water in the lagoon. It did make it easy to see the Jabiru storks as they didn't move too far away from the water. When the lagoon is full you can apparently swim in it. The number of birds at the right season is no doubt impressive. We knew we weren't at the best season but had to stop overnight on our way home so we check it out. Still the flyovers of wood storks and others at dusk was a beautiful sight.
The lodge itself is beautiful and the food excellent. Angie and Mick were very helpful.
The rooms themselves are minimalist but adequate. They have a large bathroom but the room is relatively small and not much room to keep luggage. We used one of the 2 beds and slept in the other. The room fan was a necessity and could barely keep up with heat. It rained the day we left and the temperature moderated so we were obviously in one of the hottest times of the year.
I would recommend a car in this location if you are staying any length of time so you can make it to some of the other locations around the lagoon which were worth seeing although walking might have been an option if it hadn't been so hot. Also it would be nice to have a map of the location so you knew the best places to walk to. If it hadn't been so hot we would have explored a bit more.
We would like to stay again at a different time of the year.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Abingdon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights when we first arrived in Belize. We'd hired a car and it's an easy drive from the airport. The lodge is in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Although the lagoon was very low due to it being the end of the dry season there is a lot of wildlife to see and lots of places to relax in the grounds. Our cabana was spacious and clean, it's lovely having your own little deck area. No aircon, but the breeze is great and we slept comfortably with the fans on. Food was gorgeous - Angie kindly made us some lunch when we arrived and we had 2 dinners and breakfasts which were all delicious. Mick and Angie are great hosts, we didn't meet their kids, but we did meet the dogs who took us on a walk into the village! Mick arranged our trip to Lamanai when we arrived and was really helpful with advice re some nasty insect bites (all sorted - thank you Mick!). Would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

From the pickup at the Airport by Neil, to the very second we left this wonderful place, our two night stay was perfect.

Angie and Mick are great hosts, and look after all the little things and then some. I don't even know where to start.

The accomodations were perfect. Clean, quiet and comfortable. The food is great, the views are phonemonal and the birds are electric. We really enjoyed both the trecking around and birding as much as laying back and shooting the you know what with other guests and the Hosts.

Mick and Angie arranged a local guide, Glenn, who was terrific at calling, listening and sighting birds. In our one day trip with him, we hit almost 100 species. He is born and bred locally and loves this his town and the flora and fauna that make it so special. As we were loading up our taxi back to BZE Glenn showed up with a Belizean license plate that I had mentioned in passing that I would like to find one to bring home. He gave it me and would not accept anything in return. It was this type of gesture that is Crooked Tree in a nutshell (pun intended re: cashews, you'll understand when you get there).

One other thing, Mick overheard my wife and I say something about it being my wife's birthday, and wouldn't you know it. There was a cake with my wife's name on it for desert that night. What more can you say...

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed at the Crooked Tree Lodge at the very end of our trip to Belize and it was a great finale. It was very relaxing with lots of places to "chill" in the shade and very peaceful and quiet. And it was a great introduction to guided birding for us - Angie arranged for Robert, a local guide, to take us for an early morning bird walk. Not knowing quite what to expect, we were amazed at the number of brightly coloured birds he found for us, just on the grounds of the lodge! We also had time to walk along the edge of the lagoon to the Visitor Centre, spotting various shore birds along the way. Even though the water in the lagoon was extremely low, and we were unable to do a boat tour, the birding was still great. Also, the food was fantastic and very plentiful.

After some initial confusion on our behalf, Angie helped us figure out how to get a bus direct from Belize City to the village (most buses stop at the highway and you need to arrange a pick-up) - you need to catch the bus run by Jex & Sons, from beside Mike's Club on Regent St, Belize City, leaving at 10.50 am. For returning to Belize City, this bus only leaves Crooked Tree early am, around 5, 6, and 6.30 am so we arranged a ride back with Angie's husband, Mick, in the afternoon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodacre
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

In November 2012, I was traveling solo around Belize visiting different nature preserves. I made a special point of going to Crooked Tree Lodge as I'd heard it was the best place to see the rare Jabiru Stork and a friend had spoken highly of the lodge. I was traveling by bus and Angie, who runs the lodge with her husband Mick, kindly drove out to get me at the bus stop to bring me to the lodge which is down a long road off the main highway. When we arrived, she got me settled into a sweet cabin that overlooked the lagoon. The grounds of the Lodge are stunningly beautiful and the Lodge, itself, with its comfortable dining room and decor, is a handcrafted work of art.
I'd had a long day of travel, and Angie personally made me a lovely cup of tea with honey, per my request. In chatting with her, I learned it was too early for the Jabiru to be there. I was greatly disappointed after coming so far in hopes of seeing them, but knowing there were plenty of other wonderful birds and wildlife in the vicinity, Angie called a friend of hers who's a nature guide, to make arrangements for a personal birding outing which was terrific.
There was another wildlife sanctuary I wanted to visit next after Crooked Tree and Angie went out of her way to make a multitude of phone calls, on my behalf, to inquire about available accommodations and to find out the bus schedule and the timing of connections that would enable me to reach the sanctuary. When it was time to leave Crooked Tree, Angie generously offered to drive me out to the highway and by the time we parted it felt like we were old friends. She's a truly wonderful person and her husband is a great guy, as well. Their little boy is a sweetheart, too. The Lodge is beautifully kept and the birding there is terrific.
I highly recommend Crooked Tree Lodge and hope to return.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed at Crooked Tree Lodge in April and it was by far our favorite stop in Belize. The hospitality of the owners was bar none. They were very helpful in arranging an early morning birdwatching walk with Robert, who was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. I was recovering from a bout of food poisoning from our previous stop and they were so sweet to have brought me some crackers and ginger ale The meals were amazing, gorgeous and delicious and we loved sitting around the table and getting to know the other guests. We are sad that we were only able to stay one night, and hope to come back for an extended trip soon.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We loved our three nights at Crooked Tree. We arrived very early in the day, long before our room should have been ready, but were welcomed in and given a drink whilst we waited. The owners then went out of their way to prepare our room so that we could relax after our long journey.

The cabanas are nicely spaced apart, giving everyone their own bit of privacy. Ours was a bit on the small side, and there was no mirror or shelving in the bathroom, but these were just small niggles. This isn’t a five-star resort, and as long as you remember that then you’re going to enjoy your stay. The bed was comfy, the shower good, and the view from the porch looked out through the trees and across the lagoon.

Food was a real highlight – whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, there were big portions, lots of variety, and all of it cooked superbly. Free filtered water and squash, and an honesty bar for beers and spirits, were also available. And of our three weeks in Belize, these were the cheapest meals we had.

The Lodge sits right on the lagoon, and a relatively short walk up the road – invariably accompanied by the friendly dogs – brings you into the village. Whether sitting by the water’s edge, or heading along the road, we saw numerous birds, including species that we were to see nowhere else during our holiday. In the heat of the day, there were plenty of places to just sit back and relax.

Mick and Angie are hugely helpful – they sorted us out with a Lamanai trip, recommending we shuffle our plans around when they found out that another day had fewer people going and so would be better for us. And Mick gave us a couple of lifts when he was heading in that direction, saving us from having to book transfers. More than that, they – and their boys – are friendly and happy to share interesting and useful information, going out of their way to help their guests have a good time.

There’s not a huge amount to do in Crooked Tree, except enjoy the beautiful surroundings and wildlife and take time to relax. But we wish we’d had longer to spend there doing just that.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Crooked Tree, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize District > Crooked Tree
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Crooked Tree
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crooked Tree Lodge, nestled on the shore of Crooked Tree Lagoon within the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Features six stand-alone cabanas all with large (hot & cold) private bath, and balconies overlooking the lagoon. The impressive lodge building features spectacular views of the abundant local wildlife (watch the crocodiles and birds as you eat breakfast). Lodge specialty meals include Rotisserie roasted chicken, local fish and BBQ roast beef as well as traditional Belizean fare. Crooked Tree Lodge is family run and we can cater to you whatever your budget or length of stay. We look forward to seeing you. regards, Mick & Angie ... more   less 
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