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“Getaway within a getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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The Lodge At Big Falls
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   PO Box 103, Big Falls, Belize   |  
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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews
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“Getaway within a getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I Stayed here two wonderful nights but wish it could have been more. This part of Belize is incredible but under explored which makes it the perfect place to really get away from all the tourist traps and experience the "real" Belize. But don't think that means you have to rough it. The Lodge at Big Falls offers five star accommodations and cuisine. The rooms are spacious and even have a kitchen if you feel like going to a local market and trying your hand at using some new ingredients and spices. They are also clean and spotless and incredibly well maintained. There is free Wi-Fi available in the lobby/dining area but if you stay in the room called Mot Mot (which is the closest to said lobby) you can get the internets in your room!
The grounds are fantastic and home to many birds. You will be serenaded with their incredible call every morning. If you are even slightly into birding you can even take an early morning bird walk on the property with a local guide (Steve I believe) and see several dozen species all only feet from your front door.
The food is also wonderful with hearty, flavorful breakfasts (all you can eat) and exciting, exotic, delicious dinners. They don't skimp on the portions either.
The owners were wonderful and accommodating and have done a great job of hiring excellent staff.
If going to Belize you owe it to yourself to stay here and while the price may seem a bit high it is completely worth it.

Room Tip: Mot Mot is the closest to the lobby/bar and you can pick up the free Wi-Fi from that room
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Rob_Hirons, Owner at The Lodge At Big Falls, responded to this review, February 3, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to review your stay at the lodge. We look forward to being able to welcome you back again when you have more time to explore the "deep south" of Belize.
It is as you say, "under-explored" and this is perfect time to visit and experience it before more development begins to change the nature of the area.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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West Palm Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Our group of 5, family of four and 1 friend, stayed here for four days in December. It was very enjoyable and memorable. The cabanas are nicely designed, with gorgeous thatched roofs, modern accoutrements. The grounds are lovely, great trees and flowers, lots of birds, some small animals. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The bar and dining room are comfortable, and the food plentiful and tasty. Good wi-fi internet available in the bar and dining room area.

The location is good for exploring Toledo and we loved the daily excursions - including trips to nearby falls, the Lubantuun Mayan site, a wonderful visit to a local and very small chocolate factory. We loved exploring the nearby caves and had a fantastic daylong excursion to the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Our guide prepared fresh conch ceviche - he plucked 5 conch from the waters and prepared it right on our little desert island. The snorkeling was great, too.

Steven, the local guide and drive, who works for the Lodge was very knowledgeable and very helpful and a great driver. Definitely use him if you can.

The only minor problem with our stay was the roosters. If you are a light sleeper be prepared to wake with the roosters from the local village. After the first night, we just rolled over and went back to sleep. It's part of the charm of staying in the Belizean countryside.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

We were welcomed by our very warm host Rob Hirons, and his staff, who were very accomodating with our needs.

The beautiful Katerina, a local Mayan girl is the Assistant Manageress who also runs the bar together with her brother Steve who is the local tour guide. Steve's knowledge of birds and his eye for photography is amazing.

Rob gives the impression of being the stereotypical colonial Brit, without being pompous about it. He is a very open and honest person and ever willing to be of help to you. The colonial part of him shines, as you will soon see that he demands excellent service, and his staff who come mainly from the local village, certainly deliiver the goods in a very polite and courtious manner, especially in terms of the standard, the choices, and portions you get with your meals, which he has personally introduced to his cooks as a result of his extensive world travels.

I can only describe it as having Cordon Bleu cuisine, in a somewhat remote and very relaxing wilderness, and say that the cooking had to be of the highest quality as Rob himself likes to join his guests at the dining table without ever being imposing. This itself was good though, as he is a very good conversationist.

The cabanas were very spacious and immaculate, with a good supply of hot water.

If there was any downfall, it would be the mosquitos, however that has to be expected as running through the property is the Rio Grande River, on the edge of the jungle.

A great spot for wildlife photography and although we didn see or hear any of the jaguars or howler monkeys that the country is supposedly famous for, we did see unsual animals visitng the edge of the property but dont worry, they were only the local version of a rabbit, together with the numerous humming birds that like to visit the verandah for a feed of fruit.

Although i initially booked this stay at the Lodge to satisfy my friend who was an amateur photographer, I can really say that I enjoyed my stay there as it was never boring and there is something for everyone to do, including children.

With this in mind, i would have no hesitation in recommending this as a reclusive, romantic and relaxing place to stay, and look forward to visitng Rob and his crew again in the future.

Nigel and Yogi

Room Tip: Take mosquito repellent and a good sting creme if you are bothered by these sort of insects.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rob_Hirons, Owner at The Lodge At Big Falls, responded to this review, December 3, 2011
Many thanks, Nigel and Yogi, for taking the time to write about the lodge, although I am not sure I am too keen on the "colonial Brit" epithet; maybe in appearance but I hope not in attitude.
Everyone visiting Belize should bring a good mosquito repellent with deet. Mosquitoes do not normally make themselves felt year round and as the season gets drier so the insects get fewer. Having said that this year there have seemed to be more . The most effective thing we do to control them is to keep the grass well-cut around the buildings. This keeps most of them away from living quarters.
We look forward to welcoming you back again. Bring your families next time. Best wishes to you both.
Rob
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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

We spent a few days at Big Falls with 3 generations of family members from 7 to 70. Rob and Marta made us feel at home. The food was great, and the quiet setting was inviting. Seeing the ruins and the local flavor of Belize was something I don't think you'll get with a big corporate run hospitality organization.

More than anything, I appreciate Rob, Marta, and all of their very gracious staff attention to our special needs. My 12 year old daughter had accidentally sprained her ankle while at Big Falls and really couldn't get around. There aren't many places in Belize where you can swing by a local drug store or clinic and pick up an item like a crutch. One of the staff actually made a crutch out of materials on the premises! No words can say how much this meant to me and my daughter. At any inn or hotel we expect clean rooms and palatable food, but such an act went way beyond and was a true act of kindness and humanity. Needless to say, I have a special place in my heart for Rob and Marta and all of the wonderful people they have.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Rob_Hirons, Owner at The Lodge At Big Falls, responded to this review, January 1, 2012
Thank you so much for your review. We have made sure to pass this on to all our staff and especially Cris the impromptu crutch maker. We do have a very talented and resourceful staff. Best wishes to you and the family for 2012. Rob
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

I spent a weekend at the Lodge at Big Falls, close to Punta Gorda in the Toledo District in Belize City with my wife and enjoyed it very much.

After a 5 minute bumpy but safe ride down a road off the highway, we got to the lodge. Even though it was close to the village, it still felt like you were in the middle of the jungle. The lodge is situated on a peninsula created by the local river there and consists of 8 cabanas around the main lodge building. The landscaping is vast, huge green lawns framed by tropical forrest.

We liked our cabana very much. Bed were comfortable, bathroom and amenities were high class and very clean. We could have fit at least 2 more people in there and completely catered for ourselves. But we just wanted to relax and be pampered. :-)

We hung out at the Lodge mostly, enjoying good wine and very good food. The owners must have travelled the world before they settled in Belize - the food was very international and creative, a nice change from the Belizean cuisine (which was good but neither creative nor healthy in any way).

We enjoyed hanging out at the lodge, playing badminton and table tennis and the pool. Also, the very knowledgable owner took us on a nature walk where we saw a lot of plants, flowers and birds from vulture to hummingbird in their natural habitat which is the lodge's back yard.

We also went to the Maya Ruin Lubaantun, which is a short trip from the Lodge. Make sure you get a good guide when you're there!

Room Tip: Cabanas are situated either on a hill overlooking a great meadow or with a view of the river. Some h...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We spent one night here -- while visiting Mayan ruins. The resort grounds were very beautiful with plenty of plants and a river running by the property. The Lodge had Wifi which was important to me. The owners were very helpful in offering local tips. Dinner was good - although more options would have been preferred.

Room lacked curtains on several windows.

Room Tip: Some rooms did not have air conditioning.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rob_Hirons, Owner at The Lodge At Big Falls, responded to this review, September 21, 2011
Many thanks for taking the time to review the lodge, Jennifer. The two small windows in the kitchen area that lacked curtains have now been fitted with venetian blinds.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

The Lodge at Big Falls is run by the wonderful couple of Rob and Marta Hirons. They set up such a wonderful place in a hidden but still well-reachable spot in southern Belize! The lodge actually consists of 7 cabanas plus the main building (reception, dining, bar, library, little gift shop etc.).

The cabanas are nicely decorated. 6 of them have thatch roof which give a little extra jungle feeling =)

We stayed in one of the two latest additional bungalows. Those two cabanas have wooden roofes. It was a very comfortable little 'apartment' with all amendities you can ask for: Comfortable bed(s), closet with enouth space, seating area, even a fridge (not only mini mini bar) and a two plate stove in case people would like to self-cater.
The room and bathroom in particular was very clean what is very important to me. The shower had good pressure (not naturally in Belize) incl. hot water, we had A/C (which we actually didn't need, the two ceiling fans did a great job) and the mattress was comfortable. We liked the nice front porch with a view (seats and hammocks are provided). Butterflies and birds stopped by regularly.

Food is great, too. Most meals are made from scratch! We liked in A LOT!

The nicest thing about the Lodge at Big Falls might be that you CAN chose from a range of activities, but you also can just spend the day on the nice wooden porch of the main building and/or at the pool and relax, relax, relax.
Different from a lot of other Belizean places, The Lodge at Big Falls offers river(!) tubing. Most others offer cave tubing only. The river tubing can also be done by kayak.

If you are more interested in nature walks: We did not even have to leave the premises to get a great tour with interesting explanations about all the plants, birds and butterflies that call the Lodge their home. Thank you Rob for that!

We also did the tour to Lubaantun, a very nice Maya site not far from the Lodge.
One night we spent the evening in Punta Gorda (beautiful moonlight ocean view) which is only a 25min ride away.

TripAdvise from me: This is an authentic jungle lodge. Still close to civilisation, but close/in nature. You will walk on grass (and like it) and there might be mosquitos and other insects around. Bring some repellant.

I can fully recommend the Lodge at Big Falls and will be back.

Room Tip: The cabanas with thatch roof are a little further from the main building. You might like the quite...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 103, Big Falls, Belize
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Location: Belize > Toledo District > Big Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Big Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lodge At Big Falls 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate family run jungle resort on the banks of the Rio Grande. The palm thatched cottages have en-suite bathrooms with shower garden. Beautifully tiled floors, fans and screened, wood louvered windows offer a cool living area. Relax in hammocks on your own veranda. We offer a full service restaurant and bar, a wide range of on-site activities including kayaking and river tubing and day tours organized by the lodge with our local Mayan guides. ... more   less 
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