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“Birder & Foodie Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orchid Garden Eco-Village Belize

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Orchid Garden Eco-Village Belize
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   14.5 Mile Western Highway, Belize City 225, Belize   |  
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Ranked #3 of 25 Belize City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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“Birder & Foodie Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2009

Many places advertise themselves as eco-friendly, but this is the real thing, boasting a variety of landscaping to boost bird attractiveness and even iguana sanctuaries. The swimming pool defines the philosophy. Water is kept circulating via solar powered pump, and the water is purified by a ring of water lilies and plants with a natural bottom and no poured concrete. Why aren't all pools like this?

My husband and I are birders and in our travels across the country, we found no better place to observe a wide variety of birds so effortlessly. We spent a few hours each day as literal "armchair" observers, having set up chairs, binoculars, and cameras on the grounds, and watched the birds come to us. We spotted over 40 species within the 4 days we were there including 3 varieties of hummingbirds, 2 woodpecker species, and a number of wood wablers from northern climes.

Now let's talk food. I took a year off and pursued a passion by taking a one year Chef Training program, and earned my Red Seal on top of that. So, when I say we may have located the best chef in the country, trust me. Many of the foods appearing on our plates were grown right on the grounds. Flowers are distilled into "juices", bread is made by hand, and the green beans are a delight. All foods are healthy and exquisitely delicious and can be tailored to your needs.

The place is small and the staff make it a very personal experience. If you are put off by the small number of glowing reviews, please keep in mind the owners have been operating for only a couple of years, so word of mouth will taime time to grow.
Rooms are unusually spacious, clean, and comfortable. When the environment and chef are considered, it wouldn't surprise me if, with a small upgrade in furniture, that this place will give the Lamanai Outpost Lodge serious competition, so go before they realize they can raise their rates.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

My husband and I chose the Eco-Village Orchid Garden for our honeymoon. We did their 7 day sea and land adventure. We were very happy that we chose this place. The food was out of this world, absolutely excellent, all natural. The environment at the Eco-Village was beautiful. The staff (became our friends it seemed) organized excellent tours, picked us up from the airport, and answered all of our questions. The rooms were very spacious. We did ATM, Lamani, zip lining, cave tubing, visited the zoo, and then went to Ambergis Caye to snorkel. We are recommending the Eco-Village Orchid Garden to anyone we talk to about our trip.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2009

If you plan to stay near Belize City, look no further. We visited for a week with three different outfitters/lodges and found no equal to the personal attention and competent guides that Orchid Garden has. You are really taken care of in a friendly manner and everyone is very much concerned with ensuring you are happy with your stay. I have to say I agree with other posts that when you leave, you feel like you've met some new friends vs. just hotel/lodge staff.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2009

Our family of four went to Belize and stayed mostly at Eco-Village. It was centrally located and provided a good start for day trips to the sites in Belize. The knowledgeable staff arranged our day trips and transportation. It was a worry free adventure each day, they were reliable and attentive. The staff treated us as guests and friends and that made the trip more personable for all of us.

Eco-Village is unique in the staff and grounds, it past trips to Central America we were getting annoyed by the over commericialization but Eco-Village was a pleasant surprise.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2009

The Orchid Garden is totally wheelchair accessible which was necessary for us. We had a wonderful time there and found it to be greeat value for the money. Jason and Christine are wonderful and it was a pleasure to get to know them. We were there for three weeks and had the opportunity to explore Belize. We ate all of our meals at the Orchid Garden and the food was delightful. It was a good thing that we chose to eat there because so many restaurants are upstairs and out of the way. We looked forward to breakfast every day. I would recommend the Orchid Garden for its accessibility,.convenient location, and friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2009

We spent a 5 days stay in this property, fantastic place with a staff really helpful and frindly. They support us in every our needs and arranged us all our excursions. The resort is really eco friendly much more then other hotel in this area and if we will come back we definetely stay in Orchid Garden Eco-Village, no other choices if you look for a real eco thoughts...Davide and frind from Italy

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2009

My family and I, really enjoyed this place. I was just constantly in in awe. We were first greeted by concerned & hospitable staff (we were late, and didn't think of calling). Dinner was preparred when we got there. Our rooms first impression was clean. and what you would expect of a hotel room. There is also plenty of room. The clencher was......Hot water in the shower. No TV (good). There is a community room that had a computer, tv & fridge (didn't try it).

The dining area is just ........an escape from a normal dining area. All table tops are irregularly shaped (cut from mohagony stumps-just beautiful). Orchids growing, in odd arrangements. Plants growing inside. In the day hours, there was a butterfly enclosure that was in view from the eating area. What a treat to watch them flutter around. All this kept your mind off of waiting for food. Which was definately, worth any waiting, and definately delicious.

Due to a need to leave earlier than expected, we did not get to enjoy the grounds as we wanted to. Fortunately, due to have a stubborn child in tow, we were ABLE to do a quickie grounds tour. We saw native plants, the inguana sanctuary and the big white mansion style house. It had a very impressive collection of Belizean & Asian art & curios.
The grounds tour is really a neat and appreciative compliment to the stay at the Orchid Garden.

We have another trip coming up, and you guessed it, we'll be making the Orchid Garden one of our stops. Due to not knowing if our auto will start, 1/2 of our party will be picked from the airport by the Orchid Garden. That is also another nice feature. It's close enough to the airport and water taxi, but far enough away from the city to feel "away" . Very convenient as a "First Night", or "Last Night" of your trip.

As a group, we concisted of 2 adults, 1 very young senior, and a 7 year old. We all had a great stay, and can't wait to return. This year, same line up, with an additional adult.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Orchid Garden Eco-Village Belize

Address: 14.5 Mile Western Highway, Belize City 225, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize District > Belize City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Belize City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Orchid Garden Eco-Village Belize 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Belize Vacations package take in the tropical rain forests, abundant wildlife, fascinating Mayan monuments, awesome underground caves, amazing coral reefs, mangroves and wetlands; they involve activities such as world-class snorkeling or diving along the coral reef, zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, tubing through a caves branch system, jungle horseback riding, river and lagoon wildlife cruising, exploring the ruins of ancient Mayan cities and other activities to experience the beauty of the tropical ecology in Belize. ... more   less 
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