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.