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“A true gem in the rainforest” 5 of 5 stars
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Sleeping Giant Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Mile 36 Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan, Belize   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Belmopan
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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13 reviews
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“A true gem in the rainforest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stayed at the Lodge for 3 nights and what an absolutely wonderful stay we had! The staff (Emerson, Mgr; Bryan, Giovanni, Shakira, Arlin) was top-notch, very friendly, wonderfully accommodating, and made us feel so welcome, that we are looking forward to our next stay there. Beautiful grounds, very well maintained, and our casita/cottage was very comfortable. We were able to do a few day excursions (Blue Hole National Park, Cahal Pech in San Ignacio, the Friday marketplace in Belmopan, and a wonderful on-site hike to the Lodge's Gazebo!) and were treated to a presentation (thank you, Erik L.) by artist Henri Dunster, who spent 2 years in Belize ('72-'74) sketching the Mayan ruins in the area around San Ignacio, as well as other ruins in Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. All in all, a most wonderful vacation spot, with a 5 star stay in the rainforest, a genuinely wonderful staff and a wonderful chance to be treated to more of the beauty, that is Belize.

Room Tip: Internet service is spotty at best but I didn't mind; it was nice get the break!
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  • Stayed June 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Forney, Texas, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This was an excellent place to stay! The grounds are beautiful with so much to see. We had each of our meals at the onsite restaurant and it was great food at reasonable prices. The staff went above and beyond in making our stay feel very personal. Each staff member knew and remembered your name each and every time you came in contact with them. I would certainly recommend this Lodge without a doubt! Thank you for making our stay so great!

Room Tip: The Casitas are beautiful and very private with a beautiful creek flowing around Casita #1. In fact...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I won't restate everything previously mentioned but staying at Sleeping Giant was heaven on earth. You are totally disconnected in paradise. It's relaxing, fun, intimate. The staff ( Emerson, Giovanni, Shakira, Cleveland, Brian, Arlin) makes the experience unforgettable. My only regret is not staying in the jungle longer. We stayed 3 nights and went to the beach for four. If I had to do it again I would stay 5 nights in the jungle and 2 or 3 at the beach. The casita we stayed in was brand new and had an outdoor bath tub. I couldn't have asked for better accomodations. The jungle is such a unique and amazing experience that you want to soak in as much as possible. We did the Mayan ruins tour in Belize and the cave tubing tour and loved them both, I would have liked to have done a couple more tours before leaving. I will also say that every tour guide we met was extremely knowledgeable about the country and all it's aspects. I really appreciated how professional, friendly and knowledgeable they were.

Definitely going back, hands down the best vacation ever.

Room Tip: Pick casita 4 or 5
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  • Stayed June 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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Carrollton, Georgia, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Stayed at Sleeping Giant for three days on honeymoon before heading to the beach. Great service! Amazing view of the jungle (definitely take the tour up to the gazebo)! The food is superb especially the fresh fruit and the accommodations are very comfortable with A/C. Just be ready to sweat when not in your room.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, KY USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

At Mile 36 on the astonishing Hummingbird Highway, you make the turn at the sign and rumble along a bumpy, meandering dirt road. The jungle presses in at the edges and arches high overhead, bursting with flowers. Birds and monkeys and singing frogs provide the sound track. Just when you are wondering whether you made the correct turn, you emerge into the lushly manicured grounds of the Sleeping Giant Jungle Lodge. Tucked comfortably in the Sibun River valley surrounded by the verdant Maya Mountains, the beautifully constructed stucco and mahogany buildings are loosely scattered throughout the gorgeous gardens of the property, lit by flickering tiki torches come nightfall. The main building houses four lodge rooms, the restaurant and the bar. Other darling casitas are tucked here and there, some closer to the river and some nestled into jungly hillsides. The restaurant is superb, definitely among the top five in Belize. The staff is extraordinary, a team of inspired hospitality experts committed to providing the best of the best in every respect. Their warmth and genuine pleasure in their guests brings us back again and again. (Emerson, Brian, Giovanni, Shakira, Chef Cleveland, Chef Tom, Owner Dave, Maria - hugs to all!) The creatively-designed pool is now completed, as are the two newest casitas. All of the adventures that Belize offers can be arranged by the knowledgable staff, with all transportation and other details handled for you. Sleeping Giant is one of our very favorite places. This is not the party-animal three-ring-circus which the term "all inclusive" often implies. This is a place of great elegance and serenity. For those who have traveled widely, it will rival the finest accommodations in the world. For those new adventurers, this will set the bar very high. We'll see you in October - save our table!

Room Tip: The rooms in the main building are the most economical; some of the casitas are "duplexes"...
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  • 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Like others have said...this place is beautiful and the staff is great! Me and my boyfriend stayed for 3 nights at Sleeping Giant and it exceeded our expectations. We were upgraded to a Spanish Casita which over looked a small stream and many exotic flowers! Definitely do the waterfall tour if you are looking to be adventurous...it is quite intense but so worth it!! The guides are so knowledgeable and does a really great job of talking you through everything if you feel uncomfortable. Everything is expensive though so getting a package would be the way to go. Lastly, the staff is so amazing! They will bend over backwards to make you stay as comfortable as possible. We are definitely planning on returning to Sleeping Giant once the renovations are done. BEST VACATION EVER!

Room Tip: Spanish Casitas or any of the River Houses are the way to go!
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  • 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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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Others have said it, I will try to say it with more, more. This place was awesome. It's maybe 30 minutes from Belmopan, the tiny capital of this tiny country, and there is no where else to go besides the lodge after you get back from your day time adventure. That's ok - this place rocks. The best part of my trip there - in early May - was the close interaction with the other couples. We went on day trips together then partied at night. The beer there is Belikin and the bottles are HEAVY. You can't tell when you're finished. The staff at the lodge are great, super friendly and they will tell you stories about Belize, the Mayans and later they might drink with you. My "room" -- a little house on a hill overlooking the main lodge -- was awesome. The maid staff makes these incredible animal towel creations. I know other resorts do it, but not like these. My girlfriend and I only did one organized trip - the ATM tour - and it was awesome. It's a bit pricey, but very memorable. You get wet crawling through caverns filled with water to see Mayan sacrifices and amazing cave formations, and you can't help feeling that in the U.S. - you'd never be allowed to do it. We rented a car and drove to one of the Mayan temples near the border with Guatemala and that was cool - no need for a guide on that one. If you are looking to buy trinkets and wood stuff, it's much better to do it farther away from the coast; prices are lower. I would say that getting an all-inclusive will help you enjoy the visit there more because you won't be hung up on the prices, which aren't all that cheap. Still, the food in the lodge was terrific, the best I had in the week I was in the country. This package came with three days at the Almond Beach resort in Hopkins. I'd say that place was equally awesome, but the staff wasn't as nice.

Room Tip: They are building a pool that will be finished by July -- ask for a room near the pool because I thi...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: Mile 36 Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > Belmopan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Belmopan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sleeping Giant Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Proud member of ViVA BELiZE, the leading Hotel Group and Adventure Company in Belize for the past 20 years. Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is a full service, Jungle lodge located in the foothills of the Sibun National Forest Reserve and surrounding by over a hundred thousand acres of untouched wilderness. The lodge offers a range of accommodations, amenities, adventures and all inclusive packages. Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge - A Grand Jungle Expedition! About Sleeping Giant Lodge: -Official Base Camp NatGeo Expeditions in Belize -Six "6" Time Traveler's Choice Award Winner 2015 for Belize & Central America -Spa Services -Complimentary Kayaks & Bicycles -Heated pool w/ Hot Tub -Gazebo Lookout Area -Sibun River- cleanest river in Belize ... more   less 
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