We pre-arranged transfers from the airport to the Sleeping Giant Lodge ahead of time (which I highly recommend) and was picked up at the airport without incident. Customs can be slow in Belize just so you know. After a long drive from the airport and seeing the vastness of the interior of Belize, we were unsure what we were going to find in the middle of the jungle. Long behold, we arrived at the Sleeping Giant Lodge and my thoughts were “what is this place doing in the middle of nowhere”. We had Garden View room #1 which was the only room available at the time we booked. The room was new and simply decorated with ample storage for all your clothes. The bathroom was more than big enough for 2 people and was done up very nicely with 2 modern stone sinks. FYI: The casitas are also very nice and you won’t be disappointed with your accommodations.
The Lodge itself lends itself to a feeling that is more that cozy than most larger resorts but with ample space to move around and not claustrophobic at all. If you like that intimate feeling that a special place can generate then you have found the right place to stay. What you may not realize, is that the resort is completely landscaped with beautiful plants, trees and flowers arranged in a way that looks totally natural and not at all designed. When you check out the view from the Lodge it is simply amazing!
You will encounter hummingbirds and hummingbird nests …..and yes, those Cadbury sized eggs in the nest are real! You will also find goose eggs on the road and pathways. You will see various species of birds and some quick running lizards. Yes it is lush and tropical and just the way I hoped it to be.
The resort will be adding in additional rooms which will be spread out near the Lodge. Oh yeah, the property extends almost as far as you can see. The pool was still being built but as far as I am concerned, it will only make the resort that much better. You can still swim in the nearby river which was a lot of fun and amazingly clean and clear!
We took two trips from the Lodge and I highly recommend them both. The cave tubing tour was the first. Tubing through caves with a lamp on your head is not happening where I live….oh what fun!
Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray as well as a rashguard (long sleeve). We saw super sized grasshoppers and baby turtles on this trip. My favorite was the over sized spiders that fish in the river….Yep I said fish! The second tour and the highlight of our trip was the ATM tour. A little bit of Indiana Jones meets Laura Croft in Tomb Raider sums up this adventure. Bring some bug spray, extra pair of clean socks and your sense of adventure for this one. You better be in shape and have no fear of heights or of the after world. Bones, skulls and artifacts await you on your journey. Please respect the cave for what it is and don’t even think about taking anything (you have been warned). Enjoy the adventure.
The workers at the resort are wonderful and I think this has been stated in almost every review (it is true). The food at the lodge was good and above average in my opinion. My only regret was leaving the resort and not being able to spend more time exploring the grounds. (TIP) For a great view, find the path to the gazebo on the mountain top and take in the spectacular views (it’s worth the hike).
After talking with Eric the GM, I think they are looking to add in a few more activities for the kids to do at night and a map of the resort (very helpful). BTW, speaking with Eric is a must as he is very informative and he holds the keys to the kingdom (he is the GM after all). When all is said and done, Belize and the Sleeping Giant Lodge should be on your short list of places to visit….you won’t be disappointed. FWIW: You can't capture the essence of this resort in a picture....you will have to check it out yourself! Off to the Almond Beach Resort……..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is an intimate and friendly lodge offering trips specializing in the exploration of Belize's natural beauty and fascinating Mayan culture. We are located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains just off the scenic Hummingbird Highway along the Sibun River within the Sibun Forest Reserve. A pastoral setting surrounded by nature with many streams and creeks makes this a nature lover's paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sleeping Giant Lodge Belize/Belmopan