My now wife and I went to Caves branch mid-July prior to our wedding in Mexico. Overall, our experience was great and I am giving Caves Branch a 5-star rating "because of" Eugene. He bent himself backward to make us feel comfortable and to ensure that we enjoy our stay.
1) Lodging: we stayed in a jungle cabana for the first two nights and a jungle bungalow for the third night. I actually preferred the cabana because it was more rustic - no electricity except in the half bathroom, so we would light up the room with petrol lamps at night. I loved the wooden ceilings, floors, panels, etc. The bungalow had a tiled floor, full bath and outside shower, electricity and wall plus to recharge our electronics.
2) Food: food was good, plentiful and offered in a great variety of dishes. The chef would come out of the kitchen at night to greet us and ensure that we enjoyed the food. He even baked special pies when guests made the request. Breakfast is BIG! You can have all sorts of fresh fruits and omelets made for you specifically. The freshly squeezed orange juice which guest make themselves was very refreshing.
3) Activities: good selection of activities which blew me away. Be careful though: some activities like ATM require a minimum of people signed up otherwise they won't take you there (and they ask you to recruit the people). We were told about this detail the night before we wanted to do it which we found was an inconvenience (my wife and I came to Belize to do ATM).
extra people. We didn't partake to any of the free activities (night walks, bird watching) but I've heard it's pleasant.
4) Service: overall excellent. Kudos to Eugene and Jason for being wonderful with us...especially with me. I arrived to Caves Branch food poisoned and they both took care of me throughout the day. Eugene gave me medication for free (which normally they charge you for), and the cook arranged for a soup to be delivered to my room.
On a different note: there was construction being made around our cabana for the first two days. I don't mind when we are out and about, but because the cabanas are well, very rustic, there is no way to hide in your cabana (no curtains and the walls are actually mosquito nets so there is not much privacy).
5) Getting there: on that part, the reservation people didn't do a good job. We were driving down from Mexico and driving around the border town of Chetumal. Lydia sent me a map of Chetumal while I asked her for driving directions from that town, which wasn't helpful. I called and talked to a guy who told me "it's a straight shot from the border" and it wasn't. We arrived late at night and it took us 30-45 minutes to find the lodge.
6) Last word: EUGENE YOU ROCK!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adventure Travel is what Caves Branch was built on and Adventure Travel is still what Caves Branch is all about. But over the years, the Caves Branch jungle lodge has evolved from extremely rustic Jungle River Camp with outhouses and bathing in the river to our most recent 5 Star Luxury Tree Houses with roof top decks and hot tubs to relax under the stars above. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ian Anderson`s Caves Branch Jungle Hotel Belmopan
- Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge Belize/Belmopan