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“Rustic Luxury” 5 of 5 stars
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The Lodge at Chaa Creek
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Macal River, San Ignacio, Belize   |  
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in San Ignacio
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“Rustic Luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

We enjoyed our stay at Chaa Creek quite a bit. We stayed in the tree top suite, which was by far one of the most unique and beautifully decorated rooms we ever stayed in. We had a jacuzzi on our wrap around porch that overlooked the Macal River. The grounds were immaculately maintained. There were dozens of on sight activities including a butterfly farm, horseback riding and canoeing. There were also tours such as to Tikal, a Mayan ruin and also caving and tubing were options as well. If you have an opportunity go to Tikal and Caracoal. The ATM tour is amazing. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The cuisine was refreshing and tasty. You really got a feel for the local food. If you want to have luxury but also want to be surrounded by the jungle this is the place for you!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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 Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

My aunt and I stayed at Chaa Creek for 3 days in March 2010 as part of a package arranged by Worldwide Ecotours and my local travel agent. Our every need was looked after - the Lodge arranged return shuttle transfers from the airport, tours of Actun Tunichil Muknal and Caracol with expert guides, and made sure that we could both get into the spa at the same time for some much-needed massages. The service at Chaa Creek really is top-notch - our needs were never questioned or ignored, and bookings and check-out were handled professionally by the warm Belizean staff.

Not for the budget traveler, but if you want to be well-taken care of after a day's adventures in the jungle, stay here.

The Infinity Pool was a great addition in my opinion - very refreshing!

A special thank-you to Francisco at PACZ tours for an unforgettable day at Actun Tunichil Miknal.

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 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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Nova Scotia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2010

Staying at the Macal River Camp was magic. Quiet, seclusion in the jungle, charming cabins in the trees and absolutely top-notch staff. Just a 10-minute hike away from all the amenities of a luxury eco-lodge (gorgeous pool,concierge to help with booking tours, etc) and only $55/night including breakfast and supper. Also the food at the Camp was spectacular!

Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2010

My husband, another couple and I came inland to Chaa Creek during our 11-day stay in Belize. We started and ended in Caye Caulker, had planned on staying inland at Chaa Creek only 2 nights and, after being at Chaa Creek for about 2 minutes, decided to extend our stay an extra night. We stayed at the Camp Casitas, which is probably the best value for your money in Belize - if you understand ahead of time that you (as the title suggests) are camping. Our experience at Chaa Creek was by far the highlight of our entire trip. We went on 2 excursions - ATM and Xunantunich. ATM was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. We also kayaked down the Macal River, which came in a close second.
The staff and accomodations at Chaa Creek are top notch. Dosio and his family are in charge of the Casitas, and we very much enjoyed getting to know them. They are honest, kind, hard-working people who, I'm sure, have to put up with whiney, pampered tourists whose unrealistic expectations make their jobs difficult. I wouldn't say that the Casitas are totally roughing it, but they are exactly what they say they are - platformed tents. At night, you can hear the sounds of the nocturnal animals, which is one of the coolest things about staying at the Casitas. Each night, at about 3:00 or 4:00 am, we were awakened by the distinct cries of the rehabilitated howler monker population and the rooting of the Belizian armadillos. It's interesting to lie in bed and imagine what the animal that you're hearing looks like. In my head, it was always much bigger and more ferocious than the real thing. On our last day at Chaa Creek, my husband awakened me at about 6:30 am to show me the family of howler monkies that descended upon the campsite. 3 adults and 1 curious baby hanging out in the trees. Amazing.
Anwyay, Chaa Creek is completely awesome. Stay there. We have every intention of going back again.
PS - Got the 1 hour massage and it rocked. I was so relaxed afterwards, I seriously considered rolling down the hill back to the Casitas.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2010

We went to Chaa Creek for the first half of our honeymoon and it was beyond expectations. The service was great, everyone was helpful and friendly. It was nice how quickly the staff got to know us and were joking around with us. We did a canoe trip down the Macal into town, the night hike, and had massages by the pool. The trip to Tikal was a once in a lifetime experience. The treetop suite was large, comfortable, and the jacuzzi tub overlooking the river was perfect. My only regret was that we only stayed for three nights.

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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england
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

An incredible, relaxing and beautiful place. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. You will feel instantly relaxed, safe but ready for an adventure.......

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Antrim, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

Noting there are other reviews which have panned the Macal River Camp, I will say that I have stayed there several times with groups and have never been dissappointed. The camp is just what the word implies, a camp, better than many campgrounds in the US. The camp host, Dosio and family are very accomodating and provide excellent meals. It seems some folks want the lower price of camping but with 5 star accomodations and service. If that were a reasonable thing to expect, everyone would do it! If you want to hear jungle sounds, the rain on your casita, living in the open air, howler monkeys at night, etc. try the Chaa Creek Macal River Camp.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Macal River, San Ignacio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in San Ignacio
#2 Family Hotel in San Ignacio
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lodge at Chaa Creek 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over 30 years Chaa Creek has been providing a comfortable base for exciting inland adventures for thousands of visitors, from explorers, scientists, filmmakers, research groups, students and people of all ages looking for intellectual and physical stimulation in Belize's vibrant rainforest - the heartland of the Maya. We also realise that any rewarding adventure is enhanced by comfortable accommodations and excellent food. Our 23 palm thatched cottage rooms ensure a good night's sleep and delightful mornings accompanied by the sing song of a rainforest waking up, and guests can choose a Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, all equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort. As one example, under our Chaa Creek Cares program, 10% of all accommodation revenue goes straight into environmental and social programs, and in supporting Green and community groups. We sleep better, and you will too, knowing that your stay at Chaa Creek has a positive effect on Belize and our very special pristine natural environment. Families share some of life's most cherished moments - and memories - during a Belize family vacation. And to guarantee a family vacation that everyone will enjoy, multi award winning Chaa Creek is the only Belize destination you'll need. Our affordable, all inclusive family friendly adventure holidays are absolutely stress free and bring everyone closer together through sharing a variety of amazing adventures along with quiet moments to reconnect - all in a stunning rainforest setting. Nature and romance bloom year round in the stunning beauty of Belize. Our all-inclusive romantic vacation packages allow lovers of all ages to immerse themselves in nature and each other. An exquisite rainforest filled with colourful tropical birds, canoe trips down the meandering Macal river with the misty Maya mountains in the background, unwinding together in your private Jacuzzi surrounded by a tropical garden, couples massages, candlelit dinners and sharing once-in-a-lifetime experiences create the perfect conditions for love to flower. ... more   less 
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