We absolutely loved Black Rock! I planned the entire trip so knew pretty much what to expect but my husband was simply blown away by this place, said it was nothing like he expected it would be staying out in the middle of the jungle. The view was gorgeous and we felt as if we were in paradise.
The owner Giovanni was so nice! We spent a little time talking to Javier and were just amazed at his knowledge of the area and we loved talking to him! Nolan and Rajello (sp?) made excellent drinks (the Pina Coladas were the best we've ever had!) and were so helpful and great to talk to!
The food was good and we loved that they had a 4 course meal and the way they did the seating was awesome as well! You get to sit next to new people every night and we got to talk to several different people and compare experiences which was great for us since we are a pretty outgoing couple and love to meet new friends.
My husband thought that the proximity of some of the cabins would be an issue with privacy but it really wasn't. The only thing is that the lodge is quite a ways from town and if you don't have a rented vehicle, you are pretty much stuck there for dinner. The food was good, but my husband and I wanted to venture out and try some of the places in town which I would recommend if you have a car. There are some awesome places in town to eat. If you do rent a car at the airport, DO NOT try to drive through Belize City! We learned that the hard way! lol
We didn't book any of our tours through Black Rock. I booked them way beforehand with River Rat and we weren't disappointed. Going with the lodge seemed like there were quite a few people on each trip and going with River Rat, there were generally only 2 other people in the group with us so it was great. We didn't hear any complaints though from those that booked through the lodge. I think they go through one of the tour groups in town and it's just more convenient that way.
You also have to remember that this is a lodge in the middle of the jungle so bugs are not going to stay away. We didn't really have problems, we did find that there were a few ants that made their way into the cabin, but mainly stayed in the bathroom. They were harmless though, and didn't bother us at all. The rooms are not air conditioned and even with the high humidity, it wasn't bad in the rooms. We turned on the fan with the windows open, and slept great!
We loved some of the paintings in our room so asked if we could purchase one and they were more than happy to accommodate us! We loved spending our honeymoon in paradise with such amazing people! I would definitely recommend this place over and over again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Black Rock Lodge's stunning rainforest location offers unmatched opportunity for adventure. Whether canoeing the Macal River, horseback riding to Flourcamp Cave, or touring nearby Tikal & Caracol, guests are inspired by the diversity of the local wildlife, including over 320 bird species sighted on the property. Our commitment to environmental stewardship is evident in every aspect of your stay and our knowledgeable and friendly staff go above and beyond to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Rock Hotel San Ignacio
- Black Rock Lodge Belize/San Ignacio