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“a little gem in San Ignacio” 5 of 5 stars
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Vanilla Hills Lodge
Vanilla Hills Rd., San Ignacio, Belize   |  
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Ranked #1 of 28 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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“a little gem in San Ignacio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We travelled to San Ignacio and wanted to escape the touristy and "hotel like" feel of the town and discovered Vanilla Hills, a little gem just outside of town. What a special place. Franklin and Claudia are amazing hosts. They are welcoming and make you feel like at home.

The cabana is extremely charming and oh so comfortable. It is roomy and has everything you need. The environment are superb, surrounded by trees and a short walk away from the river.

At only 10 minutes drive from town, Vanilla Hills allows you to feel like you are truly in the jungle. You go to sleep and wake up with the most wonderful sounds nature can offer.

PLUS, you have to eat there. Claudia is an amazing cook / chef / baker / .... the food is unbelievable. Fresh bread, fresh cheese, jams... all made right from home. Wow!

We are a couple who usually like to rough it but this kind of "simple, real & in nature" luxury, we would take anytime.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

A trip is made unforgettable either by the food, the place, the people or all of the above. In this case it was all of the above. Vanilla Hills Lodge is located on a picturesque, quite and safe nine acre riverside property just outside of San Ignacio town.

It consists of an owners residence and a few newly built wooden cabins, there were two when we visited and another being constucted. This is by no means a mass tourism establishment without character or personalized attention. It's the home of Claudia and Franklin a German, couple that visited Belize a few years ago and never left and they have opened their little slice of paradise to a few lucky travellers.

If you love nature, great food, interesting people and good conversation you will be lucky indeed if you stay at Vanilla Hills. The cabins are clean, spacious and well laid out wooden structures well suited for an overnight, a week or an extended stay as they are also equipped with a kitchenette. They were all designed and built by Franklin who has a very keen eye for detail.

Now to the highlight of our stay, the food! Claudia is a meticulous gorumet with the midas touch. She bakes incredible European breads, makes her own cheeses, preserves and desserts. Everything we ate was absolutely outstanding in it's quality, taste and not to mention the presentation. Breakfast is served with you stay and dinner can also be arranged, I highly recommend you do both!!!

Claudia and Franklin are also very charming hosts and I could sit and talk with them for hours. Vanilla Hills is a great place from which to explore the lovely San Ignacio area and if you are lucky enough to get a room, I am pretty sure you will never forget your stay here at Vanilla Hills Lodge.

Room Tip: Book early as they only offer two cabins at this time!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Vanilla Hills Rd., San Ignacio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
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Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vanilla Hills Lodge is situated in the rolling hills of Cayo on a wooded lot on the banks of the Mopan river. Although only five minutes from San Ignacio Town, the tourist center of Western Belize, the lodge is surrounded by peaceful nature. Vanilla Hills is your ideal starting point for a multitude of tours. From here you are within easy reach of famous Maya sites, impressive cave labyrinths, the tropical jungle and many more day tours. ... more   less 
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