I do not normally write reviews but we had such an amazing experience at Blancaneaux that I had to let everyone know about it. We stayed here for our honeymoon and we couldn't have chosen a better place. The lodge was so beautiful and peaceful, so lush and green! We came after the rainy season in January even though it was overcast while we were there. It was off season so there were only a few other couples staying at the resort.
Service was top notch and everyone was so genuine and friendly. The staff went out of their way to ensure that we had everything we needed. We loved getting hot tea and coffee and fruit in the mornings and would sit on the front porch listening to the river and the birds. The rooms were secluded and had the most amazing showers. You can hear the main river from the room and it was very calming at night. There are a ton of birds that do wake up very early in the morning so if you are a light sleeper and don't like being woken by nature bring ear plugs.
We did quite a few tours during our stay. We went to Caracol for a day trip and saw howler monkeys and learned all about the Mayan culture. Eddie was a great guide on horseback to Big Rock Falls... definitely ride instead of hiking! Theo guided us through Barton Creek caves and the experience was spiritual in the quiet, ancient cave. All the guides were so knowledgeable about their country and the environment, we learned so much. The hot lazy river was perfect after a day of exploring. I could go on for days about the food!! All the fruits and vegetables are grown on the grounds in the organic garden. The Italian restaurant had such fresh simple food that I felt like I was back in Tuscany again! The Guatemalan restaurant knocked our socks off! Pedro was extremely attentive and helpful.
Belize is a beautiful country with so much to see and do. We will definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, immediately fell in love with the location, and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the resort was used as a family retreat before Francis opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blancaneaux Hotel San Ignacio
- Blancaneaux San Ignacio