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Blancaneaux Lodge
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Central Farm | Cayo District, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize   |  
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“Paradise found!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

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.

Room Tip: We wanted to stay in the honeymoon suite but it was booked so we were in the garden cabana 10. It wa...
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  • Stayed January 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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NY, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Fantastic lodge with a rustic feel. The deluxe cabanas have excellent private plunge pools and gorgeous bathrooms with small indoor gardens and private outdoor showers, and a hammock on the screened-in front porch. It rained almost the entire 3 days we were there (Jan 2013), but the rooms were so nice that we didn't mind! Do the horseback ride down to the falls, where you can swim if it hasn't rained recently. And if the forecast is for rain, don't take a nice camera on the ride - ours got waterlogged through the camera bag and backpack! It is the rainforest, after all...that said, we had a great time and highly recommend for anyone looking to stay in this area.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We did not stay here, but ate dinner at the Italian restaurant (Montagna Ristorante). The food was excellent - the best we had in all of Belize. Service was excellent by our main server, but a secondary server did not know what we meant about Italian ice (sorbet) when we were asked about dessert. This is in an Italian restaurant!! The setting is beautiful, at least after dark, with lovely lighting and outdoor seating. With the exception of the wine, prices were surprisingly reasonable for the quality of the food. While a bit hard to get to, dinner here is certainly worth the effort.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Let me first explain that we originally prepaid for this trip in February of 2012 with the intent of traveling for our 22nd anniversary in May. Due to a personal health emergency we were forced to cancel 48 hours prior to our arrival. Not only were they understanding and sympathetic, but after apologizing that while they couldn't refund our money they would be happy to allow us to reschedule anytime in the next 12 months. As regular travelers, my husband and I found this to be EXTREMELY generous. We had been crossing our fingers that rescheduling would be an option and hoped to be given 90-120 days. We were so pleasantly surprised and hadn't even gotten there yet.

We decided, in early November, to try and reschedule for the week of Thanksgiving. Again crossing our fingers because that is a very popular travel time. We got in! After arriving at the Belize City airport we were cheerfully greeted by our driver, Theo, and he drove us privately the 2.5 hours to the lodge. Along the way he gave us interesting information about the country he clearly loves, wildlife and fauna tidbits along with history and lifestyles of the natives. His personal story is one of interest if you get to travel with him, ask him. The last hour of the drive is on a packed dirt road that is fairly rough, but when it's over, you'll be glad you made it.

We checked in, toured the property and were given our villa. It was private and quiet. The temperature at night got into the low 50's but the open air thatched room was never too chilly until you had to get out of your comfy warm bed in the morning. The turndown service included a hot water bottle tucked snugly into our bed to get it warmed up. A very welcome touch. There are no heaters or AC units, for that matter, and may get warm in the summer months. We did see fans, which we were not in need of! Our porch was peaceful and relaxing and we slept extremely well.

The property is great and you can walk it and get some exercise. For the adventurous, the Big Rock trail is brutal and exhausting, but worth it. I suggest lots of water, sunglasses, a small snack, a hat, and sturdy shoes.

We took two tours while we were there (three nights). One was the full day tour with HughDarrell to the Cave, Mayan ruins and waterfalls. It was just us for the day, so we got to enjoy our own pace and company. The trip requires quit a bit of driving, but is very good. The ruins were awesome. Lunch and water was provided and Hugh let us do our thing and ask any questions we wanted. Some mosquito repellant is recommended. Our next trip was with Theo again, his favorite excursion is the Cave canoeing. He took us canoeing into the huge Barton Creek cave. This was a half day relaxing trip as Theo does 90% of the rowing. Both trips were well worth it.

We had read many mixed reviews about the food so we felt our expectations were realistically set. We did an "all inclusive" type package that included all the excursion trips and food, but not our alcohol. Overall, the prices didn't seem that exceptionally high considering it's a resort and everything has to be grown locally or shipped in. I would recommend this deal if you watch/worry over the prices or are not used to paying resort prices. The food was good but not exceptional. We took advantage of the buffets and the Guatemalan restaurant and while we can't rave about the quality, we did not leave hungry. However, the mojito selection at the bar was superb. I preferred the lemongrass and my husband the allspice one. The no-see-ums will devour you on the outside bar deck. Be forewarned and prepare.

Overall, we were pleased and because of the location, views, and quiet we will return to this property on our next Belizean escape. We left with HughDarrell to make the 3.5 hour drive across country to spend the next four nights at the beach property Turtle Inn.

Room Tip: The rooms closest to the waterfalls would have excellent built in nature noise for sleeping; however...
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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 Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This place is awesome , you drive up out of the jungle into the mountains... The staff is so nice ... I thought the food was very very good , there are not a lot of options but i enjoyed every meal .. u can hike to a great waterfall. the Cabanas are really cool , the town of San Ignacio is near by, there is an 18 mile dirt ride in , i enjoyed it... visit Belize the people are super nice....

Room Tip: We stayed in the honeymoon cabana 4 its right by a tiny waterfall so you hear it all night, wich i e...
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  • Stayed January 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Great location in the mountains, but two things were very disappointing about this resort. The first was the food, which never seemed to always hover around the average mark. The second was the service, at this level of resort you'd expect the staff to anticipate what you want...oops.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Belize City, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We spent 5days 4 nights in the Deluxe Cabana for our honeymoon, everyone was so sweet
I could not believe that I am from this Country, : )! This is a wonderful get away if you enjoy nature as much as we do. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Central Farm | Cayo District, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Blancaneaux Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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Blancaneaux Hotel San Ignacio
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