We spent seven wonderful nights at Ek Tun. As soon as we were transported across the river by Phyllis and her staff, we entered another world - a beautiful, wild jungle, groomed just enough with tropical landscaping and paths. With just two casitas on the 200 acres (and the second one not occupied during our trip), we had the experience of exploring the lush jungle, pristine natural waterfall and pools (swimming heaven!), and river in a totally natural environment, sans other humans or vestiges of civilization. At the same time, the casita was lovely (quite large room with large windows and seating area, so one always feels part of the jungle), and the food was extraordinary. We are vegetarian, and although my sense was that this may have been unusual relative to other guests at Ek Tun, Phyllis created the most delicious and healthy vegetarian meals for us.
We enjoy meditating, hiking, swimming and relaxing, so seven days at Ek Tun was perfect for us. Phyllis and her staff were always available to accompany us, make suggestions, or arrange tours with others, if desired, but we were largely satisfied to gently and lazily explore the extensive jungle environment of Ek Tun. We enjoyed having Gilberto light our kerosene lanterns each evening at 5 pm, and the general absence of the normal trappings of civilization. For those who truly want a direct experience with the jungles of Belize, Ek Tun is ideal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ek Tun is a secluded, private retreat, featuring lush tropical gardens in the midst of a rugged, neotropical rainforest. Not open to the general public, exclusive to our registered guests, we have no roads and are accessed only by boat to the wild side of the Macal River. Our two spacious, rustically elegant thatched cottages both have views of the river and are comfortably furnished with a charming combination of mahogany, wicker and hand-crafted furniture, with romantic evening lighting provided by oil lamps and candles. Each has a sitting area and double bed downstairs, and double bed in the loft. Bathrooms have hot and cold water in both shower and lavatory. The cottages are situated for privacy and our "adults only" policy assures a secure, restful or romantic hideaway where you can meet the challenges of the jungle and restore your connection with nature. Deliciously healthy gourmet meals with many ingredients grown on the premises are prepared to your dietary preferences. Meals are served family style with your attentive host and other guests or can be catered to your cottage. Enjoy the extensive hiking trails and the unsurpassed birding on the premises, skinny dip in the spring-fed mineral pool, kayak, go river tubing, explore caves or visit numerous Mayan ruins and local attractions in the surrounding area. Rediscover your own wild side with our unique blend of hospitality, tropical nature and adventure. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ek` Tun Hotel San Ignacio