Great spot for birding and great accommodations for a smaller, more personal experience. We stayed in a 2-room cabana. Lots of space with beautiful views of the lagoon and a lovely deck for relaxing. The concept is open air (walls that don't meet the ceiling) so keep in mind if sharing with a friend. If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs as you are in nature and the geckos will be scurrying at night in the ceiling (cute little chirpers). Hosts were fantastic in answering questions, providing very good, abundant meals (meals are huge with 3 courses in evening and 2 courses for breakfast) and making you feel welcome. They arranged pick-up at the airport, as well as lagoon birding and a trip to Lamanai while we were there. With the latter, they ensured that we had the best trip time of day and week, such that no one else was at the site while we were there. I really appreciated that as we saw the hoards descending on Lamanai just as we were departing. Trips were arranged evening before and it was very quick and easy. We had 3 different guides and they were all great, with eyes out the back of their heads. With meal arrangements, our hosts were very flexible in allowing changes to our itinerary. The entire place was very relaxed and we enjoyed the down-to-earth humour and warmth of our hosts. Beautiful 2 kids and the 7 dogs (& puppies!) really made for some extra fun. Family-style meals allowed us to get to know the other guests, all of whom were interested in nature and culture, so made for interesting, easy conversation even for the shy. The beer fridge with self-reporting and plenty of spots to relax on the property ensured a nice break between morning and evening birding. One minor point, we did miss house-keeping during our stay, but this may have a been a hiccup. It wasn't a big deal during our 4-night stay but might be worth asking if you need it on a daily basis. The grounds were all beautiful, and the hosts worked from dawn to dusk and beyond.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crooked Tree Lodge, nestled on the shore of Crooked Tree Lagoon within the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Features six stand-alone cabanas all with large (hot & cold) private bath, and balconies overlooking the lagoon. The impressive lodge building features spectacular views of the abundant local wildlife (watch the crocodiles and birds as you eat breakfast). Lodge specialty meals include Rotisserie roasted chicken, local fish and BBQ roast beef as well as traditional Belizean fare. Crooked Tree Lodge is family run and we can cater to you whatever your budget or length of stay. We look forward to seeing you. regards, Mick & Angie ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crooked Tree Hotel Crooked Tree
- Crooked Tree Lodge Belize