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The Lodge at Chaa Creek
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We loved our 3-day stay here. The individual thatched rooms are charming, spacious and comfortable. Our favourite part was the indoor/outdoor shower. Of course, we used the outdoor one more, filled with plants and a view of the sky and surrounding trees. Our room was close enough to the restaurant that we got wifi in the room. Another nice touch are the hammocks on your personal front deck, a great place to relax after a busy day exploring.

Shout out to the most exceptional guide, Miguel, who was articulate, thoughtful, and could find hidden wildlife tucked away behind the depest brush. He knows his flowers, plants of all sorts, Mayan history & culture, and every Belizean bird. More important, he is a pleasure to be around and helpful in every way.

The property includes more to do than a short stay permits. We enjoyed the medicine walk tour, butterfly farm, early-morning bird-watching, had a superb 2-hour horse-back ride (all included price-wise, though available for a fee to people not staying at the resort) and massages oudoors on the spa palapa listening to the sounds of the jungle (we asked for the new age music to be turned off).

The food at the restaurant is pretty good to very good. Our favourite meal was breakfast, especially the fresh goat's milk yogurt with honey & granola. There are lots of hot selections available, from eggs any style to banana pancakes. The servers are all delightful.

In summary, this is an extremely well run establishment that offers terrific offsite excursions (ATM most highly recommended, but not for the timid!) and a warm, beautiful environment to come home to.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Fran A
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at Chaa Creek for 5 nights in one of the treetop suites. The room was absolutely gorgeous - the pictures online do not do it justice! We enjoyed soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi at night and gazing up at the stars. The property was beautifully maintained, and really seemed to fit in with natural landscape. The meals were delicious - Chef Mario is amazing! The kitchen did a great job working around my gluten-free diet, which we really appreciated. They even made some special desserts that I could have. What a treat! All the staff that we met were so friendly and kind (Rosanna, Chef Mario, Derby, Rene, Andreas, Ben, Alice, Miguel and many more....).

The pool was fantastic and we spent a lot of time relaxing and swimming on our first afternoon at the Lodge. On our second day, we tried "The Coma" massage at the spa - Anna and Videlma were awesome! My husband and I both felt so relaxed after. We also did the sunset canoe trip upriver with guide David. David was wonderful for answering all the questions that I had about local wildlife, the Lodge, and life in the village. That night we also had a private candlelight dinner by the pool - the food was delicious and the staff did a fantastic job of decorating things for us. The following day we did a tour of ATM caves, which I would highly recommend.

During our stay we also had a guided tour of the Mayan Medicine Trail with guide Selwyn, who was extremely knowledgeable. On Saturday we canoed downriver to San Ignacio (it took about 1.5 hours) and saw the market, which was a great experience. We also walked down to the Macal River Camp - it seemed so quiet and serene. We also really enjoyed the butterfly farm, and watch the butterflies emerge from their coccoons was fantastic.

Overall, we would recommend Chaa Creek to our family and friends, and hopefully we will be back again one day soon!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ali S
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We initially planned to spend 3 nights at Chaa Creek, but loved it so much we ended up staying an extra night. The resort is beautiful and the service is outstanding. We spent the first three nights in a cottage, which we loved. It was booked for the additional night and we were moved to a treehouse suit. Lucky us! I didn't think there could be any place nicer than our cottage, but the treehouse was absolutely amazing. We enjoyed all our meals at Chaa Creek. There was something different every night and it all was delicious. We also enjoyed hanging out at the bar, chatting with the bartenders and sampling their drink of the day. A dip in the pool is a great way to wind down and cool down after a day of adventures and tours. We did a nature tour of the resort as well and a "night crawlers" tour. The guides were so informative. We set up a couple of off-site tours though the concierge that we also enjoyed. We toured Tikal and Barton Creek. Even after our additional day and night, my husband and I felt like we could have used more time to do all that we wanted to. THis was probably one of the nicest and most enjoyable vacations we have taken and we will definitely return to Chaa Creek.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank AnnSterling
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

My husband and I spent our 20th anniversary in Belize (Sept 23-30, 2012). The first 4 nights we stayed at Chaa Creek, and then the remaining 3 on Ambergris Caye. In hindsight, although the "beach" (if you can even call it that) was nice on the island, I think we both would've preferred to have stayed at Chaa Creek for the whole trip. The resort is stunning... it satisfies all of your senses! Between the good food, the jungle sounds, the gorgeous landscape, the comfortable thatch-roofed huts (we were in #27), the friendly staff, the beautiful saltwater pool, and the exciting excursions, there is really nothing lacking. We could have easily spent a few more days there and not been bored.

Things to do:
We toured Xunantunich (didn't want to spend the time driving to the farther ruins), explored Barton's Creek Cave, took a horseback ride, paddled down the river to San Ignacio, went on an evening critter walk, toured their butterfly farm, saw wildlife on an early bird watching walk, and hiked their trails... we would've loved to try out ATM as everyone raves about it, but we ran out of time. We would recommend any of these things, and there are several other things to check out as well. Denise, the concierge, was fabulous at getting our excursions booked. They also have a spa, but that was another thing I didn't get to.

Dining:
The dining was very nice - romantic even. They offer 3 different entree selections each night, along with an appetizer, soup, salad, and dessert. Plenty of choices for breakfast and lunch if you don't care to try the special of the day - which is usually an authentic Belizian recipe. We were treated one afternoon to fresh coconut water - the guys were knocking some out of the trees and offered one to us... they cut the top off and stuck a straw in first, of course. Delicious!

Accommodations:
Remember that these are THATCH-roofed huts... and as such, you may receive a visit from a critter or two. We had a frog in the room one morning and a baby lizard another morning. Perfectly fine by us! Our porch had hooks for two hammocks (provided) and it was a favorite spot for us. The rooms have safes in them, which you will probably want to use because there are NO ROOM KEYS!! You only lock the door when you are IN the room. Another note - the hot water takes a while to arrive... at least it did in our room (#27). We learned that in order to get hot water in the shower, we needed to turn on the hot water in the sink and keep it running. For some reason, the shower wouldn't stay hot without the sink running.

Various other notes:
You may want to have a small flashlight if you don't like walking along dimly lit paths. We liked it dark, but some may not - if that's you, then bring a small flashlight for your evening walks to the dining room.

We did not have trouble with bugs until the morning bird walk where I got bit on the leg a few times. No big deal.

Please be warned of the VERY bumpy roads leading in to Chaa Creek and some of the excursions. Might take you by surprise if you aren't prepared for it!

Final thoughts:
We would LOVE to go back to Chaa Creek someday and bring our kids (boys ages 6, 13, and 15) - they would love it as well. In a nutshell, don't hesitate on booking this resort - it will feel like home before your stay is over and you'll be sad to leave!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Michele F
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you love nature, but also love to relax in absolute comfort then book your reservation here! My husband and I spent 4 nights in a cottage (#19--toucans are building a nest right off the patio) and were absolutely blown away. It is worth every penny of your money. We were tempted to stay in a treehouse suite, but after seeing our cottage we felt beyond spoiled. We met a couple there that stayed in the treehouse and they let us look at it, and it was unlike anything I have ever seen. The website does not do it justice!!!!

The food and drink are amazing. The on-site tours are guided and scheduled perfectly! All of the staff is warm, professional and at ease. It is impossible not to relax while there! It was evident that thought was put into every aspect of their lodge. They are meticulously managed and have a great reputation throughout Belize. The grounds are stunning and manicured, but natural to the surroundings. The pool area was modern, comfortable and definitely eye-catching (again, the website does not do it justice...although we loved their website too).

We canoed, mountain biked, toured Tikal, walked the Maya medicine trail, visited the butterfly garden, and relaxed by the pool. Pure bliss!

I recommend Tikal highly...the ruins rocked, but the wildlife far surpassed the San Ignacio area. I also recommend having a massage at Chaa Creek (Anna changed my life). Hands down the best massage I ever had! I think I got "The Coma". Lastly, I highly recommend getting a basil mojito from one of the adorable bar tenders. And of course, the basil is grown on site!

We travelled to get away from the kids, but cannot wait to bring them there. Great for honeymooners of families with kids.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Annie M
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