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“Love the Chaa Creek Macal Camp”

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The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Ranked #2 of 33 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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Antrim, New Hampshire
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“Love the Chaa Creek Macal Camp”
Reviewed February 17, 2010

Noting there are other reviews which have panned the Macal River Camp, I will say that I have stayed there several times with groups and have never been dissappointed. The camp is just what the word implies, a camp, better than many campgrounds in the US. The camp host, Dosio and family are very accomodating and provide excellent meals. It seems some folks want the lower price of camping but with 5 star accomodations and service. If that were a reasonable thing to expect, everyone would do it! If you want to hear jungle sounds, the rain on your casita, living in the open air, howler monkeys at night, etc. try the Chaa Creek Macal River Camp.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

outstanding service/ food / amenities. all around 5 star. great staff / guides. took many day trips including to tikal which was amazing. perfect getaway

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

My husband and I just returned from an 8 night trip to Belize, of which, 4 nights we spent at Chaa Creek Lodge.
We had an amazing experience from start to end!
We arrived to the lodge by Shuttle- a one man operation- William Hofman- a really friendly Dutch guy who offers exceptional service and amazing unofficial tour of the country. He picked us up at the airport & dropped us off at our resort. He was so great, that we hired him for the return trip, too. You can email him at [--].
The resort at chaa creek is beautiful, clean, quiet. A really great way to feel like you can explore the jungle, but come home to a clean room, hot shower, beautiful room.
We paddled up the river to San Ignacio on our first day, which was peaceful and amazing. The second day, we enjoyed a pretty active tour of ATM, which was truly a lifetime experience. Beautiful hike into the cave, lots of incredible history. Be prepared for lots of climbing and activity.
Our final day we spent hikng around the resort followed by a horseback riding tour with Robert- who was incredible. We were beginners, he took us through the trails of the property and provided some good Mayan history lessons, too. You really can't beat riding a horse through the amazing jungle trails.
We managed to see howler monkeys up near the spa on our last day.
Only incredible things to say about Chaa creek. The food was really good, people were incredibly friendly and the resort and grounds were stunning.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Woodland, California
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

Cannot say enough great things about our recent 4-night stay at Chaa Creek. From the moment we arrived, we felt the comfort and peacefulness the place had to offer. The staff immediately explained what was included in our package, gave us a little tour and showed us to our beautiful room. No keys - just hammocks issued (in-room safes though). The place is so beautiful, set in the jungle with hardwoods used throughout. Everything open air and there is a ton of stuff to do if a person wants to. The grounds are loaded with birds and there's a free birding tour every morning. New salt-water pool with tons of towels was quite refreshing. We got the same guide throughout and he simply took fantastic care of us. Their eco-friendliness was apparent in many ways and so highly appreciated. The food was fresh, organic and delicious, and plenty of wait staff who were accommodating and friendly. Our only complaint was the steep prices at the bar, which others complained about too. Also, they are working on a overdue upgrade of their Wi-Fi system. I missed it as soon as I left it and cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed February 1, 2010

This is a belated review, but last March, we spent several days at Chaa Creek and had a wonderful time. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. Well-maintained and immaculate. We were astonished by how luxurious it was, while at the same time, feeling that you were far, far away from it all. The combination of luxury and a feeling of isolation (though in reality, you aren't that far away from San Ignacio).

We had the Garden Jacuzzi room, and it was very spacious and very nicely appointed. We had some issues with the hot water, but they were quickly fixed. The room itself was quite luxurious and very spacious. The fact that there were screens instead of windows really made it feel as though you were close to nature. And the sounds of the animals in the morning were really something.

We ate several meals at the restaurant, which was very good. The breakfasts, in particular, were terrific. There wasn't a lot of choice for dinner, but what they had was very well-prepared, using fresh ingredients. And the bar area was fun to hang out at.

In terms of activities, we booked directly with Pacz tours (for ATM and Tikal) and were able to save some money, as booking through Chaa Creek was more expensive. Pacz came to pick us up, so it was very easy. We did do one of the night-time walks, which was very cool (saw leafcutter and driver ants).

All in all a terrific stay. Would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

We stayed at Chaa Creek for the last 3 nights of our stay in Belize. We were picked up from the airport in Belize City, and right off the bat we were treated to a fascinating discussion on the Mayans by our driver Hugh. We liked him so much we requested him as our guide to Xunantunich, the nearby Mayan Temple. The tour was a treat - we were there early enough to have an hour to ourselves before the cruise tours came through. Hugh is a fountain of information, and he's passionate about the history!

It's not just Hugh - the caliber of Chaa Creek's guides is amazing - we were also treated to a great horseback ride by Robert, who also turned out to be an archeology student. We were impressed and inspired by the passion and dedication to education by all the guides.
They were definitely the highlight of our stay.

Other than that, the lodge is wonderful in itself - beautiful grounds, pretty good food, and a family atmosphere. Our favorite touches were the hammocks on our deck, the lodge dogs, and the beautiful pool.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed January 19, 2010

If you are going to Belize then your experience will not be complete unless you spend some time in the jungle. Chaa Creek is the best of the best when it comes to resorts in the Cayou district. The tree house cabana in which we stayed was fabulous. It was very roomy, clean, had a spectacular deck that included a hot tub and overlooked the Macal river. We happened to be there during a winter cold front (coldest low temp, 56 F, since '81) and so it was a little cool. The cabanas do not have glass in the windows, only screens. Combine that with the tatched roof which is optimized for hot temperatures and the temperature in your room is actually less than that outside! That's good when it's hot but not so good when it's chilly. Nonetheless, the staff was great and we had fun learning all about the jungle flora and fauna from our nature guide, David. Canoeing on the river was also a great experience and we would recommend canoeing downstream to San Ignacio and having them pick you up, about a 2 hour paddle. As is true for most places in Belize, the food is just average. It's not bad but not great either. That's really the only negative that I can think of associated with this very unique resort. Oh, and the spa there was also one of the highlights with their expert massage therapists.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Address: Macal River, San Ignacio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lodge at Chaa Creek 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over 30 years Chaa Creek has been providing a comfortable base for exciting inland adventures for thousands of visitors, from explorers, scientists, filmmakers, research groups, students and people of all ages looking for intellectual and physical stimulation in Belize's vibrant rainforest - the heartland of the Maya. We also realise that any rewarding adventure is enhanced by comfortable accommodations and excellent food. Our 23 palm thatched cottage rooms ensure a good night's sleep and delightful mornings accompanied by the sing song of a rainforest waking up, and guests can choose a Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, all equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort. As one example, under our Chaa Creek Cares program, 10% of all accommodation revenue goes straight into environmental and social programs, and in supporting Green and community groups. We sleep better, and you will too, knowing that your stay at Chaa Creek has a positive effect on Belize and our very special pristine natural environment. Families share some of life's most cherished moments - and memories - during a Belize family vacation. And to guarantee a family vacation that everyone will enjoy, multi award winning Chaa Creek is the only Belize destination you'll need. Our affordable, all inclusive family friendly adventure holidays are absolutely stress free and bring everyone closer together through sharing a variety of amazing adventures along with quiet moments to reconnect - all in a stunning rainforest setting. Nature and romance bloom year round in the stunning beauty of Belize. Our all-inclusive romantic vacation packages allow lovers of all ages to immerse themselves in nature and each other. An exquisite rainforest filled with colourful tropical birds, canoe trips down the meandering Macal river with the misty Maya mountains in the background, unwinding together in your private Jacuzzi surrounded by a tropical garden, couples massages, candlelit dinners and sharing once-in-a-lifetime experiences create the perfect conditions for love to flower. ... more   less 
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