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duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
Ranked #2 of 33 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

duPlooy's is a hidden gem in the heart of the jungle. We were very surprised to see how luxurious and upscale the accomodations were after the bumpy gravel road in (most roads in Belize are pretty bumpy, so don't let this frighten you away! If you are not really the adventure type and don't like gravel roads, you should stay in the boring all inclusive spots that are offered, however if you like something unique and 'real' this spot is simply amazing!)

Take the short walk from our rental house down to the river, duPlooy's has a variety of canoes for you to take down river upon your leisure, nice sights, you can envelop yourself in the heart of the jungle and just sit back and enjoy. Toucans, iguana's, a huge variety of other birds and jungle type flora are in abundance. You are truly right in the jungle.

Clean, very spacious, upscale rooms, well groomed gardens and walkways. Great service. Only disapointment was the continental breakfast...pretty skimpy. We were served 6 muffins and 5 peices of french toast, 1 cut up papaya for 10 people. Food tasted great though.

Mrs. duPlooy is a super nice lady, very sweet and interested in your well-being, genuinely interested in her guests and making them happy.

I would definately take my family to duPlooy's again if in the area! it was a fantastic adventure holiday, just what I wanted for our children (all under 13 yrs old).

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

This lodge is on the same gravel road from which Chaa Creek branch out from the main road. It is indeed in the jungle but it has not been cleared and groomed and is as basic as it comes. The little cottages are completely surrounded by jungle. Kinda cool? Not really, and I m an unusual gal. The kind that takes a year off to drive 18,000 miles in a landrover through 16 African countries for a whole year and live off the land. I 'm pretty low maintenance and love nature. While I agree with many of the other reviewers in terms of the incredibly friendly staff, the jungle rooms are depressing and plain, unwelcoming to say the least and will surely break your back with concrete for beds. Food was great, service excellent. By the time the sun went down, it was clear we were in the pitch black and quickly realized how very dangerous it all was getting down the steep stairs to our jungle room and around the grounds. NOT ONE tiny little light along the paths or stairs.

Inside our room, we found white walls, bright fluorescent lights and as I mentioned, beds as hard as rock. We sat in the painfully uncomfortable wooden chairs out on our porch and listened to crickets in pure blackness. Knowing we were near the border, I did not feel very comfortable and locked the door from inside. Perhaps a few memories from Africa but indeed, Guatemala is very close. It seemed we were the only people there and all the staff had left. Our room had no fridge so my husband had no where to chill his sodas or our few groceries. Staff brought one immediately. We turned in hoping for a fun day canoeing the river and exploring the jungle and botanical gardens the next day. Not a chance, we were both up all night spraying ourselves with bug spray, rubbing on hydrocortizone from the bites and tossing and turning on the concrete beds. I woke up almost unable to walk. It took me all day to get upright after arranging a ride to Chaa Creek where I had a massage. We almost fell into tears having not booked Chaa Creek instead. Big mistake! We told the staff we could not stay another night due to the beds. I recommended they invest in new ones as this is so important for travelers. At the end of the day, your renting a bed. I was told the owner had just bought all new beds! Speechless.

The room was $185/night plus $90 for dinner and transport to Chaa. Knowing our jungle trip was ruined and cut short, the staff didn't even offer us a concession. Instead, I was given the bill including transport to and from Chaa Creek and told they wouldn' t charge us for the second night. With private driver, our jungle journey all-in for one night and afternoon was $650US not including our afternoon at Chaa Creek. Money was not an issue but when you have such a horrendous experience, it leaves a bad taste.

Very disappointed we were unable to take any tours, barely say more than a few birds and missed the main reason we made the trip: ATM tour! We hope to return next year but we 'll be staying at Chaa Creek.

We finished at Roberts Grove in Placencia. It was lovely in every way with extremely comfy beds.

Hate to write a review like this but it had to be done. I m left baffled and annoyed at all the other reviews of how "great" this place is because it s why I chose this resort.

Room Tip: Beds are concrete slabs
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Freja3
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2011

Hello,
I am sorry that you were disappointed over-all with your stay at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge. ..and glad that you, at least, thought our service and food were excellent and the staff helpful.

I cannot apologize for being so much in the jungle because that is why we call ourselves a jungle lodge. When we arrived in Belize 25 years ago, there was no vegetation at all on the property except for a few fruit trees around the existing house so the jungle look is our effort to restore the forest and create habitat for birds and animals.

We do have limited lighting on our paths, but if there was no light at all, something was amiss.
The low light, again, is in order not to interfere with the movement of nocturnal creatures; however, in order to add a bit more light, we have just added a small flashlight to our keys.

Our rooms have low-wattage compact florescent bulbs and duPlooy's is powered mainly by solar.

I don't know why there were so many biting insects in your room because, normally, there are few, if any. Our property is organic so biological insect control seems to work pretty well.

To clarify one thing, I'd like to say that our beds are certainly not made of concrete, though I do agree that the mattresses are firm. (It's hard to please everyone on this one!)

Again, I am sorry that you were disappointed with your stay in the jungle.
Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed November 24, 2011

We stayed at duPlooy's in the offseason and really had a fantastic stay. The reosrt is run top-notch. Every square foot of the grounds is well cared for and constructed. There is a river, fantastic botanical gardens, and nice, quaint cabins. No detail is ignored. There were two things that were pleasant surprises to us. The first was the food. While they surely could have gotten away with less, the meals at duPlooys were high restaurant quality with a tremendous amount of creativity and attention to detail. Second was the guides. The people we worked with were friendly, knowledge, a joy to be around, and made all of our days that much better. The guides and the resort itself made our stay in the jungle extremely memorable and we would recommend it. NOTE: The cabins do not have air conditioning. We found in October this was not a problem, and with a ceiling fan and another fan we had more than enough to keep us cool (in fact, sometimes too much). But if you insist on air conditioning, keep this in mind.

Room Tip: The cabins may cost a bit more money, but we think they were worth it. More seclusion, fans, and sp...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

The whole experience at DuPlooy's was a delight. The grounds are magnificent. Hospitality first rate. Trips all very good. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Plan to do less than you'd normally think because of the heat and to make sure you have time to just explore the grounds, the botanical garden, and hang out on the deck.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

My husband and I stayed at duPlooy's from Oct 22-26 and could not have been happier with our experience. First, from the time we decided to book our trip online to our drop off at our next destination the staff was so warm, friendly, super accommodating, knowledgeable about all things Belize, and helpful. Thanks again for making our stay so great!

The resort is beautiful and cozy, surrounded by so much natural beauty and wildlife. Great food too. All super fresh. And the guides are fantastic!!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We went during the off season, so if you go during the busy season, you might have more people to contend with. For us, it was absolutely perfect. In fact, we cancelled other plans to extend our stay here.
Have Phillip take you Bird-Watching, he's a pro. All the staff is great, and their guides are amazing. Miss Judy has her people visit the neighboring resorts and attractions, so they can provide information based on personal experience. The staff LOVE their jobs, and you can really tell in how well they treat the guests.
Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Bungalow's have kitchenettes, and we did use the fridge to cool our water.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

duPlooy's Jungle Lodge

I stayed at DuPlooy's Jungle Lodge for an EduVenture trip run by Joy Stephens and Kathleen Kryza in June 2011. It was an unbelievable experience close to San Ignacio. The Lodge was so accommodating with getting us anything we needed. The gardens were beautiful and there were plenty of eco-tourist adventures we were able to do right from duPlooy's as companies would come to pick us up for things like Cave Tubing, Cave Canoeing, ATM Cave, and Xunantunich.

Excellent accommodations for all family and group sizes. We stayed in a Bungaloo Lodge with 4 double bedrooms, living area, 2 bedrooms, and a patio area. The office, restaurant, and main bar area were very accommodating. The restaurant had nightly specials and the servers were very personable.

I would definitely recommend anyone to stay at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge! Thank you for a great stay!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Address: Chial Road, San Ignacio, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range: $128 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — duPlooy's Jungle Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
duPlooy's Jungle Lodge Resort, on the Macal River, an organic property since 1988, now powered by the sun, may just be the Eco-Lodge you are looking for.duPlooy's offers the original "Create Your Own Vacation' package as well as set packages for individuals and groups and custom packages which include other locations in Belize. Whatever you are looking for, we offer a great venue for your Belize Vacation for Families,Romantic Getaways and Honeymoons, Adventure Holidays and more. There is excellent Birding on and around the property as well as many on-site activities.Included with your room: continental breakfast, entrance to adjacent Belize Botanic Gardens, access to trails, use of canoes and tubes from our beautiful Macal River Beach,incredible bird watching from the deck with complimentary morning coffee, delicious meals from locally-sourced meats, eggs and produce. ... more   less 
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