A trip is made unforgettable either by the food, the place, the people or all of the above. In this case it was all of the above. Vanilla Hills Lodge is located on a picturesque, quite and safe nine acre riverside property just outside of San Ignacio town.
It consists of an owners residence and a few newly built wooden cabins, there were two when we visited and another being constucted. This is by no means a mass tourism establishment without character or personalized attention. It's the home of Claudia and Franklin a German, couple that visited Belize a few years ago and never left and they have opened their little slice of paradise to a few lucky travellers.
If you love nature, great food, interesting people and good conversation you will be lucky indeed if you stay at Vanilla Hills. The cabins are clean, spacious and well laid out wooden structures well suited for an overnight, a week or an extended stay as they are also equipped with a kitchenette. They were all designed and built by Franklin who has a very keen eye for detail.
Now to the highlight of our stay, the food! Claudia is a meticulous gorumet with the midas touch. She bakes incredible European breads, makes her own cheeses, preserves and desserts. Everything we ate was absolutely outstanding in it's quality, taste and not to mention the presentation. Breakfast is served with you stay and dinner can also be arranged, I highly recommend you do both!!!
Claudia and Franklin are also very charming hosts and I could sit and talk with them for hours. Vanilla Hills is a great place from which to explore the lovely San Ignacio area and if you are lucky enough to get a room, I am pretty sure you will never forget your stay here at Vanilla Hills Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vanilla Hills Lodge is situated in the rolling hills of Cayo on a wooded lot on the banks of the Mopan river. Although only five minutes from San Ignacio Town, the tourist center of Western Belize, the lodge is surrounded by peaceful nature. Vanilla Hills is your ideal starting point for a multitude of tours. From here you are within easy reach of famous Maya sites, impressive cave labyrinths, the tropical jungle and many more day tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vanilla Hills Lodge Belize/San Ignacio