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“Truly a 'home away from home' in Southern Belize”

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Chaab'il B'e Lodge & Casitas
Ranked #5 of 18 Punta Gorda B&B and Inns
New York, NY
1 review
“Truly a 'home away from home' in Southern Belize”
Reviewed January 5, 2010

Rusty and Sheila run a top-quality operation at Tranquility Lodge. Tranquility Lodge is picturesque, quiet, comfortable, clean and exceptionally well run. The rooms are clean, comfortable and very well appointed. The grounds are attractive, clean, safe and private. Sheila's cooking is wonderful and she had no problems creating a vegetarian menu for the entire week that I was there. What impressed me the most, however, was there efforts in helping to plan out my week. Sheila worked with me on the itinerary and put together a perfectly-balanced week of tours, activities and experiences: everything from jungle tours and Mayan ruins to scuba diving and birding. Southern Belize is definitely an up-and-coming area and Tranquility Lodge is going to be a big part of that.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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Brooklyn, NY
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Reviewed December 31, 2009

Tranquility Lodge is located in a convenient location not far from the main southern highway. The place is much higher quaility than many others that I've stayed at around Belize for same price. Rooms are well decorated, breakfast is delicious. Rusty and Sheila are great hosts, they really made our stay at Tranquility Lodge very enjoyable. There is also a great swimming hole that they have on their property where you can go take a dip in the nearby river. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2009

We really enjoyed our stay at Tranquility Lodge. The name says it all. I actually said to my brother, "Wow. It's so beautiful and tranquil here" and he said, "Hmm...do you think that is why it's called Tranquility Lodge?" with a wry smile. It feels like a hidden treasure in the jungle, even though it's very convenient to town. There are big, tall vine covered trees, bamboo and lots of tropical flowers, some of which I had never seen before. I loved exploring the grounds, following the nature path to the natural swimming hole. We even heard howler monkeys!

One of our favorite things about Tranquility Lodge is the way the innkeepers, Rusty and Sheila Nale, make you feel right at home. Whether it's Rusty's great sense of humor and knowledge of the surroundings and ability to answer our many questions or Sheila's way of pampering her guests with delicious meals that had me asking for the recipes, the whole effect is warm and welcoming.

We especially enjoyed the spacious upper palapa, where we spent many hours relaxing, reading and birdwatching. They had lots of bird guidebooks and books on Belize and Central America for us to read.

The rooms are each unique and offer different setups based on your needs. We chose the large family suite and it was perfect for my husband and I along with my 19 year old brother. It was very well decorated and had all of the comforts of home. The air conditioning ran nice and cold, just like we like it, and we even had an Ipod dock and a flat screen tv. The beds were super comfy and we all slept really well, making sure that we had our energy for some more sightseeing!

The only problem that I had is that the three nights that we stayed there almost seemed too short because there is so much to do there. We're already planning our next trip down, we want to try out the Cultural Culinary Tour that Sheila told us about. We were able to visit some of the Mayan villages this trip, and I can't wait to take the cooking classes from all of the cultures unique to Belize, including Mayan, Garifuna, East Indian and even seeing how the natural cacao becomes chocolate, in the way that the Mayans have been doing it for centuries.

All in all, we had a great time and I would recommend it highly. I can't wait to return, and I know my husband and brother heartily agree.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

Our stay with Sheila and Rusty felt like a home away from home. They treated us like family! They have a lovely lodge and went out of their way many times to make sure we were accomodated and happy. Sheila is a great cook and we were fed well the whole time. The grounds are wonderful to walk around on in the morning and evening and Rusty was always there to point out the birds and creatures. The A/C blew cold and the water ran hot. The bed was very comfy and the room was always clean. We didn't want to leave. I was actually surprised at how few bugs there were and didn't have a problem with any while there. We'll be back for sure and highly recommend you stay too! This couple knows how to run a business!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Harrogate
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

You'll have to see it to believe it! Raw, raw jungle with newly furnished, super-comfortable and clean large a/c rooms. The flowers and butterflies in the gardens are the most colourful and unusual we have ever seen. We were facinated by a golden coloured bug that shone irridescent green in the sunshine. The owners could not have been more friendly or helpful to us, which made the experience home -from-home. Watch out for Rusty's jokes - you'll find yourself telling them over and over again once you reach home

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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KentuckyethanEthan
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

We had the opportunity of staying at the Tranquility Lodge the first week of April. What a wonderful experience. The surroundings and bird watching on the property are just beautiful. After a long day of adventure, you arrive back to your cozy room where you're able to catch a quick shower, watch some CNN and then on up to the dining area for a tasty meal provided by Sheila!! The food is marvelous!!
We would recommend this to everyone! We are planning on returning in January for another enjoyable week at TRANQUILITY LODGE!! Thanks to Rusty and Sheila!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thomasville, GA
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

My husband and I were so pleased with the beautiful jungle setting, fresh clean rooms, and incredible hospitality of the Tranquility Lodge. The breakfast each morning was a delightful surprise with local fruits and amazing gourmet touches prepared by the chef, Sheilah. We had a wonderful romantic candelight dinner one evening another of Sheilah's delectable creations. We highly recommend this gettaway. We will be back again, most definitely! David and Susan Fletcher

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Chaab'il B'e Lodge & Casitas
Address: Jacintoville, Punta Gorda 00000, Belize (Formerly Tranquility Lodge)
Location: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Gorda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chaab'il B'e Lodge & Casitas 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a peaceful, secluded setting on 20 acres of lush tropical gardens and jungle, Chaab'il B'e Lodge and Casitas is the best choice for nature loving travelers to Southern Belize. Use the lodge as your base for exploring the cultural, archaeological, and eco-adventure activities of Toledo District. Afterwards, enjoy great food, hospitality and pleasingly rustic yet oh so comfortable accommodations. Take the trail less traveled... ... more   less 
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