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“Tranquility and comfort in the Belize jungle”

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Chaab'il B'e Lodge & Casitas
Ranked #5 of 17 Punta Gorda B&B and Inns
Columbia Missouri
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“Tranquility and comfort in the Belize jungle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2010

We stumbled upon Tranquility Lodge late in the evening, and were very pleasantly surprised. A large room, very nicely decorated, in a small lodge in the jungle near Punta Gorda. We were the only guests and the hosts Sheila and Rusty made us feel at home. The lodge is set in a lovely garden with many species of orchids.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2010

We have just returned from 4 nights at Tranquility Lodge and enjoyed every minute. The grounds are perfect for bird viewing and and the number of birds to be seen is outstanding---trogons, hummingbirds, and aracaris are just a sample of what can be found. Sheila and Rusty were terrific hosts and very knowledgeable about birding in the area suggesting spots nearby to visit and finding local guides. We saw 18 scarlet macaws on a day trip to Red Bank! The accommodations were first rate and the food was excellent. We hope to return before too long!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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St. Paul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2010

The Nales went out of their way to make us comfortable and welcome. Wonderful food, comfortable beds, help with getting around... they were extremely accomodating. Beautiful grounds, too. They arranged for a bird expert to come in and we went birding one early morning, right at the Lodge, and saw lots of birds including Aracari, a Toucan-like bird.

  • Stayed January 2010
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Additional Information about Chaab'il B'e Lodge & Casitas

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 17 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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