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Belcampo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
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Guelph, Canada
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11 reviews
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

We (3 adults and 4 kids 7-12) spent 6 nights at Belcampo from Mar 7-12. It was truly an amazing experience. We stayed in 2 Jungle suites and we found these to be awesome. We also essentially had the whole resort to ourselves!!! The rooms were very clean and spacious with an amazing view. The two queen sized beds were very comfortable. The views from the ridge pool were amazing and truly showed the vastness of the uninterrupted rainforest.

The staff was very attentive, especially to the kids and everyone knew us by our first names after just one introduction. Mara, Renee, Ducky, Mark, Dwayne, Melita, Desmond, Chan, Vince....etc all left an great impression on us and went out of their way to ensure we were taken care of.

The grounds are amazing with lots of wildlife just outside your door. We stayed in suites 5 & 6 which was below the ficus tree that was full of fruit. Every morning we were greeted by at least 10 Keel billed toucans as well as a number of other bird species. We saw howler monkeys every day and in fact for three of the days there were up to eight monkeys feeding on the fruit of the ficus tree. The kids thought this was awesome! We also heard them every day.....and night too :). Birding with Chan is a must to gain an appreciation for the biodiversity of the flora and fauna.

The food was delicious and there was generally 3 items to select for dinner. They were also willing to customize to taste....ie. if you don't like cilantro which is used heavily in most dishes. The only area for improvement would be for the children's menu as they generally only had two items (cheese or chicken quesadillas and mac n cheese or spaghetti) to select from. Over a few days, the kids got tired of the same thing. The coffee was very good and included coffee delivery every morning to your suite!

We did two excursions - zip lining/river tubing and the mayan ruin/cave swim. The mayan tour trip was amazing and the guide (Vince) took us to his home for a traditional lunch including make your own tortillas. From there you walk a short distance to the cave swim which was a real refreshing treat! The zip lining portion of the tour was a lot of fun however the river tubing although refreshing got boring after a while.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

We have just returned from Belize where for four nights we stayed in the Bel Campo lodge. The lodge is very good, lovely large rooms, huge bathrooms that look out over the rain forest. There is a balcony with easy chairs & a hammock in each room & the balcony is netted from biting insects.
The staff are attentive & helpful& the food is good, much of it from the farm belonging to the lodge.There are guides to explain the wonderful birdlife & plenty of things to do, such as walking & kyaking, swimming in the pool. We had a wonderful time & considering where it is situated, in a rain forest could not fault it. There was a spa but we didn't use it so cannot vouch for that.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

My husband & I came here for our honeymoon. We wanted to go somewhere that could pamper us as well as provide us with many activities, & we most definitely agree that we picked the right place. Customer service was exceptional, they arranged all connecting flights & transportation needed to get to & from the resort. Upon arrival they greet you with fresh cold ginger drinks & a cold wet washcloth infused with herbs to cool off with. There are many ways to entertain yourself while at Belcampo, if you prefer self guided activities there are many to choose from as well. Our biggest disappointment was not having enough time in each day to do more.
Our first day we chose to relax, we went into PG for a few hours before going to their spa (Miss Joyce will relax a husband like no one else can). On our 2nd day we went into town to visit the market. There we picked up some handmade Maya gold jewelry. I also purchased some fabric & found a man to make a skirt out of it. Later, we toured their farm & nursery, which takes about 2 hours. The third day was spent snorkeling with the chef. The crew on board was Captain Jack, Brandon the chef, Mark on drinks & Desmond for our safety. It was an excellent party, and ended with us eating the conchs we collected. On Friday we swam deep into a cave, visited a small Maya village, made tortillas with a young Maya girl in the traditional way, & were guests in a locals home for lunch. It was an honor that we would never have expected. Afterwards we toured an ancient Maya site & learned a little about their history in Belize. On our last day we went off the resort to go zip lining & tubing. We met Andrew & his beautiful daughter Andrea. After zip lining we went tubing down the river, laughing & joking with our guides.
So what makes Belcampo different from any other resort? Well, to tell you all of the ways would take too long, so I'll just tell you what stood out to us. Everybody remembers your names, they all shake your hands when they meet you, they all seem to be part of a great, happy family & truly seem to love their jobs. I can't stress enough how important this is to us. When you are at Belcampo you do not feel like a guest, rather a friend who has not come to visit in a long time. And while a sustainable farm/resort should not be exceptional, it is. If they can not produce something themselves then they source it locally (which is not very much). The food is amazing, which is usually my biggest complaint at resorts.
Belcampo Belize is truly a one of a kind, authentic vacation. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an action packed one, you'll find plenty to do here. 

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Florida
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86 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

After passing in some way a rough hostess at the reception, we stay here 2 nights. The place remember me the best african lodges. we recommended the cabana 12, very isolate in the jungle. Sometimes, you hear the howler monkeys. We visit the mayas ruins and have lunch with the family of you guide. The next day we eat with our guide at Coleman's café, a simple restaurant in a near village. As tourists we were integrate in the life of this country and we meet also per accident a mennonite family… But the best is the restaurant of Belcampo: breakfasts, dinners are great, your best meals in Belize.

Room Tip: Room 12 has great privacy and a amazing view in the jungle and the river
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

We spent 3 heavenly days in this magnificent place. it couldn't have been better. The staff was so friendly and couldn't do enough for you. WIsh I could have stayed longer. We didn't even want to go birding or looking for mammals, etc. because we didn't want to leave the main area.
Loved riding the tram to the river, loved the kayaking and boating on the river. Snorkeling left a lot to be desired but perhaps it was just the time we were there.

Room Tip: We were in room no. 1 and loved it.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Uzes, France
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54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

I have to admit we did not end up staying here! We went for lunch, explored the property and booked a stay. Unfortunately we had to cancel. However the assistant manager and general manager were helpful, constructive and overall wonderful in dealing with this. This is an amazing place which deserves all the plaudits . Expensive, but certainly worth every cent. We will be back

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

Recently, we were at this lodge for our ten year anniversary for four nights. Great place, great people and great food. We had a very warm reception on our arrival into this jungle lodge and were shown our villa. Villa #9. There were villas on both sides. # 12 seems to be more secluded than the rest. The best is the bathroom overlooking the forest. Mara the manager never passed an opportunity to say hello to us and ask how we were doing. On our anniversary day, they made special dinner for us with an unusually lot of varities of fresh farm food. Renee the chef is very talented. Mara visited us over dinner and wished us which was very thoughtful. They did a romantic turn down service and wine with dark chocolate for the night in the villa while we were at dinner. Desmond did most of our tours - Intro to Birding, Nature Walk and Canoeing while Vince took us to the Punta Gorda market and then to his house for a nice lunch made by his wife. Both Desmond and Vince spent a lot of time with us to compete the trips at our own sweet time. For serious birders, Chan is the go to guy. Melita and Duane took care of us for breakfast and lunch while Tim and Ducky took care of us at the bar and dinner. Belizian food was awesome and food was very fresh and organic.

Shirley Mae did our reservations. She even worked beyond her duty to talk to Tropic air to facilitate our trip from Belize International airport to Punta Gorda via the Blue Hole. It was an awesome experience. The return trip to Belize International was funny as the plane stopped at three other airports before getting there. Shared Flight Taxi.

Overall, the staff did a great job to make our stay feel comfortable and enjoyable. Will definitely recommend for couples.

Room Tip: #12 is more secluded than the rest.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belcampo Lodge
Address: Wilson Road, Punta Gorda, Belize (Formerly Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge)
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Location: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Belcampo Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agritourism-chic in Punta Gorda: a Jungle Lodge, organic farm and a 12,000-acre nature reserve. Set in the verdant hills above the Caribbean coast of southern Belize in the town of Punta Gorda. From our dock you can embark on our tranquil cruises on the jungle reaches of the Rio Grande, or our guided snorkeling and fishing adventures on the Caribbean Sea. Nim Li Punit and many other attractions are located nearby. At the heart of Belcampo Belize is the Main Lodge with our Jungle Farm Restaurant, the Rum Bar, the Jungle Spa, lounge areas, a swimming pool, and observation decks that open to stunning vistas of the coast, the Maya Mountains and a seemingly endless pristine rainforest. Our 16 individual, spacious suites are well appointed with plush beds, screened fresh-air verandas, and spa-style bathrooms with floor to ceiling tropical rainforest views. Belcampo Belize has 16 private suites offering the best in luxury and comfort. A testament to Belize's natural beauty and craftsmanship, nearly every detail, from the woodwork to the tiles to the artwork, is sourced from local artisans. If you're relaxing on one of the canopy beds or lounging on your own private veranda, you will experience the magic of the jungle within the comfort of your room. Enjoy a drink in our Rum Room with ingredients sourced from our own Cocktail Garden. Meals (including complimentary breakfast daily) are served in our Jungle Farm restaurant. We produce on-site more than 70% of the food we serve to Lodge guests. With extensive gardens, tropical fruit trees, and livestock, our day-to-day food production is a hive of activity year round. Optional tours available are: •Snorkeling •Scuba diving •Fly fishing •Birding •Cultural tours ... more   less 
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