My husband and I stayed here for half of our honeymoon after spending a few days in San Pedro. Blancaneaux is a very classy outpost in the middle of the pine forest, in the middle of the jungle. We had a wonderful stay during the slow season, so the lodge was quiet with just a few other guests. The food was outstanding. Every meal we had was beyond delicious. The main restaurant there is Italian cuisine, but they always have a few local dishes to choose from also. We stuck to the local cuisine most of the time, but we had gnocchi for dinner one night, that could only be rivaled by gnocchi I had in Siena, Italy (and I used to live in Italy). The Guatemalan restaurant is also very yummy. We spent our time at Blancaneaux with a variety of activities and laziness. We had massages one day at the spa, probably the best either of us has had in our lives, and I've had lots of massages. We hiked to Big Rock Falls, which was beautiful. The hike was a bit strenuous, but we are city people and were able to get down to the falls just fine :) We did a guided tour to ATM cave and Caracol, bot terrific. Blancaneaux guides are outstanding, eager to share their knowledge and very friendly. Roads in and out of the pine forest are rough, especially in the rainy season, but they are unavoidable whether you arrive by plane or car (unless you arrive by chartered flight directly to the Blancaneaux airstrip, and even then you have to face the roads if you plan to leave the resort for any reason) They really are not THAT bad. I would definitely recommend the ATM cave if you are not accompanied by young children and if you are able to climb hike a distance. We slept very well after our visit to ATM, but it was probably our most memorable experience from this vacation.
We stayed in Casita 11, and then in the Enchanted Cottage, and although the enchanted cottage is more private and there is no need to leave since you have full butler service, we thought the casita was gorgeous and wouldn't pay extra for the enchanted cottage if we were going to do it again. We're pretty low maintenance people, plus we LOVED the outdoor shower at the casita and the cottage doesn't have an outdoor shower.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, immediately fell in love with the location, and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the resort was used as a family retreat before Francis opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blancaneaux Hotel San Ignacio
- Blancaneaux San Ignacio