My husband and I stayed at Blancaneaux for 4 nights in early January. We were fortunate to have good weather for the first couple of days when we toured Caracol and Tikal. Caracol is a must-do, partly because it is an adventure just to get there! Tikal was also very impressive, but in a different way, however, a 4 hour drive there and a 3.5 hour drive back did make it a very long day, although it was a great way to see more of Belize and Guatemala. Although the weather deteriorated during out last couple of days, we still really enjoyed the property. We did the Big Rock Falls hike and the Orchid Heaven Trek. Big Rock Falls was another wonderful adventure - Orchid Heaven Trek was a much easier, and not as interesting hike.
While on property, the lodge is the only place you can dine, however, the food was fantastic. Our server, Johnny, was very friendly and was happy to share his experiences regarding life in Belize.
The main restaurant has an option for dining indoors and outdoors. We always chose to eat outside so that we could admire the beautiful scenery and watch for parakeets and toucans (of which there were several!).
Our room was beautiful. Very peaceful. We enjoyed sitting on our deck and taking in the scenery. During turndown service, the staff would light candles, which created a nice ambience. Due to the unusually cool weather conditions, they provided a hot water bottle which was tucked into the sheets - a very nice touch!
I can't say enough good things about the staff, particularly at the front desk. There were 3 very capable young women on duty while we were there. While we didn't see the manager until we were checking out, we felt that the property was extremely well-managed, and that guests needs were a priority.
- 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