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“Unique location, excellent service”
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Blancaneaux Lodge
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Unique location, excellent service”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Set on a river, amongst birds and other wildlife, this was one of the most enjoyable places I've stayed in a long time. There's nothing quite like going to sleep with only the sound of a trickling stream, cicadas and birds chirping. The resort's layout maximizes privacy and the cabanas give you the impression you are in a remote jungle hideaway. The rooms are well appointed and the main house and Guatemalan restaurant both seem to be fashioned to be as authentic as possible.

Excellent food. I didnt find the Italian menu too exciting, but breakfast selection was incredible (Especially the fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee) and the guatemalan menu changed nightly.

The staff are _extremely attentive_ and anticipate almost all of your needs and work tirelessly to make your stay relaxing but fun filled.

Room Tip: Get a riverfront cabana
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Blancaneaux Lodge is in an amazing location in the Mountain Pine Ridge reserve just over the border from Guatemala. The 20 large and beautifully decorated rooms are positioned along the river and even the standard garden cabanas (ours) get a glimpse and the peaceful sound of running water. The more expensive riverfront and family rooms have enormous open sitting rooms and terraces; our terrace was plenty big enough for chairs and a hammock but screened in with mosquito netting and so felt slightly more confined. However, there were lots of sitting out places in the huge lodge grounds. The room was big and comfortable with a great bathroom and lovely art work and at 'turn down' the staff lit candles in it. The Jaguar Bar has the original fan from the opening shot of 'Apocalypse Now' and yes, we did lie on the floor looking up at it - and that was before we had been on the rum cocktails! There is gentle reggae pumping in the bar and live marimba on certain nights.
The staff are very attentive and helpful. Scarily, they remember your first name at all times. The food is Coppola's Italian menu and his own wine list: very good pizzas and pasta, interspersed with fish and meat dishes and there is also a smaller Guatemalan restaurant which is well worth trying. We thought the prices were reasonable. There is lots to do here: serious hikes and daylong trips; free bicycles; a good traditional swimming pool and a hot pool; or simply walking around the extensive grounds which include a big organic garden where many of the vegetables are grown and a stable of 17 horses. We did the morning bird walk with Oscar and saw and learned a lot. Our favourite thing was standing in the river and getting a free fish pedicure and then retreating to the hot pool.
This is a really comfortable lodge that allows you to feel the beauty of the jungle but keeps the harder realities at bay. Some people might find it a bit too landscaped and it felt slightly less laid back than the other other two Coppola Lodges (the small La Lancha in Guatemala and beachside Turtle Inn in Belize) but we really enjoyed our stay there and appreciated all the work it took to create a haven in an amazing wild landscape. By the way we didn't think the 40 minute journey on the dirt road to the lodge was at all bad and we spotted a beautiful grey fox on it.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good, including the standard garden rooms. The higher priced rooms are closer to t...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your feedback.
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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stopped here for a quick lunch after driving to Caracol and were pleased with the food. The Ceviche was good although it was a small portion and the Margherita Pizza was the best I've had in Belize. It was a nice quiet setting although just expensive compared to other restaurants in Belize.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. Organic farming in Belize is quite expensive to operate. our greatest advantage there is that every thing you sample that day was just harvested.
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Zionsville, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2014

We just returned from a week in Belize; 3 nights at Blancaneaux and then 4 nights down on the coast. Blancaneaux was wonderful. Very peaceful, relaxing and the tours we took to the Maya ruins and canoed through a cave were outstanding. The tour guides were wonderful; knowledgeable, nice, helpful and a delight to be with. We enjoyed our villa and the open air feeling, the fantastic stars at night and overall ambience. The food and service were impeccable and everyone knew our names. We have already put Blancaneaux on our list of places to return to in short order and have told all our friends this is a must go to place. One note; all the people we encountered in Belize were wonderful, friendly and helpful. Such a delight.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this review, April 20, 2014
We are so happy to know that you had a good time- we look forward to hosting you again. Thank you for spreading the good news.
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West Olive, Michigan
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94 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2014

We had a very tranquil and relaxing 3 day stay at Blancaneaux Lodge last week. We booked the end unit (#20) which has it's own infinity pool looking out over the river and jungle, so the heat of the day was easy to diffuse. The rest of the resort was equally magical. We had a very romantic and peaceful dinner out on the deck with the river sounds in the background. Being awakened by tropical birds in the morning was an added bonus. Biking to the Big Rock Falls was fun (beware, it is gradual downhill there and gradual uphill back, so take water and go early in the morning or late in the day). You can also hike a flat and easy trail along the river, which takes about 45 minutes. Be sure to walk through the gardens and stables if you have time. The road from the airport to the resort is bumpy and long...there is a runway strip right near the resort, so book a flight from there through TropicAir to avoid the drive back. There are lots of excursions nearby ~ we took the Barton Creek tour (canoe with guide) and it was a great experience. The Orchid Trail is a walk around the grounds of the lodge. Very pretty! We saw a white-tailed dear and lots of orchids (some blooming).

Room Tip: Book unit #20 for privacy and peacefulness. It is a hike to some of the rooms, so if you don't...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Our team is pleased to know that we fullfil your expectation during your stay. Thank you for taking the time out to share your feed back.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2014

The Blancaneaux Lodge was superb! The grounds were absolutely gorgeous. We stayed for two days. On the first day we went to Caracol. Our visit to Caracol was absolutely awesome! Our tour guide, Eddie, was great and very informed about the site. After our visit to Caracol we got massages. The masseuse, Ne, was great and very nice. The second day we went to barton creek cave. Great tour of the cave. The food at the resort was mostly tasty too. I loved the ginger tea and the civeche best. The bungalows were gorgeous and the service is amazing. I'd recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Thank you for sharing the highlights of your stay at the lodge, we are so happy to know that you had a great time. Our team do their very best to use ingrediets that are readily available to us and very familiar with.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

The property is gorgeous, the rooms are basic but beautiful and the staff is outstanding. We went mountain biking on old logging roads with Abi in the mornings (fantastic, challenging) while Francesco and Marcus took our children to "camp" (where they rode horses, gathered eggs, made and flew kites). After lunch we hiked, swam in the river and hot tub, followed by massage (the thai massage was exceptional). It was hot during the day (90s) and cold enough at night that we needed sweaters and duvets. Idyllic! Thanks to everyone at Blancaneaux for a lovely stay.

Room Tip: We loved villa number 5, right on the river with two bedrooms, but all of the rooms looked lovely an...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you for sharing your feed back- we are pleased to read that we met your expecttions at all levels. I will share with our team.
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Property: Blancaneaux Lodge
Address: Central Farm | Cayo District, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blancaneaux Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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