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“Hidden valley is the gem of Belize!”
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Hidden Valley Inn
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

My boyfriend and I spent 3 nights at hidden valley. We took javiers flying service to get to the hotel which is definitely worth the extra money. It saves on time and you get beautiful views of the jungle. Once we got to hidden valley we were warmly greeted by elmur the hotel manager and delicious fruit punch! The hotel is amazing. You are in your own private cabana and the main lobby, pool, hot tubs and trails are just a short walk away.
The first day we decided to go on a hidden valley tour w Freddy. He was the best guide ever. He stopped to point out the different birds and lizards. He also took us to five differ waterfalls which were all amazing. He saved the best one for last which was butterfly falls where we went swimming right under it! It was the best experience ever.
After that we rented out secret pools for the rest of the day. The hotel had prepared a nice lunch for us and we were able to spend our day laying in a hammock and swimming in the crystal clear water of the waterfall. It was so romantic.
I cannot say enough good things about this hotel. The staff elmur, Freddy, Bruce and pamela were always smiling and ready to help with anything we asked for. Our room and the grounds of the hotel were always clean. I do recommend bringing bug spray because the black flushing are bad but we didn't let that stop us.
If u are looking for a romantic beautiful jungle setting this is the place to stay. I cannot wait for my next trip to this hotel!!

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

Let me begin by thanking the staff of Hidden Valley for creating an experience my husband and I will never forget. Upon arrival, we were met with nothing but smiles. Being welcomed into the lodge, we felt as if we were invited into a friend's home, told to make ourselves completely comfortable. If you are looking for a place to just relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, this is the place for you. The food is amazing, the hikes to gorgeous waterfalls are plentiful and the ability to plan a tour at the last minute without lifting a finger was a definite plus.
Throughout our stay, everything felt personalized. Being our honeymoon, the staff even left us a sweet little note over our fireplace congratulating us on our marriage. One of our last nights we had the chance to sit in the bar and chat with the managers, Flavien and Beverley, such wonderful people.
In the evening, relaxing in the lodge from the days events, we enjoyed freshly baked treats each evening with their own coffee, grown right on the property. Most evenings we were able to eat on the patio, candlelight on the table, enjoying the lightning storms far out on the horizon. Our walk back to our room always took us forever because we couldn't prevent ourselves from stopping to look up at the stars. The inn limits lighting on the premises, and for good reason. I have never seen so many stars in my life!!
With regrets, we had to leave and come back to the "real world." After nine nights, we still have a list of activities we must return to complete. The tour guides the inn contracts are top notch. We particularly recommend two guides: Fredy who took us to Caracol and Ben who took us to ATM and river canoeing . Both were so knowledgeable and attentive. At Caracol, Fredy hiked the entire site with us, answering all our questions while giving us a complete history lesson, while we saw other guides just letting their guests wander. Ben was all about safety first and made our trip into ATM an indescribable experience my husband and I will never forget. Both guides showed a true respect and love for the culture and its history.
Oh, and once again, let me mention the food. To die for. The absolute must try, the french toast with fried plantains at breakfast. Each night we had a four course meal with a vegetarian choice always available. So great I bought their recipe book!
Thanks again to everyone at Hidden Valley who made our experience one we will always treasure!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2011

We stayed at Hidden Valley Inn from March 4th 2011 - March 8th 2011. The staff was remarkable. Elmer at the front desk is a true professional. After the long 3+hour drive from the airport, he greeted us by opening the front door for us and quickly offering a warm towel and fruit punch. He was just so friendly and helpful the whole time! Rick our tour guide to Caracol was so much fun to talk to and was so knowledgeable.
Beverly and Flavian, the managers, were so much fun to talk to.

The food was excellent - every meal was different and the variety was truly exceptional.

We didn't have to think about anything the whole time we were there. The only drawback is that we didn't stay longer to enjoy all of the wonderful hiking and waterfalls. It was expensive to stay and eat there for so many days since there are no close restaurants or grocery stores. However, it is vacation and it is worth the money not to think about preparing meals.

The sky was so dark that you could see so many star constellations that we have never seen before in the US. It was truly a special place to be. We would definitely trade our time in Placencia to just enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of Hidden Valley Inn. We cannot wait until we can go back to this hidden gem of a resort!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

Hidden Valley Inn is a pretty unique lodge. There are numerous waterfalls that you'll only be able to see if you stay there. Simply put, it's worth at least one night's stay to view these incredible waterfalls. Butterfly Falls itself is worth the visit. It's a special place. We were also able to visit the private waterfalls, as they were not rented out that day. We didn't have time to visit the other waterfalls, so it might be worth spending two nights to see everything.

The food was the tremendous - the best we had on our entire trip. The staff was beyond helpful. For one, they arranged a private sunrise yoga session in the jungle, which was amazing. More importantly, they towed our car out of a muddy ditch on a hill about 8 miles from the inn. We thought we'd be walking back, but we used our hotel-provided radios to get help. They sent two hotel staffers immediately, who pulled our car out of the ditch and escorted us back.

The rooms were beautiful and included a fireplace. They also provided plenty of wood and accessories to get the fire started.

Overall, great stay. We recommend packaging it with a few nights at nearby Five Sisters Lodge.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

Based on all the other reviews I thought I would fall madly in love with the hotel but to be honest, I didn't. I liked my room, I liked the land, but I far from loved it. The floors were not clean in the rooms and the bed was very hard and very thin. The bugs are so loud (not the hotel's fault of course) that with the bed quality, there was not any good sleep to be had. Breakfast was ok but the grilled chicken at lunch was awful. Dry and overcooked everytime. Ick. If you don't go off on adventures during the day, boredom will overcome. There just isn't much there so you have to have an itinerary. The waterfall is AMAZING. The hike there was great and the butterfly falls was the most amazing moment of the trip. The cascade trail hike was great and so was Rick and Freddy. The guides are great!

  • Stayed: March 2011
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1  Thank marylanddweller
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

My wife, three children and I stayed at Hidden Valley Inn and were very impressed with the high quality of the property and the inn. We thoroughly enjoyed the fine accommodations, the tranquility and scenic excellence of this lovely resort and property and the hike that we took, particularly the one to Butterfly Falls. We stayed in two large rooms with beautiful era bathtubs and outdoor showers. The rooms were connected by a large outdoor (screened) patio that had two hammocks and was perfect for the family to hang out in. The meals were outstanding in every manner possible. Our biggest regret was that we did not spend enough time at the resort and property to truly enjoy every aspect of what it has to offer, but we intend to do so in the near future. The accommodation and ambiance is perfect for rest and relaxation as well as several adventure activities. The managers (Beverly and Flavien) and staff including Misael and Bruce were wonderful and made our visit to Hidden Valley an exceptional and pleasurable experience. We had such a great time that we are already planning our trip next year to Belize and this special resort.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

I can't say enough about how nice everyone was. The staff were super friendly and helpful, the guides were fun and informative, and the property is beautifully kept.

We stayed at Hidden valley over Christmas, and it was a wonderful place to wake up on Christmas Day. The kids fed wild birds on the lawn, had fun running and exploring on the many trails, goofed off on hammocks and generally had a great time - with no tv!!

Would go back again in a minute.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Sacha_Bermuda
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Address: 4 Miles Cooma Cairn Road, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Price Range: $151 - $424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hidden Valley Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden Valley Inn, a Luxury Life Style Boutique Hotel with only 12 rooms, is located on a 7200 acres private reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District in Belize. This intimate eco resort offers quality accommodation, fine gourmet food and attentive service in a natural environment. The flora, wildlife and bird watching here are truly unique in the region. Guests staying at this Intimate Luxury Boutique Hotel enjoy exclusive access to over 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as many secluded Crystal Pools and Waterfalls set in a tropical rainforest. For those seeking romance, one of the waterfalls may be reserved exclusively for the day.Situated in the Maya mountains, also serves as a convenient base for visiting the various scenic and historical attractions of the area. ... more   less 
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