My wife and I just got back from our Honeymoon stay at Hidden Valley and we had the most amazing time.
First and foremost, the level of service was unmatched. Every member of the staff was friendly and helpful. Everyone knew our names on day one and it made us feel right at home. Misael was an excellent host, both before we arrived (over email) and once we were checked in. He checked on us a few times each day to make sure we were having a great time. We were taken from and to the airport by one of Hidden Valleys guides, Oscar. While we didn't get the chance to have him lead us on one of the many adventures offered, he was great company for the 2 hour drive from/to the airport. He even showed us around and took us shopping in San Ignacio before our departing flight. When we toured the Mayan ruins @ Caracol we had Rick as a guide and again we had a great time! (Are you noticing a pattern?) Rick was very friendly and informative, it was neat to talk to him about the significance of the ruins to his country and culture (he's part Maya). Back at the resort we were greeted at each meal by Ophelia, Ella, or Adma; always with a smile. It became an important part of our day to catch up with them and we were soon sharing stories about our families and personal histories. Alex and Tito at the bar know how to pour a mean drink, and were both very nice to talk to as well. Alex the cook came out on a number of occasions to introduce himself and make sure we were satisfied with the meals. We were very pleased with both his preparation and the food quality. It took the whole week for us to get through trying everything on the menu. Throughout the week we also met the management staff (Raoul, Amon) who were eager to hear how we were getting along and wanted to know what could be done to make our stay more enjoyable (suffice to say there was little to change). Finally, the housekeeping staff were like ninjas, quickly tidying our rooms while we were at lunch or on a hike. It was surprising at first, but we came to expect that the bed would be newly made while we were at breakfast (not always, but this was often the case).
Back to the resort itself, lets be clear, this place is secluded! To get back to San Ignacio is a +45min ride over a VERY bumpy road. We're told this road will be paved over the next few years, which can't come soon enough. The roads around the resort are much better however. This place is a hikers paradise. My wife and I aren't much for hiking, so we explored probably %5 of what's possible, but it was clear to us what a special place this is. The resort lies at the top of a mountain/hill, at approx 2000 ft above sea level. This means all your hikes begin by heading down (and end heading up). If you do not wish to hike all the way to each waterfall (they have MANY, all very beautiful), then the staff can drive you wherever you'd like for a small fee. Mind you, after being dropped off there is often a +30min hike ahead of you to get to the falls. We found this combination perfect, especially because a swim is so refreshing after a decent hike.
We spent one whole day at our own private waterfall with a champagne lunch. This was one of the highlights of the whole trip. While my wife relaxed in the hammock, I swam around the base of the waterfall. It was perfect.
The resort grounds were beautiful and well maintained. There's a modest swimming pool and hot tub. There are a few yoga platforms located around the property and my wife convinced me to try a few morning yoga sessions with the visiting yoga instructor. It was a fun thing to do as a couple. I wasn't much bothered by bugs, but they seemed to find my wife to be especially attractive. By midweek her back had a few dozen bright red bites. These were from "no-see-ums" which you're likely familiar with. They can itch like mosquito bites, but you don't have to worry about malaria. Some of them can fit through the window screens in the cottages so we did have an issue one night when the room filled with them. Like I said, they weren't really an issue with me (we both used 98% DEET spray) so it seems to be different for each person.
In summary, the scenery was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was exceptional. We're very thankful for the memories we now have!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hidden Valley Hotel San Ignacio
- Hidden Valley San Ignacio