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“Oasis in Jungle”
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Hidden Valley Inn
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Colorado Springs
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Oasis in Jungle”
Reviewed July 21, 2008

We came to this place after being recommended by Seaside Cabanas on Caye Caulker where we had stayed on the first week of our time in Belize. We were not disappointed. The place is stunning, staff are wonderful.
Remote waterfalls and great food, make this a must stay when you are thinking of a jungle stay in Belize.

  • Liked — location and waterfalls
  • Disliked — got bitten a few times by mosquitos
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed July 8, 2008

We stayed at Hidden Valley as a two part vacation with the first 4 nights here and the second four at San Pedro. The Resort, Staff, & Food are excellent! We would highly recommend taking the time to stay with Hidden Valley. All of the waterfalls on the property are gorgeous, and when we were hiking we felt as though we were the only ones there.

We did the Tekal tour in Guatemala but from what I hear you can enjoy Characol just as much without the extra two hours each way in a car. But it was an adventure to cross into Guatemala and get some of the traditional Guatemalan beer. We also did the cave canoe trip and butterfly farm package. Both were interesting. They have so many trails with wildlife that is was just a great time. They helped us schedule a hike and picked us up and dropped us off so that we could see as much of the property in the time we had. We spent some time in the Devil's fall top pool which was great with the ladder access.

The room and dinners were great. We didn't have a bad meal the whole time. Highly recommend and would return here in a heart beat.

  • Liked — Food, hiking and staff
  • Disliked — The bugs were horrific if you didn't put the protection on but had nothing to do with the place - put on Deet!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank pmulliki
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Detroit, Michigan
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175 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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Reviewed June 8, 2008

We stayed at Hidden Valley for 4 nights. Even before we got there, Elmer and Misael were so responsive to all of our questions through e-mail. We flew in to their private airstrip (arranged by the inn), saving us lots of travel time and hours of driving over extremely bumpy roads. We loved the inn-- clean and comfortable room, great food, nice pool, well manicured grounds, unbelievable hiking trails and an outstanding staff. All of the staff were so pleasant and professional. The Cayo is a great area to explore-- don't miss the ATM tour, and a trip to Caracol with Rick! Rick was the most knowledgeable and engaging tour guide we've ever had. We thoroughly enjoyed hiking the well-maintained and marked trails, the many waterfalls with great swimming, and the two-way radio that enabled us to call for a pick-up after a long, tiring hike!

  • Liked — location, service, room, food, hiking trails
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank CindyJV
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Mystic, Connecticut
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Reviewed May 21, 2008

This place is amazing. It was the cheapest hotel we stayed in during our honeymoon (we also stayed at Chaa Creek and Victoria House) but it was fantastic. There are 12 rooms here and 90 miles of hiking trails. We stayed for 4 nights and had a totally different experience every day without ever leaving the property. It really is a unique place.
We hiked to Manakin Falls the first day (boring hike along the service road, but the destination is so worth it!) and also to the Lake Lolly Folly which was good fun. On the second day we got dropped off by Devils Falls and Mermaid pool which is stunning and then we walked to Butterfly falls (breathtaking), stopped for a quick swin and arrived at Secret falls to find our dinner there waiting for us. We stayed there 3 hours (we even slept in the hammock) and then hiked back to the hotel via the cascade trail which is a must! It is so much fun climbing up ladders and over treetrunk bridges, with the backdrop of cascades and river side trails.
The third day we rented Orchid Falls for the day -This is an absolute must if you are staying at the property - this was one of the highlights of the honeymoon. A private cabana awaits next to a gorgeous waterfall. A champagne lunch is set up in the cabana, as are two hammocks - perfect for relaxation. There are rubber rings waiting for fun in the waterfall pool and even a flushing toilet!!!!
The hotel itself is cute. It was the least luxurious of the accommodations we stayed in (I would recommend they get new towels), but its still of a high enough standard. We used the pool most nights and watched the hummingbirds sipping nectar as we sipped a cocktail in the hot tub. The food was good - especially the soups! The service at the hotel is amazing! We felt like we were their primary concern and they designed the walks so we wouldnt bump into anyone along the way. In fact the service here was much better than at the other two more expensive hotels we stayed at.
They provide oil in the bathrooms which is useful as an insect repellant -you do need to put it on during the day, but its not required at night. There are no mosquitos at all there.
We didnt do any trips from here (we did them with our other hotels) but they were on offer, and you could also use bikes (which again, we didnt get round to).
We stayed at Chaa Creek after and that was a completely different experience (also great), I would recommend staying at a jungle lodge, and also here in the mountain pine ridge area.
I didnt want to leave! I would definatley return to this hotel as it represents amazing value and an unforgettable, unique experience.
Thank you Hidden Valley Inn!

  • Liked — The property, they grow tehir own coffee on the property, the waterfalls, a unique experience
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Reviewed May 17, 2008

We stayed at Hidden Valley as part of our Honeymoon. The Resort, Staff, & Food are excellent!!! We would highly recommend taking the time to stay with Hidden Valley. All of the waterfalls on the property are georgous, and when we were hiking we didn't run into any other couples. They really work to make it feel like you are their top priority and anticipate what you might need/want!

We also enjoyed that the resort is spring fed. It was like taking a shower in an unlimited supply of evian....

We did the Caracol/Rio Frio tour with Rick as our guide. Rick is awesome - he provided an insightful, informative, and funny tour. We really appreciated how he presented the various buildings on the site so that it made sense and we only saw other tour groups briefly. We really felt like we had Caracol to ourselves.
We also booked secret pools and falls for an afternoon/day. They helped us schedule a hike (and picked us up and dropped us off - Thanks Freddy!) so that we could see as much of the property in the time we had and be able to spend the afternoon at our "private" waterfall. The lunch they set out was amazing!! (I had just figured we would find sandwhiches on paper plates but they actually took the time/energy to provide real plates, silverware, glasses & champagne glasses as well as linen napkins and the meal was just amazing. I especially enjoyed the cucumber/feta salad and the carmel& chocolate based dessert).

The room and 3 course dinners were great and we loved the continental/hot breakfast!

P.s. They also give you a radio so if you need something (e.g. a drink or get tired of hiking) they will come help you!

  • Liked — Personal service
  • Disliked — - ooh tought.. it was all very good - the chairs in the dining room could be a bit more comfy - but this is really a picky little thing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Botanicaofkansas
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Bernardsville
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2008

A 1st class experience, with excellent service and meals, clean rooms, and caring staff. Great trails and activities.

We signed up for a package they offer and glad we did it. The little tours were great, with caring people guiding the cave ride, the butterfly farm, and Tikal ruins.

This is a place where one should go if they like hiking on well-maintained trails along streams and waterfalls in virtual seclusion. They have 12 rooms, six buildings, and more than that many trails so you never see anyone once you leave the main house. One needs to be in shape to enjoy the grounds. Go before you're too old to hike.

The food is really good and plentiful.

Great driver to and from Belize City - Hugh. Very knowledgeable.

A classy experience.

  • Liked — The hiking trails and the people - staf and guests.
  • Disliked — Not enough time to do everything we wanted to do.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank DexBrown
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Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 9, 2008

What a wonderful stay. With only 12 cottages, the service is very personalized. The staff cannot do enough for you. Great food, accommodations and on-site hiking. Think secluded Inn atmosphere. I highly recommend the Orchid Falls rental--very romantic and relaxing. Also the trip to Caracol (Mayan Temples, beautiful surroundings); includes a side trip to the Rio Frio Cave and Rio On Cascades Falls. (Watched British soldiers rescue an injured soldier by helicopter there.) Ricardo (Rick) is an amazing guide with insights on Mayan history and the natural surroundings--a rare combo. To give you an idea of how well organized this place is: That afternoon it rained a lot. The road is red clay and gets very slippery. Our van was stuck behind tourists and a van load of workers trying unsuccessfully to get up the mucked out hill. A HV truck not only hitched us up and over but went back and rescued the others. True professionals and great people.
Tip: Use the nicely scented oil (avail in bathroom) to keep bugs off if that becomes an issue or bring a bug jacket.

  • Liked — Serenity, Birds, Scenery, Hiking, Food, Accommodations
  • Disliked — No complaints
  • Stayed February 2008
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1 Thank travel4life30
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Property: Hidden Valley Inn
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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