It’s horrible to travel so far and get so excited about your vacation only to be so disappointed.
The ride from the airport to Gaia is about 3 hours. The last hour being uphill up an unpaved and very bumpy road.
Once you arrive you are greeted by the only great thing about Gaia, the staff. Javier and Nigel in particular were lovely and welcoming.
The rooms are pretty but very basic. Which given what they charge is very disappointing. I have paid considerably less for far superior rooms all over the world.
The lack of air conditioning isn't so much of an issue for the heat as it is for the humidity that is trapped in the rooms. The sheets are actually moist and some of the furniture was wet.
Again at this price range this is unacceptable. There is also the issue of the bugs. Lots of bugs of varying sizes and appetites. We were so afraid of attracting bugs that we didn't want to keep the light on at night for any amount of time.
But the biggest problem with Gaia is that there isn’t much to do. You can walk down to the waterfalls and walk around the property but once it gets dark there isn’t anything to do. This is it. You can eat and sit at the bar. And to top it off the food is bland, boring and expensive for Belize. The drinks are watered down and overpriced. For example, they sell the local beer for $7US, the same is sold elsewhere at three for $5US.
Gaia is a rip off. Save your money and go elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Eco-Lodge is located in the Scenic Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. We offer earthy yet stylish thatch roofed cabanas with excellent views of our waterfalls or Mountain Range, amazingly comfortable beds, Frette and Matouk linens and towels and bathrooms with hand painted Mexican tiles. Among our amenities are our natural fresh water pools, waterfalls, authentic Belizean cuisine, nature trails, day tours to the many Maya archaeological sites and adventure trips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 5 Sisters Lodge
- Five Sisters Hotel San Ignacio