We stayed two nights and was immediately pampered from the moment we arrived. Kenny picked us up from the airport, giving us informative tidbits during the drive and answering our questions. Fruit punch was ready for us when we arrived to whet our parched throats during check-in. Kenny pointed out the whooping of howler monkeys as he helped us with our luggage to our room (K-building). That evening, Kevin made sure the rum punch and Belikin beer flowed at our table during dinner, and turned on the music. The food was good, and the service was always prompt during our entire stay.
The hotel arranged our tours for Lamanai and Altun Ha but make sure to bring extra cash for tips and souvenirs (oops!). For Lamanai, Edmond was our driver to and from the river port, answering our questions about his country during the more than hour drive. Carlos, our boat captain and tour guide, was great in pointing out the wildlife on the boating portion of our tour including iguanas and crocodiles, and even took us around the bend to show us the rum processing plant and meet one of the local spider monkeys. With a bribe of a banana, the spider monkey came down from the tree to pose for pictures next to the boat. Lamanai was impressive, but make sure to bring bug repellent. The heat and humidity from the jungle makes reapplying a must. After our tour, Edmond picked us up with a stop midway to a side stand to taste local wines; mango, sorrel, and cashew. We took away with us the sorrel and mango wines for later blissful consumption. On our third and last day, Steven expertly navigated neglected and ill repaired roads to Altun Ha to meet with Cassandra, our charismatic personal tour guide, for the ruins. Afterwards, we bought trinkets from her mother's stand.
We chose this hotel because of its central location to the two ruins, but I would definitely stay here again just for the friendly and excellent service. What a great hotel! Next time we stay, we'll definitely ask for the riverside hotel rooms for the beautiful view over the river.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belize has such contrasts from the beaches to the jungle to the Mayan ruins, from the rivers to the Cayes, a good base from which to see it all, is the Black Orchid Resort on the banks of the Belize River on the outskirts of Burrell Boom Village, fifteen minutes from the international airport it’s easy to reach and easy to leave from. Just a short distance away from Belize City, the resort is also within an hour’s drive of most of the country’s mainland attractions, making it a convenient launching point for your vacation adventures. We provide accommodations with an ambiance of environmental radiance, alluring air conditioned rooms and immaculate, quiet and safe grounds. We are an excellent alternative to Belize City and gateway to all Belize has to offer; with knowledgeable guides and transportation for snorkeling, deep sea fishing, cave tubing, Maya Ruin tours, complimentary international airport shuttle, free use of kayaks, canoes, peddle boats and free wireless internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Orchid Hotel Burrell Boom
- Black Orchid Belize City
- Black Orchid Resort Belize/Burrell Boom