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Sleeping Giant Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Belmopan
Certificate of Excellence
Munich, Germany
2 reviews
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“Belize's Hidden Secret”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

My family and i stayed at the Sleeping Giant Lodge for 5 nights and absolutely loved it.

Everything about this trip was perfect. This place is a hidden treasure, on over a hundred

thousand acres of private forest. We were greeted at front desk with a rum punch by the lodge

manager Giovanni, who immediately took us to our beautifully designed and decorated Casita,

for a chance to relax and decompress before dinner. The casitas are impeccably clean and well-
kept with hand carved wooden furniture. We adore the outdoors bath tub where we soaked in

every night and look at the stars.

The first day we did a trip to Xunantunich which was excellent. We saw several spider & howler

monkeys and coatimundi. The second day we did the Waterfalls expedition which was about 90

minutes of caving thru fabulous caves and then up a series of underground waterfalls... which

were incredibly beautiful. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We could

not say enough great things about Erin, he pointed out all sorts of flora and fauna along the

trail on our hike to the Gazebo the third day. On our fourth day, we visited the Actun Tunichil

Muknal and this was without a doubt the highlight of our trips.

The restaurant is fabulous and service is second to none. The mixes of natural landscaping at the

Sleeping Giant are gorgeous. The pool was a nice added luxury, it felt wonderful to relax and

soak in the hot tub after a long day of adventuring.

Overall, we had an unforgettable experience with exceptional service and would return here in a

heartbeat!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

My wife and I visited Sleeping Giant on our honeymoon. They provided all travel accommodations (for a fee) to and from the airport which was very helpful. The food was amazing, the views spectacular, the cabana out of this world, and service top of the line. We were upgraded to their cabana which had a private outdoor bathtub, a shower with an outdoor view, a private porch, and a private place to hop in the stream. We also attended two cave tours during our stay that were fantastic as well. I would recommend this resort as a must-go-to if you are visiting Belize!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Parrish, Florida
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

sleeping giant was a small, quiet property. my wife and i were there on our honeymoon. the staff was outstanding and most employees referred to us by name. i felt they really tried to make sure we were happy and taken care of. The food, service, and grounds were all great as well. the casitas were outstanding; ours was new! the woodwork was beautiful. our only complaint was no bug screen over the outside tub which could have been more enjoyable in the evening, otherwise the room was better that expected. Plan excursions for the days because there is not much to do otherwise. the hike to the gazebo nearby was tougher than we expected but worth the climb once you got to the top. its no small gazebo either! and most important, bring bug spray because there is no gift shop or supplies around. cell service was scketchy and no tv, but we didnt need either on our trip. It was absolutely worth the stay and the service there only made it better because we enjoyed the plants and quiet nature of the property. The expansions there should be great. more casitas and the pool were still under construction. im sure its hard to build a pool in a rainforest, but when they do get done, it should be amazing... rainy season lasts till november so plan accordingly.

Room Tip: casitas are great, regular rooms are located on bottom floor of main building. the casitas are all...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We traveled end of October 2013 for our honeymoon, in which was Belize rainy season. The views are breathtaking at any angle. Freshly picked tropical flowers flood your private casita that are grown right outside the windows. The food by Chef Giovanni was amazing, particularly the steak for dinner and blueberry pancakes with freshly squeezed O.J. for breakfast. The service and staff at any hour of the day was amazing and very catering. Although we didnt get to do many excursions due to the rain, we did the zoo- which was an experience with many animals roaming freely. Our guide Darrel did all the animal calls to get them to come over to see us! Local stop on way back by Amigos bar and grill, yummy food and drinks! We also ziplined, which was the best of the trip! Definitely addicted to doing that experience again when we go back. Only advice is bring bug spray and ALWAYS zip every bag and keep shoes and open bags put away! I carried a tarantula back with me in my only opened bag of dirty clothes! EEK !!! Have something to do after 9 pm, the bar closes for early am excursions! We just brought our own card games and night caps :) ! Enjoy the breathtaking views and wonderful hospitality. Its a wonderful experience! They were building tree houses and swimming pool when we were there, its gonna be great, cant wait to revisit.

Room Tip: Try the casitas, they are your own private bungalow! Just be careful of night creatures and small bu...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

My wife and I went here on our honeymoon (Sleeping Giant for 4 nights and Almond Beach for 4 nights), and Sleeping Giant was fantastic. They are still building some parts of the resort, and you can tell the goal in a year or two from now is a continual add-on of buildings and things. It doesn't interfere with anything though, and honestly, it's kind of nice how small it is now. I'd say if every room had two people in it, there would be ~20 people or so max at this place.

My wife and I stayed in one of the casitas, and it was outstanding. The flower pedals on the bed, and the swans/elephants made out of the folding/rolling of towels was actually quite impressive. Whoever does the towel animals is talented, seriously. The casita is one large room, with a separated spacious bathroom, and an outside garden tub on a little patio. The outside porch-type area with the hammock and chairs and little table was ridiculously quaint. My wife and I both spent plenty of time in the hammock, which ours was right beside a running brook that runs through the property.

The on-site staff are extremely nice and accommodating, and the actual grounds themselves are beautiful. The food was really good too.

The tours that my wife and I did from here were the bird watching and the Mayan ruins (at Tikal), and both were great. The other two days we just lounged around and napped and hung out. The rooms don't have TVs, and honestly, I loved that they didn't. It gives plenty of time for talking and hanging out with whoever you're staying with.

Also, a few logistical notes are that you really don't have a choice of where to eat here. There is nothing that is just down the road or just off-site. You could eat some of the oranges from the trees around, but other than that, the on-site restaurant is the only place you'll get food. As resorts go, it's actually great priced, but it's not super cheap. But it's really good. Also, there are no clubs, shops, stores, etc. around either. When you go to Sleeping Giant, you go to Sleeping Giant and nowhere else unless you sign up for one of their daily tours. This isn't a positive or a negative, but just so everyone knows.

Room Tip: Casita #7 is right beside a little babbling brook and is absolutely wonderfully situated right up ag...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

What a surprisingly beautiful experience! Nestled into the south side of a mountain surrounded by exotic plants, birds and a clear running spring, it's easy to relax and enjoy the moment watching the spectacular view of the great giant as he sleeps on the otherside of the Sibun River. Sleeping Giant resonates with all that is Belizean: outstanding beauty, challenging hikes, breathtaking scenic views, and wonderful people. The staff were remarkable, making every effort to accommodate our needs. If you're into birds like we are, a few short walks down the road will simply open the window to a new world of birding: keel-billed toucans, white hawk, laughing falcon, trogons, crimson collared and summer tanagers, squirrel cuckoo, creepers, black crowned tityra, warblers, orioles, seed eaters and other beautiful and exotic species. I had driven by the spot a number of times but had no idea of the quality of the facilities, the beauty of the location and the friendliness of the staff - so impressive! The new pool looks promising and so luxurious! Thanks for a great stay!

Room Tip: casita 4 is spectacular
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Sleeping Giant was a fantastic honeymoon destination for my husband and I! The property is stunning and the views are out of this world! The staff was very friendly and accomodating! The food was fabulous every meal! Our casita was very private and had amazing views from the private balcony! We had the best time on all of our daily excursions and really experienced a lot of what Belize has to offer! It was the best trip ever and we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sleeping Giant Lodge
Address: Mile 36 Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan, Belize
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Region: Belize > Cayo > Belmopan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Belmopan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sleeping Giant Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Proud member of ViVA BELiZE, the leading Hotel Group and Adventure Company in Belize for the past 20 years. Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is a full service, Jungle lodge located in the foothills of the Sibun National Forest Reserve and surrounding by over a hundred thousand acres of untouched wilderness. The lodge offers a range of accommodations, amenities, adventures and all inclusive packages. Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge - A Grand Jungle Expedition! About Sleeping Giant Lodge: -Official Base Camp for NatGeo Expeditions in Belize -Six "6" Time Traveler's Choice Award Winner 2015 for Belize & Central America -Spa Services -Complimentary Kayaks & Bicycles -Heated pool w/ Hot Tub -Gazebo Lookout Area -Sibun River- cleanest river in Belize ... more   less 
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