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Sleeping Giant Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Belmopan
Certificate of Excellence
New York, New York, United States
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“a little slice of paradise”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

We loved it here. If you want to feel like you are a part of the rainforest in an intamate setting, this is the place for you. Our room had an out door tub and a shower that looked out on the rainforest. You can see the toucans fly over head as you relax. I recomend an all inclusive package that includes adventures. The food is very nice here. You get to order from a nice menu for every meal. They handel special requests well. Everything in Belize is a little slower then you might expect if you are on US speed. So get up early enough to put in your order for breakfast before you go on your adventure. We enjoyed an morning birding hike, night hike and a trip to the Belize Zoo and Howler Monkey sancuary. We also enjoyed swimming in the new pool and hot tub. You can kyak on the river free of charge as well. I would hve liked to stay one more night ( the package was for 3 nights) I recomend 4.

Room Tip: Spanish Cabinas #4,5 or 6 are very exclusive.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Big Lake, Minnesota
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We love this place! If you want to get away from it all, this place is nothing less than fabulous! Fantastically secluded but yet offers so many great adventures! This is the epicenter of adventures, from various cave tubing and explorations (basic to advanced), zip lines, hiking, Belize Mayan ruins and also Guatemala Tikal (all offered through the resort)! The rooms are pristine and welcome you with lovely folded towels with flowers in graceful duck/geese shapes! The grounds are immaculate! The pool is awesome! The staff are extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. National Geographic was checking in (as they yearly do) the day we were leaving (verifies the awesomeness of this place!). The chef prepares wonderful meals for a fair price for a 3 course meal (there is nowhere else to eat unless you have a car and care to drive on terrible roads with hazards galore, driving at night is perilous!). If your up to a uphill jungle hike, (this is a must if you can hike uphill 1/2 mile in potentially slippery terrain) you get an amazing gazebo with an amazing view of the surrounding valley! The best part however was the actual hike with our guide Orlin (Arlin?)! He was incredibly instructional about the local trees, plants, wildlife, wilderness skill, history and all around knowledge of the area. This 1.5 hour trek was one of the best experiences we had on our vacation! We would stay here again for sure!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Orillia, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014

This was our first time visiting Belize. We had to do our bookings directly with the resorts as all inclusive deals for some reason are either not offered for Belize or very hard to find here in Ontario Canada.
WE booked a split Adventure vacation between The Sleeping Giant Resort and The Jaguar Reef Resort. The places are Gorgeous and frankly we didn't want to leave. Unfortunately we had to come home to mega snow but the vacation there was absolutely fabulous. We did 8 of a possible 11 adventures from Snorkling to Cave Tubing to Zip Lining to Horse-back riding in the Jungle. And if you ever go to Belize do go on the Monkey River Tour. We visited ruins but due to the river being to high to cross we did not get to visit the largest of the ruins here. Not a problem between all the other things we did including makinga dn eating Mayan food right in their homes, I am satisfied that a dream vacation was fullfiled.
Now for the resorts. My gosh the staff were so friendly that I would have thought that I had known them all my life and the food was plentiful and delicious. If some of the Belizian cuisine doesn't meet your expectations, then there is plenty to suit your pallet on the menu. Make it worth your while and do a two week vacation as a short one week may leave you wanting!
The only set-back we had was the flight there on Delta Air. This was a fiasco and we ended up missing our connecting flight due to Plane problems and so we didn't get there until the evening of the second day. Do yourself a favour and find a direct flight!

Room Tip: Call Direct from their Web Site and make your custom arrangements. You won't regert it.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

This lodge was wonderful if you weren't expecting it to be "in the jungle." It's really more of a luxury lodge in a "suburban" jungle location. It's near the highway, and the "city lights" of Belmopan are not that far away.

That said, it's still not close to anything we wanted to do. Adventure tours to ATM Cave, Black Hole, etc are all a good hour or more drive. And by the time we got to ATM Cave it was teeming with lots of other tourists, which kind of spoiled the experience - don't like having to wait in line for things, and especially not when I'm hiking and exploring.

However, as a lodge, it was great. The grounds and pool are gorgeous! And the food is tops. However, with only a few things on the menu that appealed to us, we would have been doing "repeats" had we stayed longer than 4 nights.

The staff provided outstanding service. They were most accommodating and went out of their way to make sure we were happy in every way.

However, if you want to be in the jungle with the Howler monkeys, Toucans, parrots, etc, then this is not the place. Perhaps you should check out Pook's Hill Lodge if you want to be more adventuresome.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2014

I dont know where to start from. every weekend we miss this place. we had a 3 nights stay here and a 3 nights stay at the jaguar reef and both places were really good. Food is just something you won't get anywhere else. I miss this place so dam much that we are planning our second trip.

I cannot complain about anything this place is the best.

you must stay here and you will fall in love with this place.
pina colada is the best in the world.

i have cried because i was missing this place so much.

management is the best.

save your money and go to belize and stay here.


sleeping giant we miss you allot.

Room Tip: any room here is good.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tecumseh, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2014

We booked one of their rooms for a two night stay, upon arrival, we found we had been upgraded to a casita that was FANTASTIC. We were placed back into the rainforest with a brook running in front of our front door. The interior was beautiful and luxurious. The bedding, bath, everything made us feel like royalty. Upon check-in, we were given a welcome rum-punch, and the staff made you feel like friends. The breakfast and dinner menu were great and we loved it. We wish we had spent more time here. There was nothing about this place that made it anything but the best.

Room Tip: Casita's are quiet and private
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

We went during their 'off-season in October for our honeymoon and were some of a first people to stay after hurricane season. The resort is a small and peaceful retreat for the adventurous at heart. We had such a great time - Belize has a special place with us. We did a combo Jungle & Beach package and wish we would have stayed in the jungle a day or 2 more.

The staff were incredible. They are simply the best and were a blast to get to know. They were genuine and laid back, always went the extra mile. The food was amazing - just get the special - Giovanni will take great care of you :) Eating upstairs in the evenings is a real treat :) Accommodations were wonderful, simple trips up the river, biking through the orange groves, or a hike up to the fort in the morning were so relaxing. Tons of wildlife and nature abound. Excursions were incredible - you are limited because there are minimum requirements for number of people, but we went on the waterfall cave tour alone and had a great time. Bring bug spray and enjoy the beauty!

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  • Stayed October 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
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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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