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The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in San Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 November 2013

I was at Chaa Creek Lodge for my two day's internship dated November 28,29th,2013. it was a wonderful experience been there. So friendly staff and a beautiful place to be. I was able to be in most of the departments and it was good experience.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stayed at the Macal River Camp at the Chaa Creek Resort.

The resort is a very fancy five star resort. The Macal River Camp is a camp option located at the resort. This option is not right for everyone - but my family loved it!

The camp has cabana type huts on stilts above the jungle floor. There is no electricity or bathrooms in the huts. There is mainly 4 beds (or 2 in the smaller huts) with a wonderful front porch with chairs and a hammock. You are truly staying on the jungle floor and walk outside to animals and birds everywhere.

Bathrooms are set off to the side and have electricity and warm showers. The toilets are located a short walk from the sinks and showers and are flush toilets.

Food is included in the price. Food is served communal style under a large covered area with picnic tables. This was a highlight of our say here. The food was good, but the real experience came form meeting the other people. We meet people from all over the world. It was so much fun asking people what they had done since they had been in Belize and what they still planned to do. Was also great learning about the other counties people had visited and what they liked about them. We found ourselves getting up early even on our quiet days to have coffee with people before they headed out to their adventures.

Staying at the camp, you can use the facilities of the resort. You get to the resort along a hike down the medicinal plant trail. (Notice I said a hike, this is an up and down trail and you need to watch your step.) We used the pool, went canoeing (there is a wonderful botanical garden you can canoe too) and took advantage of some of the talks.

We booked the Tikal tour through the resort. We had stayed in Belmopan before coming here and booked the the ATM and tubing ourselves, but if I had to do it over I would probably stay here longer and book both through them.

In the evenings you can play cards or read a book at the picnic table where dinner is served. They also light a bonfire each night. But you will probably head to bed earlier then you would expect. Think more like camping evening activities then resort activities. bring flashlights!

I cannot suggest this place strongly enough if you are the type of person who loves roughing it. We had our college age children with us and this was their favorite place we stayed in Belize.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 October 2013 via mobile

I have stayed all over Belize in many resorts - lodges in the jungle and by far chaa creek is the best I have seen , the food the service the staff everything just makes this place perfect . My husband and Unfortunaty got to spend only 2 days but it was pure bliss the entire time . The food wow everything is what they say and even better I wouldn't stay anywhere else . And am definitely Coming back :)

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

this was my 2nd time staying here and the 2nd was just as awesome as the 1st. I love Cha'a. The service, the villas, the property, the food, all of it is phenomenal! It was my mom's birthday while we were there and I pre-arranged a cake, they set us up a private dinner service under the palapa by the pool with flowers and candles, they really went above and beyond! I would stay there a million more times and recommend it to anyone!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Stayed a couple of days there and really enjoyed every second. The bar was just perfect, the pool, the service, horse-riding, everything was lovable. Not one thing to criticize. We'll be back one day. If you got the possibility to do so, you should experience the Macal River Camp for at least one night.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We booked our trip months in advance having read all of the wonderful reviews, and had high expectations. The trip not only met, but exceeded everything we had hoped for. The staff was absolutely amazing, talk about having the right people in the right places! Ricky was our tour guide taking us to the Belize Zoo, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. He obviously loves what he does and it shows. We learned so much about the historical sites and the birds and animals of Belize. The restaurant staff was friendly and attentive, and the bartenders were amazing. We had one of the treetop suites and the room was wonderful. The spa was closed while we were there, so we had the tough time of having massages in the room (talk about being spoiled!). The food was also amazing, even the pack lunch we got on our full day excursions! Thank you to the staff, and to the Flemings for being such amazing hosts. We will be back!

-Scott and Nicole

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Incredible! What a phenomenal way to experience beautiful Belize. Chaa Creek has it all, at this luxurious ecolodge in the middle of the rain forest. It was a long drive from the airport but the gracious a funny driver made stops along the way. We were so impressed with the knowledge and humor of all the guides. We arrived to the lodge after dark but were instantly enchanted by the romantic lighting and the gorgeous premises. We stayed in the Spa Villa. A gorgeous house at the top of the hill with three bedrooms and enough space for several couples or a large family. The view over the rainforest from the villa seemed to go on forever. Breathtaking. The walk to the main restaurant requires a series of steep stair but it is very easy to go up and down regardless of level of fitness. The food was fair during the evenings but the breakfasts were wonderful. The best part of Chaa Creek is the extensive educational activities on site that are deigned to inspire and educate! The Blue Morpho butterfly breeding center is exceptional and it sits next to a natural history museum. The blue Morpho butterflies are a fluorescent blue and are stunning in the backdrop of the green lush rainforest. Wake up early one morning for the am bird walk! The amount of birds on the grounds are immense. Mishca was the guide and he is so knowledgeable and passionate about the birds he spots high in the treetops. Also stay up late for the Night Crawler Hike. Those shiny sparkles in the grass at night look like glitter, but they are really spider eyes! We learned so much and Allen is exceptional. Much praise is extended to Allen. He was also our guide for the Xuantanich Tour which is a definite must. Beware of the howler monkeys in the trees greeting you as you enter the park. Be sure to climb to the top of the main Temple. The views from this vantage point leave you speechless. Allen was also our guide for the Medicinal Trail Walk. It teaches you that "for Every Ailment or Difficulty on Earth, the Spirits have provided a Cure, you just have to find it" in the rainforest. The cure frequently grows right next to the cause. Fascinating Tour. One of the most relaxing adventures of our stay was the self guided canoe trip down the Macal River. It was so peaceful and lovely. There was only one spot that there was a heavy current but overall a very easy canoe trip. The grounds at Chaa were beautiful. The accommodations were great, but the staff made our stay memorable. The other thatched roof jungle huts on the grounds were very authentic, but we were happy to have the Air conditioning of the spa villa that the other rooms did not have. Belize was very hot during late June when we traveled. Go to Chaa Creek and you will leave with treasured memories that will last a lifetime!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Macal River, San Ignacio, Belize
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Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in San Ignacio
#2 Family Hotel in San Ignacio
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Ignacio
#3 Spa Hotel in San Ignacio
Price Range: £372 - £498 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lodge at Chaa Creek 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guests say they appreciate Chaa Creek’s eco-friendly blend of pristine nature and a casually luxurious built environment, and enjoy the flexibility and choice we offer in accommodations, amenities, meals, tours and expeditions. Our wide range of accommodations allow guests to select lodgings that range from the rustic charm of the Macal River Camp to the unparalleled luxury of the new Ix Chel Luxury Rainforest Villas, whose stunning views, private Jacuzzis, plunge pools and amenities such as the attention of a personal butler have set new standards for excellence in a pristine natural environment. In addition, our infrastructure and nationwide network of colleagues enable us to offer a range of comprehensive, hassle-free tours and all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that cater to all ages, interests and levels of fitness. For example, our close relationships with premier Belizean reef and island resorts at Ambergris Caye, Placencia and other Caribbean vacation spots allow us ... more   less 
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