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Maya Mountain Lodge
Ranked #6 of 33 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersBronze level
New Jersey
1 review
“Maya Mountain is a wonderful place to stay”
Reviewed 8 January 2009

My wife and I just returned from a week's stay at the lodge and we simply loved it. It was a fantastic experience from the moment we checked in to our good-bye hugs.

The lodge is situated on a mountain at the edge of a sub-tropical rainforest, far enough away from the city so that it feels remote, yet within a 10 minute taxi ride to Santa Elena or San Ignacio. The lodge is situated on approximately 100 acres and there are attractive bungalows sprinkled about. Our little bungalow had a sleeping room with a double bed as well as 2 bunk beds, and a bathroom with a shower. The rooms were clean and well maintained and every day there were fresh sprigs of plants on our bed and in the bathroom.
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There is a dining room where we had our breakfast, lunch and dinners. The food was home cooked, almost in front of us and it was fresh and delicious, wholesome and nutritious, and often reflected the local culture with seasonal fruits and vegetables. I am a vegetarian and my wife is lactose intolerant and we had absolutely no problem. Our dietary concerns were addressed with care and thoughtfulness. The serving staff was not only extremely polite and cheerful, but would go out of their way to be accommodating.

Our wonderful hosts, Bart and Suzi were very gracious and met our every concern. When we specified that we needed time to decompress from hectic lives and just “veg out”, that was fine. When we wanted to go on an adventure, the choices were explained to us and arrangements made. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable, capable and just a pleasure to have as guides. Language is not a problem for English speakers because Belize before it’s independence from England was called British Honduras. English is the official language, although you will hear Spanish, Mayan dialects and others. On one adventure went to Che Chem Ha Cave that was discovered some years back. In fact, the person who discovered it guided us to through the cave and his family prepared a delicious lunch for us of chicken and rice and beans (mine was vegetarian) cooked over a wood fire. The walk to the cave was as interesting as the cave itself because to get to the cave you walk a mile or more through the jungle and our guide pointed out to us various plant and birds and how one plant worked with another and many other interesting things, one of which was a hummingbird nest with 3 chicks in it (we have pictures of them). The cave itself has Mayan pottery and is well worth the trip.

On another adventure we went to Xunantunich, a Mayan archeological site, which is quite amazing. Again, the guide was terrific, explaining the why’s and how’s and the history of the place. I am not overly fond of heights, so I must warn those of you who are like me: it is scary at the top of the pyramid. I pretty much hugged the walls at the top whereas other visitors were sitting with their legs dangling over the side (show offs). But the climb and the descent were not bad at all (for me). The view at the top is really spectacular; you can literally see for miles. You also see the site as the Mayan king and his retinue would have seen it when they addressed their people from the top of the pyramid. On the way to the pyramids, you cross a river on a raft which is pulled across the river by rope. On the other side of the river we saw a very large iguana, and it turns out that the area is designated as a protected area for iguanas. They are vegetarians and no danger to people.

We went to Barton Creek Cave which has spectacular formations and colors. To explore the cave you travel in a canoe with powerful lights that allow you to see stalagmites and stalactites and beautiful colors. Well worth the trip. We also spent an afternoon at Big Rock falls which is a beautiful place, so beautiful it looks like something ideal out of a postcard. The water was a little chilly but once you’re in and moving it was fine.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip and we heartily recommend the Maya Mountain Lodge.

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  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2009

I was looking for getaway that was completely different, and Maya Mountain Lodge filled the bill to perfection. I didn't have time to research and organize the trip, so we used their pre-planned Soft Adventure package and loved the fact that all the work was done for us. They took care of all the details, provided knowledgeable and entertaining guides, and ensured we enjoyed the best the area had to offer. Our cottage was small and charmingly rustic, but with all the amenities our middle-aged bodies needed, along with privacy and a generous hammock for relaxing before dinner. The food was spectacular, using fresh local ingredients in dishes that mixed local culture and healthy eating. They also provided special dishes for the vegetarian in the group that were equal to the dishes everyone else was eating. The staff at Maya Mountain was friendly and committed to making our stay special. Thanks to all for a great vacation.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2008

My husband and I recently spent three nights and four days at this beautiful inn. It is easy to locate off the highway, just watch for the signs, is within walking distance of San Ignacio and yet places you in the midst of exotic tropical jungle. Staff are very pleasant and very helpful. We had an issue with our rental vehicle and when we mentioned this upon our arrival, the staff member on duty at the time immediately called the rental company requesting another vehicle for us, and within a couple of hours we had a new vehicle delivered to our door at the inn. While we waited we were treated to a delicious dinner made on-site. There is a meal plan available at the inn and is approximately $25 pp U.S. per dinner, breakfasts being less. The inn does not have a liquor licence so beer is not available to purchase there, but you can buy it in town and store it in the inn's refrigerator for no charge, to have at meal time or whenever you choose, during office hours. Meals were delicious and portion sizes were satisfying. If you have special diet requests the inn is very good at providing creative alternatives, provided you give them some notice. Internet service is available at no charge. The tours they offer are excellent. We went on two during our stay: the Barton caves and waterfall picnic as well as the excursion to Tikal, Guatemala. We thought each tour provided excellent value and our guides were very knowledgeable and helpful, particularly our guide on the Tikal trip. Despite the fact we had a vehicle of our own to use, we elected to take the tours with a guide, and we would highly recommend doing this, because the roads are very bumpy, as well as being very remote, and we felt much safer being with an experienced driver. The cost can become prohibitive though, at approximately $100 U.S. per person per excursion, so if you do decide to visit these places on your own, make sure you take lots of water, food, tool kit, flashlights and a cell phone that you know works in Belize. After returning from exploring feeling exhilerated but exhausted, owners Suzie and Bart make you feel very much at home. Suzie provided a very interesting short tour of her gardens on the property, which was a delightful bonus. The rooms were spacious and spotless, and we slept soundly on a great bed. We found this inn to have everything we hoped for and more. It is a family business and you feel as if you are being welcomed into their home rather than a business. Meals in the garden restaurant are heavenly, morning or night. There is a good selection of reading material provided as well as board games for children. This is well suited for families, or romantic getaways, as the accommodations are varied and range from cozy hotel room suites to large cabins that sleep 6. We had a wonderful stay here and will definitely be back.

  • Liked — Beautiful exotic gardens
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Peterborough
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Reviewed 20 December 2008

The lodge is located just a little way from San Ignacio, easy walking distance in fact, and is situated on a piece of property which is really nicely maintained and quite beautiful. We stayed in a cabana, which while not fancy, was certainly very comfortable, clean, well decorated and for experienced travellers, more than adequate.

The food was exceptional, and it woth getting a least some of your meals at the lodge. The owners and the staff were more than willing to accomodate special requests, such as extra helpings of a particlarly tasty dish, or special diets.

The staff were very helpful, both in arranging our accomodations and tours beforehand (with four of us travelling, their patience is to be commended) and when we arrived, bending over bqckward to provide excellent service, from arranging for an extra hammock to providing prompt ttranfer service to an from the lodge. The staff and guides were really knowlegeable.

All in all a great experience. Can't wait to go back!

  • Liked — The great service, the accomodation
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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Whittier, California
1 review
Reviewed 8 December 2008

After visiting Ambergris Caye and Jaguar Paw, this was a great way to end our trip to Belize. The room was good. It provided all the necessities. It wasn't fancy, but you don't go the jungles and small towns of Central America expecting posh hotel rooms.

The owners, Bart and Suzie were wonderful. We arrived around noon, and they made lunch (with wonderful fresh-squeezed lime juice) for us. And the main meals (breakfast and dinner) were excellent. They have a great chef who prepares meals above and beyond basic dishes. They even served turkey on Thanksgiving.

They offer excursions to all the places you would expect in that part of the country, with knowledgeable guides.

I would recommend Maya Mountain to anyone who wants to spend a pleasant few days in western Belize.

We saw the toucan as we were leaving

  • Liked — friendly, knowledgable owners
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2008

Beautiful lush jungle setting, a short distance from town. The hosts were very accommodating, knowledgeable, and helpful. Staff was professional and friendly.
A couple of caveats:
"Rustic" (lodge room) translates to dark, a bit dank, and an overwhelming odor of insect spray that lasted a couple of days (better than the alternative, I suppose). Cannot comment on the separate cabanas.
Shower head only dribbled water, but it was hot when needed.
I like prices for meals to be disclosed; be prepared for a tasty, but (IMO) overpriced breakfast. (Don't know about other meals.)
Tours arranged by the hosts take any fuss and guesswork away, and helpful tips from staff were very welcome. (You can also save money by going directly to tour operators in and about town, and they will pick you up whereever you stay; just a little bit of extra effort.)
Pool and deck are pretty nice; and, if you have any spare time left, force yourself into a hammock on the large porch and pretend to read a book; a nap will almost certainly follow!

  • Liked — Location, setting, owners and staff
  • Disliked — Room could use a little updating/mending (linens, paint, window function, bathroom fixture)
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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w0rld_citizen, Owner at Maya Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, 26 November 2008
We have now completed the painting and renovation inside and out of all units as of Thanksgiving Week 2008.

Unfortunately due to the worst rains and flooding in over 25 years we were unable to complete painting during the month prior to opening. These guests stayed in one of the only unpainted rooms due to paint scent in others. Now this unit has been renovated and is as charming as all the rest of our cottages and rooms. We are sorry that the guest experienced this and had they expressed dissatisfaction we would have understood and adjusted their bill.

The past 3 weeks have been cool, clear, blue skies, and delightful.
--Bart Mickler Owner / Host
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Ventura,CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2008

My parents and I recently flew into Cancun, Mexico where we hired a car at American Car Rentals (many don't allow border crossing) and took our time sight seeing Western Mexico before we drove south, down good roads to Belize. It's a 4-6 hour straight drive from Cancun to Belize border. Belize, (Ex: British Hondures) is the only English speaking C.A. country.
We stayed at Maya Mountain Lodge (MML) for 5 days and had some, of the many great experiences of what interior Belize and Western Guatemala has to offer. The MML staff were very helpful and attentive. We could explore on our own or they provide tours of Mayan ruins, canoe or tube trips down rivers, exploring caves and rainforests with quality English/Spanish speaking tour guides to some of Belize's best tourist destinations. We took some time to relax by the pool or in one of the hammocks, surrounded by a beautiful tropical setting where we could see many of the native animals or birds, as well as many of the migratory ones. We visited the Belize Zoo to see many more of the native wild animals and birds. We also visited the marketplace, where there was plentiful local produce and craft shops in Belize and Guatemala. We needed more time to do all there was to do, but otherwise were very pleased with our vacation there.

  • Liked — Setting, location, people
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Maya Mountain Lodge
Address: 3/4 Mile Cristo Rey Road, San Ignacio, Belize
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Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Maya Mountain Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maya Mountain Lodge is a small family run eco-jungle lodge located 3/4 Mls. On the Cristo Rey Road, only five minutes from downtown San Ignacio, Belize. Offering 15 air conditioned units varying from family cottages equipped with kitchenettes to our standard rooms. We also have economy rooms for the budget conscious. Weekly and monthly rates are available for up to 70% discount. We are famous for our dining service which features cultural meals of the different ethnic groups in Belize. Dining reservations are recommended. We also offer cooking courses when booked in advance. We have a tour desk which provides safe, reliable tours of high quality and which are fun as well as educational. There is a pool, nature trails, tropical gardens,conference room, spa, and free WiFi. Our Wellness Center provides spa, educational courses, wellness cooking classes, yoga, and alternative healing referrals. Hiking, birding, and both guided and self tours of organic and tropical gardens available. ... more   less 
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