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duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
Ranked #3 of 31 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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Chatham, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
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“Great spot to relax or from which to take trips”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2008

We just returned from spending four nights at duPlooy's. The folks there are terrific and work hard to make sure that your stay is just how you'd like it.
The rooms were comfortable. We booked on short notice so we ended up with adjoining rooms with the other couple we were traveling with and a shared bath. We had the futons and they were actually very comfortable.
This is an ecolodge so you should go there with that in mind. Having said that we got fresh towels every day but don't expect air conditioning and be prepared for an occasional short electrical outage.
If you enjoy birding this is quite a nice spot. A trip through the Botantical Gardens is also very interesting. If you are looking for something a little more active there are a lot of activities from which to choose. The cave tubing was awesome as was the zip lines. A trip to Tikal in Guatemala is almost a must. It is truely amazing. There are other Mayan ruins very near to the Lodge.
The food is very good and they pack very nice lunches if you are traveling. Have a drink at the bar and ask for Rick. He makes a good drink called Jungle Juice!

  • Liked — The location and variety of activities
  • Disliked — The need to schedule activities a day in advance
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with friends
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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2008

duPlooy's is certainly a luxurious way to experience Belize and the jungle. I haven't stayed at any other jungle lodges (there are several in the Cayo district), so I can't say how it compares ) We (a couple) were there for a full week. Their 'bungalows' are very clean and comfortable (one-room cottages with comfortable kingsize bed, bathroom and nice porch,). They are scattered along the elevated wooden walkway that winds through the trees, the air full of the sound of birds and monkeys. Though not air-conditioned, the bungalows and jungle rooms do have ceiling fans, and at least in February it wasn't a problem since it cools down at night.
We signed up for the full meal plan, which generally worked out OK (there are no towns nearby). The food varied between OK and terrific., especially for dinner. (The packed picnic sandwiches for lunch left something to be desired). The kitchen and bar staff were great, the office staff OK, though at times disorganized.

The down side: when it's crowded at duPlooys, things fall apart fast. The staff gets overworked, the food turns into mediocre buffet style, and the whole atmosphere, normally relaxed and quiet, flips into stressed hotel mode.

We also signed up for the full trip/tour plan (=different trip every day). You can decide on your trip/adventure for the next day, as you go along. We did the Branton Creek Cave (terrific), the Butterfly Farm (also great), El Pilar (local Mayan ruins largely unexcavated but still interesting), the Belize Zoo (not to be missed), the "baboon (howler monkey) park (skip it), and an overnight to Tikal. Tikal is fabulous especially for the jungle walks even beyond the wonderful Mayan ruins. Plus you get a closeup view of Guatemala in the bargain. Each of these trips came with a driver/guide of varying quality. If you're lucky enough to get a man named Firman for your guide, you are in for a treat.

duPlooy's grounds are amazing. Wonderful plantings everywhere, a long elevated walkway through the rainforest and above the river, and a huge botanical garden with native specimen trees. Toucans and other birds arrive at dawn to grab the fruit laid out on the deck by the bar.

All this doesn't come cheap, and if we were to do it again (I hope so!) we'd probably rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle in Belize City (yes, many of the roads are awful), and go around on our own. Having the lodge do all your transportation is a luxury, but it also ties you down to a schedule. It was a good introduction to Belize for us, though, as this was our first trip there.

Belize and the Belizeans are great. They even speak English when they're not speaking Creole or Spanish.

And, we had almost NO bugs.

  • Liked — grounds
  • Disliked — atmosphere when busy
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2008

My husband and I stayed at duPlooy's in January. We only stayed for 3 nights but wished we had stayed longer! The acccomodations, staff and food were all beyond our expectations. We went there to relax, and the absence of TV, e-mail and noise was wonderful. The only noises were the soft tropical rain and the many beautiful birds. And if you're wondering what kinds of birds, the staff is very friendly and loves to share information and stories. We can't wait to return. From here we went to the Inn at Robert's Grove. (See review)

  • Liked — We loved everything
  • Disliked — Leaving.
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2008

My husband and I stayed at DuPlooys for five nights over Christmas before heading to the Victoria House on Ambergis Caye. We loved everything about our stay. The property was lush, gorgeous and so peaceful. We spend three nights in Jungle Lodge 4 and two nights in the casita and both were immaculately clean. Jungle lodge 4 is the closest room to the restaurant so while still nice, it was a little less peaceful and private than the others. The casita is the furthest away from the restaurant, so very quiet but really too big unless you are housing a family. Jungle lodges 1-3 appeared to be up by the office so were kind of off the beaten path and not in the lush forest area.
The food was very good, the staff was incredibly nice and helpful, the trips were phenomenal. The river was pretty but it wasn't overly appealing for swimming i thought but we also didn't really have time to swim with all of the activities.
When we booked we were torn between DuPlooys and Chaa Creek/Hidden Valley but since we were going to the jungle we wanted to be IN the jungle and DuPlooys was just that. I highly recommend!

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2008

Just back from staying at duPlooys (February 2008).

It is a beautiful spot, with buildings linked by walkways perched on stilts along a ravine along the Macal River.

The bungalows are spacious and meticulously clean, the staff is accommodating and the food creative and excellent. Ricky the bartender is a cheerful and helpful guy, serving up exotic local juices like sorrel and lime, and presiding over a lovely wooden bar hanging over the ravine where kinkajous and collared aracaris come to eat the fruit put out by the staff. Canoeing along the river is relaxing and pretty, especially when the male iguanas turn bright orange to attract the females at this time of year.

If you are reasonably fit do not miss the excursion to the caves known locally as ATM (Actun Tunicihil Muknal). It is a day you will never forget. We went with Juan Carlos, an excellent guide.

One note of caution: Many people who go to duPlooys are birders (which we are not). Unless you place this interest ahead of all others, do not go on any duPlooys' excursions without checking to see if birders are going along (and declining to go if they are). We had the disappointment of going with duPlooys in a group of 6 (of whom 3 were birders) to the spectacular ruins of Tikal in Guatemala. Philip, the duPlooys' driver, is an avid birder, and stopped every few minutes to point out various drab and semi-invisible birds to the other birders, who trained their binoculars and cameras on house wrens and similarly uninteresting species for agonizing minutes, so that our 2-hour drive to Tikal took more than 4 hours! (Phillip also insisted on stopping at the same souvenir stand both coming and going, where he made long personal phone calls.) For us it was a shame to have our visit to Tikal, which could support interesting explorations of several days, cut by almost half so that we could repeatedly have ducks pointed out to us. Also, the Tikal guide that duPlooys hired (Louis) concentrates almost exclusively on Mayan cosmology rather than on the ruined buildings themselves. After he tells you about the coming end of the world, and the fact he is immune to malaria because he has a bullet in his chest, you stop listening. Between his astrological nonsense and (in particular) the selfishness of the birders, our once-in-a-lifetime visit to Tikal was severely compromised.

Stayed February 2008
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2008

We stayed at DuPlooy’s for four nights after Christmas, after a four-night stay at Belizean Shores (see my review of this resort too.) It was a huge contrast to go from the white, clean, sunny conditions on the beach to the muddy, messy jungle – even though we booked our trip this way, it was a difficult transition. But the lodge itself was fine: basic but comfortable – the grounds are well maintained and the rooms are clean. Internet access is available in the office for a fee. Even though we understand the conservation philosophy of the lodge, the rooms are really dim. No matter how you try to dry your wet clothes, they take days to dry (and they never do get completely dry) and end up smelling musty or moldy – so be sure to bring plenty of bathing suits and changes of clothing, especially depending on the tours you select. We lost power one morning, but it was restored in about 15 minutes. Other guests mentioned having a bat and bugs in their unit, but we didn’t have that problem. Definitely bring strong mosquito repellent and wear plenty of it during all your tours. Even fully covered with the spray, I managed to get a good number of bites during our time here.

We were on a package since our trip was around the holidays so meals were included. There’s really no place to go for meals since DuPlooys is very secluded, so we were glad they were included. We originally doubted the quality of the food on a meal plan, but we actually ended up liking the food here. Breakfasts were pretty good as was the lunch we had on site on the first day. Since we were on full-day tours for our full 3 days, we had lunches provided on those. One was a stop at a restaurant at Tikal – food was decent. Nothing too special but a huge relief after a full day of walking and climbing up steps. The bagged lunches on the other 2 tours were pretty basic (ham/cheese sandwiches, cookies or chips, juice, fruit bar) but filling enough. Dinners at DuPlooys were good. Soups and salads were usually really good, main entrees varied – chicken and vegetarian dishes were usually better than expected but lamb/pork dishes disappointed, desserts were always tasty. Service was consistently excellent, staff very friendly. They serve breakfast and dinner in the dining room and lunch in the bar which is an open walkway that leads to a lookout point over the river. This is also where they feed bananas to the adorable kinkajous that come everyday at dusk (between 6-6:30pm) and the birds (toucans) in the morning around 6am.

DuPlooys is located off of a dusty/muddy rocky dirt road about 20 minutes from the main road. This makes it difficult to get to San Ignacio unless you request a stop in town on the way to/from your tour. But everything is pretty much included in a package so they try to make things as convenient as possible for you. Be sure to book your tours at least by 6pm the day before. The office closes by 6pm, so you may not be able to sign up for anything in the evening. DuPlooys offers a good range of tours and we definitely took advantage of the activities.

DuPlooys sent a taxi cab to pick us up from Belize City Municipal Airport – he had our first and last names mixed up so when he asked the office for us, they had told him we were not on the plane. Even though the airport is extremely small, we were waiting around for more than 30 minutes before we saw each other. We included a stop at Xunantunich on our transfer from Belize City since Xunantunich is only about 20 minutes away from DuPlooys. We were lucky to get a great guide for this site – as one of the original caretakers of the site, Elfego was extremely knowledgeable.

For more information on the tours we took from DuPlooy's, see the reviews I submitted separately for:
1) a full-day tour was to Tikal with our driver Philip and tour guide Luis
2) a full-day tour to Actun Tunichil Muknal (“ATM”)
3) a full-day tour to Flour Camp Cave, which I believe is only available to DuPlooys and one other place

I had a massage by Ivy in the separate spa hut which was really nice after three days of non-stop activity! On our last morning, we explored the Botanic Gardens on the property – it was quite nice. We also asked for a stop at the Belize Zoo on the way back to the airport. The zoo is quite small so you don’t need more than an hour to see the whole place but it’s worth the stop. Among the highlights is the beautiful black jaguar.

  • Liked — grounds are pretty, staff is nice, tours are amazing
  • Disliked — rooms are dim, dew/rain on the roof is loud enough to wake you up, nothing dries in the jungle
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Elkford, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2008

We arrived at DuPlooy's on Christmas Day for a 5-night stay and and began our amazing 2-week Belize vacation!

We all agree that DuPlooy's was the highlight of our trip. They treated us like royalty there and all of the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable about Belize we felt like we were being treated to special service all the time. (Thanks Anivar, Ricky, Louis and Tanika!) Stephanie; the owner/manager was very friendly, helpful and gave us really personal service, as well as gifts for Christmas.

The food was fabulous and the accommodations were perfect. We stayed in the newer bungalows and they were so clean and well kept. The treetop bar, spa and botanical gardens are just beautiful and we loved to sit and enjoy a drink and watch the toucans, kinkajous and even the night time visit by the possum!! The website photos don't do this resort justice - it is incredible!

We chose the tour package and were thrilled with our adventures! Our personal guides; Fermin, Phillip, Louis, Arnold, Alexi and Andre were very knowledgeable, interesting and friendly. The tours were fantastic and we loved being on a new, exciting adventure every day. (The worst part of the trip was that we were so tired at night we had to go to bed at 8:30 a couple of times just to rest for the next day's adventure).

We definitely recommend this resort!!

The Crazy Canuck Gringos from Western Canada

  • Liked — Jungle Setting
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
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Property: duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
Address: Chial Road, San Ignacio, Belize
Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — duPlooy's Jungle Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
duPlooy's Jungle Lodge Resort, on the Macal River, an organic property since 1988, now powered by the sun, may just be the Eco-Lodge you are looking for.duPlooy's offers the original "Create Your Own Vacation' package as well as set packages for individuals and groups and custom packages which include other locations in Belize. Whatever you are looking for, we offer a great venue for your Belize Vacation for Families,Romantic Getaways and Honeymoons, Adventure Holidays and more. There is excellent Birding on and around the property as well as many on-site activities.Included with your room: continental breakfast, entrance to adjacent Belize Botanic Gardens, access to trails, use of canoes and tubes from our beautiful Macal River Beach,incredible bird watching from the deck with complimentary morning coffee, delicious meals from locally-sourced meats, eggs and produce. ... more   less 
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