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duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
Ranked #3 of 32 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

I chose this location as the final three days of a ten day vacation in Belize. I chose it because of the botanical gardens, and my wife being an avid gardener. We were greeted at the dock upon landing from our seven day live aboard dive trip, and enjoyed a wonderful drive to duPlooy's with a very knowledgeable driver. Upon arrival we found that we were the only guests as a large group had checked out in the morning. We were served by a gracious and friendly staff, and pampered beyond belief. The botanical gardens were everything we expected and more. We stayed in the "tree house" room, just breathtaking. A tip, go to the butterfly garden tour at neighboring Chaa Lodge, amazing. I just can not find the words to describe this beautiful gracious resort, the perfect time.

Room Tip: Tree house, romantic, and breathtaking, sitting on the veranda in the rain, indescribable!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Thanks for your review and of course, we're really glad that duPlooy's met your expectations. We particularly like it when you spend some extra time enjoying the property and gardens. You should come back between December and March when, in addition to our year-round residents, there are loads of migrating birds as well.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We spent a week at duPlooys and it was terrific. Bottomline: you are in the rainforest, but you're not really roughing it, several Mayan ruins are nearby,as well as, caves for exploring/adventure and the Macal river for tubing, canoeing, cooling off. It's a birder's heaven with plenty of other wildlife around. We love bats and owls, and saw both. It was hot and humid in early May, and there is no A/C, but we didn't mind. The bed was pretty hard. The food was excellent. The staff was incredibly hard-working, nice, helpful and friendly. We recommend the all-inclusive package for activities/tours. Our tour guides were outstanding. We really love the fact that duPlooys practices Sustainable Tourism.

We stayed in a very nice, very clean bungalow (#10). As I said there is no A/C, since they rely on solar electricity, but there is a ceiling fan over the king-sized bed. The mattress was hard, one of our very few complaints. We were there in what was supposed to be the dry season (May 3-10) and it was quite hot and humid. We asked for an additional fan, which arrived immediately and helped immensely. Our Bungalow had a refrigerator which was great, although it wasn't really sealing when we arrived. We took our cold stuff to our friends Bungalow #11, until they almost fixed the fridge. It was much better. We had stopped at a store after leaving the airport to buy juice/beer/wine/cheese on the way so we needed a fridge. The bar was very nice, but we wanted to spend quality time with our friends whom we don't see that often. We each had a lovely deck with a bit of a river view and hammock, so we gathered there in the little free time we had in the late afternoon after tours and activities.

The lodge is in a beautiful area of the Belize rainforest, near the Macal river. The duPlooy family has created the Belize Botanical Garden on site. It is lovely. Our friends who accompanied us are birders, and they were in heaven. Philip is the on-site naturalist and was great at spotting and identifying birds. We were lucky to have him as one of our guides during the week.

We were really interested in the Mayan ruins, and visited Xunantunich and Cahal Pech one day, followed by a lovely lunch in town. Each Mayan ruin has had a different level of excavation and study, and they all have somewhat different architectural styles. Two days later we visited Caracol, the largest site in Belize. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive from duPlooys and some of the road is really rough, so if you have a bad back or neck like me, think twice, but it is soooo worth it! We absolutely loved it. I plan to do separate reviews of the Mayan ruins and other attractions so won't go into detail here. We stopped at the Rio On pools for a swim on the way back. It was refreshing and fun, but the rocks are very slippery. And if you're modest, you need a close friend to act as a door on the 3 walled changing room.

Another day we did the Barton Creek Cave, combined with zip-lining and the Butterfly Farm. I probably won't zip-line again, but my hubby loved it. Barton Creek Cave also has artifacts from the ancient Maya, and really cool stalactites and stalagmites. It's pretty large, so okay for claustrophobics. And there were bats! We took a duPlooy's provided box lunch with us, as we did on the Caracol tour. It was a sandwich or pasta with fruit and a cookie, but more than enough.

On Tuesday, we canoed into San Ignacio, had lunch at Benny's and were picked up after wandering around town a bit. We saw the farmers market which had a great variety of fruit and veggies. It was fun. The river was running pretty good since it had rained. The staff kind of insisted that we take a guide because of that. We're glad he went with us since he was really nice and great at spotting birds and iguanas along the way.

On our day of relaxation we scheduled massages and chilled on the deck. The massages are where our only real potential problem occurred. There was apparently a scheduling snafu with our massages. One of the office staff fibbed to us saying it was an emergency, but then told our friends the truth about it. We were more than not pleased and spoke to Judy duPlooy about it. She was phenomenal. She apologized, found massage therapists at the time we wanted, and didn't charge us for them. That is truly great customer service.

Judy is quite hands-on and runs a wonderful eco-lodge. She spoke with us everyday to see how things were going. And she stopped by one evening to invite us to a lecture by a visiting scientist from the Peregrine Fund. They are doing research in the area about the one of the endangered Falcons. She had the kitchen/restaurant staff stay late so we could have dinner after the lecture.

So overall, it was fantastic, much better than Chaa Creek was 10 years ago. There are so many things to do with duPlooys as your home base. Next time we'll probably go to Tikal, and do the ATM cave. We can't wait to return. We hope Bungalow #10 (or 11) will still be there when we return.

Room Tip: The adjacent Bungalows 10 and 11 were great for 2 couples traveling together. King sized bed (too ha...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Wow!! Thanks for such a great review. Since we have the Goldilocks syndrome here - "the bed's too hard, the bed's too soft" - we are putting removable pillowtops on the beds and if someone wants a harder bed, off goes the pillowtop.

I'm glad I could solve your problem with the massage and it was a good lesson with the staff member who was involved.

And yes, Bungalow 11 will still be here when you return - and also Bungalow 10 for your friends.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

duPlooy's is a lovely jungle retreat with friendly , helpful staff, clean rooms and great food.
You'll enjoy the lively kinkajous that come to the bar patio at night and eat bananas out of your hand, floating down the lazy river that runs alongside the resort and strolling through the expansive, beautiful Botanical Gardens on the grounds. The staff does a great job of lining up day trips and transportation to pick you and to take you wherever you want to go.
We had a comfortable 4 bedroom suite for our family. It was great but we would have really liked a refrigerator to keep drinks cold since it gets quite hot there. Pods fall from the trees and bang on the metal roofs which can be a bit startling at first. Also, during Happy Hour in the bar you can get 2 rum drinks for the price of one but make sure you order one of the FEW that apply or you end up paying full price.
duPlooy's is a wonderful lodge to use as a base for plenty of daylong excursions. Be sure to take the ATM tour and visit some of the nearby ruins. On the way you are sure to see large lizards, Toucans, Spyder Monkeys and Howler Monkeys ( which make a horrifying sound when you are in their territory). Enjoy!!!!

Room Tip: Maybe look for a room that doesn't have pods banging on the metal roof if you are somewhat of a...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Hello,
Thanks so much for your review of duPlooy's. The reason that we don't have refrigerators in our rooms (except for gas fridges in the studio apartment units (2) that are for sale) is because, with solar power, electricity is limited; however, we are always glad to provide ice and a cooler for people who feel the need.

The guanacaste pods dropping on the roof ARE loud. The come from the beautiful tree just outside the building and, fortunately, they only drop once a year.

I'm glad that your experience, on the whole was great.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A delightful lodge set in a lush jungle setting overlooking the river was a nice start to our trip. Our plan included all meals and 3 full day adventures of our choice. The staff was friendly and helpful, we were attended to with great attention. We had Phillip Mai for our pick up and were able to visit on the way the Belize Zoo, an interesting and worthwhile side visit. Phillip was also our guide for Caracol and he has the sharpest eyes to spot interesting birds.

The food at duPlooy's was almost always spot on good. The juices were fresh and refreshing. In the morning or at night, it was fun to sit on the bar deck for birds or the occasional jukindo(sp) a cute night time creature that likes bananas. Our stay was very nice and well worth several days. There is not much to do in the evenings so we opted for a night time walking tour of the grounds with one of the security personnel. While we saw only some owls, a possum and the weirdest green eyed glow in the dark bug, it was fun.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Hello,
Thanks for your review of duPlooy's. The little guys who come to eat bananas in the evenings are kinkajous.

Even though they are around, you usually don't see too many animals on night walks, rather tarantulas, bats, maybe an owl and during July and August, myriads of fireflies. But, you are right, it's fun to just prowl around and see you appears.

Thanks again.
Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

From check-in to check-out, we were delighted with the friendly, helpful staff, the clean rooms (Tree House is lovely!) and the beautiful setting. Definitely check out the adjacent Botanic Garden, which the owner of the Lodge started. If you don't stay at duPlooy's, go to the Garden anyway! Lack of AC is not a drawback, there are virtually no bugs, and the excursions they arrange for you are top-notch. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Thanks for visiting duPlooy's and for enjoying your surroundings as well as your tours. If you didn't stay long enough you can always come back and enjoy some of the activities you missed this time.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Remember going to camp when you were a kid? Well if you want to relive that type of an experience, duPlooy's might be the answer. The one thing that won't happen while you're there is that you won't be bored. Want to go birding? Check. Want to climb Mayan ruins? Check. Want to meander down a river? Check.

As for the lodging part of things, I'm not sure how to rate a jungle lodge as it can't be compared to a hotel or a B&B. One way to do it is to check off the boxes. Is it in a jungle? Yes. Is there lodging? Yes. Is food served? Yes (and it's done very well). I will also add that this is not a luxurious place. You will have to give up the idea of returning to your cabana to air conditioning (does not exist), a bathtub (we just had a shower), and solitude (the jungle can be loud thanks to cicadas, birds, etc.)

I'd like to add that the service was outstanding. duPlooy's hires very accommodating and service-minded people, some of whom have been working there for years. Phillip, a guide and driver, deserves special mention as not only does he know his history, he knows birds. And he can spot them from a great distance. If birding is your thing, he's your guy. (He also has a terrific sense of humor.)

I would also like to give a shout-out to the lovely and gracious chef. I'm sorry that I didn't get her name but her cooking was outstanding and she offered a varied menu each night we were there. There was even a night where she grilled the food outdoors, and boy was it tasty.

As I mentioned, it can get loud in the jungle at night. I brought earplugs and found that they weren't very effective. I'm a light sleeper and found that the sounds of nature could not be ignored and which lead to a couple of sleepless nights. It didn't spoil my vacation but as someone who is used to relatively quiet nights, it was something that took some getting used to.

Room Tip: Book a cabana with an enclosed porch where you'll be able to hang out in a hammock and not worry...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Hello,

I guess it is kind of like summer camp here - except that, as I remember, the food wasn't very good, at least at the camp I went to!!!

At this time of year, I agree, the jungle is very loud with cicadas screaming in your ears, but you gotta give these guys a break as they only live for a few days so they have to make the most of it!!

By the way, head chef is John, his back ups are Melanie (the barbecue queen), and Phylis, all of whom we appreciate so much, along with the rest of our attentive staff. They really do care whether or not you have a good time here. Great people, all.

Thanks for you review.

Judy duPlooy

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Our family of 4 - myself, husband, 17 yr old son and 16 yr old daughter recently stayed for 3 overnights at Du Plooys (before heading to Ambergris Caye) We stayed in the Casita which was a stand-alone, 2 story dwelling. There was more than enough sleeping space for us and 2 large full baths. The unit was very clean and bedding very comfortable. The ceiling and floor fans really helped to cool off the space. During the night, we needed to pull the blankets off the shelf and use them. We enjoyed swinging in the hammocks that were on our porch. The grounds were beautifully kept and very tranquil. It runs along a refreshing river that can be used for tubing/swimming. The meals that were provided were delicious! There was a wide variety to choose from and the staff was always very accommodating and friendly. Chef Phyllis even gave me the recipe for her wonderful Calypso Chicken and Coconut Shrimp! On our first full day there we took a horseback ride to the nearby Mayan ruins and then enjoyed a fabulous lunch w/ our guides at Benny's Restaurant. The next day we explored the ATM cave which is a MUST do! The boxed lunch of a grilled chicken sandwich, cool slice of watermelon, plantain chips & a Snickers bar was just what we needed after exploring the cave. Phillip provided the transfer from the airport on our arrival to Belize and was very accommodating when we asked to stop at a local place for some lunch. We flew to Ambergris Caye at the end of our stay right from the municipal airport that is 10 minutes from Du Plooy's. It was worth the extra cost and the view was spectacular from the 14 person propeller plane! I carried 2 large bottles of bug spray with me but never got a bite!

Room Tip: For a family of 4 or more - go for the Casita.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Cayowoman, Owner at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Thanks for bringing your family to duPlooy's and thanks for your review. I agree that flying at least one way is worth the extra price (Add your flight to Belize City to our Create your own package for $50 per person) as it gives you more time to enjoy the grounds here if you take the mid-day flight or an extra morning at your next destination if you take the early morning one. Make sure flight times coincide with your schedule for international flights.

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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
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Ranked #3 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range: £95 - £228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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