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duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
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Reviewed 2 October 2009

My family (4 adults and 2 children) traveled to Belize for 2 weeks in July. We spent half the time at DuPlooy's jungle lodge and half on the beach in Ambergris Caye. My in-laws stayed at DuPlooy's about 10 years ago and recommended it to us.

We read lots of reviews on Trip Advisor before deciding on DuPlooys, and it was everything we expected and more. We had a suite with 3 separate bedrooms (6 beds in all) and 2 bathrooms. There was a separate living room area, a screened front porch area, and hammocks on both the front and back porches to watch the wildlife. The rooms were roomy and comfortable and very nice.

The restaurant was phenomenal. The fruit and vegetables are grown on the site and they make different breads and rolls from scratch every day. Meals usually provide three choices (2 meat/fish options and one vegetarian option) and everything we had was great -- especially the pork roast and the homemade breads. We got to know our waiter and waitress really well and loved them. The kitchen also takes great care of you if you're doing a tour -- during dinner they'll ask what you plan to do the next day and will make sure they have lunch ready for you if you need to take a lunch with you.

Tours were the biggest surprise for me -- I had been worried about the location since I thought I'd have to have tours come pick us up in the hotel. Instead the hotel has a concierge now that arranges tours for you. We just told them what we wanted to do and they took care of the rest. The drivers pick you up right there at the hotel and the guides were always great. We went on several tours including tours of Tikal, Xunantunich, horse back riding to Negro Man farm, tubing down the Makal river, tubing through the caves at Jaguar Paws, canoeing through Barton Creek Caves, and the ATM caves (Aktun Tunichal Maknal or something like that).

All tours were phenomenal but I can't recommend ATM highly enough -- they say that you have to be in excellent shape to do it and the trip is physically challenging but my mother (62) and my sons (9 and 12) were able to do it with no real problem. You hike, swim, wade, climb, and otherwise make your way through the cave system where Mayan sacrifices were made. In the cave there are still remains of Mayan sacrifices and pottery. Our guide's name was Juan Carlos -- I would especially recommend JC as he was really good with my 9 year old and helped him through some of the rougher areas on the trail. JC also had an appreciateion and love for his heritage that was nice to see.

Our Tikal trip was also really unique. On the way to Tikal, our driver Roberto made a stop at his parent's house. We met his mother and father and his mother made us homemade corn tortillas (she ground the corn while we watched and cooked the tortillas on their fire) and roasted cashews that we picked in their back yard. In tikal, be sure to bring a snack since the tour is long and you don't eat lunch until about 3 pm.

I can't recommend DuPlooy's enough -- it's a perfect place to stay to see that side of the country.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank HenryandWanda
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Reviewed 14 July 2009

I have been to Belize more than 12 times and stayed in many different accommodations in San Ignacio area. duPlooy's continues to be one of my favorite locations for a relaxing experience and a place to see outstanding variety of flora and fauna. The location is ideal for staying put and taking advantage of local recreation and relaxation. The food is above average. The rooms are comfortable and charming. The access to pristine Macal river and river activities is ideal. The Belize Botanical Gardens is inspirational, educational, and peaceful. The night hike with a licenced tour guide is exceptional. Reading a book in a hammock is fantastic.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled on business
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3  Thank SmithSojourner
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Reviewed 22 May 2009

Great staff & service
Great food
Amazing bird watching (from your bar stool if you like)
Great spot, history & owners
Easily my favorite accomodation in Belize

  • Stayed: May 2009
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1  Thank Shark_Girl_Anna
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

DuPlooy's hosted our wedding in February, and it was pretty much perfect. We couldn't have hoped to have everything go so smoothly if we'd had the wedding at home. I probably wouldn't recommend an event at DuPlooy's to anyone who has to have everything "just so." We did actually get exactly what we wanted and more from the entire event, but a lot of details were up in the air until the last minute. For us that was all part of the fun, but it might be stressful for people who don't roll with the punches easily. .

To give one example, we wanted a chuppah for a semi-Jewish ceremony on Xunantunich. We found out a week before the wedding that we couldn't bring any sort of synthetic structure onto the grounds. We came up with the idea of building one out of palm fronds. Some of the guys at the resort built it and it was magnificent, but we didn't really start seriously discussing how it would look until the morning before the ceremony. There were a lot of little things like that, and - as I said - every single one worked out as well or better than we had hoped, but there was a lot of uncertainty through the whole thing.

Our group included everything from highly experienced travellers and outdoor people to relatives in their 70s with limited mobility, and everyone had a wonderful time. The staff was incredibly helpful in every way. They went above and beyond in making sure that everyone got the tours they wanted. The regular meals were extremely good, and the food for the wedding was spectacular.

The grounds at DuPlooy's - including but not limited to the Botanical Garden - are beautiful. The beach on the river is a great. We all had a blast seeing the birds in the morning and the kinkajous at night. The guides are all amazingly knowledgable about the local flora, fauna, and history. There is absolutely no shortage of things to do. We stayed a week for the wedding and it wasn't long enough.

We'll definitely be some of those repeat visitors that you read so much about in the reviews. The combination of incredible service, great guides, proximity to weeks worth of things to do, beautiful grounds, and fresh food prepared very well, and great memories are far more than we could resist.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Thank JeffinOH
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

It was great. Totally relaxing, very magical. But found the beds to be uncomfortable.

Went horse back riding to the ruins and felt I could have used more instruction since it was my first time considering the level of difficulty and length of the trail. The guides were the best! Service was great and everyone showed up at our convenience for all the activities and patiently waited while we were always late. We got a lot of one on one attention. My only wish is that I would have spent some time in San Ignacio taking pictures and mingling with the locals.

Food is good but don't order the lamb. 5 out of our group of 6 ordered it and none were happy with it. We were happy with all the other food.
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Rooms were gorgeous. If it rains you won't get a ton of sleep because the rain is so loud on the roof. The other sounds in the night are great though.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank ladyofliesure
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