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Vanilla Hills Lodge
Ranked #1 of 33 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“Couldn't Have Had A Better Experience”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

I traveled to Belize on vacation a few weeks ago with my boyfriend. Our stay at Vanilla Hills was absolutely amazing! It was the perfect balance between feeling one with nature while still having the safety and cleanliness of a beautifully crafted lodge. I am an Interior Designer, and normally quick to critique places I stay, but here I was admiring all of the thoughtful details that went into building these cabins. The service was far beyond anything you could get at a five star hotel. Claudia and Franklin have the personal touch, and a true happiness for their new Belizean life, making your vacation experience even more of a pleasure. They genuinely want to make sure that you get the most you can out of your stay. And of course Claudia's cooking, completely from scratch, was better than anything you will ever eat. We were there for four nights before heading off to Ambergris Caye, and we were sad to say goodbye!

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We stayed 4 nights at Vanilla Hills and it was marvelous. Franklin and Claudia are warm, informative, and exceptional hosts. The lodge was beautiful, clean and had everything we needed. Breakfast was always a hit with all of us.I would recommend Vanilla Hills to anyone who is looking for a magical place to stay and relax.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Bozeman, Montana
2 reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Claudia and Franklin are amazing hosts. We stayed in their Hibiscus cabin, the sheets, towels, everything was first class, a lovely deck to relax on - very nice. The bonus to staying there is that you have the option of having breakfast and/or dinner up on their beautiful deck overlooking the valley. Claudia is an fabulous chef. The food is excellent!! Vanilla Hills is a bit off the beaten track so staying in for meals was a wonderful luxury. We should have stayed longer! We would go back in an heartbeat and stay longer.

Room Tip: Both cabins are lovely and private. Good value too.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

Nicest place to stay around San Ignacio. Just outside of town in a beautiful jungle setting - only 8$ BZ cab ride away. Food is fantastic, far better than Han-nah's. Try the homemade bread and cheese and organic fruits and salads. Stayed with our 6 year old for 5 nights and would certainly stay again. Very clean beautifully furnished modern cabanas with great private verandas. We have traveled many places around the world and it is a special treat when you can discover places as great as this!

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

The Vanilla Hills Lodge was the first of our three stops during our two week trip around Belize. We enjoyed three nights in the Orchid Cabin; a gorgeous and well equipped cabin, with a comfortable bed and a nice shower. We couldn't have asked for more. Every night, we were lulled to sleep to the jungle sounds around our temporary home, and woke up to a delicious homemade breakfast by Claudia consisting of eggs, bacon and fruit or fluffy banana pancakes. We were also treated to Claudia's famed 3 course dinners; fresh and flavorful meals that did not disappoint. Claudia and Franklin were generous hosts, who were full of funny stories and information. We really enjoyed their company and wish to return in the near future!

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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Where should I start?? My friend and I stayed at Vanilla Hills Lodge and it was incredible. A perfect cozy clean cabin with excellent service. Claudia was fabulous assisting us with booking our tours and answering any questions we had. And her cooking was beyond delicious. Everything homemade with 5 star presentation. We normally like to try different restaurants when we traveling but the food was so great at Vanilla Hills we ate there everyday. Thank you so much Claudia for everything and making our Belize vacation unforgettable! You are fabulous!

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Bellefontaine, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

we had the treat of staying with Claudia and franklin at vanilla hills in bullet tree, belize. it is very close to san Ignacio. we were pleasantly surprised with the place and would definitely return. they were gracious hosts and really spent a lot of time caring for the guests that were there. very helpful in planning our daily tours as well. it should be advertised as a "gourmet" rental, as Claudia's cooking was excellent. the two are very talented in many ways, from their building skills, Claudia's fresh bread and cheese, to their knowledge of the area. thanks many times franklin and Claudia.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Vanilla Hills Lodge
Address: Vanilla Hills Rd., San Ignacio, Belize
Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vanilla Hills Lodge is situated in the rolling hills of Cayo on a wooded lot on the banks of the Mopan river. Although only five minutes from San Ignacio Town, the tourist center of Western Belize, the lodge is surrounded by peaceful nature. Vanilla Hills is your ideal starting point for a multitude of tours. From here you are within easy reach of famous Maya sites, impressive cave labyrinths, the tropical jungle and many more day tours. ... more   less 
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