Firstly, Claudia and Franklin are highly attentive, warm and engaging hosts, and we much enjoyed sharing their experiences of their life in Belize so far.
They have an amazing house (forest views for breakfast), and the bespoke wooden cabins are both extremely comfortable - something to look forward to after a long hot day exploring the nearby Mayan sites.
Claudia is one of the best bakers and cooks I've come across - using local ingredients (plus a few imported from Germany), she whipped up different masterpieces and fresh bread every day. Far better food (and much cheaper) than eating in town. The orange juice is grown onsite, and is outrageously good - we were having 2 glasses a day each!
They also provided excellent recommendations for local tours - they strongly favour operators with small groups, and my friend Liz and I were often the only ones on each trip. Exploring Caracol and ATM caves without the crowds is a real treat! They also usually pick up and drop off at Vanilla hills for no extra charge, so don't need to worry about taxis into town.
Overall, we loved our stay, and it was the perfect base to explore the Cayo area. Will definitely be returning!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vanilla Hills Lodge Belize/San Ignacio