My friend and I stayed at the Parrot Nest Lodge for 5 days, and it was exactly as described, in a jungle setting, on the Macal river. She had e-mailed them in advance, as she was looking to buy land in San Ignacio ( which she did)and was looking for a long term rental.They said they would look around for her When we arrived Marcos greeted us, looked up our reservation and said the tree houses were rented, so he put us in cabin 7. Which I loved! We had our own veranda with a hammock, a mini fridge, and our own bathroom. We had hot and cold running water, and fans. If your coming for the luxury of home, this isn't the place for you. No AC, No TV, and internet only available in the group lodge, where everyone would hang out in the evening. The dinners were awesome, some folks who stayed there before us posted that Theo is a great cook, I'm sure she is, but when we stayed there, a Belizean woman, Nada, was doing the cooking, and the smells alone would make you start watering at the mouth before she ever served you.It was very nice to sit down with the other guest and share stories of the day's happenings to each of us, while indulging in awesome food, and the most fresh deserts you've ever had, warm banana bread, made from the bananas that were picked that day from the tree, with warm chocolate syrup drizzled over the bread. Huge helpings so I know no one goes away hungry! Having dinner with other guest is a great way to end the evening also.
We didn't have our own transportation, but walking to the public cab stand, the colectiva cab was close by, and cost us each a $1.00, to go into the town, and $1.00 back again, Chens is across the street from the cab stand, so you can get your snacks, drinks, ice, shampoos, anything you need as it's a full size grocery store. Next door to them is a wonderful family owned taco shop, with good and cheap food, and lots of it for the money. We visited both quite often while we stayed at the Parrot's Nest!
We didn't book any tours through the Parrot's Nest, as we were there to buy land, but from what I saw and heard, the folks who did were very satisfied. We sat by the river, but the current was running a little fast, and being older women, we decided tubing wasn't for us. We did enjoy the noises coming from the jungle, the birds, the gibnuts, and the tucans. We had an encounter in our bathroom with a 1,000 legged creepy crawley thing, kinda fat, and about 4 inches long. It was orange with black stripes, so I grabbed the housekeepers broom and swept him out of the cabin. Another night, sitting on the veranda, I saw 2 green glowing eyes, slowly moving around, got a closer look, and took a picture of it. I was told the next day it was their version of a lightening bug. US has a big different version of what I saw. The gibnuts would make an appearance in the early mornings, they look similar to groundhogs here in the us, and sometimes in the evening, weird looking animals.
Our Cabin #7, was nice, We had no problems with the bedding and mattresses, we slept very well, one night it rained, and the rain on the tin roof was actually very consoling, and helped us sleep like baby's. The bathroom was OK, the shower did give us a little bit of problem, the hot water was hard to adjust, either it was too hot, or too cold, but all in all, what would you expect in the middle of the jungle, count your blessings you had some hot water! Don't expect closet space, you get some hangers, on nails sticking out of the wall, a sink vanity isn't included, you have open walls that you can sit your toiletries on 4x2's. The cabin is actually pretty simple, but cozy! Myself and my friend didn't have a problem with it.
This place is also pet friendly!!! After 2 nights there, we had a cat do a stay over, he slept in the beds with us, we left him out in the morning, but he seemed to like taking naps on our porch every afternoon, too sweet, and one of their dogs, they had 2 at the time of our stay, he seemed to like to sleep on our veranda also. He never did spend the night! But was always around.
Bottom Line, this place make's you feel at home, home cooked meals, a private bedroom, simple at the most, some come with a bathroom, some don't, but you get the feeling that this is where you want to spend a long time, if not your life, the property is well manicured, lots of different plants, etc. You'll love it, if you can put the modern things behind you for a few days.
I have nothing but high phrase for Theo and all that helps this property run smoothly!
If you go, Enjoy your stay there!
I plan to go back with my husband, and I really want to stay longer!!!!
Enjoy the Parrots Nest Lodge, I know I did!
The questions below ask me if it's a quaint hotel, or good for airport access, or a trendy hotel, none of those questions apply to Parrots Nest Lodge, it's a jungle " lodge" ! If I have to answer these questions to go on withh my survey, ignore my answers!!! Thank You!
- Also Known As:
- Parrot Nest Hotel San Ignacio
- Parrot Nest Lodge Belize/San Ignacio