This is a beautiful resort made up of less than 10 thatched roof cabanas connected by a fun raised wood boardwalk. The room was clean and completely enclosed by mosquito nets which, FYI, does not mean it is bug free (but what can you do? you are in a hut in the jungle!). The bathrooms were spacious, clean with lots of hot water. The grounds are beautiful, along a river with birds and iguanas running around all over! Be ready to socialize because this place operates like a bed and breakfast. You usually eat breakfast and dinner as a group. No problem with the food or water upsetting my sensitive stomach and CTL is very accommodating to special dietary needs. The staff and owner, Chris, was very nice. Everyday they offer a few tours to choose from and you spend most of your day away at the tour with other guests returning in time for everyone to dine together. At night you are serenaded by the calls of howler monkeys which is fun to listen to and fire flys. As for tours, I highly recommend Eladio's chocolate farm. I know it sounds lame to go to a chocolate farm but you will not regret it. This man tends to an unstructured 30 acre farm all on his own and will walk you through the edible and medicinal qualities of his plants. He is Belize's own man vs. wild. After walking through his farm (which is more like walking thru the jungle than a traditional American farm) your tour group will go to his home to have lunch with his family (he has 15 kids!!) and learn about how the cacao bean is made into cocoa. He even has his own documentary, The Chocolate Farmer. I paid to upgrade to all inclusive to include the meals and tours and I am so glad I did. From speaking to other guests that did not go all inclusive, they said their final bill was pretty spendy. The only downside of staying at CTL is the lodge is a ways out of town and you aren't able to just leave to go to town whenever you want. Our friends attempted to arrange for transportation to town to shop and have a beer and CTL staff told him they were unable to arrange for this. Frankly this made us all feel a little trapped because CTL is so far away from the town. You definitely cannot walk there. Good thing the daily tours kept us busy. FYI bring mosquito repellant. Some guests left with only a couple of bites. By the end of our stay, my husband and I had >15 bites on each leg, arms, hands and even face. Yikes! FYI, the CDC warns of malaria right now in the Toledo district where the CTL is so protect yourself. Our friends brought industrial strength mosquito repellant and sprayed the perimeter of their hut and did not have a problem. I wish I had thought of that. Bigger bugs were not really a problem until the last two days of our stay when he found two large cockroaches in the room AND a scorpion. Yes, you read right. But he stayed up in the corner of the room behind a post (all we could see was his tail poking out) and we kept our distance. As the owner will tell you, this is Belize and scorpions live here too. I didn't see any freaky spiders but friends of ours found one in their room on one of the nights. Bottom line: beautiful jungle lodge for those with a more adventurous soul, good for all ages and all sizes. If you are anti-social or with more dibilitating social anxiety, this may not be the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our eco-lodge is hidden between the Moho River, the rain forest, and Mayan villages in southern Belize. Stay in beautiful thatch cabanas with private bathrooms and verandas. Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared with organic produce from our garden. Try kayaking, birding, swimming, and horseback riding on the grounds. Connect with the people and culture of Belize on daily tours to villages, Mayan ruins, cacao farms, caves, waterfalls, and more. Or simply relax in a hammock all day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cotton Tree Hotel Punta Gorda
- Cotton Tree Lodge Belize/Punta Gorda