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Belcampo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 March 2012

Where to start describing this wonderful place? The food, mostly locally grown in their garden, very fresh and used in surprisingly delicious combinations. Breakfasts are phenomenal with great espresso and lattes! My room had a shower with a window looking directly into the rainforest. Howler monkeys, amazing birds, coatis, caimans and good fishing in the river that runs through the place or in the ocean about 10 minutes downriver. Excellent guides will take you fishing or to Mayan ruins or closer by, to the farm and nursery where cacao plants, vanilla and other plants are being grafted and carefully tended. Or get a first class massage or swim in the pool! Meals are on a lovely balcony so you feel like you are in the jungle.

Room Tip: All rooms are close by with similar views into the forest.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

I was fortunate enough to celebrate my 50th birthday at Belcampo Lodge recently and it was a truly memorable experience. The lodge is a perfect sanctuary hidden in the jungle in southern Belize near the town of Punta Gorda. The lodge and the stunning guest rooms are perched on a hill top so you are literally in the jungle canopy. The towering trees are filled with birds and animals, and the incredibly helpful staff are always able to identify the wildlife. Morning coffee on the verandah might include sightings of Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Coutis, Iguanas, and many other species (yes, including mosquitoes).

The meals were spectacular. GM Mara Jernigan hails from the Slow Food world and is actively and passionately involved in ensuring that the food at Belcampo is top notch. It is plentiful, local, fresh and delicious. As much as possible, all ingredients are from the farm on the property, or brought in fresh from local fishermen and from the Mennonite farm in the area. Every meal was fantastic – the team in the kitchen has a wealth of knowledge of Belizian food and with Mara's international culinary experience, every meal was a delight. The menu changes daily and is based on whatever is in season and fresh that day. Guests are welcome to take a tour of the kitchen gardens and the farm. Walking down early before it gets too hot is a great way to start the day. Meander along the paths through the well-tended Mayan vegetable gardens, breath in the heavenly scent of the citrus groves, visit the happy hens and piglets, and check out the cacao nursery. You'll have a whole new appreciation for that just-picked fresh produce when you sit down to your next meal. Truly field-to-table dining.

All the staff are extraordinarily helpful and friendly and are patient and gracious with everyone from tired children to rude and demanding guests. They live locally so they know the area well and are justifiably proud of this jewel of a place. The rooms, the main lodge and the grounds are impeccably clean and comfortable and well maintained.

The guides are exceptional – extremely knowledgable about everything from the flora and fauna, to history and culture, to where to find the best fishing spots or watering holes. One feels completely safe and at ease in their capable hands. I went on several outings, ranging from a visit to the market in Punta Gorda, jumping off a cliff into a pool below the waterfall at Big Falls, swimming into the magnificent Blue Creek Caves, and exploring the Mayan ruins at Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit.
Stopping at guide Vince's home in a small Mayan village for a traditional Belizian lunch of chicken, rice & beans & tortillas cooked by his lovely wife, was a real treat. These people truly do treat the guests at Belcampo like family.

For discerning travelers looking to get off the tourist track, you'd be hard pressed to find a better prize than Belcampo Lodge.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We stayed at Belcampo for the last 3 days of a 3-week vacation in Belize. We enjoyed each place we stayed (Hopkins/Almond Beach, Cave's Branch, and Ambergris Caye/El Pescador), but Belcamp, located atop Machaca Hill, was by far the most luxurious. No detail has been overlooked -- beautiful, private rooms with the most inviting shower ever; fun, friendly and attentive staff; cooperative wildlife on the lodge's grounds; fresh fruits and veggies grown in the resort's amazing garden; the best margaritas in Belize; and best of all, DAILY LAUNDRY SERVICE. We arrived back home in Alaska with CLEAN LAUNDRY.

We stayed at Belcampo with our 8-year-old daughter, and she absolutely loved this place. The staff and guides were so friendly to her, and went out of their way to arrange activities that she loved. Although it's not a regular excursion, the staff arranged for us to go horseback riding one morning; Jose at Cottonwood was so patient & informative. And the waterfall hiking trip was amazing -- I highly recommend it. Desmond was our guide, and he was great.

Meals at the resort were a pleasure, and made even better by the fact that they are eaten outside under a wide, covered deck with fabulous 180-degree views. We used the spotting scope that stays on the deck to watch the wildfile in the huge cotton tree: howler monkeys, toucans, parakeets, and many other kinds of birds. Chan, one of the guides, knew lots about the birds we saw. Belcampo was the only place we stayed where we were able to watch the sunset over the hills. There's a great outdoor table at the lodge to do this while enjoying a Belikin or fresh-squeezed limejuice margarita.

My husband spent 2 days fishing with guide "Scully," and had nothing but great things to say about the experience. Evidently the fish were huge and fun to fight, regardless of whether the fish made it into the boat.

This is a place we would absolutely go back to.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Nan S
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

My wife and I went to Machaca/Belcampo in December 2011. We had very high expectations before we got there, and this place exceeded all of our expectations. The attention to detail by the staff is something that we very much noticed and appreciated - for example, they ask what drinks you like in the morning and make sure that they have it ready for you when you stroll into breakfast. The food is phenomenal. Belcampo has a garden on their property and grow most of the fruits and vegetables that they serve. Mara, the head chef, is fantastic. Every meal was delicious and we loved eating in the main lodge area that overlooks the jungle canopy. They have a very good wine selection as well.

The rooms are really nice and spacious, and we really liked the open layout in the bathroom and the huge, walk-in shower. All of the cabins have a screen porch, which is very relaxing and enjoyable.

The main purpose of our trip was to go fly fishing in Punta Gorda, and we had a couple great days fishing for permit and snook.

There are a lot of activities (bird watching, kayaking, visiting the caves, waterfalls, etc) and the guides on staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable.

We can't wait to go back again!!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Charles S
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

i loved this resort! and the zipline near by was awsome!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lindsey n
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

This was the second part of our Belize family vacation. With our 4 children, ages 16-26 we ventured into the southern rainforest of Belize after our stay for 4 days at Ambergris Caye for sun and fun. The 1 hour flight from San Pedro to Punta Gorda was beautiful. A Cessna Caravan that flew at about 2,000 feet, so the view was wonderful. Upon arrival at the airstrip we were greeted by Vince and his helper in a beautiful safari Range Rover that had plenty of room for our entire family and luggage. The service was nonstop perfect from that point until we left 4 days later. When we arrived at the lodge we were greeted by the manager couple Christine and Devine. They were so friendly as well as all the help. We took tours both days with Vince, which is a must. Waterfalls, Mayan ruins and lunch with Vince’s family home in a Mayan village was a highlight. We ate at the resort every night, it won’t disappoint. Celebrated my birthday the second night in the open air dining room with an amazing downpour tropical rainstorm just a few feet away. We enjoyed the howler monkeys in the nearby trees and saw a couple of toucans as well. A great experience for a family to experience other cultures first hand. The meals were amazing at the Machaca Hill. Great wine selection too! All in all a great time was had by all. I want to go back again soon, next time in the winter season. Our kids will always remember this trip. Very memorable.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank crc13
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

Overall I would rate my stay as excellent. The staff are very friendly, down-to-earth and personable. The room is comfortable. There is no door between the shower area and the rest of the cabin, seems to be a growing trend within the hotel industry. The patio area was very enjoyable and comfortable because it was screened. I could sit and watch the howler monkeys move along the 'monkey highway'. Because the room is open to the outdoors it seems a tremendous waste to turn on the AC, so I just used the fan. Every corner of the room was kept very clean. I was awoken each morning at dawn by the calls of birds and the howls of monkeys. Take ear plugs if you like to sleep in!

The quality of the food was uneven and ranged from outsanding to poor. Seems they were in the middle of switching chefs. I hope they are able to maintain the high standards. Although the food is excellent, the prices are quite high. I would recommend going with the all-inclusive package which also includes laundry. Not that hard to become hot, sticky and sweaty in the tropical setting.

Excursions were rather informal, but still pleasant. You can be as active or relaxed as you would like.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Address: Wilson Road, Punta Gorda, Belize (Formerly Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge)
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Region: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
Price Range: £227 - £485 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Belcampo Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agritourism-chic in Punta Gorda: a Jungle Lodge, organic farm and a 12,000-acre nature reserve. Set in the verdant hills above the Caribbean coast of southern Belize in the town of Punta Gorda. From our dock you can embark on our tranquil cruises on the jungle reaches of the Rio Grande, or our guided snorkeling and fishing adventures on the Caribbean Sea. Nim Li Punit and many other attractions are located nearby. At the heart of Belcampo Belize is the Main Lodge with our Jungle Farm Restaurant, the Rum Bar, the Jungle Spa, lounge areas, a swimming pool, and observation decks that open to stunning vistas of the coast, the Maya Mountains and a seemingly endless pristine rainforest. Our 16 individual, spacious suites are well appointed with plush beds, screened fresh-air verandas, and spa-style bathrooms with floor to ceiling tropical rainforest views. Belcampo Belize has 16 private suites offering the best in luxury and comfort. A testament to Belize's natural beauty and craftsmanship, nearly every detail, from the woodwork to the tiles to the artwork, is sourced from local artisans. If you're relaxing on one of the canopy beds or lounging on your own private veranda, you will experience the magic of the jungle within the comfort of your room. Enjoy a drink in our Rum Room with ingredients sourced from our own Cocktail Garden. Meals (including complimentary breakfast daily) are served in our Jungle Farm restaurant. We produce on-site more than 70% of the food we serve to Lodge guests. With extensive gardens, tropical fruit trees, and livestock, our day-to-day food production is a hive of activity year round. Optional tours available are: •Snorkeling •Scuba diving •Fly fishing •Birding •Cultural tours ... more   less 
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