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Belcampo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
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Charlotte
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“Beyond our expectations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2010

First Class experience from a world class team. Thanks Brian, Jane, and the wonderful team that made our two nights, way too short, trip an unforgettable vacation. The service was outstanding, the food was delicious, thanks Chef Ken, and the location really cannot be beat. There are tons of things to do, or do what we did, which was a great hike in the rain forest and relaxing canoe ride on the river. We will definitely be back! Get our room ready same time next year :)

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2010

Machaca hill is heaven on earth. While traveling in Belize over spring break, we wanted to visit a more remote area that had not been touched by tourism, but still have access to accomodations that provided creature comforts as a pool, delicious local food and water activities such as flyfishing, kayaking, snorkling. As we approached the lodge driving by the organic orange grove and machaca hill owned farm (which provides most of the produce for the hotel) and up the hill to the lush jungle forest (the owner has purchased 11,000 acres to protect), i knew we had found paradise. Jane, the manager, and staff greeted us in the beautifully appointed open air lobby with fresh squeezed lemondade and hot towels. Recently renovated, the spacious rooms are built into the hill over the jungle and have a screened porch which makes upifeel as if you are literally seated in the jungle canopy. The room was exquisite with beautiful tile floors and a bathroom suite with a double shower with a full window view of the jungle. The gourmet, delicious meals are prepared with organic produce produced on the farm and our children were offered upscale, healthful versions of their favorites. Their guide staff are knowledgeable naturalists and create personalized activities to fit your families itinerary : viist to a cocoa farm, hiking in the blue creek cave, guided night hikes, saltwater flyfishing and kayaking on their riverfront access. The highlight for my kids was watching (and hearing) the howler monkey family and tocans in the trees each morning while having breakfast on the open veranda.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Kansas City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2010

My wife and I spent 8 days at Machaca. The facility offers outstanding staff, very clean and comfortable accomodations, incredible food, all intertwined in a relaxed, luxurious ambience. The setting is unmatched: The first morning we just sat on our deck and listened to the sounds of the rainforest as its inhabitants started to wakeup. I can't recall any other location where I just wanted to sit quietly and listen.

Did I mention the incredible, engaging staff?

A short boat ride via panga transported us to wonderful flats fishing just 20 to 25 minutes from the lodge. Along the way you can observe howler monkeys, beautiful vegetation, and more birds than you can imagine. Once on the flats, permit were to be seen everywhere, which was the species of choice for our fly fishing efforts. Our guides, Alex and Yogi, were competent, relaxed and supplemented our fishing efforts with information regarding anything from the medicinal value of indigenous plants to Mayan culture.

Don't let me forget to mention how great the staff was.

Chef Ken prepares incredible 3-course dinners, preceded by appetizers and cocktails. You absolutely won't go hungry at Machaca. He relies heavily on his garden that is maintained on the property. Dinners were served on the veranda overlooking the rainforest. In the morning, we often dined with toucans watching our every move. One morning, 10 of the little buggers joined us for breakfast. Amazing! For goodness' sakes, have the chocolate mousse if it is offered.....AMAZING!

The area's signature inhabitants are the Howler Monkeys. They, too, contribute to the magnetic attraction of the area with their......ahem........"unique" calls. We absolutely loved them, despite the fact that they frequently feel the need to converse at 4:00 a.m.!

Finally, I have to emphasize the qualities of the staff. You can always rely on being treated like very special guests, and in a manner that is not overbearing. We grew to be very fond of each and every person who we normally encountered during our daily routines. Our departure was accompanied by near-tearful good-byes to everyone.

Although this facility stands out a bit because of its pricing schedule, I am very comfortable in saying that it is an excellent value. It is truly a case of you getting what you pay for, and it just happens to be in a unique, beautiful area that is largely unmatched.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2010

This incredible resort had absolutely amazing service. We have been to Belize 15 times, and this place had the best food that we have eaten in the country. Out of all of our trips to Belize, this was the nicest and most unique, resort that we have stayed in. It was very clean, the people are friendly, and the overall experience was incredible. Words cant describe the truly unique experience that this resort provides. And the fishing is tremendous!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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La Paz, BCS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2010

This resort is the best of the best. Soooo gorgeous and in the most amazing location. I can't rave enough about the rooms. These private villas are so comfortable and relaxing and the spa!!!! omg. Their massage room is missing a whole wall. Only to be replaced by a window that opens up to a cliff and the view of the mountains in the jungle. You actually feel like you're floating!
There is a great river just down from the resort and you can kayak up and down it.
We saw parrots and monkeys!!!
If you are going to Belize you absolutely HAVE to stay there at least for a couple nights if not more. They have all these activities to do also. We did the blue creek one. I highly recommend it. They take you swimming inside this cave that goes on for about a mile. It was mega exciting!!

Jane and Bryan are fabulous hosts and make you feel at home the moment you get there. Great service and the people are sooooo friendly and are always smiling. Ducky, a member of the staff has the most happy smile in the world!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Newton, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2010

This was our second visit to Machaca Hill. From the moment we exited our car, our stay was enriched by personal attention from Brian and Jane. We arrived at teatime and there was no caffeine-free black tea among the Lodge's large selection. Brian ran down to their house to bring me some of is own tea. The next day, the supply was replenished. It was raining when we left for our rooms and once again, Brian ran down the hill to fetch his own umbrella. Our very large one was waiting for us in our rooms. It is the obvious intent of the Machaca staff to make their visitors feel right at home. Seeing so many familiar faces from our last visit was really nice. Belize is just like everywhere else. Low staff turnover can a big impact on the quality of service. The staff at Machaca really seems to have a personal investment and pride in the lodge and their country.

We were thrilled to see Ken, the chef, and loved the food as much this year as last. I am a near vegetarian and the attention Ken pays to vegetables, both at lunch and dinner, makes him dear to my heart. The veggies are grown in Machaca's organic garden and are in stand-alone dishes like roast pumpkin risotto or accompany fabulous fish local fish, meat or poultry. We are very active travelers and love having substantial, delicious meals to look forward to multiple times each day.

The guide service continues to be great. We saw lots of animals and Yogi (the guide assigned to us) was able to use our camera to capture pictures when we were not able to hold a steady focus on what was right in front of our eyes. We saw howler monkeys, a beautiful non-venomous snake whose name escapes me, tons of quash, a tayra and a multitude of birds. We hiked Wilson Hill for the first time and loved it. We are pretty independent and prefer some hikes and canoeing alone as well as with a guide. Machaca is able to accommodate our style to perfection.

The only changes that were obvious to us were the enlarged bathrooms and the spa. The bathrooms last year were gorgeous. We could not imagine how they could be improved. The new bathrooms have a shower area large enough for six people. There is a huge plate glass window looking right into the jungle. The elegant cosmetics, candles, and view make this a shower to remember.

The spa was under construction last February. It is beautiful (with a big picture window with a jungle view) and Berta, the masseuse, is a peach. For sheer relaxation, have a massage while you are there.

I could go on and on, but one more thing of import. I am an unabashed iTouch addict (I’ve only had mine for a couple of months) and loved having WiFi. At home, I don’t have time to play with this great toy.

We are already planning our trip for next year. We want to experience Machaca in a different season. We can hardly wait.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2010

Beautiful surroundings, unspoiled nature, birdwatching, hiking, private guide, beautiful river trips (also in the evening), first class quality food and service, very tasteful, high-class
interior design. This lodge is number one for us! We visited a lot of lodges but together with Chaa Creek this is our favorite. In the morning we listened to concerts of the howler monkey's. We will never forget this place. Highly recommended.

A special note about the staff who provided us with excellent service and gave us a warm welcome throughout our stay.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Belcampo Lodge
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Belcampo Lodge 4*
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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