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“Luxury in the Wilderness” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Belcampo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Luxury in the Wilderness”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2010

I spent a week at Machaca Hill with my 2 , 12 year olds . We were in heaven .The service is topnotch ,the food is delicious ,organically grown on site ,the tours & guides were terrific ( especially Yogi ),The treehouse accomodation feels as though you are living in the trees ,with stunning oversized showers.
An incredible abundance of beautiful birds. Howler monkeys right out your door !
The massage is fabulous too !
Make sure you go on the full day tours & enjoy the " picnic lunch !!
Absolute Bliss !!!!! This lodge has it all
Brian & Jane are wonderful hosts
All I can say is GO !!!! ENJOY !!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2010

I cannot say enough about the staff, service, location and tours. I went all-inclusive so it was only one bill. The best way to see the place. Your only decisions are "what am I going to do today?" and "what do I want to eat or drink?"

On arrival you are greeted with an amazing refreshing ginger drink!! The staff immediately make you feel like family. Everyone goes above and beyond to make you comfortable, wanted and happy!

I went for the nature, culture and history. The guides have amazing knowledge! I loved the Blue Water Cave, the lunch I had with a family in a Mayan village (Thanks Vincent for letting me meeting and enjoy your family!). The Mayan sites are amazing!!

As a solo traveler, they had a guide assigned to me and their company at dinner, was a lot of laughs and fun!

You will truly never experience something like this in your life!! Unless you go back. I know I am going back again!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Louisburg, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2010

Our visit to Machaca Hill was beyond our highest expectations. The staff, the food, the jungle surroundings were all intoxicating. There were so many things that were surprising and once in a lifetime experiences. The tram ride down to the river for dinner and entertainment. An impromtu night time boat ride on the river with all your dinner companions. Kayaking on the river during the day. Hiking in the jungle, seeing the sights with our guides, jumping off a rock beside a big waterfall, and HOWLER monkeys! What a magical place. There is no place like it and I dream of going back.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2010

Well, it's not actually magical, but you will think it is! Relax and enjoy the best food you've ever had, the most serene setting, and the best environment for adventure, friendship, and fun possible. Machaca just makes it look easy, but there is obviously a lot of planning, thought, and insight into what makes Machaca work. The staff quickly became our friends, while still offering incredible service. The lodging, a gorgeous "treehouse" in the rainforest, only interrupted in the early mornings by howler monkeys, is incredible. Fluffy white towels, super soft white sheets and down comforter are truly appreciated at the end of a day that ends way too fast. The food is seriously the best I've ever had. Our trip is a blur of hiking, high teas, trips to ruins, Crystal Skull drinks, battle of the drums, canoeing on the Rio Grande, snorkeling, fried plantains, laughing with our guides, the quest for Permits, and the realization that of course we want to come back here some time. Machaca is magic. We had a wonderful time!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2010

We spent 5 days at Machaca Hill last January.
The hotel is beautiful. The rooms are all seperate cabins built on a cliff in the rainforest. The rooms are very clean and spacious. The rooms have decks overlooking the rainforest with screens - you feel like you are outside all the time - but at the same time in a comfortable, clean room.
There is a river at the bottom of the cliff that winds into the sea. We took 2 trips out into the sea by boat with our guide Yogi. We went out to a small island where we snorkled, explored and picnicked.
We toured the ruins - which were spectacular. We went hiking and swam through a dark cave with waterproof flashlights attached to our heads.
The food at the hotel was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Ken (the chef) really does a wonderful job. The food is all local and fresh.
We also loved the spa.
Cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2010

We stayed for 4 nights at Machaca Hill with my wife and my 5 year old daughter. The setting is spectacular with open (but screened) cabins built right into the rainforest canopy. There is a wide range of activities, something different every day. We visited Maya ruins and villages, went snorkelling in the Bay of Honduras and learnt how to make chocoltae, all with Yogi our excellent guide. There is a lot more on offer: fishing and spotting manatees and crocodiles.

The rooms are spacious enough for 3, with beautiful bathrooms with the same big views as the bedrooms. Food is taken very seriously, with Ken the chef discussing options every night with guests. There is a preference for fresh local produce.

For us the truly remarkable aspect of this resort was service. Nothing was too much trouble. All the staff from guides to waiters to chef had an attention to detail and worked overtime to get things right in what was an isolated rural environment. Leading all this activity, were hosts Jane and Brian from South Africa. Their devotion to the project is reflected in the quality of their staff.

If there is one thing to get straight is that this is a resort for nature lovers. You are right in the rainforest. In the wet season this means mosquitoes by the pool. It also means the odd bug and being woken at 5.00 am by Howler Monkeys. It is hard to believe the noise that comes out of such a small animal. These are not rare sightings, they are your neighbours! If you are not into nature and being part of it, this may not be for you. If you are, it is an ideal choice

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2010

I recently traveled in Belize and Guatemala for two weeks and had a wonderful time. We stayed in some very nice resorts all over the country, but the HIGHLIGHT was undoubtedly our three day stay at Machaca Hill. We felt welcomed and pampered from the moment we stepped onto the property. It is impossible not to relax at this place, and the staff make it so easy to do so...best service in Belize! The rooms are clean with gorgeous views, the food is remarkable, the facilities are pristine, and we felt like a member of the Machaca family. Oh, and you must book a massage with Bertha! I have recommended this place to friends every day since I've been back. It is the perfect stop if you want to combine adventure and nature activities with relaxation...although we spent most of our time at the pool! Please do not miss this piece of paradise!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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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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