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“A piece of heaven”
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Belcampo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 January 2011

Just go!
We were welcomed into the hearts of Ms.Jane and her family with an outstanding staff! Our personal guide, Vincent became our dear friend, amongst others at the Lodge. From bird watching, chocolate making, canoeing, cave exploring, jungle biking .....meals.....first class service in every way imaginable. What a special place this is. Words can't describe. Simply, a piece of heaven!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2011

We stayed two nights at Machaca, finishing out 2010 and ringing in the new year in the rainforest. The lodge is spectacular. The two floor main lodge features wrap around open decks with views of the jungle. At breakfast it was not unusual to spot colorful tucans in the treetops. Lovely swings were built into the deck along with cozy banquettes covered with comfy pillows.

The large "cabins" are beautifully designed to create the impression that you are actually sleeping in the treetops. The stone shower and the screened in porch actually jut into the jungle. The rooms provide a unique opportunity to actually listen to the various layers of wild life chirping and calling during the night. Insects, howler monkeys and a huge variety of birds serenade at different times of the night. Truly amazing!

Jane and Brian are wonderful hosts who take the time to get to know each guest by name and make every effort to make everyone feel included. Each group of guests is assigned a private guide. We were assigned to Yogi -- he met with us the evening before to discuss how we would like to spend the next day. Yogi knew everything there is to know about the area. He answered our questions and patiently waited as we stopped to take dozens of pictures. After spending the day with him, it is clear that he loves what he does and that he takes every care to provide each guest with a customized experience.

There were so many great surprises during our brief stay. For example, each evening, we would meet the other guests at a different spot on Machaca's 12,000 acres for predinner drinks. One night featured a nocturnal boat cruise. On the next night we were treated to a troop of local drummers around a fire pit. The attention to detail is second to none. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests also get to enjoy high tea daily -- a very nice treat.

The spa at Machaca is absolutely stunning. Built into the jungle, you are treated to a fantastic massage high above the trees. Just breath taking.

This place was the highlight of our trip to Belize. It is a forward thinking oasis that leaves you yearning to return. We watched the last sun set in 2010 at Machaca -- it couldn't have been a more perfect way to end one year and begin a new one!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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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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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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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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: £241 - £566 (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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