We loved Blancaneaux Lodge.
A few tips:
- Ask for your wake up call with coffee or tea service =) it free.
- Continental breakfast is free. And you can ask the night before for it to be packed for your tour =). And its much better than American style continental.
-Its cold at night and in the morning- you're on a mountain. For turn-down service they switch the blanket to a down comforter.
-If you do the hike on the property to Big Rock Falls you should be an experienced hiker or very athletic! You can go the short way if you're not up for the adventure by walking, bicycle, or horse. And when your return look for the hotel signs don't just turn at road. Do NOT dive in directly under the water fall. Request a radio (but if you have a radio and you go the long way, be prepared for the challenge of walking across the river on boulders or create a floating device you can swim across with).
-The massage is amazing -get one its worth it.
- If you want to eat somewhere else talk to your tour guide or the tour owner and eat out after a tour. It cost at least $100 to get off the mountain otherwise.
-Bring your MP3 player if you want any other background noise besides the river (they have a docking station).
- Plan your excursions before you come. I recommend Cayo Adventure Tours - they cost less than the hotel including airport transportation.
- Bring hiking boots and extra socks.
- When it rains you are stuck on the property. Bring a board game or a book. (the hotel has a few games)
- Make reservations at least one night at the Guatemalan restaurant on the property.
- The pool is cold. But there is a small warm pool to float around in.
- Be prepared to hike around the hotel- up and down several elevations (good warm up before Tikal)
- On a slow day - take a tour of the garden. One of the workers at the garden will give you a brief tour.
- When its cool at night sit by the fire place (if its not lit feel free to ask).
- Spend some time at the bar there will be other travelers there.
Its a great relaxing place with access to tons of adventure. A tropical oasis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, immediately fell in love with the location, and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the resort was used as a family retreat before Francis opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blancaneaux Hotel San Ignacio
- Blancaneaux San Ignacio