We just spent a week at Blancaneaux and it was one of the best trips I've ever had. We stayed in the FFC villa and took advantage of all of the excursions we could fit in. We didn't get to do ATM cave but will next time. The resort itself is immaculately maintained and gorgeously landscaped. The staff is fantastic. We were there long enough get to know the staff a bit and we really enjoyed them all. In fact, Blancaneaux wouldn't be what it is without the folks they have working there. It's a really relaxed atmosphere (most people wearing shorts and tank tops to meals) with an exceptional staff. We weren't there in high season and only shared the pool once and the hot pool once even though we were in them every day. It was the most exciting, relaxing, romantic vacation I've had (certainly up there with Fiji). We are particularly interested in Mayan sights, so it was especially perfect for us. The ONLY less than perfect mark would be the food. The price of the food is a bit off. I purchased a package, so we got appetizer, main, and dessert with lunch and dinner (A LOT of food). I was taking note of the menu prices during our stay, though, and I really think after all of the reviews they should reconsider their offerings/prices. We had a night of Belize fare and a Guatamalan night. The food those nights was the best we had and I'm glad they've considered ditching the Italian on some nights. I think they realize they are your only choice for food and take advantage of it a bit.
That being said, the food wouldn't deter my returning a bit. I would/WILL be going back. Everything else was so wonderful you couldn't keep me away. However, how nice would it be to go there and have the food live up to the rest of the resort?
We did Barton Creek Cave (spectacular, ask for Theodore), horseback ride to Big Rock Falls (had a BLAST with Melvin), Caracol, Rio on Pools, rode bikes to Five Sisters (which seemed really run down and the river is WAY below the property) and the falls, had a romantic dinner by the river, swam, napped, ate, drank.
We went in one of the luxury cabanas and it was very nice. All of the rooms seemed great. When people stress bring the DEET there's a reason. I don't ever get bothered by mosquitoes, but the no-see-ums left whelps that are still itching me now.
Blncnx. is fantastic for many reasons: staff, property, vibe.....and I can't review without mentioning the beauty of not hearing other travelers "OmG"ding the bugs, complaining about this or that. We didn't realize how perfectly isolated we'd been until we were surrounded by people in the Belize airport, all recounting their trips. The other travelers we met at Blancaneaux seemed ready for the adventure, happy about the pampering, and not scared of some sweat, dirt, and insects.
- 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