This was one of the most amazing and unique vacation spots we have ever been to. The drive there is a bumpy one and worth the trip. The lodge is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve and provides all kinds of unique vegetation, wildlife and adventure. Our honeymoon cabana overlooked the river, and one of its many waterfalls. The cabana was rustic, comfortable and romantic. It was truly the perfect place for us to enjoy each other's company. That does not mean that we did not get out and have some adventures. We did a number of excursions that were included in our Honeymoon package. Starting with the horse back ride to the Big Rock Falls was amazing. It is not very often to get into a river and climb rocks and swim up to the base of the falls and get a "natural" water massage. Truly awesome, Oscar was a fantastic guide. Next trip was Caracol. Eddie was our guide and incredibly knowledgeable. Another great excursion that included Rio Frio cave, Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, and fantastic Maya ruins with a view from 150feet up atop the largest pyramid that was breathtaking. After working up a sweat climbing the ruins, a visit to Rio On pools, a natural river, with small waterfalls, swimming pools was the perfect "natural" cool down. Last tour was Barton Creek cave tour. We have never been in such a serene and mystical place. Thanks to Jorge for pointing out all the remains, formations, and history of the Mayans and the caves.
Now back to the resort-the staff was incredible. They all showed great pride in Belize, the lodge and the heritage of the area. Everyone was willing to answer all our questions while providing a high level of hospitality. The rooms were immaculate and clean, the bed was comfortable and the sound of the waterfall lulled us to bed each night. The service staff in the restaurant was on point and very friendly. Breakfast was delicious, dinners truly showed the Italian influence of the Coppola name. Part of the great food is that all the greens come from the organic garden on property. It is as fresh as fresh gets. The property feels so natural, beautiful, and like you are part of the jungle. You walk down the river, cross bridges, hike trails, bird watch, or find one of the many landing areas to just stop, relax and do nothing. Can't wait to return. Thanks for a great visit
- 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