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Blancaneaux Lodge
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

It takes some doing to get here - the last 20 miles up the road is unpaved - but it is worth it! Beautiful mountain resort with rooms and suites in palm covered structures. Beautiful grounds and views. Great food and service throughout the resort. The spa was top notch. great places to hike especially to the waterfalls. Beware of the bugs though - bring bug spray. Free breakfast buffet was superb.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

I traveled here with my family and really liked the experience.

1) Rooms and lodge: beautifully designed. The rooms and grounds are really impeccable with verdant views of a stream and rainforest. Many birds will land just in front of your deck. You can sit in your hammock and enjoy the visitors.

2) Food: Was quite tasty and plentiful. I liked the options felt that the menu was well thought out. The wine leaves a bit to be desired. They only serve Coppola wine, which is not surprising since he owns the joint. I just don't think his wine is that good. We did not drink at the resort as a result of that.

3) Activities: The self-guided hiking around the lodge is awesome. There is a really pretty waterfall about 2 miles away that is a good jaunt. There are a number of hikes in the area that are of variable intensity and all have great views. Hiking is definitely a must here. There is also a canoe cave tour. You jump on canoes and row about 30 minutes into a cave. You will navigate some narrow passages, which is exciting. The canoeing is very very easy though and by no means intense. All skill levels will enjoy this. You can also see some of the more famous Mayan ruins in Belize fro here. I recommend swinging by those. Do avoid the "jaguar searches". The density of jaguars in the area is super low and sighting rates are <1%. Anybody who sells you on "jaguar sightings" is pulling one over on you. There are few places in the world where you can reliably see jaguars and this is just not one of them.

Overall, highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

great service and super friendly
reliable and courteous the list goes on !
we went in november and got some rainy days as the rain season wasn t completely over.but other wise
good job it s a great place to relax!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2014

We are pleased that you had enjoyed our facility- I have shared with our team.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

My family really enjoyed Blancaneaux Lodge. I was worried that the kids (ages 8 and 10) would be bored, but they were not. We had planned an excursion to one of the Mayan Ruins, but had to cancel due to rain, we also planned to ride horses to the waterfall, also canceled due to pouring rain. Despite the weather we had a good time, the food was good, the 'Jaguar Juice' was great. The waterfall in front of the resort is man made, but who cares, it's still beautiful.
Have your driver from San Ignacio stop at a store before you get on the road, take some snacks and treats. The kitchen closes at nine and the mini bar is pricey (no surprise there!)

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

We are so happy to hear that your entire family had an enjoyable time. I have shared with our team.

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Hi there. First up, temper this review with the fact that we only stayed the one night.

So then - the first and lasting impression of Blancaneaux is of a lodge that's seen a serious amount of attention lavished on its grounds, on its rooms and above all, on the sense that you are the lucky beneficiary of Mr Coppola's friendship and that he's invited you to stay in his sprawling, serene estate for the weekend.

The greatest pleasure to be had was simply strolling around the place, taking in the fantastic trees and plants where hummingbirds and other brightly colored birds skitted to and fro, wandering down to the river to stand at the edge the peaceful river which descended down to a polite waterfall,having a nose around the enormous vegetable patches which supply the kitchens and admiring the 17 somnolent horses which are available for riding on one of a number of different trails.

The long list of interesting excursions were one of the main reasons for choosing Blancaneaux. Keen to see wildlife, we went on a rather disappointing 'Moonlight Jaguar Quest'. I don't mind not seeing much (one Grey Fox aside) but I just never felt we were seriously looking for any. And whilst we knew the chances of seeing a Jaguar were about zero, I feel anyone who puts 'Jaguar' in the title of a trip is at best, being disingenuous and at worst, deliberately misleading - sadly, this is something hotels and tour companies throughout Central and South America are guilty of. The complementary birdwatching tour the next morning and the Barton Creek Cave tour the next day was much better and the latter represented better value for money (though all the trips offered by the nicer hotels are, in my view, very expensive).

Also expensive are the meals with a quality of food which don't match the New York prices. Nice enough but nothing special. And oh - make sure you book the Guatemalan restaurant in advance - we were confined to the (Italian) Montagne restaurant because the former was booked out - a shame.

I'll end on an up-note - the staff and the guides were, to a fault, very, very friendly - and indeed all the Belizean people we met were the same. And the lodge also very kindly laid on a lovely birthday cake for me upon my arrival, my girlfriend having giving them the nod beforehand.

So if it's cake and tranquil natural beauty you're after, this is the place. If you want to see a Jaguar on the other hand, you may need to give up all your worldly possessions and move to a treehouse in the forest.

Room Tip: Room 10 - a Deluxe Cabana with its own private plunge pool is furthest out and thus the most private...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Thank you very much- our team try their very best in all levels of the service. I have shared your feedback with them.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Set on a river, amongst birds and other wildlife, this was one of the most enjoyable places I've stayed in a long time. There's nothing quite like going to sleep with only the sound of a trickling stream, cicadas and birds chirping. The resort's layout maximizes privacy and the cabanas give you the impression you are in a remote jungle hideaway. The rooms are well appointed and the main house and Guatemalan restaurant both seem to be fashioned to be as authentic as possible.

Excellent food. I didnt find the Italian menu too exciting, but breakfast selection was incredible (Especially the fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee) and the guatemalan menu changed nightly.

The staff are _extremely attentive_ and anticipate almost all of your needs and work tirelessly to make your stay relaxing but fun filled.

Room Tip: Get a riverfront cabana
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Thank you very much for your feedback.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Blancaneaux Lodge is in an amazing location in the Mountain Pine Ridge reserve just over the border from Guatemala. The 20 large and beautifully decorated rooms are positioned along the river and even the standard garden cabanas (ours) get a glimpse and the peaceful sound of running water. The more expensive riverfront and family rooms have enormous open sitting rooms and terraces; our terrace was plenty big enough for chairs and a hammock but screened in with mosquito netting and so felt slightly more confined. However, there were lots of sitting out places in the huge lodge grounds. The room was big and comfortable with a great bathroom and lovely art work and at 'turn down' the staff lit candles in it. The Jaguar Bar has the original fan from the opening shot of 'Apocalypse Now' and yes, we did lie on the floor looking up at it - and that was before we had been on the rum cocktails! There is gentle reggae pumping in the bar and live marimba on certain nights.
The staff are very attentive and helpful. Scarily, they remember your first name at all times. The food is Coppola's Italian menu and his own wine list: very good pizzas and pasta, interspersed with fish and meat dishes and there is also a smaller Guatemalan restaurant which is well worth trying. We thought the prices were reasonable. There is lots to do here: serious hikes and daylong trips; free bicycles; a good traditional swimming pool and a hot pool; or simply walking around the extensive grounds which include a big organic garden where many of the vegetables are grown and a stable of 17 horses. We did the morning bird walk with Oscar and saw and learned a lot. Our favourite thing was standing in the river and getting a free fish pedicure and then retreating to the hot pool.
This is a really comfortable lodge that allows you to feel the beauty of the jungle but keeps the harder realities at bay. Some people might find it a bit too landscaped and it felt slightly less laid back than the other other two Coppola Lodges (the small La Lancha in Guatemala and beachside Turtle Inn in Belize) but we really enjoyed our stay there and appreciated all the work it took to create a haven in an amazing wild landscape. By the way we didn't think the 40 minute journey on the dirt road to the lodge was at all bad and we spotted a beautiful grey fox on it.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good, including the standard garden rooms. The higher priced rooms are closer to t...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Central Farm | Cayo District, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize
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Region: Belize > Cayo > Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Price Range: £257 - £654 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blancaneaux Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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