We spent 5 nights in Blancaneaux as part of our honeymoon, and spent the second half on the coast. We were BLOWN AWAY!!!
Let's start with the SERVICE. Impeccable!!! Simply impeccable! From service at the restaurant to service in the rooms, to just general help - everyone was always all about helping, and at the same time, know when to leave us alone! Somebody always kept an eye out for when we did breakfast or dinner, and by the time we returned from our meal, the room was cleaned. Never an annoying "housekeeping" knock. I am a vegetarian, and they went out of their way to accommodate me in their Guatemalan restaurant (their regular Italian one has lots of veg choices as is). The grounds are maintained to perfection, and someone from afar always watches out to see if you may need anything (e.g. if you go an sit by the pool, even on a cool day when no one seems to be there). Finally, a super nice touch, they knew it was our honeymoon, and gave us two free massages!!!!! I'd like to mention Bernard, the manager, by name - always there and ready to help!! And we never carried any bags anywhere past the entrance of the premises - which was great :)
Food: Superb! The Italian food was truly of Italian quality! The Guatemalan was fantastic. And as I said, that place makes it easy to be a vegetarian!!! A lot of the food is grown on premises, and it tastes that way - SO fresh and flavorful! And those coconut sweets in the room - yum!!!
Room: Wonderful!!! We had cabana #7, that happened to be close enough to the main building, that we actually got wi-fi signal there, in case you care. Felt private and beautiful and we LOVED the no windows thing (although on colder days the after shower bit was a bit cold), had a hammock added (there isn't normally one in that cabana, but they'll put one in for you if you want), and really we saw little reason to ever leave it... Just delightful!
Excursions: We didn't do much, but Caracol was great and totally worth it, as well as a trip to San Ignacio. We didn't get the package, because we didn't want to commit to anything, and that turned out to be a very wise choice for us.
Overall, GO GO GO!!
- 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