It is difficult to put into words just how special the Gaia Riverlodge is to my family. We stayed only three nights, and wished that it could have been longer. As a guest, you are in a cared for by an excellent, attentive staff in surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.
We stayed with our 13-year-old daughter at the Riverside Villa. It is set far apart from the rest of the property. It's a short hike to the main lodge, but over steep terrain. I was on crutches, so the staff always drove me to and from the villa.
The villa itself is out of a dream. It consists of two separate stand-alone rooms, each with a full bath. The main room also has a fully equipped kitchen, it a guest chose to cook. We did not, but enjoyed making coffee each morning and watching the birds. My husband and I opted to sleep on the fold out couch so we could use the kitchen in the morning. The couch was as firm and comfortable as a regular bed, and our semi-teenage was able to sleep in. There are no real walls, only screens. You are lulled by the sounds of the river and the jungle.
The house has private access to the river with a private cabana. It is easy to climb on the rocks and enjoy a dip in the river. The main drawback is that the property is so nice that we opted not to do an extra tour, so that we could maximize the relaxation benefit from the villa. We all vowed that we will return to Gaia to see more ruins AND spend time at the Riverside Villa.
We were delighted with the food. A very intelligent kitchen sticks to excellent, fresh ingredients to make delicious meals. We ate mainly the meats, although the conch fritters and shrimp ceviche were quite good. Try anything with the corn tortillas -- also great. The hot sauce that is served with meals is quite spicy, but also packs great flavor. I wish they sold it.
A quick word about the spa -- I had a facial while my able-bodied family went to ATM. I thought the service was excellent, and a very good value.
Last of all is the staff. They provide world class service with a warm and friendly attitude. The Four Seasons in Costa Rica is the only other place I have been to where people anticipated my needs and wishes to an extraordinary degree. When you consider Gaia's remote location, it only reinforces how extraordinary the service is by the Gaia staff. Javier and Aisha, Nigel, Sylvia, Luci, Francisco, Calvert -- all such nice people who went far out of their way to make sure we were always happy.
I cannot imagine staying anywhere else in the Cayo region.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Eco-Lodge is located in the Scenic Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. We offer earthy yet stylish thatch roofed cabanas with excellent views of our waterfalls or Mountain Range, amazingly comfortable beds, Frette and Matouk linens and towels and bathrooms with hand painted Mexican tiles. Among our amenities are our natural fresh water pools, waterfalls, authentic Belizean cuisine, nature trails, day tours to the many Maya archaeological sites and adventure trips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Five Sisters Hotel San Ignacio
- 5 Sisters Lodge