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Absoutely one of a kind!
Stayed here w/our 3 boys for 3 nights and had an amazing experience! We would have stayed longer, but our boys were anxious to get to the beach portion of our trip (Turtle Inn). Blancaneaux Lodge was beautiful, the pictures truly don't do it justice. The grounds are gorgeous and the bungalows are perfect. We loved the open air living room and spent a decent amount of time lounging on the sofa and hammock, enjoying the sounds of the river. The staff was top-notch and the food was wonderful. They have a garden on the property and everything tastes amazing and incredibly fresh. The last hour of the drive from the airport is on a very bumpy dirt road, but it's well worth the ride. Our drivers were all wonderful and took great care of us on our outings. We made the 6 hour round trip to Tikal (breathtaking!) and did the ATM tour on our way to Turtle Inn (well worth it!). The drivers we had on each trip were wonderful and we loved talking to them and hearing about their lives in Belize. Blancaneaux was a beautiful spot and we would love to return someday...we are missing the garden fresh guacamole and salsa and the amazing drinks at the bar! The concierge, manager and waitstaff were all top-notch - it's an amazing place.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights last month and it was amazing. Our riverfront room was beautiful and peaceful (other than the sounds of the birds and frogs!). The entire resort is gorgeous and rather secluded, so it does take some time to get there on bumpy roads but worth it. We booked several excursions through the Lodge (spelunking at ATM cave, canoeing Barton Creek, visiting Xunatunich and Caracol Mayan ruins), ziplining, cave tubing at St. Herman's and they were all amazing, as were all of the guides (Jose, Luis, Gilbert and Eddix, with Alex as our driver). If you're on the adventurous side, be sure to visit ATM cave. And after some very busy days exploring and sightseeing, it was wonderful getting a massage from Bronny, who was amazing! Because the resort is secluded, we had all of our meetings at the property (or prepared by the property since we had some packed lunches on our excursions). The food was good, with my favorite meal being the Organic Garden Dinner which followed a tour of their organic garden (though make sure you put on DEET beforehand - I unfortunately got several no-see-um bites during the garden tour). The breakfasts were delicious, too, with lots of choices and a room service option. It was a great trip, and I would highly recommend Blancaneaux!
Belated review, because I can't stop daydreaming about the magic at this place
Everything about this place is absolutely lovely. We stayed in the Enchanted Cottage, which comes with all the bells and whistles, including a Japanese soaking tub that soothed our aching bones after spelunking through the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. Be sure to stop by the Belize Zoo on the long drive out from Belize City, if you are interested in petting a tapir.
A special place
My family of 3 stayed at Blancaneaux for 5 nights in late March. We had a wonderful time, enjoyed our guides and tours. It was a restful and lovely place. The Lodge is very well managed. Breakfast was served in our room exactly on time, the rooms were clean and comfortable. It's expensive, but seems worth it. Our two bedroom villa felt very private, but we could, from time to time, hear guests in the neighbouring villas. We ate at all the restaurants, including the special Belizian feast by the pool. Both the garden meal and Guatemalan meals were our favourite. The Italian restaurant is a bit weird, but our son was happy to have pasta. I recommend booking tours in advance as part of a package price. You won't get a real sense of Belize without working for it, but it is a nice, safe, place to stay.
A place where nature envelops your soul; a divine experience
I cannot begin to think of enough wonderful things to say about this place. It is not just a place to stay, it's somewhere you can unwind and detox from the world. The drive from the airport is long and bumpy, but if you're lucky enough as we were, you'll have a fantastic driver who is both friendly and sociable to fill in the time. I never thought I would see pine trees in the tropics but as we climbed the mountain, we were surrounded by them. Staff greeted us before we even stepped foot outside the car and took our bags. We got complimentary drinks (Jaguar Juice), fresh towels to wipe down with, and some information about what activities and amenities were available. Our room overlooked the riverbed and while it was quite a walk, the scenery around the hotel grounds is breathtaking. Be aware- there is a lot of walking on the premises because everything is spread out to make it more remote and provide privacy. The wines here- being a Coppola owned resort- are rich and delicious. The food- whether it be Italian, Guatemalan, Belizean, or even American- is delectable. Gazpacho, ceviche, pasta, pizza, fresh fruit, crispy bacon- it is all perfection. We didn't get a chance to eat from what I believe is their vegetarian restaurant, but from what I understand, they do a lot of farm to table there and at the other two restaurants which is refreshing to experience. After dinner we made the steep decline to the hot tub area or as they call it, the hot pool. The hot pool has an infinity edge and wraps around a hillside so you can look off into the distance at the jungle and mountains. The milk way and shooting stars sparkle very clearly as there is no light pollution (because the property is set so far from everything.) We could see flickers of lightning and hear echoes of animals calling out in the night. The next morning, we did the horseback riding to Big Rock Falls and other than the sound of us on the trail, everything was silent except for the random birds. There are so many birds around here! My favorite was the one that sounds like a cat. We went back and got incredible massages and then I went to the (empty!) pool. I had the ENTIRE pool to myself. Not once has this ever happened. As soon as I got in, a man showed up and offered to bring me any drinks I wanted to order. The pool was crystal clear and refreshing next to the spicy Syrah wine I was sipping. Mornings were always a treat because every creature seemed to sing into the sunlight- birds, crickets, frogs. And due to the elevation, it stayed fairly cool at night and into the morning so air conditioning was not needed. All in all, a breathtaking place to stay. I am going to strive to come back here for my honeymoon. The staff also makes an excellent lemon ginger tea. I needed some to help with all the acid in my stomach (enough red wine and tomato sauce will do that.) I sat in the lodge entrance by the fire, on the couch, sipping the tea and it felt like an entirely different world. I cannot say enough good things about this place.
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