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Most relaxing and wonderful vacation in the time of Covid. Don't cancel! Go, you will not regret it!
This was the second time that my husband and I have stayed at Blancaneaux Lodge. Why? Because it is the most beautiful and relaxing place. We stayed last year right before covid shut-down and we just returned from the second trip last week. In fact, the last time that my husband and I had gone out to dinner was last year at Blancaneaux! :) There are several reasons I want to write this review. First, though I want to mention how easy it was to get a covid test before returning to the states. You can order a test and they will come to the lodge. My husband and I ate breakfast while awaiting the results and within 30 minutes we had our paperwork. Also, everyone wears masks, tables are good distances apart, and I never worried once about covid. Now the other reasons for this review, is that this is one of our favorite places in the world to relax. Not only are the grounds and cabanas heavenly (I spent many hours just listening to the birds, looking at the trees, swimming in the pool and reading my books :)), and the food super delicious and fresh, but also and maybe most importantly, the people are wonderful. We can't wait to go back! Thank you to everyone and Thank you Marty since you were our server for most of our vacation. :) Wonderful experience.
A sublime lodging experience from start to finish. The grounds are spectacular and the personalized service by Edmond and others is superb. The on-site farm provides delicious “farm to fork” dining. The Big Rock Falls hike is a must.
Honeymoon Bliss in the time of Covid
We got married in November – after 25 years together. We wanted to have a celebration with friends but that’s not possible with the current situation with Covid 19. Then the question – do we travel, take honeymoon or stay home. I have to say taking this trip was the best idea we've had in 2020. It was a bit stressful getting out of here but once we hit the ground in Belize the stress melted, and we felt seriously safer in Belize than in California. We had challenges getting tested with results being within 72 hours – even after 3 tests in 10 days in the US with top insurance we did not have the 72-hour test in hand, we were tested at the BZE airport at arrival for $50.00 US and had results in 20 minutes. Why can we do that in the US?? From there we were impressed at the entre countries measures to keep everyone safe. The transfer to the hotel took our temperatures, disinfected our luggage and that continued for the trip – all transfers and rides took our temperature, the teams on and off property were very vigilant with hand sanitizing and mask wearing. Very well done! Plus, the hotel is in a very remote location and sadly very slow with the state of travel so we were virtually in our own world a lot of the time. Perfect for us on our honeymoon and being able to escape the US pandemic, the politics and we’ve been stressed all fall with firers in California. The resort is stunning, very authentic and a real sense of place – the open-air accommodations, pools, spa and restaurants all are surrounded by pine forests and rivers and falls. Incredibly special. How wonderful to be surrounded by such stunning natural beauty and to be pampered and cared for by the team. We stayed in the Enchanted Cottage, and it’s just that. A separate cottage about a ½ mile for the lobby, a charming stone house, private pool overlooking miles of river gorge and jungle. Huge bathroom, kitchen, fireplace bedroom that we did use twice, and our own golf cart to get back to the Inn’s main buildings. There are hiking trails with waterfalls, a seriously great spa experience, organic gardens, a very substantial stable for horseback riding. An amazing property, meticulously manicured and cared for by the team. Service was kind, caring, genuine and made us feel very special. They did extremely sweet and beautiful surprises for us and they will long be remembered. Our butler, Caesar, was seriously by our side at every turn from serving us dinner, when we returned for a day excursion, he was there waiting for us with a treat or cool drink. So thoughtful. On out final night Caesar created a romantic riverside pavilion for us with flowers, candles and went WAY over the top to make our last night and honeymoon special. Really can’t express how dear and heartfelt this evening was. Food and drinks were great – a commend them for the variety of dinging. We had pasta in the main restaurant the first night, second night at the casual Guatemalan Restaurant, 3rd night in the organic garden with a long reception and then a tour with the gardener followed by a delicious vegetarian meal in the garden, and the final riverside o=in our private cabana. Go, you’ll love it.
Wonderful stay off the beaten path in the mountain jungle in Belize
My wife and I came here to Blancaneaux in December. We were fortunate to have mostly good weather during our stay but it was still warm during the day and slightly cool in the evening. Bernie and the rest of his staff do an amazing job to take care of the guests. Most staff would great us by name and also got to know our preferences during our short 4 day visit. My wife requested gluten free options and every restaurant we went to would try to accommodate. We were staying here on a honeymoon getaway and the staff arranged a secret private romantic dinner for us on their own - this was amazing and thoughtful. All the staff wore masks and would be socially distanced where possible so we felt quite safe. The rooms are good size and quite clean. Turn down service would get the space heater warmed up and hot water bottles into the bed for the evening. Once you are here you are kind of locked in to eating here - all the restaurants on site were excellent. Concierge on site can assist with activities - for Barton creek we used on site staff member Geronimo who is also a guide and he was absolutely excellent. For Caracol we arranged the activity ourselves. There is a waterfall nearby which is great but also provides constant white noise everywhere around the property. Yes, wifi is spotty here but mostly available (one of our mornings it was not), so if you 'depend' on it then you might want to rethink about staying in the mountain. Lastly and most importantly BUG SPRAY - you need to bring some and constantly apply it - we left with a lot of bites from our short trip. The road here is part of the adventure but it does take some time once you are off the main road and you'll have to be back out on it in order to travel to any of the nearby activities (Caracol, ATM, Barton Creek Cave). This was an amazing start to our Belize trip and I'm very glad we were fortunate to experience it.
Beautiful resort, with beautiful grounds. I felt so relaxed here, we swam in the creek/ swimming hole, horseback road to big rock falls, had great food and drinks here, and also used the sofia plane service to and from the resort. Highly recommended
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