Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve
What We Love
- On arrival guests are treated to a hand massage and a glass of lemongrass tea
- The morning java is grown on the inn’s small coffee finca
- Jungle platforms host yoga sessions and fabulous birdwatching
- Set in a 2,700-acre private reserve, the Hidden Valley offers easy access to nature excursions and ancient Mayan sites
- The inn has a private air strip
What To Know
- There are no TVs in the rooms, but WiFi is free
- Rooms are not air-conditioned but each has a ceiling fan (average night temperatures stay at 70 degrees)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Six cozy cottages surround the main lodge, once the family homestead of the Hidden Valley estate. The design reflects the graciousness of high-country living with vaulted ceilings, cypress-paneled walls and four fireplaces spread through three lounges, plus a dining area and a bar leading out to the pool and hot tub. Guests have the gorgeous front and back yards (a 7,200-acre private reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge region) all to themselves.
Bed and Bath
Surrounded by gardens, hanging orchids and pails of firewood, the six Estate Cottages are split into 10 rooms and two suites. Each has a ceiling fan and screened louvered windows, and all feature en suite bathrooms with full showers and tubs. Brick fireplaces with fireside seating, terra-cotta floors, handcrafted mahogany and leather furnishings, a writing desk and fabrics in earthy tones reflect the warm intimacy of the inn. Of the six cottages, two come with screened decks, hammocks for two, bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and outdoor showers.
Sip a frosted margarita while soaking in the hot tub. Have lunch or dinner on the pool terrace or in the dining room. Our Chefs Javier Tzib and Reydel Mesh creatively combine Mayan and Mesito flavors with her signature culinary style: caribbean snapper in banana leaves, pork tenderloin with pineapple relish. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, too. The private reserve is home to 81 species of wild orchid, flamboyant bird species such as the blue-crowned motmot and the keel-billed toucan, and four kinds of jungle cat. Enjoy exclusive access to 90 miles of well-maintained hiking and mountain-biking trails (guests have free use of 21-speed mountain bikes) and forest roads that lead to babbling brooks, secluded forest pools and a dozen waterfalls. For a romantic lunch you can request a champagne picnic by a private waterfall.
In the Area
Book a guided horseback ride through the rain forest and take a swim under a waterfall; head for some spectacular caves, such as the Rio Frio Cave, with its stone ceiling and stalactites; or Barton Creek Cave, a sacred Mayan site that can be explored on foot or by canoe. Or canoe the Macal River, tube the Mopan River or weave through the cave systems at Jaguar Paw and Caves Branch. And don’t miss the majestic ceremonial sites from the ancient world of the Maya, on view at the well-restored Cahal Pech, which features decorative artwork and architecture. Caracol, with 4,000 structures (many yet to be excavated) is spread over 55 square miles and is one of the largest Maya sites in the world. Then move on to explore the modern-day Mayan village of San Antonio, including the museum and handicraft shop of the Garcia sisters.
How to Get There
The women I attended K Marin's Phenomenal Women's Birthday with truly made this experience special. Hidden Valley gave us great service and authentic hospitality. The Managers even offered us a ride when our ride was delayed.
My group of women and I can't stop talking about how wonderful our weekend was at Hidden Valley Inn. It was the perfect place to host a retreat of such magnitud with 34 guests. The planning and execution was made possible through a friendly reservation's clerk who was readily available with answers to my questions within a reasonable time and upon arrival, the management and staff were there every step of the way to make us feel welcome from the beginning to the end.
The meals were properly thought out, table setting and seating arrangements were made to look very easy, but I know better because it takes a dedicated team to execute such meal plans within a short space of time, and manage to present us with snacks. As the birthday girl, and not an eater of meat, a special exquisite vegetarian plate was made and served to me which made me feel like a princess for the evening's event, while my guests enjoyed their Buffett selections. wow!
During our activities, it felt like we were at home, we saw no staff unless they were helping us out with something. The manager made me feel special because she tried to arrange some extra help for me so I would not look all crazy trying to do everything alone, the though was really appreciated, but I am the type of person to keep going and had planned in advance for things to run smoothly.
But every good thing has to come to an end, before I go I have to mention my suite. It was luxurious and since I was heading in a night earlier than the group, a hot bath was there ready and waiting for me, so I did not refuse it. We surely were not ready to leave but the ladies cant wait for next year.
Thanks to the Management and Staff at Hidden Valley Inn for going above and beyond with your service because it is one thing I always value.
From all the women who attended K.Marin's First Annual Woman's Retreat. Thanks you!
Our stay surpassed our expectations. We had an amazing time. The staff were friendly and professional, the food was excellent and our guide interesting and knowledgable. We went on a tour of the resort, part driving (thank goodness!) part walking hiking. We ended up at Butterfly falls and pool, dived in, the air turned blue when I surfaced, it was cold! We had an private lunch at Secret Falls and Pools which was magical (and the pool was not quite so cold). The whole stay was just amazing, would highly recommend it.