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)
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
We stayed at Hidden Valley for a full week and it couldn't have been better. The grounds are amazing with so many hiking trails close to the inn. The wildlife was amazing to watch right from our villa. We really loved the staff as they were super attentive and knowledgeable. We ate the vast majority of our meals at the inn too and the food was really well done. Marvin was an excellent guide for a birding excursion and his knowledge of the surrounding flora and fauna was abundant. Hikes to King Vulture and Butterfly Falls were definite highlights, as well. Rooms are very well equipped and the fireplace got lots of use during our stay.
I came here with my mom over 20 years ago and I am happy to report that this place is as wonderful if not more so, than when I first visited! I returned this time with my husband.
We stayed in the Estate suite and just loved the room. The bed was super cozy, we slept like babies. The natural rock waterfall shower complete with blooming orchids was a delight! We also really enjoyed having the screen porch because we had a bit of rain and also we just like to read and relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in comfort.
We did the tour to Caracol. A rough ride to get there, but Marvin was the best tour guide we have ever had.
Other than that we did a LOT of walking which, if you like to be outdoors, this place is magical. The waterfalls are phenomenal. I also went on some lovely early morning runs, and I stuck to the dirt roads for this, for good traction and lovely views.
We treated ourselves to the "reserve a private waterfall" package and were blown away. This is simply a must do. We hiked there and arrived hot and sweaty in paradise--a little cabana decorated with tropical flowers, an ice bucket of champagne, hammock, wonderful food, and best of all a waterfall and big deep pool all to ourselves for swimming. It doesn't get any better than this.
The staff at the inn are so friendly and nice and the food is fantastic. Chef David even whipped up a fresh warm flan for us when he heard it was our fave.
We hope to return.
My husband and I stayed here for the first 3 nights of our honeymoon. The hospitality is what stood out to me the most. They go out of their way to make sure you are having a great time and are taken care of. The grounds itself is very nice and peaceful. We hiked to water falls, went to Caracol/ Rio on Pools. The day we went on a hike they reserved the Secret Falls and set-up a nice private lunch with champagne chilling once we arrived. Our favorite part of the whole honeymoon! Its a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy town/city life. The food was amazing! The chef even came out to apologize for cooking our rib-eyes a little more than we liked. She obviously made us a new meal and it was AMAZING. It was so nice of her to come out and apologize and made sure we enjoyed everything else.
We stayed 3 nights here and loved every moment. Quality of food was amazing, staff are friendly, attentive and always happy, lodges were very comfortable and night sky incredible. We went to butterfly falls and hidden pools- swam in beautiful clear pools and had them all to ourselves. On 2nd day we walked to Lake Lolly JOLLY and took boat out on Lake. So peaceful and again not a soul in sight. Grounds are also beautiful with lovely pool and Jacuzzi. Make sure you stay in this amazing place.
This is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve stayed at. It’s a long drive from Belize City, but totally worth it. It’s placed really well to see Caracol and other attractions but the real star of the area must be the property itself. It has so many stunning waterfalls - I recommend the property tour - and beautiful nature trails for hiking. Grab a packed lunch from the Inn and get out there. The cascade trail was truly stunning, with little stop offs for swimming in natural pools. More than anything, the people that work there are what made my stay so memorable. Every single person was so friendly and attentive. It was like staying with a group of friends. The food was absolutely delicious as well, and the cocktails are not to be missed.