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 grounds are beautifully kept and the staff was ultra friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend Hidden Valley for a family outdoor vacation. We stayed in the Family Suite and it was perfect. The food was also outstanding.
My husband and I visited Hidden Valley Inn for our honeymoon and we were impressed by something everyday. When we arrived by plane we were greeted by a driver along with the general manager. When we got to the resort, we were given a tour and shown to our room. All of the staff members referred to us on a first name basis, making us feel welcome. We had a few things planned put before we arrived which kept us busy. We wish we stayed longer because there were still many things we wanted to do but ran out of time. There are so many fabulous trails to hike! If anyone is looking to go on vacation I would highly recommend visiting Hidden Valley! They bew our expectations out of the water and the food was tremendous!
My wife and I spent 3 nights at Hidden Valley in February, and it was a great experience! The property was so incredible for exploring, and we thoroughly enjoyed the hiking. Highly recommend the private picnic at the Secret Pools - incredibly romantic and unforgettable. The Cascade trail was amazing, and quite challenging as well. We also did an excursion through the hotel that included Caracol ruins and Rio-On Pools, which were both very cool! The food was very good, exceeding our expectations. The staff was very friendly as well, and went above and beyond to ensure we had a great stay. We thought the rooms could use a little updating, but they were okay.
Overall, we loved the seclusion and privacy that the property offered for couples, but you have to be okay with no cell service, no towns nearby, and quite the drive to get there. We ended up forking over the extra money for a private plane from Belize City to save time and take in the scenery from the air, which was nice. If you love outdoor adventures like us, there is probably not another place in Belize quite like Hidden Valley.