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
This is an amazing place located on 7000 acres (plus or minus) with loads of trails, waterfalls, a working farm, pool and hot tub. The food was excellent, service impeccable. The Inn supplied knowledgeable guides that took us out to see the Mayan ruins, birdwatching and cave tubing. I borrowed a bike (all in great condition) and rode around the property looking for the jaguar seen the week before (no luck). All in all, a wonderful experience and highly recommended!
A wonderful place to just relax and enjoy the garden views, or go further afield and trek to hidden waterfalls and pools, caves and Mayan jungle cities. The room we had was very spacious and comfortable, the food delicious and the staff charming, attentive and very efficient. Loved every minute.
Our trip to Hidden valley was the best. My husband and I had Soo much fun. The staff was very welcoming and very professional. The food was really nice and the entire place was very clean and neat. We had some problems at the airport and the staff went out of their way to make sure that everything was taken care of and we were OK. The moment we get to the hotel we felt relaxed. My husband and I are planning another trip this year. I have also advice all my friend to try visit because it is worth it.
If you are seeking comfortable surroundings, excellent meals and an extremely caring and attentive staff for your visit to the Cayo, you should stay at Hidden Valley Inn. My husband and I stayed at the Inn for 3 nights during our first trip to Belize, and really loved everything about our stay. Our cabin was truly inviting (clean, comfortable, quiet, nicely decorated), the staff was always looking out for us, and every meal was delicious. We went on one horseback riding trip and did three hikes, and felt that we really had the chance to experience the jungle of Belize. After a wonderful dinner with great cocktails, walking back to our cabin and looking up at the Milky Way every night, we felt like we were enjoying a little bit of paradise.
I traveled with a group to a yoga retreat at Hidden Valley Inn. The cottages are very lovely with fireplaces and comfortable beds. The staff was attentive and courteous, always available at the desk and dining room. The grounds are well tended and feature exotic plantings and meandering paths. The surroundings offer a variety of hikes, waterfalls and views of the peaks. There is also a pool and spa. I had a great massage after a long hike.
The food in the dining room is very good. I particularly enjoyed the breakfasts with coffee grown and roasted right on the property.
It is a remote location. I would advise having at least a three night stay to get the most out of your visit.