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
Everyone was very Welcoming and Very Professional. The Hiking to Butterfly Falls was a bit long But worth the Hike up there...such a serene and beautiful place. We needed to stay longer to visit some other nearby attractions. We will definitely visit again soon
Our Meals were Delicious and friendly staff
This place is wonderful. Whatever you might be looking for, this place provides. We enjoyed birding, hiking, visiting the Mayan ruins, and sipping rum cocktails. The service staff was wonderful and top notch people who I considered friends.
My wife and I stayed at Hidden Valley for 3 rest filled nights and days. We hiked, toured Caracol with a contract tour guide (Ricky), arranged by staff. The accommodations and food were outstanding and staff were were helpful. This site is extremely remote, so if driving yourself as we did, be prepared for a long drive (50 to 70 minutes) from San Ignacio over rough roads that are not well marked.
Very comfortable lodge nice people and excellent accommodation and food. We were bird watching and Marvin our guide was ace, nothing he did not know about the local wildlife.We enjoyed our hunt for the owls and Motmots. Thoroughly recommended.Geoff
Super friendly staff, really informative and helpful with everything, from explaining trails to travel plans. Beautiful, comfortable rooms and all round luxury experience ! Thank you for making my stay so special :)