Table Rock Jungle Lodge
What We Love
- Hidden jungle retreat for relaxation, romance or high-octane adventure
- Friendly owners and enthusiastic staffers cater to just six cabanas
- Jungle and river activities on 105 acres with nearby caves, mountains and Mayan ruins to explore
What To Know
- No TV, but you can tune in to howler monkeys and exotic jungle birds; the lodge also has a lending library with books and board games
- No AC, but cabanas have 24-hour electricity and industrial-strength ceiling fans
- Off the beaten path: it’s two hours by car from the international airport or a short flight by small plane plus land transfer
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
An eco-lodge carved into the jungle, with everything from the palapa-topped dining room to the six cabanas built by hand from native materials. There are more than 105 acres of private rain forest to explore, plus well-tended jungle trails that lead to the Macal River and its half mile of river frontage, pebble beach and iguana lifeguards. Days here are spent swimming, canoeing and tubing on the river, or exploring the owners’ farm, which is planted with organic oranges, mangoes, coconuts, limes, soursop, starfruit and bananas and more.
Bed and Bath
Cabanas are individually designed, but all take inspiration from traditional Mayan designs and show off native materials such as Belizean hardwoods, river rock and bay leaf thatch. Custom-made four-poster beds are crafted from mylady wood and dressed with hand-woven Mayan blankets, and mahogany, ziricote and bamboo furniture supply thoughtful decorative accents. These jungle cabanas are rustic, yes, but they’re comfortable, with airy screened verandas and 24-hour electricity. There’s limited free WiFi (via satellite) if you must. The private bathrooms have plenty of hot water, and the showers are lined with stones from the nearby river.
Belying the remote jungle location, meals here are world class. The lodge’s chef obtain the freshest farm-to-table ingredients in the region, so be sure to make your reservation in advance. Start the evening at the open-air bar and restaurant with a cocktail made from tropical fruits and local rums (your welcome drink is free). Highlights from the ever-changing menu include plantain-encrusted grouper and organic roast chicken with vegetables from the lodge’s garden. Breakfast is a hearty spread of fresh-squeezed juices, rich coffees, free-range eggs, sausages and pancakes.
How to Get There
We had a 4 night stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge. No disappointments, all upside and positive. After a ~2 hr drive on some bumpy roads from the airport, we had a speedy welcome, our bags brought to our bungalow, and we were whisked to the dining pavilion for welcome drinks and great food. Every night and breakfast we had multiple incredible options, and we were never disappointed with the service, presentation, or flavors. And in the middle of the jungle!
Our bungalow - Great Currasow - was perfectly appointed and large, a very comfortable king bed, louvered windows with great airflow using the fans, and a large walk-in shower. Plenty of space for clothes and luggage, and many homey touches to make our stay super pleasant - and eco-friendly.
It’s a nice little walk to the dining pavilion, and the infinity pool is lovely, even when raining (which it did frequently this time of year, but it was a warm rain and we used umbrellas occasionally but never wore a raincoat.
Definitely check out the tubing, and easy descent with lightweight tubes to the river, and then a relaxing drift and exit about the slow rapids, and then a bit of a hike - but not challenging -back to the lodge. We saw lots of birds along the way and multiple iguanas in the trees.
We also did multiple activities which I heartily recommend, and the lodge can arrange - a full day at Yaxha in Guatemala - a great site, Billy was a fantastic guide, and there were no crowds - repeat, no crowds. We were the first people there, and saw very few others. An incredible experience. Also recommend the 2 temples tour to Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, both with unique features; our guide Dora was excellent and gave us a great, requested bilingual tour in English and Spanish. Finally, we did a half-day cooking lesson with Dona Josefa in nearby Cristo Rey- we made tortillas de maiz from scratch - ie corn kernels - so tasty; then had a traditional Maya ceramics lesson, and then a lovely lunch of roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, salad, and spicy salsa. Yum!
The staff at Table Rock are awesome - we really enjoyed our chats with Carla, Cassie, Reyna, and Lloyda - all were super friendly and helpful and made our stay incredible!
Table Rock Lodge is awesome. The pictures and descriptions on the website don’t do it justice. My wife and I stayed here 6 nights. The staff are super friendly and helpful. The rooms are nice and clean. We stayed in a jungle view room. The jungle view and river view cabins are free-standing cabins secluded from others. There are also garden view rooms which are not secluded and are joined to each other. If you want tons of privacy, get a jungle or river view cabin. We did excursions every day and Table Rock was our home base.
Table Rock may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however. After chatting with some other folks who were here, I realized not everyone fully understood the concept of a jungle lodge. So, here are some things to consider when deciding if Table Rock is for you…
1. You can’t use your hair dryer. The whole area is powered by solar and the rooms only have a couple of USB plugs to charge phones, tablets, and cameras. If you want to use a laptop, you can use the normal electrical outlets in the common area, but they won’t let you plug in your hair dryer.
2. The rooms don’t have Wi-Fi. The common area does and it works well.
3. The rooms don’t have air conditioning. There are fans and lots of windows. We got a little cold each night and threw on the extra blanket provided in the room.
4. The rooms have screen windows…not glass windows. You don’t need glass windows, but one guy we chatted with complained that there weren’t any. Maybe he was worried about bugs. We never had bugs in our room.
5. You can’t walk into town. You’re out in the jungle. Far away from noise… and people. There’s a bus and you can get a taxi if you want to go to town.
This place was our cup of tea. We have stayed in other jungle lodges in Belize (Ian Anderson’s lodge in Caves Branch) and Costa Rica (Pacuare Lodge). Table Rock was just what we were looking for. Some folks asked, but I can’t give a fair comparison of Table Rock to Ian Anderson’s lodge since it was 11 years ago when we stayed there. If you want to get away, enjoy nature, turn off your phone and recharge your human batteries, Table Rock is a great place for you.
My husband and I stayed at Table Rock for the first portion of our honeymoon and my only regret is that we did not stay longer. The property and rooms are beautiful, the pictures on the website honestly do not do them justice. Beyond that there is the absolutely incredible staff. Every person we worked with was so attentive, kind, and helpful. You don't ever have to leave the resort because there is so much to do there and the food is amazing, but if you do leave the staff give amazing advice on where to go and will book your adventures for you. There is so much to do around San Ignacio, but I highly recommend scheduling at least one full day to just stay on the property and enjoy the infinity pool, river, hiking trails, farm, and bar. You will not be disappointed by any of it.
If you want a secluded jungle resort, this is your place! My husband and I went here on our honeymoon and we loved everything about it. You could hear all the sounds of the jungle, and really felt like you were off the grid. Despite being out in the jungle though, the food and service was amazing! Excellent meal options, we never got bored of it.
Couldn't have been a nicer stay! The lodgings were spectacular with excellent views. The staff always had answers for our questions, as we rented a car and were travelling on our own. They had maps, etc and if didn't have an answer off the top of their head they found it!