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
- 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
View of the Macal River and tunes of the howler monkeys and night creatures were so captivating. The hospitality was great and the food was even more tastier. Nature and resort symbiotically thriving. Wonderful hiking trails and exciting views of nature.
This resort does a good job of providing a comfortable stay while being eco friendly and deep in the jungle. The infinity pool is such a nice amenity to have at the end of a hot day of sightseeing. Everything is very well thought out and we really enjoyed our stay. I wish we had had more time to explore the farm.
The room was comfortable and the fans worked well, I liked the screened windows so that we really felt like we were camping in the jungle. Food was really tasty!
We stayed in the Laughing Falcon room for three nights. From our arrival, when Cassie met us in the parking lot to welcome us, to our departure, Table Rock was more than we had expected. The staff is amazing- friendly and helpful. The grounds are lush and sprawling. The food was delicious, and the light bites were great for those days when we wanted something less than the full dinner at the end of a busy day. The pool is beautiful and totally relaxing. And our room was gorgeous. It is hot in the jungle, so you wouldn't want to hang out there during the day, but by the time dinner was done, it was comfortable. And we had no trouble sleeping. The bugs quieted down after dusk and stayed quiet until dawn.
The tours arranged through the hotel were fantastic. We visited Tikal one day and the ATM cave the next. Both were awesome.
We wished we could have stayed for another day or two, since we didn't have a chance to explore the grounds much. We would have liked to canoe and/or tube down the river. But that just gives us a reason to come back again!
Table Rock was definitely a splurge for us, but a splurge worth taking.