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
Table Rock was even better than I expected. I read reviews of people spending several days just exploring Table Rock and thought that sounded a bit boring, but now I can definitely see that being a great idea, especially if you're lucky enough to be there when fruit is ripe! We were there for three nights and went on one full-day excursion and a self-guided day into San Ignacio to see the market and Cahal Pech. If we went again, I'd do the canoe ride into San Ignacio, go to the butterfly reserve, go birdwatching on my own, and spend more time on the river.The infinity pool was amazing in partial shade, and there were fewer bugs than I expected, although we got a few bites during dinner.
Transportation: The road between San Ignacio and Table Rock is only partially paved, which makes for a bumpy 15 minute ride. There are three options to get into the city: the bus ($1.50 US), the shared shuttle ($5 US), and a taxi ($25 US). I recommend the bus. The bus and shuttle both stop running relatively early (6pm is the last trip back to Table Rock). We used our phone to call Table Rock to enquire about the shuttle. Everyone is on time, so make sure to be a few minutes early for whatever transportation you're taking.
Food: The food was fresh and delicious, and they provided a solid vegan option every night. My only complaint is that it was a bit expensive for what it was. We visited the Maya Mountain Lodge (about one mile from San Ignacio) for dinner, and they had more variety and slightly lower prices for traditional food (modified to be vegan, and a full vegan menu).
Here are the excursions we booked through Table Rock:
Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure - We left around 8 and returned around 5:15pm, just in time for Table Rock's happy hour. This excursion requires a long trip on an unpaved and winding road to a very quiet part of a river (Macal River?). It was very relaxing and as-advertised. If we had to do it again, we'd book the canoe tour from Table Rock into San Ignacio instead of taking so much time to drive to a remote area and float around, although the waterfalls were lovely, and the guides nice and informative.
Birdwatching at Table Rock - This was a little disappointing because it was a hot morning and not many birds were out. Our guide spent time showing us different trees and plants instead, which was fine.
Cave tubing - This was a great add-on, which we did on our way back to the airport. There wasn't as much information about the cave as I expected, but it was relaxing and beautiful to see the caves. It was the most crowded activity we did.
Cahal Pech - This was well worth the visit, although I regret not hiring a guide at the entrance.
San Ignacio market - Lively with lots of fresh produce, and snack options, including smoothies and breakfast foods. Unfortunately we were there during an in-between period, so mangos and other fruits weren't ripe yet. There were public bathrooms and a nice information center one block away.
Tubing at Table Rock - This was lovely and relaxing until you get to the part where you have to hike back along the river and back up to the property. The river was very slow-moving around 9am, so we paddled a bit.
Incredible stay in the heart of the jungle! Six of us had an older girls trip (ages 58-86) to Belize and loved our time at Table Rock! Months before arriving, Coleen and her crew gave me great answers to all our questions and were extremely helpful in planning our stay. I definitely recommend having the hotel drivers pick you up in Belize City and take you back to the airport. We had a stop at the Belize Zoo which you must see!! Amazing animals! Upon arrival, we were greeted by the calls of howler monkeys hooting a hollering across the river...spine-tingling! The grounds are immaculately maintained but retain the jungle atmosphere. It is like a fairyland! All through the night, you hear animal and bird calls, which adds to the experience. The rooms are open-air so you really hear the night activity. We particularly liked the staff in the restaurant and office. Such great service!! We took tours of Mayan ruins and went cave tubing, which was tremendous! Our favorite thing was the Mayan cooking class, just down the road. Such nice people and we learned so much. All can be arranged by the Lodge. If you want a truly different experience but still want the luxuries of home, Table Rock is a great choice for you!!
Our family of five recently stayed 4 nights in the rainforest cabin. It's close to the kitchen but we enjoyed the location and the extra space. I was a little worried about no A/C with higher than normal temps but ended up using the extra blankets every night.
The entire setting is lovely with a nice balance of amenities and jungle setting. We enjoyed taking the canoes out, visiting the donkeys, bunnies, and the pool is lovely. The ATM tour we booked through TRL was amazing. That adventure definitely lived up to expectations. Patrick was our guide for just our family and it was a highlight of our 10 days in Belize. We ate breakfast and dinner at Table Rock most days and found there to be plenty of variety with the changing menu. I can't say enough about the staff - everyone was super friendly and helpful.
I spent so much time reading reviews and analyzing locations and am so glad we chose Table Rock. We would definitely return.
We loved this jungle lodge. Tremendous care has been put into the design of the property to maintain its natural beauty, the unique private cabanas, the beautiful thatched dining hall and serene pool area. Our cabanas were spotless, the linens a beautiful quality with many small details were included to make our stay as indulgent as possible (fresh flowers, a lit oil lamp at the front door welcoming us at night or the brown towels beside the sink in case mud was brought into the cabana so as to not soil the white linens) We choose a breakfast/dinner package. Apparently the banana pancakes were the best my family has ever had! Dinner menu was limited to 2 choices which was difficult due to our personal food allergies. We took the inner tube down the river which was incredibly peaceful. The walk back is strenuous FYI. Two staff that stood out for us were Cassie and Carla. Friendly, attentive and very professional and Cassie can sure make a mean rum punch. We would definitely recommend staying here and experiencing a beautiful lodge
We stayed here with our 3 teen/ tween girls! Our expectations were exceeded in every way! The staff is amazing! They were all so kind & thoughtful. Called us by our names & were always helpful! We were sad to leave but hopeful we will be back someday!
We had wonderful breakfast and dinners at the restaurant! My girls were spoiled by the delicious fresh juices and homemade breads in the morning! They also offered some great wines!
Our jungle cabana was beautiful! Plenty of room for all 5 of us. We had a king bed, futon & they brought in a comfy single bed/cot.
In the mornings we enjoyed a visit with the animals at least once & sometimes twice a day! The walk down to the river was beautiful. Unfortunately we didn’t have time for the canoe or tubing. I’d definitely plan a day just for the resort! The pool was perfect also!