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
This relatively new addition to Table Rock Jungle Lodge is a most welcomed one --- their new infinity pool, located on the hillside overlooking the Macal River.
The pool is nestled ecologically into the Lodge's rainforest environment, just steps away from their restaurant and bar --- but you don't even have to take those steps, as the full-time pool attendant is available for conveying you drink/food orders to the bar/restaurant, and bringing those delectable items right back to poolside, or the pavillion (palapa) overlooking the pool. Brought the kids along? It's easy to keep an eye on them while enjoying something from the Lite Bites menu, or one of Table Rock's signature drinks (or my favorite, single malt scotch, neet). (I been to several other pool resorts, only to be frustrating at having to go look for someone to take my food/drink order.)
We met with one of the owners, Colleen and planted two mahogany trees near the river on the lodge's land as part of their reforestation efforts of these important trees to Belize. The resort was closed for maintenance so we did not stay there, however, the owner was very warm and welcoming.
This was my second time to Table Rock in Cristo Rey Belize and they managed to exceed my expectations yet again! First of all, the service is what makes this place truly special. This trip we have to call out Cassie who treated us like family without being overly familiar, catered to our every need, accommodated us for lunch even though we told her we wouldn't be having lunch that date, and makes the best cocktails one could ask for! She provided extraordinary customer service and made sure our stay felt luxurious and relaxing. Carla, our front desk receptionist was also so warm, welcoming, and responsive, whatever we needed we got it quick and with a huge smile and pleasant demeanor. We loved our morning server and host Mylee (Milee? spelling?) who despite some very early mornings always had a smile on his face, a pleasant greeting, and made sure our breakfast was timely and exactly as ordered. Speaking of food: I just dont think you can do much better than Sarah's cooking at Table Rock. The menu was unique, varied, and exciting. We looked forward to every meal! The owners have really put a lot of heart and soul into this lodge and it can not be recommended enough. You get so much more than you pay for.
To give you an example of the kind of people they employ, 3 1/2 years ago we enjoyed a stay mostly hosted by a guy named Marty. Marty has since moved onto another resort to accommodate family needs, however, made a long trip to Table Rock just to say hi to us! That is the true welcoming and Belizian experience Table Rock gives you.
Can't wait for my next trip back to Table Rock!