Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge
What We Love
- The wonderfully warm staff, who make you feel at home the moment you arrive
- Particularly popular with groups, but also good for families and couples
- The bar and lounge, with its lazy ceiling fans, soft leather sofas and eye-catching oil painting of a jaguar
- Freshly made soursop juice or cocktails at the end of the day
- The restaurant serves good international and Belizean favorites
- The plethora of birds makes the lodge ideal for birdwatchers
- Pair a stay at Sleeping Giant with Almond Beach Belize on the Caribbean coast
What To Know
- The lodge is 17 miles from Belmopan, the capital of Belize, but most flights land in Belize City, about two hours’ drive away; the lodge can arrange transfers
- Buses from Belize City will drop passengers off at the entrance to the lodge on the Hummingbird Highway, but from there it’s a half-mile walk to the lodge itself
- The River View Houses have two bedrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and can sleep seven, while the spacious Spanish Casitas sleep up to five, with two bunk beds; space is tighter in the Garden View Rooms
- Rooms have both air conditioning and ceiling fans
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Good Living Camp, Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is on a river and close to St Herman’s Cave and Blue Hole National Park. This resort is within the vicinity of Crystal Cave and Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.
Make yourself at home in one of the 20 air-conditioned rooms featuring espresso makers. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Relax and unwind with massages and facials. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Grab a bite to eat at the resort’s restaurant, where you can take in a garden view and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Was actually looking forward to staying at this location with the kids. My girl made a reservation for four of us for Saturday checking out on Monday. On the way to the location from the city I asked her to call and confirm the reservation. That is when someone (named Karen) who claimed to be the sales manager told my gold that the reservation was canceled because no one answer when they called us. I tried explaining to him that the girl told us the room was booked for the two days and that someone was going to call us to see what activities we wanted to book but not to confirm the reservation, then he said we where suppose to give a 50%deposit but no one asked us for a deposit we even asked and she told my good no need.
Travelers be ware of this place when making reservations. They seem very irresponsible and unprofessional, specially the sales manager.
The most impressive aspect of Caves Branch is definitely the accommodations. Our Jungle Suite was separated from the surrounding flora and fauna by simple (yet highly effective) mesh big screens. At night, the sounds of the jungle are right there in the room with you, and you wake up in the morning surrounded by lush green plants and colorful flowers. The last night we were upgraded (by staff, on the house!) to a tree house, which you reach by climbing a series of staircases. Each level you ascend reveals a different part of the ecosystem you’re embedded in, and at the top (from your room) you can look down on it all. Our treehouse had a view of the whole valley. The outdoor shower with that view was fabulous, as was the star-gazing at night. We were visited by many birds and even saw monkeys from our balcony.
Our family of four (kids 9 and 11) loved the food at the communal dining hall. They have a nice variety to choose from, with healthy choices available at every meal. We also really enjoyed sitting with different families throughout our stay.
I was surprised that the least exciting part of our stay was the adventures. We did the cave tubing, which was pretty slow and boring at times, but definitely interesting. The highlight was the hike/climb our guide showed inside the caves, and the Mayan stories and legends. We also did the zip lining, which was tame compared to others I’ve encountered, but it was still lovely and the kids had a wonderful time. All of the guides we had were true professionals and they took excellent care of us.
Back at the lodge our kids loved the pool. It was way too cold for me, but they played in it for hours! The ping pong table was also a hit, and my husband and I thought the botanic garden was great. Simply walking the paths and looking at the flowers, birds, monkeys and lizards is a real treat.
I would definitely recommend this place to friends, with a caveat to shop around as it’s not the least expensive option.
Our family of four spent 4 days at Caves Branch. The daily trips were top notch and the guides excellent and professional. We stayed in the tree houses and they were wonderful. The views stunning! The hotel itself is situated in a lush jungle. The staff was wonderful and so nice and to cap it off the food everyday was delicious and plentiful. Thanks for a great start to our Belize trip!
I have traveled to Belize many times. Stayed all over Belize. Ian Anderson Cave Branch was by far my favourite holiday. Every moment was special. The great service, beautiful rooms, beautiful botanic garden, so much effort put into the gardening, beautiful beautiful beautiful, to the hot tub, always enjoy the pool with a hot tub, to the great food where you sit and meet other travelers, to Ian Anderson’s personal touches, great guy, great stories, a true role model. Not to mention the daily tours were AWESOME!!!!! From start to finish this is a vacation to remember. Thank you sooooo much to the Ian Anderson Cave Branch team, so much work by all to create such a wonderful stay. Thank you very much.
My wife and I took our 9 year old twins for four nights to Caves Branch. It was one of our favorite family trips, and our kids agree.
Every day at Caves Branch, you are assigned a table with another family for breakfast/dinner. You eat buffet style and get a chance to meet like-minded people (usually families, but not exclusively). We met some great families, and our boys took quickly to the idea of meeting and hanging out with new friends.
From about 9 - 2:30, the hotel slows down as nearly every hotel dweller heads out on an exclusive activity. For 3 consecutive days, we chose cave adventures: repelling, tubing, and rock climbing through waterfalls deep in caves. All included jungle hikes, some harder than others. These were challenging activities and not without a bit of fear from one of our sons. However, the boys were proud of themselves for overcoming their apprehension and loved each day. The waterfall was our favorite...
After the activity, we took the opportunity to taste the cheese made on property, unique for Belize. After dinner, we enjoyed the night hike. Before breakfast, we went bird watching, trying to spot the elusive toucan.
The pools were fun, the accommodations were comfortable, and the staff was excellent, especially Justo, Ivan, Patrick, Bryan, and Augustine (guides, chef and server). The food was plentiful and healthy. There was really nothing that I would change.
Note: Caves Branch is not Disney World. It is the jungle...there are venomous snakes and tarantulas and jungle noises. Kids have to be willing to listen to the rules and respect the environment in order to remain safe and get along. Frankly, I wouldn’t be comfortable bringing kids younger than 7-8. On the flip side, the teenagers that we met seemed to love it as much as the kids.
Highly recommended...as long as your family is adventurous and social, you’ll love it.