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
The staff at Caves Branch were amazing! They were friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone we met had been with the resort for many years. That said a lot to me about the management/ownership of this adventure resort. The treehouse was open to the environment (screened) but very private regarding other guests. To achieve this, there are a lot of steps to get to your treehouse. Fans kept us cool for the most part, but visitors should be prepared to experience the heat and humidity of the jungle. Food was excellent especially fresh fruit and cheese made on site, and usually served buffet style and in more than adequate quantity. Gardens and pool are welcome at the end of whatever adventure you partake. We did River Cave, Mayan ruins, Night jungle hike, bird watch, botanical garden, and cheese tour in our 3 days at CavesBranch.
I have to emphasize that this is a different experience for a traveler. Yes they make you sit with other people but in order for you to interact with other travelers. Yes they shut down Wi-Fi during meal time in order for you to interact with other travelers. Yes they don’t have AC but they have fans, yet again to make it feel more jungle intense. If you are the quiet reserved type then maybe this is not for you however if you wish to emerge from your cocoon then absolutely.
Levaun, Johnny, Edward thumbs up for you guys! Made us feel at home. Hector, Ismael and Clarabella were such great tour guides, so knowledgeable. We took the night tour which was great; we also took the cave&waterfalls tour, the self-guide botanical garden and finally the cheese tasting tour. We were in the Jacuzzi until late hours and the water was so warm, the staff let us be without complains.
Now the room, very spacious, we had a big bed, bunk beds, a small living room area,
We had a deck, we had two showers one inside and one outside......such a connection with nature, they do lack power sockets but then again if you wish to relax then no electronics needed..........and the view! I usually wake up really early and took a walk around the facilities and up the other stairs, nice workout with a beautiful view.....i eat breakfast early but since it starts at 8am went with my laptop to the little bar next to the Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi worked fine. Bfst ends and 9am but took measurements for my friend to have a late bfst to the room, i made fresh orange juice nice too haha
The buffet meals had a variety and one night they had cow´s feet soup AH-MA-ZING, beware that at night they announce the menu so dont fill your plate with the first option.
I wouldnt even make it justice with my explanation but i would say staying here but you have to experience it......later on our last part of the trip we stayed at Naia Resort in Placencia and to tell you the truth i missed Caves Branch´s soul, happiness and devotion to service.....
Caves Branch is an unspoiled jungle lodge in Central Belize. If you decide to visit make sure you stay in one of the tree houses. The views from the tree houses are spectacular and the accommodations are elegant.
I highly recommend it to families, adventure travelers and honeymooners!
I spent 7 nights at Caves Branch with 15 other members of my son's Boy Scout troop and had an unbelievable time. Everything about Caves Branch is top notch. The location, the accommodations, the food, the adventures and of course the staff. A couple of members of our troop had been there before and told us how great it was but I wasn't quite sure about it until I got to experience it for myself. I was blown away with everything, it was so much nicer than I imagined. The lodge really is in the jungle and you could get hot and rained on and there will probably be bugs but YOU’RE IN THE JUNGLE! The bungalows don’t have AC and limited outlets but they do have fans, screened windows, hammocks and even an outdoor shower. You will need a light to get back to your room at night after dinner. The days started with making your own fresh squeezed juice with oranges from the lodge’s own orchards and ended with homemade desserts. During the days we went on different adventures with the expert guides from Caves Branch. They were completely professional, knowledgeable and entertaining. We started our week off with a relaxing river/cave tubing trip and our last adventure was the 300’ black hole drop. The entire trip was a unique and amazing experience that I am so happy I was able to enjoy with my son.
Every good thing you may have already read about Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is true, and in my humble opinion even the reviews so glowing that it makes you wonder if the review was written by a paid marketer are spot on. I probably cannot add additional details that reviews other travelers have not already covered or give you any more assurance that Caves Branch is an amazing establishment. What I can do is attest, and strongly reinforce, that Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is an experience that should not be missed! The location, the grounds, the dwellings, the activities (truly adventures), the food (easily on par with 4+ star resorts in the United States), and most importantly the people (especially the people) were all wonderful!!
To the staff of Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Lodge, thank you for your hospitality and friendly service. You made our stay comfortable and our experience memorable. We really felt safe and “at home.” It takes amazing people to provide that level of care and attention for weary visitors like us, traveling in a foreign country and staying in the middle of a jungle!
• Stefan and Rhoda who helped us (via email) answer our questions and book our Belize adventure
• Christopher who picked us up from the Belize International airport
• Marvin who arranged our adventures during our time at Caves Branch
• Edward and Johnny who made our dining experience extraordinary
• Arnold for guiding us on very informative hikes through the Mayan ruins Xunantunich and Cahal Pech
• I wish I had written down more names, as the hard work and smiling faces of so many others made our visit truly memorable
• Ian and Ella… Thank you for our fascinating conversations, your hospitality and your genuine graciousness. You have created an amazing place in so many ways!
Thank you all!!