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
If you're looking for your run-of-the-mill all-inclusive luxury resort in a stunning setting, Caves Branch is not it. Yes, it has the service, the beauty, the amenities...but it provides so much more!
Since returning home, I've been describing our experience as "summer camp for the whole family." It is a setting where you engage with each other and with other families, be it at meal time, in the hot tub or on your planned excursions. There are plenty of opportunities for seclusion, but if I was looking for that, this would not be my choice. If nothing else, the staff will engage you and you really never have the chance to feel alone while here.
Our family of four were comfortably uncomfortable while here. We were by no means roughing it, with the super comfy bed, jungle sounds and even air conditioning (not that we needed it), but our idea of comfort and the proverbial "comfort zone" was definitely pushed while at Caves Branch. We did activities we absolutely wouldn't have the chance to at home. My boys met new people because there were no screens for them to zone out on. We all tried new foods (OMG, there is no such thing as too many fry jacks!) and found ourselves at times uncomfortable. And we are all the better for it.
Belize is a beautiful country and our time there thus far makes for our best family trip yet. The service, as everyone states, is friendly and nurturing. The excursions were so much fun and the staff will guide you to what is most appropriate for your group based on your priorities. The food -- there was something for everyone. Each meal was an event not only because of the food but because of the opportunity it provided to connect with others.
If you are considering Caves Branch, don't hesitate! Minelly, Edward, Mishelly, Carlos, Lisa, Ian and everyone else on property will help make your experience exactly what you want! And Buster really likes his ears scratched ;)
We spent 4 days in this jungle resort. The service was amazing. We stayed in the treehouse room and it was gorgeous. The service was amazing... The staff greeted us by name and were really friendly. The property sits on the banks of a river and forest and is just amazing. The tours are great, food was really good and was an amazing 3 days...
We just returned from a 6 night stay at this amazing resort.
For starters, the excursions were above and beyond anything we had ever done. Our family loved the cave hiking and waterfall climbing and jumping. We were amazed at how huge the cave was and it seemed like the condition of the cave was well taken-care of and obvious that only small groups were allowed in the cave. Our kids (10 and 11) just loved the adventure and are already asking when we can return. The Black Hole Drop was our second favorite adventure with lots of excitement as you repel down this huge hole. The hike and beauty of the jungle was breath-taking. And lastly, the 7 mile river tubing was also amazing. I was so surprised with the length and beauty of the caves. I was worried I'd be chilly in the caves, but the water was the perfect temperature for the entire 3 hour float. All of the excursions felt very safe and a great ratio of guides:guests.
We spent 2 days just chilling at the lodge. All the people were very attentive and friendly. I need to send a special shout-out to Mishelly, Edward, Lisa and Hector....thanks for all you did to help our family! We attended the cheese class and the botanical gardens tour which was truly amazing. I can't believe all the work that is put into both of those programs. The pool and hot tub was perfect for our family. The grounds really fun to walk around and explore the different plants, fruits and birds. And the food was amazing! Definitely commit to the package deal with unlimited drinks and food...well worth the cost!
We stayed in one of the bungalow rooms which was plenty big for a family of 4. We really enjoyed having the indoor and outdoor shower. We had some issues with running both showers at the same time, but overall the rooms were great. The jungle sounds were calming for sleeping and the kids loved all the towel art animals created from the cleaning crew each day.
At the end of the week, the entire family went home so excited about the adventures and already planning our next trip. We are hoping to get a big group together for my 50th birthday in 2 years. It would be so fun to be able to stay in one of the Treehouse Rooms (they were all booked last week).
Thanks again Caves Branch! We'll be back, Vickery Family
We had 15 people in our group! The staff was very accommodating, they made you feel like family. The accommodations were fantastic a wonderful experience. The food was delicious. Fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning, yum. Activities for everyone. The Mian Ruins were so interesting. The cave tubing spectacular! I also went to the zoo and petted a tiger. Then zip lining with my nieces and nephew, what a great experience to share with family! Thank you so much Caves Branch for a wonderful experience!
We are a married couple in our 30s, residents of Florida, and we returned yesterday from a phenomenal 3-night stay at Ian Anderson's. I would return again in a heartbeat and, in fact, today we have both been a bit sad that it's all over. The lodge itself is stunning, as is the surrounding area. The food is all fresh and local-made with plenty of options, both healthy and splurge! On Thanksgiving night, even though the holiday is not celebrated in Belize, they made turkey, ham, all the fixings, three kinds of pie, etc.
The staff is some of the kindest we've met on our many worldwide ventures. On our first night, we even had the good fortune of sitting next to Ian and his lovely wife, Ella. They come down for dinner most nights and join the guests. Every time we passed a staff member, they would give us a big smile and ask how we were doing.
We did the waterfall tour on our first day and the 7-mile cave tubing on the second day. I will never forget the waterfall tour as long as I live. I am a somewhat anxious person and was so nervous beforehand, but the trip was one of the most fun days of our lives. We had Thanksgiving lunch on a white cloth tablecloth underneath a mountain inside a pitch black cave. These memories will last us a lifetime.
To those of you not coming with children and/or who want an escape from kids: this unfortunately was our only complaint on the trip, however this is NOT the fault of Caves Branch. The lodge is more family-oriented than I realized and I would estimate there were about 20 kids there while we were, including a couple of infants. We found it difficult to relax at the pool due to the many kids playing and splashing us, and one morning at 6 am we listened to an infant shrieking for about 20 minutes (despite our lodge being very private, we could hear the baby through the forest.) I am not going to express any opinions on this, but please just be aware that there may be many children at the lodge! (And I realize this may be very good news for many who are unsure whether the lodge is kid-friendly!)
We had perfect weather, the mosquitos were really not as bad as I feared, and we never once felt sick from the food, water, etc. The BZE airport is very easy to navigate and getting down to the lodge was a very simple thing.
To the staff & crew at Ian Anderson's: thank you for one of the most memorable vacations of our entire life!