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
There from 9-14 February. Very quiet with great weather. Did the river cave, Tikal, gardens, birds, night hike and Lost World. List world is hard work but amazing. All the staff are wonderful, cannot do enough to make your vacation everything you want it to be. All the guides are professional, incredibly knowledgeable and FUN. Thank you so much to everyone. Too many to mention who made it just unforgettable. We hope to be back one day
Lots of fun and more things to do that you will have time for. Every member of staff seems to have been thoroughly trained in the hospitality industry. For example the safe in my room malfunctioned and I was upgraded to a suite! Perfect adventure resort!
This location in the 'caves' area of Belize is really lovely. While the website keeps saying this is NOT a resort, we wished we had had one more day there to take a down day and spend some time by their pool and in the botanic gardens. They have may options to be busy, we did the ATM cave which is exceptional! and quite challenging but truly a wonderful piece of Mayan history that you experience first hand.
The lodge has open air dining which is very comfortable, food is good and buffet style.
The rooms are spread over quite a bit of jungle and are well built with good screening. The fabulous tree houses you can stay in have some stairs and longer walks to use them but are top rate, comfortable, and the wall of nothing but screen gives you views over the Cave River and the Mayan mountain range. LOVED the outdoor shower!
We booked from within the country and that was a bit of a process but ultimately worked. We also only went for 2 nights so I think they are flexible when they have the option to be. But as I mentioned earlier - we could have used another day... just didn't have time.
Friends had advised us that Cave's Branch was a good place for a weekend lunch. So we made a reservation several days in advance for Sunday afternoon and arrived at the appointed time only to discover that they weren't expecting us. Allegedly there had been some kind of mix-up and we had been mistaken for someone with the same first name who was coming on a completely different day. Not to worry, the friendly front desk guy/waiter assured us -- although the kitchen was "very busy" we could order from the snack menu, as long as we didn't mind waiting a while for the food. We were handed two snack (i.e. bar) menus with prices clearly in Belize dollars (BZ$). But the waiter was quick to note that they "recently changed" the prices, so the already high prices listed as in Belize dollars were actually in U.S. dollars ($1 U.S. equals $2 Belize). In other words, everything was double the price listed. (We suspect the price changed when they realized we were Americans.) We should have walked out right then and there. But, being hungry and having driven 25 minutes to get there, we decided to order. However, rather than get two separate plates, we split something so as not to reward them for the convenient price hike. We split a not-terribly-generous plate of otherwise fine nachos and asked for the check. While we were paying, a family of Belizeans was seated next to us. They were also were handed the snack menu. Interestingly, there was no mention to them of the prices on their menus being in U.S. dollars rather than Belize dollars -- probably because a Belizean would laugh if you told him that the cost of a hamburger was BZ$32, or US$16 (four times what you pay elsewhere). We weren't laughing when we left. Needless to say, we won't be back for lunch or for anything else.
Visited the jungle with the staff at Caves Branch. The Tree House was a fantastic experience. All the staff and monkeys were awesome. The meals were good with a good choice of options. The excursions were all good with well trained guides. The guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Be noted that if your booking a treehouse you must be prepared to climb up to a hundred and fifty stairs. Ask about the bungalows if stairs are an issue.