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What We Love

  • Don't miss daybreak on your terrace — the light is spectacular.
  • Secluded, unpretentious pool.
  • Poolside Guatemaltecqua restaurant
  • Intimate screened-in porches overlook the river.
  • Very family-friendly.
  • Wine from the Coppola wineries is served.
  • For the full Belize experience, spend a few nights on the beach at Coppola's sister property, Turtle Inn

What To Know

  • Yes, it is in fact director Francis Ford Coppola's resort.
  • It's secluded; two and a half hours from Belize City.
  • Service is amazing and very personal.
  • No TV or phone, but there is a shell phone intercom system linked to the resort's front desk.
  • Expect spotty cell phone service.

Amenities

  •  Eco-Friendly
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Overview

The Review

I feel as if I’m on a far-flung movie set at Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge, not least because the bar is decorated with fans from the set of Apocalypse Now. Located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, one of Belize’s oldest protected areas, the resort exercises a light touch, with simple stone paths winding between the hillside accommodations. {“type”:”tab-link”,”tab”:”maps”,”text”:”Explore the location..”}

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I have breakfast on the screened-in porch of the main lodge: fresh-baked banana muffins, fry jacks (fried dough), fresh papaya, watermelon and cantaloupe. Afterward I indulge in a Thai massage in the outwardly simple Balinese rice hut near the creek. Inside, two massage tables stand in front of an intricate black-and-gold Asian-inspired mural of irises and wild beasts, painted by a San Francisco artist. On the high bed, the Thai masseur manipulates my joints into place while I gaze at the artwork and listen to the creek, which is almost as soothing as the massage itself.

Another San Franciscan “friend of Francis” taught the staff how to garden organically, and now three acres of gardens grow everything from roma tomatoes to basil to leaf lettuce, to supply the resort’s two restaurants.

Every Sunday the resort holds a wine tasting in the Jaguar Bar, with selections from a deep list that features vintages from the Coppola vineyards in Napa and Sonoma valleys. Besides wine, the bar also serves cocktails, including Jaguar Juice, which consists of rum, pineapple juice and a local liqueur made from the fruit of the craboo tree.

In a way, it reflects the overall experience at the Blancaneaux: all-natural, totally tropical and perfectly indulgent.

How to Get There

Blancaneaux Lodge
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve c/o 85 Burns Avenue
San Ignacio, Cayo District, 00000 Belize

Reviews

Once in a lifetime experience
kitkat8350

We spent the first 5 days of our honeymoon at Blancaneaux, then left for their sister property for our final 5 days. I can not express enough how amazing the staff members are! The best service I have ever seen. The food was OUTSTANDING to say the least. Most of their vegetables and fruits are grown on site. I highly recommend doing some of the tours and get a massage! The best massage my husband and I have ever had! We will for sure be back!

Mountain Lodge Hideaway
Queenabeja

What a find! Nestled deep and remotely in the Mountain Pine Reserve, it is the place to go to unwind and unplug. The attention to detail, while still being un fussy is it’s charm. We were greeted at the airport by Eddie our transport who regaled us with Belizian history and fun facts. The drive was a great way to be introduced to this section of beautiful Belize. I loved that this is remote enough that you are on a dirt road,no highway here! Arriving at Blancaneaux we were greeted with a delicious cocktail and welcoming smiles.
We toured the organic garden, with the master Gardner Elizer and harvested vegetables with the chef Isidora who then fixed an exquisite meal for us with the fresh picked harvest. We will be dreaming about the curried vegetables for a long time! George prepared special cocktails for us with the fresh herbs.
We spent a day touring the Barron Creek cave in a canoe with an exceptional guide Francisco, who was knowledgeable and rightly proud of Belizian and Maya history. The cave experience was breathtaking. We felt so fortunate to have seen this wonder. Hats off to Belize for keeping this unspoiled.
We lazed by the pool and then had a sumptuous Guatemalan meal. So happy this restaurant was open! Be sure to sample the sopa de tortilla and fresh salad.
After greeting the morning with a coffee service, listening to the birds we headed to the main restaurant for a chilaquilles breakfast. Our favorite. Fueled and renewed we went horseback riding and took a short hike to the Big Rock waterfall. The guide Randolph, was so helpful to me with my painful knee, he made sure I was safe and able to participate in the hike. His kindness will not be forgotten. Along the way we learned much about plants and wildlife. A true field biologist guide!
So much to do and so little time! We loved the little casita we were in, overlooking the river. Choices were to swim in the pool or the river, or just snooze in the hammock.
The staff were so kind and friendly. The rooms impecable,assuring every need was met. Can’t wait to come back and explore more of this beautiful area.

A truly magical experience
Bluereefadventures

I stayed in a 2 bedroom villa with my Cousin who was visiting Belize for the first time from England. I can't think of a better way to introduce her to the Belizean jungle, culture, people and food. The staff were amazing, the meals were fresh and delicious. Blancaneaux Lodge has found a way to create a jungle eco experience whilst immersing oneself in luxury! We went river tubing, birding and swam in remote, stunning waterfalls. If you want to experience the true jungle while being pampered, this is for you!