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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

4.5 Very Good 531 Reviews
A special place
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of 3 stayed at Blancaneaux for 5 nights in late March. We had a wonderful time, enjoyed our guides and tours. It was a restful and lovely place. The Lodge is very well managed. Breakfast was served in our room exactly on time, the rooms were clean and comfortable. It's expensive, but seems worth it. Our two bedroom villa felt very private, but we could, from time to time, hear guests in the neighbouring villas. We ate at all the restaurants, including the special Belizian feast by the pool. Both the garden meal and Guatemalan meals were our favourite. The Italian restaurant is a bit weird, but our son was happy to have pasta. I recommend booking tours in advance as part of a package price. You won't get a real sense of Belize without working for it, but it is a nice, safe, place to stay.

A place where nature envelops your soul; a divine experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot begin to think of enough wonderful things to say about this place. It is not just a place to stay, it's somewhere you can unwind and detox from the world. The drive from the airport is long and bumpy, but if you're lucky enough as we were, you'll have a fantastic driver who is both friendly and sociable to fill in the time. I never thought I would see pine trees in the tropics but as we climbed the mountain, we were surrounded by them. Staff greeted us before we even stepped foot outside the car and took our bags. We got complimentary drinks (Jaguar Juice), fresh towels to wipe down with, and some information about what activities and amenities were available. Our room overlooked the riverbed and while it was quite a walk, the scenery around the hotel grounds is breathtaking. Be aware- there is a lot of walking on the premises because everything is spread out to make it more remote and provide privacy. The wines here- being a Coppola owned resort- are rich and delicious. The food- whether it be Italian, Guatemalan, Belizean, or even American- is delectable. Gazpacho, ceviche, pasta, pizza, fresh fruit, crispy bacon- it is all perfection. We didn't get a chance to eat from what I believe is their vegetarian restaurant, but from what I understand, they do a lot of farm to table there and at the other two restaurants which is refreshing to experience. After dinner we made the steep decline to the hot tub area or as they call it, the hot pool. The hot pool has an infinity edge and wraps around a hillside so you can look off into the distance at the jungle and mountains. The milk way and shooting stars sparkle very clearly as there is no light pollution (because the property is set so far from everything.) We could see flickers of lightning and hear echoes of animals calling out in the night. The next morning, we did the horseback riding to Big Rock Falls and other than the sound of us on the trail, everything was silent except for the random birds. There are so many birds around here! My favorite was the one that sounds like a cat. We went back and got incredible massages and then I went to the (empty!) pool. I had the ENTIRE pool to myself. Not once has this ever happened. As soon as I got in, a man showed up and offered to bring me any drinks I wanted to order. The pool was crystal clear and refreshing next to the spicy Syrah wine I was sipping. Mornings were always a treat because every creature seemed to sing into the sunlight- birds, crickets, frogs. And due to the elevation, it stayed fairly cool at night and into the morning so air conditioning was not needed. All in all, a breathtaking place to stay. I am going to strive to come back here for my honeymoon. The staff also makes an excellent lemon ginger tea. I needed some to help with all the acid in my stomach (enough red wine and tomato sauce will do that.) I sat in the lodge entrance by the fire, on the couch, sipping the tea and it felt like an entirely different world. I cannot say enough good things about this place.

Most peaceful place in the world
Reviewed 1 month ago

I was truly awestruck by this place and the service. The peacefulness that the jungle and Forrest bring is unreal. Every morning we awoke by the sounds of the river running, the birds chirping and the frogs croaking. At night the sunset was spectacular and then later at night the moon comes up over the mountains through the trees. The last night there we saw a shooting star.
The room was perfectly decorated using Guatemalan and Belizian artifacts. I sometimes felt like i was in a lodge in Africa. It was so comfortable.
The grounds are perfectly kept.
The spa: OMG.. the masseuses are from Thailand and they are amazing.
Bernard was our concierge/butler and he made our stay perfect. He brought us breakfast and dinner in the villa almost every night. Made sure we had all of our tours planned and suggested what to do everyday. He held our hand the whole trip so we didn’t have to think of anything. I am so grateful.
The vegetarian restaurant was also a very fun experience. All the guests sit together for the meal and the garden is great!
The staff is all highly trained and knowledgeable about the area. Geronimo took us to Barton creek and he really knew so much about the maya.
I can’t wait to come back here. It was just perfect!

Amazing Experience!
Reviewed 1 month ago

This property is fabulous, located on hilly terrain alongside a river with waterfalls. Winding paths take you to your private bungalow, hidden amongst tropical vegetation. The food was excellent, with veggies coming from the onsite organic garden. Every day our group of five, consisting of three generations, went on adventures including exploring Mayan ruins, canoeing into caves, swimming in rivers and waterfalls, zip lining, hiking, etc. The eco-lodge made all arrangements and we were always accompanied by a knowledgeable guide...a special shout-out to Geraldo who added so much to our experiences! The lodge is in a remote location so you basically stay on the property after a full day of activities...but that is no problem as it is so beautiful and relaxing with swimming pools, spa, etc. And, did I mention the service? It is unobtrusive and first class, everyone was friendly and helpful and the little details are not overlooked. The entire experience was amazing and memorable for our entire family!

Organic Garden Tour
Reviewed 1 month ago

If you are an avid Gardner or just interested in organic produce, lunch at Blancaneaux lodge followed by a tour of the working gardens is highly recommended. Hector was a great guide and let us sample the veggies and fruit.