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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

Honeymoon adventure
Mason W

My wife and I had a terrific time, loved the organic garden, friendly staff especially Hiro and Amir. Looking forward to returning. Some of our favorite activities included hiking to big rock falls , tour of carocal and Barton Creek with Geraldo(highly recommend), and watching the sunset from our Cabana.

Magical Place
beths257

Blancaneaux Lodge is a very special place! The location is absolutely gorgeous. The staff went above and beyond to make our stay memorable and special! We received VIP treatment from the very beginning. Mr. Hill picked us up at the airport and we loved our ride with him. He stopped along the way and introduced us to the best coconut rice and bean dish as well as Marie Sharp’s hot sauce which has become a favourite! We stayed in the luxury cabana and loved it! The outdoor shower and private plunge pool is amazing. We went horseback riding for 2 days with Francisco and explored the pine forest and rain forest. Francisco is truly the horse whisperer! We explored Mayan mounds along the trail and discovered beautiful waterfalls and awesome swimming holes. The food at the lodge is delicious! We loved the eggplant parmigiana and margherita pizza. The vegetables are picked from the organic garden. We loved our stay and can not wait to return!

Amazing Place to Stay
Jmosunic

This is our second time at this resort and we loved it even more this time! The staff are wonderful (some remembered us from our visit 8 years prior), the location is gorgeous, and there was still plenty to see & do the second time there.