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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

Perfectly peaceful hideaway
Laura T

What an amazing, tranquil oasis in the beautiful mountains of Belize! So many things to do or just relax and enjoy your surroundings. The staff is phenomenal and so personal and friendly and the food is to die for! We will definitely be back!

Fabulous eco lodge
victoriadeclety

Even though this place is remotely located, about 1h away from San Ignacio, you will forget all about the journey once you get there! The experience start with a little welcome rum punch in the bar of the hotel while the staff guides you through the check in. You will then be taken to your beautiful thatched roof cabana, passing by the swimming pool and the lovely gardens full of flowers. Our villa had a great view on the river, a large terrace on which to relax or read a book, and a cute and cosy interior with all the amenities you may need. I particularly enjoyed the phone made out of a huge shell!
We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the large outdoor hot tub by the river, went for a walk to see the impressive green garden that they have, and had dinner at the main restaurant on the property!
The newt morning, we enjoyed a great continental breakfast on the terrace, marvelling at how beautiful and well maintained this property is, and the kindness of the staff who knows all the guests names which we found great!
If we had stayed longer we would have gone horse riding as the property has many horses.
Definitely a place where you want to stay at least three nights!

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.