5.0
Excellent 1550 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Flash rate includes daily full breakfast, guided visits to the Natural History Museum, Butterfly Farm and Belize Rainforest Medicine Trail, plus free canoeing on the Macal River and a guided early morning bird-watching walk
  • Surrounded by rain forest, cottages overlook pristine flora and fauna from private sundeck verandas
  • An alfresco massage at the Hilltop Spa comes with a panoramic view of the Macal River below and the Maya Mountains beyond
  • Trips to the ruins of two spectacular Mayan cities: on horseback to Xunantunich, or by car to Caracol
  • The lodge’s serious involvement with the local community; 10 percent of room revenue goes to community causes via the Chaa Creek Cares program

What To Know

  • A 12 percent service fee per room will be collected at check-out on Jetsetter
  • It’s a two-hour transfer from the Belize international airport to Chaa Creek, the last 15 minutes via a bumpy dirt road
  • Cottage Collection accommodations have fans but not air conditioning
  • An unwavering embrace of sustainable eco-tourism has resulted in many environmental honors, including Chaa Creek’s certification as the first-ever Green Glove business in Belize
  • An unbeatable place for family vacations with lots of environmental, natural history and archaeology learning programs

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Beneath the looming Maya Mountains on the banks of the Macal River, the Lodge at Chaa Creek feels like a spirited showcase of Belize’s great outdoors. Owned and operated by hosts Mick and Lucy Fleming since 1981, the team pride themselves on providing “wildly civilized” stays and expert-led adventures in the Belizean rain forest.

“Wild” are the exotic jungle dwellers — from the peccaries, jaguars and monkeys to the 308 recorded species of tropical birds — that inhabit this private nature reserve. “Civilized” starts with a warm welcome on arrival and continues into one of Chaa Creek’s 23 beautiful guest accommodations scattered among flowering gardens.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3037/prop-86401-1343934596-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Mix jungle adventures with relaxing down time — the pool and hilltop spa are both good picks.”}

The individually designed palm-thatched cottages are done up with handcrafted furniture, fine fabrics and kaleidoscopic Guatemalan textiles, and all have private sundecks, spacious baths (some with alfresco showers), ceiling fans and screened windows and doors.

Lazy days at Chaa Creek are spent by a freshwater pool, at the full-service spa on a hilltop or sipping a local Belikin beer in the airy Verandah Bar. Adjacent is the open-air restaurant, which treats guests to healthy fusion fare and a four-course dinner menu (give some thought to the curry and coconut soup with poached snapper). As much as possible, dishes are prepared with produce organically grown on the hotel’s own farm.

Beyond the on-site amenities, Chaa Creek is best known for its outdoor adventures. Go horseback riding and mountain biking along miles of forest trails, canoeing on the Macal River and bird-watching right on the reserve; book an escorted trip to the spectacular Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and Caracol; or head farther afield to Mayan Tikal, in Guatemala, or Belize’s South Water Caye. This award-winning eco-lodge serves as both a gateway to Belize’s undiscovered interior and a transporting escape where private sundecks double as nature’s best viewing platforms.

How to Get There

The Lodge at Chaa Creek
77 Burns Ave
San Ignacio, 00000 Belize

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 1550 Reviews
Most amazing resort
Reviewed 1 day ago

This resort is pure luxury in the middle of the Belizean jungle. All the staff were exceptional and the guides went above and beyond for our tours. The food was exceptional. You can’t go wrong here. We did activities at the resort and guided tour outside. For all these activities the staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Beyond expectations!
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a review that I was eager to write. I had such an amazing experience at the Lodge at Chaa Creek. Of all the places I’ve traveled to and all the hotels that I’ve stayed in, this one may have wowed me the most. The staff are amazing. Kind, helpful, and positive. The grounds are beautiful, if not idyllic. The Lodge at Chaa Creek is first class start to finish. Stay here with confidence. I want to say thank you again to all the staff and guides who made my stay a special memory.

Our dream wedding
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed at Chaa Creek for four nights in the treetop suite. Our room was fabulous, very spacious with everything you need. Denise who helped organise our wedding, was absolutely fantastic, she kept in regular contact and she did so much to ensure it all ran smoothly from the paperwork to the flowers, the cake, the minister, even helping me get ready on our big day. The resort is beautiful with lots to do. The service is very attentive wherever you are. One tiny glitch would be to have a little more choice on the dinner menu with starters and mains at this standard of resort.
A beautiful place.

Great trip!
Reviewed 5 days ago

Amazing experience in the tree top villas! Had our 3 and 5 year old kids and had a great time! So much to do and see! Beautiful property and friendly staff! Would definitely return to Chaa Creek! We stayed in the tree top villas and the views were spectacular and the room was so comfortable and private. The screened in shower overlooking the river is amazing. We had our own private plunge pool for afternoon and evening swims

Amazing location and great experience
Reviewed 6 days ago

Cannot say enough good things about the friendly staff, great setting, and attention to detail provided by Chaa Creek. The guides were fantastic and service staff took care of every need. You will wish you had more time here. The lodge blends in perfectly with nature and the surrounding environment - but I do want to note that the lodge did not have air-conditioning and fans did not quite cool us off enough during a really hot, humid stretch of days.