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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 1343 Reviews
Highlight of my three week trip
Reviewed 3 days ago

I stayed at the camp for 2 nights, and loved every minute of it! The accomodation is basic but had everything you need. Kerosene lamps are lit at night and can be kept burning all night if you want. Hot showers, excellent breakfast and dinner included. Hammocks overlooking the jungle, comfortable beds. Lovely 10 mins walk to the lodge with all its facilities. I did the bird watching tour, medicinal trail, canoeing, infinity pool and the natural history museum and butterfly house which were all included in the price and were excellent. I went on a horse trek through the jungle which was also fantastic. Plenty to do but also very quiet and relaxing. 100% recommend to anyone interested in nature.

I can't wait to go back!
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, this was a big trip and took a lot of planning, which we did way ahead of time. The customer service and quick responses from Chaa Creek made it very easy for us. Booking and setting up details for our stay was a breeze. We stayed at the camp casitas and were taken care of by Docio and his family. Docio could not have been a better, more helpful host. His wife's cooking was absolutely spectacular. We ate authentic meals twice a day at the camp. (My husband and I are vegan). We ate lunch up at the pool every day. I recommend the garnaches with no cheese, we ate them every day. The cabins were very comfortable and did a good job at keeping most of the bugs out. The sounds of the jungle at night were incredible. Docio's nephew Levin was a true delight to talk to. At just 12 years old, he is already a hard worker and enjoys getting to know everyone at camp. The guides were also all amazing. Our night hike and river tour were the highlights of our trip. The beauty of this place was that you get the opportunity to really experience the jungle in the casitas, but you can take an 8 minute walk and be in a luxurious resort with an infinity pool, gorgeous landscaping, a gift shop with authentic gifts and good prices and the most genuine, caring staff. I truly had the best vacation ever and we are already planning a trip back. This time around, I wouldn't change a thing!

Beriberi accomodating
Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms were beautiful. I loved that they had an outside shower, open windows, and hammocks. The team were also very accomodating. They provided transportation to a local restaurant and even took us to Guatemala for a while (at a price of course). I would definitely go back if I visited Belize again.

Quiet vacation
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lodge at Chaa Creek was a great mix of a beautiful quiet resort with fun daily excursions. Our suite over looked the river with a small private pool. With the jungle surrounding we saw lots of birds including a toucan and howler monkeys. Scheduling daily excursions to the Mayan ruins and cave canoeing were a breeze with the help of the concierge. The lodge provided transportation and a guide for everything we wanted to do. It was a wonderful vacation. I’m glad we choose The Lodge at Chaa Creek.

Luxury in the Jungle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed three nights in the Ix Chel Villas and loved every minute of it. The villas are incredibly comfortable and spacious with your own personal pool and/or spa. They are well stocked with everything you need. Epi and Rene were with us throughout our stay, and they made our experience exceptional. From welcoming us back after each excursion to customizing our dining experiences, the service we received from Epi and Chaa Creek could not be beat.

We had younger kids (ages 6 to 11), so we did not do ATM but had no problem zip lining and cavetubing at another location. Just a short drive away (about 10 minutes) are the Xunantunich ruins. This was perfect for adults and younger kids' attention spans. Miguel was our guide for all of our excursions, and he is well-versed on the history of the area and the culture. Chaa Creek handled all the reservations and made sure we made it there and back with no issues.

We chose to drive to Chaa Creek from BZE, so that we could stop halfway at the Belize Zoo. It's a wonderful experience with up-close interactions with howler monkeys, toucans, macaws, and even a sleepy jaguar. Next time, we would opt to take the quick flight from BZE to San Ignacio, since it is literally 2 minutes away from Chaa Creek's front door.

This was one of the best resort experiences that we've had. I highly recommend Chaa Creek if you want to experience the Belize jungle but don't want to give up your luxury accommodations.