5.0
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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 1414 Reviews
Excellent stay at Chaa Creek
Reviewed 7 days ago

Had a four day stay here recently and was very impressed with the facilities and staff. Our garden cottage was beautiful as are the grounds . The naturalists for the morning bird walks and evening nature hikes were excellent and very knowledgeable. Although Chaa Creek is off the Western Highway about 6 miles it is still easy enough to visit San Ignacio/Santa Elena or San Jose Succotz (Benny's Kitchen is a good choice). The staff are quite friendly. Dinner in the restaurant is a prix fixe 3 courses (choice of one of 4 entrees)(you can order the items on the menu that night ala carte). If you want might choices or variety you will need to go into town.The only complaint might be that the pool is unheated. Most of time this should not be an issue.Overall an excellent stay and I wouldn't hesitate to return.

Family Fun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rooms were great, the staff were great and the tour experience was amazing, canoeing was also fun..Pool was nice to hang out at....was private and personal yet interactive with other people around..100% garanteed

Truly Beautiful Resort Built and Guided with Love!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently spent 3 wonderful days and nights here at Chaa Creek. What Mr. Mick and Ms. Lucy have built here is truly spectacular! The setting is as beautiful as any resort we've stayed at around the world. Our cottage was perfectly situated on the grounds and the appointments were wonderful. We'd wake to the sound of the birds, animals, and gentle rainfall. It was idyllic. The staff, always available but never overbearing, were very pleasant and well trained. The food and drink could not have been better. There are tours of the grounds available, guided bird watching, butterfly habitat, and more. This is a magical place, built over 40 years, clearly with love for the environment and guests in mind. In addition, it is close enough to visit San Ignacio and other must-see tourist attractions, but remote enough to feel like we found the perfect wilderness retreat. We can't wait until we're here again!

We took the Macal River canoe tour from Chaa Creek Lodge
Reviewed 1 week ago

River trip was 1/2 day, and "floated" us into the city of San Ignacio, where we were picked up to return to the Lodge... Trip allowed us a couple different pickup times, so we had a little time to explore the city, grab lunch, etc... Quite a bit of wildlife on the river to see, and the guide was good.

Restaurant and surrounding grounds
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't stay at the lodge - we stayed at a nearby jungle lodge. We had a car and visited Cha Creek a couple times - once for drinks in the lodge and the second time to walk around the grounds and have lunch. The staff are extremely friendly and we were welcomed even though we were not staying on site. The drinks were a little expensive, but we enjoyed the lounge - on the bar there is an array of jars with alcohol infused with various fruits, herbs, etc that can be included in your beverages. For lunch we had salads, which were both excellent. We walked to the river (bamboo trail), walked the medicinal trail (shorter than anticipated) and to the river camp. There are other sites and trails that can also be explored. The grounds of the lodge are well-manicured and beautiful.