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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 1600 Reviews
Wonderful, peaceful, full of adventure Honeymoon!
agajdosik2005

We absolutely loved our Chaa Creek stay a couple of weeks ago. Lucky for us, we went during the slow season for Belize (due to rain normally but there wasn't but one small shower) and we were upgraded from the Mecal suite to the Treetop villa overlooking Mecal River with private plunge pool! It was AMAZING!!! What a pleasant surprise for us. Plus, the first night we were there while at dinner they placed a Blue Morpho caterpillar in its pupae in our room and the next day it emerged and we were to set it free off our deck and make a wish. Such a cool moment! We loved our guides to ATM and Xunantunich. Everyone was so knowledgeable and provided us with once in a lifetime experiences. I enjoyed the spa, creatures of the night walk, butterfly farm, organic maya farm, and horseback riding…. all phenomenal! I could go on and on and on, but I think YOU should just go and experience it yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed. *A perk is you might get to watch the monkeys and the Toucans in the trees.

Amazing Resort!
marlynvansenofficial

I completely enjoyed my stay! Everyone was very nice and welcoming! I definitely recommend this resort if you're looking for a peaceful and fun environment! They were very helpful with all my tours and the place itself has alot of cool activities for a fun filled or relaxing stay! I'd definitely go back again!

We LOVE Chaa Creek!
Melissa F

This is our third stay at Chaa Creek - we LOVE it!! We have stayed at the River Camps twice and it is wonderful (I have previously written a review for the Camp). This time we stayed at the Lodge. We had reservations for the Butterfly Cottage, but when we arrived we had been upgraded - for free - to one of their fabulous thatched bungalows!! It was utterly luxurious! We had a huge room and bath, as well as a beautiful outdoor shower area. As always, the staff is the BEST!! Kind, friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. The early morning bird walk is a must! Toucans, Mott Motts, Trogons, Aracaria, Yellow Euphonia, Chachalaka, and more. AND Howler monkeys! The infinity salt-water pool is absolute luxury. The grounds are gorgeous. And it's always a pleasure to chat with Mick, the owner. He knows how wonderful his staff is and truly appreciates them. "It's the staff that makes the place!"
There truly is something wonderful about Chaa Creek Lodge. p.s. Canoes and tubes are free, as well as the butterfly learning center and natural history center.