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 1461 Reviews
Lovely lodge in beautiful location!
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I spent three nights at Chaa Creek at the beginning of our trip to Belize. First off I have to give props to the chef. As a vegetarian I'm usually happy if I can just get something I can eat when we travel, but the food at this place was incredible. I don't recall ever eating so much and so well on a trip. The desserts are particularly yummy! The lodge itself is pretty, comfortable and spacious. Everyone who works there is friendly, helpful and really seems to enjoy being there. My only regret is that we had planned so much to do during these days that we never really got to use the facilities or even see all the grounds. So my recommendation is: stay at Chaa Creek and make sure to leave some free time to just enjoy the lodge itself. And leave room for dessert!!!

Beautiful, elegant, and peaceful!
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a gorgeous and unique location, staffed by exquisitely trained and caring people. The full-time concierge service makes it easy to sign up for side trips and activities, on and off the campus. The food is world class - as fresh and delicious as possible - and the service is wonderful.

Birds and caves
Reviewed 4 days ago

Bird-watching from the privacy of our own deck was amazing. We learned a lot from the on-property bird and night-life walks (now I know where to look for tarantulas!), and enjoyed two off-campus excursions to amazing caves and ruins. There's plenty to do (horseback riding, spa, farm, birding, canoeing ...) to keep everyone happy. The food is delicious, and the service is friendly and helpful. Not much "night-life," so be ready to get to bed early so you can rise with the birds!

Casita campground
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed in the casitas for two nights. Our flight was delayed and they were able to move our booking for us with no trouble! Docio and the entire staff are amazing to work with. So accommodating and helpful. The grounds are gorgeous, iguanas and birds everywhere, the pool is even more beautiful. Such a great place.

Nice stay at Macal Creek Camp
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed our stay at the camp. The food was nice. Some was homemade, some out of a can. We enjoyed the hikes and butterfly area. The camp provided transport to and from the camp if needed. The night hike is not worth paying for unless you want to see spiders. My traveling companion enjoyed the early morning bird hike. Docio and his family, that run the camp, are wonderful. They really enhanced our stay and are very coordinated.