Belcampo Lodge Belize
What We Love
- Flash rate includes round-trip airport transfers (between the property and Punta Gorda airstrip), full daily breakfast, laundry, nightly turn-down service and daily free activities
- Warm handmade tortillas, farm-fresh eggs and boiled chaya leaves with spicy salsa make a delicious Belizean breakfast
- The activities: world class fishing and birding, kayaking on the Rio Grande and visiting the on-site sustainable cane, cacao and coffee plantation
- Floor-to-ceiling glass in the cabins’ showers means views across the jungle
What To Know
- The management of the property switched from Machaca Hill Lodge to Belcampo in 2011
- It's best to take a flight from Belize City to Punta Gorda (not included in the rate); transfers from the airstrip to the lodge are free
- Be sure to pack bug spray, and expect howler monkeys as tropical alarm clocks
Belcampo Lodge, known as Machaca Hill until 2011, offers a rare mix of isolation and indulgence in a pristine patch of southern Belize. The lodge comprises a palapa-style main house with 16 private cabins around a pool, and it crowns a small hill overlooking an expanse of rain forest and the snaking Rio Grande just below. Each cabin is spacious, with polished wood flooring and furniture, plus a kingsize canopy bed with uninterrupted views of the surrounding jungle. The Belcampo’s kitchen is committed to serving delicious locally inspired food, 70 percent of which is produced on the lodge’s own farm. The small, single-room spa also takes full advantage of this setting with a massage table beside a glass wall, and there are self-guided hikes around the property to get you even closer to nature.
In the Area
Expert local guides are on hand to help you find the catch of the day in secret fishing spots and locate the best vantage points for seeing the long, strikingly colored bill of a toucan. The Belcampo can also organize visits to culturally significant Mayan monuments or tours of the neighboring rain forest. Be sure to swim and get some sun on Belcampo’s private island, a short boat ride from the lodge. After dining at the restaurant, see where your meal came from with a tour of the lodge’s on-site cane, coffee and cacao plantation, and harvest cacao pods with the Belcampo’s farmers.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed 2 nights here at this wonderful resort. I am well pleased with the hospitality here. The food is phenomenal. Your bartender Mark made the experience enjoyable due to his jovial personality and positive attitude. Timothy (other bartender), was on top of his work. His creativity was excellent. He knew what he was doing. Melita was passionate about her service to my wife and I along with other guests she attended to. She nurtured like a mother and was assertive every step of the way. Jose! Man this dude was very knowledgeable about the Myan Ruins, plants, and wildlife. Very easy to get along with. Something they didn't mention was that the infinity pool was mainly for the guests at the top of the resort (Expensive Cabin Guests). We paid $20 for 1 load of laundry. Drinks and food were also pricy. Other than that we had a great time. If you're looking for a scenic resort, this is a great idea.
After hearing many amazing things about Belcampo , I decided to book my stay there for the Chocolate Festival of Belize 2018. It was not horrible but it wasn't good either. The best way I could describe it .. would be ordering something online and when it arrives it's not as good as you expected it to be. The natural surroundings is absolutely gorgeous but most landscapes in Belize are beautiful. The rooms were not all that and were not properly cleaned , the bed side tables were dusty and the bed sheets were dirty as well ; thankfully front desk changed them for us.The lift was a really cool feature of the resort and the restaurant and food / drinks were great. The staff was also friendly. If your looking for something in Toledo then I would suggest maybe going there but if your looking for a resort in Belize , you would be better off checking out somewhere else. Not impressed.
Perfect Belizean resort! Everything about Copal Tree Lodge is superb. Our family of 6 stayed in the family villa with it's 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and kitchen. We could have cooked more meals in but the food at the lodge was amazing; farm to table from their onsite organic farm. Yvette, the chef, offered new, wonderful entrees every night. Dwayne, the dining room manager, and his staff were accommodating, friendly and helpful. Tim at the bar makes a fabulous ginger drink with or without alcohol. Not to mention his other creative drinks. We were hesitant to sign up for tours as they seemed a bit pricey. We ended up doing a Mayan ruin trip with Desmond, birding with Chan, and the snorkeling with the chef led by Captain Jack, Yvette, our chef, Tim, the bartender, and Desmond, our incredibly knowledgable (about everything) guide. Each one was worth every penny. All in all it was a spectacular, almost perfect vacation. The only downside was the howler monkey and social flycatcher (very) early wake up call each morning. Truthfully, I missed it when I returned home.
If you want to experience a Real Belize Rainforest with towering trees and howler monkeys in residence but, also wish for a private spacious room with screened veranda and oversized Bath and shower....you'll find it at Copal Tree Lodge. The real surprise comes at mealtime, when you will feast from their organic farm with world class food presentation. Rare does not adequately describe this Lodge. I left out 1 star for additional fine tuning of service.
We stayed 5 nights, enough time to fully unplug and unwind and get to know the fantastic staff. A highlight was the "Snorkeling with the Chef" outing, a full day on the water with cocktails, conch ceviche, and just-caught fish grilled on the boat. This is not the place for you if you're looking for shopping and a vibrant nightlife, but if you're seeking a thoroughly relaxing getaway in stunning natural beauty with friendly and helpful staff, this is the place. The food is great, with a lot of very fresh vegetables, and wonderful baking from chef Yvette; still thinking about the banana cake.