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
We loved our honeymoon at Copal street Lodge! The food was amazing and the staff was incredible. The drinks are to die for, and sunsets over the jungle are spectacular. The activities are the best and I definitely recommend the bean to bar chocolate making. It’s incredible to see how a cacao pod goes from fruit to chocolate. High recommend the snorkel with the chef tour as well!
Copal Tree was top notch. The staff makes you feel like family from the moment you get in. The resort is beautiful and the pictures don’t do it justice, but the staff is what makes it extraordinary. We would like to thank Chan, Jose, Mark, Dwayne, Nestor, and Tim for making our stay so incredibly comfortable. We have no complaints and are so happy we chose Copal Tree for our honeymoon. THANK YOU!!!
I can't say enough great things about this resort. All of the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Some of the guides have been working there for 10+ years and are so knowledgeable about the farm and property. The Resort really allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture, which was one of our favorite parts. Despite traveling there during the rainy season, we didn't let that stop us from enjoying our time there and we can't wait to go back.
My wife and I spent 6 nights at the lodge and it was amazing; We had looked at a lot of pictures and read a lot of reviews before going, but none of it them captured how great of a place it really was. The entire staff from Captain Jack to Alicia our server were all so friendly and accommodating; the entire staff was amazing. We stayed in room 13 of the canopy suites, and the view from our balcony was spectacular and the view from the shared deck and infinity pool were awesome. We did some of the tours offered like the nim li pit mayan ruins, zip lining, bean to bar and snorkeling with the chef. All of it was great and we both really enjoyed it. Snorkeling with the chef was a blast with the Copal Tree staff and Yvette the Chef; the meal was delicious. We also took a few days to relax and stay around the resort which was a lot of fun as well. I spent a fair amount of time in the infinity pool which was a great way to relax before heading down for supper in the evening.
I stayed at Copal Tree Lodge for seven nights in late September early October. I took the Culinary Immersion package as I was very interested in the Lodge's farm-to-table approach.
All the staff at Copal Tree Lodge are wonderful. They take the time to get to know you, they learn your habits (and worry if you're OK when you sleep in late, stay in bed reading, and don't show up for lunch until 2pm!), and they take great care of you.
The various tours and activities I took part in were fantastic. I was a bit concerned the farm tours might be superficial and rather touristy, but it was completely the opposite. I have some background in agriculture, both as a hobby and professionally, and I really enjoyed walking the grounds with one of their foremen. I had some great discussions about their agricultural practices.