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
The staff at Copal Tree treated each visitor with much care and attention. They were flexible regarding logistical arrangements during our stay, and made sure tours at the site were in order throughout.
My wife and I traveled to Copal Tree Lodge November 6-11, for a quick anniversary get away. We heard about Copal on a national morning news show and felt intrigued by the story. After reading reviews about the resort we decided to book one of the canopy suites. It was a great decision. The canopy suites are situated at the top of a hill and the 4 rooms have a private pool and palapa for exclusive use. The room was nice, clean and very comfortable. The wrap around deck was the best feature of the room and is where we spent a majority of our time at the resort. The views were incredible and the relaxation was awesome.
Our interaction with the Copal Tree Lodge staff couldn't have been better. It is obvious that they cultivate a sense of family among the employees and they all seem to care about each other as well as the guests. They learned and greeted us by name from day one and immediately responded to any and all of our requests. I can't say enough about how the staff made us feel important and welcome from the start of our stay until we loaded up to leave on our last day. We've traveled quite a bit and this is the first time that I can name more than one or two of staff that worked at a resort. So, I would like to thank Tim and Duckey at the bar for great drinks, Sheree and Mark for excellent dinner service, Waluco for hosting us and a fantastic rum distillery tour and Elan for educating us about the plants grown at the resort and the farms mission.
We will visit again!
I hosted a retreat at Copal in late October for five nights and it was an amazing experience from start to finish. The staff members were very kind and attentive as to our needs, from setting up the yoga space for exercise to making lemongrass tea for the group. Copal is set in a tropical paradise with howler monkeys making noises and hummingbirds buzzing by.
In our room, we had a gorgeous stone shower with a large window open to the jungle. The organic food was tasty and mostly grown on the property. In fact, don't miss the farm tour offered on property. It was a big hit with the group.
There are ample opportunities to get the heart pumping by walking up and down the driveway and the staircase to the gym.
I'd happily return again to host a retreat at Copal Tree Lodge!