What can a Belize vacation offer you? Well, yes, Belize may be small, yet you will find the forests here are lush and left pretty much as nature intended them to be. Now, place in this ideal surround, eco-friendly stays, jungle lodges and resorts with the best service you can get in the middle of nowhere. Voila! You have yourself a vacation destination that gives you the best of both worlds. So, where is the best place to stay in the jungle of Belize? Here is my list of options in no particular order:
1. Belize Tree Houses at Caves Branch, Belmopan
Who hasn’t fantasized about living in a tree house? Belize Tree Houses is situated in the Caves Valley, overlooking the river of the same name. The views from 200 feet above the river are spectacular. Enjoy your morning coffee while feasting your eyes on the pleasing green of the forest and letting the surrounds play you a soothing symphony, or top your day off by drinking in the stars at night. Choose to shower indoors or outdoors as the mood takes you.
If this is your sort of jungle lodge, room rates begin at USD 386.
This is not just another luxury jungle lodge, but one that has earned recognition for being the perfect eco-resort. Perfectly located at the foothills of the mountains and near the Macal River, The Lodge began as a small family farm, thirty years ago, and because of its location, runs programs on natural history. The 23 suites offer you the choice of stays overlooking the tree tops, the river, the garden, the orchard – and each one beautifully appointed, with every attention to detail! The food – top-notch!
Room rates begin at USD 365/person.
Here’s a romantic resort for you. Tucked away in the delicious green of the jungle in Western Belize, Ka’ana welcomes you with the warmth of personalized service, every luxury to make you feel coddled, and food that is fresh and delicious. It retains the flavor of the rich heritage and culture that is essentially Belize. If you want to cozy up over a honeymoon or put your adventure hat on, they have got it all laid out for you – and in style.
Room rates begin at USD 285.
A crystal clear river, lush green forest, wonderful waterfalls – these are all part of the natural landscape of this delightful jungle lodge. This beautiful resort is nestled in the valley overlooking the Five Sisters Waterfalls. It is the sort of place that makes you feel so comfortable and looked after, you never want to leave. There are 15 cabanas and a suite with views of your choice – the river, the waterfalls or the gardens. I can’t think of a more tranquil way to enjoy a Belize vacation.
Room rates begin at USD 165.
What we have here is a main estate lodge, six cottages (each with two suites), a stone terrace that takes you to the pool, a fragrant welcome from the flowers and glowing fireplaces on cool nights. Tempting enough? Let me make that better – luxuriate in the jacuzzi under the starry Belize sky, dine sumptuously in the restaurant and then trip over for a cocktail in the wonderful bar. Perfect to hole up for a honeymoon. Oh, and I would recommend going on the trails that the Hidden Valley Inn organizes to experience the true Belizean environment.
Room rates begin at USD 248.
This enchanting jungle resort overlooks the Privassion Creek and is nestled in the verdant Mayan mountains. For over a decade this tropical paradise was the private family retreat for Francis Ford Coppola, before he decided to share it as a luxury holiday destination. This Lodge gives you a choice of 20 rooms. What sets it apart is Coppola’s choice of wine, top notch Italian and Belizean food made with ingredients grown in their organic garden. Perfect!
Room rates begin at USD 279.
Perched among the tree thick hills above the Caribbean coast in southern Belize, this is the best you can have – a true jungle experience with impeccable service and world-class cuisine. A jungle lodge where the setting is perfect for a completely relaxing getaway. There are sixteen spacious suites with spa style bathrooms. And when you feel the urge to explore the jungle, take a ride down the river in the complimentary canoes and kayaks provided.
Room rates? Well, they begin at USD 380.
The beautiful setting of this jungle lodge is the middle of an ancient Mayan city, surrounded by pristine forests, unexplored Mayan ruins, and is the best place to spot dozens of species of exotic birds. If you’re a birder, this certainly is the place for you! Stay in any of the casitas, cabanas or the villa, and you will find your room cozy, clean, comfortable and luxurious. The staff pamper you, the food satiates you and you couldn’t ask for a better ambiance.
Room rates begin at USD 289.
Set on the sloping bank of the Macal River, this eco-resort takes you back to nature with style and comfort. The breezes rustling through the trees, the twittering of birds, the service, the adventure activities and the thoughtfully designed suites, all come together to provide you with an enchanting Belize vacation. A stay at the Mystic River Resort in mystic Mayan surrounds is bound to bring you back to your roots, rejuvenate your body and soul and lure you to return…
Room rates begin at USD 220.
This resort gives you the jungle experience while being located 5 minutes from San Ignacio town. A short walk brings you to town and all the town like activities. The 17 acre estate provides you with tropical lushness. With 24 rooms to choose from, a warm and friendly staff and fabulous facilities, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a temptation that is hard to resist. And if you are a naturalist, the Green Iguana Conservation Project on the hotel estate will definitely pique your interest!
Room rates make it worth your stay starting at USD 151.
Do you know of any other amazing jungle lodges or resorts in Belize? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences.
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