Tucked away in the remote mountains of western Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by US film director Francis Ford Coppola, overlooks the gentle rapids and waterfalls of the Privassion River where jungle and pine forest flora intertwine within the beautiful scenery. The villas rise from the jungle on stilts and have soaring hand-woven thatch ceilings. The mahogany furniture on the decks and in the restaurant is handcrafted in San Ignacio, the closest town by local craftsmen, who also created the slate bar carved with its ancient Mayan symbols. Luxurious tiled Japanese baths come with a view of the jungle sky and local herbal soaps help to wash away urban worries.
The food is good and fresh, being mostly home grown, cooked using a fusion of Italian and local recipes. There is an authentic pizza oven imported from Italy, and a selection of wines from Coppola’s California estates are served.
Bar, restaurant, swimming pool, gift shop, riding stables, natural swimming holes, waterfall spa.
Good birdwatching, white tailed deer, grey fox, coati. Puma and jaguar are in the area but rarely seen.
Hiking, swimming, horse riding, guided mountain biking, excursions to visit caves and waterfalls, visits to Maya sites such as Caracol and Xunantunich.
Ask about the possibility of going out really early to an isolated forest road to see if you can spot jaguar and puma.
If you have any questions regarding our Belize tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
Really enjoyed eating traditional Belizian food and the variation between hotels. Every single member of staff we met was friendly, pleasant and helpful and we had a fabulous time. The holiday itinerary fulfilled out brief and our expectations – a big thank you for that.