The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is located in San Ignacio Town but its lush tropical setting within a 17 acre private estate along the Macal River has earned it the name as being “the only jungle in town.” With a name associated with luxury and quality service since 1976, this resort is one of Belize’s prides.
The town of San Ignacio is in the Cayo District and 72 miles from Belize’s largest city Belize City. Being in the west of the country means that the town of San Ignacio, is close to the Guatemalan border but is also close to Belize’s beautiful Mayan Mountains, with their tropical rainforests and abundant wildlife.
The resort hotel offers 24 rooms for guests and all rooms are spacious and luxurious. The Master Suites feature French Doors leading to a balcony that has a private Jacuzzi. The Spa Suites feature a private sitting and massage room for private pampering. The Regal rooms named after a visit to the hotel by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 can sleep 4 -6 people. The Garden Rooms feature a patio where you can relax in a hammock and watch the bird life, perhaps the national bird, the Keel-Billed Toucan. The Deluxe balcony Rooms have balconies that overlook, not just the garden but also the Macal River and the jungle canopy.
Food & Dining
The hotel’s all day restaurant is The Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant, named after owner’s family ranch and offers a menu that features both international cuisine plus some Belizean favorites. The air conditioned dining area offers some great views over the hillside property and because of the birds that can be seen feeding on nearby trees, eating in the restaurant has become known as a “dining with the birds” experience. The chic Lobby Bar can provide some fine cocktails and the staffs are known for their Belizean mixology drinks which can be enjoyed whilst listening to live music most weekends.
The hotel amenities include a swimming pool, the San Ignacio’s Luxury Belize Spa, a conference room and meeting rooms which can be configured for banquets or family gatherings, tennis court and a Medicinal Trail.
Staff & Service
The hotel’s award winning staffs are professional and well aware of what guests require for a fun-filled vacation experience.
The Medicinal Trail follows the same trail that the Mayans took when looking for plants and herbs for their traditional medicines. Close to San Ignacio is The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a 300 square mile area that is home to pine forests, gushing waterfalls and many hidden and not so hidden caves.
Among one of the most popular sights in the reserve is Hidden Valley Falls, a 1,000 foot waterfall that is the highest in all of Central America. Horseback riding through a river valley and jungle is also available at a nearby ranch plus of course there is the town of San Ignacio itself that is within walking distance and has a farmer’s market, shopping area and restaurants, plus a casino.
Cahal Pech, one of the Maya’s ancient temples is just a short distance from the hotel and if you go horse riding you will probably see some, as yet, unexcavated Mayan mounds.