When in 1980, Francis Ford Coppola of The Godfather fame visited and fell in love with Belize, in bought Blancaneaux Lodge as a family retreat and then in 1993 opened it as the premier tropical paradise resort it is today. Nestled in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize, this paradise setting affords the perfect location for exploring some of the country’s beautiful nature.
The 20 rooms of the Blancaneaux Lodge are pocketed beside Privassion Creek within the Maya Mountains and their seclusion in this setting, among turquoise pools filled by tumbling waterfalls above the jungle canopy, provide for an excellent opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Among the choices of rooms for your all inclusive stay are Garden View Cabanas, Riverfront Cabanas, Honeymoon or Family Cabanas, Luxury Cabanas, the Francis Ford Coppola Villa or the Enchanted Cottage.
Food & Dinning
The lodge has two restaurants, one the Montagna Ristorante features Classic Italian cuisine including some special Coppola family recipes from their Southern Italian history whilst the Guatemaltecqua Restaurant, offers local specialties from not only Mayan but also from nearby Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean. If you live in the Villa or Cottage of course, you could have your valet organize a private BBQ by your pool if you preferred.
After a long day’s relaxing or exploring, the hand-carved slate bar of the Jaguar Bar can seem very inviting with its selection of fine wines and classic favorite cocktails, perhaps even the Blancaneaux Lodge’s own jaguar Juice, a delightful blend of aged rum, craboo liqueur and fresh pineapple juice.
Apart from a gift shop featuring some of the local crafts, the lodge has its own stables so it can provide guests with horse riding excursions into the surrounding forests, an organic garden which although may be a rare sight in a jungle setting, provides fresh fruit and vegetables for the restaurants. As well as the fresh water infinity pool, the guests can choose to swim in some of the beautiful and cool pools or hidden rock pools provided by the Privassion Creek. The Waterfall Spa at the lodge can offer the guests a variety of different massages or treatments to assist them in relaxing during their stay.
Staff & Service
As well as the regular staff you would find at a resort such as waiters, bartenders and housekeepers, the lodge has valets, stable hands, guides and gardeners, all of whom are happy to assist guests with anything they may need.
Apart from hiking there are also horses and mountain bikes available for guests to experience a variety of guided jungle experiences. Not just visiting some of the one thousand streams that provide some fantastic waterfalls and white water scenery but also to visit caverns and caves that are scattered throughout the mountains or perhaps visit an ancient Mayan ruin.
Taking one of either the sunrise or sunset horse riding tours can offer views of the beautiful mountain rainforests at their very best.