Perched on a low hillside on the New River Lagoon within walking distance of the Lamanai ruins, this eco-lodge's well-designed thatch cabañas sit amid lovely gardens and have porches with lagoon views. Two of the cabañas have air-conditioning. There's a pricey, near all-inclusive plan with all meals, transfers, and activities, such as a crocodile encounter, included, from around BZ$1,400 double per night on a three-night package in-season. A room-only meal plan is also offered, but keep in mind that dining options in this remote area are very limited. The restaurant, Bushey's Place, serves simple but filling meals. A dock extends 130 feet into the lagoon and is a good place for swimming. Bird-watching, crocodile spotting, and also cultural tours, such as to meet Mennonite families, are offered.
Near Indian Church Village, Orange Walk District, Lamanai, Belize
235-2441; 888-733–7864-U.S. reservation office
Aug 5, 2013
We traveled all over Belize (thanks to Katie Valk, recommended by Fodors, she did all our bookings, and gave us advice and was in contact throughout our trip)and Lamanai was our favorite place. We drove from Belize after visiting La Milpa. Driving in the rainy season is not for the fainthearted but we are so glad we did it. You do need directions and don't rely on maps! (Again thank you Katie!) The cabanas at Lamanai Lodge are lovely, you can
lie in bed and see the jungle and the lagoon. All the staff were super friendly. We walked to Lamanai which is a Maya site that will fill you with wonder. We used the canoes, had a sunset cocktail cruise on an airboat and enjoyed every minute. Loved the bar with all the archaeological artifacts.