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Blancaneaux Lodge

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Blancaneaux Lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge

    Francis Ford Coppola's Blancaneaux Resorts

  • Blancaneaux Lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge

    Francis Ford Coppola's Blancaneaux Resorts


  • Fabulous grounds
  • Deluxe cabañas and villas
  • Wonderful food and service


  • Many steep steps may pose problems for the infirm or elderly
  • Very expensive

Published 01/22/2016

Fodor's Review

As you sweep down Blancaneaux's hibiscus- and palm-lined drive, past the big swimming pool, you may get a whiff of Beverly Hills, and indeed the lodge is owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola. Spread on a hillside above Privassion River, the villas with their soaring thatch ceilings, Japanese-style tile baths, plunge pools, and screened porches (starting at BZ$807 double in-season including tax and service) have appeared in Architectural Digest and dozens of other magazines. The filmmaker's own villa, with private pool, is available when he isn't in residence. The Enchanted Cottage (about BZ$3,500), of local stone and with a red Guatemalan tile roof, is set on a hill apart from the other villas; it comes with its own golf cart. In-season, accommodations have a two-night minimum. A fleet of four-wheel-drive vehicles takes you to remote Mayan ruins or on shopping trips to Guatemala. Those with their own planes can fly into the resort's landing strip, or you can come on a charter

flight from Belize City. The main restaurant, Montagna, is one of the best in the Cayo, specializing in Italian dishes and serving wines from Coppola's wineries. A second restaurant serves Guatemalan food, by reservation only. The lodge's organic farms supplies about 80% of the vegetables for Blancaneaux and also its sister property, Turtle Inn in Placencia. The ceiling fans in the hotel bar appeared in Apocalypse Now, and the massive black slate bar top was carved by the Garcia sisters of San Antonio. You can swim off large boulders in the Privassion River, relax in a giant hot tub, swim in the infinity pool or, if you have a luxury villa, dunk in your private plunge pool. Blancaneaux offers a variety of tours and has a stable of horses for riding trips. There's a gift shop with high-quality and wonderfully colorful (but not inexpensive) Guatemalan blankets, dresses, blouses, and crafts.

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Hotel Information


Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo, Belize


824-4912-concierge at lodge; 800-746–3743-in U.S. and Canada

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 10 cabañas, 7 villas, 1 house
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 01/22/2016

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