The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Chaa Creek Rd., off Chial Rd., San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

This was the first true jungle lodge in the Cayo, and owners Mick and Lucy Fleming (he's from England, she's from the United States) have spent more than three decades polishing The Lodge at Chaa Creek to a fine, rich patina, while adding features like a gorgeous bi-level swimming pool. The gracefully landscaped grounds, surrounded by 365 acres of rolling hills above the Macal River, are magnificent. On the grounds are the Belize Medicinal Plants Trail, Natural History Center, Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm, horse stables, an organic farm, hiking and biking trails, and one of the best spas in Belize. The whitewashed cottages with thatched roofs and custom-made furnishings as well as the suites, tree houses, and villas are elegantly stylish, but prices can be high. For cost-conscious travelers, there's the Macal River Camp, with small A-frame rooms on raised wooden platforms. At the lodge itself, dinner is a special event, starting with cocktails in the bar and perhaps ending with brandy and a Cuban cigar under the soaring thatched palapa. Chaa Creek's tours, although not cheap, are among the country's finest, and horseback riding is also available.

PROS

  • stunningly landscaped grounds
  • excellent staff and service
  • green and socially conscious owners

CONS

  • lodging, meal, and tour prices may strain your budget

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 824-2037-local reservations | 877-709–8708-toll-free in U.S. and Canada

HOTEL DETAILS

37 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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