Four lodges in southern Belize are being developed by Ken Karas and the company he manages, Belize Lodge & Excursions, offering pricey all-inclusive experiences in remote areas. One lodge, Balaam Na (Ketchi Maya for House of the Jaguar) is in a 13,000-acre private reserve off the Southern Highway near Indian Creek. It has three suites and two captive jaguars. Another is the Jungle Camp, also in the reserve, reachable only by river boat, with bungalows set beside the Golden Stream river. The third is Moho Cay Lodge off the coast of Toledo, with "safari-style" tents on platforms with thatch roofs. The fourth, on the Southern Highway, is currently not operating as a lodge. All the properties are all-inclusives, and guests can transfer among the three properties. Daily all-inclusive rates are around BZ$1,800 double per day, and include accommodations, meals, some beverages, tours, taxes and local transfers (but not flights to or within Belize).
Southern Hwy., 25 mi north of Punta Gorda, Southern Hw., Indian Creek, Belize
223-6324; 888-292–2462-in U.S.
Apr 11, 2009
I've taken two groups of a dozen or so to Belize Lodge and Excursions and have an entirely different experience than the previous one. The project is an amazing conservation initiative in a spectacular location (20 square mile private nature reserve). The staff, grew up in the area and the wonderful local Mayan guides are intimately familiar with the jungle and its creatures and uses. Given the remote location of the three lodges, they have done
a remarkable job with the facilities and the excursions. The lodge is expensive, but well worth it. There is nothing comparable in all of Central America. I will definitely be returning and hope other guests will also post reactions in order to give a more balanced evaluation.
Mar 2, 2009
We just returned from Belize where we booked our package with Belize Lodge and Excursions. Setting was pretty, some of the excursions were interesting, BUT service was horrendous! My husband was injured on a boat ride and when we tried to obtain some medical help from the hotel staff, we were told that the lodge did not carry any first aid kits and did not even have a bandage. After 30 minutes of waiting for medical assistance, the manager
came out from the kitchen with one small cotton pad dabbed with a few drops of vodka and told us that was all they had. Not a single word of concern while looking at my husband's profusely bleeding knee. The company also charged us for things that they told us were included in the (very expensive) package, such as juice we ordered during breakfast. I would never recommend Belize Lodge and Excursions in a million years unless you like being nickeled-and-dimed or you know you'll never suffer any injuries. If you do have an accident, be absolutely sure you can tough it out on your own because you certainly won't be getting any help from the managerial staff!