Francis Ford Coppola's second hotel in Belize is if nothing else exotic, with the furnishings, art, and most of the construction materials bought in Bali by the film director and his wife. On a recent stay, however, we discovered it's time for some refurbishing and maintenance, a little surprising given that the cheapest cabaña goes for over BZ$1,050 a night in-season, with only a Continental breakfast included. The two-bedroom villas have not one or two, but three bathrooms
(two Japanese-style ones indoors and one in a walled outdoor garden). Despite the cost, go for a seafront cabaña to catch the breezes, as there's no air-conditioning, and the units at the back can be very, very hot. The open-air restaurant, Mare, is great for pizza (baked in a wood-burning oven), seafood, and Neibaum-Coppola wines; a second restaurant, Gauguin, specializes in beach barbecue, and a third in Belizean dishes. You're only a short hike or bike ride into the village to sample the restaurants there. There are two pools and a nice stretch of beach. Turtle Inn offers diving, snorkeling, fishing, and other tours.
Jul 22, 2006
We did the TI/Blancaneaux trip in April '06. The 2 bedroom villa was amazing. The outdoor shower had a large tree in it and the last day, I had a large iguana on the top of the wall!! Bring earplugs, however, because there is no AC and the birds start singing at 5:30 am. The grounds are stunning and the beach bar was the perfect spot to end the day ( though they could have had more appetizers on the bar menu ). Our favorite bartender, Royce, kept
serving my husband Belikens with a hole in the bottom ( or did they just go down so smoothly/quickly!). The food was great and the service top notch!
Jun 29, 2005
Great place to relax and enjoy good food! My husband and I stayed at Blancaneaux Lodge for a few days and then at Turtle Inn. We rented a small plane which sits about 8 people with several other guests to go from the jungle to the beach. I do not like small planes, so the 20-minute plane ride was quite an adventure for me, but it beats a few hours of car ride. I love our suite - cabana style with Balinese influence, with your own little back yard.
The best part of the room is the outdoor shower (the room also has an indoor shower). The staff was friendly and very attentive. The food was delicious and it was very romantic to eat dinner in an outdoor setting. The pool is small, but enough to dip in for cooling down. They have a dive and snorkel shop, you can also go kayaking. We rented a scooter to go downtown, but there's not much there. The Thai massage was excellent. We also did the Monkey River tour, where we took a boat ride to the Monkey village, saw some monkeys, a crocodile, all kinds of birds and many other species and ate authentic Belizian food. Some people who went on a hike in the jungle also saw a tarantula. I highly recommend this place for vacationers who just want to unwind and relax. It was a sad day when we had to leave our little paradise. We definitely can't wait to go back!