In the middle of the jungle, this beautiful and authentic lodge in the ancient Maya city of Lamanai offers both adventure and peaceful nature.
- 3:00 p.m. check in
- 12:00 p.m. check out
- Restaurant in Hotel
Surrounded by lagoons and streams, the ancient Maya city of Lamanai has a fitting name: “Submerged crocodile.” Travelers to this special part of Belize’s Orange Walk District will have the chance to see some submerged crocodiles themselves. The New River, which flows through the region, is home to the legendary creatures as well as colorful birds and hydrophilic iguanas –iguanas who emerge and then disappear into the mysterious waters. Travelers boat down these waterways to see the ancient temples rise up before their eyes, including Lamanai itself, where copper artifacts were uncovered, revealing new information about the Maya people. Perhaps most impressive to see is the Jaguar Temple, adorned with 15-foot (5 m) stone masks of faces, including that of a Mayan king.
Lamanai Outpost Lodge’s extraordinary location puts guests in close proximity to their adventure destinations . The excitement begins right away, on the journey via car and boat to the lodge. Guests come here to go on sunrise canoe expeditions, go fishing, have crocodile encounters, and of course, explore Lamanai’s ruins, beginning immediately from the lodge’s grounds. First thing in the morning, the eager guest can take the airboat safari through the wetlands, or hike through the jungle at dawn to see the rain forest wake up.
Thatched-roof cabanas with queen or double-sized beds, some designed to accommodate triples and families, give an authentic feel to the stay. The native materials used to build these charming accommodations and their private verandas blend into the surrounding foliage. Though only two cottages (Cabanas 16 and 17) offer air conditioning, ventilation is not a problem at Lamanai Outpost Lodge: the property is right on a lagoon, and the breeze over the water combined with high-output ceiling fans is enough to keep guests comfortable. Unlike at many remote outposts, guests can access the Internet from the communal computer or their own laptops. Laundry service is provided at an additional cost.
A coffee, tea, and cocoa bar serves the Belizean-grown favorites. A cocktail bar is available in the afternoons and evenings with happy hour-style snacks. The Lodge provides all meals for guests, including vegan and vegetarian guests, who should alert the lodge ahead of time so that the cooks can make proper preparations. For a truly special experience to begin the day, breakfast can be served on the airboat, sailing over Crab Lagoon while sipping mimosas and indulging in a full-service breakfast. Meals are scheduled, but there are plentiful snacks and drinks in between –including those offered by guests’ own private bartender aboard the sunset cocktail cruise. How pleasant to see the jungle wildlife from a 30-foot (9-m) pontoon boat, with a tropical drink in hand.