Blancaneaux Lodge

This Francis Ford Coppola-owned property is luxurious to the last detail. Blancaneaux Lodge is certainly not rustic, though nestled in the lush vegetation of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, it gets the best of both nature and human ingenuity.

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  • Check In: 3:00 p.m.
    Check Out: 12:00 p.m.

Just one hour and 15 minutes by car from Belize City, the Blancaneaux Lodge sits at the northern border of the incredible Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, 106,353 acres (43,040 ha) of protected land. Although the pine forests, small areas of grasslands and wetlands, the Macal River, and recognized Maya sites on the reserve are carefully protected by the government, much of the land has been leased. Privassion Creek runs through the property. It has clear running water, ancient melastome shrubs, toucans, and a small population of crocodiles. While staying here, guests often explore the limestone hills of Noj Kaax Meen Elijio Panti National Park, known for its endangered species and rare flora and fauna. At the lodge you can swim, hike, go horseback riding, or mountain biking. An hour’s drive down dirt road takes travelers to Caracol Archaeological Reserve to explore Maya culture in its temple ruins and ceremonial caves.

One of the Lodge’s top amenities is the property: Privassion Creek’s waterfalls and granite boulders make for some of Belize’s best all-natural swimming holes. The man-made swimming options are excellent as well: the resort’s freshwater infinity pool is inlaid with bright, artistic ceramic tiles and surrounded by handcrafted mahogany lounge chairs.

Attentive servers are always on-hand to bring towels and drinks from the full bar. After working up an appetite swimming and sunning, the Guatemaltecqua Restaurant is just steps away, specializing in the cuisine of Belize, which combines Caribbean, Mexican, and Mayan traditions. The Coppola family is Italian, which may have inspired the cuisine at the resort’s Montagna Ristorante. The chef here consults daily with the gardener of the Blancaneaux’s own organic farm, where guests can see lettuce, carrots, beans, and herbs growing next to exotic fruits. These ingredients add a fresh, healthy taste to the restaurant’s cherished stone-oven pizzas.

Once a private retreat for Hollywood royal family the Coppolas, the Blancaneaux Lodge was opened to the public in 1993, offering deluxe cabanas in different styles. Private cabanas range from honeymoon to artist’s retreat. There are riverfront cabanas, luxury cabanas with their own mini infinity pools, and roomy 2-bedroom villas for guests who want a kitchen. There’s even an “enchanted cottage,” replete with a writing desk and fireplace for artists in need of tranquility. Each of the cabanas is decorated with native woods and local art, private porches, hammocks, and beautiful views.

The king of the dwellings is Francis Ford Coppola’s Villa: the dining room has an antique table that seats 14, which goes well with the espresso machine and wet bar for dinner parties. While all cabanas include Wi-Fi and locally made bath products, the villa takes it up a notch with monogrammed bathrobes, wine glasses, a private barbeque, and even a full-time personal attendant. With two large bedrooms that feature Japanese tubs and Francis Ford Coppola’s personal art and antique collection, a family or group craving serious luxury would be perfectly accommodated here.

The Waterfall Spa at the lodge is just as luxurious as one would expect: the staff was trained in ancient Thai massage at the Sacred Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok. The body treatments include a variety of salts and herbs, and of course, the hot pool overlooks tumbling waterfalls.

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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Some Rooms Have
  • Wireless Internet

Rooms

The Enchanted Cottage (with private pool)

Sleeps 2

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Francis Ford Coppola Villa (with private pool)

Sleeps 2

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
2 Bedroom Villa

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms: 2

2 Double beds

Alarm Clock
Balcony
Fan
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Luxury Cabana #11 (with private plunge pool)

Sleeps 2

1 King bed

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Honeymoon Cabana

Sleeps 2

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Deck
Riverfront Cabana

Sleeps 2

1 Queen bed

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Family Cabana

Sleeps 4

1 Queen bed

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Luxury Cabana 12

Sleeps 2

1 King bed

Balcony
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Garden View Cabana No 10

Sleeps 3

1 Queen bed

Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Enchanted Cottage

Sleeps 4

1 King bed

Balcony
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Riverfront Cabana

Sleeps 3

1 Queen bed

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Luxury Cabana 11

Sleeps 2

1 King bed

Balcony
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Honeymoon Cabana

Sleeps 2

1 Queen bed

Balcony
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Deck
Garden View Cabana No 9

Sleeps 3

1 Queen bed

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Francis Ford Copola Villa

Sleeps 6

2 Double beds

Balcony
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Family Cabana

Sleeps 4

1 Queen bed

Balcony
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Two Bedroom Villa

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms: 2

2 Double beds

Alarm Clock
Balcony
Fan
Hair Dryer
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Safe Deposit Box
Wireless Internet
Living Room
Garden View Cabana

Sleeps 2

Balcony
Hot Water
Mini Bar
Mini Refrigerator
Wireless Internet
Living Room

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