Blancaneaux Lodge: A Rainforest Wonderland

- Melanie Zieba,


Blancaneaux Lodge first opened to the public in 1993 but for more than a decade before hand it was Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Elenor’s personal tropical paradise retreat. And with the resort recently winning the number one spot for the best resort in Central & South America, we owe another thank you to Mr. Coppola for changing the way we can experience the world.

If you have one luxury adventure to take in your lifetime, a visit to the Blancaneaux Lodge will leave you with no regrets. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains in Belize, this 20-room luxury resort is the place to experience the wonders of nature, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Opposite the property’s spectacular Privassion Creek waterfall are the lodge’s cozy cabanas and villas which are each individually styled but all offer their own private decks, native art, local textiles and the finest luxury in-room amenities.
Located in the northwest corner of the 107,000 acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize’s Cayo district, the Lodge is in a perfect spot to venture off and explore the surrounding area.
Guided treks and educational excursions are available to discover the wonders of the ancient Mayans and see natures beauty up close at places like the Green Hills Butterfly Farm or the Barton Creek Cave to name a few. Horseback riding, mountain biking and bird watching excursions are also available and for those who like to add their own personal touch custom nature treks can be arranged.


After a long day of adventure be sure to indulge at one of three of Blancaneaux Lodge’s dining options. You can relax at the poolside at their Guatemaltecqua Restaurant and experience the tastes of Guatemala, grab a fabulous cocktail from their Jaguar Bar, or feast on some of the Coppola’s private family recipes in their Montagna Ristorante.
More than 80% of the produce served comes from the Blancaneaux Lodge’s three acre organic garden which grows a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts. Daily consultation between the gardeners and chefs regarding what produce is available for the day ensures that your dining experience will always surpass your expectations and ensures only the freshest ingredients make it to your plate.
Francis Ford Coppola villa
Since its opening, one of the greatest features of the Blancaneaux Lodge is its role in conserving and preserving the the-coppola'senvironment and their support of Belize’s commitment to ecotourism. From the design and construction of the property using low profile, environmentally sound designs, to their self sustaining energy use though their hydroelectric plan, the Coppola’s ensure they always give back what they are taking.

A stay at the Blancaneaux Lodge will surly exceed your expectations. It is a truly special place that once visited you will long to returning to. The tours, the beautiful gardens, the jungle, the food, the hospitality and professionalism of the staff makes this getaway one you will never forget.


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  1. So great to see yet another example of how if done correctly accommodation can be both comfortable and eco friendly. In todays world it is so important to look after the environment and we applaude the owners of the Blancaneaux Lodge.

  2. You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material!

  3. Evangeline says:

    I don’t ordinarily comment but I gotta state thanks for the post on this one : D.