After Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize in the 1970s, he instantly fell in love. Coppola purchased the Blancaneaux Lodge, which was abandoned at the time, and opened it to the public in 1993 after 10 years of private use. It said that the landscape reminded Coppola of the Philippines, where his classic film Apocalypse Now was shot, but much closer to his California home.
The Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20 room resort tucked away in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of the Maya Mountains, sitting on 70 acres of land. The remote location makes it an excellent place for relaxation and exploring ancient Mayan culture with an exciting tour of Caracol, the most extensive of all the Mayan sites.
With its creaky floors, worn furniture, earthy tropical tones, stone fireplace and more, the main lodge sets a very specific tone, causing it to blend well with the environment it lives in. Everything about the lodge harks back to another age, encouraging you to take on a more analogue attitude.
Often, resorts set in such an idealic location rely heavily on the natural beauty of the environment, compromising on the quality of the service provided. That couldn’t be further from the truth at the Blancaneaux Lodge. The staff are extremely friendly and can help organise a wide range of incredible activities in the lodge and its surrounding environment.
There are horse stables, an organic garden, bird watching, cave explorations, a waterfall spa and much more. At the resort, guests can participate in hikes around the jungle with an expert guide, following fresh Jaguar tracks through the Elijio Panti National Park. There are also hikes to the waterfall or through an Orchid trail where guests can see up to 150 different Orchid Species. The staff prepare picnic lunches for you to take out on any of the activities.
Energy for the lodge is sourced from a small hydroelectric plant that harnesses energy from Privassion Creek, meaning clean and renewable power.
This is only a small fraction of what awaits you at the Blancaneaux Lodge. For further information about bookings or other opportunities in Belize, don’t hesitate to contact us.