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Escape to Francis Ford Coppola’s eco-luxury hideaway set against tumbling waterfalls, turquoise pools and a dramatic jungle.

The Setting

Several years ago Francis Ford Coppola opened up his family retreat in the Mountain Pine Forest Reserve in western Belize to the public. For Kind Travelers that means an escape to an eco-luxury hideaway set against tumbling waterfalls, turquoise pools and dramatic jungle that is not only Rainforest Alliance Verified, but contributes monthly to local charities. This is the ideal place to explore the ancient civilization of the Maya on foot or horseback, stroll through the organic garden and retreat to your thatch-roofed cabana’s patio for a quiet glass of wine (Coppola, naturally). Can boutique lodges win Oscars?

Sleep and Sanctuary

The 20 cabanas and villas offered at Blancaneaux Lodge, including Coppola’s magnificent personal villa, seamlessly blend into their natural surroundings with unabashed rustic luxury. You’ll find some with private plunge pools, grandiose patios and all with environmentally sound designs featuring thatch roofs, regional woods and local tiles. Not many high-tech amenities will be found in your dwelling, not even A/C since the cabanas are ecologically designed not to need it, which is fine, since you’ll want to feel as much a part of the lush jungle landscape as possible.

Eat. Pray. Eat.

At Blancaneaux Lodge guests will have the option of tantalizing their taste buds with either Montagna Ristorante’s traditional Italian drawn from the Coppola family history or poolside Guatemalan cuisine at Guatemaltecqua Restaurant. Naturally, both places are long on tropical vibes and showcase flavorful organic produce grown on the property (not to mention wines from the family collection). The Jaguar bar’s handcrafted furnishings and relics from Apocalypse Now make it the perfect place for a pre/post dinner craft cocktail. Kind eaters looking for an enlightening dining experience are welcome to join the convivial twice-weekly dinners thrown in the Garden Spot where you can learn about the organic farming practices and get a glimpse of the unique produce of the verdant environment (and yes, there is wine).

Montagna Ristorante - The menu at this candlelit room awash with colonial era antiques and Guatemalan fabrics features traditional Italian dishes with a special focus on Coppola family recipes, drawn from their history in the southern region of Basilicata, Italy. Pastas, fresh fish, and braised or grilled local meats are all prepared with herbs and vegetables from the organic garden. Also delight in made-to-order pizza, cooked in an authentic brick oven. Sit on the open veranda for views of the creek.

Guatemaltecqua Restaurant - This poolside tropical eatery specializes in the cooking of Guatemala, a mildly spiced cuisine that draws on Mexican, Caribbean, and Maya traditions. Local favorites include Salpicon, shredded beef salad flavored with sour orange and cilantro, Jocon, chicken cooked with green herbs and spices, and Rellenitos, a delicious dessert consisting of plantains filled with sweetened black beans.

The Jaguar Bar - This handsome boite evokes an archaeological spirit for in an eclectic environment. Find fitting libations like fine wines and classic cocktails including favorites such as mojitos and daiquiris, as well as the house “Jaguar Juice,” a potent concoction of local craboo liqueur, aged rum, and fresh pineapple juice.

The Garden Spot - After a tour of the gardens, learning about the sustainable practices that go into maintaining a garden in the jungle (and a cocktail), you’ll join other guests at a communal table located on the open-air porch of the new thatched roof kitchen within the organic garden. You’ll dine on a three-course meal all inspired by ingredients picked fresh that day from salads to soups to pastas and stir fry dishes.  All courses are vegetarian and we promise you won’t miss having meat. All paired with the perfect wine, of course.

The Art of De-stressing

Set on the steps of Privassion Creek, the Waterfall Spa specializes in the art of Thai massage (at the direction of Mr. Coppola himself). Relax in Kind bliss in hot pools heated by hydroelectricity overlooking cascading waterfalls, or indulge in spa treatments using locally sourced organic ingredients. Be sure to try an exfoliating papaya body polish as you drink in natural light in the open air space. We’re talking eco- luxury at its finest here, folks.

De-stressing is the name of the game in this jungle paradise, but should you desire more, a relaxing horseback tour through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve on one of the lodge’s beautiful equines ought to do the trick. Or, head for a relaxing swim/lounge combo in the lodge’s freshwater pool or in the abundance of natural swimming holes with smooth granite boulders and sandy beaches found throughout
the forest reserve.

  • Baby Sitting Program

  • Pool

  • Complimentary WiFi

  • Complimentary Breakfast

  • Complimentary Parking

  • Spa

  • Restaurant

  • Bar Lounge

  • Laundry Facility

  • Room Service

  • Hot Tub

Cabanas
  • Garden View Cabanas are nestled in manicured gardens and will transport you to an exotic luxury paradise. Each of these cabanas showcase native arts and antiques and feature a queen sized bed and a large screened in porch with a hammock for your napping pleasure.
  • The Honeymoon Cabana is perched over Privassion Creek and oozes romantic charm. Find a queen bed, sofa, ceiling fan and Guatemalan decor. Highlighting the room is a large deck overlooking the falls.
  • All the Riverfront Cabanas feature expansive wrap around decks boasting spectacular views of the Privassion river. Enjoy your queen sized bed and touches like hand-painted bathroom tile surrounded by local art and textiles.
  • The two Luxury Cabanas are the newest and most sought after on the property. These spectacular dwellings offer a secluded setting at the far eastern end of the property overlooking Privassion Creek and feature their own private plunge pools, king-sized beds, Guatemalan décor, and a second shower outdoors.
  • A queen-size bed, sleeper sofa and a twin bed highlight the spacious Family Cabana. A large screened-in porch overlooks the beautiful gardens of this Belize family hideaway, which may also be viewed while idly swaying in the room’s hammock.
Villas

Skirting Privassion Creek, the roomy Two Bedroom Villas feature a large comfortable open-air living room with a small kitchen. Off the living room are two luxurious bedrooms, each with its own full bath. These dwellings are preferred by families or couples traveling together.

Special Rooms
  • As expected, Francis Ford Coppola’s Villa is a dramatic work of art. This Villa features a private plunge pool, harwood sun deck overlooking a lush garden, a small kitchen with an Illy espresso machine, refrigerator, and wet bar. A hand-carved antique dining table with seating for up to 14 people overlooks the tumbling waterfalls and deep rock pools of Privassion Creek. Spread out in two large bedrooms, each with a spacious bathroom featuring showers with hand-painted tiles and a Japanese tub. Francis’s personal art and antiques are displayed throughout, adding a unique touch to an already comfortable and stylish environment. More bells and whistles include monogrammed bathrobes and wine glasses, locally produced organic bath products, iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi and a Shellphone intercom system linked to the hideaway’s front desk. Oh, and a full-time on-call attendant to anticipate your every need or to arrange an evening barbeque next to the pool. And...action!
  • The stone-clad Enchanted Cottage reflects Francis’s desire for a haven to reflect and create and sits atop a steep forested bluff offering panoramic views over the tumbling waterfalls of Privassion Creek and the distant jungle-clad Maya Mountains. With an emphasis on luxury, this secluded stone cottage embodies the quaint elegance of a Belize boutique hotel, featuring a bedroom with a king-size bed, a writing desk, and fireplace. The bath house provides understated luxury with under floor heating, open fire, shower, Japanese tub, and steam room. The cottage includes a kitchen with a wine cooler, Illy espresso machine, breakfast bar, and a heated slate floor. Screened doors open onto the hardwood deck and a sparkling infinity pool. The cottage also includes a full-time attendant to light fires, cook breakfast, prepare cocktails, and anticipate your every need.
  • Check In
    3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out
    12:00 p.m.
Kind Eats and Drinks
  • The Guava Limb in downtown San Ignacio offers farm-to-table freshness 
  • Crave House of Flavor is just that in an intimate and cozy San Ignacio setting
  • A unique Kind culinary experience recommended by Blancaneaux Lodge is cooking with a local family, inquire within.
Conscious Culture
Mindful Adventures
  • ATM Cave as an adventure - National Geographic has named it one of the top 10 most sacred caves in the world.
  • Stalagmite fans will love a canoe trip through Barton Creek Cave
  • Hike the jungle-clad hills of Elijio Panti National Park (watch out for Jaguars!)
  • On Property the horse stables with 16 horses plus ponies for the kids. take a ride to Big Rock Falls or for more experienced riders – through the mountain and jungle terrain.
  • Take a dip in the spectacular Big Rock Falls nestled in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Do Good for the Day
Be Kind to Yourself
  • Soothe away in the jungle at Bullet Tree Falls Spa
  • Be kind to your belly and take a Farm-to-Fork cooking class at Blancaneaux with hand-picked veggies from the organic garden.
  • Nothing kinder to yourself than a refreshing dip in the Rio on Pools

Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Cayo District, Belize

By Plane
  • 131 km/81.4 mi from Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) served by most major US airlines. (Taxi must be negotiated prior to departure)
  • Daily 15 minute commuter flight can be arranged from BZE to Belmopan (BCV), approx 31 miles from Blancaneaux Lodge.
By Bus/Metro

Take Belize Shuttle to Belize City ($20), transfer to Westline shuttle to San Ignacio ($5), drive remaining 19 miles by car.

By Automobile

Head East on Intn’l Airport Rd toward Northern HWY, take Western HWY to Chiquibil Rd in Georgeville, continue on Chiquibil for approx 24.5km to Lodge. Driving time approx 2 hr 25 min. Free parking.

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Certifications

  • Conde Nast Award