Blancaneaux Lodge , Belize

Mexican architect, Manolo Mestre worked with Coppola on the expansion of the Blancaneaux Lodge into a full-scale resort.

The villas he created rise from the jungle on stilts and have soaring hardwood and hand-woven thatch ceilings. Francis and Eleanor Coppola chose the furnishings for each villa themselves from Mexico and Guatemala.

The mahogany furniture on the decks and in the restaurant is hand-crafted in San Ignacio - the closest town to Blancaneaux - and the slate bar carved with ancient Mayan symbols was created by a local artisan.

The food at Blancaneaux is as unique as the decor. Guests start their day with freshly squeezed orange juice, bread baked that morning and plates of fresh fruit. The restaurant boasts the only wood-burning pizza oven in the country. The menu features many Coppola family recipes and proudly reflects his Italian heritage. Local chickens are home-smoked behind the restaurant, and virtually all the produce and fruit come from the large garden on the property. In addition to pizzas and pastas, there is a changing array of daily specials. Fresh fish from the coast also appears frequently on the menu. Coppola's wines from his Napa Valley estate, Niebaum-Coppola, are available on the wine list, as well as various Italian wines.

Your time at Blancaneaux Lodge is free to relax on your own, or to sign up for a variety of excursions offered at the lodge. Guests can also explore the ancient civilization of the Maya, which still endures in the sacred sites throughout this magical region. From the ceremonial caves along the white-water rivers of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve to stalactite caverns and the vast ruins of Caracol deep within the lush rainforest, Blancaneaux is your window into the world of natural and archaeological wonders. Use of the lodge's mountain bikes is included.

Accommodations include Cabañas, Villas and Cottages.

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Garden View Cabañas

Garden View Cabañas showcase native arts and antiques, features a queen-size bed, large screened-in porch with hammock, and will transport you to an exotic, tropical paradise.

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Riverfront Cabañas

All Riverfront Cabañas at Blancaneaux Lodge feature an expansive deck ensuring a spectacular view of the Privassion River. They are elegantly themed with native art and local textiles, and offer a queen-size bed and hand-painted tile bathroom.

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Luxury Cabañas

The two Luxury Cabañas offer a secluded setting at the far eastern end of the property overlooking Privassion Creek and feature their own private plunge pools, king-size beds, Guatemalan décor, and a second shower outdoors.

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Francis Ford Coppola's Villa

This Villa features 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.

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Enchanted Cottage

Blancaneaux Lodge’s ultimate retreat reflects Francis’s desire for a haven in which to reflect and create. The cottage sits atop a steep forested bluff offering panoramic views over the tumbling waterfalls of Privassion Creek and the distant jungle-clad Maya Mountains.



Blancaneaux Lodge & Turtle Inn

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,095.00
From the natural serenity of the Maya Mountains to the shores of Placencia Lagoon, we are reminded that paradise can exist in more than one locale.

Blancaneaux Lodge & Turtle Inn

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,185.00
From the natural serenity of the Maya Mountains to the shores of Placencia Lagoon, we are reminded that paradise can exist in more than one locale.

Blancaneaux Lodge

Be on your own schedule. Activities or day tours can be private or shared. Join a scheduled, multi-day group tour. All-inclusive travel by cruise ship.

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Try to pick up at least a few basic greetings, directional questions, and common curiosities in the native language(s) before you leave for your trip.
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