A Francis Ford Coppola Property. A marvelous taste of nature awaits those who visit Blancaneaux Lodge, in the Mountain Pine Ridge nature reserve near San Ignacio. The dreamchild of famed director Francis Ford Coppola, the lodge is broken up into deluxe villas and cabanas, each possessing a rustic air accompanied by rich furnishings and fabrics. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort hotel in Belize where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Enjoy dramatic views from the elevated open-plan living area, take a dip in the private plunge pool or relax on the hardwood sun deck set in a lush tropical garden. The Villa features a small kitchen with Delonghi espresso machine, fridge and wet bar. Accommodations include two large bedrooms each with a spacious bathroom featuring showers with hand-painted tiles and Japanese tub. The Coppola Villa also features luxury in-room amenities including monogrammed bathrobes and wine glasses, locally produced organic bath products, goose down or hypo-allergenic pillows, iPod docking station, WiFi Internet access and a Shellphone intercom system linked to the resort’s front desk. The Coppola Villa has a full-time attendant to anticipate your every need or to arrange an evening bar-b-q next to the pool. The attendant is on-call using a walkie-talkie radio system.
Nestled in the beautifully manicured gardens, the comfortable Garden Cabañas showcase native arts and antiques, plus a large screened-in porch with hammock. The luxury garden rooms in Belize will transport you to an exotic, tropical oasis.
A queen-size bed and a pair of twin beds highlight this spacious Family Cabaña. A large screened-in porch overlooks the beautiful gardens of the Belize family resort, which can also be enjoyed while idly swaying in the room’s hammock.
All Riverfront Cabañas at Blancaneaux Lodge expansive deck with wrap-around walkway ensures a spectacular view of the Privassion River. The Belize luxury accommodations are elegantly themed with native art and local textiles, each cabaña offers a queen-size bed and hand-painted tile bath.
Perched over a Privassion Creek waterfall, the Honeymoon Cabañas at Blancaneaux Lodge offer the ideal getaway for a romantic Belize honeymoon. The honeymoon cabaña has huge private decks overlooking the falls.
The Deluxe Cabañas in Belize have quickly become the most sought after accommodations on the property. Surrounded by lush vegetation and just a stone’s throw from deep pools and tumbling waterfalls, the two Deluxe Cabañas offer a secluded setting at the far eastern end of the property overlooking Privassion Creek.
With an emphasis on luxury, the cottage features a bedroom with a king-size bed, writing desk and fireplace. The bath house provides understated luxury with its under floor heating, open fire, shower, Japanese tub and steam room. The cottage has a spacious kitchen that includes a wine cooler, Delonghi espresso machine, a breakfast bar and a heated slate floor. Adjacent to the kitchen is an airy day room with queen-size sofa bed, large coffee table and comfortable armchair. Screened doors open onto the hardwood deck and the infinity pool. The Enchanted Cottage is secluded and surrounded by lush tropical gardens and spectacular panoramic views. After you explore Belize activities, unwind in your personal hammock.
Skirting Privassion Creek, the roomy 1,600 square foot 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.
Classic Italian cuisine in a romantic tropical setting. The menu features traditional Italian dishes with a special focus on the Coppola's private family recipes, drawn from their history in the southern region of Basilicata. Pastas, fresh fish, and braised or grilled local meats are all prepared with organically-grown herbs and vegetables from the garden. The Montagna Restaurant also offers made-to-order pizza, cooked in an authentic brick oven. The intimate dining room sparkles from candlelight and is decorated with handmade wooden furnishings, colonial era antiques and Guatemalan fabrics. An open veranda offers moonlit views of Privassion Creek.
The poolside Belize restaurant specializes in the cooking of Guatemala, a mildly-spiced cuisine that draws on Mexican, Caribbean and Mayan 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.
Explore swimming at Blancaneaux Lodge and swim in the deep, cool pools close to the lodge or explore the hidden rock pools leading to the stunning Big Rock Falls, a must see for the adventurous. On the resort, the fresh water infinity pool is set between the main lodge and the Guatemaltecqua Restaurant and is decorated with brightly-colored ceramic tiles and surrounded by a stone patio. Handmade mahogany sun loungers surround the edge of the pool while the ‘Captains’ are on-hand to provide towels and take drinks orders from the bar.
Set on the banks of Privassion Creek, the Waterfall Spa offers a variety of treatments, wraps and massages, as well as access to the rejuvenating hot pool overlooking cascading waterfalls. At the request of Francis Coppola, the spa specializes in the art of Thai massage, and features a professionally trained staff that has studied the ancient techniques at the Sacred Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok.