Belize, Belize

Gaia Riverlodge

Rates from (inc tax)$195.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Modern Maya treehouse


Riverside rainforest reserve

Hidden deep in Belize’s rainforest, surrounded by untouched waterfalls, wild jaguars and tropical fruit trees, Gaia Riverlodge hotel seems to have sprung from nature, in all its eco-luxury. Your swimming pool? The riverside beach and its natural freshwater pools. Your nightly entertainment? The sounds of tropical wildlife as you sip local beers and dine on fresh ingredients from the organic garden. Your home? A palapa-roofed bungalow with treetop views.

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Full American breakfast daily



Need to know


15, including one suite.


12noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $195.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD232.05), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast.


Every evening before dinner, a popular and informal ‘social hour’ is held in the bar area, and guests and staff get together and chat about the day’s adventures over an aperitif.

Hotel closed

Annually from 18 September to 6 October.

At the hotel

Mountain bicycles to borrow, river ‘beach’ with palapas and swimming holes, spa, sprawling grounds, free WiFi in main building. In rooms: flashlight, beach towels, screened windows, mosquito netting, purified water in reusable jugs.

Our favourite rooms

Each cabana is distinct, with its own blend of Mexican tiles, native Belizean hardwoods and handmade local textiles, but the most impressive views can be found in the rooms overlooking the on-site Five Sisters Waterfalls; the Waterfall View Suites even have private terraces with views of the waterfalls.


The lodge doesn’t have a typical swimming pool, but if you walk down the 300 steps to the Privasson River, deep natural pools filled with mountain spring water await you, lined with soft white sand, sunloungers and palapas shading hammocks and chairs. Drinks and snacks can be delivered to you, and a trolley can take you back up to the restaurant deck.


The Jungle Spa offers a range of treatments – including massages and facials – using natural and indigenous ingredients in its one treatment room.

Packing tips

Keen eyes for spotting wildlife like the reserve’s many wild jaguars, and a good book by one of Belize’s most renowned authors, like Zee Edgell, for digging into while basking on your riverside lounger.


Note that the hotel is non-smoking everywhere except on the restaurant deck.


Children age 10 and older are welcome, but not catered to. The Waterfall View Suite is the best lodging choice for families, as the living room sofa can pull out into a queen bed.


All electricity is supplied from the hotel’s own hydro power plant, generated from the river below; to limit usage, there are no minibars, air-conditioners or hair-dryers in rooms. Most building materials were locally sourced, bath products are eco-friendly and the restaurant’s ingredients are grown on-site or sourced locally.

Food and Drink


Top Table

For the full rainforest effect, nab a table at the edge of the deck and watch the jungle canopy spread out before you. Sunset up here – known as the ‘purple sunset’ to locals – is especially awe-inspiring.

Dress Code

Easy breezy jungle chic – simple linens and cottons, and maybe a splash of colour to help you fit in with the wildlife.

Hotel restaurant

A veritable treehouse perched over a rainforest ravine and the Privasson River, Gaia Restaurant is an extension of the airy, natural-feeling lobby. The regularly rotating menu, sourced from the on-site organic garden and neighbouring farms, features local Belizean favourites like coconut rice, ceviche and empanadas; nightly specials include the popular spicy Creole shrimp. Breakfast includes a range of Continental, American, Belizean and Maya options, including fresh fruit and yoghurt.

Hotel bar

Part of the restaurant and lobby, the open-plan bar is the perfect place to settle in for a cosy evening with a local beer or the Gaia Kiss signature cocktail and make friends with the bartenders.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7 to 10am; lunch from noon to 3pm; dinner from 6:30 to 9pm.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available in your room during regular restaurant hours.


Gaia Riverlodge
Moutain Pine Ridge
Cayo District


Belize City’s international airport (BZE), serves direct flights to and from a number of major US cities, including Houston and Miami, with connecting flights to other major international cities. Once in Belize City, you can either continue your journey by car or via a scenic 40-minute flight on TropicAir to the Maya Flats Airstrip, an hour’s drive from the lodge. Charter flights can also be arranged to Blancaneaux Airstrip, at neighbouring Blancaneaux Lodge, a 10-minute drive from the hotel.


Hire a car in Belize City if you want to make the scenic three-hour drive to the hotel and have the freedom to explore the Cayo District more independently. Otherwise, the hotel can arrange transfers from Belize City, Maya Flats Airstrip and Blancaneaux Airstrip. Parking at the hotel is free.

Worth getting out of bed for

Set in the middle of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Gaia is a prime getaway for outdoors and adventure enthusiasts. On the hotel’s grounds alone, there are the makeshift beach and swimming holes on the Privasson River, a hike (or bike ride on borrowed bicycles) to swimming at Big Rock Falls and a hiking trail through Broadleaf Forest. The concierge can plan any other adventure further afield that you might have in mind, from a visit to the Maya ruins at Caracol, cave canoe trips, zip-lining excursions and organized visits to the market in San Ignacio.

Local restaurants

The only other restaurants for miles are the two 10-minutes away at Blancaneaux Lodge: Montagna, which boasts a menu of owner Francis Ford Coppola’s Italian favourites, and Guatemaltecqua, which specialises in Guatemalan cuisine (+501 824-3878).



Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique eco-hotel in Central America and unpacked their hand-woven textiles and binoculars, a full account of their jungle luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Gaia Riverlodge in Belize…

It takes some dedication to get to Gaia Riverlodge. From Belize City, you either drive several hours through the Belizean countryside and jungle – full of beautiful sights to whet your appetite for the riverside destination that awaits – or you take a 40-minute flight in a small plane that soars low above the treetops, giving you a bird’s view of the waterfalls and cloud-topped mountains. By the time you arrive at the lodge, you’re in the mood to explore, and the jungle canopy views that await you the moment you step into the lobby don’t disappoint. Neither does the private riverside ‘beach’ whose natural pools are also haunts of wild animals, and nor do the friendly staff, who not only quickly become your friends but also can point you in the direction of the best hikes, sunset views, and underwater caves. Even your meals at the treehouse-like restaurant are exciting, a blend of Mexican, Belizean, Spanish and Western flavours, all sourced from the surrounding area.

You see, coming to Gaia pays off.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Gaia Riverlodge’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service was outstanding! Everyone knew us by name and knew which bungalow we were in, and really catered to us to make sure we had the best experience possible. The setting was stunning, and the best part of all were the sounds of nature each evening and morning that you could hear from inside the bungalow. We also loved each of our drivers/guides -- each extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and really made our trip everything we wanted it to be.

Don’t expect

TV or wi-fi in the rooms, but that was fine with me. I was also delighted to discover that there weren't nearly as many mosquitos as I'd expected!


Stayed on 2 Aug 2015

We loved

The staff, namely Nigel, Javier, Lucille, and Derby, were exceptional. Food: the chef and his creations were very good. Setting: the view of the jungle, river, and cascades was delightful, and the cabanas by the cascades provided a unique oases.

Don’t expect

No fault of Gaia, but the hour-long off-road drive from Georgeville to Gaia is demanding and can be treacherous during and after wet weather.


Stayed on 25 Oct 2014