Need to know
15, including one suite.
12noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $195.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.
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.
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.
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 16 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.