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Reviewed 3 November 2014

The resort and grounds were beautiful. We often thought we might be the only guests there. This was partially the design of the resort and partially because people often leave the resort for activities. (the resort was at full capacity). The grounds are beautiful and offer trails for walking or jogging (build your mental map they aren't marked). You can also hike or bike to a beautiful waterfall. The waterfall has recently installed steps to make your way down the very steep hillside. The hot tub is a large horseshoe by the river.
Both couples loved our rooms. The cabanas are half floor to ceiling screens and the ceiling is thatch. The large balconies overlook the river. We never found any critters in our room. We did however come home to a candle lit room at day's end. We were pleased that our cabana (C7?) was close enough to hear the waterfall which we loved. Our friends’ cabana was in a more serene area with a hammock. Breakfast on the balcony is a great way to start the day.
The food was good though we wished for a little more variety but never complained.
The staff was all amazing. By the second day people had learned our names and would greet us as friends with questions about how we enjoyed the activity we pursued since seeing them the day before.
You should take note that the Blancaneaux is a hike to get to and there's a long drive on a bumpy, dirt road.

Room Tip: Do you want to hear the waterfall or not? That's all we noticed for differences, they are all tremendous.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2014

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Reviewed 2 November 2014

We are a family of 5 that booked the Family Mountain and Beach package last Easter Break. We first went to Blancaneaux and then transferred to Turtle Inn. Overall, a magnificent experience. The staff was amazing to my kids, the property is beautiful, the food very good - it is a very special place. Surprising to me, we loved Blancaneaux even more than Turtle Inn! Very rough road to get there, but once you arrive, it's heavenly. We swam in the pool and stream, went to Caracol and Barton Creek Cave and were continually impressed by the service and overall experience. Very good food and the surroundings are beautiful. It's a place to relax, explore and reconnect. My family wants to go back (but there are so many other places to see - not ready to do that.. yet).

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2014

We are delighted to know that we met your vacation expectations. Thank you very much for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 9 September 2014 via mobile

This place is nothing but 5-star service all the way. The staff is highly accommodating and friendly. Seriously, the best resort staff I've ever experienced. Every hotel in the world should model their service after these guys.

The only downside the weather in the off-season (we visited in August). It gets warm in the rooms and there is no a/c so if you run warm, you might have trouble sleeping here.

Did I mention how great the staff is?

Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Cory W
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2014

Thank you so much- I have shared with our team.

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Reviewed 6 September 2014

Blancaneaux did not disappoint! From the lush resort grounds, personalized guest service, and well appointed rooms we were beyond pleased. This was the most adventurous family vacation we've taken. Our children are 14 & 16 and this vacation was THE perfect blend of private, peaceful vacation, yet adventure. This resort does require a bumpy ride in unless you're fortunate enough to fly into the private landing strip. The personal drive in was better than other reviews had posted - perhaps because I was prepared, but the one road in, one road out makes its location a little difficult to get to.

We chose Blancaneaux on the first leg of travel and were glad we did by mid week when we traveled to Turtle Inn in Placencia, we were ready to rest. We hiked down to the waterfalls, Big Rock Falls, on day one (approx. 2 miles), packed a lunch and probably not enough water and lots of sunscreen. Be sure to bring good shoes for water and walking terrain. I was amazed that we had no mosquito problems considering whatsoever. We swam in the falls and took beautiful pictures.

Tours: The resort can arrange for your tours. We did the ATM cave tour - not to be missed, but not for the weak. Be ready for a workout. The entire experience was very personalized. We were treated like royalty, all by name, and the staff often remembered our favorite selections. Definitely 5 star service. After a long day of hiking, be sure to schedule a Thai massage it was well worth it!

Additional info: the units do not have A/C - we were there in the heat of the summer and did not miss it. There are ceiling fans and extra fans are available upon request. The sounds of the jungle were amazing; however, I must admit that my daughter was freaked out at the "sounds of the night". She cautions that you must have a open mind towards nature. For example, you might be greeted by the Jesus lizard at breakfast - his name is Sebastian. I took bug spray to guard against mosquitos, but didn't have a problem. The resort is built on the side of river valley in the pine mountain forest so there are MANY, many steps to get around the resort.

Ammenties: There is wifi only in the lobby which was a welcomed change. It was nice to unplug. Bikes are provided, horses for horseback riding. On site private gardens. The pool was quiet, relaxing and often vacant. There are 2 restaurants on grounds - both were good. All fruits, vegetables, and eggs are organically grown on the grounds of the is eco-friendly resort. Visit the private stables and gardens on the grounds. The hot pool provided much relief after a day of hiking.

Enjoy the Jaguar juice upon arriving and the handmade soaps. Mr. Coppala certainly has nice taste in even the simple things!

Room Tip: We stayed in the 2 bedroom unit that was more private, spacious and secluded from the other units.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2014

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Reviewed 27 August 2014

My boyfriend and I visited this resort in late August for 3 nights. He was not excited about staying in the jungle, but couldn't deny the resort's beauty. Our riverside cabana felt like a tree house. The hot tub looks like a natural spring. He did not anticipate excitement until we met Edmund, the bartender. He was very passionate about Mayan history, and gave us the background of all the excursions offered by the resort. It was like a scene out of a movie foreshadowing the adventures soon to come. We would have taken Edmund with us if we could. Before departing for any excursion, the front desk called us the night before to ask what we would like for breakfast and for our packed lunch. Even the waiters, Jairo and Diego, made sure to kindly remind us how to prepare for our trips to Caracol, the Mayan ruins, Barton Creek Cave, and zip-lining. Diego, our waiter, served all but one of our meals, and he was great. He was happy to ask the chef to prepare our meals which ever way we requested (and we weren't always conventional). We made friends with the other couples who were all in the same boat- no idea what to expect from this trip. Jorge, our tour guide for the Caracol caves and the Mayan ruins, was the best. If you wanted to see monkeys during your journey, stop to take more photos, rest between... Plus, he wasn't that boring tour guide just going through the motions, internally rolling their eyes. He was witty, knowledgeable, and genuinely seemed to love his job. Tips: Go during the off season if possible. Be prepared to leave your cabana if your mate needs the restroom (you can hear everything). Book your excursions before arriving to ensure you get what you want when you want. THIS IS HUGE. Watch your alcohol bill- ask the shuttle driver to stop at a convenience store on the way. We tend to splurge wherever we go for the sake of comfort, but we could have booked another week at a hotel with the money spent on alcohol. Tip well. Make friends with the guests- they'll give you great tips on excursions you've yet to take. Don't expect to get any work done if it means using your cell phone or internet. The internet works fine, but not so much from your own cabana. Expect to be surprised!!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bernie M, Manager at Blancaneaux Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2014

Thank you very much for sharing your experience at our lodge- I will share with our team.

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