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Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Blancaneaux Lodge is a peaceful retreat located in the central forests of Belize, just outside the town of San Ignacio.
The lodge is surrounded by a beautiful garden of tropical trees, plants, and flowers, which is in turn surrounded by the jungle. The Privassion River winds through the property, leaving waterfalls and crystal clear pools that are ideal for swimming.
Accommodation is in wood and thatch villas and cabanas dotted around the grounds or along the river. All are luxuriously furnished and very private.
The resort's riverside spa has a hot pool and offers a variety of treatments including Thai massage. Enjoy a drink at the jungle bar before sampling the classic Italian cuisine in the restaurant. Blancaneaux's organic garden provides most of the vegetables, fruits, herbs and nuts for the kitchen, and free-range hens supply fresh daily eggs.
A number of activities are on offer in the vicinity of Blancaneaux. Surrounding the lodge is the 300-square mile Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve which can be explored on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback (Blancaneaux has its own stables), following the extensive network of forest trails. The reserve contains diverse environments that are home to iguanas, howler monkeys, and numerous species of birds and butterflies.
Why we love it
Aside from film, Francis Ford Coppola's other passion is wine, and Blancaneaux stocks all the excellent wines from FFC's award-winning Californian vineyards.
Will, Original Traveller