Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
Blancaneaux Lodge is movie director Francis Ford Coppola's romantic Mountain Pine Ridge retreat in western Belize, surrounded by Mayan ruins, shimmering waterfalls, turquoise pools, lush vegetation and exotic wildlife. Great for couples and families.
At a Glance
Blancaneaux welcomes everyone - families, couples, honeymooners and friends
The activity choice is endless and the surrounding terrain keeps everything exciting
Miles of nature trails within the Reserve to explore
Rustic chic accommodations with a Francis Ford Coppola twist
Enjoy the infinity swimming pool or relax in the Waterfall Spa
If the ceiling fan in the bar looks familiar, then that is because it is the fan used in the iconic opening scene of Acopalypse Now, Coppola's most famous film.Scott Dunn team
Blancaneaux Lodge is located in the northwest corner of the 107,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize's Cayo District. This rustic forest lodge reflects movie director Coppola’s vision of tranquillity and comfort. The thatched cabanas and villas have been based on local homes and structures that he saw in the Philippines whilst shooting ‘Apocalypse Now’. Each of these feature a soaring hand-woven thatched roof, artisan-crafted, antique furnishings and a Japanese style bathroom with jungle views.
The fast flowing river running beneath the cabanas has been harnessed for energy and this combined with the organically grown produce provides an ecological haven for those who want a break from conventional resorts. Blancaneaux Lodge also boasts an excellent restaurant serving Italian cuisine and even features a wood-fired pizza oven.
Given Blancaneaux Lodge's privileged forest location, you can explore the nature reserve with ease by mountain bike, on horseback or by foot. There are also plenty of cultural tours on offer including one to the Rio Frio Cave, an ancient Mayan burial site located close by.
Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort The 20 rooms include, six two-bedroom Villas, a Family Cabana, the Francis Ford Coppola Villa, and a private cottage.
Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities. Children will love the new infinity swimming pool and the swimming hole and sandy beaches along Privassion Creek. There are plenty of activity options for the whole family from learning about Blancaneaux's jaguar, raptor, Scarlet Macaw and bat research projects to birding and nature treks to exploring the nearby ancient Maya sites. Complimentary kids activities are also available from kite making to horse therapy and Easter/Xmas kids' camps.
Blancaneaux Lodge offers guests a fantastic spa (which specializes in Thai treatments), beautiful gardens and a refreshing plunge pool. It boasts its own stables with well-groomed thoroughbred horses, perfect for the adventurous rides to be experienced in the surrounding trails.
Complimentary activities at Blancaneaux Lodge include mountain biking and activities at an additional charge include excursions to nearby Mayan ruins, caving, horseback riding, spa treatments and nature trails.
Location & Directions
Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize
Set within the Mountain Ridge Forest, in the remote mountains of western Belize, outside of San Ignacio.
When to go
Belize's climate is marked by two distinct seasons, the rainy season (June to November) and the dry season (December to May). The coldest month is January and the warmest temperatures are in May.
The busier time of the year for travelers to Belize is November to May, which are the winter months of the Northern Hemisphere. It is possible to visit out-side of these months but the rainy season in the Forest Highlands can be rather wet.