The Lodge At Chaa Creek
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Lodge At Chaa Creek San Ignacio
I had a great experience being a eco councilor for a week long kids summer camp at Chaa Creek. The camp covered topics on Belize's Biodiversity, The Ancient Maya, Maya Traditional Healing, Land Conservation, Solid Waste Management, Responsible Tourism, and Belize Wildlife. In the end, 24 new Belize eco ambassadors graduated!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lodge At Chaa Creek San Ignacio
Honeymoon in belize
we honeymoon at chaa creek and was sooo impressed with the place that we can't wait to go back. The staff were awesome, the food was delicious, the lodge was absolutely amazing and romantic. there were a lot of things to do at the lodge and we wish we had more time there. definitely get the massage!
chaa creek, a most definite 5 star eco lodge!!!
you have to see it and experience it yourselfs.
Worth the drive
While the road is rough, and it's a long trip (several hours by car) from Belize City, it is well worth it. We stayed in the Honeymoon Sky Room, and felt like the only people at Chaa Creek. We went horseback riding for our wedding anniversary (and only saw one group of hikers), went to Xunantunich (only people there, and the guards helped me find toucans), and cave tubing (had the whole river to ourselves). The staff was extremely helpful, always pleasant, and the owners are gracious and accessible to guests. Their 3 dogs are always about, and one will even show you around. The only minor complaint I had was the construction-ish noise around the spa--sort of interfered with the relaxation, but tolerable. The food is excellent, and they even gave us a bottle of wine on our anniversary. I can't say enough about it, I would definitely stay there again. It is quiet and peaceful, and beautifully landscaped (which my husband found strange, given that we were in the jungle). There's plenty of hiking, a medicinal trail, the river (no pool), and plenty to do (or not). I think we gained weight, because the food (though expensive) is great, and there are several courses at dinner.
Chaa Creek was the most amazing place!
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Chaa Creek and could not have asked for anything more. The grounds were spectacular, the service was great, and food, drinks the best we've ever had on vacation! It WAS hot, but this is August in the rainforest so we were prepared.
We stayed in the treetop jacuzzi suite, which is half the size of our home and SO elegant! Chaa Creek was so quiet and romantic, we loved the candlelit dinners and bar overlooking the river. The tours were SO great, we had our own guide for a canoe trip down the river, the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich, and the butterfly farm. For a place so secluded and quiet, we had plenty to do! I would recommend this for couples looking for a romantic vacation; for families, maybe (but not if your kids need constant entertainment - there is no TV here!)
Thanks to everyone at Chaa Creek for the best honeymoon we could have asked for - and hello to Raguel and Giovanni, thanks guys!
An Oasis in the Jungle!
My husband , 14 year old son and I just returned from Chaa Creek and had an incredibly memorable experience. Our cottage was clean and the fans kept the room cool during the evening hours. We could walk out onto our deck and see a wide variety of plants, birds and iguanas. Bugs were at a minimum and we experienced less mosquitos here than at the beach on Ambergris Caye. Remember, however, that you are in the jungle! - You will see bugs. The morning walks were incredible and our naturalist was very informative and knowledgeable. The tours we took were outstanding even though the prices were not economical. Belize does take advantage of the tourist trade and Chaa Creek is no different. You can find tours cheaper outside the lodge, however, the lodge makes them very convenient. Our tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating to our needs. Although we did not take advantage of the spa amentities, we did take a look. It was beautiful, and serene. The food is tasty and we never had a problem with illness due to our food in Belize. They have a limited menu but try to be accommodating in meeting any special requests. The only thing I think is missing is a pool to cool off in during the hot summer months. There is a river and we did swim there, but it is not the ideal swimming hole. I would definitely recommend Chaa Creek to friends and family as one of the nicest places in the area! Take a chance and you will be very happy you did stay there.
Great time at Chaa Creek
My wife, our son and I spent four days at Chaa Creek earlier this month. We had a GREAT time. Everything was fantastic - the accomodations (we stayed in one of the cabanas), the tours, the food and especially the staff. They were uniformly friendly, helpful, knowledgable and charming. We would go back in a minute and I can reccomend this lodge to anyone.
Well worth the splurge
We spent 5 nights at Chaa Creek, 2 in a double-occupancy cottage, and 2 in the treetop jacuzzi suite. We loved both, and thrououghly enjoyed all the activities Chaa Creek offers. The staff were genuinely friendly, and it was both invigorating and relaxing being there. We visited Blancaneaux as well, and definitely liked Chaa Creek better. It's a great jumping off point for Tikal in Guatemala, and numerous side trips in the Cayo District. But you could spend 3-4 days just doing all the free and inexpensive things Chaa Creek offers on-site.
Great place but expensive
We stayed three nights at the Lodge at Chaa Creek. We rented an SUV at the Belize airport rather than using $250 transfers. It was a wise move since we were able to leave the resort and go to places without being at the mercy of the high priced tours. The road to the resort is not marked (nothing in Belize is) but once you find it you will definitely like it. It sits on hundreds of acres of green lawned, palm trees, and a lake. We had a cheap? $220 room which was very small but the room was open to the air and you could hear the hundreds of birds singing all day. The food is good there but the courses are limited and the dinners are over $60. We didn't like the "butterfly prison" where they raise Blue Monarchs in a netted building with little natural surroundings. On the whole the resort is very good if you can afford it since you are in the middle of natural surroundings.
Highly recomended for those who want the perfect mix of luxury and exploration. The Cayo region of Belize is remarkable and Chaa Creek is a perfect home base to explore the jungle, Mayan ruins, and Mountain Pine Ridge. I stayed in the Treetop Jacuzzi Suite and also the Sky Room. Both were excellent but the jacuzzi suite was on of the best experiences I have ever had with a room -- probably because it was so much more than that -- it was a real experience I will never forget. The food was good and the activities at the hotel from the spa to the horseback riding to the canoeing were well done and affordable.
Awesome jungle lodge
My family and I just returned from 4 nights at Chaa Creek and loved it. Yes, its expensive, but you get a lot for your money.
The rooms are comfortable, clean and well-appointed with regional textiles and art. The tours available through the resort and conducted by friendly, knowlegeable staff. The meals were excellent, with plenty of menu options. The spa was very nice - I had one of the best massages ever there. Canoing, mountain biking, etc., all good.
I recommend picking up provisions in San Ignacio (snacks, sodas, beer, wine) as the resort is isolated and its prices for these items are high.
Cha Creek - Great isolated resort Inland -
We loved Cha Creek! We had two nights at Cha Creek in late Aug 04. We reserved the Sky room (honeymoon suite). The sky room was better than our accomodations at the Vic House in ambergris caye and we loved Vic House. Definitely a different feel than the Vic House - Cha Creek in inland aprox 1 1/2 hours - great location for three ruins - Cahal Pec, Tucintinuch, and Tekal (spelling wrong on all three).
Huge property with plenty of hiking. They have a pretty cool butterfly study. Food was lacky a little - would rate 6 out of 10. I would rate the food at the Vic House 9 out of 10.
I would rec'd spending time inland at Cha Creek and on the caye at the Victoria House.
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... baby monkeys (how awesome would that be?!) Because I'd still get to swim with the manatees all the time, even if I don't feed them. I should find out my allocation tomorrow, so that's exciting!
My roommate Lillia got back today so I have some company in the bunk house. I'm really starting to like my isolated little domain as it's so quiet, cool and there are rewer bugs than else where becuase its so windy. Plus you don't get disturbed by everyone getting up at the crack of dawn.
... and calm her, when I heard a weird growl behind me. Being in the middle of the jungle I was a bit apprehensive to turn around. Nothing behind me but when I looked down to my left I saw a raccoon with 3 others looking up at me behind the first, very cool! I went to get my camera a few metres away but they had gone. After this I was back to the fire, slowly running out of wood ...
... animals homeless -- they were too domesticated to return to the wild. It continues now, taking in orphaned, injured animals. There are over 100 animals and bird species, all native to Belize.
The rain stopped and we had a great time wandering and 'shooting' anything we could catch ...
... This made Hector's offer very appealing and we were excited to be able to get to see the zoo.
The Belize Zoo is different from other zoos we've seen in the respect that all the animals here have either been rescued or are offspring of rescued animals, so all the animals are native to Belize. Some of them are rehabilitated and let free back into the wild while others are better off staying at the zoo. This zoo is used for research ...
... and plates are also skulls and bones from human sacrifices (most of which were children and babies). The piece de la resistance is a fully preserved skeleton called the Crystal Maiden, which appears to have been placed as if it was dancing. Sadly cameras are no longer allowed in the cave due to some dumb tourist dropping their camera on one of the skulls and breaking it. So you'll just have to google ATM caves Belize and you can see some pictures. It ...