This scenic 400-acre private nature reserve is set on a grassy ridge above the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The 23 palm-thatched cottages with Mexican-tile floors lack A/C but provide large baths, screened sitting areas and spacious verandas. Some also include outdoor showers and Jacuzzis. For extra spaciousness, request one of the Garden Jacuzzi Suites, Tree Top Villas or new Ix Chel Villas. Amenities include an open-air bar, a palapa-roofed dining pavilion, a hilltop spa, a 60-foot outdoor infinity pool and a seasonal children’s camp. Guided expeditions to the impressive Xunantunich Mayan ceremonial site and the magnificent Mayan monuments of Tikal across the border in Guatemala can be arranged by the hotel, as well as guided nature walks, Macal River canoe excursions, hiking and tubing cave tours, horseback riding and culinary classes. The feeling of continuity at this friendly family-run eco-resort is especially enjoyable.
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Lowest Rate: Garden Suite, $520; Editor’s Choice: Tree Top Villa, $710 (meal plan available).
Daily full breakfast; Entry to the Rainforest Reserve; Guided walks and tours; Access to trail system; Canoes; Wi-Fi
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.