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HERO Belize Blancaneaux Lodge Exterior

Rich in Guatemalan décor, with thatched roofs and nestled amongst the foliage of Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Blancaneaux is the ideal backdrop to your Belize explorations. The remote mountain setting is perfect for investigating the ancient civilization of Maya. Choose between garden or riverfront view cabañas which showcase native arts and antiques, features a queen-size bed, large screened-in porch with a hammock which will transport you to an exotic, tropical paradise. Other options include the luxury villa which is more spacious and has its own feature pool. For the ultimate retreat, follow in the director’s footsteps and stay in Francis Ford Coppola’s personal villa, with an open plan living space with a hammock looking out over the jungle and a personal plunge pool in a lush tropical garden.

The retreat offers a myriad of dining options, for Italian cuisine the Montagna Ristorante features a variety of Coppola family favourites and personal recipes from the southern region of Basilicata, Italy. For more authentic Guatemalan cuisine, the poolside Guatemaltecqua restaurant has dishes mildly spiced that draws on Mexican, Caribbean and Maya traditions. For a nightcap, there’s no place better than the Jaguar Bar, swap stories with fellow travellers over a Mojito at the hand-carved slate bar and under ceiling fans from the set of Apocalypse Now.