Our double room was very nice, with comfortable beds and a ground level view out onto the lagoon. It was equipped with a ceiling fan and also an air conditioner, which did not work when we tried it (likely because it was not yet the 'hot' season so not really required!). The bathroom was large and very solidly built with tiles and quality fixtures to go along with a very large and well-working shower.
It was a nice quiet spot too, especially with the lodge located some distance from any nearby inhabited buildings, including the main block of the hotel where all the action was taking place. I had a nice afternoon snooze here after our 5:30 AM wake-up to get ready for the early morning birdwatching tour on the lake!
The 18-room Bird's Eye View Lodge is generally regarded as the best of the three high quality establishments located in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. After crossing the causeway from the mainland, it is off to the left about a mile or two as you pass through the village, with a beautiful location on the shore of Crooked Tree (or North) Lagoon. It was about 1:30 PM by the time we arrived via their shuttle van from the International Airport (US$25), following our morning drive back from Hopkins on the southeast coast to return our rental vehicle. We already knew this was going to be good as the shuttle driver pointed out many different species of birds as we drove along! Two months earlier, I decided that we should spend a couple of nights here to see how good the birding really was, and had put down a US$120 deposit on the room (the US$66/night for a double was the highest rate we paid during our 3-week trip, but we decided to 'splurge' on this one!).
It did not take us long to meet the Belizian woman, Miss Verna, who manages the Lodge and is also a one-person army when it comes to running the establishment! We were alloted a lakeside ground floor room in the separate block of rooms to the left in the photo. Most of the activities take place in the white building to the right, which contains more rooms, the restaurant, office, a small lounge for guests and an upstairs outdoor patio-bar. Among other things, the Lodge can arrange walking tours of the island or boating tours on the surrounding lake and creeks - with both featuring plenty of bird sightings as well as a few other creatures like lizards and crocodiles.
this other co-guest worried me a little bit but I didn't even think to follow Dorla's (the lady in the kitchen) advice to crush it... I took the longest branch I could find and I was quicker than it to climb it up throwing it as far as possible from my cabana!!!
but personally I prefer this than a room constantly spraied of insect spray not to make you frigthen at the idea of the crawling beings of the nature around you...
I have been said I'm not normal as a lady should scream when someone makes you notice that at your back, on the bathtub there is a frog instead I cried "nice" and went to take my camera... I only regret I didn't kiss it, it could have been my prince charming ;-)...
the advertisement on the photocopied pamplet says: a break from the usual! and I cannot that confirm it!!!
entering the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary the ranger had given directions but arriving at the end of the road there seemed to be only cabanas and nobody... but soon after arrived a jeep and a man who asked if we wanted a double or a single... I found it strange as being two people a double was more suitable... I didn't know but I was learning that a double meant a room with two double beds... and this was only the beginning...
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