The Lodge At Chaa Creek

PO Box 53, San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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Macal River Camp - a budget alternative

by written on January 12, 2011

I rarely write tips about accommodation in which I haven’t personally stayed, but this seems such a good deal that I had to share it with you. The owners of Chaa Creek Lodge also operate this budget accommodation on the same property. Despite its name it isn’t a campsite but rather a collection of raised platform "casitas” with a porch, and 2 or 4 beds. There are shared bathrooms with hot water showers, and guests have access to all the same free activities as at the Lodge (see my other tips for more details of these). The price is just $55 per person per night including breakfast and dinner, with traditional Belizean meals served in a communal dining area. It is located on the banks of the Macal River and is walking distance from the Lodge though you’ll need a torch if planning to visit at night for an evening activity or perhaps to splurge in the Lodge’s restaurant. There is no electricity in the camp, but bed linen and towels are provided. The grounds have hammocks and there is a campfire at night. It looks a great option at a fraction of the price of the main Lodge, and gets good reviews on Trip Advisor.

Directions: Take the Benque Viejo road out of San Ignacio and follow the signs to Chaa Creek

US toll free tel: 1(877) 709-8708 or UK local tel: 0-207 096-0329

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A special place to stay

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 12, 2011

We knew as soon as we arrived at Chaa Creek that this would be a rather special place to stay, and so it proved to be. Accommodation here is in cottages scattered across a grassy slope. We had one of the standard cottages, the least expensive of the options but still very large and luxurious. We had a sitting area with tea and coffee making facilities and a safe in the cupboard there. A few steps led up to the sleeping area, with its huge king-size bed. Beyond the seating area was the bathroom, again on a large scale, with two wash basins and a huge walk-in shower with two shower heads for “his and hers” showers! As if this wasn’t enough, the small paved courtyard which linked this and the sleeping area had its own shower and was secluded enough for private morning ablutions! Despite the poor weather I was determined to try this out so showered there one morning ;-) Outside we had a deck area with hooks for the two colourful hammocks that were provided in the room, and views across the valley – I managed to get a great shot of a keel-billed toucan from here. My only tiny quibble with the property however was the fact that this veranda wasn’t covered by the thatch roof, so it was impossible to sit out here when it was raining as I would have liked.

The other more expensive options include Treetop Suites, which we visited briefly one day at the invitation of some other guests. These have wonderful views of, as the name suggests, the trees lining the Macal River, where parrots and iguanas can often be seen. They also have an open-air Jacuzzi on the veranda!

The communal areas are equally lovely. A small bar has seating both under its thatch roof and outside, and is lit with flaming torches at night. The nearby restaurant is open at the sides, as is the bar, and has just the right amount of seating for the lodge’s guests. Further up the slope is a beautiful infinity pool with a waterfall and views across the grounds – luckily the weather improved enough on our last day for me to take advantage of this. There is also a small but well-stocked shop selling high-quality local crafts as well as practical items such as batteries and razors.

A large conference centre above the pool has comfortable seating, games for a rainy day, and a couple of computers with free internet access. There is also free wifi in this vicinity although it can’t be accessed from other parts of the property – rather nice if you want to avoid being bombarded with emails at all hours but would like to check in occasionally.

Unique Quality: As it stands this place is pretty unique throughout, but a bonus is the inclusion of a number of activities in the cost of your stay. These include an early morning birding walk, a visit to the on-site nature centre and butterfly farm, use of canoes on the river and a guided tour of the Medicine Trail. We only got around to doing the birding walk and the visit to the butterfly farm and nature centre, partly because of the weather and partly because we found just chilling for a few days to be such a pleasant activity in itself! There are many other tours available at prices that range from a few dollars (e.g. for a night walk) to considerably more (tours of other parts of Belize and to Tikal, for instance). Check the website below for more information, or see my Things to Do tips

The lodge is run by a friendly English couple, Mike and Lucy. It’s interesting to spend some time reading about its history in the brochure in your room, as it truly has been a labour of love for them – or check out the history page of the website. And do look out for Foxy, their cute little dog! [see photo 4]

Directions: Take the Benque Viejo road out of San Ignacio and follow the signs to Chaa Creek.

US toll free tel: 1(877) 709-8708 or UK local tel: 0-207 096-0329

Chaa Creek is one great adventure!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 25, 2008

This was also my first time to Belize. I traveled together with my wife and stayed at the lodge at Chaa Creek for an all-inclusive vacation. We both liked this adventure very much, especially we were amazed by the customized tours these guys offer. The prices are not that high, for example the prices for the inclusive package can be found on their website: http://www.chaacreek.com/rates/prices/adventure/

I would strongly suggest that you take a look at this place if you are looking for one big adventurous trip.

Macal River Camp at Chaa Creek - Excellent!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 5, 2008

This was our first visit to Belize. We wanted an adventurous trip and we were more than willing to stay in a "rustic" setting. We did not want the air conditioned comfort of the Lodge. Instead we opted for The Macal River Camp, part of the Chaa Creek resort and it was perfect. The accomodations brought the jungle indoors. We were comfortable, safe and very satisfied with our decision. The staff at the Camp were gentle, polite, thoughtful and very pleasant. The Howler monkeys were a bit noisy but they only added to the wonder of this place. Our meals were delicious and the staff were universally helpful with all of our needs. This is not luxury accomodation but it you want to feel that you have gotten close to your environment, this is the place. The setting, the casitas, the food, the unique experience - all were terrific. We cannot say enough good things about this wonderful camp and its staff. It exceeded our expectations and was excellent value. We would go back at the drop of hat.

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Address: PO Box 53, San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

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Amenities at The Lodge At Chaa Creek

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Beverage Selection
  • Spa
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Airport Transportation

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