Maya Mountain Lodge Hotel

, San Ignacio, Belize
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Maya Mountain Lodge Hotel

, San Ignacio
San Ignacio - San Ignacio - Belize Hotel Website | 824/2164
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This was a great place for my son and I to stay!

from mamaTX
My 6 year old son and I recently stayed 5 lovely nights at the Maya Mountain Lodge. Our experience was unforgettable! The friendly staff helped us plan our day each day, with the flexibility to do half day tours (instead of full day), to call a cab for us to go into town (cab costs U$5.00), or to do nothing at all. We had a wonderful tour guide for the Xanatunich Mayan Ruins, bird watching and the Belize Zoo - Hugh. We highly recommend him! Even though my son thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities that we chose (esp. the zoo, butterfly garden and iguana farm!) , his favorite part of our stay in San Ignacio was the fabulous 5 course dinners served at the lodge! I heard that the food was good, but it was beyond my expectations. If you stay there and you like to try new gourmet foods, then you've got to try the dinners there (breakfasts too!)! (You can specifiy dietary restrictions.) My son inhaled the barbeque chicken and shrimp with alfredo sauce. I enjoyed the fiesta de maiz, the peanut soup and fish sere (sp?) with cassava bread the most. All of the water and ice was bottled and all of the fruits and vegetables were safe to eat! (I had expected to go a week without produce.) And every meal included excellent friendly service and a tasty freshly squeezed juice! Lastly, I had expected to find bugs and a hard mattress in our cottage. We didn't. The cottages have been renovated and are clean, sealed and nicely decorated. Not only were our rooms comfortable, but we never needed bug spray throughout our stay. My son and I highly recommend Maya Mountain Lodge!

Had a Wonderful Experience!

from APAENyack
Great food, well arranged tours, friendly attentive staff and lush grounds made our stay memorable. It was terrific to have our tours taken care of, from soup to nuts. Bart, the owner, was meticulous about arranging every detail, from drivers to guides. Susie, his wife, oversees the menus and truly adds a gourmet flair to the four course meals. The food alone is worth the stay, even our kids looked forward to meals in the beautiful open air dining room. The staff couldn't be nicer or more attentive. The cottage accommodations were basic, clean and neat, but could use a bit of updating (reading lights by the bed, etc.) Each had a porch with a hammock and chairs. The grounds were very pretty and included a nature trail that led to a small Mayan ruin. The Lodge was close enough to town to walk in if you wanted to, and overall was a great jumping off point for our various activities in the area - Tikal, horseback riding and river kayaking. We'll definitely be back!
- Family of six from New York

Heavenly experience

from fredermulig
What an incredible adventure we had at Maya Mountain Lodge. We expected to "rough it." Instead, we were presented with gourmet food in the middle of a tropical paradise. I can still taste the freshness of the food, feel the warmth of the night on New Year's Eve, and feel the excitement of the rugged adventure tours. The staff were AMAZING - catering to our every need and always pleasant and accomodating. All seven of us loved it and can't wait to go back. This is the jewel of Belize!

Maya Mountain Lodge- Excellent Service!

from kbdiver45
Truly a find in the Cayo district. Beautiful resort without pretense. Staff was excellent- Melanie, Carlos, and Mercy took excellent care of me. Beautiful surroundings. Owner Bart joined us for dinner every night and helped us plan our next day's activities. I chose a small room in the Parrot's Perch building, but there are cabanas available as well. The room was simple but the staff provided some nice touches such as fresh plant cuttings on the bed and dresser and on the bathroom vanity and a pitcher of purifed water and drinking glasses. The porch that adjoined the Parrot's Perch was beautiful with hammocks and teak furniture. There is also a nice pool with deck that all the guests can use. You should sign up for the meal plan- Mercy's cooking was outstanding. A 4-5 course dinner every evening was served to us on a beautiful porch strung with lights. The tours they booked for me were excellent. I went to Tikal, Guatamala and to ATM Cave.

Rooms need attention - badly; Good tour guides

from linkaz
I don't think this hotel has upgraded their rooms since the 60's. I think the flat pillows and a/c units were from then also. We walked in to our cabana and immediately noticed it had reptile droppings on the bed and all over the floor. I think they forgot to clean the room before we arrived. While trying to sleep our 8 year old noticed the scorpion on the rafters. I guess you could expect some bugs in the jungle, but they were excessive. They have not bothered to try to seal off any of the gaping holes around the swing open, open air windows. After changing rooms, our next room had a colony of ants under the mattress. I'm sure they could buy some bug spray and use it on a regular basis!!!

Their staff was good and very friendly. The food was good, but very overpriced. The dinners were $18, but the dinners in town were $5 to $10. Try Sanny's Grill - it's the best, not for atmosphere, but for food.

They did hook us up with some good tour guides. I am glad we had our own transportation. Luis was the best of the best tour guides. The area is wonderful, too bad this hotel is not.

magnificent gardens, loved it

from pescador1
We traveled there to see the jungle and visit some of the Mayan ruins. We rented a 4x4 isuzu Trooper in Belize City. We found the place with no trouble.

The service there was wonderful and the owner helped us do our own self guided tour of the che-Chenha pottery caves and the nearby Mayan Pyramids. If you do not feel comfortable driving off int the jungle without a guide they have guide service.
The food was excellent but priced on the high side. The rooms were adequate. I
Tropical gardening is my hobby and I was very impresed with the flowering ginger and all of plants. They have a botanical guide to the gardens where youcan find breadfruit,bananas,caccao and many other plants.
I went with my wife and three daughtere ages 8,16,and 19.

Greatest Vacation Ever!

from Duane_Jones
My wife and I recently took our son, daughter and grandson (age 5) for a vacation at Maya Moutain Lodge. We had a fantastic experience. The Lodge is located on a beautiful jungle hillside with thatched cabanas that blend into the landscape. They are nicely constructed, clean and airconditioned.

The people of Belize are friendly folk and the staff and owner of the lodge are exceptionally so. They were always cheerful and friendly, doing everything possible to accomodate our needs. We had special dietary requirements which they went out of their way to accomodate, even fixing a special meal just for my grandson. The food was excellent.

Bart, the owner, helped us to choose from a wide selection of tourist activiites. The guides that took us on our excursions were not to be outdone. All were very knowlegeable about the jungle and the Mayan sites that we visited. They also shared with us interesting information about the history of Belize and the lifestyle of it's current residents. These guides were extremely friendly and extended themselves to ensure that we had a pleasant experience.

We went during the rainy season and I highly recommend it. The rains were intermittent and when they came, they were a joy. Walking in the jungle without rain gear while it is raining is delightful. The mosquitos were not a problem and the jungle was at its most beautiful. time of the year. The rates at Maya Mountain are always reasonable and during the rainy season they are a bargain.

Our grandson took to the jungle and to the resort like is was his home. A six mile hike to Mayan ruins and climbing a moutain to see a pottery cave were his idea of great fun. When we left our grandson cried. He wanted to stay permanently in Belize.

Duane Jones

Rainforest Paradise with gourmet meals and fun service

from lMarijke
Our trip through Belize with our 14 and 17 year old daughters landed us at the Maya Mountain Lodge in San Ignacio near the Guatemala border. What a delightful place! The girls visibily relaxed as soon as we entered the property. "This is it!" they exclaimed.

Perhaps it was Emilie and Mercedes' beautiful smiles and the accompanying smells from the kitchen that drew us in, or the luscious and diverse tropical foliage everywhere with the hints of trails beckoning. Maybe it was the private charming cabanas with fresh flowers on the bed, or the big easy pool and open air dining lodge set admist the jungle . . whatever, it was, it felt like finding a home away from home. .. not too fancy, not too spare . . .just right.

With a little gentle enticement from Bart, the owner, we quickly decided to stay four nights instead of two and to get the meal plan, which consisted of a full breakfast served at whatever hour you needed it, depending on your excursion for the day, and a five course dinner! Everything was made from scratch and was delicious. Everyone dined together in the evening, making it a great time to converse with other travelers and the owners swapping travel and life experiences easily.

Tours were a cinch to arrange from Maya Mountain Lodge. Having been one of the first lodges to organize tours, Bart knew the best guides and the best places to go. We traveled to Tikal one day with an easy going guide, Edgar, who Bart recommended. Edgar shared with us not only the history and lore of the region but also the wildlife and medicinal plants he saw along the way. On another day, we went to the Actun Tunichil Cave for an unforgettable real life adventure. Spectacular and exciting and improved all the more when we came home to a beautiful home cooked meal at the Lodge. One day we stuck around the Lodge for most of the day. We picked up Suzie's lovingly prepared and detailed guide to the varied and diverse plant life. We went on the "little nature trail" Emilie mentioned, which was really a beautiful 45 minute hike through the woods and up the mountain, looping back to the lodge.

We came as a "passing through traveling family." We left with new friends and a feeling that we would always have a home away from home in the rainforests of Belize at Maya Mountain Lodge.

Indifferent

from spookycatofphilly
Located a few miles out of the "down town" area. Nicely situated away from the hustle and bustle. I would agree with a previous reviewer that the owner really only treats you "well" if you have most of your meals at the lodge and book tours through them. If you are not adventerous and like to have every thing planned for you and eat all of your meals in the same place then go for it. If you like to do things on your own and explore a little bit- other than one secret lodge hideaway, I suggest you go elsewhere. It is a good place to stay if you have your own vehicle and are not reliant on anyone else. Grounds were nice, clean. Rooms were typically small. Meals were good but pricey compared to what you would get in town.

Love the food and environment.

from DelightedTraveller
We love Maya Mountain Lodge - we've been there in April in 2005 and 2006 - on adventure/eco tours by Slickrock. The food is great, the guides are great. Thatch roof cottages - interesting gardens, neat environment. And we really like Bart and Suzy.

Top Local Tips for San Ignacio

San Ignacio Check out Indiada Maya, a small gift shop located on Burns Ave in an inside mini mall. Also on Burns Ave, Belize Gifts & the Made in Belize gift shop. Eva's in a great local hang out.And if you are around in early March enjoy the Baron Bliss celebrations, including the Ruta Maya canoe race that starts at the Hawkswoth bridge.

Great trip Make sure you have all your shots and go with someone to share the adventure, Go to the caves.

Great Food Belize overall has the best food in Central America, and some of the best food worldwide. Try the little shops along the road for good local food. The food is tasty, satisfying and inexpensive.

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