The Lodge Chaa Creek Hotel

, San Ignacio, Belize
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The Lodge Chaa Creek Hotel

, San Ignacio
77 Burns Ave - San Ignacio - Belize Hotel Website | 406/293/8831
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Magical lodge - ideal honeymoon!

from allycat1277
My husband and I stayed at Chaa Creek in August for the second half of our honeymoon after a week in Placencia. I had done extensive research on places to stay, but Chaa Creek defied my expectations. The pictures do not do it justice.
I disagree with the traveller who stated there is nothing to do here. It's an eco-lodge, not Disneyland. Every day we did an on-site bird walk and nature walk or hiked extensively on our own through the trails, relaxed in our jacuzzi, or napped in the hammocks. Additionally, we did indeed pay steeply for guided canoeing, Tikal, cave exploring, and guided hikes, but we feel each experience was worth every penny. Belize tour guides are extremely knowledgable and professional and all of our tours were first rate.
Our tree-top suite took my breath away. It was beautiful and we felt like we were part of nature. Meals were outstanding as well as romantic.
Warning, Belize is HOT in August. We sweated alot. Pack lots of DEET, as the mosquitoes can be killer.

Chaa Creek - Perfect Fit For Our Family

from jgrier
Our family (Mom, Dad and two girls, 12 & 13) just returned from four days & nights at Chaa Creek.and the fit was as good for our family as we have ever experienced at a resort. We enjoyed the activities (horseback trail riding, mountain biking both to the nearby Mayan ruins of Xunatunich and on the property, swimming in the Macal River), the educational components (the girls woke themselves up three out of four mornings to go on the 6:30 a.m. bird walks, the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm was fascinating even to a Dad usually bored with science, we all enjoyed seeing the tarantulas and a scorpion on the night creature walk, & we appreciated the overall emphasis on the environment, the culture of Belize, and living in harmony with nature), the accommodations (we had two cottage rooms, side by side), the healthy and tasty food (homemade bread every meal, lots of fresh vegetables, a good vegetarian option each meal), and the friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff (the staff guides know about local plants, animals, the Mayan culture and more, my wife and I enjoyed the fresh coffee & tea brought, with a smile, to our cottage porch each morning at 6 am, Denise gave the girls an about-to-hatch butterfly pupa to keep in their cottage – on our last morning, the girls watched as the new blue morpho emerged). The other guests were friendly – honeymooners, other families, and environmental teachers attending a conference. We would definitely go back and recommend the resort highly to like-minded families.

Magical place

from lfisgd746
Chaa creek is an absoloutely wonderful place located in the heart of a beautiful country! We did 12 days in Belize staying in San Ignacio , Placencia (Robert's Grove), and San Pedro (Victoria House). We kicked off our trip in the jungle which I highly recommend to those planning a jungle and ocean adventure here. Do all your adventure first then relax on the ocean.
We arrived after a brokendown plane caused us to be 2 1/2 hours late and almost miss our connecting flight. We made it but our our luggage did not. The only thing that kept us going is that when I called to let the hotel know we were delayed, we were given a complimentary upgrade to the tree top jacuzzi suite for the night. Once in Belize we took a charter flight to San Ignacio. It was more expensive but only takes 35 minutes, plus it was neat to see the country from a different perspective. The hotel arranged this for us.
The hotel staff greeted us with smiles all around. They gave me a saraong to wear for the evening and opened the gift shop so my husband could get a t-shirt. They walked us to our room. All I can say is WOW! The tree top jacuzzi suite is amazing! It is three teired levels with a huge vaulted thatch hut ceiling. The rooms are entirely screened in. You have plenty of privacy though and the ceiling fans work fine to keep you cool. I was a bit concerened because I have trouble sleeping if it is not frigid. I had no problems although it was overcast and rainy while we were there. We got settled in and cleaned up then headed to the bar for a well earned drink.
Dinner was phenomenal every evening! It is four courses and was only $26 US per person when we were there. The food is so fresh and they come up with some interesting recipes. The service here was the best we have encountered anywhere. Everyone makes a point to remember your name, even if you had not met them yet. They would introduce themselves and say "Eli and Tonia right?" we were amazed. They treat you like you are the most important people in the whole place. They also have great attitudes, are constantly smiling, like they are genuinly glad to be there. It was wonderful.
We stayed 3 nights. The other 2 nights we were in a garden jacuzzi suite. Both rooms were immaculate. I loved the bathroom. The jacuzzi tub is in the middle of the room, that is where you shower as well. The entire bathroom is screened with the woods right outside. You feel like you have your own outdoor shower. It was an amazing experience. Of course there are curtains there too.
We had wake up knocks, (yes knocks as there are no clocks, tvs, or phones) at 0630 each morning since we had excursions booked both days. They would bring us a pot of coffee with cream and sugar. You can request this from the activities desk when you book your trips or just let your waiter know. We truly enjoyed the mornings. My husband and I would sit in our robes on the porch and just listen to the jungle all around, watching the many birds and iguanas.
We went to Tikal the first day and it was phenomenal. The ride there was over 2 hours but we didn't even notice as the countryside is so beautiful. Our driver was very informative and our guide for Tikal we swear was Mr. Guatemala himself. He knew everything about the country and the ruins. He lured a turantula out of it's hole so I could get a picture, pointed out families of spider monkeys, toucans, and just about every other animal, insect, and bird you could imagine. It was wonderful. The ruins are just plain HUGE and there are so many. We had lunch at a local place inside the park and the food was delicious. We did the zip line tour right outside the entrance to the park on the way home and what a wild ride that was. You are zipping through the top of the canopy over 100ft in the air. I was terrified the first two legs so one of the staff went with me. When we returned to Chaa creek our luggage was waiting in our room thank goodness.
The second day we did the ATM (Actun Tinichil Mikal) cave tour. We were going to do the cave tubing but ALL the staff, drivers, and other Belizeans said that this was the cave we wanted to see. It was a 45 min hike into the jungle to the entrance of the cave, then you have to swim to get in. You are basically hiking through water and streams the whole way until you get to the rear of the cave where you put on socks to walk amongst the many mayan pottery and skeletal remains. It was the most exciting cave we have ever been in and we have done alot of caving. This time, our guide was Mr. Caveman. They call him Carlos the Caveman and he was awesome. I highly recommend you ask for him if doing this tour.
The tours are quite pricey, especially if you are the only ones going as we were due to the low season but they are totally worth it. The guides they arrange are so knowledgable and will make sure you have a wonderful experience.
We rented canoes on the last day and did the float down to San Ignacio and I say float because the water barely moves. If you are looking to be lazy, this is for you. If not, you will probably get bored about an hour in to it. It took us about 2 1/2 hours and we paddled alot.
We hiked down to the River camp, that is neat to see and did some more hiking around the property. We heard howler monkeys but didn't get to see them. We didn't try the spa but heard from other guests it was very very nice.
You will meet so many people here hanging out in the bar trading stories of the days adventures. It was a wonderful wonderful stay. We never go back to places because we always say there are too many places we have yet to go, but we will be back to Belize and we will recommend staying at Chaa Creek to everyone who thinks about going there. The grounds are beautiful, staff amazing, food delicious, and rooms clean. A stay here will make your vacation unforgettable!!

t Miss Chaa Creek

from CCSusan
My husband, 12-year old son, and I stayed at Chaa Creek in April. We had a wonderful time. The resort is very beautiful and peaceful. The food was also very good. We enjoyed the horseback riding, our day trip to Tikal, visiting a cave with lots of Mayan pottery, our sunset canoe ride, a trip to nearby Mayan ruins, and the Belize Zoo. While these were all wonderful, the best thing about Chaa Creek is the amazing staff. Everyone is friendly and helpful without being obsequious. All of our guides were very knowledgable and interesting to talk to. We found our visit to Chaa Creek to be very active but extremely relaxing. We hope to return someday.

Lovely Property in Great Exotic Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I enjoyed a two-night stay with our children, ages 6, 8, and 11, at this exotic location. Our kids loved the butterfly farm, and our oldest enjoyed the horseback ride. The guide on our sunset canoe trip was extremely helpful in getting our kids upstream through the "rapids" portion.

The food at the Lodge is very good and very fresh. The Lodge grows its own produce, and its beef is from grass-fed cows procured from nearby farms.

We stayed in a garden cottage that was pretty spacious but cozy when you packed in five people on two queens and a twin. The hot shower was nice, but a tub would have been an added comfort.

Xunantunich was just a few minutes away by car. Our kids also liked swimming at the Five Sisters Falls, which is easily accessible by a small tram from the Five Sisters Falls Resort to which we drove one day.

The Lodge has a pretty good gift shop, as does Blancaneaux, Francis Ford Coppola's resort next to the Five Sisters Falls Resort.

Chaa Creek is a beautiful and comfortable base to explore this fascinating region of the country, but I would recommend renting a car to avoid being dependent on the Lodge's sometimes pricy excursion arrangements. Beware, however, that gas was over $5 per gallon.

Terrific Birds!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed at Chaa Creek a couple of weeks ago (13-17 March). We enjoyed our stay very much.

We had great fun canoeing on the Macal River and hiking and biking around your trail system. The food was very good and we ate way too much of it. We particularly liked the morning birding and evening creatures walks that David took us on. He is a very knowledgeable naturalist and he gives his fellow walkers a good sense of the natural world around Chaa Creek. The driver who picked us up and returned us to the airport was also very helpful and friendly. We stopped at the zoo on the way back to the airport, and he gave us a very fine tour.

My favorite hobby is birding and Chaa Creek's surroundings provided me with many hours of terrific birds.

We do not hesitate to recommend Chaa Creek to our traveling friends.

Read your bill carefully!!!

from revendeuse
Some helpful hints from a discerning corporate group travel planner.....

Chaa Creek at first glance is beautifully groomed and ideally situated but beware that there is NOTHING to do at the resort itself. You'll spend a ton of money on trips outside of it. The night creatures walk is a joke. When we got there we heard another family complaining about the service they were receiving but didn't understand why. We soon found out.

My husband and I were there at the beginning of February looking for a quite romantic place and it was overrun with kids. We love kids but didn't realize that 80% of the guests were going to be kids under the age of 10. We ran into a single mother with two very young children looking for the pool on a hot day and there isn't one, there also isn't a beach or place to swim as well.

Lastly, we were entirely taken for fools on our final bill and they refused to refund us when they know they overcharged us. I called separately from Canada requesting pricing about their overnight to Tikal (Guatemala), got the pricing, added it up and it was half of what were charged. They charged us $660 USD for 2 people for an overnight to Guatemala, where the prices are 25% of what they are in Belize. We also ordered a charter flight from Guatemala to Belize City for our flight home and it never showed. I had to make a huge stink to get another couple bumped so we could make our connecting flight home. It then took 2 mths to get our refund.

I ABSOLUTELY would NOT recommend going to Chaa Creek. They have no idea what service is and they will not refund money when they are wrong. Luckily, we put the charges on our AMEX so we're able to fight them. Before you commit to anything, before you sign anything, read it over and make sure you're not being taken for a ride.

If in Belize, make a visit to Chaa Creek for something completely different!

from luv-2-b-on-holiday
My husband and I are in our early 30's and went to stay here not knowing exactly what to expect. The hotel web site does not come close to doing this resort justice. The location is absolutely beautiful and the whole place is extremely well kept. The staff - Cruz on front desk in particular - were friendly, helpful and alway around to chat to if needed. The accomodation is great - much better than expected. We stayed in the garden jacuzzi suite but next time I would pay extra and go for the tree top lodge or the tower. We met people in those lodges and they looked fab. Our suite however was spacious, nicely decorated and set privately with only 1 neighbour. There is so much to do here. We filled 3 days with canoeing, hiking, ( and i dont usually hike!), cycling and bird watching. In fact I found myself doing a lot of activities I wouldnt normally consider. Aside from this there are plenty of other day long trips to caves and other places of interest but be warned that they are quite pricey. We tried a massage at the spa (outdoors) and would definitely recommend it. My only criticism is regarding the fixed menu at evening times which is limited. Also, be prepared for some early nights as the bar was quiet each evening we were there - but you need your energy for the day time anyway. Also worth mentioning is the fact that there were no mosquitoes here which surpised me and absolutely no humidity. Day times were very warm but the evenings were cool. This makes it easy to sleep despite lack of air con. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.

Delightfully pleasant

from Charleston_WVMike
My wife, two adult children, and I spent 4 nights here in February, 2006. A very pleasant place. Our thatch-roofed cottage was spacious and nicely decorated, with beautiful wood throughout. The windows had only screens (no glass) and a couple of nights it got down to the mid 50s fahrenheit, so it was a little cool when we awoke. The staff was a bit obsequious, but knowledgeable and friendly. Many activities cost extra (some seemed overpriced), but there is much to do at no additional cost: hiking, canoeing, early morning guided bird watching, museum, and butterfly "farm". The restaurant was generally good. All-in-all, very relaxing. We recommend it highly.

A+ all the way

from A TripAdvisor Member
Took a trip to Belize right after Christmas. Chaa Creek was great in every respect. Accommodations are clean and well appointed. Service was terrific. Food, especially four course dinners, were great. Veggies are wonderful. Chaa Creek makes it very easy to book excursions. Prices are not cheap though. Place has a very relaxed atmosphere; you can either keep to yourself or meet others. It is small enough to see the same people if you are staying for a few days. Tour guides were incredibly informative. Highly recommend a visit.

Top Local Tips for San Ignacio

Saturday morning market San Ignacio has a great market Saturday morning that the whole city and surrounding towns go to. Get there early though, as the heat makes most people arrive around 6am.

Saturday Market. If you are at Chaa Creek on Saturday, take a ride to San Ignacio and visit the Saturday Market. Its a fun and informative thing to do.

Tours There are several good tour companies, check them out on the Internet and use them. These are the same companies that the big resorts book.

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  • Address: 77 Burns Ave - San Ignacio - Belize
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