Blancaneaux Lodge in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Belize

The Blancaneaux Lodge is probably located on one of the nicest locations of Belize in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve next to Privassion Creek including a waterfall. A spacious Coppola jungle resort in the Maya mountains at a remote location.

The Blancaneaux Lodge is located in the northwest corner of the 107,000 acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and the property compromises a 70 acres. The 13,000 acre Noj Kaax Meen Elijio Panti National Park is some couple of miles from the lodge and the 264,000 acre Chiquibul National Park is an hour drive from the lodge. The waterfall and accompanying pool on the terrain of the lodge are manmade. 
 
Ammenities of the Coppola jungle resort are an infinity pool (next to private pools with some accommodations), waterfalls spa including Thai massage, an u-shaped hot pool, the Guaternaltecqua Restaurant, which is serving Guatemalian food, the Montagna Ristorante, which is serving Italian food with a focus on the Coppola's private family recipes, and the Jaguar Bar. On site is also an organic garden which is providing vegetables, fruits and herbs to the restaurants. Also part of the lodge is a private airstrip to make it possible to fly in in stead of drive to the lodge (the last part of the drive is a 30 till 60 minutes on a bumpy road, which not everybody will enjoy).


Due to the remote location of the Blancaneaux Lodge, most guest will be enjoying the relaxed atmosphere at the lodge, or hike in the direct neighborhood of the lodge or take part in one of the excursions. The excursions include exploring the ancient civilization of the Mayan through a visit to Mayan ruins as Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech or even Tikal in Guatemala or through the exploration of caves as Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), Barton Creek Cave and Caves Branch Nohuch Che'en Reserve Cave Tubing. Other options for excursions are a visit to the Green Hills Butterfly Farm, horse back riding, birding, hiking tours, mountain biking tours, visits to creeks, natural pools and caves in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve as Rio on Pools, Big Rock Falls and Rio Frio Cave and even educational workshops about birding and jaguars. 
 
The Lodge has a total of 20 accommodations which all have a balcony with river view. The accommodations compromises of 12 cabanas, 7 villas, including Francis Ford Coppola's Villa, and a cottage. All the accommodations have a seating area, a mini-fridge and a bathroom. The villas also have a kitchenette. The Francis Ford Coppola's Villa and the cottage do have private driveways and entrances. The accommodations are scattered about the property with hills. A walk from the accommodation to the general facilities could include stairs. To make it possible to relax the accommodations do not have a television or a telephone. Also the accommodations only have fans and do not have an airconditioning (due to the location of the resort in the mountains it can be actually chilly at night).  
 
The reviews of Blancaneaux Lodge are mainly good to excellent, but some people feel that the actual state of the resort and the promotion of the resort differ to much. The Coppola jungle resort is promoted as a very luxury resort, partly through the founding names of the Coppola family, but according to these guests the resort is not making up the promises. Keep in mind that the lodge is at a remote location and that you will probably spend all your time at the lodge or at excursions organised by the lodge. 
 
Francis Ford Coppola, the director of The Godfather trilogy, visited Belize for the first time in 1981 and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. The main building of the lodge was first used as a family retreat, but in 1993 the Blancaneaux Lodge was reopened for the public. In that year also a hydro-electric plant was installed, which harnesses energy from the Privassion Creek and supplies the lodge with power. Excess energy is used to heat the hot pool. The lodge is named after the original owner of the land surrounding the lodge. A French botanist, Michael Blancaneaux, traveled through the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and the former British Honduras, and helped bring peach between British forces and the Maya. He wrote to the Governor of British Honduras, which is now named Belize, and requested for repayment 60 acres of land along the Privassion Creek. The Coppola Resorts, which are all owned by the Coppola family, also consists of the Turtle Inn in Placencia in the Stann Creek district of Belize and the La Lancha Resort which is not far from Tikal in Guatemala. 
 
The contact details of Blancaneaux Lodge could be found on the website of the Coppola Resorts.