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Chaa Creek Eco Lodge

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Why We Love It

  • This ecolodge is set in a 400-acre private nature reserve in Cayo, "the heart of Belize's Mayan world" (Frommer's)
  • The Mayan site of Xunantunich is 30 minutes away by car & ferry
  • The restaurant's ingredients are sourced from the organic farm on site
  • All guests get free Wi-Fi, canoeing, birdwatching walks & hiking tours

"The gracefully landscaped grounds ... are magnificent" -- Fodor's
Enjoyed This
(18 Member Ratings)
"Restaurant/food, onsite activities, the staff (especially at the butterfly farm/museum) animals (especially howler monkeys), our own outdoor jacuzzi, laundry service."
07. Nov 2018
Isle La Motte, VT, USA

Map & Directions

The lodge is a 2-hour drive from Belize City International Airport.

Rooms & Rates

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Chaa Creek Eco Lodge has come a long way from its beginnings as a basic rainforest lodge in 1981. With 400 acres of private rainforest, welcoming staff and an eco-friendly spa, the resort is now "consistently rated among the best lodges in Belize", says Lonely Planet.

The lodge is in the foothills of Mayan mountains, 20 kilometres from the border with Guatemala. It is in the Cayo district -- "the heart of Belize's Mayan world", according to Frommer's. Xunantunich, "one of Belize's most easily accessible and impressive Maya archaeological sites" (Lonely Planet), is 30 minutes away by car and ferry. One of the largest burial chambers to be discovered in Belize was uncovered here in July, 2016. The hotel is 25 minutes' drive from San Ignacio, the nearest town, and two hours from Belize City and the international airport.

The resort's on-site facilities include an infinity pool, a spa, a bar and a restaurant that gets many of its ingredients from the reserve's 33-acre farm. There are plenty of free activities on offer, such as early-morning bird walks, hiking along the resort's medicinal trail and canoeing the Macal River, where toucans, iguanas and monkeys can be spotted. There's also a Natural History Center, a butterfly exhibit and a woodworking shop on site, and guests can borrow binoculars for birdwatching. The resort is focused on sustainability, and 10% of its revenue goes to help the local community.

The thatched-roof Cottage Collection properties are decorated with locally made fabrics, and each has its own sun terrace. Treetop Suites have a Jacuzzi on the veranda and offer views into the treetops, where toucans, parrots and kingfishers live. The rooms don't have TVs or air conditioning, but there are fans.

From the press:

  • "Belize's original eco-lodge" -- Afar Magazine

  • "A state-of-the-art hilltop spa provides all levels of pampering" -- Lonely Planet

  • "Service is very friendly and personable" -- Frommer's



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Extra bed available upon request: free of charge.
Cot available upon request: free of charge.

Extra person charge is $75 (subject to tax) per person per night for the 3rd and 4th persons. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(18 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Lodge at Chaa Creek Belize over the past 15 months.
4.9 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Restaurant/food, onsite activities, the staff (especially at the butterfly farm/museum) animals (especially howler monkeys), our own outdoor jacuzzi, laundry service.
Other Comments
I booked a treetop suite through Travelzoo in February 2018, but found out days before (only because I emailed them to confirm) that it was being remodeled,and not available. I don't understand why they wouldn't let me know this before. I had my heart set on it, and was very disappointed to not stay there. We did get upgraded to a room with A/C, which was nice. The bathroom had NO DOOR, which was really awkward-one person had to go outside to give the other privacy! The shower was all glass, and in view from the hot tub, so no privacy there either. We didn't mind that there was no TV, but there was also no music available. To contact the front office, you had to walk there, no phone in your room. LIkewise, the staff would knock on your door at anytime to ask you questions, etc-it felt invasive.
Beth 07. Nov 2018 Isle La Motte, VT, USA
Enjoyed Most
Individual attention, amenities, activities on site, staff... whole package was AWESOME!!!
Other Comments
BEST VACATION EVER.... Hidden in beautiful BELIZE!!!
Reeves 07. Nov 2018 FlintFlint, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
The onsite activities - extensive hiking trails, canoes, horses (that are really well taken care of and very well trained), butterfly center. The food in the restaurant was also excellent.
Other Comments
We really enjoyed our time at Chaa Creek - thank you!
Vicki 30. Jul 2018 Houston, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
The pool was nice and clean and the food was delicious!!
Other Comments
The noise was quite disturbing and the compensation of 20% off on dinner bill when most of us did not even eat there was not very pleasant!!
Isha 26. Jul 2018 Simi Valley, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The environment of the lodge itself is beautiful and so well-maintained.
Other Comments
The staff are so helpful and kind. The room was spacious, and we loved the double shower (I just wish it had A/C instead of fans, but we understood that we were in the jungle and they’re being eco-friendly). The food is delicious, but remember that it costs to eat there, unless you buy a package. I do think that the shuttle service into San Ignacio should be complimentary, because most guests will need it, and it’s not a long drive (they charge $30 US). We took advantage of several of the complimentary and paid activities that they offer, and we had a lovely stay. Would highly recommend!
Sarah 12. Jun 2018 Denver, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Get an ac room.
Kris 24. May 2018 Sugar Land, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Canoeing was great!
Linda 21. Apr 2018 Sherwood, OR, USA
Enjoyed Most
Every single thing. This place, the staff and the owners are amazing. The ambiance, food quality, tours and the entire journey left an indelible print.
Jacqueline 20. Apr 2018 Port St. Lucie, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Mayan Ruin trip
Other Comments
Food at the restaurant was not our favorite. We recommend going to eat at nearby restaurants for authentic Belizean meals.
Michelle 18. Apr 2018 Houston, TX, USA

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