Accommodation : Hotels

Name: Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

Location: Belize

Discover acres of lush rainforest at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, the official base camp for National Geographic Expeditions in Belize. Located along the hummingbird highway, this Rainforest Lodge is surrounded by over 100,00 acres of wilderness and close to St Herman’s Cave and Blue Hole National Park.

This lodge, which is dedicated to sustainable tourism, is surprisingly easy to get to considering it’s jungle location. It is 17 miles from Belmopan, the capital of Belize, but most travellers fly into Belize City and the lodge will arrange transfers which take around 1.5 hour each way.

This award-winning Jungle Resort, features 20 rooms that are the perfect place to unwind after a days adventure. Garden View rooms are located on the ground floor of main building with views to the lodge’s lush tropical landscape and grounds. Mountain View Suites are lavish fully air-conditioned units built around a cliff with views of the surrounding Maya Mountain Canopy. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and sliding glass doors that open to a private porch with an adjoining private crystalline heated plunge pool. This is a perfect spot for a romantic dip and to be immersed in the solitude of the deep greenery that surrounds the suites. The elegant bathroom features a marble vanity and large deep bathtub for two people.

The River View House has two bedrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and can sleep seven, while the spacious Spanish Casitas, nestled among fragrant gardens, sleep up to five, with two bunk beds and are secluded and very relaxing. These casitas offer stunning views of the gardens, hills and a spring fed creek that runs through the property. All casitas feature large showers with an open-air bathtub, sitting area, electric skylight ceiling, espresso machine and outside, strategically-placed hammocks that are the best possible vantage point for taking in the natural world all around, or maybe just the best place for enjoying a good book or a glass of wine.

Whether indoors or outdoors you can relax, surrounded by exuberant green tropical foliage and views to the mountains which are a sanctuary for native birds and wildlife. This lodge is a perfect honeymooners retreat with no TV. Reconnect with nature and enjoy the jungle breeze tickling your face and the sound of the animals as you fall asleep.

Hike to the Gazebo, kayak, bird watch, mountain bike or pamper yourselves with a couple’s massage in the late afternoon, or enjoy a romantic alfresco poolside dinner of international and Belizean favourites, as you gaze into the canopy’s edge. The Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is a sanctuary for nature lovers, an escape in the jungle like no other, and the perfect place to enjoy the magnificent rainforest while enjoying a freshly made soursop juice or cocktails as the sun goes down.

Combine your stay at Sleeping Giant Lodge with a stay at Almond Beach Resort & Spa on the Caribbean coast, the perfect jungle and beach combo.

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

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