Chaa Creek Belize
Concept: The Lodge & Spa at Chaa Creek sits on a private 365-acre nature reserve set along Macal River in the Maya Mountains foothills and home to a number of exotic jungle dwellers including peccaries, jaguar, monkeys and many others as well as over 300 species of tropical and migratory birds.. Chaa Creek has provided a unique adventure travel experience for many modern-day explorers, while maintaining an unspoiled ambience. Chaa Creek caters to the traveler looking for both physical and intellectual challenges, and a range of activities have been designed to stimulate interest in the environment, culture and archaeology of Belize.
Location: In western Belize on the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. From the international airport the drive is about 2.5 hours.
Accommodations: The Cottage Collection is carefully tucked away amidst lush tropical gardens. The 23 individually designed thatched cottages reflect an atmosphere of elegance where charmingly decorated rooms and suites offer fine fabrics, furnishings and antiques. The spacious accommodations include private sun deck verandahs for viewing wildlife.
Additionally, Chaa Creek offers several luxurious villas and suites - Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, all equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort.
Finally, for the budget-minded-yet-luxury traveler, The Macal River Camp sets high on the river's lush banks, close to the Tipu and Xunantunich. Scattered throughout tropical rainforest are ten casitas, each on a raised platform with airy peak-roofs, full screens with two or four beds and a private sheltered porch for quiet relaxation. The camp provides shared bathrooms with hot water showers. This area is perfect for individuals or small groups on a budget.
Dining: Spoil your taste buds and enjoy delectable 'Jungle Cuisine' in the romantic al fresco dining room. Enjoy the sounds of birds quarrelling in the surrounding trees in the daytime, and listen to the symphony of night sounds while you dine under candlelight. At the Chaa Creek restaurant, they combine modern and 'old fashioned' cooking techniques with a wide variety of fresh local produce to create innovative and original, mouthwatering meals. You won't be disappointed.
Activities: You will probably run out of days before you run out of things to do at Chaa Creek. Birding with a bilingual naturalist guide for Keel-billed Toucan, Blue-crowned Mot-Mot and Black-headed Trogon, and loads of parrots! Also, horseback riding, nature walks, canoeing, and mountain biking are offered to explore the area.
The Hilltop Spa at Chaa Creek is set above the winding Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Caribbean Rainforest – an extraordinary, peaceful setting enhanced by the background music of tropical birds and gentle rustling of leaves. Professional therapists will help you select from a range of treatments to create a personalized Spa experience guaranteed to put you in harmony with the beautiful natural surroundings – and yourself.
Pricing: valid Jan 4 - Dec 14, 2014 (holiday surcharges will apply)
- Cottages: $165 per person in double, included room and breakfast.
- Macal River Camp $55 per person per night, includes room, breakfast and dinner nightly
- Garden Suite (sleeps 3): $380 per night (includes breakfast for 2)
- Orchard Villa (sleeps 6): $495 per night (includes breakfast for 2)
- Tree Top Suite (sleeps 4): $495 per night (includes breakfast for 2)
Included for all guests: guided tours of Natural History Centre and Butterfly Farm, access to the Ruta Maya Trail system, canoeing the Macal River, morning bird walk, and guided tour of Maya Medicinal Plant trail. And wi-fi.
Sustainability: As one example, under the Chaa Creek Cares program, 10% of all accommodation revenue goes straight into environmental and social programs, and in supporting Green and community groups.