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Blancaneaux Lodge

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  • Luxurious Property
  • Family Friendly
Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, this luxury resort features waterfalls that tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place for you and your guests to relax and rejuvenate.

Venue Overview

In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, immediately fell in love with the location, and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the resort was used as a family retreat before Francis opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993.

Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Guests can also explore the ancient civilization of the Maya, which still endures in the sacred sites throughout this magical region. From the ceremonial caves along the white-water rivers of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve to stalactite caverns and the vast ruins of Caracol deep within the lush rainforest, Blancaneaux is your window into the world of natural and archaeological wonders.

Resort Amenities

Restaurants, Bars, & Lounges

Montagna Ristorante 

Classic Italian cuisine in a romantic tropical setting. The menu features traditional Italian dishes with a special focus on the Coppola's private family recipes, drawn from their history in the southern region of Basilicata. Pastas, fresh fish, and braised or grilled local meats are all prepared with organically-grown herbs and vegetables from their own garden. They also offer made-to-order pizza, cooked in an authentic brick oven. 


The intimate dining room sparkles from candlelight and is decorated with handmade wooden furnishings, colonial era antiques and Guatemalan fabrics. An open veranda offers moonlit views of Privassion Creek.

Guatemaltecqua Restaurant 

This poolside restaurant specializes in the cooking of Guatemala, a mildly-spiced cuisine that draws on Mexican, Caribbean and Mayan traditions. Local favorites include Salpicon, shredded beef salad flavored with sour orange and cilantro, Jocon, chicken cooked with green herbs and spices, and Rellenitos, a delicious dessert consisting of plantains filled with sweetened black beans.

Jaguar Bar 

After a day of tours and activities, the Jaguar Bar is a perfect place to relax. The hand-carved slate bar, ceiling fans from the set of Apocalypse Now, framed pictures of local archaeological digs and handmade furnishings create a truly eclectic atmosphere. They offer a selection of fine wines and classic cocktails including favorites such as mojitos and daiquiris, as well as their very own Jaguar Juice, a potent concoction of local craboo liqueur, aged rum and fresh pineapple juice.

Resort Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Horse Stables
  • Organic Garden
  • Natural Waters & Pool
  • Waterfall Spa


Room Types

Honeymoon Cabañas 

Perched over a Privassion Creek waterfall, the Honeymoon Cabañas offer the ideal getaway. Both honeymoon cabañas have huge private decks overlooking the falls.

Riverfront Cabañas 

An expansive deck with wrap-around walkway ensures a spectacular view of the Privassion River. Elegantly themed with native art and local textiles, each cabaña offers a queen-size bed and hand-painted tile bath.

Garden View Cabañas 

Nestled in the beautifully manicured gardens, the comfortable Garden Cabañas showcase native arts and antiques, plus a large screened-in porch with hammock.

Deluxe Cabañas 

Since they opened the Deluxe Cabañas in early 2008, they have quickly become the most sought after accommodations on the property. Surrounded by lush vegetation and just a stone’s throw from deep pools and tumbling waterfalls, the two Deluxe Cabañas offer a secluded setting at the far eastern end of the property overlooking Privassion Creek.

Family Cabaña 

A large dining table, queen-size bed, and a pair of twin beds highlight this spacious Family Cabaña. A large screened-in porch overlooks the beautiful gardens, which can also be enjoyed while idly swaying in the room’s hammock.

Two-Bedroom Villa 

Skirting Privassion Creek, the roomy 1,600 square foot villas feature a large comfortable open-air living room with a small kitchen. Off the living room are two luxurious bedrooms, each with its own full bath.

Francis Ford Coppola's Villa 

Enjoy dramatic views from the elevated open-plan living area, take a dip in the private plunge pool or relax on the hardwood sun deck set in a lush tropical garden. The Villa features a small kitchen with Delonghi espresso machine, fridge and wet bar. A hand carved antique dining table with seating for up to 14 overlooks the tumbling waterfalls and deep rock pools of Privassion Creek. Accommodations include two large bedrooms each with a spacious bathroom featuring showers with hand-painted tiles and Japanese tub. The eclectically furnished Villas combine regional antiques, Guatemalan fabrics, artisan masks and hand carved figurines’. Francis’s personal art and antiques are displayed throughout adding a personal touch to an already comfortable and stylish environment. 

The Coppola Villa also features monogrammed bathrobes and wine glasses, locally produced organic bath products, goose down or hypo-allergenic pillows, iPod docking station, WiFi Internet access and a Shellphone intercom system linked to the resort’s front desk. The Coppola Villa has a full-time attendant to anticipate your every need or to arrange an evening bar-b-q next to the pool. The attendant is on-call using a walkie-talkie radio system.

Enchanted Cottage 

Blancaneaux Lodge’s ultimate retreat. Reflecting Francis’s desire to create a haven to reflect, write and create, the cottage sits atop a steep forested bluff offering panoramic views over the tumbling waterfalls of Privassion Creek and the distant jungle clad Maya Mountains.

With an emphasis on luxury, the cottage features a bedroom with a king-size bed, writing desk and fireplace. The bath house provides understated luxury with its under floor heating, open fire, shower, Japanese tub and steam room. The cottage has a spacious kitchen that includes a wine cooler, Delonghi espresso machine, a breakfast bar and a heated slate floor. Adjacent to the kitchen is an airy day room with queen-size sofa bed, large coffee table and comfortable armchair. Screened doors open onto the hardwood deck and the infinity pool. The Enchanted Cottage is secluded and surrounded by lush tropical gardens and spectacular panoramic views. There's a hammock for lazy afternoons.

Guest at the cottage enjoy monogrammed bathrobes and wine glasses, locally produces organic bath products, goose down or hypo-allergenic pillows, iPod docking station, WiFi internet access and a Shellphone intercom system linked to the resort's front desk. The cottage also includes a full-time attendant to light fires, cook breakfast, prepare cocktails and anticipate your every need. The attendant is on-call using a walkie-talkie radio system. Guest are provided a robust four-seat golf cart for driving around the property and visiting the main lodge and restaurants.

Room Amenities

  • Bathrobes 
  • Safe deposit box 
  • Mini-bar stocked with water, wine, soft drinks, Belikin beer and local snacks 
  • Shellphone for communicating with reception 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Writing table & chair 
  • Coffeemaker & Tea making supplies 
  • Umbrellas (2) 
  • Organic, locally sourced, handmade soaps 
  • Alarm clock & iPod docking station 
  • Hairdryer


  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Moonlight Jaguar Quest
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tours
  • Cave Explorations
  • Birding
  • Workshops

Wedding Packages


Wedding Specialist A wedding concierge will work with you or your wedding planner to reserve dates and plan all the details for your ceremony. You will have an on-site coordinator to work with you from the moment you arrive on property.

License for the Ceremony The wedding concierge will help coordinate the paperwork required to hold your ceremony in Belize. Minister, or Justice of the Peace for the Ceremony Whether you require an official marriage or a symbolic ceremony, the knowledgeable staff will take care of all the details.

Cultural Ceremonies If desired, a short Maya ceremony can be arranged accompanied by traditional music (flute and/or marimba).

Flowers & Decoration They can coordinate floral arches, bouquets, buttonholes and centerpieces.

Catering The wedding concierge will be available to consult on wedding cake designs, dining venues, menus, linens and wine selections.

Locations By prior arrangement, public spaces at the resorts can be used for hosting the event and/or for photographs.

At Blancaneaux Lodge, The Enchanted Cottage and the poolside Guatemaltecqua Restaurant can be rented for private gatherings. Wedding ceremonies may also be held off-site in the natural beauty of the region. Please inquire for location suggestions.

Music & Photography Local photographers and videographers can be hired for the ceremony if desired. Marimba, Flute, Solo Spanish Guitar and Mariachi bands are also available for short performances. Please inquire for recommendations.

Transport They operate their own fleet of air-conditioned vehicles for transfers to and from the property. There are frequent scheduled domestic flights between Belize International Airport and Placencia Airstrip.

Spa Treatments & Beauty Services Your wedding ceremony will include one free spa treatment for the wedding couple. Body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures are available from the Waterfall Spa.

Honeymoon Suites Choose between the secluded and luxurious Enchanted Cottage, the exclusive Coppola Villa, the Honeymoon Cabanas or the stunning Deluxe Cabanas.

Room choices based on availability at time of reservation.

*Terms and conditions apply - See your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more information.

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