Owners John and Carolyn Carr moved to Belize from the United States over 27 years ago. Carolyn is an artist and John is a cowboy from Montana. Together, they operate one of the oldest cattle ranches in Belize and one of the original ecolodges in the country. There are a variety of options, from two-bedroom cabanas that are well suited to families to lodge rooms to the large Chateau Brio suites. Three of these suites have full kitchenettes. I find the furnishings and decor touches a bit too provincial and quaint for my taste, but this is offset by beautiful stained-glass pieces and interesting architectural touches. The rooms and suites have air-conditioning, while the cabanas only come with fans. Tasty meals are served family style in a large dining room with a high, peaked thatch roof, where guests are encouraged to join other guests at larger tables.
The lodge is set on a high hill above the Belize River. Horseback riding is the most popular attraction here, but canoeing, visits to Maya ruins, and other day and overnight trips can all be arranged. On the grounds, you can visit Carolyn's studio and get close to the Carrs' pet jaguar, Tika. Cruise-ship passengers come here frequently for day trips, and it can get a little crowded and hectic when they're around.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Recommended 2010