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Belcampo Lodge

Belcampo Lodge

135 Laughing Falcon Reserve
Punta Gorda, Belize
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A private nature location, Laughing Falcon Reserve in Toledo, the southern most territory of Belize, is more than a home for Belcampo Lodge. Originally established as a fishing lodge, the owners are committed to managing this 11,000 acre private reserve to promote and encourage the sustainable use of this verdant tropical environment. High up within the rainforest canopy, an awe inspiring panorama with Guatemala and Honduras in the distance, a world class adventure resort invites guests to feed their thirst for adventure, gather on sprawling verandas, enjoy delicious local cuisine or relax in the privacy of elegantly appointed cabanas on the hillside. At Belcampo Lodge we invite you to come and quench your thirst for adventure and luxury.

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"Part of an 11,000-acre nature reserve, with 12 cabins powered by solar-panel roofs and an on- site organic farm that provides much of the lodges food."Food and Wine, Best Small Eco-Lodges in Latin America

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Amenities
  • Art Collection
    Bath: Sexy Bathrooms
    Bedding: Fine Linens
    Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
    Beds: Romantic Beds
    Beds: Rooms with King Beds
    Beds: Rooms with Two Beds
    Beds: Views from the Bed
    Bikes to Use
    Boat to Hotel
  • Charm up the Wazoo
    Dock Your Boat
    Gardens on the Property
    Hammocks (Common Area)
    Helicopter Access
    Internet: WiFi By the Pool
    Internet: WiFi in Public Areas
    No TV in the Room
    Organic Garden
    Outdoor Massage
  • Privacy
    Private Boat Available
    Private Deck/Patio/Terrace
    Room Type: Bungalows
    Room Type: Casitas
    Room Type: Indoor Outdoor Rooms
    Room Type: Stand Alone Single Unit
    Room Type: Treehouse Rooms
    Swimming Pool: Poolside Food & Drink Service
    Windows: Windows Open in the Room
Hotel Types / Categories
  • Belize
    Eco Friendly Green Hotels
  • Eco Lodge Gems
  • Jungle Lodge Gems

   Wifi Details

The main lodge, pool area and all rooms have complimentary WiFi.


   Green Details

Among some of the stand-out eco and sustainability efforts are:

  • Guests are transported by the low-emission vehicles and boats. All vans, open-air safari and four-wheel drive vehicles undergo thorough inspections and maintenance routine to ensure that they always meet the highest possible environmental standards. Boats are all equipped with efficient hull structures and well maintained, new technology, four-stroke motors
  • Accommodations are low-impact canopy suites, built on stilts to minimize contact with to the sensitive rainforest floor
  • No disposable serving, dishes, silverware is used – even on picnic fully reusable glass, stainless and ceramic dining and serving pieces are used
  • 95% of all ingredients for our restaurant and culinary service come from our on-site organic farm or from within the country of Belize
  • Refillable aluminum water bottles are issued at check-in and “PURE H2O” stations in the lodge and in each suite allow eco-conscious travelers to refill as often as needed – this effort saves and estimated 950 to 1,150 plastic water containers weekly
  • A rain water collection and re-use system is in place and there are aerators on faucets and shower heads, as well as low-flow toilets
  • The on-site organic garden allows provides fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and herbs for daily meals, as well as tropical flowers for guest rooms and public areas. Any food that the lodge is unable to utilize is donated to the local community. The chef and farmers teach guests and locals alike, about growing, harvesting and preparing sustainable meals. To complete the sustainable circle, organic kitchen scraps are composted and used as a natural fertilizer in the garden.
  • Energy-efficient lighting and controls, as well as timers for outdoor lights and staff members trained to turn off lights that are not being used all save electricity
  • In the kitchen, smaller refrigerators have been purchased to use in the slower season when the lodge does not need the larger versions and top loading freezers help save energy by maintaining temperatures more efficiently.
  • The use of a maintenance logs for all equipment ensures that all resort equipment functions at maximum levels of efficiency
  • Housekeeping and maintenance use non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaners, environmental-friendly pest control methods, a towel reuse and linen change program, and adhere to a policy of turning off lights, water heaters and air conditioners in vacant rooms
  • The guest canopy suites are designed to maximize lighting through natural sunlight and effectively direct breezes to keep guest comfortable without the constant need for air conditioning. The walls and ceiling void have been insulated with recycled environmentally friendly fill to limit any excessive heat transfer from the outside. Roofs have special silica intensive environmentally sensitive color paint which limit and diffuse the heat transfer through the roof without being overly reflective.
  • A line conditioner has been attached to the electrical lines that come into the property, better regulating electricity and reducing equipment loses due to surges and lightening storms.
  • Tours and excursions around the area, through the rainforest, on the rivers and at Mayan ruins are specifically designed to “leave no trace”. Everything has been addressed in this area and understanding that garbage disposal can be difficult while off-site, the lodge has a policy to bring trash back to the lodge for proper sorting, composting, recycling and disposal
  • Regular staff training emphasizes the lodge’s long-term sustainability commitment – training addresses local community support initiatives, empowers the staff and encourages self-assessment exercise on the resort’s Responsible Tourism policy
  • A system of nature trails gives guests direct access to the surrounding nature reserve and organic garden – perfect for hikers, bikers and bird watchers. Marked trails throughout Machaca allow for self-guided exploration with little or no impact on the native environment, while kayaks and canoes are offered for river exploration
  • The estate practices its own re-forestation program and has planted in excess of 2,500 indigenous hardwood trees and 2,000 softwood indigenous trees. The lodge utilizes wind-felled lumber for a large proportion of its own building and furniture requirements. Machaca also produces its own furniture products in-house, which ensures efficient waste limiting practices and eliminates the need for transportation of these bulky goods.
  • The lodge actively participates and sponsors a weekly talk show through a local radio station. The show specifically targets the local residents and focuses on the need for sustainable tourism and the education to the benefits of having a healthy eco system.

   How This Juicy Hotel Benefits Its Local Community

Guests visiting from March through June can help excavate an ancient Mayan site alongside archeologists at the Uxbenka Archeological Project. Volunteers assist at the ancient site that was inhabited during the Classic Period (AD 250 -900).Since the Mayan culture is so prevalent in Belize, uncovering this part of history is important to the area.

 

Strong relationships with the local community are valued at Machaca Hill and this is further demonstrated by the lodge supporting local youth through the schools. Machaca supports educational programs, supplies leftover produce and gives children lessons they can take home to create stronger futures for themselves.

 

Another important relationship is with T.I.D.E (Toledo Institute for Development and Environment), a local NGO, that teaches the local community about resource management and sustainable use of the ecosystems. Machaca Hill’s relationship with T.I.D.E., which helps protect the 11,000 acres around Machaca Hill, encourages re-education on sustainable tourism practices, organic farming and guide training.

 

Machaca Hill supports two local drumming troupes who through performances expose guests to the Garifuna people and their culture. Performances are interactive and very educational. When the groups are not performing for guests we have initiated a youth awareness program for music to ensure that local youngsters have an opportunity to get exposure and tuition in the wonderfully rich Garifuna cultural music. Additionally, Machaca Hill sponsors and supports a program that assists the Garifuna people in the successful manufacturing and sales of drums.

 

Through collaboration with local Maya communities we have developed interactive workshops and activities such as basket weaving, cloth production and embroidery so that our guests may not only be exposed to handcrafts for purchase but the significant value of education of the importance of Mayan handcrafts and artwork thus giving insurmountable added value.


   What Makes This Juicy Hotel a Boutique Hotel?

We have only 12 rooms and we are independently owned and privately operated.


Bosque Del Cabo

Bosque Del Cabo

Cabo Matapalo
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Bosque del Cabo is a premier Costa Rica Eco Lodge offering a romantic rainforest getaway and a naturalist’s dream come true. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest reservation.

Juicy Hotel Details
Amenities
  • Bath: Double Shower
    Bath: Outdoor Shower (Private for the Room)
    Bath: Rainfall Shower
    Bath: Sexy Bathrooms
    Bath: Walk in Shower
    Beds: Views from the Bed
    Charm up the Wazoo
    Cool Lounging Spot
    Dining: Outdoor Dining
    Dining: Restaurant On Property
  • Extra Romantic
    Gardens on the Property
    Hammocks (Common Area)
    Hammocks (Private with Room)
    Kid Friendly
    Patio
    Privacy
    Private Garden with Room
    Room Type: Bungalows
  • Room Type: Family Rooms
    Room Type: Indoor Outdoor Rooms
    Room Type: Stand Alone Single Unit
    Room Type: Thatched Roof Cottages
    Spa/Massage on Property
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool: Outdoor Pool
    Tropical Vibe
    View: Rooms with Ocean View
Activities
  • Boating/Sailing
    Fishing
    Guided Nature Walk
    Hiking
    Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
    Snorkeling
    Surfing
    Surfing Lessons
  • Swimming: In a Pool
    Swimming: In the Ocean
    Wildlife - Birds
    Wildlife - Dolphins
Hotel Types / Categories
  • Authentic Experience for Location
    Bang for the Buck Hotels
    Best Romantic Hotels
    Best Surfing Hotels
    Boutique Hotels
  • Costa Rica
    Eco Friendly Green Hotels
    Eco Lodge Gems
    Flip Flop Vibe
  • Jungle Lodge Gems
    Sexy Hotels
    Ultra Romantic Boutique Hotels
    Wildlife Lodges & Wildlife Hotels

Bushmans Kloof Reserve

Bushmans Kloof Reserve

PO Box 582
Bishopcourt, South Africa
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Its 130 rock art sites and caves that allow you to see what the Bushmen have painted over the ages make this national heritage site one of the largest open air art galleries in the world. You will be staying in an oasis and haven offering all the modern comforts in the middle of open plains and staggering rock formations. As well as the beautiful spa- pampering beauty treatments and the chance to bathe in rock pools and waterfalls- an ecosystem of 7500 hectares of wild and preserved biodiversity is an invitation to try a green safari for a glimpse of rare birds- indigenous wildlife- incredible flowers and fabulous starry night skies. An absolute must for nature-lovers. CLUB 5C- Hotel welcomes Relais and Chateaux Club 5C members with a VIP Welcome and a Discovery Privilege. Please include the Club 5C membership number in the reservation and please show your Club 5C membership card on arrival.

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Amenities
  • 24 Hour Security
    Bath: Bathtub
    Bath: Separate Bathtub and Shower
    Bathrobes
    Beds: Rooms with King Beds
    Business Center
    Car Rental
    Complimentary Bottled Water
    Complimentary Breakfast
    Concierge Services
    Currency Exchange
    Fax Machine Available For Guests
  • Fitness Center
    Jogging Track/Path
    Laundry Room Available
    Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
    Local Shuttle Service
    Maid Service
    Meeting Facilities
    News Stand
    Non-Smoking Room
    Parking: Self Parking (Covered)
    Parking: Self Parking (Uncovered)
    Parking: Valet Parking (Uncovered)
  • Patio
    Private Deck/Patio/Terrace
    Room Service (Limited)
    Safe Deposit Box
    Secretarial Services
    Spa/Massage on Property
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool: Outdoor Pool
    Translation Services
    Uniformed Security on Site
    Wake-up Service
Activities
  • Safari
  • Wildlife Watching
Hotel Types / Categories
  • Best Hotels for Outdoors Lovers
    Conde Nast Traveler Gold List Hotels
    Eco Friendly Green Hotels
  • Eco Lodge Gems
    Luxe Retreat
  • Luxury in Nature
    Safari Lodges

Cotton Tree Lodge

Cotton Tree Lodge

Moho River
San Felipe, Belize
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Our eco-lodge is hidden between the Moho River, the rain forest, and Mayan villages in southern Belize. Stay in beautiful thatch cabanas with private bathrooms and verandas. Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared with organic produce from our garden. Try kayaking, birding, swimming, and horseback riding on the grounds. Connect with the people and culture of Belize on daily tours to villages, Mayan ruins, cacao farms, caves, waterfalls, and more. Or simply relax in a hammock all day.

Juicy Tidbits

"Guests at this 11-cabana lodge can help local Mayan farmers make chocolate from cacao pods grown on the 100-acre property."Food and Wine, Best Small Eco Lodges in Latin America

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Amenities
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
    Bath: Tub with a View
    Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
    Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
    Beds: Views from the Bed
    Bikes to Use
    Boat to Hotel
    Cool Lounging Spot
    Dining: Restaurant On Property
    Dock Your Boat
  • Gardens on the Property
    Hammocks (Common Area)
    Hammocks (Private with Room)
    Internet: WiFi in Public Areas
    Kid Friendly
    No TV in the Room
    Organic Garden
    Outdoor Massage
    Parking: Self Parking (Uncovered)
    Privacy
  • Private Deck/Patio/Terrace
    Room Type: Casitas
    Room Type: Creekside
    Room Type: Family Rooms
    Room Type: Good for 2 Couples
    Room Type: Good for 3 Couples
    Room Type: Indoor Outdoor Rooms
    Room Type: Stand Alone Single Unit
    Room Type: Thatched Roof Cottages
    Tropical Vibe
Hotel Types / Categories
  • All Inclusives
    Belize
  • Eco Friendly Green Hotels
    Eco Lodge Gems
  • Jungle Lodge Gems

El Monte Sagrado, Autograph Collection

El Monte Sagrado, Autograph Collection

317 Kit Carson Road
Taos, New Mexico
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Amidst the mystical beauty of Taos, New Mexico, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa offers a secluded sanctuary in harmony with the Earth. Experience exquisite accommodations inspired by Native American and global culture and a dramatic art collection graced by world-famous artists. Visit the AAA Four-Diamond award-winning De la Tierra restaurant for cuisine that will enliven your day. Experience the extraordinary treatments of the Living Spa designed to heal mind, body and spirit, or simply meditate in the Sacred Circle among towering trees and waterfalls, and breathe in the tranquility. El Monte Sagrado, well-known as a leader in alternative energy, blends its commitment to sustainability with a setting of indulgent luxury. Of special note for our environmentally conscious travelers is the Biolarium and The Living Machine, a holistically designed eco-structure that incorporates recycled water, plants, and rock formation into a self-sustaining ecosystem that flows throughout the resort.

Juicy Tidbits

Conde Nast Traveler says..."Mountains and desert surround this modern pueblo-style resort that is “so beautiful, it could be an art museum.” “Serene and spacious” rooms with Native American influences come with hand-painted walls, local art, and gas fireplaces. Global Suites are themed after countries like Argentina, China, and Egypt. The formal De la Tierra offers a wellness menu and locally inspired dishes. At Anaconda Bar, order a margarita and watch fish swim in the saltwater aquarium. Indoor gardens and water features “delight and soothe the mind.” Living Spa facilities are “beautiful and warm with tons of natural elements—not at all sterile like some spas.”" ~From cntraveler.com

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Amenities
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
    Babysitting or Child Care
    Bath: Jacuzzi//Whirlpool/Hot Tub in the Room
    Bath: Soaking Tub
    Bathrobes
    Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
    Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
    Beds: 2 Queen Beds
    Beds: Rooms with King Beds
    Beds: Rooms with Two Beds
    Business Center
    Complimentary Coffee
    Complimentary Newspaper
    Concierge Services
    Dining: Restaurant On Property
  • Elevators
    Fireplace in the Room
    Fitness Center
    Game Room
    Golf Course on Property
    Hairdryer
    Internet: Available
    Jogging Track/Path
    Laundry Room Available
    Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
    Maid Service
    News Stand
    Non-Smoking Room
    Parking: Self Parking (Uncovered)
    Parking: Valet Parking (Uncovered)
  • Pets Allowed
    Room Service (Limited)
    Room Type: Casitas
    Room Type: Stand Alone Single Unit
    Safe Deposit Box
    Sauna on Property
    Separate Sitting Area
    Spa/Massage on Property
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool: Indoor Pool
    Telephone in Room
    Turndown Service
    Uniformed Security on Site
    Wake-up Service
Hotel Types / Categories
  • Artsy Hotels
    Conde Nast Traveler Gold List Hotels
  • Conde Nast Traveler Gold List Hotels 2013
    Eco Friendly Green Hotels
  • Eco Lodge Gems
    National Geographic Traveler Stay List - US

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