Blancaneaux Lodge

A little bit of Hollywood resides in Belize at Blancaneaux Lodge. In the early 1980s, famed director Francis Ford Coppola purchased the abandoned hotel to use as a family getaway. After over a decade of family use, Coppola opened the lodge to the public, and since 1993 it has become a popular retreat.

Travelers hoping to keep active will never run out of things to do at Blancaneaux Lodge, which offers an impressive range of recreational options. Once you have sufficiently exhausted yourself in the sultry Caribbean sun, pamper yourself at the spa located right on the property.

Set in Central Belize, south west of Belize City, Blancaneaux Lodge welcomes vacationers wanting to stay in this section of Belize. It's southeast of the center of San Ignacio.


Each unit at the Blancaneaux Lodge features a number of similar amenities, including bathrobes, a mini-bar, coffee maker, writing table and chair, safety deposit box, ceiling fans, alarm clock and iPod docking station, two umbrellas, a hairdryer, and organic soaps that are handmade locally.

Honeymoon Cabañas

Situated over a waterfall, Honeymoon Cabañas are the epitome of romantic. There are two, and each has a private deck with views of the falls.

Riverfront Cabañas

Riverfront Cabañas are decorated in native artwork and textiles, and feature a queen-sized bed. Views are of the Privassion River.

Garden View Cabañas

Like their Riverfront Counterparts, Garden View Cabañas are decorated with native artwork and antiques. These Cabañas have screened porches, and overlook the gardens.

Deluxe Cabañas

Deluxe Cabañas are the most popular offering at Blanceneaux. These Cabañas are located on the far east end of the property, overlooking Privassion Creek, and within reach of the waterfalls.

Family Cabaña

If you are traveling with a group, the Family Cabañas will be your best choice. There is a queen bed, as well as a pair of twin beds, as well as a large dining table, a screened porch, and a hammock.

Two-Bedroom Villa

All the comforts of home are afforded to you in the Two-Bedroom Villa. This 1600 square foot villa has an open-air living room, a kitchen, and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Francis Ford Coppola's Villa

The Francis Ford Coppola Villa features an open-plan living space, a kitchen with a Delonghi espresso machine, refrigerator, and wet bar, and an antique dining table. There are two large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a plunge pool, and views of Privassion Creek. A full-time attendant is available via walkie-talkie for guests of the Francis Ford Coppola Villa.

Enchanted Cottage

The Enchanted Cottage is located atop a forested bluff that overlooks the waterfalls of Privassion Creek. The cottage has a king-sized bed in the bedroom, a writing desk, and a fireplace. Luxury is key here, which is evident in the heated floors, Japanese tub and steam room. The kitchen features a wine cooler and Delonghi espresso machine, and amenities are topped off by a plunge pool and hardwood deck with a hammock.

In terms of overall merit, we have given this lodge a three and a half star rating.

An overview of the in-room conveniences awaiting visitors at Blancaneaux Lodge include:

  • Coffee Maker
  • Private Bath
  • Toilet
  • Kitchenette
  • Shower
  • King Bed
  • Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Queen Bed
  • Balcony

Call ahead to ensure the availability of specific amenities, if it's a high priority for you.

Activities and Amenities

Besides the available in-room amenities, this lodge also has

  • Gift Shop
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking/Nature Walk

To be sure everything you're expecting is available, it's a good idea to call ahead of time since the specifics tend to change. Visit this page to read our in-depth discussion about the kinds of recreation and activities that Blancaneaux Lodge has to offer.


Become a member of the Coppola family when you sit down for dinner at Montagna Ristorante. The setting is romantic, and features classic Italian meals taken directly from private recipes of the Coppola family. All the food is prepared using fresh ingredients from the on-site garden.

Outside of the on-site dining, travelers looking to find extra culinary variety might also look into the area's other nearby dining choices. Those staying at Blancaneaux Lodge will find a small handful of restaurants within traveling distance. It's a good idea to check out the nearby restaurant options, even though Blancaneaux Lodge has on-site dining. Click here for more information on this area's dining choices.


Guests will encounter lots of interesting sites and attractions situated near Blancaneaux Lodge. On your itinerary, make room for a nearby attraction like Five Sisters Falls, a waterfall.

One of the nearest areas of interest from the lodge is San Ignacio. For even more adventure, take a side trip to a nearby town or two to see what else the country has to offer.

For our comprehensive article on other destinations and attractions near the property, click here.

Contact Info

Location: Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Central Belize, Belize

Phone: (501) 824-3878

Secondary Phone: (800) 746-3743



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