The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Belize’s award-winning The Lodge at Chaa Creek has earned the reputation as Belize’s “destination within a destination” with a wide range of accommodation, exciting activities, tours and amenities, all within a 400-acre private nature reserve sprawled along the banks of the beautiful Macal River.
Chaa Creek offers travelers an exquisite balance of stunning natural beauty and elegantly appointed thatched cottages, villas and suites – including the luxurious new Ix Chel Villas – set in lush tropical gardens.
Miles of well-maintained trails, perfect for mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking, lead to a Natural History Centre, butterfly farm, Maya medicinal plant trail, and the Maya organic farm. Guests also enjoy a professional spa, conference centre, guided nature hikes and birding tours as well as canoe trips along the tranquil Macal River.
Informative tours to the ancient Maya temples of Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, El Pilar and Tikal are always available, along with excursions to the Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek and Rio Frio caves, and other Belizean attractions.
Rainforest and Reef packages with our partners on the Caribbean coast, cayes and Belize’s Great Barrier Reef offer a comfortable way to experience the best of Belize by combining exciting inland adventures with a picture-perfect Caribbean beach holiday.
Our approach to casual luxury combines exploration and adventure with careful attention to our guests’ comfort, including exquisite farm to table organic dining, a relaxing, well stocked lounge and wine cellar, refreshing infinity pool and unique spa treatments – all designed to put you in tune with your surroundings while promoting individual beauty, health and a sense of wellbeing.
Chaa Creek’s combination of exhilarating activities, casually elegant amenities and attentive yet unobtrusive service has been satisfying discriminating travelers for over 30 years and promises a memorable Belize vacation for families, couples, groups and individuals of all ages and interests.
Our jungle lodge has 23 comfortable palm-thatched cottage rooms including two Garden Suites or a Complete Garden Suite with Jacuzzi, two Tree Top Jacuzzi Suites, an Orchard and Spa Villa and a Macal Cottage with Jacuzzi, all nestled along the riverside in a setting of unmatched beauty and tranquility.
The new Tree Top Suites at Chaa Creek appear to defy gravity as they stand eye level amongst the upper most branches of the majestic hardwoods that surround them along the steep forested banks of the Macal River in Belize’s Cayo District. The large and airy suites combine elegance with a unique sense of adventurous design as they compete with nature for a panoramic birds-eye view of the encircling jungle landscape.
The full amenity one-bedroom suites, with their own private Jacuzzi perched upon stargazing verandas, offer the perfect romantic setting for the honeymoon couple. The suites can also easily accommodate family groups with comfortable sleeping arrangements for four.
Garden Jacuzzi Suite
Chaa Creek now offers the Complete Garden Suite for those looking for an extra luxurious rainforest stay. Imagine a spacious thatched roof cottage surrounded by private tropical gardens, affording an extra measure of comfort and a beautiful, quiet ambiance. The cottage consists of two separate suites (one with a private Jacuzzi) with a connecting door.
The Garden Jacuzzi Suite is furnished with a four-poster mahogany bed, fine linens, Guatemalan antique armoire, a spacious bath with Jacuzzi and a private screened verandah with jungle garden. The Garden Suite is furnished with a queen-size bed and a day bed that converts from a couch into a single bed. This room also has a private, screened verandah and lovely views.
The cottage also features a common verandah with hammocks overlooking the gardens. Both rooms have ceiling fans, lamps, reading lights and are fully screened. They offer a level of private, casual luxury exceptional even by Chaa Creek’s standards.
The Cottage Collection
Chaa Creek’s Cottage Collection is carefully tucked away amidst lush tropical gardens along the verdant banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the ancient Maya Mountains. 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 and interacting with nature.
Staffed by professional individuals who value your stay as much as you do, and with only 23 distinctive spaces, this romantic little lodge blessed with understated Belizean charm and a spectacular jungle setting guarantees a unique and truly intimate experience.
The Macal Cottage
The Macal Cottage is the newest starring attraction in Chaa Creek’s award winning cottage colony. Perched on the edge of a grassy knoll overlooking the sleepy Macal River, the cottage blends stylish simplicity and elegant furnishings to create a romantic ambiance in a stunning rainforest backdrop.
Nestled amidst tropical gardens, the spacious accommodation with its king sized bed, oversized day bed and leisure furniture also includes two private terraces for relaxing in hammocks or enjoying the outdoor Jacuzzi al fresco. Naturally perfect for families this charming cottage colony is just as popular with couples.
The new three bedroom Spa Villa is set within a tropical hillside garden in the foothills of the Maya Mountains features a master bedroom with a king size bed and en suite bathroom. A second bedroom with a queen and single bed and a third bedroom with a queen canopy bed share a full bathroom.
Guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the lush jungle surrounds of the Macal River Basin from the spacious glass walled living room and large wrap around veranda with Jacuzzi. The air-conditioned Villa contains a full kitchen and guests also have the choice of ordering a variety of delicious meals prepared by the lodge’s resident chef at the Chaa Creek restaurant.
Set high on the river’s lush banks, close to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tipu and Xunantunich, is The Macal River Camp. Scattered throughout tropical rainforest are ten casitas, or small bungalows, each on a raised platform with airy peak-roofs, full screens and containing two or four comfortable beds. Each casita has a private sheltered porch for quiet relaxation and peaceful views into the undisturbed jungle habitat.
The camp provides shared bathrooms with hot water showers, and clean, comfortable facilities. Friendly local staff serve traditional Belizean meals in a spacious central thatch-roof palapa where travelers can relax and swap tales with new friends.
The river camp has been designed for outdoors people who enjoy rustic accommodations in a remote setting. Comfortable beds with clean linens, pillows, towels and blankets assure a good night’s rest after a day bush walking, canoeing, or other rainforest activities.