Gaia Riverlodge

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Our Eco-Lodge is located in the Scenic Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. We offer earthy yet stylish thatch roofed cabanas with excellent views of our waterfalls or Mountain Range, amazingly comfortable beds, Frette and Matouk linens and towels and bathrooms with hand painted Mexican tiles. Among our amenities are our natural fresh water pools, waterfalls, authentic Belizean cuisine, nature trails, day tours to the many Maya archaeological sites and adventure trips.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool / beach towels
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Hiking
Airport transportation
Parking
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Entertainment staff
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Massage
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Traveller Insights
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The Gaia Riverlodge, nestled in a breathtaking location with a river and waterfall, is frequently praised by travelers for its stunning views and pristine cleanliness. The rooms, lauded for their comfortable design and beautiful local architecture, offer a warm, relaxing environment despite lacking air conditioning. The value of the hotel is generally regarded as excellent, with some guests expressing reservations about the cost of all-inclusive meal plans. However, the hotel's chic atmosphere, exceptional amenities, and highly regarded service earn rave reviews. The unique features such as live music, personalized welcome messages, and the on-property waterfall are particularly appreciated.
Location
Picturesque
Atmosphere
Welcoming
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Remarkable
Cleanliness
Immaculate
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Outstanding
Location
Picturesque
Travelers consistently praised the hotel's breathtaking and stunning location, highlighting the beautiful surroundings including a river and waterfall.
  • Robert W
    Robert W
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    Beautiful location, friendly staff, expert guides made for a great trip...
  • Mary
    Mary
    Mar 2023 25 contributions
    ...Unbelievable location, fantastic food, great staff!!! The location is breathtaking, make sure you make full use of the river pool...
  • Steve P
    Steve P
    Dec 2022 2 contributions
    ...Location is beautiful with cabins above river and waterfall...
  • lst101850
    lst101850
    Dec 2022
    ...Meals were excellent and the location is top notch...
  • john coyne
    john coyne
    Nov 2022 1 contribution
    ...I highly recommend the Gaia, not only for its stunning location but also the for the staff...
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Atmosphere
Welcoming
Travelers describe the hotel's atmosphere as welcoming and chic, with beautiful, simple rooms and a familiar, relaxing environment. Special touches like live music, personalized welcome messages, and thoughtful design enhance the experience.
  • Cristi H
    Cristi H
    Aug 2023 1 contribution
    ...The perfect balance of luxury (white sheets and towels, mahogany floors, friendly and attentive service, fantastic cuisine, purified water everywhere) and rustic charm (river swimming, no A/C but lots of screened windows and fans, no phones or TVs)...
  • Megan S
    Megan S
    Jun 2023 2 contributions
    ...our room was beautifully arranged with a welcome message, a bottle of champagne, and flower petals...
  • 268miriam
    268miriam
    Jun 2023 1 contribution
    ...The room has everything you need, comfortable up to date furniture...
  • SailorNYC
    SailorNYC
    Jun 2023 104 contributions
    ...The rooms are beautiful yet simple...
  • denkatie
    denkatie
    Jun 2023 3 contributions
    ...The riverside rooms were beautiful and comfortable...
  • sshin467157
    sshin467157
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    The hotel is very chic and perfect for relaxing... The team needs special mentioning as they go above and beyond to create a familiar atmosphere and great experience for any guest...
  • Katherine C
    Katherine C
    Mar 2023 8 contributions
    ...It has a beautiful central space with a bar, couches, and restaurant... Rooms: the rooms were lovely and simple...
  • Francois L
    Francois L
    Mar 2023 1 contribution
    ...For more adventurous, the Actun Tunichil Muknal is a must...
  • jmet2023
    jmet2023
    Mar 2023 1 contribution
    ...The setting is beautiful and the team is absolutely fantastic...
  • Marsha P
    Marsha P
    Feb 2023 1 contribution
    ...The special lobster / steak Valentines Dinner, accompanied by a live violinist was one of my best experiences worldwide !...
  • Ally
    Ally
    Feb 2023 7 contributions
    ...The setting is stunning, and everything is designed with such thought and care—from the landscaping to the dining room to the individual huts... And they set it all up with linens and real silverware...
  • Melissa M
    Melissa M
    Feb 2023 2 contributions
    ...We even walked away with a coffee mug to cherish at home...
  • smjny704
    smjny704
    Feb 2023 2 contributions
    ...The hotel facilities and the rooms were gorgeous and very well kept...
  • Kimkf2014
    Kimkf2014
    Jan 2023 291 contributions
    ...The room, environment, and food were all excellent but it was the people that made it exceptional...
  • nprakel
    nprakel
    Nov 2022
    ...They do a fabulous job at making things special for you and they go out of their way...
  • Bart M
    Bart M
    Oct 2022 12 contributions
    ...The lodge is set in the jungle and feels welcoming from the first minute!...
  • Alyssa W M
    Alyssa W M
    Oct 2022 1 contribution
    ...The dog Coco was a wonderful touch...
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Rooms
Comfortable
Travelers praised the rooms for their stunning views, comfortable and simple design, and beautiful local architecture. However, they noted the lack of air-conditioning made the rooms warm.
  • Stefan L
    Stefan L
    Aug 2023 1 contribution
    ...Our room was fantastic with beautiful views, and we saw a few toucans right outside our window one morning...
  • cedarjules
    cedarjules
    Jun 2023 82 contributions
    ...We were there during a heatwave and drought, so the room was a little warmer than I expected it to be at night - that was really the only drawback to the resort (but again, we were there during a heatwave)...
  • Megan S
    Megan S
    Jun 2023 2 contributions
    ...our room was beautifully arranged with a welcome message, a bottle of champagne, and flower petals...
  • 268miriam
    268miriam
    Jun 2023 1 contribution
    ...The room has everything you need, comfortable up to date furniture...
  • SailorNYC
    SailorNYC
    Jun 2023 104 contributions
    ...The rooms are beautiful yet simple...
  • denkatie
    denkatie
    Jun 2023 3 contributions
    ...The riverside rooms were beautiful and comfortable...
  • Greg B
    Greg B
    Apr 2023 6 contributions
    ...Nestled atop a steep hill with towering views over the jungle and above the Privassion Creek falls below, the accommodations are one of kind with beautiful local architecture, wood and bamboo structures, and rock stairs from place to place where each room has a view and feels like it’s the only one there...
  • sshin467157
    sshin467157
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    ...The hotel is very chic and perfect for relaxing. The grounds and rooms are impeccably well maintained in this beautiful remote eco reserve - the waterfall and jungle view are just supreme...
  • brettbrauteseth
    brettbrauteseth
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    ...The rooms have stunning views and well equipped...
  • Katherine C
    Katherine C
    Mar 2023 8 contributions
    ...Rooms: the rooms were lovely and simple... They are not air conditioned but it gets pretty cool at night and you won't need it...
  • Kathy B
    Kathy B
    Mar 2023 35 contributions
    Gaia Riverlodge is one of a kind...
  • Marsha P
    Marsha P
    Feb 2023 1 contribution
    ...From the moment we arrived, it was a first class experience, from check in, to our beautiful river view room (River)... Our "morning room service coffee lady" was a great way to start our day, what a smile...
  • 363barbarav
    363barbarav
    Feb 2023 2 contributions
    ...This is one of the most wonderful hotels we have ever stayed...
  • Ally
    Ally
    Feb 2023 7 contributions
    ...Highly, highly recommend staying at Gaia!...
  • smjny704
    smjny704
    Feb 2023 2 contributions
    ...The hotel facilities and the rooms were gorgeous and very well kept...
  • Gina M
    Gina M
    Jan 2023 11 contributions
    ...The staff goes above and beyond for their guests The beds are very comfy and the linens are the best I have eve slept on... This is the place to stay if you are visiting the Pine Mountain Ridge in Belize Thank you Kobi, Azel, Chris, Lucy, Nigel and all the other wonderful employees of Gaia for a wonderful stay...
  • Casey R
    Casey R
    Jan 2023 2 contributions
    ...We had the most amazing time staying here as it completely exceeded our expectations...
  • Kimkf2014
    Kimkf2014
    Jan 2023 291 contributions
    We recently stayed at the Gaia Riverlodge for five nights...
  • Devina M
    Devina M
    Jan 2023 4 contributions
    ...Clean rooms with warm shower with good water pressure...
  • SandaM
    SandaM
    Jan 2023 4 contributions
    ...Excellent service starting from the reception personnel to room keeping...
  • Jim B
    Jim B
    Dec 2022 39 contributions
    ...The only potential problem for some rooms was the continous sound of the rapids... Organization was smooth, accommodations excellent, restaurant also excellent, and the staff were wonderful...
  • Bart M
    Bart M
    Oct 2022 12 contributions
    ...Sleep is great because of the waterfall noise (which they warn about) but there is not AC in rooms so expect to be a little warm!...
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Value
Remarkable
Many travelers found the value of the hotel to be excellent, with affordable packages and great service. However, some found certain components like the all-inclusive meal plan not worth the extra cost.
  • cedarjules
    cedarjules
    Jun 2023 82 contributions
    ...We had the cheapest garden view cabana and it was fine... You get plenty of views of the waterfall during the day and during meals so you don't really need to upgrade if you are looking to save money (unless you want the outdoor deck)...
  • denkatie
    denkatie
    Jun 2023 3 contributions
    ...We booked a package with lodging, meals, and tours, and it was definitely the way to go...
  • 268miriam
    268miriam
    Jun 2023 1 contribution
    ...So if you are not looking for glamping, then this lodge may not be what you are wanting...
  • Mary
    Mary
    Mar 2023 25 contributions
    ...Don't bother with the all inclusive meal plan, like at Matachica, it is not worth the extra cost as it does not include drinks. My only negative comment is that for us Europeans, the filter coffee was undrinkable and they charge (even on the meal plan) for other coffees, USD5 for an expresso is really not acceptable...
  • Katherine C
    Katherine C
    Mar 2023 8 contributions
    ...We drove ourselves there from the capital and rented a truck to do the road, but in retrospect, probably didn't need it (although it wasn't muddy when we were there)...
  • Kathy B
    Kathy B
    Mar 2023 35 contributions
    Gaia Riverlodge is one of a kind...
  • Marsha P
    Marsha P
    Feb 2023 1 contribution
    ...My Award for Best Service Provider goes to Freddie in the restaurant, what a great member of the staff...
  • Kathy F
    Kathy F
    Feb 2023 23 contributions
    ...You can’t go wrong here, it’s amazing!...
  • Jessica H
    Jessica H
    Dec 2022 1 contribution
    ...We stayed in the Riverside Villa and it was *insane*...
  • Alyssa W M
    Alyssa W M
    Oct 2022 1 contribution
    ...The food was outstanding and great value for the cost of the package...
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Cleanliness
Immaculate
Travelers frequently commend the hotel for its cleanliness, noting the well-kept grounds, clean rooms, and meticulous housekeeping.
  • Tatum H
    Tatum H
    Jul 2023 1 contribution
    ...Housekeeping was lovely and thoughtful, and coffee was delivered to our room each morning upon request...
  • 268miriam
    268miriam
    Jun 2023 1 contribution
    ...The view is beautiful, grounds are kept very clean...
  • sshin467157
    sshin467157
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    ...The grounds and rooms are impeccably well maintained in this beautiful remote eco reserve - the waterfall and jungle view are just supreme...
  • 675Pat
    675Pat
    Apr 2023 20 contributions
    ...Bed was outstanding and the room scrupulously clean...
  • Francois L
    Francois L
    Mar 2023 1 contribution
    ...The site is very well maintained, with dozens of bougainvilleas, hibiscuses, various species of palm trees, all perches for the beautiful birds... Our hut was spacious, simple and functional...
  • jordantalderson
    jordantalderson
    Mar 2023 3 contributions
    ...The accommodations and grounds are exceptionally well taken care of...
  • Mary
    Mary
    Mar 2023 25 contributions
    ...The tour to Caracol was the best "uncle" Rudy took great care of us, was very informative, our picnic lunch even came with a table cloth...
  • Katherine C
    Katherine C
    Mar 2023 8 contributions
    ...Totally safe and placid swimming. Rooms: the rooms were lovely and simple... The bathrooms are beautiful tiled and have wonderful smelling shampoo...
  • Susan C
    Susan C
    Feb 2023 1 contribution
    ...The lodge is small and intimate, the grounds are well manicured and the food is exceptional...
  • 363barbarav
    363barbarav
    Feb 2023 2 contributions
    ...This is one of the most wonderful hotels we have ever stayed...
  • Kathy F
    Kathy F
    Feb 2023 23 contributions
    ...Our Hut was perfect, the staff was awesome, thank you Hector & Lucy and everyone else!...
  • smjny704
    smjny704
    Feb 2023 2 contributions
    ...The hotel facilities and the rooms were gorgeous and very well kept...
  • Ally
    Ally
    Feb 2023 7 contributions
    ...And they set it all up with linens and real silverware...
  • Devina M
    Devina M
    Jan 2023 4 contributions
    ...Clean rooms with warm shower with good water pressure...
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Service
Attentive
Guests express high satisfaction with the service at the hotel, praising the staff's friendliness, professionalism, attentiveness, and exceptional service.
  • sshin467157
    sshin467157
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    ...The grounds and rooms are impeccably well maintained in this beautiful remote eco reserve - the waterfall and jungle view are just supreme. The team needs special mentioning as they go above and beyond to create a familiar atmosphere and great experience for any guest...
  • Greg B
    Greg B
    Apr 2023 6 contributions
    ...The staff is made up of long-time employees who seem proud to be Belizeans, grew up nearby and are happy to be working at Gaia. They are happy people and it shows in how they treat the guests... They care about guests, remember everyone’s name, are eager to hear about what you’re doing, and seem to have great relationships with each other... Lucy the bartender, Freddy, Kobi, Javier, all pros and great people...
  • brettbrauteseth
    brettbrauteseth
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    ...With attentive and personal service and many local tours of Mayan ruins and the natural area, we would definitely recommend it!...
  • 675Pat
    675Pat
    Apr 2023 20 contributions
    It was a great stay 2 years ago and with even nicer amenities this visit. Loungers, chairs and hammocks at the falls were plentiful and comfortable... Bed was outstanding and the room scrupulously clean... Included continental breakfast was very satisfying with fresh baked goods and fruit...
  • Francois L
    Francois L
    Mar 2023 1 contribution
    ...The site is very well maintained, with dozens of bougainvilleas, hibiscuses, various species of palm trees, all perches for the beautiful birds... Tomasita, Lucy, Juan Carlos, Sam, Albert, Javier, Chris, Freddy, Greg, Kobi, Hector, Nigel, and the many more who ensured we had a wonderful time, please accept our most sincere thanks...
  • jordantalderson
    jordantalderson
    Mar 2023 3 contributions
    ...The accommodations and grounds are exceptionally well taken care of... The hotel staff and tour guides are all very pleasant and helpful... Returning back to Gaia after a day exploring the jungle to a delicious meal and luxe casita allowed us to experience the Belizean jungle in a truly unique way...
  • Mary
    Mary
    Mar 2023 25 contributions
    ...Unbelievable location, fantastic food, great staff!!!... The tour to Caracol was the best "uncle" Rudy took great care of us, was very informative, our picnic lunch even came with a table cloth... We named him "uncle" because he watched over us to make sure we were safe at all times... Freddy at the restaurant was more like our Mum, always there to serve us our favourites and take care of our every need... The resort dog even accompanied us and came for a swim... I suggest they include coffees and soft drinks in the package...
  • Ally
    Ally
    Feb 2023 7 contributions
    ...They will even equip you with a handheld radio so you can order food and drinks to your chair. And they set it all up with linens and real silverware... Gaia's tour guides are incredibly knowledgeable, skilled, and kind... The lodge staff is also the friendliest, most thoughtful group of people... Big shoutouts to Freddy, Nigel, and Shawn who made our stay extra special... We felt at ease, and at home, here, and they're the reason why... From the moment we were picked up at the airport to the time they dropped us off to go stay at their sister resort, Matachica, we were beyond thrilled... Highly, highly recommend staying at Gaia!...
  • Marsha P
    Marsha P
    Feb 2023 1 contribution
    We just returned from 3 days at Gaia Riverlodge, and I have to say, it was an excellent experience... From the moment we arrived, it was a first class experience, from check in, to our beautiful river view room (River)... The restaurant / bar was top notch !... The special lobster / steak Valentines Dinner, accompanied by a live violinist was one of my best experiences worldwide !... The entire staff were excellent and helpful, and friendly, always looking out for us... Our "morning room service coffee lady" was a great way to start our day, what a smile... My Award for Best Service Provider goes to Freddie in the restaurant, what a great member of the staff...
  • Kathy F
    Kathy F
    Feb 2023 23 contributions
    ...Our Hut was perfect, the staff was awesome, thank you Hector & Lucy and everyone else! The waterfall area is perfect for relaxing and swimming while ordering drinks and food to be brought down to us...
  • Casey R
    Casey R
    Jan 2023 2 contributions
    ...We had the most amazing time staying here as it completely exceeded our expectations... From being greeted at check-in by Kobi and given a tour of the grounds with a complimentary cocktail was just the start... All the staff; grounds men, Gardner, tour guides, room service, and of course the servers (Freddy is a cool guy) we're exceptional and friendly... Coffee in your room every morning while listening to the falls was a lovely way to awake each day... The resort dog, Coco, accompanied us on the nature trail hike saving us from a hidden snake!... Got to see a pygmy owl and the guide was so knowledgeable and even has some photos posted with Merlin (for you avid birdwatchers)... Thank you for making our vacation so memorable...
  • mark s
    mark s
    Jan 2023 6 contributions
    ...This was our first time at Gaia, we will definitely go back, the staff goes above and beyond. From Izzy picking us up at the airport as well as being our tour guide through Xunantunich Mayan ruins he was knowledgeable and answered all our questions... Freddy always welcoming us in for breakfast, lunch and dinner... Azeul made the best drinks for my wife and I and Shawn always helped us choose our dinner, my wife always ask the waiter their favorites... Sam gave some gardening tips to wife and a tour of the amazing garden... Rick drove us to the airport and again shared so much about his culture... The food, room and staff couldn't be better...
  • David M
    David M
    Jan 2023
    ...The beautiful mountains and waterfalls were only matched in amazingness by the staff. Each staff member at Gaia was kind and went above and beyond for our stay to be great... Freddy particularly deserves lauding, and by the end, he felt like a friend, so much so that we looked for him to make sure we could share anecdotes from our day with him!... Everyone was fantastic, though, and we would only recommend Gaia to our friends for a trip into Belize...
  • Trisha C
    Trisha C
    Dec 2022
    After you navigate the very 'bumpy' and uneven road surfaces to get to Gaia you are welcomed with smiles, eucalyptus scented cold wash cloths and a beverage (with or without alcohol)... There was not one bad meal or drink that we tried, and we were there for 5 days/4nights...eating only 2 meals off the premises... Freddy, Lucy, Azel, Sean, Kobe, Coco and all the other staff will make you feel right at home...
  • Jessica H
    Jessica H
    Dec 2022 1 contribution
    ...The hotel arranged for a private transfer to pick us up in Dangriga after our sailing trip, and our drive to the lodge flew by as the driver was giving us amazing insight into the surrounding area. The staff at Gaia are top notch... The staff will make you feel welcome and accommodated at every step, truly some of the best customer service we have received in our travels... It is a bit of a hike (up/down hill) but anytime we didn’t feel like making the journey on foot there was no problem getting someone to drive us up to the villa... The views from the restaurant are breathtaking, but we also had some of our meals brought to our villa and to the waterfall beach area (that all guests can go to) 5 stars for food and beverage easily... We wanted to take it easy so we didn’t book any of the tours, but we did get couples massages, a tour of the garden on the property where they grow a lot of the ingredients for the food, and took the bikes to a nearby waterfall... Shout out to Shawn and Freddy especially, but all around an amazing staff and a fantastic overall experience...
  • Vacationer542677
    Vacationer542677
    Dec 2022 2 contributions
    ...But the best part about it was service and all amazing people that took care of us. Nigel and Freddy just couple to mention, but everyone was super professional, and really cared about us having the best time... I was in hospitality industry for a decade and rarely get impressed by service, especially at a small boutique place like that... Definitely recommend massages by Lilly, one of the best I ever had... We will definitely be back soon, thanks again guys!...
  • Pipercc
    Pipercc
    Dec 2022 14 contributions
    ...From the moment we entered to delicious fresh rum bunch, to the epic views of the Five Sisters Falls, our visit was truly memorable... Special shout out to Freddy and Lucy who always seem to be there and ready to provide our every want and need with a welcoming smile and kind word...
  • Kay M
    Kay M
    Nov 2022 5 contributions
    ...Immediately we fell in love with the staff. The scenery and views can’t be beat but the staff is just unlike any place we have ever been... We were picked up at the airport, and driven around to all the amazing excursions by Greg... We got to spend every day with Greg and we were so grateful to have him as our guide while at Gaia... When we first got to Gaia, 2 smiling faces greeted us with drinks, Lucy and Freddy... They are a delight to talk to and their meticulous service make you feel so well taken care for... This resort is a must stay, and if you can, stay for a while!...
  • Bart M
    Bart M
    Oct 2022 12 contributions
    ...The waterfall hike is wonderful, and the falls are easily accessible by trail and by tram. The resort dog, Coco, is friendly, playful and will take you on either local hike!... While we did not get to go on the main cultural outing, Nigel, Colby, Izzy and Greg were helpful in arranging an alternative tour accompanied by some chocolate making!... The service was fantastic — Lucy in particular was wonderful... We LOVED it and would highly recommend to any travelers for a few days (3 nights felt right) who are down for a little adventure and very relaxed feel (no TVs in rooms, very laid back staff)...
  • roadlesstravelled9
    roadlesstravelled9
    Oct 2022 1 contribution
    ...Super knowledgable guides, Rudy and Isael, took us on amazing excursions and taught us about both the culture and wildlife of Belize... The cocktails were so good thanks to all the bar and restaurant staff!...
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Amenities
Outstanding
Guests consistently praise the hotel's amenities, particularly noting the availability of excursions, the on-property waterfall, and the fresh, flavorful food served at the restaurant.
  • Greg B
    Greg B
    Apr 2023 6 contributions
    ...The adventures in every direction (river relaxation, jungle birds, Big Rock swimming hole, the extraordinary ATM cave tour, Mayan ruins, horseback rides, etc.)... Nestled atop a steep hill with towering views over the jungle and above the Privassion Creek falls below, the accommodations are one of kind with beautiful local architecture, wood and bamboo structures, and rock stairs from place to place where each room has a view and feels like it’s the only one there... Lucy the bartender, Freddy, Kobi, Javier, all pros and great people...
  • sshin467157
    sshin467157
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    ...The hotel is very chic and perfect for relaxing. The grounds and rooms are impeccably well maintained in this beautiful remote eco reserve - the waterfall and jungle view are just supreme... The team needs special mentioning as they go above and beyond to create a familiar atmosphere and great experience for any guest...
  • Robert W
    Robert W
    Apr 2023 1 contribution
    Beautiful location, friendly staff, expert guides made for a great trip... Many outdoor options allow for an extended visit, though we had just 4 days before a trip to sister lodge Matachica on the coast...
  • Francois L
    Francois L
    Mar 2023 1 contribution
    Having stayed for many nights, we have enjoyed the reaction every one has when they first step on the mahogany patio behind the reception and see the view: Wow!... The site is very well maintained, with dozens of bougainvilleas, hibiscuses, various species of palm trees, all perches for the beautiful birds... Our hut was spacious, simple and functional...
  • Mary
    Mary
    Mar 2023 25 contributions
    ...Unbelievable location, fantastic food, great staff!!! The location is breathtaking, make sure you make full use of the river pool... The tour to Caracol was the best "uncle" Rudy took great care of us, was very informative, our picnic lunch even came with a table cloth... We suggest sun downers on the sofas, going to big rock (a 20 minutes hike + stairs) and spending the day exploring all the pools... The resort dog even accompanied us and came for a swim... Also stargazing from the fire pit area... I suggest they include coffees and soft drinks in the package...
  • Katherine C
    Katherine C
    Mar 2023 8 contributions
    ...It has a beautiful central space with a bar, couches, and restaurant. It all overlooks the river and cliffs and is stunning... The waterfall is about a 5 minute hike down from the main area down the hill... The hike is totally doable but a lot of steps, so they have a tram in case you need help or want a break... The waterfall area has beach chairs, hammocks, and a sandy swimming area at the base of the falls... Totally safe and placid swimming... Rooms: the rooms were lovely and simple... They have a comfortable large bed with mosquito netting and a couch and arm chair... The bathrooms are beautiful tiled and have wonderful smelling shampoo... They are not air conditioned but it gets pretty cool at night and you won't need it...
  • Kathy B
    Kathy B
    Mar 2023 35 contributions
    ...Gaia Riverlodge is one of a kind. The food is wonderful and the main house with restaurant and check in desk is a perfect place to come and relax as well... He took good care of us in the cave... We went canoeing with a local, walked through a market, went to the ruins and had lunch in one of the towns local restaurants... Make sure to buy some of Greg's coffee from his family's farm if you have a chance... Also, I wish they had more places to dry my swim suits and clothing to dry...
  • Sarah B
    Sarah B
    Feb 2023 1 contribution
    ...The hospitable and helpful staff made it a very special time. Whether we were relaxing on site near the waterfall, enjoying the fresh and flavorful menu, or off on exciting excursions to the Mayan ruins and cave system, Gaia made our trip a memorable experience...
  • Ryan P
    Ryan P
    Feb 2023
    ...This is an absolutely amazing place to get away and enjoy luxurious refreshment. The lodge is perched over an awe inspiring river valley with multiple tiers of water falls in view and sound... The team here have great attention to detail, make a point to know your name and go the extra mile over and over...
  • Ally
    Ally
    Feb 2023 7 contributions
    ...Gaia Riverlodge will take your breath away as soon as you walk on the property. The setting is stunning, and everything is designed with such thought and care—from the landscaping to the dining room to the individual huts... You'll dine above the treetops and hear a waterfall during every meal... And that on-property waterfall is truly something wonderful!... The lodge has built a little island at the base of it with comfy lounge chairs, hammocks, and shade options... They will even equip you with a handheld radio so you can order food and drinks to your chair... And they set it all up with linens and real silverware... Truly idyllic, and some of our favorite time was spent enjoying this amenity... Plus, there's another beautiful waterfall a quick bike ride away from the property... That 2-hour drive is a bit rough only because it's not on a real road, but little stopovers during the drive, and a thoughtful picnic lunch, make it a great day... They made our trip special, and we learned so much... Big shoutouts to Freddy, Nigel, and Shawn who made our stay extra special... We felt at ease, and at home, here, and they're the reason why... From the moment we were picked up at the airport to the time they dropped us off to go stay at their sister resort, Matachica, we were beyond thrilled... Highly, highly recommend staying at Gaia!...
  • Marsha P
    Marsha P
    Feb 2023 1 contribution
    ...From the moment we arrived, it was a first class experience, from check in, to our beautiful river view room (River). The restaurant / bar was top notch !... The special lobster / steak Valentines Dinner, accompanied by a live violinist was one of my best experiences worldwide !... The entire staff were excellent and helpful, and friendly, always looking out for us... Our "morning room service coffee lady" was a great way to start our day, what a smile...
  • Kathy F
    Kathy F
    Feb 2023 23 contributions
    ...Our Hut was perfect, the staff was awesome, thank you Hector & Lucy and everyone else! The waterfall area is perfect for relaxing and swimming while ordering drinks and food to be brought down to us...
  • mark s
    mark s
    Jan 2023 6 contributions
    This was our first time at Gaia, we will definitely go back, the staff goes above and beyond... Freddy always welcoming us in for breakfast, lunch and dinner... Azeul made the best drinks for my wife and I and Shawn always helped us choose our dinner, my wife always ask the waiter their favorites... The food, room and staff couldn't be better...
  • Trisha C
    Trisha C
    Dec 2022
    ...After you navigate the very 'bumpy' and uneven road surfaces to get to Gaia you are welcomed with smiles, eucalyptus scented cold wash cloths and a beverage (with or without alcohol). From there every moment at Gaia will be relaxing with every need taken care of and the most beautiful view on the mainland that we experienced!... And with close proximity to ATM, Xunantunich, Barton Creek, San Ignacio, and Guatemala you can experience whatever excursion may suit you... There was not one bad meal or drink that we tried, and we were there for 5 days/4nights...eating only 2 meals off the premises... Freddy, Lucy, Azel, Sean, Kobe, Coco and all the other staff will make you feel right at home...
  • Jessica H
    Jessica H
    Dec 2022 1 contribution
    ...The hotel arranged for a private transfer to pick us up in Dangriga after our sailing trip, and our drive to the lodge flew by as the driver was giving us amazing insight into the surrounding area... We stayed in the Riverside Villa and it was *insane*... Hammocks, a huuuge deck, hot tub, kitchen, and best of all our own private waterfall that was perfect for swimming... The villa itself was gorgeous, we felt like we were in our own little world... We would wake up and read by the waterfall, and at night have a hot tub under the stars... The views from the restaurant are breathtaking, but we also had some of our meals brought to our villa and to the waterfall beach area (that all guests can go to) 5 stars for food and beverage easily... We wanted to take it easy so we didn’t book any of the tours, but we did get couples massages, a tour of the garden on the property where they grow a lot of the ingredients for the food, and took the bikes to a nearby waterfall... I couldn’t find a lot of pictures online other than what the lodge provided, so I wasn’t even really sure what to expect, but again we were blown away when we arrived... Shout out to Shawn and Freddy especially, but all around an amazing staff and a fantastic overall experience...
  • Pipercc
    Pipercc
    Dec 2022 14 contributions
    We stayed four days at the lodge. From the moment we entered to delicious fresh rum bunch, to the epic views of the Five Sisters Falls, our visit was truly memorable... Special shout out to Freddy and Lucy who always seem to be there and ready to provide our every want and need with a welcoming smile and kind word...
  • Heidi
    Heidi
    Dec 2022 2 contributions
    ...We stayed in the Villa which was right on the water with amazing views and lots of privacy... The hot tub was also a great added bonus!... From the very first day everyone knew us by name, we felt right at home... we also enjoyed relaxing by the river and hiking on the nature trail...
  • Lee Ann H
    Lee Ann H
    Nov 2022 9 contributions
    ...The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. As a bird watcher, I was thrilled to go on a birdwatching tour and see a keel billed toucan food at the restaurant is fresh and flavorful, with many items from the garden on the grounds...
  • john coyne
    john coyne
    Nov 2022 1 contribution
    ...I highly recommend the Gaia, not only for its stunning location but also the for the staff... We spent a day swimming and exploring the waterfalls below the lodge and it was unforgettable...
  • Kay M
    Kay M
    Nov 2022 5 contributions
    ...We were picked up at the airport, and driven around to all the amazing excursions by Greg... When we first got to Gaia, 2 smiling faces greeted us with drinks, Lucy and Freddy... They are a delight to talk to and their meticulous service make you feel so well taken care for... This resort is a must stay, and if you can, stay for a while!...
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Nina S wrote a review Aug 2022
California19 contributions10 helpful votes
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Hotel's Favourite
First of all, I loved, Loved, LOVED everything about Gaia, the staff, the grounds, the views EVERYTHING!! When I began booking the trip it was meant to be a solo trip but my aunt decided to join me. We were both looking for a place to disconnect, get away from it all, and that is exactly what Gaia delivered.

Driving to Gaia I was questioning my decision because you turn off a main road for a dirt road with nothing in sight, then appears a perfectly manicured lawn and my breathing returned to normal, Lol… I choose right!! Beautiful were our first thoughts and it just kept getting better!!!
From the moment we arrived we were greeted with cool beverages and towels with eucalyptus - so needed after our journey to get there, lol (that’s a story in and of itself ). Check in was easy and our room was gorgeous, tucked away with views of the forest and beautiful variety of birdsong which I love :))

The food was amazing from breakfast to dinner, everything is made and sourced locally. Just being able to sit in such beauty while dining is a treat by itself, the views!

However, with all the wonderfulness in the aforementioned is nothing in comparison to the absolutely incredible staff they have!! I learned so much about their culture, the very diverse culture of the Belizean people. I loved the conversations I had no matter how brief or long, everyone from our tour guides, servers, bartender, housekeeping, groundskeepers, front desk and management staff - all stellar!

Thank you to our servers Daren, Freddy, Lucy, Shawn and to Azel mixing it up at the bar!!

Major, major thank you to Nigel (GM) and Loreni for ensuring that we made it to Guatemala safely, my aunt and I had no plan as for transfer from Belize into Guatemala, Lol. We thought we’d wing it, OMG, thank the heavens Nigel followed up on that as we we’re checking out, he assured us he find us transport and he did, called our Gaia driver while en-route with confirmed transfer :)) thank you sooo much, I will be back and I highly recommend Gaia next time you need a get away!!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded Aug 19, 2022
Dear Nina, we are pleased o know that you had a great time with us from start to finish. Nigel and team takes pride in knowing that you enjoyed everything about Gaia and happy to have shared the amazing experiences with you. We will be delighted to host you both again! Your home away from home awaits you, until then best wishes! With Warmest Regards, Joelie
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Ann VH wrote a review Jan 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan8 contributions11 helpful votes
Our family stayed at Gaia over the Christmas holiday and couldn't have had a better experience. The word exceptional doesn't do justice to describe the staff here. From a warm welcome on a cool and rainy day (Hi Nigel) to the thoughtful cleaning staff who left amazing towel art in our rooms (Hi Clara) to amazing guides for complimentary and paid tours (Hi Rudy, Isael, Sam, and Calbert) to the waitstaff who anticipated what you wanted to drink (Hi Freddy and Lucy) - and not the mention the staff who arrived extra early one morning to help us safely drive our car past the treacherous turn in the wet red clay after days of rain so we could make our tour to the ATM Cave.

This is the place to stay if you want to get away from it all and be near (ish) to sights most tourists don't see. The road/drive into Gaia is enough to keep some away, but those who brave it reap the rewards. This place has its own private waterfall (and 'beach'), is closer than most places to the hidden gem of Caracol (where we saw a jaguar on the road on the way there) and the Rio Frio Cave and Big Rock - another great waterfall. Let Gaia be the place where you get away from it all and get back to nature in luxury.

If you enjoy ‘climbing’ over rocks to reach one waterfall after another - this is the place to stay. I wish we would have had one more warm, sunny day so we could have just kept going up and up and up from one fall to the next (just be careful as they are slippery). Take advantage of all the things they offer as each one is worth it.

Thank you Team Gaia for all you did to make a stay with you amazing and memorable!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: The only sounds you'll hear are of nature - a very 'loud' waterfall
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Response from burgapat, Director of Sales at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded Jan 7, 2020
Thank you very much for your review, and our collective apologies for the not so perfect weather. All of us are happy, though, that you enjoyed your stay nevertheless, and maybe we can convince you to come back once more for all this rock climbing in bright sunshine... Seeing that jaguar must have been an awesome experience. I personally have not been able to go above ocelot yet, and I am envious. Your message has been shared at our staff meeting and everybody is sending lots of smiles back. We hope that remembering your adventures at Gaia and the peace and quiet here will help you to get through some of the more challenging days. Burga Pattinson for the Gaia Family
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Jeff F wrote a review Feb 2020
Montreal, Canada7 contributions2 helpful votes
This is one of the most unique sites anywhere. Getting there is tough, but once there it's Utopia. Staff is amazing, always referring to you by name. Site is spectacular with the 5 sisters waterfall, beautiful views. Attention to detail by the staff without being pretentious is truly appreciated. Great restaurant, inspired by their amazing organic garden. Rooms are appointed beautifully, very comfortable, and the design elements throughout the property are authentic and from artists from the area.
A must visit, and should be on everyone's bucket list. A beautiful and unique experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Burga Pattinson, Sales at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded Feb 29, 2020
Dear Jeff, Thank you very much for your visit to Gaia and for your review. We are so happy that you did not shy away from the challenge to get to Gaia, so that we could show you how much it is worth the journey. Mind you, without visitors like you, we could not be who we are, so thank you for giving us a chance to shine. We all hope that eventually you will get homesick for Gaia, and the bumpy road will not keep you away. We will be right here waiting for you. Burga Pattinson for the entire Gaia Family
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Anna wrote a review Jun 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
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This place is stunningly beautiful! Love the easy access to the waterfall and love the attention to detail by the staff. I’ve travelled to many places and loved them but the Gaia staff truly gives you the care and attention.

When we first arrived to Belize airport, we were met by Darrel and he is so knowledgeable in all things Belize, Gaia, and the culture. While the drive to Gaia was a little long, we stopped at a local convenience store where he introduced to us, plantain chips with ketchup. That was an interesting combo but surprisingly good.

To mention the roads to Gaia, all were paved except for maybe the last 10 minutes. During COVID, I believe the roads were paved and so there are no pot holes and crazy gravel other than the last few minutes of the drive.

Once we arrived to Gaia, we were met by Kobi and we complimentary fruit juice mixed with rum (super yummy!). Normally, when met by staff at other hotels, you’re rushed to check in and get to your room. At Gaia, we were given time to eat lunch and see the overlook of the Five Sisters waterfall before checking in. Once we were checked in, we were led to our rooms and the landscape is well kept and gorgeous. Luckily where we stayed, wifi reached our room. Originally, I did not think we had wifi in our rooms but maybe they all reach the rooms now.

Lunch and dinner is delicious but a little pricey so be prepared for the cost. I would say all the food is freshly made and fruits and veggies are from their garden which is organically grown. We met their gardener, Sam, and wow did he blow my mind with all the gardening tricks and new plants I can grow. I would definitely recommend trying at least one cocktails at Gaia as they are uniquely made for Gaia so you most likely won’t find it anywhere else.

The rooms were packed with towels for shower, towels for the waterfall, extra soft blankets, big spray, umbrella, and of course, all the bathroom necessities. I believe all the soap, shampoo, and conditioner were locally made and smell like menthol so if you don’t like that smell, bring your own!

Overall, our experience at Gaia was great, we definitely felt safe and comfortable with such friendly staff. Oh as for excursions, we did the Mayan cultural tour and ATM cave, which I recommend the latter. If you want a jungle feel, Gaia is your place but be aware of the $ cost to meals and yours since there’s no other restaurant in the area, unless you have a car.

Shout out to Loreni, Nigel, Calvert, Lucy, Darrel, Azel, Chris (great magician), and the rest of the staff for taking care of us.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded Jun 17, 2022
Dear Anna, we are trilled to read your comments and thank you for taking the time to write a positive review. We are happy you chose to stay with us and got to partake in the Gaia Experience, while making some wonderful memories! The team takes pride in knowing that you enjoyed your time with us and we will be happy in welcoming you again! Until then, best wishes from Nigel and the team.
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Amy Y wrote a review Aug 2021
4 contributions2 helpful votes
We had an AMAZING two night stay at Gaia. Definitely a much appreciated change of pace from the crowds and beach scene. The location, breathtaking views of waterfalls/ mountains, and staff make Gaia an unforgettable stay. The food was the best food we ate while in Belize (shoutout to Chef Troy). Almost all the food comes from their onsite organic garden, which Carlos was nice enough to give us a tour of (he even packed us two full bags of produce when we left!). Make sure you take bikes to Big Rock Falls which is about a mile away from Gaia. We were the only ones there! We did the Caracol tour with Isael, which was incredible. There were only 15 people total in the park. The handpacked lunch was also delicious. (We had originally intended to do Tikal but couldn’t bc of the pandemic, but are so glad we ended up at Caracol, a much closer drive and truly breathtaking. Also probably less visited bc you have to take a 4WD vehicle through the jungle.) Perhaps one of the biggest highlights was Freddy, who took care of us during every meal. Such a nice guy who really added to our overall experience. Lucy the bartender also made us some amazing drinks and told us about a unique Albariño wine made by a Belizean in California which we tried and loved. The only possible criticism you could say about this place is there is no AC in the rooms, but you are mostly out of the rooms during the day and it really cools down at night. They also provide strong fans. A must go!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mary wrote a review Apr 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates25 contributions11 helpful votes
Absolutely fantastic!!!!!
Unbelievable location, fantastic food, great staff!!!
The location is breathtaking, make sure you make full use of the river pool.
Everything we ate (and drank) was delicious, the freshness of the products was evident (straight from the garden). The food takes a while to arrive but that is because it is cooked to order and from scratch.
The tour to Caracol was the best "uncle" Rudy took great care of us, was very informative, our picnic lunch even came with a table cloth. We named him "uncle" because he watched over us to make sure we were safe at all times.
Freddy at the restaurant was more like our Mum, always there to serve us our favourites and take care of our every need.
We suggest sun downers on the sofas, going to big rock (a 20 minutes hike + stairs) and spending the day exploring all the pools. The resort dog even accompanied us and came for a swim. Also stargazing from the fire pit area.
Don't bother with the all inclusive meal plan, like at Matachica, it is not worth the extra cost as it does not include drinks. My only negative comment is that for us Europeans, the filter coffee was undrinkable and they charge (even on the meal plan) for other coffees, USD5 for an expresso is really not acceptable. I suggest they include coffees and soft drinks in the package.
We really miss Gaia and hope to be back some day.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AllyWildes wrote a review Nov 2021
Sandwich, Massachusetts23 contributions6 helpful votes
+1
We visited Gaia for 5 nights in November. Their remote location is one of the things that makes Gaia so special. We rented a car to have the freedom to explore the area, and although the drive in to Gaia is fairly tame, the surrounding roads to Caracol, 1000ft Falls, Barton Creek Caves are anything but! We are an adventurous couple in our 50's and have taken some decently challenging off grid adventure trips, but driving in the western mountains of Belize was gripping. Coming back to the lux lodging at Gaia was safe haven. Our waterfall suite was gorgeous. The housekeeping team went above & beyond on my birthday - and they even cleaned clay out of my shoes daily without me ever asking. Freddy, Lucely, Rudy and were excellent servers and Carlos, a new bartender that my enjoyed, were all great over our stay. Special mention goes out to Christopher who is the night watchman but also a fantastic magician! If he offers a show while you are there, definitely check it out! Gaia's menu is a bit limited but everything on it is superb. Between the two of us there for 5 nights, we literally tried everything... and they will bring a picnic lunch down to the falls for you. My only regret is that I didn't spend more time relaxing at their amazing falls location, instead of spending the majority of our time exploring all the other waterfalls & ruins in the area!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Phasianidae wrote a review Apr 2021
Laurens, South Carolina31 contributions8 helpful votes
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Husband and I stayed in late April for four days at the Riverside Villa below the falls. It was very quiet and private, comfortable bed and atmosphere. Plenty of birding opportunities and complimentary birding is available on site. The Villa is beautifully crafted and open. Full size kitchen and plenty of bathrooms. Easily sleeps 5 people between the main house and the separate sleeping area.

Toucans, warblers, vireos, Golden Headed Tanagers, Red-legged Honeycreepers….

Breakfast comes with the rate, all meals were very good and one has the option to have it delivered to the villa.

The only downsides we experienced were no WiFi at the Villa (that may be in the works), and the tremendous hike up and down many steps to get back to the lodge for meals or to check on emails/house sitters. Helpful hint: walking up the driveway is easier than all the steps.

The lodge is very happy to transport you up and down the hillside in a vehicle if your prefer whenever you desire.

Super accommodating staff, they really went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcome. We really enjoyed our stay!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jillian wrote a review Aug 2021
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma72 contributions13 helpful votes
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From the moment we arrived at Gaia we were treated with wonderful service and great care. Immediately upon check in, a welcome drink was offered to us and we were shown to a relaxing deck to enjoy a glorious view of the mountainside & waterfalls. Vacation Mode On.

The remote lodge has a wonderful getaway from it all and just enjoy nature vibe. Our cabana was a mountain view room called Ridge and felt very private & secluded while still being one of the closest rooms to main bar & restaurant. The Mosquito Net over the bed was very romantic & practical and the bed & linens felt luxurious & comfy. The panorama windows in the room offered incredible views of the forest. I was a little worried about there not being any air-conditioning in the room but the overhead fan as well as the oscillating floor fan provided in the room kept the temperature moderately cool most of the time. It was quite hot & humid outside while we were there but there is no better excuse to jump in the waterfall than that. The hotel was also very thoughtful to provide the room with a complimentary can of deep woods bug spray which we were happy to use. Don't think there won't be bugs in the forest because there will be but it's an adventure. We saw the biggest grasshoppers we've ever seen while at the lodge like WOW they were big.

I can't say enough good things about the waitstaff or the food either. Big shoutout to Freddie who took care to make sure we had everything thing we needed while dining at Gaia. He even remembered our preferred teas and brought them to us each morning at the start of breakfast. Thanks for the above and beyond attention to detail. The food was really yummy and we liked all the dishes we tried. Definitely save room for the brownie dessert made with locally sourced mayan dark chocolate. It is rich and delectable. I also highly recommend the fresh homemade bread they bake each day. The wheat toast at breakfast was heavenly and so were the multigrain rolls at dinnertime.

Be sure to take advantage of the onsite hiking trails for paths with local vegetation, bird & butterfly sightings. We could have easily stayed here more days to explore more of the area. We chose to go on the Macal River & Xunantunich Tour. It was hard to decide which tour to do because they had so many attractive options but we had fun and Calbert our local guide was very knowledgeable and fun to be around. He told us about the area on our trip into San Ignacio, showed us around the local farmer's market, & guided us through the archeological site of Xunantunich. We stopped for lunch at Benny's kitchen & he had a great recommendation for the local dish of Pibil.

Gaia River Lodge was overall an Incredible Experience! I'm so glad we decided to add this on to our "beach trip" because it really made our vacation so much extra special! Thanks for the Magical Memories Gaia!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Elsa M wrote a review Jul 2022
9 contributions1 helpful vote
The design of Gaia Riverlodge and how it compliments so perfectly the stunning natural beauty of its location is what makes it stand out. My sister and I stayed in a waterfall view cabana that felt like a custom luxurious tree house. Nothing but miles of green trees and the spectacular 5 sister waterfall view and hum of water for 4 glorious nights. I could easily come with my favorites books and music and chill here for as long as I can- I felt completely safe and at home nestled among the trees and birds and beautiful people of this magical country. The staff and all of the tour guides that they associate with was the other exceptional aspect of this unique and life affirming property. I would like to mention the GM Nigel for being the steady and gracious captain of this incredibly well run resort as well as: front desk folks Chris and Kobe, server and bartender Freddy (don't miss the Balaam Mojito!), spa masseuse and facialist Lilly (uses all natural products including a fresh papaya/brown sugar scrub that's amazing). Tour guides Isa (don't miss nocturnal walk through forest and bird watching with Calpert), driver Gregory who started the great vibes when he picked us up at the airport. It is absolutely worth spending the $150 to have Gaia pick you up in their cool Land Cruisers or Vans. There is a typo in the current description of the site I found Gaia on as it doesn't take 3 hours from the airport to get to Gaia- thanks to a new road it's about 2 hours (only 10 minutes or so on unpaved dirt road). I think the hotel is doing everything they possibly can do to make each guest's stay be noteworthy. An example- I left my Air Pods in the room and they were able to seamlessly get them to me at my next stop in Belize (Ambergris Caye) within 48 hours!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Don't miss any rooms with the waterfall view. Your balcony is so beautiful and you can ask...
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Response from Joelie Lucero, Marketing at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded Jul 31, 2022
Dear Valued Guest, we truly appreciate your positive feedback and delighted to know you had a great time with us. We are thrilled to be a part of some beautiful memories you created with your sister as we aim for our guest to enjoy the Gaia Experience. Nigel and the entire team will be happy to host you again soon, your home away from home awaits you! Until then best regards, Joelie Lucero
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Taylor I asked a question Feb 2023
Arvada, Colorado
Do you have wifi in the rooms?
Answer from Wolfgang B
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Yes, there is WIFI throughout the resort
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Viajantes asked a question Jan 2023
Fort-de-France, Martinique42 contributions
Hi, what are the breakfast hours included in the price of the room? Thanks
Answer from Anna C
Breakfast hours are from 7 AM to 10 AM daily, for guests who have a continental breakfast plan, meal plan or are ordering a 'la carte.
Viajantes asked a question Jan 2023
Fort-de-France, Martinique42 contributions
Hi, what are the breakfast hours included in the price of the room?
Answer from Laura B
Louisville, Kentucky1 helpful vote
I don't know the answers to most of your questions, but I can tell you that I think all of the cabanas are adequately spaced away from the restaurant and away from one another. Further, at least when we were there, the restaurant was never crowded and was always quiet in keeping with the overall tranquil vibes of the whole property. We were in a basic cabana type called Mangrove, and it was one of the farthest from the restaurant. Hope this helps!
Answer from evansvuk
Horsham, Pennsylvania302 contributions116 helpful votes
If you are doing a full dinner meal with drinks, I would plan to spend a minimum of $150 for a couple. Breakfast could be anywhere from $25 to $50 per couple depending on how big a breakfast you like. Same for lunches. Cocktails ran about $11 - $15 each. We had package so meals were included but we had to pay for drinks. I think you can get a meal package at check in.
Tess Avila S wrote a tip Nov 2023
5 contributions
"Bug Spray is a must if you visit in the rainy season (July-Nov). "
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Lucas F wrote a tip Nov 2023
2 contributions
"- Make sure you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get off the main road to the hotel it gets a little dicey with mud and rain. "
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stuntntumble wrote a tip Sep 2023
San Francisco, California118 contributions56 helpful votes
"Stay in the Mountain Suite. Be prepared to work for the location. It's not an easy drive. "
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Southside wrote a tip Aug 2023
Oakland, CA974 contributions327 helpful votes
"River Villa is incredible if you can spring for it."
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Cristi H wrote a tip Aug 2023
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"Let the lodge arrange your transfer from the airport and take guided tours w lodge’s tour guides. All guides and drivers were superb!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gaia Riverlodge
Which popular attractions are close to Gaia Riverlodge?
Nearby attractions include Green Hills Butterfly Ranch (6.6 km), Big Rock Falls (1.2 km), and Rio On Pools (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gaia Riverlodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Gaia Riverlodge?
Top room amenities include a view of a nearby landmark, a mosquito net, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Gaia Riverlodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gaia Riverlodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Gaia Riverlodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gaia Riverlodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Gaia Riverlodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Gaia Riverlodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gaia Riverlodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Gaia Riverlodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting El Pilar (15.9 km).
Does Gaia Riverlodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.