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Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve Belize
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 20-09-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-09-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 3 hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
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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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Free parking
Free internet
Lazy river
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Hiking
Airport transportation
Spa
Parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
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
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
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
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Great View
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Grade: 40 out of 100
1Restaurantwithin 10 km
6Attractionswithin 10 km
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AricaFL wrote a review Jun. 9
Fort Lauderdale, Florida11 contributions4 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed for three nights in May to celebrate our 20th anniversary. It's incredibly peaceful and would have liked to stay longer. I appreciated being able to disconnect from internet while in our room. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. I was concerned about the lack of a/c when we booked the room, but the evenings were comfortable. I'm not sure what it would be like in August or September. The staff really goes out of their way to learn the guests' names. Calbert took us on a few excursions and he is the best! He has a wealth of knowledge. Lucy made us beautiful flower arrangements to go in the ice bucket for our wine. We books the honeymoon package and it was really nice not having to make decisions. There are too many wonderful people working at Gaia to name them all, but Cocoa is the best (she's a sweet puppy that lives onsite.)
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: Definitely go with the Reef and Rainforest honeymoon package. It is a great deal.
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Ann VH wrote a review Jan. 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan8 contributions7 helpful votes
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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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Tylerca4 wrote a review May 2021
Chicago, Illinois25 contributions3 helpful votes
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This truly is the hidden gem of Belize as my title suggests. We were planning our honeymoon around Gaia's sister property, Matachica (amazing place which I also reviewed), and they had a package that included a few nights in the mountains so we decided to give it a shot. Thankfully we did because this gave us a completely different feel of Belize that we would not have experienced if we had just stayed on the beach. Property - Gaia is located in the quiet Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and backs up against the 5 Sisters Waterfalls. It is truly a spectacular sight and nothing like anything you can experience back in the USA. The grounds are kept in immaculate condition and everything is easy to navigate once on property. It does take about 3 hours to get to Gaia from the Belize City airport with the final stretch on a bumpy dirt road, but your driver is a wealth of knowledge about the country and the ride was well worth it! You can walk down from the rooms to the falls and the river. They have multiple sets of lounge chairs and hammocks to relax in while enjoying a cocktail from the bar (which can be sent down to you). The water is warm and there is virtually no current which makes these natural pools a great place to swim and cool off. We had no issues with any bugs at all while we were there. One of the unique parts of Gaia was the large organic garden that supplies fresh fruit and vegetables for the meals there and at Matachica. You can walk through and explore, and the managers of the garden will happily tell you about what they are currently growing! Rooms - The cabanas are beautifully put together and updated on the inside. We stayed in one of the waterfall view cabanas and had a great view of 5 Sisters and the river. It was so quiet that you could hear the waterfall from the room! The rooms have great balconies with table and chairs so you can start your morning with relaxing views of the forest. Rooms were very clean and were always remade when we came back after our daily activities. There is no wifi in the room but honestly that was refreshing and you can get your daily internet fix at the restaurant and bar. Don't be scared away by the lack of AC because it cools off at night (even during dry season when we went) and the fans they have in the rooms were more than enough. Food/Drinks - The restaurant at Gaia is fantastic and has a great selection of different dishes. This is a huge plus because there really aren't many other options given how remote the property is. Even if we had the ability to go out we probably wouldn't have given the high quality of our meals. The organic garden makes a big difference as everything is made with such fresh ingredients. The sunrise breakfast burrito is an absolute must. We spent most days on different outdoor excurisions and this was a perfect way to start, I had it every morning we were there! The bar is also top notch with a wide seleciton of wine/beer/alcohol. What makes the cocktails different here again is the fresh fruit used to make the mixers. You havn't had a pina colada or rum punch until you have had it here! Staff - Service is always high on my list of needs out of a resort and Gaia delivered. All of the staff were super friendly and attentive, making sure our stay was the best it could be. Nigel at the front desk was great and always was ready to help us plan out our day or next adventure around the property. Lucy behind the bar whipped up amazing drinks for us daily. All three of the excursion guides (Rudy, Kalbert, and Isael) were the best and could not have known more about the country and site we went to that day. Freddie was our server for breakfast and dinner and was the ABSOLUTE BEST. He made all of our meals so much fun and could have easily been a waiter at a Michelin star restaurant back home. Excursions - These are an absolute must while at Gaia. While we were there they set up 2 days of excursions where we went kayaking through caves where Mayan sacrifices took place, zip lining, additional waterfalls, and Caracol one of the largest Mayan ruin sites in the world! These are private guided tours and are perfect for all ages and levels of fitness. As I mentioned above all 3 guides were incredibly knowleadgable and taught us a ton about the area. It is tempting to lounge at the waterfall pools on site but I highly encourage you to take advantage of these unique adventures. You can even grab one of the mountain bikes they have on property to ride back up the road and explore Big Rock Falls that is just a 10 minute ride away if you want to go our on your own! Originally our additional stay at Gaia was an afterthought but having now been I wish we had spent more time here than we did! Amazing resort all around.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Eric B wrote a review May 2021
Assisi, Italy37 contributions14 helpful votes
Having never before visited Belize or a rain forest, my wife and I had little idea what to expect--- Gaia Riverlodge exceeded all our hopes. Simultaneously rustic, unpretentious and yet wonderfully luxurious, Gaia combines an unforgettable setting with a remarkable staff that delivers the highest level of service. We loved our bird-watching trip, our excursions to Belize's two biggest Mayan ruins, and our cultural tour (including a trip to Ajaw Chocolate Belize). The Gaia guides brought a wealth of specialized knowledge, a passion for sharing insight into their history, surroundings and culture, and friendly and engaging personalities. Meals were excellent (which is important, as the location somewhat precludes going elsewhere for dinners or breakfast). And the magic show after one of our dinners was a particular highlight. We couldn't have asked for a more interesting, relaxing or transporting vacation. It's a true escape.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Shannon Reeder, Owner at Gaia Riverlodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for sharing your feedback. Gaia Riverlodge is truly a gem in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, and we're thrilled you were able to experience it for yourself.
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Phasianidae wrote a review Apr. 2021
Laurens, South Carolina23 contributions7 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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US$292 - US$333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
five sisters hotel san ignacio, 5 sisters lodge
LOCATION
BelizeCayoMountain Pine Ridge Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gaia Riverlodge
Which popular attractions are close to Gaia Riverlodge?
Nearby attractions include Big Rock Falls (1.4 km), Rio On Pools (5.6 km), and Green Hills Butterfly Ranch (6.6 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.
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 (15.7 km).
Does Gaia Riverlodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.