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“Great honeymoon stay”
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Gaia Riverlodge
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Great honeymoon stay”
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We stayed for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon trip and would definitely recommend to any couples wanting a romantic place to stay. The lodge were really helpful answering questions and organizing a pick up from the Guatemalan border before our trip. A driver was waiting for us at the boarder when we reached the Belize side in a brand new land cruiser.
The journey to the lodge from wherever you are travelling is quite bumpy at it is at the end of the reserve road, however it is definitely worth it.
We had a waterfall view cabana and it was lovely, especially falling asleep at night to the sound of the water.
The food was great and the cocktails were the best of anywhere on our 3 week trip.
I did a yoga class which was held down by the waterfalls, I am not sure if you could have a better setting! We also took a guiding tour of the surrounding reserve with a visit to a cave, our guide was very knowledgeable of the local area, nature and mayan history in the area. It was definitely my husbands highlight of our trip.
The only downside we found was the cost especially for things once we arrived at the lodge. However this may be due to the current £ exchange rate and the fact that we had been in Guatemala before which was definitely cheaper!

Stayed January 2017
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were recently in the Mountain Pine Ridge, touring around in the 4x4 we rented, and we decided to check out the Gaia Lodge for a happy hour drink. The staff were very friendly, the food and drinks were delicious, and the atmosphere was really nice. I would highly recommend staying here for a cocktail or two or stay for a week and explore all the touring that the Mountain Pine Ridge/Cayo has to offer.

Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We went here for 3 nights for the Mayan adventure package in early January, and it was absolutely perfect! We adored our tour guide Francisco, he was so knowledgeable! He was by far one of the best tour guides we have ever had! The whole property is beautiful, and the staff was great! We loved it and if we ever come back to Belize we will definitely be staying here again.

Shout out to Francisco: you're awesome! Truly enjoyed meeting you.

Ps... the food is excellent!! Definitely won't disappoint

Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a couples lodge and should be considered on anyone's bucket list. We visited in early/mid January and were grateful to have traveled from a cold location so we had long pants, closed toe shoes, and multiple layers. There is no heat or a/c in the buildings and no glass in the windows, only screens, whether it be the individual rooms or the common space. Saying that, you won't find a more clean and beautiful facility nor finer people in all Belize. If you've visited Belize, you'll know that's a high compliment as everyone in the country is polite, warm and friendly.

The tours and guides are what make it special. Driving Land Cruisers, they know the forest and jungle roads extremely well along with the history, flora and fauna. Always looking for wildlife to point out, they know the geology of various formations and absolutely love their country and their jobs.

We did the three night/two day adventure package which included ground transportation to/from our point of arrival in Belize, Belize City. The lodge was able to accommodate our desire to be dropped in Hopkins, on the beach, for a minimal surcharge.

We highly recommend this to all with a sense of adventure.

Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful - welcome drink (fruit juice with or without rum) was a nice touch. Located 300 steps above river with small falls in both a jungle and savannah setting. Numerous outdoor activities. Cabanas were very nice; gorgeous night sky, too.

Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We spent 4 relaxing days at Gaia River lodge, including Christmas and we could not have happier. The rooms were tasteful and comfortable, we loved the large screened windows in River and the ubiquitous sound of the waterfall below. The time down by the river was relaxing and even more beautiful than the photos suggest. The food was fresh and nicely prepared. Great margaritas at the bar. Highlights were the guided tour by expert naturalist, Colbert, to the caves nearby and a somewhat longer journey to Mayan ruins at Caracol. Thanks to Nigel and the attentive staff for making this a delightful destination. We would strongly recommend to others - definitely worth the drive!

Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

We just came back from the most wonderful trip to Belize where my husband and our two kids (one teenager and one young adult) stayed at Gaia Riverlodge in the rain forest and then traveled to Matachica Beach Resort on the island of San Pedro. Both accommodations are lovely, with excellent staff and great food. At Gaia, we had the most wonderful, knowledgable guide who took us canoeing through Mayan caves and zip lining through the rain forest and climbing Mayan ruins. The rooms are perched out over the river and it feels like we were staying in a tree house, with gorgeous views of the mountain range. The swimming pool at the lodge is the natural pool formed at the bottom of a waterfall, made incredibly comfortable with lounge chairs. At Matachica, we stayed in cottages on the beach and snorkled and kayaked and jet skied and rented a jeep to drive around the island. We also spent a fair amount of time lounging by the pool and enjoyed fabulous messages at the Jade Spa. We cannot recommend both places highly enough!

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Property: Gaia Riverlodge
Address: P.O. Box 173, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize
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Region: Belize > Cayo > Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gaia Riverlodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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