Our family stayed at Gaia in January 2017 to celebrate my 50th birthday. A friend told me about the resort and we fell in love with everything about it. From the quick email response to booking (and lots of questions) to the greeting of a birthday sign, balloon and hat at the airport, to the amazing staff and beautiful lodging to the unique adventures each day...Gaia exceeded our expectations!
My husband and I traveled with our two grown children (21 & 18) and stayed in the "River" waterfall suite for 4 nights. (highly recommend!) The staff even brought in an extra full size bed before we arrived when they noticed we had 2 grown children coming so they didn't have to share the pullout sleeper. We wanted 3 full days to experience all the jungle had to offer. I decided not to do the inclusive package as our family wanted 1 day to experience the ATM cave which was not part of the package (Gaia did arrange the day tour for us though.) However our excursions to Barton Creek Cave & Calico Jack's the first day and the Caracol Maya Temple (plus Rio Frio Cave and Rio On Pools) the second day were incredible! Our driver and amazing tour guide all week, Francisco, shared his passion and excitement about caving and the country in general. He was so knowledgeable about the plants and communities and history and always made us feel comfortable and safe wherever we were.
The last day we borrowed the Gaia mountain bikes and rode up the hill to Big Falls...about a 15 minute bike ride and 10 minute walk and well worth it! We swam up to the falls and had the entire place to ourselves all morning!
The Gaia staff were so personal and got to know our likes and preferences right away. Food was delicious and lots of vegetarian options too. Drinks at the bar were delicious! The property is gorgeous and easy to navigate but the trip from the airport takes about 3 hours by car, the last hour on a bumpy dirt road...worth it, but wanted to note if anyone gets car sick.
I would highly recommend Gaia for anyone looking for a memorable and special vacation in the mountains and jungle of Belize!
- 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:
- 5 Sisters Lodge
- Five Sisters Hotel San Ignacio