At a Glance
The first jungle resort created in Belize, Chaa Creek offers a luxurious, family-friendly base from which to explore the Cayo District.
- The butterfly farm and stables on the Chaa Creek reserve
- The rustic-chic room décor with Balinese influences
- The Pack-a-pound initiative, which encourages guests school supplies to donate to local schools
Located on 350 acres of nature reserve, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is an eco-friendly sanctuary for families who want an authentic property with comfortable accommodations and loads of activities in the surrounding area.
Rooms range from one-bedroom cottages to larger Jacuzzi suites, which can accommodate families of five, making it a great value option for those traveling with children. Simple and rustic-chic interiors have high ceilings, traditional Mayan textiles and beautiful Balinese furniture made of dark mahogany. In keeping with the typical Belizean experience, the resort does not have air conditioning, TVs or phones in the rooms, allowing guests to unplug and unwind. (There is WiFi in the lobby for those who need to connect).
Located right on the Macal River, the property has a blue morpho butterfly farm, a natural history center, horse stables and canoes for exploring. Activities in the area include visiting Maya ruins, cave exploring, zip-lining, cooking classes, hiking, medicinal walks, biking and horseback riding. There’s also an infinity pool and spa for relaxing after a day of adventure.
Sustainability and conservation are at the forefront at Chaa Creek; 10% of the hotel’s revenue goes into local social and environmental programs, including their “Pack a Pound” initiative, which allows guests to donate school supplies to local elementary schools. Service is especially important to the property, and all staffers come from local towns and villages.
Who Should Stay
Families with children who want a plethora of activities both on and off property. It is also good value for those who are looking for a more budget-friendly option. Those who need AC, TVs or phones in their rooms will not be happy here, and young couples who want something more intimate should consider the nearby Ka’Ana resort.
The property is easily accessible from the Cayo airstrip, so guests can choose to fly 45 minutes or drive about 2.5 hours.
Written by Lizzie Eberhart