A Cinematic Experience in Belize: The Family Coppola Hideaways

by Caribbean Lifestyle Editorial Team

As a trifecta of the tiny luxury resorts in Belize, the Family Coppola Hideaways are movie-like in their beauty and experience. That’s no coincidence: the owner and creative director is one of the most celebrated filmmakers – Francis Ford Coppola. Individually curated to be sustainable, remote, and private by design, each hideaway honors Belize’s local culture and nature, while remaining secluded.

Francis Ford Coppola puts it best:“There are things to do – or just do nothing.”

Evolving a Family Retreat to Luxury Resort

Coppola started his accidental journey into the hotelier world with Blancaneaux Lodge in Cayo District; a retreat he and his family enjoyed personally before opening to the public in 1993, for those seeking adventure and romance. Today, Blancaneaux boasts 20 cabanas and villas dotted against the swoosh of the onsite Privassion River, which tumbles by waterfall into turquoise pools below the jungle canopy. The crisp mountain setting allows guests to explore the ancient civilization of the Maya before returning to their own thatched roof dwelling with extensive amenities offered. From three dining experiences to a spa, horse stables and more, the evergreen foliage in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve is the perfect complement to a stay at Blancaneaux Lodge.

Two More Coastal Companions join the Coppola Family in Belize

A decade later, the coastal companion to Blancaneaux Lodge was added: the seafront hideaway of Turtle Inn in Placencia Village, an idyllic refuge for those seeking relaxation or adventure. The 27 thatched cottages and villas offer respite and barefoot elegance to return to; after all, a day spent diving or snorkeling at the world’s second largest barrier reef is no ordinary feat. 

Just a short bike ride from the charming fishing village of Placencia, which teems with local artisans and folksy dining, Turtle Inn is in a less touristic locale than the country’s better-known beachfront destinations. Here, its Caribbean-coastal amenities are extensive with four cuisines, three dining locations, two pools, a spa, dive shop and more.

Today, Coral Caye is the newest addition – a private island that is always an exclusive use experience whether enjoyed by a couple, group of friends or family. Located just 20 minutes by boat from Turtle Inn, guests feel a million miles away for a castaway perfection. On Coral Caye, your only neighbors will be your traveling companions, exotic birds and caretakers to prepare meals, pour wine, and point out the best snorkeling spots right off the boat dock. Two dwellings and a great house accommodate up to ten guests for a truly intimate encounter.

Three Private Refuges in Belize: Coral Caye, Turtle Inn, & Blancaneaux Lodge

Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels to the far-reaching corners of the world, each hideaway shines individually. From the intuitive nature of friendly staff to the allure of exploring nature and local culture, relax by swathing yourself in Belize’s tranquil surroundings. The Family Coppola Hideaways offer a glimpse into the values that Francis holds dear – family, fun, adventure, and great food and wine. These elements can be seen throughout each property, woven into the landscape, creating a personal Coppola connection for all to enjoy. For more information, visit www.thefamilycoppolahideaways.com.

Written by Christine Gaudenzi, Family Coppola Hideaways for the 2020 Belize Gold Book.
All photos © Family Coppola Hideaways. Article found on page 66 of the 2020 Belize Gold Book. Read more articles from the #BelizeGoldBook below:

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