Coppola’s Exclusive Trio of Hideaways Reopen 1 November

by Vivian Roe
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The much-anticipated reopening of the Coppola Hideaways is slated for November 1. Here, we’re spotlighting the exclusive family of resorts to celebrate this long-awaited date. Whether you choose to visit just one or the entire trio, here is you all you need to know about each of the properties and their reopening.

Turtle Inn: Luxury and unspoiled beauty on a white-sand beach

Just this year, Turtle Inn was listed in the top 10 Central American hotels by Condé Nast in 2020. Not to mention, CNN also dubbed it the ‘prime location for social distancing.’ Along with a host of other accolades, this resort is justifiably at the top of our list of November reopenings. But don’t take our word for it— be the judge yourself.

Enjoy barefoot elegance at Turtle Inn.

Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this hideaway in 2001. Today, it is an idyllic beachside refuge. All 25 thatched cottages sit on the seafront, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings. Just steps beyond, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean Sea. In addition to offering an ideal location to experience the sea, Turtle Inn is located a short bicycle ride or walk from the charming sea-front fishing village of Placencia, where local artisan shops and dining spots can be enjoyed.

Coral Caye: Robinson Crusoe would be challenged to find a more exquisite retreat

Your trip to Belize and Turtle Inn will be an even more exquisite memory when you add on a few nights on Coral Caye. Indeed it seems many are choosing to vacation on private islands amidst COVID-19. This two-acre, isolated, private island is just a 25 minute (8 miles) boat ride from Turtle Inn. Once used as a fishing camp, today it is a truly eco-conscious sanctuary.

The island features a private coral sand beach and fascinating mangrove ecology. Two dwellings and a great house are the only buildings on the island. These can accommodate from two to ten guests. Here you can choose to do as much or as little as you want. Whether that be fishing, snorkeling, or indulging in an alfresco massage. This is island living at its best.

Blancaneaux Lodge: A dramatic hideaway in a rainforest wonderland

After you’ve had your dose of beach and sea, head inland to this jungle hideaway. This was where Francis Ford Coppola’s love affair with Belize first began in 1981. Finally, he opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993.

Today, the property is a 20-room luxury hideaway where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting allows guests to explore the ancient civilization of the Maya and the rich spoils of the Mountain Pine Ridge. Following, return to your own thatched roof dwelling, rich with Guatemalan décor, and nestled in the heart of the jungle.

Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a festive family vacation or a solo adventure this November, this trio of hideaways should be at the top of the travel list. All three Coppola Hideaways in Belize are recognized as Gold Standard Hotels. For all those planning to visit, please read through Belize’s current protocols. These include the suggestion to arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (72 hours or less). Otherwise, be subject to a rapid test upon arrival at Belize’s international airport. These arrival protocols are subject to change by the local government. Hence, we encourage you to revisit the page as your arrival date approaches. Alternatively, call or email the Coppola vacation planning office for the most recent arrival details at reopening.

Header photo of Coral Caye, © Oliver Pilcher.

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