May we introduce you to Shangri-La, Belize style? After all, the Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve is nirvana re-imagined – if nirvana had been updated to include posh extras travelers crave when seeking a respite amid beautifully curated lodgings. After all, there’s an onsite gourmet restaurant and a Jacuzzi tub so ideally situated, only the stars look down upon guests relaxing in its therapeutic warm waters. Small and intimate, there are just 12 guest cottages on the grounds; visitors have tucked away in a verdant environment filled with Mother Nature’s splendid creations. The Inn, once the epicenter of a luxury estate reserved for the rich and famous, serves as the property’s focal point.
Breathtaking interiors stop traffic when guests glimpse cozy fireplace lounges and a stone terrace leading to a languid swimming pool. You’ll be charmed into nirvana the moment you arrive at Hidden Valley Inn.
Surrounded by beauty
Embraced by gardens that would put Versailles to shame, orchids (no fewer than 81 species of these tropical beauties), lilies and bromeliads abound and guests who are wise enough to choose this remarkable hideaway to escape the ordinary quickly learn that English poet John Milton was wrong when he bemoaned “paradise lost”. Milton just didn’t travel far enough to the small nation of Belize to find it.
Whether your personal style consists of wandering off on your own or with someone special to discover nature’s bounty amid waterfalls and Belize’s Maya Mountains or you crave guided tours catering to a handful of guests, find both options within this 7,200-acre wonderland where butterflies, birds, and big cats roam the land. This is, after all, their home. Nonetheless, you’re invited to share their space during your idyllic stay.
Which adventures will you choose?
Experiences likely to intrigue and fascinate you include curated specialty tours. Hidden Valley Inn staff sorts out details, so you enjoy every minute of your adventures. These are but a few activities you can enjoy during your Hidden Valley escape.
Clearly marked trails carved out of the jungle assure guests that every mile they travel by foot — or via one of the resort’s 21-speed mountain bikes — are easy to navigate. Traverse all 90 miles of trails on the property if that’s your desire. Don’t miss Cascade Trail. It’s awash in bubbling streams, cascades, and bridges crafted of materials culled from the forest floor. Bathe in the tranquility and peace you experience with every footfall or pedal stroke.
Soothing waterfalls. Can you experience too many waterfalls? Nature lovers say no. You’ll have a choice of three located within the estate. Devil’s Falls offers a series of cascades with pools hidden amid a broadleaf jungle and you’re invited to jump in. The summit of Butterfly Falls is an impressive 80-feet high. Water plunging into this pool is surrounded by all manner of flowers and greenery. Secret Falls and Pools could be your favorite spot because it’s private and can be reserved just for you by resort staff.
Jungle platforms. If you meditate, do Yoga, or have adopted practices originating in Hindu tradition, you may recognize the names of the jungle platforms erected throughout the resort. These structures are crafted of natural materials and offer visitors restorative vistas and places of rest. Surrounded by silence save the fluttering of wings and animal calls from the jungle floor and trees, visit Om Shanti, Yokol Chen, and Awat Balam jungle platforms individually or make a pilgrimage to all of them during your stay.
Make this the most carefree vacation you’ve ever experienced by choosing from six unique all-inclusive packages for guests who find that a pre-planned vacation where everything is covered for one price is the ultimate gift. Choose between your packages on your own time, or take advantage of resort specials if it fits your schedule.
Where to lay your head after a bliss-filled day
Hidden Valley cottages are charming, roomy, beautifully furnished, and appointed. Whether you prefer an estate room or suite, immerse yourself in the fragrances, breezes, and sounds of the forest outside amid interiors featuring fireplaces, nicely appointed bathrooms, luxury linens, Wi-fi, and turndowns within your snug retreat. Avail yourself of massage and beauty spa services either at the lodge or within the privacy of your digs.
Why you should visit
Whether your idea of the perfect holiday includes your family, just you and the love of your life or you’re enamored with today’s solo travel trend and want to do exactly what you please without having to consult anyone else, Hidden Valley Inn is a one-of-a-kind destination. After all, who deserves a sojourn at the contemporary nirvana of Hidden Valley Inn more than you do?