Jungle Escapes: These Belize Resorts and Lodges Are All Tucked Away Inside the Rainforest

by Khaila Gentle

They are the lungs of the earth, the inspiration for many artists across the globe, and so much more. The importance of the world’s forests could never be understated. So, it makes plenty of sense that there’s an entire day dedicated to appreciating all that they do for us. International Day of Forests is celebrated every year on March 21, with the theme for 2023 being “forests and health”.


Forests give us so much to our health. They purify the water, clean the air, capture carbon to fight climate change, provide food and life-saving medicines, and improve our well-being. It’s up to us to safeguard these precious natural resources.


Whether you’re a tree hugger at heart, or you’re looking for a break from the usual beach vacation, to celebrate International Day of Forests, here are some resorts and lodges in Belize that are perfectly located for getting lost in the magic of the rainforest. Each of these picks come with breathtaking views of Belize’s emerald expanse and even some close encounters with nature.

Copal Tree Lodge

Location: Toledo District

Set in the sleepy Toledo district, Copal Tree Lodge is perhaps the pinnacle of luxurious jungle stays in Belize. Outdoor showers surrounded by foliage, infinity pools above the forest canopy, and pristine emerald forests all around – this luxury eco-lodge is a true rainforest escape and more. One of Travel + Leisure’s picks for the most beautiful jungle hotels in the world, it sits surrounded by 22,000 acres of preserved rainforest. Additionally, there is also a 3,000-acre sustainable farm on site, which allows guests to indulge in fresh farm-to-table meals while scanning the treetops for colorful birds or howler monkeys.

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Blancaneaux Lodge

Location: Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Cayo District

There’s a good reason why Francis Ford Coppola instantly fell in love Belize when he first visited. Take one look at the magnificent Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and you’ll quickly understand. What was once Coppola’s family hideaway is now a tranquil oasis for any traveler in search of lush environs to revel in. Think towering pine trees, broadleaf forests, crisp, cool air at night, and the constant trickle of the nearby Privassion Creek.

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Chan Chich Lodge

Location: Gallon Jug, Orange Walk District

The Gallon Jug estate in northwestern Belize is comprised of some 30,000 acres of rainforest. In fact, the estate makes up part of the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon, known as the Maya Forest or La Selva Maya. At the heart of the estate sits Chan Chich Lodge, where close encounters with mother nature await. Choose from a handful of thatch roofed cabanas that offer lush, comfortable stays while still blending in with the natural environment. Plus, get to enjoy an array of discovery tours that run the gamut from enchanting night safaris to a mystical archaeological walk.

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Ka’ana Resort

Location: San Ignacio, Cayo District

The Maya name Ka’ana translates to “heavenly place” in English – a fitting title for this luxury resort in Belize’s verdant Cayo district. Here, guests can choose from seventeen thoughtfully appointed suites, including lavish villas with private outdoor showers. Enjoy taking a refreshing dip in a pool surrounded by a lush jungle environment. Then, when you’re done, enjoy a tour of the on-site farm where you can pick your own organic ingredients for dinner.

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Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge

Location: Cayo District 

Ever dreamed of spending a night in the treetops? With Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge’s premier treehouse accommodations, you can do just that. Located outside of San Ignacio Town, and tucked away inside Belize’s lush rainforest, this Muy’Ono Resort boasts tranquil environs where enjoying a cup of coffee beside a colorful aracari toucan comes effortlessly.  Enjoy languid cruises down the river via inner tube, or sip on a cocktail while in an infinity pool overlooking the jungle below. Regardless, this Belize rainforest stay is sure to be a memorable one.

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Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

Location: Cayo District

The Riverview Suite at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. Photo courtesy of property

The verdant hills and rolling mountains along Belize’s Hummingbird Highway are unrivaled in their beauty. And at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, that beauty can be witnessed from an entirely different perspective. Whether that’s from a private pool overlooking the forest, from the outdoor deck at the Grove House Restaurant, or from inside a Mountain-view Penthouse is completely up to you.

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San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Location: San Ignacio Town, Cayo

San Ignacio jungle view resort

Image courtesy San Ignacio Resort Hotel

It’s called the “only jungle in town” for a reason. When you stay at Belize’s San Ignacio Resort Hotel, you’re just steps away from the winding Macal River and acres of greenery. Enjoy nightly strolls through the jungle while searching for local critters. Wake to the sound of Belize’s feathered friends chirping near your window. Or, simply relax and enjoy the refreshing view, from the comfort of your private balcony or from the spectacular Running W. Restaurant.

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Featured Photo: Sweet Songs Lodge courtesy of Muy’Ono Resorts 

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