By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010
In a natural reserve of Central America, Francis Ford Coppola has created a place that exude more magic than all his Hollywood cinematographic creations. Surrounded by almost 500 square kilometers of pristine jungle, the Blancaneaux Lodge preserves water and energy and uses natural materials for its cabanas.
Francis Ford Coppola is of course internationally known for his movies and particularly for Apocalypse Now, covered with awards. It is by the way because of (or thanks to) this movie that he became an hotelier. He created Blancaneaux Lodge in the jungle of Belize as he was trying to create a paradise in the jungle that resembled the hotel in which his crew stayed in during the shooting of Apocalypse Now in the Philippines.
The result is a boutique hotel hidden in a rich surrounding nature and a crystal clear river crossing the villas and “cabanas” in their luxury setting. You will have the choice between the Francis Ford Coppola Villa, the Family Green, the Honeymoon Cabana, the Riverfront Cabana and the Garden View Cabana.
The resort also features a restaurant, the Montagne, that serves an Italian menu with pizzas of your own creation. And the Jaguar Bar, a Spa in the river with a warm pool and Thai massages, stables, a tropical garden, and excursions in the surroundings.
A small heaven that makes you dream and awakes exotic sensations in the middles of the trees, animals, jungle and the luxury ecotourism. Circled by 500 square kilometers of jungle in the Mountain Pine Ridge natural park, the boutique hotel is also close to the most beautiful Maya ruins of the country. And if you are lucky enough, you might get the chance to meet Coppola himself, his daughter, or other member of the family that’s visiting.