Where to Stay in San Ignacio Belize

If you’re looking for where to stay in San Ignacio Belize, I have the perfect location for you: Table Rock Jungle Lodge. When we decided to travel to Central America we quickly knew we wanted a bit of the jungle and a bit of the beach; I feverishly began searching on TripAdvisor for hotels that would fit our needs in two cities on opposite sides of the country.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio.

My criteria wasn’t too demanding. We were interested in:

  • good location
  • moderate rates
  • jungle vibe (if not actually in the jungle)

Table Rock Jungle Lodge met all of the above. We booked 4 nights and about 4.5 days in August.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio.

Here’s what we loved about the resort:

  • WELL KEPT: even though they had just survived Hurricane Earl about a week before our arrival, we thought the resort was incredibly well manicured and kept. Alan, the owner, apologized for the “mess” and, thought we appreciated his sentiment, we had no idea what he was talking about.
  • SUSTAINABLE: the best example of sustainability at the resort I can think of was that they only had USB ports in the rooms to charge devices, not full-fledged electrical outlets. Otherwise if you were hoping to blow dry your hair (not sure why you would in the jungle, during summer, but anyway…) you had to do so in a common area (pictured below), complete with comfortable hammocks and games, near the dining area. This truly made it more pleasant for us! The resort’s small and even if I left a camera battery to charge I felt secure in doing so. Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort with hammocks for guest use.
  • SMALL SIZE: it’s really not a huge resort, yet it’s sizable enough that it would take you about an hour to walk its trails and enjoy the river view either on a walk alone or with a partner/family, excluding the farm. There are only so many villa and rooms, which makes you feel like it’s an exclusive place to be.
  • FOOD: it was delicious. The food was some of the best we had in Belize. It’s a little pricier for a meal there compared to in town, but that’s to be expected at a great resort. You have to order ahead of time, which is a true sign it’s all freshly crafted to accommodate the needs of guests. Colleen, the resort’s co-owner, sent me a Google form to fill out before our trip regarding dietary requests and needs. The photo below is of the open-air dining space (so serene!) and below that is of a delicious breakfast we had the day we departed to drive east, to the beach. Not pictured was a truly tasteful dinner (I take a break from the camera once in a while) and lunch one day.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with a beautiful dining area.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with a beautiful breakfast bar.

  • FRIENDLY OWNERS and STAFF: Colleen and Alan could be seen around the resort (we met Colleen and her son while exploring the farm where they generously handed us a fresh mango to enjoy) and it was great to be able to interact with them in the evenings as they would hang out at the bar during dinner, available and visible to guests. They, along with the entire staff there, are truly kind-hearted and caring; it felt like we were a little part of their family during our stay.
  • LIMITED WIFI: it’s NICE to have limited wifi available. It was strong enough for us to do some email corresponding because we both run our own businesses (mine being Mikkel Paige Photography), but weak enough not to tempt us to constantly be connected.
  • SECLUDED yet CLOSE TO TOWN: we really craved a jungle environment and we got that. I’m happy we spent our entire first full day in Belize at the resort to simply relax, enjoy the grounds and our room. However, it’s nice to have the option to able to go to town (San Ignacio, to be precise) and walk around, grab a bite to eat, or head there for excursions, where many depart from. The drive to town is an easy one and clocks in around 10-15 minutes.
  • INDIVIDUAL ACCOMMODATIONS: they have 5 cabin/cabana options to choose from on their website with 2017 prices ranging from $125/night to $255/night, depending on type and season. (Types include: garden, jungle view, river valley and rainforest.) They even have an option to camp for $30/night. If you’re a party of six or more you can rent their vacation home, Shamrock Bluff, for about $300/night. We opted for something befitting to our budget (as Belize was supposed to be our more affordable trip of the year) and went for a Queen Jungle View. Wow – we were blown away and sad to leave when it was time to go. Features of our cabana, called Mot Mot: private cabana, second walkway directly from the parking lot to our room, open-air screened in top wall around the perimeter of the cabana (bats became our friends, not enemies – and no, thank goodness bats never entered our cabana interior!), private swings on our front porch, private hammock for our use, beautiful “natural” feeling shower lined with polished stones, two ceiling fans (which certainly come in handy when coping with the summer heat), couch and coffee table.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with individual cabanas.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with individual villas.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with individual villas.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with individual villas.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort with hammocks for guest use.

  • COMPLIMENTARY PARKING: we rented a car and parking at Table Rock was complimentary. We never had trouble finding a parking spot in their small, accessible lot (about a 5 minute drive from the main road entry to the resort, closer to the main area of the resort).

Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio.

  • TABLE ROCK FARM: a highlight. I personally love fresh fruit and vegetables. They have a working farm on their property (you drive past it to get to the main area of the resort) where guests are free to pick Valencia oranges, avocados, limes and mangos, to name a few. Understandably, they simply ask to only pick what you’re going to eat. Even MORE? There was a knife and cutting board in our room. We enjoyed some wine and fresh fruit in our front garden space one evening before dinner. The kitchen gave us a a container for half our uneaten mango to save for the next day. They labeled it with our room info and refrigerated it for us as well. It’s special touches like this that made our stay truly unique and thoughtful.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with working farm including orange groves.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with working farm including avocado trees.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with working farm including lime trees.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with working farm including mango trees.

  • DONKEYS: did you know donkeys are friendly, docile creatures? We do…because they have a bunch of donkeys on their property you’re welcome to interact with! They’ll give you scraps of food from the kitchen to feed them with if you ask.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with friendly donkeys.Table Rock Jungle Lodge Belize photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in San Ignacio with friendly donkeys.

The only drawback we felt the effect of was unfortunately not being able to cool off in the very nearby river, which was incredibly murky/muddy due to the recent hurricane. However, this is uncommon and when the river is clean, safe and guest-ready, so to speak, canoes are available to rent. They even have a thorough guide in rooms noting where to canoe to for lunch.

We left sad to go but grateful for the stay and experience. If you would like to book a stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge, please click here. Full disclosure: I get a kickback from TripAdvisor if you book through the link however would you know about all its awesomeness, in entirety, if not for the post? Cannot recommend it enough and I do not endorse anything I don’t love.

Would you prefer to stay in the jungle….or directly in town? Comment and let us know!

Where to Stay in San Ignacio, Belize - Table Rock Jungle Lodge photos from Sometimes Home travel blog. Sustainable resort in the jungle with individual cabanas.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Romeo
    February 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

    Totally want to hit that spot. Haven’t been back to Belize in years. Wonderful place, so much to do and see. This place looks lovely

  2. February 1, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Thanks so much for coming to stay with us, Mikkel! We can’t wait to see you in the jungle again very soon!

    • adminMP
      February 3, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you! Can’t wait to be back, Colleen!

  3. February 10, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Belize is a dream destination for me. Thanks for sharing your experience, it looks like you had an amazing time!

    • adminMP
      February 10, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you, John! You will get there one day!

  4. February 18, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    This is my type of resort, eco friendly and locally sourced foods. I love the bamboo thatched homes and all the tropical details. I would love to have one of these in my back yard actually.

    • adminMP
      February 18, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      I would too!

  5. February 18, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    We have been talking about heading to Belize. We have some friends that visited recently and they said great things. Thanks for sharing some insider tips about where to stay – we will definitely look into this 🙂 Love the hammock pics.

  6. February 18, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Oh wow, I absolutely love this place… San Ignacio Belize. I like the little wooden direction plaques and the use of wood overall. The huts are totally cool. The hammock would be my spot for the day, only getting out for food and washroom. Love it.

    • adminMP
      February 18, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      So glad you love it! I loved that the plaques were environmentally appropriate too! Really added to the vibe of the resort.

  7. February 18, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Looks like you picked the right place! I love unique accommodations and this looks like it fits the bill- plus, you can’t go wrong with visiting Belize!

  8. February 18, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I love the personal touch and friendliness you get a smaller boutique resorts like this. I’d also eat all the mangoes! Being in the jungle, I think I’d want a pool to be able to cool off in. Did they have a pool?

    • adminMP
      February 18, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      They didn’t but I mentioned the river is usually available to enjoy and play in for some relief…but due to the hurricane it wasn’t when we were there. Didn’t mind too much though! 😉 Thanks for your comment!

  9. February 19, 2017 / 3:22 am

    I love the look and feel of this smaller boutique hotel property. The farm and fresh fruits and veggies are added bonuses! It looks like the perfect place to say in Belize.

    • adminMP
      February 19, 2017 / 3:39 am

      I agree! I love it too and the fresh fruit and veggies was incredible. Thanks for your comment, Claudia!

  10. February 19, 2017 / 9:47 am

    This seems like a cool place to stay! Especially when it includes hammocks! A hammock in Belize sounds so perfect!

  11. February 20, 2017 / 1:20 am

    What a great look at the non-beach side of Belize. I love a rainforest/jungle stay. It always feels so secluded. I love the fresh vegetables from the garden and how you mention liking the limited wifi. As hard as it can be to disconnect, it’s so necessary to do.

  12. Chrysoula
    February 20, 2017 / 10:32 am

    That is a great place to relax and fill your batteries. I like the small size nd the friendly staff. Being in the jungle must be an amazing experience.

  13. February 21, 2017 / 11:33 am

    This place looks like a dream! I will definitely be adding this to my list of must see places. The food looks delicious too.

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