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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
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!