Situated in the Maya mountains in the Cayo district of Belize, this exclusive, cozy luxury forest lodge is a hidden gem. With only 12 rooms privacy and tranquility is guaranteed. The Inn enjoys a priviledged location surrounded by a 7200 acred private reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge region of the Maya Mountains. Remote, yet with access to some of the most stunning sights of Belize, the lodge serves as a convenient base for visiting various scenic and historical attractions of the area.
Guests at this luxury Boutique hotel enjoy exclusive access to over 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as many secluded crystal pools and waterfalls set in a tropical rainforest. For those seeking romance, one of the waterfalls may be reserved exclusively for the day.
Lazily float down the Macal River on a canoe trip to observe indigenous fauna, flora and birds. Explore the lofty pine ridge or jungle trails on horseback, guided by a knowledgable local Hispanic guide; mysterious caves can be explored on foot, by canoe or tube whilst you step through a portal of San Ignacio towards major Maya sites.
Hidden Valley Inn offers a unique, first class experience combining exquisite lodging and fine dining with a wide range of soft adventure options. An extensive trail network on the property of approximately 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails offer a wide range of close range destinations to secret waterfalls and caves. The uique setting of the lodge with access to both dry tropical pine forest and tropical forest provides an especially interesting environment for bird watchers as many unusual birds can be observed in this unique habitat.
The twelve comfortable rooms with ceiling fans and screened windows all feature en suite bathrooms providing plentiful hot water. Brick fireplaces, handcrafted mahogany furnishings and elegant décor in earthy tones reflect the warm intimacy of the Inn.
In 2008 two rooms were remodeled and now boast a unique granite waterfall outside shower with orchids growing off the rocks. A stunning claw foot bath nestled in a rustic chic slate tiled bathroom. The rooms now boast a screened in veranda and deck furniture for you to lounge in whilst overlooking the forest scene outside the cabana.
The Main House is the heart of the Inn. It has been converted from the original homestead and reflects the graciousness of a high-country lodge with its vaulted ceilings, exotic tropical cypress paneled walls and four fireplaces. Our guests enjoy meeting new friends in the relaxed, house party atmosphere. The three lounges and bar provide ample area to gather before dinner with a cocktail and share information with one another on the adventures of the day, or to settle quietly in a comfortable chair in one of the lounges to read.
The swimming pool and hot tub are the perfect place to soak away the stress of urban life or enjoy a frozen margarita at sunset.
For those needing to stay in touch, a satellite connection provides high speed internet access for a nominal fee . Wireless internet is available at no cost in the main house.
A fusion of local and international ingredients lends a truly original flavor to our cuisine. Breakfast starts with our own Hidden Valley Inn Coffee, which is grown and roasted on the property and freshly squeezed juices. A choice of home-baked breads and pastries and an assortment of fresh fruits and cereals are on the buffet, followed by a full hot breakfast.
In the evening, the dining room is set with white linen, fresh flowers and candlelight to create an elegant and intimate atmosphere. The menu changes daily and offers a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts incorporating both local and international dishes. Signature fare includes Caribbean Snapper baked in Banana Leaves with a Banana Salsa, Beef Tenderloin with Belizean Hollandaise and Roasted Root Vegetables and Lime Mint Pork Tenderloin with a Pineapple Relish. Vegetarians are catered for with a variety of tasty treats such as Lentil and Eggplant Bake, Chick Pea Curry with chutney and sambals, and Mushroom and Potato Pie. Tempting desserts such as Key Lime Pie, Banoffee Pie, Chocolate Eclairs and Sticky Toffee Pudding finish off the meal accompanied by a selection of teas and Hidden Valley's own home grown organic coffee. When the weather is fine we also offer outdoor dining on the pool terrace. The service by attentive staff is unforgettable.
The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is the largest and oldest of Belizean parklands. The red earth and sandy terrain, Caribbean pines, granite outcroppings, tumbling waterfalls, huge limestone caves, and rolling open savanna grasslands, bordered by lush tropical rainforest, make the Reserve unique in Central America.
The 7200 acre private reserve encompasses two diverse ecosystems which are divided by a huge geological fault line, marking the edge of a towering 1000 Foot escarpment. Tropical broadleaf jungle covers one third of the property; the remainder consists predominantly of indigenous pine and oak savanna; ravine flora and palm swamp. Both areas are populated with over 70 species of colorful and delicate orchids and bromeliads. On the Hidden Valley property there are also cultivated areas of Arabica coffee trees, banana and plantain trees, macadamia trees, cacao trees, guava, and citrus.
Belize is truly a birders paradise. The Mountain Pine Ridge/Caracol area is home to many rare species and is considered one of the top birding spots in the country. Even the un-initiated will marvel at the colourful array of tropical birds. Green Jays, Blue-Crowned Mot-Mot, Golden Hooded Tanager, Humminbirds, Keel-Billed Toucan and Crested Guan are just a few of the flamboyant species you may encounter in the area.
Highlights for birders from all over the world include King Vulture, Stygian Owl, and Grace's Warbler. The jungle around the Mayan Site of Caracol provides regular views of the exquisite Keel Billed Motmot. Recently sightings of Solitary Eagles and Black and White Hawk Eagles have become common and a nest of the Black and White hawk Eagle has been located on the property. This is the first confirmed nest for the entire country of Belize, showcasing that Hidden Valley Inn is truly an amazing place for our guests and birdlife.
The cliffs on the Hidden Valley property are one of the very few nesting sites for the endangered Orange Breasted Falcon and over the past 3 years over 11 chicks have been released on the property to date.
Exclusive to Hidden Valley Inn guests are over 90 miles of well marked and maintained hiking and biking trails. Hikes range from the short 45 minute Mot-mot Trail to all day excursions of varying difficulty.
The use of 21 speed mountain bikes is included in your stay. An extensive road system and pick up or drop off service also provides 4 wheel drive access to the farthest corners of the property.
Whilst all our trails are clearly marked and easily negotiable independently, an on-site guide is available for early morning or late afternoon hikes and night walks. Birders will benefit from his extensive knowledge of local birds, their habitats and calls. General interest topics include natural history, the indigenous fauna and flora and their medicinal uses. On a night walk, learn how to spot spiders and experience the magic of the jungle at night, in the hope of spotting some of the elusive nocturnal wildlife.
May 1 - Dec 13, 2017
Dec 14, 2017 - Apr 30, 2018
Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve is home to some of the most rare raptors and birds in the world. We attract avid birders from around the globe looking to catch a glimpse of “the BIG 5,” the orange-breasted falcon, black and white hawk eagle, the king vulture, the stygian owl and the solitary eagle. This inclusive package is perfect for birders.
The Big 5 Package includes
May 1 - Dec 13, 2017
Dec 14, 2016 - Apr 30, 2018