January 8, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Cotton Tree Lodge in Punta Gorda, Belize
There are few places on the planet where nature's greatest achievements on land and water come together to create paradise - and even fewer that also happen to be home to a luxurious lodge. Cotton Tree Lodge in brilliant Belize is just such a rarity. Nestled within the Belizean rainforest on the banks of the Moho River, the environmentally-friendly Lodge sits at the base of a towering cotton tree. A perfectly secluded spot in the heart of the rainforest, the Lodge gives you a chance to immerse yourself in a tropical dream.
Individual cabanas with thatched roofs are surrounded by the fig trees. Enjoy your view of the river from the comfort of a hammock swinging on your own private veranda. At night take in the calls of exotic birds, the gentle hum of the river on its journey to the sea, and the roar of monkeys in the distance, as you drift off in your soft bed. Take trips guided by knowledgeable staff into the rainforest where you can explore caves, myriad flora and fauna, Mayan ruins and the Mojo River itself. The Lodge can arrange for scuba diving excursions in collaboration with Reef Conservation International in Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. At the end of each day of adventure, join other Lodge guests in a festive organic Belizean meal on the main deck, and watch the sun set into the trees.
Location of Cotton Tree Lodge
Nearest Airport: PND
Amenities for Cotton Tree Lodge
- General Information
- 10 Guest Rooms
- Outdoor Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Hiking Trails
- In-Room Amenities
- Ceiling Fans
- Private Verandas
- Screened Windows
- Nature Walks
- Boat Excursions
- Active & Adventure
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Reviews for Cotton Tree Lodge
On a recent tour of Guatemala and Belize, our group had the opportunity to spend two nights at the Cotton Tree Lodge. We arrived in Punta Gorda, Belize (the southern Toledo district) by boat, and our tour company provided transportation from the dock to the lodge which is located in a jungle setting on the Moho River near several Maya villages. The drive took about 45 minutes, much of which was along an unpaved road. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the sight of the stately cotton tree for which the lodge derives its name and very warmly welcomed by the lodge staff who prepared a welcome drink for all in our party. After checking in, we were provided with information about the lodge, the meal times, activities available, etc. We enjoyed our spacious thatch-roof cabana perched on stilts on the edge of the river. The bed was very comfortable, the mosquito netting intact, and there was hot water for showers. Cooling was provided by fans. There was also a private balcony with a hammock. Although we had been advised by the staff to "check our shoes" each morning before slipping them on, we did not have any problems with insects in the room. The focus is on ecotourism, and so there are composting toilets, electric power provided by solar panels and generators (guests are asked to refrain from using hair dryers, curling irons, etc.), and large coolers of purified water in the bungalows from which to refill your water bottle (reducing the waste of individual plastic bottles). We walked from the main lodge (reception, dining, lounge) which enjoys recently-improved WiFi connectivity (guests are still asked to avoid uploading apps, etc.) using a system of raised wooden walkways. It is helpful to have a flashlight for extra light when navigating them at night. During our brief stay, our breakfast was served buffet style; other meals were served family style. There were appetizers at 6:00 in the evening prior to the 7:00 dinner. The food was quite good. A variety of activities / excursions are offered by the lodge. Members of our group participated in an excursion to a cacao farm, and they were very highly complimentary of that experience. I participated in a "sunset cruise" on the Moho River with another couple. Our boat pilot / guide ("Pop") was a true expert on the vegetation and animal life along the river! Multiple times he slowed the boat so that we could get wonderful photographs of birds, iguanas, monkeys, flowers... He made sure that we reached the mouth of the river and the beautiful Caribbean Sea right on time for the setting sun. Perhaps more important than any information provided above, was the fact that the staff provided caring service. When we arrived at the lodge, my husband was feeling ill due to something he had ingested during lunch prior to our arrival in Punta Gorda. Because of his illness, we spent the entire next day at the lodge. When I explained his situation to the staff, they prepared food for his breakfast and lunch that would be gentle on his digestive tract (BRAT foods - bread, white rice, ...). They frequently checked in to see if he needed anything else. During my day at the lodge, I walked all of the walkways, admiring and photographing the birds and flowers, enjoying the tranquility. There is an organic garden that can be visited. We are indeed grateful for the kindness and concern shown by Valerie and the other members of the staff.
deedeep60 - Cleveland, Ohio
My wife and I brought our two boys, 7 and 4, to the country of Belize for a week long vacation. We had the great fortune of staying at the Cotton Tree Lodge, on the Moho River, outside of Punta Gorda, in southern Belize. The staff were incredible, making us feel at home and relaxed almost instantly. They all took the time to make our trip a personal experience that I am sure even the 4 year old will remember. The warmth of the Belizian people was exemplified by every member of The Cotton Tree Lodgeâ€™s staff. We were greeted warmly at the airport by Jose who brought us right to the lodge, traveling through his small village that my children instantly fell in love with. We were next introduced to the lodgeâ€™s manager, Valerie, who settled our travel nerves, checked us in, and confirmed our itinerary for the week. Valerieâ€™s assistance was invaluable through out our entire stay; making last minute changes, insuring we had everything we needed for day excursions, and sharing stories with my family to make us all feel welcomed. The daily activities and excursions planned were engaging and our tour guide, Agapito Pop, seemed to know something about everything. â€śPopâ€ť, as we came to know him, was with us for almost all of our excursions and made us feel like were part of his family. He seemed to know everyone and everything in the area, sharing his knowledge on topics ranging from botanical to archeological and everything in between. By the end of our stay our children were so close to Pop that they had to give him a huge hug on departing, sad to be leaving their new friend. We were concerned, at first, that our children would have a hard time acclimating to the eco-lodgeâ€™s stripped-down creature comforts, but being so close to nature and the engagement of the staff made them find a groove very easily. It was not very long before they were enjoying everything the jungles of Belize could offer, like Iguanas in the wild, Howler monkeys, and Kinkajous (some of which being pointed out to us by Cornelio, Aramando, and Pablo), as well as early morning fishing in the Moho River, thanks to Sandy. Our cabana was right on the river, allowing an incredible view of sunset on the Moho from the comfort of our hammocks (when I could wrestle one away from my children). Every night we would be put to sleep under our bug netting by the sounds of the Howler monkeys and be up with the sun the very next day, greeted by fresh watermelon juice (something we all loved so much we had to learn how to make it at home) at breakfast. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner were provided by the lodge and they were all amazing. My wife is a vegan and Marcelo, Mike, and the whole kitchen staff accommodated her dietary restrictions without batting an eye. My wife enjoyed a message, early morning yoga, and an eveningâ€™s guided meditation with Parama K. Williams, who operates a wonderful wellness spa on the lodgeâ€™s property. Our youngest son grew close to Parama, enjoying breakfast in her lap and insisting they meet the next morning to do it again. I feel that the true measure of the Cotton Tree Lodgeâ€™s greatness in itâ€™s staff, many of which I have not mentioned by name but that fact should not diminish their incredible contributions to our stay.
Jeremy D - Edgartown, Massachusetts, United States
Stayed here for two nights and the views are great! The river flows right next to the lodge and they offer a bunch of activities for guests to do! We did the jungle survival quest and built a hammock from vines and a shelter hut out of trees. The staff are super sweet and enjoy talking to the guests which makes the stay pleasant. If you're looking for an actual jungle experience this is the place for you, there is no AC only fans to keep you cool and bugs everywhere! Do not keep your outside light on at night because bugs will swarm your room. Bug nets surround your bed to help you from getting eaten alive but bugs still manage to get in. Taking a cold shower and going to sleep fast makes the bugs crawling on you at night a little more bearable. The food is traditional Mayan dishes and if you're a picky eater, bring snacks!! The taste is definitely an acquired one. The water in your room is hot so make sure you give your drinks you buy to the front desk people and they will put them in their fridge for you. There is so much wildlife here! You will see howler monkeys and rare prettt birds and flowers. Also if you decide to ever go back you get a discount your next trip!
Beth G - Dickinson, Texas
The food was delicious, the staff were fantastic, the tours were perfect. I got to go on one-on-one tours, and had a truly rewarding experience. I can't stop raving about this beautiful lodge and the fantastic people I met. The lodge also offers daily yoga and massage, and it's fantastic. I can't wait to come back, and I'll be bringing my friends and family this time around.
bomsibsquare - Victoria, Canada
Just got home last night. The Cotton Tree Lodge is a nice property. It's built next to the river and is beautiful. There is no air conditioning on the property, so a breeze is very important. We had fans, so we didn't melt. The food was good, the beds were adequate. I don't think I would go there again, because I don't typically repeat vacations. There is a lot to do in the area and the Mayan people are very nice. Everyone speaks English.
bej6332 - dallas, texas