Gaia Riverlodge is tucked deep in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge Forest along the sandy banks of the Privasson River, perfect for cooling off with the sights and sounds of the Five Sisters Waterfalls. This eco-lodge is a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast’s dream hotel. It offers high-end service, delicious dining, and comfortable eco-luxury lodging. With its prime location near some of the bigger sites in Western Belize such as Caracol Maya ruins and Big Rock Falls, it’s the perfect retreat for couples or families with older children looking for an authentic, off-the-beaten-path Belize experience.
There are just 16 cabanas at Gaia Riverlodge divided between four different cabana/suite categories and one villa. The hotel is perched atop a valley overlooking the Five Sisters Waterfalls for a 24/7 soothing white noise of rushing water. The cabanas offer an authentic, thatched roof design with mahogany interior and Belizean hardwood decor. The cabanas are fully screened (no A/C) and feature a private veranda with hammock or panoramic window, ceiling fans, and a bathroom with hand-painted Mexican tiles. The Garden View Cabanas come with a king or two queen beds and views of the tropical gardens while Mountain View Cabanas have a king bed and feature views of the Maya Mountains. The spacious Waterfall View Room, while not an individual cabana like the others, offers some of the best views of the waterfalls and comes with one king or two queen beds. Our favorite category, The Waterfall View Suite, is a two-floor suite with master king bedroom upstairs, a living area with an additional bathroom downstairs, and private terraces overlooking the waterfall. Since the downstairs sofa converts into a queen bed, this is a wonderful suite for honeymooners as well as families. For the ultimate luxury and privacy experience, the Riverside Villa is located on the banks of the Privasson River. It comes with a queen bed, full kitchen, living room, screened porch with hammocks and chairs, river views, and a private hot tub.
Whether you stay at Gaia two nights or four nights before heading to the coast, there is plenty to explore on site and within a half-or-full-day tour. For starters, spend at least one day enjoying the harmonious sights and sounds of the property. Instead of a chlorinated pool, soak and refresh in the natural pools of mountain spring water down by the river. A soft sand along the riverbank is lined with palapas, loungers, and hammocks to lounge, read, and rest. Drinks and snacks are delivered down to the river lounge area and a tram can take you up the hillside effortlessly. To fully unwind make sure to arrange a treatment in the Jungle Spa, which uses natural and indigenous treatment methods to pamper your skin. The main lodge with outdoor deck is like a large treehouse perched above the river and contains the lobby, bar, and restaurant. The restaurant utilizes fresh produce from its organic garden while sourcing the rest from local farmers and fishermen to create a uniquely delicious blend of traditional dishes using Belizean and Mayan techniques. For a day of adventure on your own, hike or bike to the nearby Big Rock Falls or arrange a tour to the famous Caracol Maya site. Other activities in the area include market tours to San Ignacio, canoeing, ziplining, birding, hiking, and cave tubing.
- Located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
- 16 cabanas
- Children 10-years and older
- Cach cabana is fully screened and features panoramic windows or a private veranda with hammock, ceiling fans, a bathroom decorated with hand-painted Mexican tiles
- Overlooks Five Sisters Waterfalls located on the property
- Continental breakfast included
- Riverside beach with palapas, lounge chairs, and hammocks.
- Gaia Riverlodge Restaurant serves produce from their organic garden as well as other locally grown fruits and vegetables
- The Jungle Spa offers a variety of treatments using natural and indigenous ingredients
- Hydro-powered rain forest tram makes trips up and down to the river and waterfalls effortless
- Nightly social hour with apéritifs
- Complimentary bicycles
- Conde Nast Hotel
- Hotel of the Year, 2015 – Belize Tourism Board
- Featured in National Geographic, Luxury and Travel Magazine, MSN, ABC News, Caribbean Living Magazine, and Air France Magazine
- Hike to nearby Big Rock Falls or through Broadleaf Forest
- Nearby Mayan ruins, horseback riding, cave exploring, ziplining, biking, rappelling, and hiking