Copal Tree Lodge
One of our favourite lodges in Latin America for its luxury, setting and service
- 12 private bungalows
- Swimming pool
- Treatment room
- Mountain bikes
- Nature walks
- Live music
- Cave trips
- Visits to Mayan sites
- Diving (pre-booking required)
A truly special place, Copal Tree Lodge is simply one of our favourite lodges in all of Latin America. Perched on a hill overlooking the canopy of the lush tropical rainforest of southern Belize the hotel is centred around a main dining and relaxation area which affords great views and provides a focus for guests to meet and mingle with the excellent staff and guides.
The private cabins lean out into the canopy itself, set on stilts and with a large screened balcony one really has the feeling of being in the canopy itself. Each is very spacious and elegantly appointed including comforts such as air conditioning and a double head shower room with a floor to ceiling window to allow views of the rainforest as you bathe.
For relaxation the hotel has a pleasant pool area an outdoor fireside (where live music from local native musicians is arranged for evening drinks) and a small spa area with a good range of treatments.
The star of the show here are the activities and the people which make them happen and can be arranged around any requirements making this an ideal lodge for people of all ages, abilities and tastes.
Though very much in the rainforest, the boathouse at the banks of the lush river at the base of the hill, houses a speedboat that can whisk you to the calm clear waters of the Caribbean for snorkelling, swimming and fishing in the cayes.
Becoming a world-class eco-resort
In 2005, marine conservationist Todd Robinson bought the property where Copal Tree now sits, with the hopes of transforming the former farm-turned-fishing lodge into a world-class eco-resort. He first worked with the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment to preserve more than 45,000 acres of surrounding rainforest, including 12,000 that belong to the lodge. He then joined forces with sustainable food expert Anya Fernald to help bring agriculture back to the heart of Copal Tree. From the preservation of an intact 12,000-acre nature reserve to the implementation of daily practices that reduce the Lodges’ carbon footprint, Copal Tree Lodge is committed to conservation and local economic development.
Pack for a purpose
The lodge is part of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community by saving just a bit of space in your suitcase to bring supplies and thereby improving the lives of local children and families. In addition to this, the lodge plants thousands of trees each year as part of an extensive agroforestry programme that also supports local wildlife.