Monday, June 13, 2011

Finding Luxury Perched on the Hills of Southern Belize

Will Moreno

Just a short trip away from Punta Gorda Town located in the southern region of Belize, we made our way to a location we had heard so many wonderful things about. We were told that this place was a wonderful experience in the daytime or the nighttime and with that we know travelling to Toledo and not experiencing this location was not an option. We are talking about none other than Machaca Hill, a Rainforest Canopy Lodge and Organic Estate.
Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy and Lodge is a unique location in the hills of Southern Belize. One would never expect that such a wonderful experience awaits just a short trip away from the main town of Punta Gorda.

Driving up the steep concrete driveway to the top of the hill you are suddenly greeted by the main lodge. The main lodge is massive and stunningly beautiful with perfect blends of wood and natural colors and a large upper level thatch roof at the very front of the lodge. Upon walking into the lobby and lounge it is very apparent that a stay at Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy and Lodge is truly an experience at a world class resort that caters to relaxation, comfort and an escape.

The sweeping views of the Maya Mountains and the rainforest canopies from the balconies are spectacularly amazing. On the upper level the massive dining room with ornate ceiling and lighting offers fine dining and a unique culinary experience. You may also choose to be seated on the scenic dining balcony for viewing pleasure.
The concept behind Machaca Hill is to conserve the natural surroundings while creating an ambience of a luxurious retreat. Walking the garden paths to the pool and spa area immediately melted away any stress and anxiety and immediately offered relaxation. Just beyond the pool and spa you will find a well manicured lawn area with lounge chairs and a ceremonial altar fire pit with beautiful slate stone seating surrounding it.

The canopy suites are exquisitely designed with terra cotta flooring, natural textiles and gorgeous wood furnishings all under an open and airy vaulted ceiling. The screened porches offers a picturesque view of the rainforest and gives a feel of truly being one with nature and a part of the surrounding rainforest. The Spa bath is magnificent and breath-taking offering a truly unique experience with a massive shower designed in beautiful polished river stones and a large glass pane framing the surrounding views. The spa bath has a modern design and intricately finished in local hardwood.



If you are looking to be a part of the natural surroundings you can walk the garden path to the tram adjacent to the main lodge which offers a smooth ride under the jungle canopy 400 feet down the hill to the riverside deck or you can be brave to walk down or up, your choice. Travelling silently in the tram you can enjoy the stunning sights and natural sounds of nature. At Machaca Hill you may get to see birds, reptiles, amphibians and more being immersed in nature.

At the riverside Maya Bar you can truly enjoy the scenic views and wildlife of the river or you can choose to dine on the deck or take evening riverboat dining cruises. From this point you can also embark on guided boat tours on the river or you can take off for a fun day fishing, diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean.
We have found Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy and Lodge to be a truly relaxing experience where you can lose yourself in nature while staying in a lush resort tucked away for your enjoyment and experience. We would definitely visit this location again.

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