Conde Nast Traveler readers pick Blancaneaux Lodge & Turtle Inn as Top Resorts

Posted 11-09-10 at 1:25 PM

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Accolades for Francis Ford Coppola’s Resorts at the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards

Posted 07-23-10 at 1:24 PM

Napa, Calif. (July 19, 2010)  Francis Ford Coppola’s famed resort Blancaneaux Lodge in San Ignacio, Belize has been named “Best Resort in Central + South America” in Travel + Leisure’s 15th Annual World’s Best Awards readers’ poll, with Turtle Inn in Placencia, Belize receiving the seventh place accolade on the list of Top 10 Resorts in Central + South America.  This is the second consecutive year that Blancaneaux Lodge ranks No. 1 on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards list of Top Resorts in Central + South America. Blancaneaux Lodge is also included on Travel + Leisure’s 2010 list of “Top 100 Hotels Overall” ranking 63rd this year.  

“For us, being awarded “Best Resort in Central + South America” by Travel + Leisure readers is a true testament to the creative vision of Mr. Coppola and the wonderful staff at Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn that goes above and beyond everyday to offer the best experiences for our guests – this honor really belongs to them,” said Serena Lightner, Vice President of Resorts for Francis Ford Coppola Presents.

A prized gem in the Coppola resort family, Blancaneaux Lodge was originally a family retreat after Francis Ford Coppola purchased the property in the early 1980s when he fell in love with the location on a visit to Belize. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools, the twenty-room resort opened to the public in 1993. The remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, explore and simply enjoy life’s pleasures. Read More


Wildlife Experts Bruce & Carolyn Miller to visit Blancaneaux Lodge

Posted 03-01-10 at 1:20 PM

Blancaneaux Lodge will be hosting bat and wildlife experts Bruce & Carolyn Miller from March 3-9, 2010. The Millers are conducting a risk assessment for the bats of Belize, deploying acoustic monitoring stations around the lodge and at cave mouths within a 10-mile radius. There are 78 species of bats in Belize and they are good indicators of environmental health. If we lose bats and the important ecosystem services they provide, we may lose much of Belize’s tropical forests and vegetation as bats are critical in pollinating many fruits and dispersing fruit seeds in open areas. Read More