Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Having been there two years ago, my wife and I just returned for 4 nights at HVI and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Driving to and from is a challenge (read other reviews). We did it the easy way by flying in to HV's grass strip from Belize City and flying out to another resort at the end of our stay. Mark (Javier Air's pilot) is the best! One couple flew out by helicopter; so that's an option, too. One of our reasons for returning is that a guide (Marvin) we knew from another resort relocated to HV in 2017 and we wanted to see how that was working out for him. Glad to say he seems to be doing great -- Really knows the place and where to find the birds! He took us to Caracol where he gave a great tour, too. He's the only birding guide at HV now but seems to bringing along a younger guy (Hugo). Marvin went on vacation while we were there but they were able to get us another guide (Fernando Tut) from outside. He didn't know the property very well but we did; and he is a superb birder. We got the Orange-breasted Falcon (a life bird for us) with him. HV isn't really a bird-focused place (like Chan Chich or Birds Eye View) but has lots of trails and natural destinations on the property as well as offering excursions to Mayan sites, caving and tubing adventures, and cultural experiences. Give the excellent website a full review. The staff is friendly and addressed us by name when we arrived and throughout our stay. They've got a real focus on the 'customer experience'. Interesting that the bar scene wasn't very active when we were there, but that meant that we could spend quality time talking with bartender Tito in the evening. And what to say about the food other than it was the best we've had in 11 years of visiting Belize! 3 downsides -- not the fault of the Inn: 1. The insects were bad as the rainy season ended very late this year, but that was the story all over Belize. Regular strength OFF didn't work. Some swore by 100% DEET. However, not a problem indoors, neither in the main building nor our cabin. 2. The dirt roads on and off the property are pretty rough - rutted and bumpy, again a result of the wet weather. 3. As at all small properties, tour groups can clog up the meal times: A bunch of travel agents was at HV for a couple of nights and made dining room service slow for the rest of us. Either find out when they're eating and do otherwise or ask Tito to pour you another.
Room lovely with fireplace. Hibiscus blossoms on our bed. Bartender Tito makes a wonderful Bloody Mary using fresh tomatoes. There is a masseuse too! Birds right outside. Hidden Valley supports the Peregrine Fund--community commitment.
Wonderful, secluded place to enjoy birding and nature in general! Just the right size, around a dozen clean and comfortable cabins. Main lodge was once a private estate, and is beautifully finished and furnished. Food was outstanding, wine choices very nice. But what really sets this place apart is the staff. They do everything possible to be helpful, and are genuinely friendly-- I don't mean professionally, tourist-industry friendly with plastic smiles, but genuinely friendly. It's easy to tell the difference. And they went out of their way to help me when I misplaced a camera lens, entirely my fault. It was recovered, but after my family left for Caye Caulker, an off-shore island. Chris (the manager) and the staff got the lens to me at the Belize Airport, where I picked it up as we were leaving the country. Thanks, guys!
Hidden Valley is a hidden gem. We went there on a birding package and although it rained frequently, our wonderful guide Marvin got us out when it cleared and found us the birds we went to see! Orange-breasted Falcon, Tody Motmot, King Vulture and Stygian Owl. The rain didn’t dampen our time there, we built a fire in the fireplace and enjoyed our peaceful hideaway. The chef is amazing, we are vegetarians and he outdid himself. The bar has a fireplace as does the sitting room, I’m actually grateful that we were there when fires were burning. A wonderful place to go!
This is a wonderful place to stay if you like quiet and nature and birds and cool mountain breezes. It was so nice. No need for AC or heat. You can see ALL THE STARS. The hiking is awesome and there are tons of things to do/excursions to go on. If I could do it again, I would skip the beach and spend my whole vacation in the mountain area. The only thing I will say is, this is remote. If you don't like the food, you are out of luck. The roads are bad so get ready for some rocky rides. I liked them but if you get car sick, be prepared. No TV. Internet is OK. If you want to really get away.. this is the place!
Incredible service in an incredible location. Hidden Valley Inn staff are marvelous and accommodate each guest's interests. They even learn your name! The food is delicious and healthy- or not- as you wish. Try the Mayan breakfast and watermelon juice you won't be sorry. The yoga platforms are in such beautiful locations it is impossible not to get blissed out. The excursions are led by experienced, professional and knowledgeable guides. There are birds everywhere so bring your binoculars. WOW!
Recently stayed 4 nights at the amazing Hidden Valley Inn. Well worth the trip. First, the staff is amazing and attentive. Kudos to Mishael at the front desk, servers Salvi and Maritza, and Ferman for their consistent amazing service. Marvin guided us through Caracol and was fantastic. Every staff member was very well trained and gave us the best service I have received at any resort! The food was excellent and fresh with menu options changing nightly. Always options for vegetarians as well as meat and seafood options. Chef Armando made the best cheesecake I have ever had and his snapper and braised short ribs were delicious! (The coastal resort food I had later in the trip didn’t compare to the excellent cuisine at hidden valley) The rooms were very comfortable, quaint and well maintained. WiFi available for basic needs if necessary. Wonderful pool and Hottub! The trail system is wonderful. Butterfly falls is a beautiful spot and both Vulture and Tiger falls are very impressive. Lots to see and do! Would definitely come back and highly recommend for outdoor enthusiasts looking to see a different area of Belize! I would stay 3 nights minimum. Lots to see!
We visited for 5 days over Christmas. We purchased a package with meals and tours included. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours as well as hiking and canoeing in the reserve. There are many great tour destinations in the area. Every evening the concierge briefed us on what we were doing the next day, what to bring, what to expect, etc. Our tour guide, Marvin, was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. The resort managers Gladness and Chris take an active management role. The staff are exceptionally warm and caring. They work hard to ensure all your needs are met. The food was wonderful and dining there is an enjoyable experience. We also enjoyed the company of other guests. This was one of the best places we've visited.
Although this resort takes some effort to get to, the drive is well worth it. As soon as we arrived, we enjoyed a delicious lunch in the intimate restaurant with a lovely view of the grounds. We were then shown our room, which was spacious, clean and very comfortable, complete with screened porch with a swing and hammock. The waterfall shower and clawfoot tub were a wonderful touch and were well used when we returned muddy and exhausted from hiking the extensive trails on the property. The variety of trails, from .5 mile to 10 miles gave us lots to choose from. They were very well maintained and full of creek crossings, magnificent waterfalls, exotic birds and winding switchbacks. Although it rained a fair amount when we were there, we were not deterred because we were provided with a radio which we could use to call the front desk and ask to be picked up at any point if we got tired of hiking. There were many options for excursions throughout Belize and into Guatemala, but we found the resort so inviting that we stayed there the entire time. We also enjoyed going to the bar before dinner every night where we met interesting people and had lively conversations. As at our arrival lunch, the food did not disappoint, and the staff was without exception friendly, gracious and helpful. If I were to return, I would have taken a resort shuttle to and from the resort because the drive on the mostly dirt road was very challenging.
First off, this place is extremely charming. It has a rich woodsy feel, with tons of wood features. The rooms are very well appointed and feature fireplaces that burn real wood *swoon*. The grounds are phenomenal, so as a nature lover I really enjoyed going on the various treks and trails available. Also, there are tons of waterfalls to chase, which is a huge bonus. The staff will feel like family by the time you head home. They each care for you individually, and are genuinely interested in how you are enjoying your time there. We've stayed in literally hundreds of hotels and can honestly say the people working at Hidden Valley are top notch. We would definitely recommend this place to other friends and family.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free valet and self parking
- Onsite dining
Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve places you within a 15-minute drive of popular attractions such as Thousand Foot Falls and Butterfly Falls and Pool. This 12-room, 4-star lodge welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. García Sisters' Place is 12.7 mi (20.4 km) from the lodge, which is on a lake.
This lodge is home to a family restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 9 AM.
All 12 rooms feature fireplaces, coffee makers, and ceiling fans. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer free toiletries and bathrobes. In-room massages are available, and other amenities include laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Guests staying at Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve enjoy access to a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for BZD 380.00 per vehicle one way. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury lodge include a conference center, coffee/tea in a common area, and free use of bicycles.
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95.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 445 reviews