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Reviewed 2 November 2012

My husband and I spent 4 nights in a jungle bungalow. It was the rainy season, and boy did it rain. It didn't put a damper on our good time though. We did 3 excursions; cave tubing, the waterfall cave hike, and kayaking the Sibun River. They have a perfect system of getting you signed up for the next days tours at dinner, the length of the tours are most of the day, but get you back in time to get cleaned up and take a short rest before dinner in the evening. I can only say wonderful things about all of the people there. From Eugene who checked us in, to Kareem at the bar to all of the wonderful guides (Pablo, Alex, Chico, Rose, Harrison, Darrel, etc.) Everyone was very nice, full of knowledge about the local flora and fauna and made us feel really comfortable and safe. We met nice people from all over at meals and on our excursions. Our only complaint was that we were wet from day one. Because it was the rainy season, it was very humid. Humid to the point that everything in our room was damp including our clean clothes, sheets, etc. We were told by some of the other visitors that the tree house rooms didn't feel wet this way. Being down on the ground made it the worst for us, I guess. We also weren't able to dry any of our clothes on our line or our shoes. Be prepared with plenty of clothes and shoes. All of the excursions you will sweat, get wet, and muddy. It is a blast! Not for the weak. The property is exquisite. The botanical garden that they have created around the lodge is absolutely beautiful.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sarahbergster
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

The descriptions and pictures you will find on the internet do not do enough justice for what you are in store for! My boyfriend and I stayed here for 6 days/5 nights and signed up for 4 tours. We signed up for scuba, waterfall climbing, tube float/zip line combo, and the black hole (of death) drop. They were all great, even though I have an incredible fear of heights (and could be seen crying at times, lol) The tour guides are GREAT and very supportive!!

We stayed in one of the canopy treehouses. 136 stairs each way. YIKES. But that's ok, keeps the booty firm. :) There are some small bugs that make their way into your room, not a big deal at all (and I'm not a bug-fan). The room is BEAUTIFUL and the bed is awesome. The outdoor shower was incredible. I loved every part of that canopy treehouse. Having coffee delivered to us each morning was FABULOUS....my one and only "complaint" was that the coffee was not delivered to us the day we checked out, even though check out isnt until 11am. Kind of a disappointing way to leave such an ideal vacation but it really was such a small thing, that it's not a deal breaker. We used their laundry service while there after a mud-filled day and we were very grateful that they offered this service and at a very reasonable price!

Meals here are good. They dont claim to be a resort establishment with fancy food but what they do offer for meals is more than sufficient for a picky eater. Dont let this be a concern for you, it's good and the choices are there. You sit with the other guests and it really is a great time. We met some fun people!

BRING BUG SPRAY. BRING BUG SPRAY. BRING BUG SPRAY. Ladies, hair dryer not needed (dont bother with it) and make up not needed.

We went during the first part of October which is "rainy" season. And yes, it did rain, and it rained a lot. Even with the rain, it was still a great experience, the rain is warm and most activities still went on. It was not a big deal at all.

Side note - we didn't see any monkeys but on a couple of nights, we could hear them off in the distance. I wouldn't have been scared or have even realized that what I was hearing was monkeys - they were that far away.

After checking out of Caves Branch, we headed to the beach for a few days of down time.

Thank you to the entire staff for making our trip so great!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CollAnn
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Caves Branch and it was everything we could have asked for and more!! We stayed in the Riverview Tree House which was beautiful and a wonderful place to relax at the end of an adventurous day or start refreshed with the fresh air and the sounds of the Jungle waking us up each morning.

We can't rave enough about how wonderful the staff was during our stay. The staff at the resort were friendly, accomondating, and seemed to go out of their way to ensure we had everything we asked for everything we didn't. The food was great and the meals were always a great part of the day as it gave time to meet new people and hear about the different things that others had done. The tour guides will come around at dinner and you will sign up for tomorrows adventures then, no need to worry about signing up in advance. We went there thinking we would be doing one thing and ended up doing completely different excursions.

The tour guides were AWESOME!!! We did the adventure package and we finished every excurion thinking "wow, that was awesome!" We spent one day at Hopkins snorkling, the guides were very knowledgable and you could tell that they LOVED what they do.
The second day we went to Guatemala to Tikal to see the Mayan Ruins there. They are worth the drive if seeing ruins are on your list of things to do. We spent the 3rd day at the resort, it was quiet that day as most the other guest were on excursions. The staff was very attentive and made sure that our day was relaxing and enjoyed. We enjoyed the Blue Hole National Park which is just a short walk and finished our day by enjoying a massage in our tree house.
After a day of relaxing we started the next day with a birding tour of the grounds which was better than expected. We saw many differnt species of birds got some awesome pictures and were awed at the guides knowledge of the local birds. We then conquered the Black Hole, which was an intense hike followed by an amazing repelling experiance down 300' into the floor of "the black hole" which is a beautiful sink hole that has become a jewel in the jungle. The next day we enjoyed the Caves waterfall adventure which again is not for the faint at heart but an awesome adventure that you will be glad you did!!

I could go on and and on about how great this place is, if you are looking for plush and 5 star this is not the place for you, this is a really nice resort that is about adventure and experiencing Belize for all it has to offer.
Thank you Ian Anderson and your wife Ella for an amazing honeymoon, we can't wait to get back there and share all it has to offer with the kids.

++ They provide shampoo and awesome soap but you may want to bring your own conditioner if you use it. Don't bother bringing a hair dryer ladies, just some rubberbands to keep your hair back and the only day I put makeup on was the day I left.

++ Bring lots of bug spray and use it aways, jungle pants and close toes shoes are a must for most of the excursions.

Room Tip: All of the accomondations are great however the Tree Houses are AWESOME, we stayed in the riverview tree house which was great and had debated on upgrading to the Canopy view, We should have done it, we visited on of them while we were there and it was even more amazing! The hike however to the tops of the trees is longer and there are stairs, it may not be for you if you don't like stair.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank atcdawne
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Caves Branch was one an unforgettable experience!

My husband and I went on our honeymoon to Belize for 10 days - 4 of which were spent at Caves Branch. The rest was spent in Ambergris Caye, which I highly recommend as well! Having a jungle and beach experience really made us feel like we got to see a ton of Belize. Caves Branch is wonderful, and their tours are so professional and well done. We highly recommend the waterfall cave tour, and a day trip to Tikal! We both felt that they were once in a lifetime experiences. The food was simple, freshly made and delicious (also much healthier than the Cayes). We asked for juice and coffee to be brought to our room every morning, which was lovely because we often woke up pretty early before breakfast was served. The room was open air, but completely netted in. We stayed in room 16, which turned out to be the shortest walk, with a beautiful view. The jungle is incredible, and we were totally mesmerized by its beauty. Our experience was certainly an adventure, but also incredibly romantic. During the days you are roughing it, but your nights are serene and private.

We were in the jungle for 4 days, and I highly recommend you bring at least two large cans of bug spray - 40 Deet and up. It was a lifesaver, and you're definitely going to need it more than once throughout the day. Also, if you want to do the cave tours, I recommend some sturdy hiking boots. You'll be happy you splurged. We said more than once that we were glad we had them. Also, you're going to need a flash light to get back to your room after dinner.

We had messages in our room a couple times, and loved the wonderful staff. Everyone at Caves Branch are friendly, and very punctual. Remember to bring tip money for your tour guides. They are trained professionals, and deserve the tip! Its better to have Belize dollars instead of American, so exchange some cash at the airport.

We loved everyone and everything at Caves Branch. Thank you for making our honeymoon an unforgettable and incredible experience!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RaquelBiancaNY
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

We stayed at caves for the 2nd leg of our honeymoon. We had booked a jungle cabin and stayed in it for one night before being upgraded to a tree house. The tree house was fantastic and would recommend paying the extra to stay in one, they are very very cool and by far the most luxurious jungle accommodation we have ever stayed in. We stayed for 4 nights and did 3 trips, the cave tubing, the black hole drop and the waterfalls trip. They were all amazing especially the black hole drop and the waterfalls trip, don't be put off by their higher rating of exertion as you can go at a pace that suits you although they will get the heart rate pumping!
The food was great and breakfast and dinner you have with all the other residents and is a chance to catch up on the days events and compare notes.
All the people we met were really cool and fun which added to the experience.
The staff were really helpful and friendly. We can't think of anything we would have changed about our experience at caves and hopefully will one day go back.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank Halc82
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