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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We stayed at Caves Branch for a week the first week of December 2012. We had a treehouse, which was amazing! The view was beautiful. The half facing toward the trees and river was screen only, no walls. As soon as we turned off the lights, you could hear critters in the trees, which was very cool, but also a little creepy at times. You could hear crickets, frogs, birds, howler monkeys, and ??? The room and bathroom were beautiful. We loved it and were sorry to leave.

The adventures were so fun. They were difficult but not impossible. my husband is 60 and I am in my 40's and we are not in the best shape. We were sore and exausted, but neither of us would have missed a minute of it. The Lost World trip was the most difficult, but so amazing. And neither of us have ever rapelled but the Black Hole Drop was a close 2nd for us. Terrifying but wonderful.

The guides were top notch. Carlos was great. I got leg cramps and he massaged my legs until I could keep going. My husband dropped his camera in the river on the cave tubing and Esperanza dove down and got it for him. (I personally would have made him get it himself). They were all professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and made us feel safe at all times.

The food was really good. Everything was declicious, even though we got there the same day as the new chef was starting. The homemade tortillas were wonderful.

Ian and his wife were very nice and talked to all the guests at dinner and whenever he passed by. He has a great operaton and you can tell that he prides himself in running a good business with a great staff. Eugene at the front desk was also very nice and the bartenders were alwasy fun.

Our only complaint was that the lunch on the adventures was the same everyday. Eating the same lunch everyday for a week was tiresome. I can't imagine how the guides feel having it everyday week after week after week.

We would go back again for sure. We had an amazing time. And there are a couple of adventures we didn't get to go on yet.

Room tip: The treehouses were great! But be prepared that there are no outlets in the rooms. No hairdryer or anything. The front desk woudlalways charge camera and computer batteries for you any time though.
Date of stay: December 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank MelissaAk
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

I have never stayed at a place like this before where you all eat breakfast together at 8am and dinner together in the evening and there is no town in sight, so no freedom to go do your own thing. That said, rooms were great, grounds were beautiful, staff super friendly and most of all the tours were amazing.

We did two tours, both cave-based. One involved tubing and walking and Mayan artifacts and the other involved walking, crawling, climbing, swimming and jumping off of underground waterfalls into pools of water below. I'd do both again, but the waterfall one is a must do. These cave systems are huge and beautiful. The guides were perfect - helpful, friendly, informative, but not over the top or in your face. The ones we met all grew up in local towns and had been working as guides here for many years.

We stayed 3nights and did two tours - it was a nice intro to Belize before heading out to a caye for the rest of our time. I think that this was the perfect amount of time for travelers who are used to being more independent. If you don't mind being in a more structured place like this and like having the resort plan everything for you, then you'll probably be happy staying longer as they had a huge variety of tour options.

We stayed in a jungle cabana which was great- if you can afford a treehouse do it. They looked amazing. Only complaint was that the hot tub never worked and it would have been nice on one of the cooler days after a wet caving trip.

Last thing- just do the package. If you are there, you are there for the tours and the packages give you the best deal. You are not going to be skipping any meals after being out all day and you'll definitely want that beer when you get back.

Date of stay: December 2012
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank lanik23
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We had our family reunion here, staying in the treehouses, which were gorgeous. All the wood was mahogany and furniture was made by locals. The owner is a great supporter of the local population, hiring natives (who are wonderful at what they do) in all jobs. The food was delicious, the pools and hot tub delightful, and the many options for touring nearby and far away (Guatemala's Inca ruins) were handled professionally and with ease. Every place we turned we were offered free beverages (including fruit and rum punch). We enjoyed the river, the blue hole, bird watching, horse-back riding, cave-tubing and historical information about the Maya.
I can't recommend this place highly enough - for ANYONE!

Room tip: We enjoyed the treehouses. The upstairs have a lovely deck hot tub, smaller bedroom, and a beautiful "outdoor" shower (it's really indoor with open windows. The downstairs was more of a suite.
Date of stay: December 2012
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1  Thank Ruhu61
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

We chose Cave's Branch with intention for the adventures it would offer our family with two children ages 14 and 12. It is kind of like camp for families in a beautiful jungle. The grounds and lodging are stunning, especially the tree houses! The staff, during our Christmas 2012 stay, were fabulous; warm, welcoming, accommodating and extremely helpful. So we were stunned to discover that in this pristine, eco-firendly jungle full of outgoing and adventurous guests to find that they allow smoking. Guests during our stay were smoking all around the dining area (it is open air), swimming pool, grounds, etc. It was awful and we were really disappointed to find they allow smoking - ruining the experience around all the common and shared public areas. We hope Ian Anderson reevaluates this smoking policy and consider's changing it. He had just left upon our arrival or we would have asked him about this directly. Otherwise the greatest resource was the well trained staff and we inquired during our day long adventures about how they liked working for Cave's Branch and each said that they were happy and very well taken care of by Ian Anderson.

Room tip: Tree houses are expensive but fabulous for a traveling family.
Date of stay: December 2012
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3  Thank FosterPL
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Sorry for the late review. We stayed for four nights in October and had a great time. Due to the rain in October (not caves branch fault) we werent able to do all of the excursions that we wanted to but really enjoyed the zoo, ziplining, cave tours and we almost made it up to the waterfalls until the river got too high and we got turned around. Safety is always number one with the tours and guides and this was one instance where it was shown. This was really appreciated since we had our outgoing eight year old boy Jesse with us. We stayed in the tree top canapy which was absolutely awesome! The pool is exceptional as well as the food, drinks and service of all of the staff. We were able to meet Ian and listen to his intriguing stories. I was able to make a pretty good howler monkey imitation and he was pretty impressed with that. Highly recommended and we may be able to make it back in April with our whole family!!

Date of stay: October 2012
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1  Thank starchub
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