Belize is renowned for natural adventures and Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch captures that spirit perfectly.
From the moment you arrive, it’s clear you’re about to enter an authentic escape. Guests are dropped off at the outskirts of the resort, allowing for a quick hike into the main lodge to start your journey in the jungle.
You’ll pass by some of the cabanas and bungalows on your way in, all of which have been recently re-done with new bedding and jungle décor. The cabanas are Caves Branch’s most basic and budget-friendly rooms and work well for small families, with a double bed and bunk beds in each room. The neighbouring bungalows have a more romantic touch, with a queen sized bed, outdoor shower, and wrap-around veranda.
Further along the path, you’ll find four jungle suites, which offer a much larger living space. The separate living room can be turned into a second bedroom, and there are both indoor and outdoor showers. All of the jungle accommodations have screened windows to keep the bugs out, while allowing nature in.
The resort’s botanical garden is around the corner and has one of the largest collections of orchids in Belize. It’s easy to spend your free time gazing at the flowers or reading up on the different herbs and plants native to the country.
That’s just one of many ways to unwind at Caves Branch. Sip a cocktail while you lounge by the pool, which is adjacent to the main lodge and surrounded by lush greenery. Or enjoy some of the delicious international cuisine while you take in the sights and sounds of the wild river running alongside the resort.
You’ll need the fuel if you’re staying in one of the resort’s luxury treehouses. Set high in the rainforest, it’s a steady hike to reach these truly unique accommodations, but completely worth it. With large windows and outdoor patios, each suite offers sweeping views of either the river below or the jungle canopy.
The suites boast gorgeous woodwork, including carved four-poster beds, as well as marbled bathrooms and outdoor showers. Two-story treehouses can sleep six, with optional bunk beds in the living room.
Guests at Caves Branch have access to a variety of adventures, including the popular cave tubing, which starts right on the resort property and winds to the Jaguar Paw Outpost where you can experience the thrill of a trip down the zipline or a 300-foot rappel.
For the fainter of heart, you’ll definitely want to make time for the delicious cheese tasting offered right at Caves Branch, from Monday to Friday at 3 pm. There are 12 kinds of cheese made right on property, with fresh milk from the local Mennonite community. The staff at the resort will serve the cheese around a locally carved wood table and explain the different flavours, creating an intimate experience for your group. Tasting is free for guests and you can add wine for a small fee.
If you’re looking for a unique souvenir from your stay, the handmade soaps come in a variety of enticing scents. They’re used in every room at Caves Branch and 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales go to charity.