Paradise Found in Belize: Sleeping Giant Lodge and Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef
The Viva Belize Collection is a group of eco-friendly, luxury hotels located deep in the rainforest of Belize and on the shores of Hopkins, Belize, a quaint unspoiled town filled with colorful architecture, lively eateries and bars, some with music and weekly concerts.
Our first stop was at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, set on hundreds of acres of lush greenery, overlooking the river, with onsite wildlife, a place to really escape and getaway from it all. There are no TV’s in the rooms, wifi is available in the lobby and restaurant only. There is a total of 31 rooms and suites, designed with sustainable materials, organic design and are chic and comfortable.
The large heated pool is surrounded by lush foliage, with food and beverage service available. The main restaurant serves local fare with farm to table ingredients, sourced from the onsite garden. The cozy bar serves up beer, wine, and cocktails while guests enjoy the nature around them.
As the official base camp for National Geographic Expeditions in Belize, the concierge desk arranges adventures for guests ranging from ziplining, wildlife tours, cave exploring, and bird watching.
Located about 90 minutes from Belize International Airport, the lodge can arrange transportation to and from the resort.
After a few very peaceful and tranquil days it was time to hit the beach. We highly recommend combining 2 resorts to experience the beautiful nature and the beauty of the beaches that Belize has to offer.
Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef is an intimate 12 room beachfront resort set on a 5 mile white sand beach. Located within a trio of hotels all part of the Viva Belize collection, Jaguar Reef and the Colonial are right next door. A heated infinity pool and hot tub is just steps away, as is an onsite spa, restaurant and bar.
A short walk on the beach there is a pier with a bar, room for relaxation and sunbathing, a rope swing and a platform for diving into the clear waters.
The Barrier Reef just off Belize’s coast is legendary for amazing snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. The resort arranges a wide choice of snorkeling adventures ranging from a half day snorkeling excursion to diving at the world famous Blue Hole. A professional captain supplies all the equipment, provides expert safety and area knowledge to maximize the customer experience. On our adventure we saw schools of colorful fish, sting rays and nurse sharks!