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The Black Orchid Resort Belize

Black Orchid Review  August 2013

The Black Orchid Resort, Belize is a small family owned hotel, nestled in the jungle on the Belize Old River, yet only 15 minutes from the International Airport and 30 minutes from Belize City.

Why here, what’s so different?

This resort offers the weary air traveller the chance to recharge and regroup without dealing with Belize City’s sordid reputation (most Belizeans advise visitors to stay clear of their capital). The complimentary pick up service is a huge bonus, a friendly smiling face after clearing customs  is priceless, especially if like us you have been travelling overnight.

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Rooms/Accommodations

All of the rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, crisp linens, ceiling fans, AC and TV

River View Mini suites

These suites have a King size bed, large LCD TV, personal safe deposit box, coffee maker and refrigerator in a spacious 380 sq feet (35 sq m) and a private veranda overlooking the river.

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Deluxe River View rooms

Also 380 sq feet (35 sq m) these rooms have 2 Queen beds and not quite as much in amenities, they do also have a private veranda, although the river view is not as good.

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Courtyard view Rooms

These rooms overlook the central area of the resort and the parking lot, which has its advantages as you can park almost in front of your room. These are a little smaller but perfectly adequate at 300 sq feet (28 sq m) only 4 of the 8 rooms in this category have a private veranda (K1,K2.K3 & K4). Most are equipped with 2 queen beds and K1 with a King and a mini fridge.

The resort also offers Black Orchid Villa a 3 bedroomed self-contained house and Jaguar house which is a rustic 2 bedroomed cottage, both would be ideal options for a family group wishing to use the resort as a base to explore from.

Dining

They have a large comfortable restaurant featuring both in and outdoor seating, the screened outer area was our particular favourite.  The menu designed, to please the palettes of its international travellers, feature’s burgers, pasta dishes and American style breakfasts with a few choices of local fare such as a Belizean breakfast (great way to set yourself up for the day).

 

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Facilities

·         Fresh Water Swimming pool and sun loungers

·         Complimentary use of Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and bicycles

·         Hi Speed internet in main areas and some rooms, desktop computer available for use at reception.

·         Complimentary airport shuttle service

·         Restaurant and bar, with poolside service

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Activities

The staff will happily arrange any of the many things to do in this area, which include

·         Visiting a Baboon Sanctuary or the Belize Zoo

·         Guided River tours

·         Exploring Mayan ruins

·         Zip lining, Rappelling & Cave tubing

·         Horseback riding, ATV or Mountain bike riding

·         Scuba, snorkelling and fishing

There is no shortage of things to do in Belize, it is a small country and very easy to explore, especially if you have a vehicle.  

What’s to love?

The river, jungle location means lots of wildlife, including Howler Monkeys feeding in the nearby trees.  The resort is family owned and has grown organically over the generations, many of the staff have been with the resort for years and this sense of family is passed onto the guests.

 

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What’s not to love?

If staying at the resort for more than a few days the menu selections may become a little stale, a few more Belize dishes on the dinner menu would be a welcome addition.

Practical details

Only 15 minutes from Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport  it is an easy drive if you have a vehicle, if not ensure you arrange a complimentary pick up.

Black Orchid Resort
2 Dawson Lane
Burrell Boom Village
PO Box 1864,
Belize District
Belize, Central America
 

phone: +1 866 437 1301 (Toll Free from USA and Canada)
phone: +501 – 225 9158, fax: +501 – 225 9028

email: info@blackorchidresort.com

Room rates vary from $115 to $235 per night depending on season and room type. The houses range from $450 to $235 per night not per person.

The resort also offers various packages and promotions throughout the year.  Prices may vary considerably in low season and breakfast may be included as part of your rate.

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The National Flower of Belize ~ The Black Orchid