Our recent trip to Belize wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the jungles, nature and Mayan ruins of the Cayo District.

We reserved a one week stay at the Mahogany Hall Resort on the recommendation of several Trip Advisor readers.

Mahogany Hall Resort Belize

Suffice it to say, the resort lived up to every endearing reviewer’s expectations.

From our harried (read turbulent!) boat ride off of tiny Tobacco Caye to a taxi ride through the lush countryside to San Ignacio, we were ready for some relaxation and pampering to end our three-week vacation in Central America.

We were warmly greeted by Michelle at the office and were soon offered a welcome beverage while checking in. Even our cab driver was offered a soda before his drive back home to Dangriga.

The property is listed as a boutique resort and is a relatively new player in the Cayo District, having opened its doors in early 2010.

The building is beautifully crafted with mahogany wood doors and accents throughout, and has a commanding location above the Mopan River.

Mahogany Hall Resort, Belize

Sharing that same view is a beautiful infinity pool with a rock waterfall.

Mahogany Hall Resort Belize infinity pool

At the end of each day, we slept soundly in a very welcoming comfy bed, complete with a Cloud 9 mattress.

Mahogany Hall Resort, Belize

The resort contains a handful of rooms and a few suites. We stayed in both types of accommodation during our visit. I highly recommend the suite for a stay of several days.

Mahogany Hall Resort, Belize

Every meal was lovingly prepared by chef Chris, who takes great pride in preparing Caribbean dishes with the freshest ingredients available. On several occasions, he went over the menu with my husband and I to make sure we’d enjoy the culinary experience.

Mahogany Hall is family-owned and operated. Every one of the staff went out of their way to ensure a pleasant stay by providing advice on the area, day tours, and making us feel at home.

The wildlife in the area is amazing. Hammocks and deck chairs make for an inviting place to unwind, read a book, or simply listen to the river and watch both tropical and migratory birds fly by.

This was a fantastic way to end our journey through Belize. The resort will be featured in the next edition of the Lonely Planet Guide to Belize.

Many thanks to Michelle, Mary, Richard, Chris, Jonathan and Noel for a wonderful experience! Visit the website for more information.


  • Comment by Cindy R. — November 18, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    This place looks fabulous!!! Now I know where to start looking for vacation ideas 🙂

  • Comment by Martin L. — November 21, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    I’m ready for that pool just about now. How was the river? Cold? We were in Guatemala last spring and didn’t make it to Belize. This place is something to look forward to in our future holidays.

  • Comment by Joe — November 21, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Awesome review! It was an absolute pleasure meeting you guys! Hope to see you soon!

  • Comment by Keli of I DO Belize Weddings — November 21, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    beautiful!! Looking forward to visiting when I am on the mainland!


  • Comment by Debi — November 21, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    Having been to Mahogany Hall, I agree that this resort is an incredible experience! Top of the line for travelers looking for beautiful views, stellar service, great food and relaxing evenings by the river. Unbeatable.

  • Comment by arianec — November 22, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    @Joe – Thanks! Missing the warm tropical paradise already (snow and 28F right now)! btw, I did get into TEDxVancouver for next weekend 😀

  • Comment by arianec — November 22, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    @Debi – I also like how centrally-located it is to San Ignacio, compared to other resorts of this caliber.

    @Keli – It would make a great spot for a wedding. You’ll have to see it to Belize it (oops, that’s probably not a new one).

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  • Comment by Deborah Thompson — March 27, 2014 @ 12:28 am

    Excellent post Ariane! Really enjoyed reading it and the photos are great. This place does sound very interesting indeed. Did you swim in the river? We love Belize so might be interested in giving this place a try one day!

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — March 27, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    Thanks, Deborah! We were in Belize for three weeks and this was the ‘whew’ moment after a couple of chaotic adventures. My husband swam in the river; the water was a bit cold for my taste. Belize is an interesting mix of beauty and corruption, and we learned a lot about this while chatting with a few locals and expats there. This resort is a beaut, and we’re lucky to have found it through another resort’s recommendation on the East coast.

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