Cotton Tree Lodge

$739 for a Four-Night Deluxe Cabana Package for Two at the Cotton Tree Lodge in Belize ($1,489 Value)

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Sustainable Cabanas Surrounded by Lush Jungles

A crescent-shaped hammock sways on the private balcony as exotic birds permeate the jungle's balmy air with melodic song as they flutter in the sweet embrace of nearby fruit trees. Deep in the heart of the San Felipe Jungle and along the scenic Moho River lies Cotton Tree Lodge, a 100-acre eco-conscious resort lauded by O, The Oprah Magazine and the New York Times for its sustainable practices, such as numerous reforestation projects that have brought back formerly absent trees to the grounds. The lodge's abundant sustainability efforts also include using solar power, biodegradable materials, and recycling whenever possible.

A winding web of elevated boardwalks leads guests to hand-constructed Deluxe cabanas perched above the ground on stilt-like pillars. Traditional thatched roofs crafted from bay leaves shelter each abode from the elements. Screened windows—replete with shutters—line the entire perimeter, allowing sunlight to flow in and illuminate the native wooden floors and trim. Tropical tenants can unwind on the cabana's queen-size bed, covered with hand-woven Mayan blankets, or private balcony, where panoramic vistas of the surrounding rainforest can be observed from the comforts of suspended hammocks. Each bungalow is outfitted with purified drinking water, a private bathroom, and 24-hour electricity.

Each morning, esteemed visitors awake to dine on organic breakfasts made from freshly grown fruits and vegetables harvested from Cotton Tree's on-site garden, which is run by Sustainable Harvest International—a nonprofit that helps local farmers implement sustainable practices and leads volunteer service projects. Meals are typically served family-style, tempting tongues with Belizean-, American-, and European-tinged fare that changes daily. At the lodge's fully stocked bar, libations mixed with fresh fruit juices are poured alongside beer and wine.

Belize's Toledo District: Rich Cultural History Set Against Picturesque Vistas

Cotton Tree's guided tours transport visitors deep within verdant rainforests, acting as a portal into the area's cultural, historical, and recreational milieu. Up to three excursions set off from the resort each day. Explorers can visit nearby villages for a taste of southern Belize culture, or navigate ancient Mayan ruins for a glimpse into the civilization's history. Belize's tropical lowland climate is ideal for making chocolate, and tours teach visitors how the sweet morsel is nurtured to its postgraduate career on a cacao farm. A variety of adventure trips turn guests into hikers and spelunkers.

Located 15 miles to the east is Punta Gorda, a Caribbean seaport that fosters numerous aquatic activities, such as snorkeling, kayaking, and games of tennis with manta rays. A market open four days per week summons an eclectic mix of locals from across the Toledo District selling fresh fruits and vegetables plus Mayan art and wares. Small restaurants dish up traditional Belizean fare, such as stewed chicken and fresh seafood, set amid live music from local talent at several eateries.

What You Get

  • Four nights in a Deluxe cabana
  • Four breakfasts for two
  • One guided tour for two
  • One boat transfer to or from Punta Gorda Airstrip
  • One road transfer to or from Punta Gorda Airstrip

Amenities

  • Guided tours of local villages and parks
  • Restaurant and full bar
  • Cave and ancient-ruins exploration
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking, biking, swimming, and kayaking
  • Pottery studio
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  • Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Subject to availability
  • 60-day cancellation notice required; fee up to Groupon price may apply for cancellations between 30-60 days
  • Not valid 12/18/11-1/1/12 or 4/1/12-4/8/12
  • Valid only for Deluxe Cabana
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How to Book

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  2. Call or email Cotton Tree Lodge.
  3. Choose a date before expiration date.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • 400-square-foot cabanas with one or two queen beds
  • Private balcony with hammocks
  • Traditional thatch roof and native wood
  • Fully screened
  • Private, hot shower
  • Rates based on two occupants

Hotel Policies

What It's Worth

  • Four nights in a Deluxe cabana (up to $971 value)
  • Four breakfasts for two ($108 value)
  • One guided tour for two ($200 value)
  • One boat transfer ($150 value)
  • One road transfer ($50 value)
  • Total value: up to $1,479

Getting There

  • By plane: Belize City International Airport (BZE) and a domestic flight to Punta Gorda Airstrip
  • By transit: Ferries and buses from Belize City and San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • By car: About 120 miles from Belize City

Traveler's Tips

  • The included transfers from Punta Gorda Airstrip will transport guests via boat one way and via road the other to provide a variety of experiences.
  • In addition to included breakfasts, lunch ($12) and dinner ($24) are available at Cotton Tree's restaurant with set menus that change daily.
  • WiFi is available only in the Main Lodge.
  • Rainy seasons lasts June–November.

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