Lodge at Chaa Creek
At the fothills of the Maya Mountains, this 365-acre jungle “eco-resort” sits on banks of the Macal River. Mick and Lucy Fleming opened the location in 1981 with an emphasis on providing a comfortable experience while cooperating with nature. Community causes benefit from the donation of 10 percent of their revenue (the “Chaa Creek Cares” program.) A staff of 135 maintains the 23 rooms, which are thatched with palm and filled with locally-influenced decorations and brightly-colored accents. Adventure tours include horseback riding, mountain biking, and trips to nearby historic sites. Avoid the Belizean rainy season by booking February through May.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.