Paradise in the rainforest – there is no other way to describe this beautiful hideaway in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Owner Francis Ford Coppola actually used Blancaneaux Lodge as a family retreat before opening it to the public. And we’re so happy he did. This luxury resort has 20 rooms but the staff and the quietness of the rainforest make you feel like you’re the only ones there. Next to “normal” cabañas (with private pools!), they offer larger family cabanas, a 2-bedroom villa with open-air living room and the enchanted cottage, where Coppola probably wrote many of his famous screenplays. The resort has both an Italian and a Guatamalan restaurant where they are more than happy to pour you a glass of wine from the Francis Coppola Winery. Is there anything this man can’t do?? If all this great service, relaxing pools and the flowing river get too boring for you, there are plenty opportunities to seek adventure. Take a tour across the Guatamalan border to see the Maya sites of Tikal, go horseback riding at sunrise or go tubing in the famous ATM caves. Blancaneaux Lodge is the perfect place to explore beautiful Belize in a luxurious and enchanting way.