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The Family Style Dinners they had were a wonderful way to visit with everyone & trade stories. Their Tour Guide "Mario" would be the best reason to go because he was probably the BEST tour guide we have ever had.
We had a lovely stay at the lodge and we even extended our stay, the meals were absolutely delicious, you all eat together a chosen meal by the lodge but a lot of variety and tasty food, my husband loved it and he is very fussy with food. Lazarus took my friend and I out on a horse ride that was tailored to our needs as we didn't want to go on a jungle ride and we had the best experience. My husband also had tailored rides once by Cesar through the jungle on the horse and went into a river - he was so happy. We had a trip on a boat and then tubed back down the river listening to howler monkeys while the sun was setting - absolutely a magnificent ride for only $50 BZD such a good value and also on the boat the tour guide who was a bird watcher expert gave us a guided tour and binoculars to watch which was such a treat. The owners John and Carolyn were such friendly hosts and treated us to a tour in the upcoming museum which was wonderful. Such a beautiful and ideal setting to relax in with a beautiful pool , peacocks, jaguars and monkey all at the lodge as well. Horses wandering around every where just grazing My husband said its the best place he has ever stayed in.
We loved our stay at Banana Bank, it was like staying in paradise. Room was very basic but the place is so beautiful. Delicious home style cooking. Staff and owners extremely friendly and helpful! Great place for nature lovers 🙂 Horseback riding in jungle is a must!
Our two nights at Banana Bank were excellent. We utilized the pool, took a river cruise, and our favorite, rode horses through the jungle. The staff were all polite and helpful, and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting the owners, who graciously shared their story with us and made us feel at home. We are already planning our next visit! We enjoyed taking our meals "family style" and getting to know other travelers, and our two children (ages 8 and 9) really enjoyed the entire experience.
We stayed here mainly because of proximity to the airport (flew in late in the afternoon). Room was nothing fancy but for the price, perfect. The staff was very nice and helpful. Dinner and breakfast were family style, and both very good. Our 5 year old daughter spotted the horses so we signed up for a horseback ride the next day and she loved it. Sherman (the guide) let her ride her own horse but stayed with her the entire time to make sure she was okay (which she was... the horse they chose for her was perfect). We enjoyed our stay!
The hosts were amazing. They made the place. Fantastic art, plants and animals. Farm tour was fantastic. Other tours were enjoyed by guests. Family style meal encouraged interaction which added to the richness of the stay. A fabulous venue for a relaxing , peaceful stay enhanced with good conversation and company.
My teenage daughter and I were a good hands for their helpful reception (Sylvia), cowboy (Caesar) and incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful guide/driver (Mario.) Grounds are beautiful. If you have a kid who loves horses like I do, this is a must visit. Food was also incredible.
Fantastic place! Don't miss it! We stayed three nights. Owners John and Carolyn have built a great place and are fantastic hosts. The setting is deep in the Belize country side, along a beautiful river, with lots of nature and animals. Their parrot and bird collection is much better than the Belize zoo. They have fantastic horseback riding. Carolyn is an accomplished artist and has a great art exhibit. Along with this rustic atmosphere they have wonderful amenities; a large and very comfortable pool, great food, very friendly and helpful staff. John and Caroly are a wealth of information. It is on the road from Belize City to San Ignacio and you should visit, even if just for a few days.
Wonderful experience! We really loved our stay at Banana Bank Lodge, it was like staying in paradise. Room was very basic but the place is so beautiful. Delicious home style cooking. Staff and owners extremely friendly and helpful! John's hospitality is overwhelming. Great place for nature lovers. Horseback riding in jungle is a must!
"Amazing Experience" - My girlfriend's first trip to Belize and we decided to stay at Banana Bank Lodge for one night. The food was amazing and all the wildlife around the property was a nice touch. Lastly the horseback riding is a must do, beautiful experience for both myself and her. We stayed in the cabana and it was nice and clean and was very quiet.
I've been meaning to email you for a long time to request an email version of the Bird Sightings at Banana Bank list you sent out several months ago (I think it was in Nov.). I had such a wonderful time there last September and I really tried to share some of my experiences during The Parrot Festival Conference last month. Thank you all so much for donating another trip to our 3-day raffle last month. I've had a number of people contact me since our conference to hear more about my trip and what kind of birds I saw. I would like to be able to send them your list and include it in my blog for the Houston Chronicle if that is OK. Now that our conference is over and I have a little more time I'm thinking about writing an article about my trip for one of the parrot magazine and may use some or all of your list there as well. In 2008 I made a trip to the Tambopata Research Ctr. in Peru to see Macaws and other birds, which was also a wonderful experience but one of the advantages I pointed out to people interested in your lodge; is that you don't have to fly to two cities then take a 7 hr boat ride to get to Banana Bank which is a direct 2 hr flight from Houston. And you don't have to get up at 4am to hike through the jungle to be in position before the birds arrive at the clay licks. Instead, at Banana Bank, you can fix a cup of coffee and go out on the balcony and see 7 species of parrots not to mention all the other kinds of birds around there. The great thing about Banana Bank is that there are really great birding opportunities even for people with some physical limitations I look forwarding to hearing from you soon and getting that email version of the list of bird sightings around Banana Bank Lodge. Thank you again for your support of NPRPF which is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization and all proceeds go toward supporting our mission.
Dear team of Banana Bank Lodge, We are finally back in Germany and were greeted by a frosty 14 °F and loads of snow. A bigger contrast to the green tropical heat of Belize is hard to imagine. Claudia and I would like to thank you again for making our stay at Banana Bank a truly remarkable and unforgettable one. Everybody treated us as a friend and we enjoyed spending our time in your company. Banana Bank has a lot to offer and we are glad we had the chance to get to know the lodge and the people on it. Thank you. We took a lot of memories with us from our stay and some we would like to share with you. Maybe you like the pictures attached. We wish you and your families a wonderful and peaceful christmas time and a happy and fantastic new year. Hopefully 2010 will send loads of guests your way and will be a prosperous and happy year for all of you. If any of you ever happens to be in Germany, give us a call.
The variety of trails and trail experiences. Very good guide. And, there were opportunities to do things other than ride -- see Mayan ruins, tubing, etc. Also loved eating family style and meeting other guest at the lodge (who were not riders, but were very interesting, and diverse) Our expectations were more than fulfilled. We were able to see things we hadn't thought we'd see, and participate in activities that were not on the "itinerary" (rounding up cattle, watching AI of cows!) The Carrs are fantastic hosts, and we had a real sense of Belize. This is a wonderful facility, with wonderful people, and very good trail rides. I wouldn't book a riding vacation to anyplace I hadn't ridden before unless I was using Hidden Trails! You folks have excellent customer service, and I have great faith in the facilities/hosts you choose to contract with.
This trip far exceeded my expectations. I especially liked the flexibility of riding or doing other activities. Having my own personal tour guide whether at the Belize Zoo or riding through the jungle was amazing. I got to pick out the things I wanted to do each day whether it was riding to a huge spring in the middle of the Belize river, going to a Mayan ruin, zip lining, or underground cave tubing. Leisa at the ranch would ask me each night what I wanted to do the following day and arrange it for me. SO much fun!
Well, we have returned to our everyday lives. Riding at your ranch was the highlight of our cruise!! It was an absolute delight to get to visit with John before our ride, and Mrs. Carr after. The grounds are so beautiful ( as said many who have seen our photos), and the food fantastic. But the 2 hours ride on Black Mustang with Eddie was more fabulous than words can describe. Riding Black Mustang was even better than Red Mustang, if that is somehow possible!!! And I loved herding cattle and seeing the babies and .... Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all. As always, we cannot wait for the next time we can visit and look forward to it. Someday I would love to be able to come and stay there.
Leisa, John and Carolyn...... Thank you so much for the newsletter. Moments ago I was outside talking with a neighbor and describing my recent trip to Belize and our stay at Banana Bank. Once inside, I turned on my computer and found the most enticing photos and video clips that made my heart yearn to be with all of you there on the bank. They capture the essence of the place with all of its lush tropical beauty and life. Staying with all of you for the better part of our mission week was an honor and a blessing. With hopes of returning again one day soon...... I send you love and best wishes.
John and all the Banana Bank Resort, A huge thank you from Montana, I had the most wonderful time and can not say enough about the beauty, the kindness of the staff and the wonderful people of Belize. The beautiful crafts I brought back have been loved. I can't wait to come back with my family. My room was spectacular, the food was wonderful and having John share his knowledge with me of the history of the country and its people is wonderful. I have shared my experience with so many and passed on as much as possible to my students. I would recommend this adventure to any who want a place to breathe fresh air, soak in culture, and be amazed at the kindness and superior service of all that work with the Carr's at Banana Bank. Thanks Again I had a most wonderful Time.
Just wanted to thank you for the good time I had while I was there at your lodge. We really enjoyed all the things you showed us, the lunch and the great company. Will never forget the little girl on the horse. Enjoyed all the things you showed us, your time and your knowledge. Will not say goodbye, because I plan on returning.
We're back in LA now and our vacation is over. I just felt inspired to write because my wife Ariel and I had the best time at Banana Bank Lodge. Your entire staff was so accommodating. Just to name a few I'd like to thank Isaiah, Eddie and especially Albert who was more than a guide but also a friend. Our entire stay in Belize was awesome but the highlight of our trip was without of doubt Banana Bank Lodge. From the food to the activities we were blown away and will never forget our stay there. Please tell Albert and Isaiah that Luc & Ariel say hello from Los Angeles and that we miss them already. Thank you so much for everything! We hope to come back soon.
I hope this note finds you both and your staff doing well. Attached is a list of bird sightings I had at your wonderful lodge last Fall. My wife, Connie, and I had such a great time there! We look forward to returning in a year or two! The care and time you both spent with your guests (not just during meals) was great. I really enjoyed my ride around the area with John seeing all of the farming operations and stable etc. We both hope to see you again soon!
At the end of the day, Banana Bank spoiled us and made us feel practically like part of the family and I think that is a tough act to follow even if you are the Ritz - maybe even more so!
I was lucky to get the last seat on the tour to you on my cruise this January. The only comment I had on the ship was: You could have left me there! It was so beautiful, peaceful, quite, nice clean air! Extremely friendly staff and a great tasting meal! I absolutely loved the place and felt right at home! As I had not been on a horse for 30 years I admit to being a bit nervous when walking out to them but immediately realized the knowledge of the guides who put me on pregnant Anna. She was a great horse ! One day was not enough! I truly wish to come back and stay for a month or so. Thank you so much for one GREAT day and send my best wishes to Anna !!
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay we had with you all. All I heard on our drive back home and around the table last night was what a GREAT trip it had been. Everyone was so proud of how well Gigi rode thanks to your training and good horses. After repeated descriptions even I have pictures in my mind of how John must of looked singing "The Lonely Little Petunia". Bob came up to me last night just to thank me again for taking us all to Banana Bank. One of my goals is to leave this life not owing anybody anything. You all are making the goal very difficult!
A truly majestic place to stay. March was a perfect time of year for us to visit. We were impressed with the meticulous grounds, stunning brightly coloured flowers and all the animals. Watching and listening to the birds was a bonus. Our accommodations were perfect. Our tour of the art gallery was both personal and very informative. The meals were so good. Your staff was so friendly and accommodating. Our only regret is that we could not have stayed longer. Before we arrived home, we both agreed that we would have to return next year to further our experiences in your lovely country.