Belize all-inclusive package deals are available at our Belize jungle lodge and make your vacation a worry-free experience. Nestled near the Belize river in a tropical jungle setting you have a choice between thatched cabanas, deluxe suites, standard rooms or chalet rooms all here to suit any travel budget. The dining room is full of exotic presence. The tone is set by the soaring thatched roof. Carved banisters, pink gypsum stonewalls, and rich local hard wood paneling make this a beautiful place to enjoy. Our meals are served family style and are widely reported to be some of the best in Belize. The family atmosphere provides a setting for lively discussion between guests of different locations and interest. Menus vary but center around the kind of home cooking we call "grandma food" and our girls put on some of the best cuisine found in Belize. We do cater to special dietary requirements and offer vegetarian alternatives as well.
Banana Bank features delightful accommodations that blend with the jungle landscape. Our five cabanas with roofs made from jungle bay leaf thatch are uniquely designed and built by Banana Bank craftsmen with fine Belizean woods they are, in themselves, works of art. Each cabana has a full bath, a sitting room and two bedrooms, each with queen and single bed. Four to six family members, friends or groups traveling together can be easily accommodated in each cabana. Carved doors, artwork by Carolyn Carr and jungle ambiance create a truly memorable surrounding.
Standard Gallery Rooms
Our standard rooms are each uniquely named and designed. Some names such as the Maya, Creole, Sunshine or the Caracol room depict their décor. Beautiful stained glass windows, bamboo ceiling and solarium bathrooms make theses all delightful places to snuggle in. The unique use of sea shells in a stunning mirror or the hand painted murals, custom molded artistic expression bath tub and even the unique tile lay lets you know these are all artistically designed rooms. The Patricia and Mary Ann rooms are named after great ladies of Belize. All standard rooms have ceiling fans and air-conditioning. The room has a reading desk and a comfortable easy chair as well as a queen bed and most of them have a single bed as well. Four of our standard rooms are in the lodge and which has a communal sitting area, a small library, adjacent to a patio that overlooks the river. We can even set up a table and is the perfect area for small gatherings whether it be for family time or maybe even a leisure meeting. The four rooms surround this area making for a comfortable atmosphere. The other two standard rooms are in our Chateau Brio. This three story building was designed by the owners John and Carolyn Carr. It features a blend of styles such as curved stairs with beautiful banisters and amazing masonry around all the windows. On the second floor there is a large patio where evening cocktails and conversation can be enjoyed. Inside the rooms you can relish the view of the beautiful landscaping and pool through arched, stained glass windows.
The Chateau Brio also has three suites which are equipped with ceiling fans and A/C. They also have a small kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave. The suites have four poster queen beds or king bed and they also have a single bed but there is room to put in an additional single bed as well. These rooms are perfect for honeymoon and romantic getaways.
We have accommodations for budget travelers as well. Three rooms are in a two story building and each room can accommodate up to 6 people/single beds. Some rooms have a double bed. The other building has a room that is divided and each side of the room has four single beds. Each room has ceiling fans and private baths with a shower. They are priced for families on a budget, back-packers, student or specialty groups.
Castillo Carolina and Pool
Our latest addition to Banana Bank Lodge is Inland Blue Hole inspired pool. This pool was design by Carolyn Carr and have been noted as one of the most beautiful and creative pools in Belize. It contained over 60,000 gallons of water and has an area for small children about 1ft deep and then swirls to a deep end of 6ft in depth. The pool is completely tiled and has a spacious area all around for sun bathing or sitting under an umbrella. It is adjacent to our newest building which on the bottom floor contains an area for pool showers as well as ample public bathrooms and changing area.
Is also on the first floor of the Castillo Carolina and is perfect to sit and socialize while enjoying a tropical smoothie or have a snack in between meals. This is also where you can get soft drinks or beer and order a light lunch or night cap to end a perfect day. WiFi is available in Café Carolina.
Is on the entire second floor of our new building with a floor space of about 3000 sq ft. The seating capacity is up to 190 persons. It has WiFi, stage area, podium, acoustic ceiling, 10 x 6 Projection screen, and is equipped with HD Projector, Wireless PA system, wireless microphones, Audio / Video Multi-Channel Receiver, Standing Speakers, Blu-Ray DVD Player, padded chairs, kitchenette / serving area, male and female bathrooms. It is the perfect setting for Weddings, Family Reunions, Training Seminars, Workshops, Retreats, Conferences, Celebrations, Events and even casual gatherings. Combined with our accommodations makes a perfect venue for events that are more than one day in a beautiful, peaceful, natural setting.
Museum and Carolyn Carr Art Gallery
Over the years a collection of artifacts have been gathered and now are on display on the third floor of the Castillo. These artifacts were found at Banana Bank and surrounding areas, most found when farming and plowing the fields. The third floor is also the long time dream gallery for Carolyn Carr. Come to see her lifelong collection of original paintings and learn a little more about the life of the adopted daughter of Belize. More information on the artist and her work are available on her website http://www.carolyncarrbelize.com.
Other amenities at Banana Bank Lodge:
- Over 240 species of birds spotted and identified (ask for check list) more information at http://bananabank.wix.com/birding
- Different varieties of orchids and bromeliads
- Endless photo ops around our beautiful landscapes grounds.
- Remnants of the Mayan civilization - unexcavated house mounds & temples
- Two story birding observation tower overlooking lagoon
- Internet and wireless connection available in Chateau Brio rooms, front desk area, Café Carolina, Inspiration Hall, Pool, and Lodge areas
- Great family environment (kids love it here and don't want to leave)
- An assortment of delightful native animals & birds right on the premises including our resident jaguar Tikatoo
- Star gazing with a Hi-tech computerized 16" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (see planets, nebula, galaxies, super novas, globular clusters, and more) Star gazing is on top of the roof of the Castillo Carolina.
- A solid team of cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, wranglers, drivers and guides who will help make your stay memorable
- All you can eat, home cooking served family style. Belizean and American cuisine. We cater to vegetarian or any other special dietary requirements
- Free coffee or tea and fresh squeezed orange or lime juice anytime
- Horses roaming free and miles of trails on our 4000 acres
- We are a family run operation which allows us to be flexible in our schedules and have the ability to better cater to your needs
- We are located in the heart of Belize – near most of all inland adventures and right along the Belize River.