Tucked away in the dense jungles of Western Belize, Table Rock Jungle Lodge is a small resort that strives to provide a luxurious and eco-friendly experience.
This area of Belize, located in the Cayo District is home to numerous beautiful and environmentally conscious jungle lodges that Belize is known for. In fact, staying in a Belize jungle lodge is so popular that it has basically become part of the Belizean experience and one of the best things to do near San Ignacio, Belize.
This Table Rock Jungle Lodge review provides honest and real information on what it is like staying in this Belize eco-lodge near San Ignacio. We cover the pros, the cons, and our personal thoughts on our stay.
What is a jungle lodge?
A judge lodge is a sanctuary in every sense of the word. These properties are sustainable, secluded resorts, often on a nature reserve and completely surrounded by wildlife and the jungle’s natural inhabitants.
Staying at a jungle lodge is an opportunity to retreat from the busyness of life, and hone in on what’s important. This type of lodging is truly for those who want to escape from the every day stresses.
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About Table Rock Jungle Lodge
This beautiful, intimate Eco-lodge is somewhat secluded in the dense jungle. There are only ten rooms at the lodge. Each one is a private cabana, with a lovely private porch. Its eco-friendly accommodations are designed to harmonize with the environment and give guests the feeling of being surrounded in nature.
The Rooms at Table Rock Jungle Lodge
Inside the private cabanas, you’ll find elegant decor that fits the vibe of the property. With poster beds draped in flowy curtains, the rooms all have a very romantic feel to them.
It is important to note that Table Rock Jungle Lodge is a sustainable property. For this reason, the cabanas are not air conditioned. Instead, they use commercialized fans located directly over the bed and directly over the futon sofa to keep guests cool. The fans work very well and do actually keep you cool at night.
The windows of the cabanas are only screens, not glass, so you can hear all of the wonderful sounds of the jungle at night, which is quite peaceful.
Along the lines of being a sustainable lodge, Table Rock Jungle Lodge collects and uses rain water. This means the water that comes out of the tap in the sink and the shower is rain water, and is not drinkable. However, they provide a reusable container unlimited drinking water in every room.
As a continuation of its conservation efforts, the property uses an on-demand water heater and generates its own electricity through solar panels.
You won’t find any electrical outlets in the rooms either, only USB charging stations for small electronics. So, if you are the type of person that needs a hairdryer or curling iron, you’re out of luck.
There is free WiFi on the property, but only during certain hours of the day (7a.m.-7p.m.) and you can only access it from the common areas of the property.
What to know before your stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge Resort
Your stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge is truly meant to be a relaxing, technology-free vacation. Although covered above, we’ve laid out a table of things to expect during your stay that might defer a bit from your traditional resorts or hotels like you’ll find on the Belize islands of Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker.
|No air conditioning but fans are usually sufficient
|No electrical outlets in rooms
|No hair dryers or curling/flat iron use
|Limited Internet between 7am-7pm
|Tap water is collected rainwater
Dining at Table Rock Jungle Lodge
Table Rock Jungle Lodge is a 15-20 minute drive away from San Ignacio, so if you do not want to go into town for meals, there is a great, open-air restaurant on the property that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for guests.
The food is wonderful, and much of it is grown or produced at Table Rock, making this a true farm-to-table restaurant.
Their eggs are collected daily from free-range chickens on the property. Their fruit is grown in their orchards, and their herbs and vegetables are grown in their farm. They are also very willing to accommodate any dietary needs or special requests made in advance.
The grounds at Table Rock Jungle Lodge
The resort is located along the Macal River in Western Belize. Situated on a 105-acre jungle reserve, the property has an organic farm, fruit orchards, jungle trails, and resident donkeys. Yes, you read that correctly… resident donkeys.
No part of the property is off limits to guests, which means you can walk along the river, hike through the jungle, walk around the orchards, or go hang out with the friendly donkeys.
The property also has an infinity pool overlooking the jungle and open air pavilions where you can relax in a hammock.
From the walking paths that lead to the cabanas, to the nature trails, swimming pool, and riverfront, the property is pristine and beautiful.
Activities at Table Rock Jungle Lodge
Table Rock Jungle Lodge is a great place for families, as it offers a variety of on-site activities. Guests of the lodge can swim in the river, canoe or tube (provided free of charge by the hotel), bird watch, hike, or roam through the property’s adjacent orchards and pet or feed the friendly donkeys.
The lodge also offers life jackets you can borrow for your river activities. I think the deepest the river actually gets is about waist-deep on an adult in the swimming area, but if you are visiting Belize with kids, it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution and put them in a life jacket if going out in a canoe.
The jungle lodge also makes for a great base if you plan to explore San Ignacio, some of the Mayan ruins in Belize, or the nearby Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, which is home to Rio Frio Cave, several beautiful waterfalls, and the Rio On Pools natural swimming hole.
Our personal Table Rock Jungle Lodge review
Table Rock Jungle Lodge is a beautiful property. It is sustainable yet luxurious. And compared to some of the other jungle lodges in the area, it is moderately priced.
Although the fans in the rooms keep you cool at night, you would not want to spend much time in your cabana during the day, because it does get quite warm during the peak heat.
I found taking a shower each night before bed cooled us off just enough that when we climbed into bed it was not as muggy, and we woke up almost feeling cold. However, if you are hot-natured, this is not the hotel for you.
The screen windows allow you to hear the sounds of the jungle at night. But on the flip side, that meant other guests staying in nearby cabanas also heard our jet lagged toddler crying at 2 a.m. when she had a rough night.
Additionally, if the idea of jungle animals, like bats and monkeys, freak you out, you may want to reconsider staying in a jungle lodge in Belize. We had bats that would sleep on the ceiling of our porch during the day and go out to feed at night.
Overall, a jungle lodge is a unique experience, and I would recommend Table Rock Jungle Lodge for families or couples. If you do plan to visit with a noisy little one that is prone to night waking, I would recommend requesting the most secluded cabana available prior to your stay.
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This Table Rock Jungle Lodge review was first written in June 2016 but was most recently updated in February 2024 for accuracy and current lodging information and offerings.
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