Luxurious, Secluded Riverfront Villa with Spa, Steps from Jungle and Waterfall
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- Minimum stay:1-2 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Welcome to Riverside Villa. This is the only one of the calabash Cottages collection located in Belize. This villa is located in a very secluded and serene setting on the banks of the Privassion. This river flows through the largely undeveloped Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the Cayo District of western Belize. It is a charming and romantic get away for adventuresome couples, honeymooners or any one seeking a quiet retreat. It is a truly unusual location on the banks of a gorgeous river where the Mountain Pine Ridge and the jungle meet. The villa is privately owned but managed by the friendly and capable staff of the adjacent Gaia River Lodge who can help visitors plan any of the many activities in the area. A full kitchen is provided but guests can also take all meals at the lodge's lovely restaurant over looking beautiful Five Sister's Falls or even have meals delivered from the lodge to enjoy in the privacy of the villa.
Our new hot tub has an up close and personal view of the river. Far away from light pollution you will enjoy incredibly starry skies on clear nights. It is also the perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee as the mist rises off the river. Our hot tub contains no chemicals. Guests fill it from the hot and cold water faucet to their preferred temperature. Because our water comes from a spring high up on the property we have tons of water pressure and it fills quite quickly.
Riverside Villa consists of two log and thatch cabañas connected by an open air deck. The cheerful sleeping cabana which holds the bedroom and bathroom is warmly furnished with a bamboo bed and Mayan fabrics and wall hangings. The full bath contains a fancifully tiled bathtub and beautiful hardwood furnishings. A screened in porch at one end of the bedroom has a hammock as well as two chairs. It is nestled into the trees and overlooks the garden with the river just beyond.
The larger cabaña contains a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, writing desk and a small library. It is surrounded on four sides with fully screened porches arranged into relaxed and comfortable living spaces. Hammocks and seating areas are situated to take advantage of the tropical gardens as well as the entrancing views of the river. All furnishings are locally made by Belizean craftsman. Colorful Mayan rugs, fabrics and wall hangings complete the cozy ambiance of the interior.
For those who prefer to dine outdoors, a beautiful picnic table faces the water with the pines and ferns across the river. It is an especially lovely spot under the full moon. The smaller “river deck” is an intimate spot to enjoy morning coffee or to watch the sun slip behind the pines in the evening. Nighttime brings a soothing chorus of tree frogs from the surrounding jungle, a perfect ending to the day.
Additional Guest Accommodations
Riverside Villa was designed as a spacious one bedroom home. Over the years we have had many requests from guests interested in traveling with a third or fourth party. Recent additions and upgrades have made it possible to accommodate adventurous guests in a delightful setting. One of our covered screened porches, the jungle deck, serves as a living area when the villa is rented by two. This couch in the sitting area is a trundle bed that can be converted to a king sized bed. Curtains can be used to provide privacy on all sides or left open to face the gardens and jungle. There is an adjacent full bath with an armoire for storage.
One additional guest can chose from several options. The king sized bed can be set up on the jungle deck as described above or the lower portion of the trundle (a single bed) can be moved around the corner to “the banana deck’’. The banana deck is also adjacent to the full bath and overlooks our banana trees (of course) as well as the river. The banana deck does not have privacy curtains facing out although the location is secluded and private. It can be closed off from the main living area with shutter doors.
There is a maximum occupancy of four and there is an additional per night fee for each guest beyond two.
Larger groups or those who prefer a full second bedroom can choose from the wonderfully designed cabanas at Gaia River Lodge.
The majority of visitors to the interior of Belize come to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings as well as the abundance of bird and animal life. Riverside Villa was created to take advantage of the surroundings while protecting the environment. Water is gravity fed to the villa from a pure spring high above in the hills (providing abundant pressure) and then passed through a state of the art water filtration system. Electricity is provided by the hydro powered generator at Gaia Riverlodge and the eco-friendly septic system is designed to avoid polluting the pristine river.
The location of Riverside Villa is one of it's best features. It is accessed by a 4 wheel drive driveway (and most rental cars in Belize are 4 wheel drive) and a paved, lighted walkway to the villa. Luggage transfer is provided by the lodge for guests who do not have a rental car. Guests should be prepared with a light jacket or sweater in the evenings as the riverside location brings cooler temperatures in the evenings than in surrounding areas. Visits to Riverside Villa are intended to be a natural retreat. There are an abundance of screened in porch areas and open decks where guests can enjoy the view of the river as well as the birds and butterflies flitting through the gardens. The secluded and beautiful setting, the amenities of the villa, the proximity to the charming Gaia River Lodge and the many activities in the area will provide adventurous travelers with an unforgettable visit to Belize.
Travel to Riverside Villa a can be arranged in a number of ways. Gaia Riverlodge can meet your flight and provide van service directly to the lodge. Guests can rent a car at the airport and drive out to the Pine Ridge which is about a three hour drive. It is also possible to charter a small plane from the airport to a landing strip two miles from the villa. The staff at Gaia river Lodge will meet your plane.
eeking a quiet retreat. It is a truly unusual location on the banks of a gorgeous river where the Mountain Pine Ridge and the jungle meet. The villa is privately owned but managed by the friendly and capable staff of the adjacent Gaia River Lodge who can help visitors plan any of the many activities in the area. A full kitchen is provided but guests can also take all meals at the lodges lovely restaurant overlooking beautiful Five Sister's Falls.
Riverside Villa consists of two log and thatch cabanas connected by an open air deck. One contains the bedroom, full bath, and a porch. The other contains the kitchen, dining and living areas, wraparound screen porches, and a half bath. Both cabanas are cheerfully decorated with colorful Central American tiles, Mayan fabrics and weavings, and all furnishings are handmade by Belizean craftsman. Hammocks and seating areas are strategically placed for guests to enjoy the lovely views of the river and gardens. There is a lovely hand crafted table for outdoor dining and the cozy river deck is a perfect spot for morning coffee.
Riverside Villa is an eco-friendly home, with fully filtered gravity fed spring water, hydroelectric power, and a nonpolluting waste system. The remote location is one of the villa's best features but guests can drive to a parking area which is two minutes walk from the villa. Luggage transfer can be provided but the villa is not handicap accessible.
The fast flowing section of the creek in front of the villa has numerous small swimming holes and a large slow moving pool is just a minute's walk down stream. The base of Five Sister's Waterfall is a short walk up stream. This beautiful waterfall has a lovely white sand beach, excellent swimming, a shaded gazebo and a thatched palapa furnished with hammocks. The majority of visitors to the interior of Belize come to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings as well as the abundance of bird and animal life. Riverside Villa was created to allow guests to take advantage of these surroundings.
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Member since: 1998
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Daily Maid Service
- Pets Not Allowed
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Rain Forests
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Basic Soaps
- Filtered Water
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Walkway To Water
- Wood Deck
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 1 - Dec 14, 2016
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Dec 15 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
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Car: Not Necessary
The Cayo region is adventure central for Belize and this location provides peace and quiet in addition to access to the tours in the area. There are many activities nearby for those who wish an active vacation. The lodge can arrange for horseback visits to the jungle as well as canoeing trips into the caves of Barton creek or along the peaceful Macal River. The Mayan ruins of Caracol and Xunantunich are common day trips from the Pine Ridge as is the somewhat longer trip over the Guatemalan border to the famous ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. There is also a lovely nature trail which takes guests from the steps of the villa through lush broadleaf jungle and on to a private waterfall on Little Vaqueros Creek. A steeper trail to nearby Big Rock falls rewards hikers with a stunning waterfall in a gorgeous natural setting. Mountain bike tours can also be arranged.
Those looking for a relaxing vacation will find Riverside to be a very peaceful haven. The decks and gardens provide a lovely spot to enjoy the view and watch the birds and butterflies. A palapa at the waters edge has two comfortable hammocks that are perfect for enjoying a book on a lazy afternoon. The fast flowing section of the creek in front of the villa has numerous small swimming holes and a large slow moving pool is just a minute's walk down stream. The base of Five Sister's Waterfall is a short walk up stream. This beautiful waterfall has a lovely white sand beach, excellent swimming, a shaded gazebo and a thatched palapa furnished with hammocks.
About: My husband and I are thirty year residents of Coral Bay St. John in the US Virgin Islands. We travel frequently always choosing places where we can surround ourselves with natural beauty. It may seem counter intuitive to live in the tropics and choose another tropical location as a vacation home but it works for us. They are very different locales. St. John is a dry island which is great for endless sunny beach days but being in the jungle has an entirely different feel. We love to spend time out doors and this location offers plenty of that.
Why Cayo, Belize:
My husband and I are residents of the US Virgin Islands. We originally came to Belize on a mountain bike trip. At the end of our two weeks we reflected that during that time we had also gone hiking, birding, horseback riding, caving, canoeing and visited beautiful Mayan ruins. We were surrounded by people who went out of the way to be kind and gracious and we could tell immediately what great love and pride they felt for their country. On the way back to the airport we stopped into a real estate office and grabbed a card. We were back three weeks later. We had already stayed at the neighboring lodge and knew that this property was for sale. We were already in love with it but knew we had to due our due diligence. We traveled around the country with our agent who showed us anything that might fit our needs. But by dumb luck we had wandered into the right place the first time. In the ensuing years we have never come across a piece of property that we wished we found instead. An impulsive decision to be sure but we have gotten incredible joy out of the time spent in the villa. We love sharing it.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Riverside Villa allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature from both inside and out side. A floor to ceiling screened in porch is on four sides of the main building. There are more places t relax and enjoy the setting than you will likely have time for. We recently added a hot tub which is fabulous for stargazing. Although my husband and I (Calabash Cottages) own the villa it is managed by the wonderful adjoining lodge Gaia RiverLodge. They can help you with any of the logistics of your visit.
- Primary: +1340 7666368 St. John
spa overlooking river
Exterior of Riverside (bedroom on right)
Interior Dining Area
Hammock overlooking river
Trundle on jungle deck set up as king sized bed
Day bed on banana deck
Exterior of Villa
Corner chair outside bedroom
Morning sun on river
spa with table
Hammock on bedroom porch
Exterior of bedroom
Picnic table on deck
One of several swimming holes at villa
Couch/ trundle bed on jungle deck (can be set up as king sized bed)
Second bath adjacent to jungle deck and banana deck
Screened porch overlooking river
This listing was first published here in 2006.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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