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Casa Santa Maria - Jungle River Retreat, Off-The-Grid, Seclude Get Away.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

The Casa Santa Maria is a 3,000 sq. ft. retreat, located in an Eco-village on the Macal River features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, including daily breakfast with the option of a full meal plan. The house is powered by solar energy and has eco friendly water and septic systems. The property requires 4 wheel drive vehicle to access, but our manager can coordinate all local tours including ruins, horseback riding, Pontoon Boat excursions, etc.

Bedrooms include a Master (queen), Main Floor (queen), and two lower floor hotel rooms (double & Bunk bed). The house features two outdoor covered decks and a jungle view to the Macal River.

The Eco-village features a number of trails, gardens and look out locations of the Mayan Mountains.

More Details

Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez

I'm a professional photographer in Canada. I'm a retired Sports Administrator/Marketing Director which included professional sports, university and the amateur sporting world.

Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez purchased this house in 2012

Why Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez chose Benque Viejo Del Carmen

I have developed the property as a "Creative Retreat" for artists, photographers and writers. Once construction was completed we had rental demands from many friends and visitors, thus we started to rent.

What makes this house unique

The property is located in the Belizean Rainforest and is truly off the grid. We are located in the Cayo District and have several excellent activities for guests. Our neighbour provides guided horseback riding tours and also day trips on the Macal River on a Pontoon Boat. The Macal River offers three waterfalls and swimming holes, etc. We also have a groomed trail from the house to the Macal River, were we also have a 16' canoe.


Benque Viejo Del Carmen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 -
    Santa Maria Private - toilet , shower , Double sink
    Lower Room - Shared - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Mahogany Suite - 1 queen
    Santa Maria Suite - 1 queen , Master Suite
    Negusta Suite - 1 double
    Cedar Suite - 1 bunk bed
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Meal Plans, Tour coordination, ground transportation service available, etc. Tour and meal reservations available at


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(3 traveler reviews)

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Casa Santa Maria - Jungle River Retreat, Off-The-Grid, Seclude Get Away.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Simply beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Santa Maria was the quiet escape that we needed. The pictures do not do it justice. It's a beautiful cabin, tastefully decorated and nestled quite perfectly into the jungle landscape. Although our vacation got off to a rocky start, Millie made every care disappear. She took such great care of us - helping us plan and reserve activities, preparing delicious meals, helping with delivery of our lost luggage and washing our clothes so that we were clean. Jim was also the most gracious host. He made sure we had everything we needed and then some. I would highly recommend Casa Santa Maria to friends and look forward to returning in a couple of years.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tamara: It was a pleasure hosting your family! Millie was thrilled working you. I know you had a rough start, but I'm happy that we were able to assist you in turning it around! I have had similar experiences with missed connections and lost baggage, it can really deflate your vacation! All the BEST hope to host your family again in the future! Jim Hagen
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  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous property the views are amazing. Lucy made you feel at home and a great resource for things to do places to go .

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place, just beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This is just dream come thru, place is gorgeous, i would say its even better than photos.

Everything was very clean.

We ordered dinners for all nights we stayed there, and Millie was absolutely great taking care of us, thank you so much!

Food was delicious , the only regret, we only stayed 3 nights:(

I miss Millie and the place.

Jim, the owner, was very helpful and answered all my multiple emails with a few minutes of me sending them, even though some of them were not about the property, he helped with car rental recommendation, stores, etc

Just a wonderful break from reality.

Thank you !

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $52.23
Tax Rate 9.0%

Guests are off-the-grid and will be required to follow our Eco rules and regulations to maintain our eco-systems in place. Solar storage must not fall below 60%, conservation of water, no paper products in the septic system, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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