If you ever plan on taking a luxury getaway once in your lifetime, eco-friendly or otherwise, a visit to one of Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor’s resorts is a trip that you will never forget.
With multiple luxury resorts under their belts and the recent acclimation of having the world’s best resorts in Belize and the number one resort in Central and South America (Blancaneaux Lodge), the Coppola’s not only know how to create a great wilderness escape but also honor the role as that of a conservator in preserving the pristine environment.
Blancaneaux Lodge, located in jungles of the sprawling Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize, is the first of their resorts to be created after discovering it was similar to the same paradise Francis enjoyed in the Philippines during the shooting of ‘Apocalypse Now’. This Lodge prides itself on being completely self sustaining with energy used thought their hydro-electric plan that harnesses the energy of th Privassion Creek, which the property is located on.
Complete with an three acre organic garden which 80% of all produce at their restaurants on site use, as well as support for the local community businesses make the Blancaneaux Lodge not only a great place to enjoy the local culture but a fabulous food lovers paradise.
Turtle Inn, the second resort in the Coppola’s collection, built along Belize’s sunny southern coast, was recently re-built in 2001 after it was swept out to sea by the forces of Hurricane Iris. Eleanor turned this disaster into a triumph by creating the buildings to blend into the natural environment using low profile, environmentally sound designs, thatch, hardwoods, pine and bamboo, along with regionally produced tiles.
To learn more about these resorts, their sustainable practices and look into booking your next vacation check out the Francis Coppola Resorts website and let your daydream of a tropical getaway begin!