This is yet another hotel with no hallways, so technically, it really doesn't qualify for inclusion in this blog, but too bad.
The Blancaneaux Lodge (owned & operated by Francis Ford Coppola) is located near San Ignacio, Belize. (About a 3 hour drive from Belize City). In its favor: A gorgeous setting.
It has beautiful villa/cabanas deposited picturesquely around the grounds.
They have real, honest, thatched roofs.
There's a hot tub. (And an unheated pool)
In short, Blancaneaux Lodge would seem to be a perfect place to relax.
I was all set to give it the 2008 Golden Hallway award.
The people who work at Blancaneaux Lodge are uniformly pleasant, helpful, friendly, outgoing, and eager to please. As you can plainly see, it's beautiful.
And yet: (Everyone was so nice, I feel bad having to relay this information)
There are a couple of problems. It is very isolated. (Which is good, if that's what you're looking for). But that means everything you eat comes from the Blancaneaux kitchens, which were, to be honest, disappointing. It is claimed that Mrs. Coppola oversees every detail about the Lodge, so the fact that her "lemon chicken" has no lemon in it must be somewhat of a surprise to her.
And then there were the cimex lectularius. I know it's a tropical environment and all, but geez, Mr. Coppola, I didn't expect to end my vacation splattered with bed bug bites. (I had 18 on my right arm alone).
So, no Golden Hallway award for Blancaneaux. Though it is the first hotel I've ever stayed in with bedbugs, so it's got that award going for it.