Coral Caye is a tiny Coppola-owned sand-fringed island where you can be the exclusive guests.
Here’s an opportunity to stay on your very own desert island. Wow your family and entertain your friends at Coral Caye, a tiny rainforest and mangrove-ringed tropical islet belonging to Francis Ford Coppola, owner of Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux Lodge on the Belize mainland.
There are just three buildings on this sand-fringed tiny speck in the Caribbean Sea 13km off Placencia on the coast: one is a living space for relaxation with the other two offer accommodation for couples, friends or families in cheerful wooden clap-board houses typical of the sun-bleached region.
There is just one member of staff (and his dog) resident on Coral Caye; he can organise a simple breakfast, set up a barbecue, and arrange excursions and spa treatments for you. Snorkels and kayaks are available on the island for you to explore the surrounding turquoise waters.
The greatest allure of this secretive islet, guarded by a reef where whale sharks and manatees can be spotted Apr-Jun, is its exclusivity. You can book both cottages but if you only need one, the other will not be rented to anyone else.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
There were so many highlights, but undoubtedly the most memorable part was seeing jaguars near Chan Chich on two consecutive days, and even being able to take photos of the second one. This was the main aim of our trip, having failed to reach Chan Chich in October 2008 because of flooding.CT, Crowthorne
Highlights:- “Particularly impressed by Belize lodges - obviously higher price but well equipped for activities we enjoy such as bird/animal watching, canoeing etcGW, Chinnor
We knew nothing about Guatemala and Belize before our trip and had not visited Central America. We relied on JLA understanding our interests and the resulting recommendations proved very successful.NW, Wells
Local flights were amazing enabling us to really see and appreciate the country. In three weeks we only met 3 other British couples as most travellers appeared to be from North America, but Belize was well worth the visit and 2012 is the end of the current Maya calendar. The diversity of the local cultures and cuisine were a wonderful surprise and experience.CT, Horley
We went mainly for the scuba diving in Belize which didn't fail to impress - truly world class.AA, Market
Most memorable experiences: "Tubing down river at Chaa Creek. Howler monkeys above us at night, and avocados dropping onto our hut."LBM, Woking
Brilliant holiday, Chan Chich was superb and we really enjoyed Victoria House. We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring these environments with knowledgeable guides was a pleasure. Whether it was hummingbirds buzzing overhead at dinner, a boa constrictor crossing the road, a lucky glimpse of a majestic jaguar or a green sea turtle grazing on the reef it was difficult to pick a highlight moment!RW, Usk
We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring these environments with knowledgeable guides was a pleasure. Whether it was hummingbirds buzzing overhead at dinner, a boa constrictor crossing the road, a lucky glimpse of a majestic jaguar or a green sea turtle grazing on the reef it was difficult to pick a highlight moment!RW, Usk
Very impressed with the quality of 3 of the hotels we were staying in. We went mainly for the scuba diving in Belize which didn't fail to impress - truly world class.AA, Market Harborough
JLA have been great, and Belize as a country is nothing short of astonishing in every way possible. We will be going back at some point. In fact I'd quite happily live there.SC, Wandsworth
We liked Guatemala and were particularly impressed with Belize (likely to go back there)”NW, Wells
Local flights were amazing enabling us to really see and appreciate the country....The diversity of the local cultures and cuisine were a wonderful surprise and experience.CT, Hortley
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