Pook’s Hill Lodge
Pook's Hill is a remote rainforest lodge in the Mayan Mountains of Belize, with just a handful of thatched cabins visited by exotic birds and monkeys. relax or enjoy organised outdoor activities.
This intimate lodge is set in a grassy clearing surrounded by dense forest and tropical foliage on the edge of Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. It’s embedded in natural landscapes: the nearest town of any size is the Belizean capital Belmopan, 20km away, while the drive from Belize City takes about 90mins.
Pook's Hill is a great place to relax, absorbing the sights and sounds of the verdant scenery – howler monkeys lurk in the vicinity - or observing some of the exotic birds which visit the property. There are just 11 simple thatched cabins, each fully screened, with private bathroom. Meals are served buffet-style, taken around a large table where you have the opportunity to mix with your fellow guests.
The veranda bar and lounge (with small butterfly collection) is another popular spot to mingle. If you are feeling like a bit of exercise, wander along the extensive network of trails which reach a couple of natural pools where you can swim or go tubing. For a little more excitement, there are more challenging hikes with caves to explore, and horse riding. The lodge is also well placed for visits to the popular Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
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
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
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
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
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 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 liked Guatemala and were particularly impressed with Belize (likely to go back there)”NW, Wells
Most memorable experiences: "Tubing down river at Chaa Creek. Howler monkeys above us at night, and avocados dropping onto our hut."LBM, Woking
We went mainly for the scuba diving in Belize which didn't fail to impress - truly world class.AA, Market
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
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