Water-Based

The Pool

01May

THE POOL

"The most amazing swim I've ever had!"
-DP, Orlando

Experience our Jungle Infinity Pool for a swim like you’ve never known before. Surrounded by jungle and tucked into the hillside, Table Rock’s saltwater pool will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and inspired.

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JUNGLE INFINITY POOL NOW OPEN!

01May

Don’t miss out on enjoying the bliss that is our new Jungle Infinity Pool. Tucked into the soaring trees of the surrounding jungle and built into the face of a hill overlooking the Macal River Valley, this newest addition to Table Rock doesn’t disappoint. After years of dreaming and six months of intense construction, the pool not only gives our guests a gorgeous view and a fabulous spot to beat the heat, but it also provides more beautiful open-air spaces to relax, unwind, and rediscover themselves.

How did we do it? Well, it all started with building a new road on the property so that we could reach the spot where we knew the pool would be perfect. A couple of weeks and a large excavator later, and voila!–new road. Then we began the slow and painstaking process of working with the natural contours of the land to best fit the pool to the environment. Nobody likes skimming the pool, but we love our trees at Table Rock and we didn’t want to loose the feeling of the surrounding forest, so only a bare minimum of trees were removed during the building.

Then came the addition of bathrooms, an outdoor shower, a great pool deck with loads of seating, a breezy pavilion filled with comfy sofas and ceiling fans overlooking it all, and finally a bridge for access to and from the dining room and bar. All of this and Wifi access to boot! You’ll never want to move from this fabulous new space! Your holiday time with us is limited, though, so be sure to make time to enjoy the pool as well as all our other onsite activities and our amazing guided excursions, too!

 

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Guided Canoeing To San Ignacio

23Sep

GUIDED CANOEING TO SAN IGNACIO

Learn about the riverine flora and fauna on the pristine Macal River with this two-hour guided canoe trip from Table Rock to San Ignacio Town. Your naturalist guide will meet you at our canoe landing and paddle you along the river, pointing out such sights as sleeping vampire bats, kingfishers, spiny bamboo, huge green iguanas, and – if you’re lucky – maybe even neotropical river otters. The peace of the Macal River is uninterrupted by power boats or jet skis and it’s unusual to run into many other people on its calm and tranquil waters. Once you get to town, you can either come directly back to the lodge or take a couple of hours to explore downtown San Ignacio on your own. Check out the San Ignacio Market and visit the local array of gift shops, bars, and restaurants and get a feel for local culture in Western Belize. Our driver will pick you up at the rendezvous point in town at the designated time and bring you back to Table Rock.

Drive Time from Table Rock: Departs from Table Rock’s canoe landing. The drive back from San Ignacio takes 15 minutes.

Adventure Level: Easy. Leave the paddling to your naturalist guide — or help out if you’d like.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts and a comfortable shirt with water shoes for getting in and out of the canoe, and comfy shoes for walking around town and the return to Table Rock.  Be sure to bring along plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, drinking water, and spending money for town.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: 2+ hours on the river, and up to 3-4 hours in town (optional)

  • Includes naturalist guide, canoe and equipment, and transportation back to Table Rock
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Big Rock Falls

23Sep

BIG ROCK FALLS

Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some moderately challenging climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.  This site can be substituted with Rio On Pools.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 45 minutes on unpaved roads

Adventure Level: Moderate to Strenuous.  The drive is 13 miles on unpaved roads and the hike down to the falls can leave even the fittest traveler’s legs a bit sore the next day.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. You may also want to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Basic swimming skills are recommended for this site

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Combinations: Available only as a full day combo tour with Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Caracol, or Xunantunich.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked as a full-day combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Please add 12.5% sales tax
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Rio On Pools

23Sep

RIO ON POOLS

As the cool, pure water of the Rio On River runs over a moonscape of dark granite, it creates dozens of small pools and waterfalls that visitors relish swimming in. The smooth and comfortable surfaces of the water-worn rock just beg to be sunbathed upon, and jumping from boulder to boulder like the proverbial billy goat is often a favorite activity here. There are a long series of cement steps down to the lower pools and a fairly easy to navigate and well-worn foot path through sand and stone to the upper pools.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 50 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. Anyone can view this spectacle of nature and take photos of the site, no matter what your level of fitness. To access the pools and falls for swimming, however, you must either descend many stairs (and then ascend them back up) or take on a short hike via the foot path. Increase your Adventure Level by jumping from boulder to boulder to get to farther pools and falls.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also great to bring along.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: This site is available only as part one the full day tours listed below.

Combinations: This tour is offered as a full day tour in conjunction with Caracol, Mountain Pine Ridge, Xunantunich, Barton Creek, or Chechem Ha.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch as part of the full day tour, and entry fees.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Cave Tubing

23Sep

CAVE TUBING

AT NOHOCH CHE’EN

Grab an inner tube at the nicely appointed entrance park to Nohoch Che’en Cave, cross the clear blue Caves Branch River, and take a lengthy, but mostly flat, hike through the jungle led by your experienced guide, who will point out flora and fauna along the way.

After about 45 minutes, you will set yourself afloat in the river with your inner tube and begin your ride through the cave tunnels and back to the park entrance. Don’t be nervous, you will be provided with a headlamp, and the cave is actually a series of wide and spacious caverns which periodically open up to the sunshine and jungle. Enjoy floating past side windows that filter the jungle light through the mist as you swirl around stalagmites jutting from the river and stalactites looming from above. Float past underground waterfalls then into the crystal cathedral, a spiritual center to the ancient Maya. Your guide will stop you along the way, and at times get you out of the water, to show you actual Mayan artifacts which are still intact and able for you to see up close. The entire trip will take about two and a half hours, and is a must for hot weather months.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour on paved highway

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. If you don’t mind the long but relatively easy walk and don’t have a problem carrying an inner tube (the hardest parts of this adventure), then floating in the crystalline waters and taking in the scenery is easy indeed. Some underground hiking is also necessary, and you must be able to swim.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. You may also want to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Basic swimming skills are required for this tour, and children must be at least 40 inches tall.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full day tour by combining the adventure of cave tubing with the Belize Zoo, Xunantunich, or Zip Lining.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked as a full-day combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

23Sep

BARTON CREEK CAVE CANOEING

Drive through Mennonite farm country, through primary growth jungle, and across a small river, and you’ll find yourself at Barton Creek and its cave. Once there, board a canoe paddled by your guide and stowed with powerful flood lights for your journey into what the Maya considered the center of the world. The water here is slow-moving, cool and fresh as it springs up from underground rivers and through the limestone of this cave system. Be sure you have your camera ready as your guide takes you on this mile-long float of extraordinary stalactites and stalagmites, where the cave is mostly a giant cavern and will leave you feeling like you have been in a cathedral created by nature. Although this is a tour that does not require you to get wet, you can take along a bathing suit and dive into the clear pools for a swim after your tour.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 40 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy. Aside from a bumpy unpaved drive, this adventure is appropriate for all ages and physical ability levels. It does not require any hiking, climbing, or swimming, but does contain an occasional bat and a bit of darkness.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and water shoes. Bring along your bathing suit and a towel if you’d like to go for a swim in the crystal blue waters just outside of the cave after your paddle.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full-day tour with Xunantunich, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, or Rio On Pools.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, entry fees, and gear. Does NOT include lunch unless combined with one of the above tours.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve

23Sep

MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE RESERVE

Play in waterfalls and frolic in caves during a day spent in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge.  A protected forest reserve of over 100,000 acres, the Mountain Pine Ridge holds some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.  An excursion here will include these three beautiful natural wonders:

Big Rock Falls

Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some difficult climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.

Rio On Pools & Falls

As the cool, pure water of the Rio On River runs over a moonscape of dark granite, it creates dozens of small pools and waterfalls that visitors relish swimming in. The smooth and comfortable surfaces of the water-worn rock just beg to be sunbathed upon, and jumping from boulder to boulder like the proverbial billy goat is often a favorite activity here. There are a long series of cement steps down to the lower pools and a well-worn foot path (about 150 yards long with a few ups and downs) through sand and stone to the upper pools.

Rio Frio Cave

Rio Frio Cave is by far the most easily accessible of Belize’s river caves. Everything is big in this cave! The two 65-foot arched entryways leave you in awe. Huge stalactites hang from the massive cathedral-like vault, which is part of a cave system the Maya used to bury their dead. Room sized boulders are strewn throughout the cave and a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls. Openings at both ends make flashlights unnecessary for viewing the cave’s formations during daylight hours. There is a beach area with a foot bridge for crossing the stream and getting to the other side, which leads to the exit opening. It is a quarter mile through to the other side, another equally impressive opening. (Do bring a flashlight to watch your footing as you walk through to the other end and to explore other caves in the area). Laughing Jaw and several other caves are also located nearby. The trails are marked, and you can explore them on your own or with your guide.

 

Drive Time from Table Rock: 45-60 minutes

Adventure Level: Moderate. Some climbing of uneven stairs is required and stones at the sites can often be slippery. The 13-mile drive to the Reserve is entirely unpaved, so be prepared for lots of bumps.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, hiking/walking shoes, and water shoes. Don’t forget your extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a change of clothes.

*Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness or who have serious balance, joint, or mobility issues. Some modifications to this tour may be able to be made for families with small children—please inquire.

Duration: Full-day tour.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, and lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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ATM Cave

22Sep

ATM CAVE

Actun Tunichil Muknal, better known as ATM, is the acclaimed “Cave of the Crystal Maiden.” This site has been extensively documented by National Geographic and is quickly becoming one of Belize’s must-do adventures.  This one-of-a-kind experience is for fit and active people who do not mind getting wet, moving through dark spaces, and who can tread lightly!  After the initial 45-minute hike to the entrance with three river crossings and a swim into the cave’s innards, you will wade through knee- to shoulder-deep water for close to an hour before being asked to remove your water shoes to enter the dry cathedral-like upper chambers of the cave.  The rooms are littered with delicate Mayan pottery and the crystallized remains of fourteen humans.  There are no walkways, rails, glass, or other partitions separating you from the artifacts, nor is there any installed lighting.  Just you, your guide, a helmet, and a headlamp. An unparalleled experience!

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour

Adventure Level: Strenuous.  This is only for those who are moderately fit and not afraid of water, darkness, or the occasional tight space. It’s a bit of a hike to get there and tricky climbing in some spots, but a must-see if you’re up for it.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and a t-shirt, close-toed water shoes or tennis shoes, and an extra pair of socks for walking in the dry potion of the cave. Insect repellent is recommended, and be sure to bring a change of clothes and shoes for the ride home. No flip flops, open-toed shoes, men’s speedos, women’s bikini bottoms without shorts, or exposed midriffs.

*Restrictions: Moderate fitness level, close-toed water shoes, and extra socks required. Minimum height 40 inches. Swimming ability is a plus, but not required. Cameras are prohibited.

Duration: Full-day tour

 

  • May be joined with guests from other establishments
  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, entrance fees, and equipment
  • Minimum two persons (see above Restrictions)
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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