In the early 1980’s, after finishing shooting ‘Apocalypse Now’ in the Philippines, Francis Ford Coppola was looking for an equally lush and tropical getaway closer to their home in Los Angeles.
He visited the jungles of Belize and the Mountain Pine Ridge, where he immediately fell in love with the location and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the hideaway was used as a family retreat before opening his tropical paradise to the public in 1993, a dramatic hideaway in a rainforest wonderland.
Francis and his wife Eleanor acquired the beachside hideaway Turtle Inn in 2001 and created an idyllic refuge for those seeking a relaxing or adventure-filled getaway with individual thatched cottages decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings, naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean Sea.
More recently, they acquired a 2 acre private island called Coral Caye, a castaway island with just two sumptuous beachy dwellings adorned with signature Coppola touches and ambience, offering the ultimate exclusive-use private island experience.
For a multi-country experience, cross the border on your private yacht and sail up the majestic Rio Dulce of Guatemala to Cassa Zenda, the latest addition to the Coppola Resorts experience. This exclusive use, waterfront villa is perched on the banks of Lake Izabal and comprises four suite bungalows accommodating up to 16 guests. Guests experience unparalleled service at their fingertips with a concierge, house butler, private chef and boat captain whilst soaking up rich Guatemalan culture and nature.
Via our sister business Absolute Belize, we can tailor make any land and sea itinerary to best suit your desires, whether combining sailing with 1 Coppola Resort experience, or all! Contact us for detailed itinerary examples based on your preferences and travel interests.