The Blancaneaux Lodge in the Maya Mountains of Belize is a project of movie director Francis Coppola and his wife. The 20-room resort offers the comfort of spacious villas or cozy cabanas. Low-profile, environmentally sound designs, thatch, hardwoods, pine, and bamboo, along with regionally produced tiles were used.
It is self-sustaining in energy: A hydroelectric scheme harnesses the energy of Privassion Creek, with any excess used to heat the hot pool at the Waterfall Spa. Because of the design of the rooms, air-conditioning isn’t needed.
The lodge’s garden provides almost eighty percent of the produce from the three acres of vegetables and herbs, plus fruit and nut orchards.