Francis and Eleanor Coppola see their role as that of a conservator, preserving the pristine environment. They strongly support Belize’s commitment to ecotourism and continue to explore new technologies and practices that benefit the environment.
Design and Construction of Facilities
At our luxury Belize hideaways, we have created buildings that blend into the natural environment. We use low profile, environmentally sound designs, thatch, hardwoods, pine, bamboo, and regionally produced tiles. We also use local and regional plants for landscaping that do not rely on intensive irrigation.
The design of our rooms allows us not to use air conditioning at our Belize properties. Windows, screened doors, ceiling fans, and high, thatched ceilings allow air circulation to enable hot air to escape.
We use mulching to reduce transpiration from flowerbeds, landscaped areas, and our organic garden.
Flow control showerheads are used in the bathrooms at all properties. All swimming and plunge pools are sanitized with non-chlorine based treatments.
The Family Coppola Hideaways support several organizations and individuals in a continuing effort to preserve the biodiversity of Belize and Guatemala. Please click the links below to learn more about each of our partners.
Laundry - We use only biodegradable detergents and use automated washing machines that precisely measure the amount of detergents needed per load.
Toiletries - We use locally produced organic soaps and amenities.
Bed linens - We use only 100% cotton sheets.
Reservations Office – We use LED light bulbs whenever possible and purchase only recycled paper for printing purposes.
Rainforest Alliance Verified™
Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn have had their sustainable tourism practices and operations verified as best management practices by the Rainforest Alliance.
The produce at our hideaways is truly local. Our gardening staff grows all the organic vegetables and many of the fruits used at both Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn.
We currently provide full academic scholarships to five local students. Three are currently attending Sacred Heart College in the Cayo District town of San Ignacio, one is attending Mopan Tech in Benque Viejo, and one is attending St. Ignatius High School in Santa Elena. Scholarships include all tuition, fees, and books. All students, once accepted, must provide progress reports throughout their four-year scholarship.
We contribute $1000 BZ monthly to the Cornerstone Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to the poor and needy, as well as promoting positive workshops geared towards children.
We also contribute $1000 BZ monthly to the health clinic in Placencia to help assist in the cost of medicines and medical equipment.
Additionally, we provide contributions throughout the year for the advancement of local sports in Placencia and San Ignacio.