Coppola Resorts is a small award winning portfolio of properties owned by film director and entrepreneur Francis Ford Coppola. The resorts reflect the style, creativity and attention to deal of their owner. They’re small, intimate and unique with a strong focus on creating individual experiences and delivering outstanding service. Each resort has a unique personality with lodge design and construction techniques drawing on the sustainable resources and skills of the communities that surround them.
Our guests are well travelled, educated and conservation oriented and this means we are constantly striving to tread lightly, employ locally and support biodiversity conservation.
Our sustainable tourism philosophy is reflected in the support for a range of biodiversity conservation and community related projects. We employ a full time conservation officer and our staff are proud to serve on the boards of partner NGOs.
We offer a comprehensive range of inbound services for our guests and travel trade partners. We’re one of the largest employers in the region with a guests ratio of almost 3 staff to one guest and our resorts have been recognised in Travel + Leisure’s Best Service Awards. We employ specialist locally licensed guides who are experts in the flora, fauna and archaeology of the region. We offer a wide range of soft adventure and special interest tours including birding, jungle treks, wildlife watching, Maya archaeological tours, horseback riding, snorkelling, scuba diving and salt water fly fishing.
We also operate a range of specialist study tour workshops specifically designed to raise funds for our partner NGOs and research projects. Our 2010 expedition workshop series will focus on Jaguar Research & Tropical Ecology; Raptor Conservation & Research; Maya Archaeology.
Voted Best Resort in Central & South America in 2009 by the readers of Travel + Leisure Blancaneaux Lodge is an almost self-sustaining sanctuary nestled above the tumbling waterfalls and granite boulders of Privassion Creek. Remote and tranquil the lodge is located in the wild borderlands of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and the moist tropical broadleaf forests of the Elijio Panti National Park of Western Belize. The stunning natural environment that surrounds the lodge is host to many rare and endangered species and ancient Maya sites including Belize’s largest Mays site, Caracol. Our green design, support for biodiversity conservation and research, community outreach, organic produce and renewable energy reflect our desire to create a truly sustainable destination where guests can reconnect with nature and enjoy an amazing range of adventures.
Sister property Turtle Inn has also recently been voted in Central & South America’s top 5 Resorts by Travel + Leisure’s readers. The 25 cottages and villas nestle amongst sea grape, frangipani and coconut palms just yards from the deep blue waters of the Caribbean. The resort is located just north of the Creole fishing village of Placencia in Belize’s southern Stann Creek District. Behind the resort is the tranquil manatee rich Placencia Lagoon and offshore lies the western Hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, picture perfect coral cayes and one of the world’s top Whale Shark aggregation sites. Inland there’s the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, the troops of Howler Monkeys, crocodiles and manatee of Monkey River and the southern Maya sites of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit. Anglers can enjoy some of the best salt water fly fishing in the world and guests return year after year in pursuit of the elusive grand slam of permit, bonefish and tarpon.
From Belize it’s easy to enjoy a stay at La Lancha our third Central American property located high above Lake Peten Itza. From the lodge it’s just a short 45-minute drive to the monolithic temples, ornate staele and stunning plazas of Tikal. As dawn breaks guests are woken to the eerie sound of resident howler monkeys and noisy squadrons of parakeet fly over the mist shrouded canopy. La Lancha is a wonderful base for birding or exploring the Maya sites of the Peten. Day tours with expert local guides can be arranged to Tikal, Yaxha, Nakum, Seibal, Aguateca, Ixcun and Uaxactun and in the summer months there is helicopter access to the remote sites of El Mirador, Dos Pilas, Cancuen and El Peru Waka. Take a boat tour to the island town of Flores, go horseback riding or trek jungle trails and enjoy stunning views from the Skyway’s canopy level walkways.
Our three Belize & Tikal properties can easily be combined (they’re all within about 3 hours of each other) to create wonderful multi-night itineraries. The three resorts’ offer clients access to a wide range of habitats, landscapes and cultures and all are linked by one efficient and seamless inbound service. Our central reservations office offers bespoke travel planning for FITs and small groups.
Beyond Belize and Tikal Francis Coppola’s private residencies can be hired for small groups, extended family gatherings and executive meetings. Secluded and private Jardin Escondido is located in the hip Buenos Aires district of Palermo Soho. It can be rented as a whole or in 2 sections. 714 Gov. Nicholls Street is a wonderful hideaway located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Just minutes from Bourbon Street it’s a great base to explore the music, cuisine and arts of this historic district. We’re soon to open the doors of our first European property. Casa Margherita is small Palazzo located in Bernalda and close to the ancient caves of Matera in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.
Our primary markets are USA, Canada, UK and EU, however, the resorts’ are very cosmopolitan and host clients from all over the world.
We’re looking to expand our networking and cooperation with special interest tour operators especially working in the fields of: adventure, nature/birding, archaeology and yoga /wellbeing. We are also interested in forming new partnerships with tour operators specialising in specific target markets such as family and women’s travel.