This was exactly what we were looking for in a vacation. The house was everything the pictures made it out to be and more; as pictures just cannot do this place justice. This vacation was our Christmas and first anniversary present to each other. We are 52 and wanted to get away to someplace warm and just relax. We did just that. It rained 4 of the 6 days we were there but the sound of the river and rain was so relaxing. It didn't stop us from walking the nature trail or going down to the river. The only trip we did was into San Ignacio on Saturday for the market. That was a fun experience and we spent the whole day there. The folks from Gaia River Lodge were so friendly and helpful and were more than happy to take us anywhere, even made several suggestions, but we were happy to just hang out at the Villa or up at the Lodge. There were plenty of options for trips that the Gaia Rivere Lodge folks could arrange but we didn't want to do any of that as our agenda was to get away and relax. Every morning my husband sat either on the deck or at the inside table drinking his coffee, with the bird book provided by the Villa, watching and trying to name the birds that flew by or stopped in the nearby trees. The property was immaculate and taken care of on a daily basis by the Gaia River Lodge staff; a sweet group of ladies that would clean the house, change towels, sheets, and pick fresh flowers from the gardens around the house to arrange inside. They were great! We ate most of our meals up at the Lodge except for a couple. The walk up to the Lodge was beautiful and my work out for the day. I called it the Belizean Butt Lift; 214 steps! The Lodge would pick us up if we wanted with a quick phone call, but we always chose to walk because we would see different things at different times of the day. The food at the Lodge was excellent and the staff are there to serve you. I got the flu two days before we arrived so I wasn't quite up to par on our arrival. On our first breakfast there, Yassir, the waiter, brought me peppermint tea (to help clear my congestion) and a cool cloth (214 steps). The staff at Gaia always asked me how I was feeling. We both would recommend the Riverside Villa for whatever your vacation destination is for; relaxing, waterfalls, cave tubing, ziplining, or just plain fun. This location has it all.