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Private Hilltop Estate With Pool and 3 full time staff on 50 private acres

Alvin Granoff

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, happy to try.
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Alvin Granoff

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, happy to try.
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Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2015
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Private Hilltop Estate With Pool and 3 full time staff on 50 private acres

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


San Ignacio Villa Rental Photos and Description

50 Acre estate with 3 bedroom 4 bath large home With Private Pooling

One of the finest homes in Belize, Kukulkan Villa is a private 50 acre showplace yet only minutes from San Ignacio town with hardwood floors and 3 large bedrooms each with a private marble bath plus a 1/2 bath near the 1200 Square foot living room and almost 2,000 Square Feet of hardwood decks overlooking the valley and swimming pool. The pool sits high up at deck level and is quite unique with a fan shape and fully glass tiled with an infinity edge that looks out on the valley below. Kukulkan outside of the house lawns and the lower orchard area is a very wooded 50 acres with beautiful maintained trails that allow for an adventurous hike or a visit to the orchard and the riverside where we can bring our kayaks so you can enjoy a very special outing. You can also just unwind and relax and cook out on our decks or on our Viking stove and oven or have a Mayan treat made for you by Adelita Moh who will also provide daily housekeeping service. We have three full time staff onsite who will always be there for you and are located only 10 minutes from San Ignacio which is a town of 15,000 with many local restaurant choices. Nearby resorts also provide some fine dining options.

Your rent includes daily maid service and if you don't come in your own car (remember to always get 4 wheel drive for Belize) you can have use of our 7 seat truck with our driver, villa manager Leonardo who knows the country and will drive you out to the nearby sites or take you to nearby restaurants. If you take a rental car you can still have Leonardo drive you if you wish at no additional cost. In fact our staff of three will always be there for whatever you need day or night.

Although we are just a few miles from town this hidden location will let you see more toucans flying at eye level and parrots squawking above you than you can imagine and the amazing star studded night sky and sounds and soft breeze of the jungle will gently lull you to sleep.

Although off the beaten track we have more modern conveniences than most hotels in Belize with Wifi throughout the house complimentary and a 52 inch TV with satellite connection and Apple TV with Netflix as well as a USA phone for calls to or from the states and use of my local cell phone for your convenience.

Although we encourage people to simply relax in our pool or kayak in the river or hike on our trails you can also go to nearby sites on your own vehicle or my truck with Leonardo and you can also access the nearby world famous Lodge at Chaa Creek including going on any of Chaa Creek's trips at the same cost as their own guest.

Our villa is really one of the finest and most unique designer homes in the county which took two years to build in its very unique location. Our master bedroom and second bedroom have marble baths with huge showers and a 3rd bedroom has two double beds and is near the largest master bedroom.

Kukulkan is located just 10 minutes away from the town of San ignacio yet will feel a hundred miles away although occasionally the sounds from a nearby village across the river come drifting over.

The Moh family who are Mayan and from the south of Belize will take care of you. They also live on the property in their own house a hundred yards away. The property is fenced in and there are two friendly but protective large dogs who stay outside. Leonardo Moh is the villa manager and he can not only drive you to shops in town or do a Belize style barbecue for you on our big outdoor gas grill but also tell you about all there is to do nearby. His wife Adelita will take care of the house and make you a nice traditional mayan soup or Belizean dish if you like and maybe some handmade flour tortillas. Leonardo and Adelita have two lovely daughters, Lulu and Sherrie who you will also enjoy meeting as they come home from school in town. Their cousin Andrew Moh is a young man who also works with us and will be there to take you on walks on the trails and show you all around the hilly 50 acre estate.

Staying at Kukulkan is staying in a very special home built for the environment and very sensitive to the environment. Most of the lighting is LED and our power comes from solar panels with our propane generator as back up. Our water source is the sky and we have 15,000 gallons of storage. We are very much off the grid yet have all the modern conveniences. We do however ask that bedroom air conditioning only be used during times of extreme heat and not in the winter months when the weather is mild and the evenings are cool and pleasant. We also really want our guests to get a feel for this special environment including the sounds of the evenings and roar of life all around you as the sun sets and rises. It is really just an amazing experience. The living areas do not have a/c but rely on our modern fans and gentle breezes. We are on a hilltop and the house was designed for cross ventilation with large sliding glass windows.

In the evenings between 7-11pm when you look out our decks over the river valley below you will often see clouds forming and curving above the gentle angles of the twisting and turning Macal River . It's an amazing site as these clouds form and slowly rise so that on a typical night by midnight or 1am you are quite literally sleeping in the clouds. That is why although the sun rises facing the bedroom windows each morning we have no curtains as the clouds that form in the night protect you from the morning sun and become a natural curtain diffusing light until they burn off later in the morning. (no one but birds can see inside)

Come to Kukulkan and I promise you will remember it all your life. If you have an eye for deep green forests and natural beauty and the sounds of birds and nature and would enjoy some oxygen therapy by living amidst the freshest air in the tropics this is most definitely the place for you. But of course you will also get to relax and be pampered. And should you wish a spa treatment we will take you right over to the nearby Chaa Creek Spa or have a masseuse come over to the house to take care of you right on the deck.

I invite you to enjoy this very special home in a most wonderful location. -----Alvin

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alvin Granoff (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, happy to try.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2015

About Alvin Granoff

I fell in love with Belize over 30 years ago as a young man and have come back many many times. In 2003 I decided to semi-retire and completed this house in 2006 as a place to live. It took two years to build and I was lucky to have Irish designer and Belize resident Brendan Odonoghue help me design and build my dream house.

I have traveled a good deal in my life and you will see some of my art collection in the house including a piece by my old friend and well known artist Gregory Amenoff whose large abstract painting greets you on the way into Kukulkan to local artists and paintings I picked up in Bali. I lived at Kukulkan for almost 5 years before deciding to move back to Texas and get involved once again in the hotel business. I was part owner of The Stoneleigh Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Dallas for many years and am presently developing a new hotel concept although I come to Belize and relax at Kukulkan whenever I can.

I love Belize in large part because it is a special place filled with charming, warm and friendly people. I suppose it is the people of Belize more than anything that kept me and continues to keep me coming back to this beautiful country. I encourage my guests to get to know not just the physical beauty of this land but also the kind and gentle people of so many races and backgrounds who inhabit Belize and make it their home.

Alvin Granoff purchased this villa in 2006

Why Alvin Granoff chose San Ignacio

I had been traveling to Belize since 1981 taking a week to rejuvenate myself every few months. For many of those years in the 80s and 90s I had an active business and political life as a lawyer and member of the Texas House of Representatives and escaping to Belize was critical in keeping my sanity and putting things in balance. It still is.

My trip was always a mix of spending some time in San Pedro on the seaside and then going inland and staying at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. I remember in the early 80s when Chaa Creek first opened and had 3 cabanas and one outhouse. Today Chaa Creek is one of the finest mountain lodges in the world and its owners Mick and Lucy Fleming are among my closest friends. In 2003 when I decided to base myself in Belize it was the magnificent beauty of the Macal River Valley and the land around Chaa Creek that attracted me. I wanted to live in this rich green environment full of both the beauty of nature and charming and friendly people. At first I stayed with Mick and Lucy at Chaa Creek then rented a little home in town. Within a few months Mick Fleming found me this very special 50 acres right on the Macal River and just one mile down river from his own Chaa Creek. I bought it and proceeded to design and build my dream home with the help of the amazingly talented Brendan Odonoghue who is without doubt the leading designer in Belize. That dream home is Kukulkan. With Mayan ruins literally right on the property we named our villa in honor of the leading Mayan god who is featured in Chichen Itza.

Over the years we expanded the trails, built the swimming pool to hang over the valley and planted many fruit trees. Come in the summer and enjoy our mangos and avocados.

I love this 50 acres of greenery and trails and riverfront as much as I love the special house we built to sit atop and be a part of this unique and special environment.

What makes this villa unique

Let me simply make a list of some of the special things you should not miss while staying at Kukulkan.

1/ Just lay out on the comfortable lounge chairs on the deck in the evening and watch the stars. Do it for 20 minutes and your bound to see a shooting star and more stars than you ever saw in your life as well as whole clouds of galaxies in the distance.

2/ Always open the windows (we have screens) and listen to the sounds of the night when you go to sleep. You'll sleep well. I have come to miss it so much that when I'm gone I listen to recordings of evening sounds to help me sleep.

3/Take a walk on the Kukulkan trails with Leonardo or Luis (and the dogs if you like) and make sure to visit the orchard area just above the river for a special memory and have a nice swim in the river which is quite safe and clean or in the pool when you're done.

4/Get Leonardo to drive you over to Chaa Creek for lunch and a visit to their museum and butterfly farm or maybe have a treatment at their elegant spa. If you feel energetic take the kayaks to get there . It will be harder getting there going upstream and quite easy downstream on the way back.

Just relax and enjoy my home. And maybe take an outside shower on the master bedroom deck.

Everything is quite private at Kukulcan. I designed it that way. In fact clothes can be optional as no one can see inside the house from the front of the house and only birds from the back side which is mostly a wall of windows that open to the Macal River Valley.

I think you'll like it. I know you'll never forget it.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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based on 8 traveler reviews

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Private Hilltop Estate With Pool and 3 full time staff on 50 private acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Jacksonville, FL

Top notch service in a five-star hilltop property!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely home for a week end December/beginning January, and were immediately impressed with the whole arrangement. The house itself is lovely: architecturally striking, built on a hill overlooking a river, you look out over a valley and have sunrises directly outside the back floor-to-ceiling windows. The house is furnished very simply, but comfortably, with top grade finishes and a chef's kitchen. A beautiful deck and infinity pool completes the house description, but the best part of the visit was the service provided by the caretaker family. Leonardo and Adelita (and their daughter) were helpful all day, every day, from arranging tours to taking us shopping, housecleaning, and even cooking some wonderful local dishes for us, which were delicious. We felt pampered and spoiled, and even when it rained, we were cozy and protected with internet wifi and satellite TV (Apple TV?) and a stereo system available. There are even books and games, if you'd like quiet evening activities. We can highly recommend this vacation home, and are grateful to Alvin for helping us arrange our wonderful visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments Vivian. I am indeed very lucky to have Leonardo and Adelita taking care of Kukulkan Villa and our guests. They have worked with me and frankly taken care of me for almost 10 years and I hope will stay for many more. As I read your pleasant description of my home and read over the other reviews I must admit I wonder why I am in Dallas and not Belize. I did live in Belize for 7 years (two years building the house) and may well move back soon. In fact I will be there next week and expect to stay much of this year starting in April. But I will continue to rent the property and perhaps develop some small hotels in locations in my adopted country. Belize is not only a physically beautiful place it is also populated by a charming, friendly and diverse population. I miss them too much when I am gone. i hope your journey refreshed you and wish you and Frederic and your family a happy and healthy 2015. Please feel free to contact me anytime at my email address or phone should you have any further comments, suggestions or Belize travel needs. Alvin
United States

Gorgeous house, relaxing vacation, fantastic people!!

  • 5 of 5

I travelled here with a group of friends and we had a fantastic time!

First, the house. The house! It’s even better than the photos. Gorgeous views above the trees and ample patio and pool space to enjoy the views. The home inside is immaculately clean with beautiful decorative touches. There’s a full kitchen and lots of common space for lounging inside. We had a few more people stay than beds. Leonardo were incredibly accommodating in helping us make that work — they even bought some new blankets.

Second, the people. Alvin, the owner, was the most responsive and helpful owner I’ve encountered on Homeaway or AirBnB. He was quick to respond and to offer help suggesting and planning travel and activities. When we arrived, Leonardo and his wife made sure everything ran perfectly. Leonardo arranged a cave tubing adventure for the group, drove us to dinners at night, took us to the grocery store, and arranged transportation to the airport at the end. He’s so friendly and made sure we had everything we needed at all times.

To summarize, this place is gorgeous and incredibly relaxing. Alvin and Leonardo will make sure you make the most of it!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Carrollton, Texas USA

Our First Time to Visit Belize

  • 5 of 5

We traveled for the first time to the country of Belize in late August 2014. At the beginning of our trip, we stayed a few days at a lovely beach condo near San Pedro. Next, we took a Tropic Air flight from San Pedro to San Ignacio to begin our stay at the fantastic "off the grid" estate of Kukulkan.

We were met at the San Ignacio air strip by Leonardo, our host for the next four days.

Leonardo first drove the six of us through town to pick up supplies for our visit. We went to a grocery store, and the farmer's open air market and were able to find everything we needed. Then we headed to Kukulkan - about 10 minutes outside of town. The house was just beautiful -- open, spacious, clean and first class in all respects. The deck overlooking the jungle, and the infinity pool, are magnificent. At night we heard jungle sounds (even glimpsed some monkeys), and saw so many stars. We prepared several meals in the first-rate deluxe kitchen, and enjoyed sharing our meals with Leonardo and his family (who live in a separate house on the property). They taught us so much about their country. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Leonardo, his wife, Adelita, and their helper, Louis. Leonardo and Louis drove us anywhere we needed or wanted to go. Probably the most exciting excursion was the day we went zip-lining through the jungle, followed by swimming in a private swimming hole complete with a huge waterfall, then a lovely lunch at Blancaneaux. We highly recommend you visit this gorgeous home for an "off-the-beaten" track vacation adventure.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Boston, ma

Heavenly experience

  • 5 of 5

Alvin was a great, very helpful, and incredibly responsive host. The house and surrounding jungle is absolute paradise, and the Moh family are very kind and extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area. They provide a very personalized experience as they are happy to drive you to town or organize tours in the area with excellent tour guides (and better pricing compared to other hotels/resorts).

We trekked around the property down to the river, went for a swim, and watched the moonrise from the deck every night. Awake to a hot shower on the deck with the soft morning sun on your skin, and leave the windows of the house open at night to be lulled asleep by the sounds of the jungle. What Alvin has organized in Belize is truly unique and I would highly recommend it. Truly 6-star service and atmosphere.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

I need a 6th star!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Kukulkan was amazing!! Owning vacation homes in Placencia, Belize and Texas I feel I know what guests want. This home had everything. The home was unBelizeably gorgeous inside and out, the property was impeccably cleaned and maintained and the staff was warm, inviting as well as great at their jobs! Besides the beautiful setting at Kukulkan; which in itself makes a relaxing vacation bird watching on the patio or canoeing in the river, the location is fantastic. My family has stayed in eco lodges in Cayo several times in the past and had great vacations. What set Kukulkan apart was that it is an easy 10 minute drive to town. In past vacations we had never enjoyed all San Ignacio has to offer. This trip we had an amazing dinner, saw a local dance presentation and enjoyed the casino all just 10 minutes from the villa.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a perfect stay at Kulkilkan! We were traveling with a baby and a great grandma and staying in a house was the best option for us. This house was perfect! From waking up floating in the clouds, to hiking to the private river front, we loved the accommodations! Our family is adventurous and we like to get out and see the sights. At the house, Leonardo and his family will make sure you are able to see and do what you want to. They will ensure you have everything you need and if you're lucky, Adelita will even cook for you! We spent time swimming in the pool, watching the birds and other animals in the jungle, went to the local Saturday morning market, visited local ruins and drove to pine ridge to swim at the base of waterfalls. If I ever return to Belize, I will be sure to stay at Kulkulkan again!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Maya Flats with Tropic Air
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ka'ana Resort--5 minutes away
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
picturesque river ferry at Xunantunich Mayan ruin
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
30 minutes
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
western highway (but just two lanes)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
numerous in San Ignacio
Car: not necessary

We have trails and kayaks on our property and many nearby attractions from ruins to tubing and exploring caves and many other activities. Our manager Leonardo Moh is a Mayan from southern Belize and by December will be licensed tour guide who can be your private guide to many locations. Leonardo and his wife and daughters have lived on and managed Kukulkan for over 8 years and can help you have a very special journey to this beautiful and undiscovered part of Belize.


Rates & Availability

From $1,295 Per night

San Ignacio Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
summer season
Apr 22 2015 - Dec 17 2015
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 4 2016
4 night minimum stay
high season
Jan 5 2016 - Dec 1 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 14.0%
Notes Rates include 3 full time staff and daily maid service. We can pick you up in town and take you to our villa and be available to drive you around the Cayo region or you can rent your own car and we will show you just how to get around. Guests will also have use of our 3 Kayaks on the Macal River. Tax noted above includes 9% government tax and 5% service charge as a tip for our staff.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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San Ignacio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Master has indoor and an outdoor shower on the private deck.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2nd master has private deck overlooking the pool
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , We just added this new marble bath to our 3rd bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Our parlor 1/2 bath is just off the living room
  • All the bathrooms are made of marble including the shower areas which were all custom made and designed. The second bedroom has a huge rainshower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Tempur-pedic bed + huge bath and indoor and outdoor showers
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 3' memory foam toppers on beds plus a marble shower + view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 3' memory foam tops plus a newly build bathroom just added
  • Master bedroom at one end of the house and 2nd bedroom with private bath at the other end. The house is 130 feet long so the two main bedrooms are quite separate. Our 3rd bedroom sits near to the main master bedroom and has two double beds and a just completed beautiful new bath with shower. There is also a half bath near the living room and an outdoor shower on the deck off the main master bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
  • water tubing
We are a very private reserve and modern villa yet off the grid and 2 miles down a dirt road we built. We are gated and fenced but only 10 minutes into the town of San Ignacio. We can arrange to have local food and barbecue prepared by our own staff or drive you to any nearby restaurants or take you shopping for wonderful ingredients then come and clean up the mess when your done cooking should you wish to cook your own meals.

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