When not making wine and movies, Francis
Ford Coppola makes once-in-a-lifetime experiences for travelers to
his properties. (800) 746-3743; www.blancaneaux.com
A river runs through
Blancaneaux Lodge (shown), in the middle of the
jungle, in Belize. Guests can go horseback riding from the private
stable, and meals are designed with crops from the organic garden
At Turtle Inn, on the
Caribbean coast of Belize, the thatched-roof cottages feature the
flavors of Balinese design. Much of the furniture is hand-carved,
including a 200-year-old Chinese fertility bed in one suite.
La Lancha, in
Guatemala, is the newest Coppola entry and the most affordable.
Activities include fishing in Lake Peten Itza and snooping around
Mayan ruins at Tikal.