This remote lodge was built with style and grace, which is fitting, as the owner is director Francis Ford Coppola. The lodge is set on a steep, pine-forested hillside, overlooking the Privassion River and a series of gentle falls. The individual cabanas here are all comfortable and intimate, with wood floors, a private balcony or deck, and a mix of furnishings and decorations from around the world that blend together in a sort of chic world fusion. Most of these cabanas are "riverfront" units, although a couple are termed "garden view." My favorite cabanas are the riverfront "honeymoon" units, which have private plunge pools. Most of the villas are two-bedroom, two-bathroom affairs. The best feature of these is their large, open-air central living area, which flows into a forest- and river-view deck. Villa 7 is Coppola's private villa whenever he visits, and it features some of the director's photo memorabilia, as well as a painting by his daughter and fellow director Sofia Coppola. You can rent it whenever he's not around, and it also comes with a private plunge pool and a personal butler. The newest additions here are a midsize pool up near the main lodge and the luxurious private "Enchanted Cottage" a short distance from everything else, which has a great view, an infinity pool, and personal butler service, as well.

The main restaurant serves excellent Italian and international cuisine, and there's a separate, more intimate restaurant specializing in Guatemalan cuisine. A wide range of tours and activities is offered. There's a small spa here, with a large horseshoe-shaped Jacuzzi, and a wooden massage room set on the banks of the river. The masseuses are from Thailand and provide Thai massage, alongside a host of other treatments.