Are you searching for a unique summer destination? Are you curious about the growing enterprises, which the American American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer Francis Ford Coppola has developed?
Family Coppola Hideaways
The Family Coppola Hideaways has unveiled its brand new funicular at La Lancha, the lakeside retreat in Guatemala. Ascending from the shores of Lago Peten Itza through the jungle canopy to the hotel’s lobby and restaurant, the “jungle elevator” provides a unique welcome experience for guests. As they are transported up the mountainside, they will be met with breathtaking views of Lago Peten Itza and the lush surrounding vegetation of the Guatemalan countryside. Available to any guest arriving by boat, the funicular can accommodate four people at a time.
“La Lancha’s location above Lago Peten Itza is perhaps its most magnificent quality,” says Francis Ford Coppola. “We were determined to amplify that experience for guests arriving via boat with the addition of a jungle elevator that provides views as breathtaking as they are unforgettable.”
Set deep in the Guatemalan rainforest high above the shores of Lago Peten Itza, La Lancha offers guests rustic ambience with a glimpse into the region’s exotic wildlife. All 10 air-conditioned guestrooms are tucked into the property’s jungle surroundings with large covered decks and views of either the lake or the rainforest and its famous howler monkeys. Purchased by Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola in 2003, the resort’s charming, remote waterfront location offers swimming, hiking, canoeing, zip-lining and horseback riding, an ideal destination to enjoy both a languid respite and exploration of nearby ancient Mayan civilizations such as Tikal and Yaxha & Topoxte. Located just 90 minutes from the Belize border, La Lancha is not far from The Family Coppola’s two other Central American resorts – Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Business Ventures
The prolific film director and founder of the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story has also developed a growing collection of other creative enterprises. Some of these include Zoetrope Virtual Studio, a complete members-only motion picture production studio for screenwriters, directors, producers and other filmmaker artists. The Coppola Family owns Inglenook and Francis Ford Coppola Wineries in California. The brand “Francis Ford Coppola Presents” also includes films and videos, cafes, a restaurant and a line of pastas and sauces called Mammarella Foods.