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Francis Ford Coppola is making a vacation offer you can't refuse

You probably know Francis Ford Coppola as the director of the greatest gangster movie of all time. You might even fondly call him The Godfather. But did you know that, in addition to being an acclaimed director and owner of his winery in California, he's got five exclusive resorts in Italy, Argentina, and Central America?

Yep, and the godfather of them all, you might say, is Blancaneaux Lodge: A 20-cabana rainforest paradise nestled in the remote mountains of Belize that once served as the family retreat.

Welcome to your thatch-roofed cabana overlooking the river, equipped with a fireplace for those cool mountain nights.

Luxury suites are themed with local art, hand-painted tiles, and intricately carved furniture. 

Let's just call it paradise within a paradise. Also, if you're room doesn't have its own infinity pool like the one pictured above, you'll probably catch some rays here.

After a strenuous dip, head over to the Waterfall Spa for a massage. And maybe, if you're feeling a bit adventurous, a Papaya Body Polish? Orrr... maybe not.

Bungalows come equipped with Japanese tubs, personal steam rooms, and all the organic, locally sourced, handmade soap you can possibly use.

If you stay in the FFC Villa or the Enchanted Cottage, you'll also enjoy the service of a full-time attendant. To mix up tasty cocktails like this, among other things.

When not enjoying food prepped by your personal attendant on your outdoor deck with gorgeous garden views, you can dine in one of two restaurants or drink at the Jaguar Bar. Now that sounds fun.

The private hut on the banks of Privassion Creek.

And that same private hut, but at dusk, and romantically tricked out with candles and rose pedals. What, you're vacationing alone? Ohhh, sorry. Let's move along.

Maybe a few late-night laps before bed, then? Or, better yet, join the other guests for a sweet pool party before catching a puddle jumper out the next morning -- from the resort's personal landing strip, of course.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. When packing for this trip, she would recommend you leave the gun, take the cannoli. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.