Just over three months ago (has it really been that long?!) Tim and I set off for the Central American country of Belize for our honeymoon. We used two Groupons for the trip and split the time between the jungle and cayes.
Our first stop was in the mainland. We stayed for four nights at Maruba Resort Jungle Spa, a secluded resort outside of the village of Maskall. A driver was waiting for us at the airport and Melanie, the owner, greeted us with two rum punches (the unofficial drink of Belize) upon our arrival. After a tour of the grounds, she took us to our suite. With the Groupon, we were assured a junior suite but Maruba decided to celebrate our honeymoon and upgraded us to the honeymoon suite.
Tim and I both gasped a bit when Melanie opened the door to our suite. The bottom floor was a sitting area with a bathroom and porch but that is not where our eyes went. The suite was a loft stye and a beautiful wooden staircase stared us down. With red mood lighting guiding us, we walked up the stairs. Te bedroom area (the bed itself!) was massive, the wooden beam ceiling was stunning and the bathroom, complete with a spa was breathtaking. The place was covered with beautiful hibiscus flowers that were replaced every morning. Never in our dreams did we imagine a Groupon deal could get us such a wonderful space to stay.
The Groupon included breakfast, which was delicious. My favorite was the crepe, filled with local fruits, coffee and pineapple juice. There was nothing around Maruba so we had dinner there every evening and it was always local and delicious. Plenty of rum punches (only $2.50 USD) were consumed as well.
We spent most of our afternoons there away from Maruba on excursions but we did spend one full day at the resort. We took advantage of the renowned spa and received two different treatments: the Aroma Therapy and Maruba’s signature Mood Mud Massage. Both were incredible.
The staff at Maruba was fantastic. Melanie was as sweet and as helpful as can be and Nicky, Melanie’s husband, was fun and entertaining (Viper shot, nuff said). If you are ever interested in going to Belize, I would recommend Maruba in a heartbeat… and I hope to one day return.