We came to Monkey Bay to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed in the Mountain View cabin and woke every morning to a wonderful array of bird songs and summer breezes. We sat on the hammock reading in the afternoon and looking out at the mountains.
Monkey Bay is a wonderful operation with a vision and skilled staff members. The staff quickly became friends and invaluable resources - sharing all of their local knowledge, advise, and really going out of their way to accomodate whatever we needed - including dietary needs. The head chef is an amazing woman who made me special dishes because of my allergies that were just as delicious as everything else on the spread. What was especially welcome was the use of vegetables and recipes from her home-made cookbook. She is also an amazing and active community member - something this place definitely helps foster.
I think we liked it so much because it wasn't pretentious or fancy - but very homey and well-run. The owner has done a great job making space for & supporting the leadership of some amazing Belizean's who really keep the place going and find ways to have it serve not just as a nice place for visitors to get a room but as a real asset to the community.
We will definitely be heading back to Monkey Bay anytime we come to Belize and there is a much greater likelihood we will come back to Belize because of Monkey Bay.
Thanks Aretha, Juan, and Matthew!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is an environmental education center offering Belize Study Abroad experiential learning programs and training opportunities while serving as a model of conservation land Stewardship. Our goal is to guide our guests and students in experiencing the natural wonders of the tropics and life in a developing country, recognizing the diversity of human potential through other cultures. We do this from a peaceful natural setting within a 1070-acre private protected area at our Monkey Bay campus where we experiment with sustainable living technologies and conservation land management ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Belize/Belmopan