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Reviewed 8 May 2009

I had been considering staying at Maruba for a few days and ultimately decided to stay on the beach. When I had the opportunity to go there as a part of a day trip and get a massage, I grabbed it. I had heard wonderful things about the resort and of course, the mood mud massage. My friend and I booked the massage through our hotel. We ate lunch and were told that we would be picked up for our massage. We went to the "visitor" pool and waited. Just as the mosquitoes began to become impossible, they came to get us. As we approached the spa, the woman escorting us asked if it would be ok if one of us had a male massage therapist. There were three of us, an older woman, part of our tour, immediately said she would definitely mind. I knew my friend would be uncomfortable with it - so I said I it was fine with me. I have had male massage therapists before and it has never been a problem, as they are always so careful to respect your privacy. When my friend and I entered the spa, they had set up tables side by side. We not a couple and asked to be separated. When I settled in, I was handed a pair of paper thong underwear - makes sense, since you are going to be covered in mud. I put them on, hopped up on the table, and waited for the therapist. When he entered the room, he ripped off the sheet covering me leaving me bare butt on the table. I decided I could handle this, but hoped that when I turned over, that he would cover my breasts and genitals. Well, he didn't. Not only that, but as I lay there with nothing but a sheer paper thong, he applied mud to my breasts. I am not an uptight person and generally have no problem with nudity, topless beaches, etc., but when this strange man started rubbing mud onto my breasts I thought I was going to jump straight off the table. When the massage is over, they lead you, covered in mud, with a hibiscus flower on each breast and a banana leaf between your legs through an open garden to an enclosed outdoor bath area. Since we had previously asked to be in separate massage areas, you'd think they would have figured out we were not a couple, but they only had one bathtub filled for us! The entire experience was an adventure for sure and if I had been with a lover, I would have looked at it differently. But having a male massage therapist and no respect for my nudity would not have been ok under any circumstances.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

We went to Maruba for our 10th anniversary. We stayed there before going to San Pedro which was perfect for us. Our busy lifestyle came to a screeching halt at Maruba. The lush tropical landscape and the paths around the resort were beautiful. We were upgraded to a junior suite. It was very colorful with lots of mosaic in the bathroom. Fresh hibiscus flowers everywhere; in the rooms, along the paths, on the tables, in the rum punch. We really enjoyed the food even though it is not cheap. The staff is very warm and welcoming, willing to cater to your every need. The spa treatments were wonderful, some are definitely not for the shy, though. We went on several pricey excursions but enjoyed them all. Our driver and guide was always Mario. He is excellent. Our room did have a TV to play CD's or DVD's, which we brought with us.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2009

Maruba the stangest hotel I ever stayed in

If you like kitsch primitive this is the place for you. The staff is very serviceable. Melanie was great. I had the mud massage and facial and it was very relaxing. Massage is always too short! Afterwards you take a bath in a big tub with warm water. I had the Japanese Mineral bath all to myself. It is warm water that has “minerals” added, but I was unable to find out exactly what minerals. There are 2 cold water pools that are not as nice as the pictures show. We had the junior suit. Stanger décor with silver plated walls with fanta, coke, and beer bottles in the wall, with broken ceramic floors and walls in the bedroom and bath. They have nice gel, shampoo and lotion. No TV in the room but there is one in a casita next to the restaurant. They have a few old DVD’s you can take to the room. Better stay here in your way out of the country than the city. Tranquil and peaceful. One meal was fairly good and one was really bad. The portions for the Ceviche was tiny, half a custard cup and it was $15.00 US. My terrible shrimp pasta dish was $25.00 US. The salad was good and the coffee the best we had in Belize. There is nothing else around it, so you have to have your meals here. They have a poor parrot in a cage. I am sure he is totally depressed hearing his friends flying around. I don’t know why people have a need to cage animals.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Starviagera
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Reviewed 2 January 2009

I should start off by saying we stayed there the first week in September, so we had the place to ourselves. Airport service to Maruba was prompt, but a long ride. Mario, the driver was an amazing tour guide and kept us entertained. After arriving, we were unhappy with our room (cold, metallic decor) and they upgraded us for free to the luxury suite cabin. It was great.
One thing i wasn't thrilled with is the highly sulfuric water at Maruba. They cleverly market it as "spa water", but basically all the water there smells like sulfur (not so pleasant).
The restaurant and ambiance is very romantic (bordering on Porn-y at night with the blacklights and zebra-print tablecloths at dinner). They also make the waiters wear animal print skirts (even the men). If you have a good sense of humor about this, you'll enjoy yourself.
The meals were good but expensive. I see someone complained about portions, but i was satisfied. The water buffalo, gibnut (rat), and armadillo were suprisingly tasty.
We did a spa treatment. After getting used to a strange woman rubbing mud on your naked body, you'll probably find it relaxing. The pools are nice, but not quite as nice as the website photos would suggest. The secluded hot-tub is nice and I'm sure many a couple have concemated their marriages in there.
If you enjoy reading by the pool, there's certainly opportunity for that. But if you are interested in excursions, there are some great trips (try to get Mario as a guide). We went cave tubing with vampire bats and visited the Mayan ruins. They really made the trip memorable (bring a waterproof camera).

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank DissociatedMaven
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Reviewed 6 September 2008

Maruba resort is the best place to stay in Belize. Belize itself is not a great place to visit, which is why if you are going, Marabu is the spot to stay. Belize is a country which is crippled by poverty and crime and Belize city is the epitome of this. My wife and I came to Belize on our honeymoon, in search of adventure and good times. Maruba was quiet, secluded and tropical (literally cut out of the jungle). They offer plenty of excursions (though quite pricey). The trip to the Mayan ruins is a MUST. The food is amazing and the accommodations are clean and rooms are exquisitely done up with fresh hibiscus flowers placed everywhere each morning! Great service, great rooms. If however you want a true island experience, do not waste your time with Belize, go to the British isles.

Stayed: August 2008
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