Sharyn, the owner, left us in the capable hands of her staff while she was away. She had arranged everything before she left and when we threw a wrench in things, the staff adjusted easily with smiles and great attitudes. We were the only guests of the resort and while we hope that this little gem succeeds, we were also so privileged to have it all to ourselves. We treasured every day of our experience.
Ruins at Caracol tour, ziplining and caving at Calico Jacks (that promises to become a large commercial tour at some point which is good for them but not for us. We had it to ourselves though, so it was treat), butterfly farm, barton creek canoeing (again to ourselves..AMAZING), and lovely lunch at Maca Bank lodge (also worth staying at if you have time.) Action packed, amazing, but time for naps and rest as well. Did I mention the jungle BBQ in the bird watching tower? The stars that you can see....
Damien, our personal guide, was knowledgeable, protective, entertaining, and professional. He takes great pride in his work, and his community. We had him all to ourselves the whole trip. He was staying at the lodge with his family and was flexible and adventurous. (He saved me from a giant scorpion....Amy: "Um...Damien?....there's a scorpion over here.") Can I just mention his driving skill was well...beyond admirable. Those roads are an adventure in and of themselves and he navigated them with years of experience and kept us safe and sound.
Amy and Brad (relatively recent ex-pats) are young and passionate about Belize. They have such interesting lives and experiences to share but their humility may force you to drag it from them piece meal. They were enthusiastic, helpful and gracious. (Amy and Brad did the serving and were the people we saw the most of (aside from Damien).) Did you know that CD's have a limited shelf life in the jungle? (Who knew?)
Nelmarie (asst mgr in Sharyn's absence) is about the size of a sack of potatoes and her smile and helpful disposition was such a treat. She cooked and the meals were delicious! She's so tiny it's hard to trust a small, skinny person's cooking, but her meals were excellent.
After our stint in the jungle we went to Ambergris Caye and were struck but the gluttonous and rude demands of other American tourists. The islanders were so fun, funny, open and friendly. It was the Americans that you have to look out for. Our lodging facilities was vastly superior to the crammed in condos on the Caye. At Mariposa we had a giant bed, great breezes, beautiful cabana and privacy. At the Caye we had one condo of 48, a swimming pool next door, people everywhere. (But the snorkeling and reef action was incredible and worth the visit)
We were spoiled at Mariposa and we enjoyed every minute of it. We hope you will go! - Karrie and Joshua (Eugene, Oregon)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique eco-resort nestled under the jungle canopy of San Antonio, Belize, offers six luxury cabanas with air conditioning and wifi, mosquito-netted canopy beds, private screened porches with hammocks, and comfortable sitting areas for relaxation. Enjoy local and international cuisine, full bar, and the library with an eclectic book collection, games, and array of international art and memorabilia. Mariposa is well-located for tours to regional Maya archaeological sites, waterfalls, caves, and rivers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mariposa Jungle Hotel San Ignacio