Weekend in Paradise

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Posted by admin | Posted in Jungle River, Maya Sites, Rainforest, testimonials, Tours | Posted on 02-05-2011

Trip Advisor Review May 2, 2011

Date of review: May 2, 2011

I went to Belize on a business trip and had a chance to take a little time off between Friday afternoon and Sunday. I was blessed to have found Maruba to spend my “mini-vacation”. Not only the place is beautiful, but I was pampered and treated extremely well by the family who owns and runs the place. They were very accommodating and nice to me. I was picked-up directly in the office where I was working in Belize City, taken to the pharmacy as I needed to buy a couple of things, and driven to the resort. I had a great time chatting with Nicki (the owner who picked me up) on the way there. I was greeted by Melanie, his wife, and taken to my beautiful suite, where my suitcase was already waiting for me. I loved the amenities and the attention to detail: the hibiscus everywhere, the sandalwood incense burning in the room, the disposable flip-flops, the availability of DVDs, covered chairs/beds around the pool, a beautiful hookah room, and a dining area set in a tree-house; comfort in the middle of the jungle. I spent the nice afternoon by the pool chatting with Annie and the kids. I had a wonderful aromatherapy massage in the evening. The next day I went to one of the tours (Lamanai) and spent the day out. Upon my arrival I was greeted with a refreshing juice and my mud massage appointment had already been rescheduled, as I returned a bit later than anticipated. The mud massage was a wonderful experience, especially bathing in warm water to remove the mud under the stars. I am often concerned about massages in remote places. My husband is a massage therapist and I know all the studying/practice required to become licensed. My massage therapist was wonderful and it was clear that she was well-trained.

Food was great, in taste and presentation. I loved the big fancy plates and delicious food. There is Internet connection and an eclectic music collection in the reception/bar area. The staff is attentive, without being intrusive.

I cannot wait to go back to Maruba, next time with my family.

Crooked Tree Sanctuary

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Posted by admin | Posted in Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

Experience the awe of the Jabiru Stork, the largest bird in the western hemisphere as well as the colorful array of other wild & exotic birds.

Marubian Reef Safari

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Posted by admin | Posted in Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

A short drive from the Hotel takes you to Bomba Village located on the Northern River in Belize.  This village was on of the earliest settled villages by pirates in search of logwood and mahogany trees.  Later becoming a fishing and farming village and now a great place to pick ip local handicrafts mainly wood carving.  From her the adventure continues by boat down the orchid filled river then across the bay to the barrier islands and the reef.

Snorkel in crystal blue waters of the Caribbean with tropical fish between corals and spot predator fish like barracuda nurse sharks, and giant rays.  After snorkeling you’ll have time to experience island life, grab a bit to eat, shop, or just hang out and relax.

Baboon Sanctuary

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Posted by admin | Posted in Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

The Community Baboon Sanctuary was the first of its kind Voluntary Conservation Reserve and is situated along the Belize River.  Featuring the loud Black Howler Monkey in their natural habitat.  You’ll have a chance to get real close with plenty of great photo ops.  Other wildlife includes a medicinal hike with tropical birds and giant iguanas.

Jungle Riverboat Ride

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Posted by admin | Posted in Jungle River, Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

As you leisurely cruise down this exotic jungle river, literally hundreds of varieties of orchids, bromeliads and chattering toucans offer enchantment and delight to all naturalists and explores.

Lamanai

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Posted by admin | Posted in Maya Sites, Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

Discovering Lamanai on a day tour From Maruba Resort & Jungle Spa is like living an Indiana Jones Adventure.  The day starts with a 20  mile car ride on back roads to the New River,  from there boat 25 miles on a jungle to the ruins covered by 3 level canopy tropical rainforest.  Hike through the jungle then a clearing with a large temple to explore then hike some more and another clearing with even a taller temple,  and hike more and discover more including wildlife like howler monkeys and toucans.

Lamanai, located on the New River in Orange Walk District, is known for being the longest continually-occupied site in Mesoamerica.  Occupied from 1500B.C. to the present day.

Lamanai meaning drowned mosquito was probably and incorrect translation and by changing the name slightly to  Lama’ an/ayin meaning submerged crocodile should be the correct name of the sight as numerous representations of crocodiles were unearthed in the excavations. 

 

 

Some of Lamanai’s ruins are some of the oldest in Belize.  Archaeologists believe the Mayan site was of moderate size as early as 1500 BC. However, some of its later structures were occupied as recently as the 18th century AD, signifying over 3500 years of occupation.

Altun Ha

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Posted by admin | Posted in Maya Sites, Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

 

 

 

Usually Altun ha is a signature sunset Maya temple tour leaving about 3:30 in the afternoon.  A twenty minute ride gets you there then the tour begin.  

Medicinal Safari Hike

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Posted by admin | Posted in Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

Hike in the rainforest of Belize and learn about the medicinal uses of the vegetation and see wildlife in its natural environment.

Horseback Riding

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Posted by admin | Posted in Rainforest, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

1 hour through jungle with a guide.

Reef & Rainforest Package – Maruba Portofino

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Posted by admin | Posted in Maya Sites, Rainforest, Snorkeling/Fishing/Diving, Tours | Posted on 01-04-2011

Experience Belize’s jungle and sea while staying at Maruba Resort Jungle Spa, located in 10 miles north of Altun Ha near Maskall Village.

Stay at Maruba and get pampered by some of the best Spa therapists in Belize. Explore the jungle by foot or horse, and visit one of the most famous Maya Ruins, Altun Ha. And end your vacation by relaxing at Portofino Beach Resort, where you will be staying in one of our Beach Cabanas, just a few steps away from our Cristal Blue Ocean. During your stay at Portofino you will be able to swim with the Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays at Shark Ray Alley and visit our most famous snorkeling site: Hol Chan.

This is a 7 nights package and includes the following:

Maruba Resort

  • 3 Nights Signature Suite accommodation
  • Full Breakfast daily
  • Choice of 1 full body Spa Treatment per person
  • Choice of Facial, Manicure or Pedicure per person
  • Choice of Jungle Horseback Ride or Safari Hike
  • Altun Ha Tour
  • Round trip land transfers from International Airport

Portofino Beach Resort

  • 4 nights accommodation in a Beach Cabana
  • Welcome Tropical Fruit Cocktail upon arrival.
  • Local Air tickets from Belize City to San Pedro -round trip for two
  • Personal meeting at San Pedro Airport and boat transfer to the resort.
  • Daily Breakfast a la carte
  • Snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley
  • Complimentary use of all resort water sports.
  • VIP Service throughout your stay.
  • Free use of Internet. (WIFI)

Prices:
High Season (January 6th-April 30th, 2011) ~ US$1620
Low Season (May 1st-December 21st, 2011) ~ US$1420
The above rates are per person and include 9% hotel tax and 10% service charge, based on double occupancy.

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