Maruba definitely delivers an exotic experience in a jungle setting, complete with 24-hour electricity, air-conditioned cabañas, fresh flowers in the rooms, high-thread-count sheets, and, in some suites, hot tubs. The decor is nearly, if not actually, over the top, with gold-painted stucco walls in some rooms, mock stained-glass windows made from old bottles, and bold fabric prints. The restaurant ($$$–$$$$) boasts "nouveau jungle" cuisine, a selection of fish, shrimp, and pork dishes, often interestingly prepared, with salads and vegetables from local gardens. At night the restaurant and bar are bathed in black light. Maruba probably gets more mixed reactions from guests than any other hotel in Belize; some love it while others think it's a bit too much. Maruba's spa touts its "Mood Mud" therapy, using six different mud baths. One is supposed to arouse sexual passion. (In general, Maruba is geared towards adults.) Day visitors can have lunch or another meal at Maruba, take a swim (a second pool is reserved for overnight guests only), go horseback riding, and have spa treatments.
Mile 40.5 Old Northern Hwy., 10 miles (17 km) north of Altun Ha, Maskall Village, Belize