Fodor's Expert Review Maruba Resort Jungle Spa
Mile 40.5 Old Northern Hwy., 10 miles (17 km) north of Altun Ha, Maskall Village, Belize District, Belize
Maruba 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. Maruba has added two- and three-bedroom villas. The restaurant ($$$) boasts food that combines Creole and French dishes, such as oxtail with creamed cassava. It also offers 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, making it look a little like a nightclub. Maruba's spa touts its "Mood Mud" therapy, using six different mud baths. One is supposed to arouse sexual passion. 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. In general, Maruba is geared to adults, rather than families, although technically it is not an adults-only resort.
- remote jungle location near Altun Ha Maya site
- some find it hip and sexy
- some find it outlandish
- can be buggy
Rate Includes: Some meals