‘Get back to nature at this jungle spa in Belize’
The best things in life are free: a beautiful sunset; a romantic stroll on the beach; the sound of tropical birds chattering in the trees; or a cool dip under a waterfall on a warm day.
But sometimes in order to access nature’s best freebies, you have to pay.
An hour’s drive north of Belize City, Maruba Resort Jungle Spa sits deep inside the jungle, surrounded by tropical lagoons, palm trees and ancient Mayan ruins.
It was the first spa to launch in Belize back in 1973 and has gone on to win rave reviews and awards from the likes of Trip Advisor, for its unique combination of tropical charm and modern amenities.
On first sight, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were staying at a primitive wooden hut, but the traditional façade of the Maruba Resort masks a surprisingly contemporary and on-trend interior.
This jungle retreat offers a solar-heated mineral bath (open 24/7), wifi access, a hookah lounge, a nouveau cuisine restaurant and an on-site HeliPort, so guests can enjoy all the trappings of modern life in the most ancient of settings.
After a Mafasa Mud Body Scrub, relax in the on-site waterfall pool and listen to the sounds of the jungle around you. Or plan a trek through the resort’s 1000 acres of private jungle reserve, then let the spa’s massage therapists work away any aches and pains with a prolonged aromatherapy treatment.
You can also combine your spa treatments with complementary experiences in the surrounding jungle. With activities such as snorkelling, horseback riding and jungle safaris, you can experience the lush jungle and exotic wildlife from up close.
While day spa packages are available, for the full jungle experience you really need to stay overnight, ideally in one of the resort’s bungalow suites of two-bedroom villas. Each room is exquisitely decorated with local materials and features your own private hot tub, Jacuzzi room or solarium.
Couples are especially well catered for, with wedding packages, honeymoon packages, engagement packages and even fertility packages (!) on offer throughout the year.
Maruba Resort Jungle Spa offers guests a rare glimpse of the raw beauty of nature from the comfort of a luxury retreat – and it should be worth every penny.