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Review of Mariposa Jungle Lodge

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Review posted 3/26/2008 view all
Pink Choice Member from , Ontario
A "Hidden Gem" in the Jungle!
My wife Penny and I just returned from one of our many visits to the Cayo District in Belize and our fantastic three day stay at the Mariposa Jungle Lodge. The Mariposa Jungle Lodge just recently opened for business and our hosts, Jim and Sharyn Brinker treated us royally! This 1st class lodge is conveniently located about 4 kilometers outside of the village of San Antonio (30 minutes from San Ignacio) on the Pine Ridge road leading to the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Carocol. While at the lodge, we took full advantage of the short drive to experience canoeing through the Barton Caves, a tour of the Butterfly Farm, and a personal guided tour of the local flora & fawna by the resident expert, Gustaf. Unfortunately our schedule did not allow us sufficient time for a day of horseback riding into the jungle, a visit to the local waterfalls or the Belize Zoo.Our accomodation consisted of a beautiful canbana with high thached roofs, tiled floors, a king size "netted" bed, hot, hot water and a private screened in porch with a swinging hammoka that allowed us to sit back, relax and listen to the howler monkey's and birds in the morning. The main lodge houses a beautiful restaurant with a menu that varies in cuisine from around the world to just a good old fashion grilled cheese sandwich. (The Belikin Beer's not bad either!) It was a treat to borrow a book from the well stocked lodge library or use the internet to send a note home. Penny & I were amazed at the attention to detail that Sharyn and Jim have paid throughout the resort from the solid wood doors carved with Mayan inscriptions to the decor and gift shop highlighting local crafts. If our review sounds like an paid advertisment for the Mariposa Jungle Lodge it's only because we fell in love with the Cayo District and the Mariposa Jungle Lodge. Penny & I have purchased property only a few kilometers away from the lodge and look forward to recommending the Mariposa to our many friends who will be visiting Belize. The Cayes are fantastic but don't cut your trip short, the Cayo District has many exciting adventures to experience. Thank you Sharyn & Jim for all your hospitality!
John & Penny
London Ontario, Canada
Month and year of stay:
March 2008
Length of stay:
3 nights
Recommend hotel for:
singles,couples,young,older gay
Describe the hotel:
Mixed gay/lesbian/straight
Would I stay at hotel again?
Absolutely
My ratings on the following categories:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Rate the reservation process, either on-line or by phone.
Were the staff helpful and welcoming?
Exceptional
CURB APPEAL AND LOCATION
Was the property well located and externally attractive?
Exceptional
CHECK-IN
Was it welcoming, informative and painless?
Were the staff able to devote time to answer all your questions?
Exceptional
COMFORT AND CLEANLINESS
Was the bed comfortable, and the room and bathroom
well appointed and clean?
Exceptional
STAFF
Were the staff friendly, helpful and efficient?
Exceptional
DINING
Did the quality of breakfast or other dining services
meet your expectations?
Exceptional
DETAILS
How were the little personal touches that make all the difference?
Exceptional
VALUE FOR MONEY
Was your stay appropriately priced for what you received?
Exceptional

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