Well, where to start? We spent our honeymoon at Mystic river and stayed there for 11 nights. This resort is the most wonderful place I have ever been to in my life and so many things have made it the most perfect honeymoon we could have wished for. Nadege and Tom the owners of this paradise have created a fantastic warm, family atmosphere where you can choose to do as much or as little as you please, all they care about is that you have a good time.
From the moment we arrived in Belize we walked out of the airport and were greeted by our cheerful guide Lloyd, who helped us with our luggage into the jeep and got us on our way with confidence. All of the arrangements were taken care of by Mystic River so all we had to do was sit back and take in the gorgeous scenery on the way to the lodge.
On arrival we were far from disappointed, the place looks incredible, like an oasis within an oasis!
The welcome was very friendly and warm and Gina the lovely manager showed us our individual lodge, an incredible living space with a 4 poster bed and luxurious bathroom wetroom. No expense has been spared anywhere on the finish of the accommodation and you can tell that someone has put their heart into building something so breathtaking. Each room has a balcony of its own and looks down to the river (a great place to chill out and listen to the amazing insect noises). The bed was extremely comfortable and always immaculately made by the housekeeping staff each day. We received coffee and tea in a basket each morning left on our doormat which is something I am finding it hard to be without since returning !!
The Restaurant and bar area faces out onto the Macau river and has been designed to take your breath away. The breakfast menu is varied, with plenty of choices including some more exotic ones like banana bread (RECOMMENDED) but not forgetting the traditional cooked breakfast which was my favourite. Whilst you eat you will see Iguanas and many fantastically coloured birds eating melon and papaya from a perch beside the restaurant. Lunch is available throughout the day and you will not believe the choices on offer. The chef David who does the lunch and dinner service uses mostly all home grown ingredients to create foods which are now some of my favourite (Chicken Quesedillas is one not to miss). DInner wise the same applies. You will feel like you are dining at a michelin star bistro and whether you choose from the a la carte menu or one of the daily specials you will be smiling when you finish. Locally caught fish and amazing meat selections are available and all cooked to perfection. I grew to like the Mushroom Crepes so much by the end of our trip that the kitchen made me a special large one- thanks again for that! The atmosphere in the dining space is always friendly but this is further achieved by the waiting staff Luis and Edwin in particular and the awesome barman Leo with his cocktails that we liked very very much!!
Each of the staff not only excelled in their service but we are oroud to say we became great friends by the end of our stay. We would often sit in the bar looking out onto the river chatting with other guests about the mad activities they had been on during the day. The resort helped us to arrange excursions and an overnight trip to Guatamala to visit Tikal national park (it was incredible) so we didnt have to worry about anything.Tom, one of the owners has a buggy which can go anywhere in the jungle took us 3 miles upstream and launched us into the river with tubes. It takes an hour to float back down taking in the scenery in bliss and will not be something we will forget. Ziplining is another one which you need to try out if you want some safe excitement swinging across the jungle. Tom also took us to a private waterfall where we swam and jumped into the various rockpools and had a picnic in the sun. We enjoyed his company immensely and he made us feel very safe on our trek through the jungle which is obviously reassuring. We grew very close to Nadege and she is amazing with all of the guests but should be credited for the part she plays in the whole experience. It was sad for us to leave in the end as we know it may be a few years before we can go back and we liked everyone so much. We stayed at the resort for 11 nights and are officially their longest staying guests which we are proud of. We challenge you to stay their for longer and enjoy even more of what they have to offer. If you are sitting there reading this and wondering if this is the place you should take your next holiday, the answer is YES! Take our word for it you cannot even imagine how fantastic our wonderful honeymoon adventure was at Mysstic River. Thanks again, James and Shelley McDowell- United Kingdon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mystic River Resort offers the discerning traveler luxurious suites overlooking the Macal River, all featuring king size beds, private patios and fireplaces. The view from our restaurant will leave you breathless. Come join us for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our chef will treat you to some of the best food in Belize. Free WIFI at dining room and bar. Relax by our new “Lilly Pool” overlooking our beautiful grounds. Canoe, tube, visit ruins and caves… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mystic River Hotel San Ignacio
- Mystic River Resort Belize/San Ignacio