I wanted to arrange something very special for our honeymoon. My wife was expecting Hawaii and I surprised her with Belize. I decided to split our trip between Caye Caulker and the rainforest. It's a little hard to pick a place confidently from a few pictures but I figured if the shots on here were anything to go by and every review was 5 stars we weren't going to be disappointed.
And, wow, we weren't. This is by far the best hotel experience I have ever had. I've been to 50 countries, stayed in some of the best, most famous hotels in the world, but this was special.
From the very outset, when I emailed Giovanni asking him about availability I felt like this was a place that was absolutely determined to make our stay perfect. My emails were replied to immediately, every question answered fully. And when I asked how to get to the resort, Giovanni offered to pick us up from Belmopan because he was there. And of course he was bang on time.
We were greeted as we arrived by Asad, who really is the very best hotel employee I have ever come across in all my travels. He'd prepared a fruit juice cocktail for us and then showed us around the resort. It was really everything I had hoped it was. Carved out of the jungle, birds everywhere squawking and swooping down into the trees.
Asad showed us our lodge (we stayed in the Garifuna with the swing bed) and I was blown away. Everything had been thought through, it was really perfect. My wife announced we would be staying forever as she ran around taking photos because nobody at home would believe her.
We went down to try and catch the sunset, but the clouds stopped that happening so we grabbed a cocktail (apparently 'the best drink I have ever had' according to my wife) and then went and changed for dinner. My wife is gluten-free, I'm vegetarian and the chef did a tremendous job. Same again the second night. Really, amazing food. Breakfast was outstanding, I asked if I could get a banana once and Asad brought me and my wife a plate of fruit like something out of a 5* restaurant.
Really, this was the best hotel experience I have ever had. I've stayed in some amazing places, places that charge the earth for the service they deliver. But this was the first place that genuinely wanted to do it, and it wasn't one member of staff, it was everyone we met. In some places they will do anything you ask because you are paying enough. Here, they did everything we didn't ask, one step ahead thinking what will make our stay even more memorable.
On our last morning, we had an enormous thunderstorm. The rain was lashing down as it sometimes does at night. Sometime around 5.30am Asad brought us an umbrella so we wouldn't get wet on our walk down to breakfast. We didn't ask him too, we didn't really even think about it. But he did. It's really an amazing place.
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