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“Jungle stay in Belize was an adventure”

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Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures
Ranked #2 of 17 Hopkins B&B and Inns
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Everett
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“Jungle stay in Belize was an adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

The second half of our Belizian adventure was in the Jungle. Our stay at Mama Noots was totally enhanced by the wonderful staff. Everyone did everything to make our stay great. The room, the grounds and the very energetic owner and wonderful manager made the whole stay a pleasure.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Ogden, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

We found Mama Noots as part of an online deal and it was a great find. It is a very nice setup within the Mayflower Bocawina National Park with an open area where the restaurant, rooms and support facilities are, surrounded by jungle. The room was nice and clean and the screened porch was good, although we didn't use it much. We did a number of excursions, which were good and well guided. The Antelope Falls waterfall rappelling was fabulous and the zip lining was fun. It was a birder's paradise. We saw so many different species during our stay. The bugs were bad. Even with sufficient bug spray and wearing long sleeves and pants most of the time we still got bitten quite a bit. Be prepared for that. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Stephanie was very helpful with everything. The restaurant accommodated a wheat and shellfish free diet very well. A little more spice and flavor in some of the dishes would be good.
There were only a few things that weren't so great. The bill at the end was a mix of Belizean and US dollars, which made calculating the total confusing for both us and them. Just pick one currency and stick with it. There were inconsistencies in prices too, which was also somewhat frustrating. Prices listed in the information in the room for food and excursions were different from the prices on the menu in the restaurant for food and on the chalkboard for excursions.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Emeryville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Mama Noots is located down a typically bumpy road in the jungle, which you barely notice as your host / driver (in our case Shelly) tells you about the country and what you are seeing along the road. You feel welcomed by the staff immediately upon arrival and will feel like family the entire time you are there. The room was clean, well decorated, and comfortable, a nice retreat after a day in the sunny jungle. Our only issue with the room would be the thin wall between us and our neighbor (this was our honeymoon). The food served by chefs Sean and his crew (Marcie) was amazing everyday - being so far away from most things, plan to eat here every night but you won't mind. This location is ideal for getting to other attractions and for their own attractions; either way they will take care of everything you need. This location is slightly isolated and for the nature lover , and solar run, so the power would blink (never for long, recovered under 2 minutes) and the water could be cold and refreshing, but this was fixed immediately after telling staff. Overall, the area is breath taking, the staff warm, friendly and genuinely fun people, and your needs met. Also, thanks to Daniel, our bartender for the trip, for some great rum punch! We should also mention, you have that opportunity to get to know the other amazing guests during your stay too!

Room Tip: Our room was wonderful, minus maybe the bird that would sing nightly starting around 1:00 AM, but wh...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stayed in one of the smaller rooms at Mama Noots, but it was still perfectly acceptable – the bedroom was large and airy with a ceiling fan, the bed was comfy, and the bathroom had a decent shower. All of the accommodation is situated in big and beautiful grounds, themselves surrounded by the Mayflower reserve, with lovely views of the hills.

There’s been a fair amount of recent development at Mama Noots, and heavy marketing of the zip-line and rappelling that they now operate. For the moment, this doesn’t detract from the best thing about staying there – the peace and quiet and beauty of the surroundings. We saw numerous species of birds in the grounds, and there are several trails that head out through the Mayflower reserve to various waterfalls. These are definitely worth doing, particularly fairly early in the morning when you will have the pools to yourself.

In Stephanie, they have a brilliant manager – friendly, engaging, and helpful. The continental breakfasts that come as part of the package are big and filling, although this was the only place we stayed where there was no fresh fruit juice available. Dinners were generally tasty, but a little bit on the small side and fairly expensive. But it was the bar prices that really shocked us – far and away the most expensive of anywhere we stayed during our three weeks in Belize, including places far remoter than Mama Noots.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed here for several days and enjoyed most of the onsite attractions as well. Hands-down, the people are what make this resort great. Resort owner Don went out of his way to drive us around town, Stephanie was so pleasant and helped us book excursions almost daily, the young man behind the bar was friendly and polite and our guides for ziplining and waterfall rappelling were wonderful. Everything is well-maintained - the rooms look like they were renovated pretty recently, everything is clean and the scenery is of course gorgeous! The food at the onsite restaurant is delicious (if not a bit pricier than places in town). If I have to be picky, I will say that the linens had a funky (almost moldy) odor to them, maybe they were dried outside? Luckily our room included a bottle of Febreeze to solve that problem.

Evenings can get pretty quiet. I'd suggest adding some nighttime activities, maybe a movie night or a trip into town or something. But overall, I would absolutely recommend this resort to anyone looking to add a bit of adventure to their Belize vacation!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

How can anyone adequately describe paradise. But that is exactly what my 2 week experience in Belize was. From the moment I arrived, I was enchanted with the country, the culture, the people and the diversity of entertainment.I visited the zoo, the beaches, the ruins, and great dining places. But the highlight of my trip was visiting the Bocawina mayflower National Park, where I met Don and Stasha Troutman, owners of the Mama Noots Resort and Zipline. Being a bit on the older end of life, I had some reservations on zipping through the jungle on the longest zip line in Central America.BUT, what a thrill, the guides were professional and put me at ease, and I thank heaven that I did not let fear get in the way of the best moment of my vacation. Mama Noots is a hidden treasure. I plan to go back soon and will stay at Don and Stashas resort.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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cornish maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

I somehow, almost by accident ended up at Mama Noots and it was absolutely the highlight of an already amazing trip in Belize. I can go on and on about how beautiful the grounds are, how much fun the zip line was (i've done this many times and this was the best!) the amazing hike to Antelope Falls and Bocawina.....but if you read on, everyone does that. And they also, and most importantly wax poetic about the staff, and for good reason. It was the entire crew who made my stay so lovely...from Don picking me up, to Steph and Shelly arranging and rearranging details, service in the restaurant by Odis and Daniel, Chefs Sean and Dawn, and all the guides who were professional, helpful and just plain delightful...Ronal, Tony, Jose, Jesus, Benjamen.....Since I own a restaurant and have done customer service my entire life....I know it...And i really appreciated it when it is done so well. Props and so many thanks to everyone at Mama Noots!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures
Address: Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Hopkins, Belize (Formerly Mama Noots Eco Resort)
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Hopkins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures is located in the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. We are powered by hydro and solar. We have 6 standard rooms, 3 rooms in Traditional Thatched Cabanas, 3 deluxe rooms, all with with ceiling fans and private bathrooms hot and cold showers. We have a restaurant and bar on location and we serve local food as well as other dishes and we provide vegetarian meals on request. Our on-site activities include: Zip-lining in the longest Zipline course in Central America (Night zip-lining also available); Waterfall Rappelling in three different waterfalls; Hiking trough the jungle and swimming on different waterfall pools (we have 5 waterfalls); Birdwatching tours (with local Mayan guide with over 20 years of experience); Mayan ruin tours (the park has two unexcavated Mayan Temple Mounds). Off-site activities include Mayan Ruin tours, Monkey River tours, Cave tubing, Horseback riding in the jungle, Cultural tours, Spice farm tour, and snorkeling/diving. And our new Tikal National Park tour (Guatemala). ... more   less 
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