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Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures
Ranked #2 of 18 Hopkins B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 21, 2013

The second leg of our Living Social package brought us to the jungle of Belize, the Mayflower Bocawina National Park, to be precise. First of all I really liked the location because it was still relatively close to the beach (about a 30 minute drive).

So where do I begin? Everything was amazing! The food, the service and the rooms were outstanding, not to mention fun activities right at your feet! Don and Stasha are the people who took the resort over and have really turned this place around. The rooms were beautifully remodeled and everything was fresh and clean. There is a high ceiling fan in the room and screened in windows (to keep the critters out) that allow a cool cross breeze to flow through the room. There is also a screened in porch so you can hangout outside and watch the birdies.

The staff at Mama Noot’s is fantastic! From the minute I started planning our vacation Stephanie was there with me. She is amazing and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. She helped us with everything and made sure we did everything we wanted to do. All the guys that work on the grounds are really friendly. Ronal and Hugo took us up in the zip line. Emelio was our guide the pyramids and the caves. Otis and Daniel took care of as the restaurant and Lito was our night security guard. We know all their names because everyone was so personable and kind. They really take the time to talk to you and we feel like we left our friends when we departed.

The food is AMAZING. My husband and I live in San Francisco and consider ourselves to be pretty big foodies. Sean’s cooking knocked our socks off. Sean is the chef at the resort and is an expat from Pittsburg. He has great stories to share and tons of insight about the country. Everyday we looked forward to eating because the food was delicious. In the mornings we had the continental breakfast, which included fresh fruits (papaya, plantains, pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon… sadly mango wasn’t in season yet) with yogurt. Also, Stasha is a pastry chef so we enjoyed a variety of warm pastries on our plates every morning. Also the coffee was delicious. Peet’s ain’t got nothing on this coffee. Stephanie would also make us fresh squeezed juice! Sometimes orange and sometimes watermelon! Lunch has a set menu; I recommend the shrimp tacos with hand made tortillas… so good I’m drooling thinking about them. For dinner, Sean would change the menu around every night so there were different things to choose from. He specializes in soups so if he makes it, try it! We had awesome seafood gumbo, clam chowder and curried fish soup. I had a barracuda steak for the first time, also delicious! I can’t speak highly enough about the food!

So on to the activities…. The resort is already in a National Park so when you get up in the mornings there are tons of birds to look at. They are everywhere. I could have spent hours just watching them. There are also many waterfalls you can hike to right there on the property. You can have guide take you, but we just went off on our own. It was so easy to get to. After our hike we cooled off in the spring waters of the waterfall. They also offer waterfall repelling but we didn’t get a chance (next time)! They also have the longest zip line in all of Central America. It was so fun! The guys that take you up there actually built the damn thing. They actually built the zip line around the trees so none of the trees were harmed. Totally fun! On another day one of the guides took us to the Mayan ruins, Xunantunich. It was amazing to the see all the history and once you get to the top of the pyramid you have a 360-degree view around the whole land! You can see right into Guatemala. Then after that Emelio took us to a popular site for cave tubing. Oscar had worked there for several years and knew the caves like the back of his hand. Unfortunately, there was a large group from a cruise line right before us and they scared away all the bats so we didn’t see any of those guys, but it was still beautiful.
Another day we went into the town of Dangriga and walked around the fish market and fruit market. Then we went out on a boat that took us up and down the coastline. Quite spectacular!

Overall, we had an amazing experience and look forward to returning. None of this would have been possible with out the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Mama Noot’s and we can’t thank them enough for this!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the duplex casita's, the Parrots Nest. It was perfect!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Stephanie and all the staff work hard to give every guest the best stay possible, The resort grounds and surrounding jungle make for great birdwatching and hiking, the staff answers questions and offers helpful suggestions.I made an efforts to talk to as many as possible and they are all very proud and excited about this renovated property with the on-site zip line, great guides , etc. When you bear in mind that they have to generate their own power, haul everything in and out and keep track ofsall the adventurous guests, they have their hands full, but they are so accessible. The pricing for the package trips could be a bit clearer, but Stephanie worked with us to create our own "package", including a night hike with Cesar and a birding outing with Vidal .

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

First and foremost the staff of Mama Noots is what really makes this place so incredible. We fell in love with Stephanie right away as she was so genuinely nice and welcoming. She went very far above and beyond what was necessary to make sure our stay was the best it could be. Our guides; Emillio, Vidal, and Jesus were very friendly and knowledgable about the area and the activities we were going to be doing out in the jungle. These guys are troopers and really know their stuff. The bartenders Daniel and Otis were a pleasure to talk with every night. The cook Sean prepared some fabulous meals every night we were there.

The rooms at Mama Noots were nice and spacious, and above all clean. The screened porch on our room was a nice touch and helped keep the bugs at bay, not 100% at bay but it's the jungle what can ya do?

The resort took care of planning our adventures and even planned lunch for us on our outings. I would definitely recommend going on the waterfall adventure hike and take as much time as you can swimming around in the pools under the falls. Zip lining was quite the experience. I didn't know what to expect as I had never been on one before. In one word, exhilarating. I can't even come to words to describe how awesome repelling down Antelope Falls was.

All in all it was a great experience out at Mama Noots. If I could change a few things it would be the bugs but once again, you're in the jungle what can ya do? And maybe add a few more local Belizean food items to the menu so you can really take in more of the culture. Besides that have a great time and know they you're in good hands at this resort.

Also, make sure to try the Fry Jacks for part of your breakfast if you get the chance, quite delicious.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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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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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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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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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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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
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Ranked #2 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hopkins
Price Range: $98 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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