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Disconnect to Reconnect: The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant as your Unplugged Stay

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Wellness trips are not unheard of, but as summer travel plans ramp up in the coming months, the concept has become a priority for many. Now more than ever, curious travelers are craving something deeper, something that whisks them away from the outside world. Wellness trips have become all the rage, but there’s no need to jet off to Bali to enjoy travel as self-care. Central American gem Belize is much closer and holds tranquil havens such as The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant for an unplugged stay. The award-winning jungle resort doubles not only as an escape from the mundane but as a refuge from the nine-to-five grind many are used to. Sitting on 600 acres of lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant is an ideal choice for resting and recharging amongst the jungles of Belize.

An (other)worldly escape amongst the trees

The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant may sit on a vast forested expanse, but its location still offers guests seclusion and privacy. Tucked at the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the lodge serves an authentically natural experience within its greenery-shrouded surroundings. Your worldly anxieties are cast aside at the entrance, your only remaining worry perhaps being that you didn’t book enough nights at the lodge. Canopied bamboo trees and stone-lined pathways lead you and your companion to the resort’s award-winning eateries on-site. Riverside cottages overlook the glass-topped river flowing peacefully beside the property, begging for kayakers. Creekside cottages are subject to the constant gurgling from the nearby flowing brooks just outside the room.

Strolling throughout the property, you’ll notice that roaming ducks, turtles, and even hens are not uncommon sights. All of these natural attractions add to the premise that the rainforest at Sleeping Giant Lodge thrives within its own ecosystem, one determined to heal you from the inside out. To make it evident, the Belize resort offers ample “pockets of peace” peppered throughout the property. You can take your pick from gazing at babbling creeks near the lobby, journaling beneath one of the many thatched gazebos, or simply napping in a hammock hung purposefully in your room’s own outdoor porch.

A chance to disconnect

The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant’s core value is in your wellbeing. And oftentimes, to achieve the best versions of ourselves we must let go of what is weighing us down. Luckily, the Belize lodge offers you a chance to disconnect. Disconnect from your job, your everyday life, and insecurities attached to worldly possessions. Even if just for a while. Stepping foot into the Belize jungle resort means stepping away from the toxicity associated with societal expectations. Including those stemming from our technological devices.

According to Health and Fitness travel, social media platforms are built to be addictive and can lead to depression and low self-esteem. “A dedicated digital detox retreat will help you to press the reset button on your relationship with tech,” the wellness travel company stated. And we couldn’t agree more. The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant takes this to heart, opting out of placing televisions in the rooms. Your stay remains almost completely unplugged, with WiFi being scarce in certain areas of the property. But not to worry, the lack of Internet connection will not be missed. With verdant gardens and on-site adventures occupying your time, you’ll hardly notice. And if you need to fire a quick Instagram Story regarding the epic mountain hike you just did, there’s always strong WiFi in the lobby.

A playground to reconnect

Speaking of epic hikes, the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant is the leading expert in that regard. Being next door to a large citrus farm running along a deep valley definitely helps with providing stunning vistas. The Belize resort’s mountain top gazebo hike is its most popular, and for good reason. Sweeping panoramic views of the famous Sleeping Giant mountain, as well as the meandering Sibun River snaking below, make for great photo ops at the summit. As if those photo ops weren’t enough, prepare to cross Instagrammable rope bridges and crystal-clear creeks when hiking throughout the property. For active thrill-seekers, biking instead of hiking to these attractions is entirely possible. Not only will your mind be at peace, but you’ll be able to get your blood pumping and the adrenaline rushing.

For the adventurous couple looking for romantic spots, the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant houses a secret lookout point for lovebirds. The Nest is a treehouse-esque lookout on the banks of the Sibun River. Ideal for light picnics and a general hangout spot, the “nest” is made up of a spiral staircase leading to a wooden landing with open seating. Venture a bit further up the tree, and you’ll come across a spectacular viewing area complete with a lounging net fit for two. Out here with no one else around, you’ll be reconnecting with not only nature but your other half as well.

Wellness vacations don’t have to consist of solely yoga sessions and stellar spa services, though the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant certainly offers both. But they also encompass deep travel relating to your inner self and ways to return rejuvenated to the real world. By unplugging, you put yourself and your travel companions first and foremost. Your wellbeing becomes a priority, a fact the Belize lodge easily recognizes the minute you book your stay. To help you get started on your wellness journey, email us at [email protected] or visit us here

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Dinner

Appetizer

BBQ Pig Tail
US 11 | BZ 22

smoked salt-cured pork tails, brushed with house barbecue sauce and served with a warm,
hand-made flour tortilla and pickled habanero-onion sauce

Country Barn Mozzarella Sticks
US 13 | BZ 26

seasoned, breadcrumb-encrusted mozzarella cheese sticks, deep fried to a crispy
golden finish, served with jalapeño tartar and a
sweet/spicy tomato habanero sauce

Entree

Herb Tomato Pasta
US 18 | BZ 36

al dente linguine pasta tossed in a slow-roasted tomato sauce with fresh herbs,
tossed in fresh Country Barn ricotta cheese

Pollo Asado
US 18 | BZ 36

tangy herbed chicken cuts grilled to perfection and topped with fresh Mennonite
cheese, served with a warm flour tortilla, re-fried beans, guacamole, and house
pico de gallo

Oregano Pork Ribs
US 20 | BZ 40

Tender, slow-smoked pork ribs simmered in an all spice-oregano barbecue sauce

Cocoa-Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank
US 27 | BZ 54

locally raised lamb shank, slow braised in a rich, fresh ground cacao and red wine
broth, served with a side of warm, home-made bread

Creole Oxtail Stew
US 27 | BZ 54

free range oxtail cuts slow-cooked in a rich Creole tomato sauce with farm
vegetables, served with coconut cilantro rice

Latin American Carne Asada
US 31 | BZ 62

local beef tenderloin, pan-seared in garlic butter, brushed with home-made
chimichurri cause and served with sides of the evening

Citrus-Achiote Chop
US 21 | BZ 42

Seared 1″ butcher cut rib chop served with smashed potatoes, grilled zucchini
and slathered with our signature citrus-achiote gravy

Camarones en Crema de Coco
US 24 | BZ 48

fresh farm shrimp simmered in hand-pressed coconut milk with organic, reigonal
vegetables, herbs and habanero peppers, served with a side of coconut rice and creole
bread rolls

Soups

Farmer's Bean Soup
US 10 | BZ 20

slow-cooked red kidney beans, crowned with crispy chicharrones and pico de gallo,
accompanied by crispy seasoned corn tortilla chips

Chicken Escabeche
US 13 | BZ 26

organic chicken cuts, pan fried and simmered in Tia Blanca’s sun-dried oregano, jalapeño, lime,
onion broth, served with warm hand-made corn tortillas

Salads

Citrus & Arugula Salad
US 13 | BZ 26

dehydrated orange segments, with fresh arugula, farm vegetables, and sliced
hard-boiled eggs, served with your choice of honey balsamic dressing or our
Grove House signature citrus vinaigrette

Peanut & Ricotta Salad
US 15 | BZ 30

Toasted local peanuts and crumbled ricotta cheese on baby spinach, purple
onions and, tomatoes, served with your choice of our honey balsamic dressing or
our Grove House signature citrus vinaigrette

Desserts

Coconut Caramel Flan
US 7 | BZ 14
Mayan Chocolate Cake
US 9 | BZ 18
Soursop Cheesecake
US 9 | BZ 18

all prices are inclusive of GST

Lunch

Appetizer

Country Barn Mozzarella Sticks
US 13 | BZ 26

seasoned, breadcrumb-encrusted mozzarella cheese sticks, deep fried to a crispy
golden finish, served with jalapeño tartar and a
sweet/spicy tomato habanero sauce

Shrimp Habanero Fritters
US 14 | BZ 28

farm-raised shrimp tossed in Belikin beer batter with farm vegetables, habanero
peppers, golden friend and served with roasted garlic aioli dipping sauce

Entree

Grove House Smoked Brisket Skillet Nachos
US 13 | BZ 26

shredded slow-smoked local brisket over crisp corn tortilla shells, topped with
re-fried beans, 2 cheeses, and fresh lime cured salsa

Pollo asado
US 16 | BZ 32

tangy herbed chicken cuts grilled to perfection and topped with fresh Mennonite
cheese, served with a warm flour tortilla, re-fried beans, guacamole, and house
pico de gallo

The Giant Burger
US 18 | BZ 36

toasted home-made burger bun with grilled ground stead patty, topped with melted
cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and a honey plantain mustard cabbage slaw,
served with potato fries

Sandwich de Cochinita Pibil
US 14 | BZ 28

slow-smoked pork leg, shredded and served on a freshly made bun, topped with Belizean
style coleslaw and served with potato fries

Lamb Salbutes
US 15 | BZ 30

locally butchered free-range lamb grilled to perfection on a golden fried yellow
corn tortilla, topped with marinated cabbage and tomatoes then
drizzled with mint pesto

Soup

Farmer's Bean Soup
US 10 | BZ 20

slow-cooked red kidney beans, crowned with crispy chicharrones and pico de gallo,
accompanied by crispy seasoned corn tortilla chips

Creole Oxtail Stew
US 13 | BZ 26

free range oxtail cuts slow-cooked in a rich Creole tomato sauce with farm
vegetables, served with coconut cilantro rice

Salads

Herb & Watermelon Salad
US 12 | BZ 24

Mennonite harvested watermelons, diced and tossed with organic greens, fresh
mint, basil and ricotta cheese with your choice of honey balsamic dressing or oue
Grove House Signature citrust vinaigrette

Citrus & Arugula Salad
US 12 | BZ 24

dehydrated orange segments, with fresh arugula, farm vegetables, and sliced
hard-boiled eggs, served with your choice of honey balsamic dressing or our
Grove House signature citrus vinaigrette

Desserts

Traditional Vanilla Icre Cream
US 5 | BZ 10
Nance-infused Caramel Flan
US 9 | BZ 18
Ayote en Miel with Vanilla Ice Cream
US 9 | BZ 18

all prices are inclusive of GST

Breakfast

The Little Donkey
US 9 | BZ 18

breakfast burrito of warm handmade flour tortilla stuffed with re-fried beans, scrambled eggs, crispy
pork bacon, farm vegetables and fresh Mennonite cheese

Belizean Stuffed Jack
US 10 | BZ 20

golden fried flour tortilla, stuffed with re-fried beans, sauteed vegetables,
habanero flavored sausage, scrambled eggs, and Mennonite cheese, served with pickled habanero curtido

The Giant Pancakes
US 10 | BZ 20

2 giant pancakes dusted with cinnamon sugar, topped with tropical fruit chutney, served with a side of grilled habanero flavored sausage

The Village Breakfast
US 11 | BZ 22

farm fresh eggs scrambled with onions and tomatoes, accompanied by
coconut refried beans, crispy bacon and Belizean fried jacks

Chef's Farm Omelette
US 10 | BZ 20

2-egg omelette filled with sauteed organic vegetables, served with toasted
baguettes and fresh Mennonite ricotta cheese

Continental
US 12 | BZ 24

in-house baked goods, locally grown fruit, Mennonite yogurt and coffee

all prices are subject to 12.5% GST and 10% Resort Fee

Time to book your stay

1512 Chemin de Stramousse, 06530
Grasse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Antoine Lavoisier – managing director