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How to experience the best of both worlds with a Jungle-Beach Vacation in Belize: Part 1

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Underwater marvels, rich biodiversity, and chock-full of historic wonders, Belize is full of surprises. With countless attributes at your disposal, it may seem like a hard task to experience all the country has to offer in one trip alone. The Belize Collection has placed the impossible within reach with a spectacular jungle-to-beach experience. You can bask in stunning mountains one day and sink your toes in soft sand the next. This is the beauty of the Belize Collection boasting sister properties that offer Belize’s best of both worlds. With the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant and the Lodge at Jaguar Reef in conjunction with Almond Beach Resort near the sea, a fully immersive Belize experience awaits.

Day 1: Jungle Experience with The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

Early Morning

Begin the adventure of a lifetime by arriving bright and early at Sleeping Giant Lodge. Grab breakfast at the award-winning on-site restaurant the Grove House. For some reason, orange juice tastes better when handpicked from the property’s nearby orchards. Bite into incredibly fluffy fry jacks paired with locally sourced jams and jellies. Now you’re fueled up for a morning of remarkable hiking. Leave your bags in capable hands at the front desk and tighten your laces– it’s time to witness the Maya Mountains in all their glory.

Sleeping Giant’s nature hikes are unlike any other. Expect gurgling creeks, striking mountain vistas, and the occasional furry critter crossing your path. Speaking of critters, Sleeping Giant Lodge is home to cute animals on site. Strolling through the immaculate grounds, guests can say hello to ducks roaming freely, bunnies hopping about, and turtles lounging in the fishponds. It’s like a fairytale come to life.

Early Afternoon

If you’ve never had an authentic wood-fired pizza, you’re missing out. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor thatched palapas at Sleeping Giant Lodge’s Don Tonito’s. The historic pizzeria creates artistry in the fogón so each refined slice seeps quality and flavor. Admire the cocooning bamboo trees and babbling creek before heading to your suite. If you chose a Mountainview or Riverview Suite, take this downtime to relax in your own private plunge pool. If you went with Creekside Cottage, lounge in your own private hammock before wading in the main pool. For a more adventurous dip, make your way to the meandering Sibun River hugging the edge of the property. Haul a complimentary kayak on the crystal clear waters and paddle along the river, admiring the mountainous views on the horizon.

Late Evening

Catch the fiery sun rays lighting the hill across the river from atop Sleeping Giant Lodge’s treehouse endearingly known as The Nest. The netted area is what childlike wonders are made of since it is built into a tree on the banks of the river. For an even more romantic evening, have a private dinner atop the cliff, one of the highest points on the property. The area is ideal for picnics perfectly manicured for smitten couples looking for some alone time. After indulging in decadent dishes, feel free to rest in your jungle-shrouded room. When you wake to the sounds of the rainforest in the morning, pack your bags because the next half of the jungle-beach combo is about to begin.

For a taste of what this would look like, take a look at our Reef and Rainforest package available to curious travelers.

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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 10% Resort Fee.

Time to book your stay

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Grasse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Antoine Lavoisier – managing director