Without the glare of a screen, or the starkness of electric lights, you can bask in the night sky’s glow while indulging in a meal at The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant thanks to The Belize Collection’s conservation initiative, ‘Lights Out’. ‘Lights Out’ is a monthly full moon event that seeks to reattune the body to a preindustrial harmonious state while maintaining all the decadence one expects from a world-class resort.
The event is inspired by the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour where the organization encourages people to turn off their lights for an hour on the last Saturday in March as a symbol of commitment to the planet. By turning off electric lights, people the world over demonstrate their desire for a planet that sees all peoples and other fauna and flora thrive as we strive towards a just transition to renewable energies.
Enjoy a meal while bathed in the luminescence of complementary moon and candlelight. Coinciding with the full moon phase, this event provides a wonderful opportunity for overnight guests and local visitors seeking a night of romance and intimacy.
Arrive at the Grove House by 7:15 p.m. to be seated and watch as the restaurant transforms at 7:30 p.m. with the dousing of all electrical lighting. Candles adorn every dining table and line the walls of the Grove Restaurant, giving a magical glow to the night’s meal. Come with your partner, or a small group of your closest friends and family and share in the splendorous night.
Dining without electric lighting not only inspires a more intimate feel to the night’s activities but also demonstrates to diners the great power and privilege humans have in accessing these artificial illuminations. By reveling in the nighttime light of other animals, diners will find themselves regrounded on a planet shared with our various animal kin.
To further enliven the night, Lights Out also now comes with an exclusive dining menu for you to partake of while bathed in nature’s luminescence. Start the meal with a lustrous blood orange & ricotta thyme & olive salad that balances rich and light flavors that’ll prep you for the night to come. From there, choose between an achiote and capers fish fillet served with bok choy and mustered spice potato medallions or a chuleta de puerco with sour orange and caramel sauce.
End your meal with perfection in the form of a mini one barrel rum cake. You’re also able to order from the regular Grove House menu, which will always feature favorites crafted by The Belize Collection’s Chef Rahim and executed by the Grove’s expertly trained staff.
You’ll leave satiated, calm, and thrilled at the prospect of the oneness of all things, of the fact that though your eyes first struggled with the dark, by dessert you could see all that’s important. This a reminder that all our devices and electronic connections cannot substitute for the simple pleasure of good food, loving company, and a brilliant night where all your needs are met.
As The Belize Collection continues its work at enhancing the customer experience while contributing to Belize’s conservation efforts, ‘Lights Out’ serves as just another example that luxury and harmony for all can coexist.
Call today to reserve a table for our next full moon event.