By: Naomi Anderson
When Chris, one of the proud owners of Cotton Tree Lodge invited me to spend the weekend I was more than enthused. Myself and my husband started our trek down to the Toledo District not really knowing what to expect but definitely in the mood for an adventure. Our drive to Cotton Tree was a little over two hours and we spent most of the comfortable drive enjoying the amazing green lush scenery of the Mayan Mountains.
On the way, we stopped in at Coleman’s Café, in Big Falls Village, and enjoyed a delicious lunch of authentic Belizean Style East Indian Cuisine.
It seemed the further south we travelled the more interesting the sights became. We saw Mayan Villages with livestock lazing and grazing including cattle and horses. This one horse made for an almost fairytale like scene, as it calmly grazed at the bottom of a mountain amidst sun dappled greenery.
When we arrived at Cotton Tree Lodge in the early afternoon, the first thing that stood out was this huge majestic cotton tree. After a warm greeting from Chris and a friendly check in with a delicious welcome drink, we headed straight to our cabana to change off and jump into the river.
The Moho River is the river that runs in front of Cotton Tree Lodge and actually flows all the way from Guatemala through Southern Belize and out into the Caribbean Sea. Its’ wide and deep and is a famous area for fly fishing and was just perfect for a refreshing swim that afternoon. Showers of flower petals from giant flowering trees on the bank of the river made the swim all the more special.
Dinner at Cotton Tree felt like a family affair but with delicious gourmet cuisine. My favorite was the desert, chocolate cake made from Cacao grown processed right on the premises. It made me feel as if though it was the first time I ever had real chocolate cake and I am a chocolate lover.
After a night of being serenaded by the noises of the jungle we were treated to a delicious breakfast and the best coffee I have tasted in quite a while. After our second cup of tasty coffee Chris took us on a tour of the extensive grounds, including his own beautiful eclectic, Jungle home, a unique guest cabin set in the in the deep jungle for the enjoyment of the very adventurous, an Organic Garden and the Cacao processing area.
Of course, we had to take another dip in the river before we left but this time we decided to first do a little kayaking up the river. It was invigorating and peaceful at the same time and the amazing view of the Mayan Mountains was always within sight.
I was almost sad to leave when the time came. Cotton Tree is a very special place and after one night’s stay here I felt rested and more in tune with nature. I will be back soon….