We are honoured to introduce ourselves as new owners of Mariposa Jungle Lodge! We are father and daughter Paul and Aline Habib of Montreal, Canada and we have been in the hospitality industry in Belize for the last 13 years. We are passionate about the history, culture, people, music and food of the country and we love sharing space with people from all over the world! After spending the last decade at Wild Orchid in Placencia, we fell in love with the natural charm of Mariposa. With its amazing staff, beautiful cabanas, and Chef Esau’s incredible culinary creations, we instantly knew this was the perfect place for us to live, and welcome guests looking for a holistic jungle experience.
We are deeply committed to sharing our values of love, peace, and compassion in all aspects of our resort. We are dedicated to protecting our environment, and helping people find optimal health with the benefits of yoga, meditation, and wholesome foods. The practice of Yoga has had an important impact on our lives and we wish to share this little piece of paradise so that others can have transformative experiences as well. We just built a breathtaking yoga deck under the lush jungle canopy, as well as a newly expanded spa for our specialty Mayan massages. We are opening our doors to yoga teachers, leaders in health and fitness, and other conscious groups who would like to host retreats, seminars, and events at our beautiful resort.
In furtherance to growing our health and wellness activities, we are transforming Mariposa Jungle Lodge into a fully vegan, smoke-free, alcohol-free resort. Our amazing chef is expanding his menu, adding new specialty dishes, and a variety of juices and smoothies that will satisfy all food-lovers, vegans and non-vegans alike! Our staff is happy about the positive changes happening at Mariposa, as they continue providing world-class service to our guests. We are confident this fresh direction will appeal to the growing segment of environmentally-conscious and health-oriented travelers.
Joseph is a world traveler based in St Petersburg, Florida. He has organized, marketed, and operated tours and vacation experiences for guests in 500+ cities in 50+ countries on all 7 continents. He found peace and tranquility on a visit to Mariposa Jungle Lodge and we are excited to have him join our team as he works to tell the world about our little slice of the jungle in Belize. Joseph works on our overall marketing efforts and is focused on organizing group retreats and holistic adventure tours to grow our business. His knowledge and experience in International hospitality and world class service will help us take another step forward in providing our guests with an experience they will cherish and come back to again and again.
Clara has been involved in the Hotel and Tourism Industry at different levels during the last 18 years, has completed a Tour Guide Training Course and a degree in Tourism Management. She has a passion for Caving, archaeology, and Scuba Diving that has taken her to many unique places throughout Belize. From diving The Great Blue Hole to exploring the underworld caves, her spirit of adventure has no limit. She has instilled a strong sense of conservation in her life and a commitment to the protection of the environment.
Freddy has had 5 years experience mixing a variety of concoctions including the ones he creates and serves at Mariposa Jungle Lodges Vegan Smoothie Station. Freddy has lived in western Belize all of his life and loves talking with guests from all over the world to learn of their culture, life and experiences.
Jim & Sharyn Brinker, retired American expatriates who first visited Belize as tourists, selected a day-long horseback ride excursion through the jungle. During the experience, they saw no one other than the small group of six riders, no sign of development other than the dirt road used as an alternative route for firefighting. They were awestruck by the natural beauty and peace. The sound of silence was interrupted only by the singing of numerous tropical birds. A single Blue Morpho butterfly (a mariposa in Spanish) appeared out of no where and they knew they had found a home for their dream. They fell in love with the area and bought the site of the future Mariposa Jungle Lodge several days later. Then they fulfilled a fantasy over the next decade by creating an intimate lodge that offers ambiance, amenities, and service.