The final days of Belize are just that, bittersweet. Paul and I spend our days alternately between the Butterfly Spa and the sunny beach. The moon, just missing a tiny sliver, beckons us to stay here in Belize our last night.
But the strings that tie us to home have already begun to tighten and we spend more time on the Internet, thinking about work and family. This has been an amazing trip but it must end.
Our last day at Almond Beach/Jaguar Reef I spend working.
Vicky Cross, the Butterfly Spa manager, has staged the spa with flowers and candles. I arrive for my last treatment, reflexology, thirty minutes early to take photos. Vicky is new here to Belize, having just arrived from Minnesota in March. Her husband oversees maintenance here and they have a little apartment on the property. After a tough adjustment period, they are settling in and loving Belize more and more each day.
Shortly after my spa visit, I meet up with Kim Leland. Kim arranges all the weddings and special events here at the resort. Originally from Hopkins, Kim has the same infectious smile and laugh that is shared by all the local Hopkins women that work here. Ms. Pat, one of the owners, joins us briefly as Kim and I walk through the Vista Suite. This suite would be a very fun bachelorette or girls vacation room. Three bedrooms plus a media room, library, dinning room and full kitchen, it sleeps ten. Small wedding receptions are held here as well. For an extra $200 a night, a personal chef can be brought in to cook. I’m sold! This is also where the owners stay when they are in town so it holds many extra amenities, such as its own washer and dryer and Jacuzzi tubs. For the next half hour Kim shows me the variety of rooms that they have. All the rooms have unique features. There is something for everybody here at this resort. Honeymoon rooms with no TVs and private outdoor showers, budget rooms that look out on the garden or pool, family suites that offer tiny kitchenettes.