Mud Massage in the Jungle of Belize

When I first checked out the Belize Boutique Resort & Spa website, what jumped out at me was their Mood Mud Massage – a mud massage with a body painting! I was absolutely intrigued. Not one to pass up an opportunity to try something new, I simply had to do this. Hearing other guests at the resort say how wonderful it is, only encouraged me more. So, Jonah and I signed up for one…

On checking into the spa we were asked to strip down, handed minuscule disposable underwear that just about covered our bits and pieces! Ok, we’d been married for 10 years, and this is the first time I saw Jonah in a tiny thong, and boy, he looked like a stripper. Ha ha… Well, the sight of each other in this unusual attire set us off laughing.

And it was down to the nitty gritty… yeah, literally. Kimberly and Maricela got to work, pouring mud on our bodies, working the cool muddy earth into our skins. This is certainly not your traditional idea of a massage therapy. An hour of this mud therapy before they started to paint us… Well, I’ll let you see the painting process in these pictures. They convey a better mud massage description:

Maruba Resort Jungle Spa

Can you spot Jonah controlling the camera from his iPhone?… He couldn’t help it and had to take pictures while we got transformed… That’s what I called having a passion for photography.

Maruba Resort Jungle Spa

Kimberly & Maricela covering our intimate parts with flowers and leaves. I’m not sure how they managed to look nice and profesional while having a couple clowns in front of them. 🙂

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Before we got up and see ourselves looking funny. Maricela got a close up of Jonah’s legs looking like a couple of carrots.

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Jonah – The American version of Tarzan.

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And here I’m trying to hide my intimate parts behind the tree.

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Jonah and I fighting over the tree. These are probably the most embarrassing pictures you’ll see of the two of us… Well at least that’s what we hope.

The massage was rounded off with a wonderful session of washing the mud off in a large old stone tub filled with mineral water. Simply super! The result? The last time I had skin this clean and fresh and shiny was probably in the very early years of my life! Need I say more?

Would I recommend a mud massage?

Oh I certainly would! Whole muddy heartedly! In my opinion, it was also a laugh therapy. We laughed so hard looking at each other as we transformed into those creatures you see in the pictures. I have to applaud the owners of Maruba Boutique Resort & Spa for their innovation in coming up with a treatment like this. This experience was one we will both remember for a long time.  

The CompanyMaruba Boutique Resort & Spa

Maruba Spa is the first of its kind in Belize, Central America. The philosophy behind it being the use of natural herbal products and treatments to revitalize the body and rejuvenate the spirit. The products used in the mud spa treatments are environment friendly and produced in the jungle surrounding the Spa. If you would like to learn more about Maruba’s jungle spa treatments, visit their website for more details.

Massage rates: USD 90/person

Disclaimer: We were kindly invited by the owners of Maruba Resort Jungle Spa to try their spa treatments. However my recommendation comes from the awesome experience I had.


Carmen Anderson
Hi! I'm Carmen and I'm obsessed with boutique hotels, scuba diving and yoga. When I'm not writing about my travel experiences, I hang out on social media....a little, oh, alright, a LOT! Connect with me if you like traveling, yoga or scuba diving.

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