Absent of jungle destinations, travelers seeking both adventure and relaxation are resigned to reclining in hammocks hung between speeding 18-wheelers. Find a better path to excitement with today's Groupon: for $740, you get a four-night deluxe cabana package for two at the Cotton Tree Lodge, located in San Felipe, Belize (a $1,480 value). This deal includes four nights in a deluxe cabana, four breakfasts, one tour, one boat transfer, and one road transfer for two guests.
Cotton Tree Lodge, lauded by O, The Oprah Magazine and the New York Times, is a 100-acre eco-conscious resort nestled in the heart of the San Felipe jungle—and near the scenic Moho River—that lets guests unwind in a solar-powered cabana and recharge with a multitude of outdoor activities. Just a hop, skip, and flight away, the Cotton Tree Lodge will whisk Groupon holders with one boat trip and one van trip to or from the nearby Punta Gorda Airport to ease travel travails.
Upon arrival, tropical tenants are set up in a thatched cabana, furnished with a queen bed, private bathroom, purified drinking water, tropical flowers, daily maid service, and 24-hour electricity to recharge camera batteries or test blenders at any time. Each day, esteemed visitors will awake to dine on organic breakfasts made from freshly grown fruits and vegetables from Cotton Tree's on-site garden, which is run by Sustainable Harvest International—a nonprofit that helps local farmers implement sustainable practices and leads volunteer service projects. After fueling up with hearty morning meals, two adventurous allies can choose from a variety of tours. Spelunk through the Blue Creek wet cave, walk through the Mayan ruins, or watch as chocolate is nurtured to its postgraduate career on a cacao farm.
For those who'd rather relax, the lush lodge grounds offer respite from revelry. Guests tired of trying to teach French to neighborhood sparrows can instead fraternize with the naturally exotic birds on-site, or they may venture into the densely populated jungle to absorb the healing aura of native medicinal plants. Though not included in today’s Groupon, for an extra fee, guests can kayak, harpoon fresh fish from the serene Moho River, or gallop on horseback through neighboring villages.