This Jungle Lodge Is Celebrating ‘Dad Hour’ All Month Long In Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Dad, this one is for you. Besides getting an entire day dedicated to you at the start of summer, Gaia Riverlodge in the pine forests of Western Belize is devoting the entire month to you! Enjoy Dad Hour all June long, which is actually far more than just 60 minutes: 2-for-1 drink specials for dad kick-off at 4 pm on weekdays, while weekends start at 1 pm. The 2-for-1 Dad Hour special ends daily at 6 pm. Plus, June means it’s just the right weather for all your favorite outdoor activities (think beach days, exploring, and more). On Father’s Day, June 19 itself, gift Dad some R&R instead with a little bonding time instead; Gaia Riverlodge is also hosting ‘Paint A Scene’ at the Five Sisters Falls for some creative relaxation. Who says dads are famously hard to shop for?

Cocktails, Creativity & A Cool View

Men are said to enjoy a satisfying beer (and/or cocktail), so why not lean heavily into the cliché? Whether you spend Father’s Day at Gaia Riverlodge or not, dads can enjoy the extra mile of appreciation all month long with Dad Hour! Treat that fatherly figure in your life⁠—brother, godfather, step-father, or father of your kids⁠—to Gaia’s 2-for-1 daily drink specials this month, ending every night at 6 pm.

The Five Sisters Falls onsite at Gaia Riverlodge.

And for the creatives in your life, head down to the ‘beach’ at Gaia Riverlodge near the Five Sisters Falls, the exclusive waterfall on the property that doubles as its natural pool. Nature serves as inspiration along with local artist Keion Griffith, where canvas, paint, and your brush are provided in this ‘Paint A Scene’ activity. It’s the perfect memento of your 2022 Father’s Day!

Later, finish off Father’s Day for the hardworking dad in your life with Gaia’s special dinner menu. After all, a day of adventure calls for an evening of refueling—he deserves it. Gaia Riverlodge’s onsite restaurant, The Five Sisters, recently rebranded to further highlight locally-sourced dishes that put a spin on classic Belizean cuisine. Ingredients are hand-picked daily from the lodge’s organic farm; Sam, the head farmer, practices traditional (and sustainable) Mayan farming techniques. Indulge in locally sourced pork ribs rubbed in Gaia’s house spice blend, perfectly finished with a sweet and smoky honey chipotle glaze. Sweeten things up with the Dulce De Leche Brownie, made from local Ajaw dark chocolate that’s topped with homemade dulce de leche caramelized pecans and sea salt.

If you’re thinking of spending the weekend away in Mountain Pine Ridge or treating him to a Father’s Day dinner at Gaia Riverlodge, go ahead and book a reservation ASAP!

All images courtesy Gaia Riverlodge.

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