Oh, what a night: Test-driving a cabana at Daydreamin’ Bed & Breakfast

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Panoramic image of Daydreamin' boutique B&B and the island's newest coffee shop, Marbuck's, about one mile north of the town bridge.
Panoramic view of Daydreamin’ boutique B&B and (at left) the island’s newest coffee stop, Marbucks Coffee House, about one mile north of the Sir Barry Bowen bridge.

Having lived on Ambergris Caye for only a year, there are few building projects that we can say we were there at the birth. Building things here — even houses — takes a very long time — unless you are Ramon’s Village and you want our fire-ravaged resort to reopen by Christmas. In which case, yes, miracles do happen.

We can say with pride that we knew Daydreamin’ Bed & Breakfast when it was just a little hole in the ground.

Even the night has been given thoughtful attention at Daydreamin' with soft, engaging lighting throughout the compound.
Even the night has been given thoughtful attention at Daydreamin’ with soft, engaging lighting throughout the compound.

Daydreamin’ and its satellite coffeeshop Marbucks are the vision of a pair of Canadian ex-pats, Marlene Houghton and Rob Eykelbeysh. Their B&B consists of four lovingly and thoughtfully decorated cabanas, a central focal-point pool and an authentic coffeeshop with fresh-baked scones and muffins.

The complex is one mile north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge; just around the corner is the iconic Palapa Bar & Grill. That’s a short walk north from our own home.

Thoughtful and elegant details extend to the outside as well.
Thoughtful and elegant details extend to the outside as well.

Like I said, just a hole in the ground. The hole became the round and cozy lounging pool with a globe water effect in the middle. From there, decking ran out in all directions until a handsome floating platform covered the property and the construction of five small out building (one is an office) on the perimeter began.

Still, what are they up to, we wondered?

Their vision grew and took shape, and so did our friendship with Rob and Marlene.

Room No. 4 faces east and offers a comfy king-size bed.
Room No. 4 faces east and offers a comfy king-size bed.

Just before Daydreamin’ opened for business, they asked if we would mind “test-driving” one of the units, sort of a shake-down cruise before the paying customers started booking the place.

Having been familiar with most every phase of the construction and well-aware of the extremely high standards to which Rob and Marlene subscribed, I feared that anything we could tell them would sound like nitpicking. Which it did.

Each cabana is a unique artistic and aesthetic expression within the thematic boundaries set by a single design continuum. The layouts are similar — two with super comfortable king size beds and two with queens. Each with a shower, bathroom, sink area, flat-screen TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans, small refrigerator  and sideboard for ice and glasses. The hand-picked original  art and artistic details make each unique.

The towel cabinet is almost a work of art. Notice the dark towel lower right, for removing makeup. See? Details.
The towel cabinet is almost a work of art. Notice the dark towel lower right, for removing makeup. See? Details.

Worth noting — two rooms face east and are perfect for those who rise with the sun and thrive on fresh ocean breezes. Two rooms face south and escape the sun’s rays and warmth for a while.

The larger compound serves as a common area, a living room if you will, an extension of the rooms, starting first with the individual front porches and comfortable sitting chairs, then the deck itself with tables and chairs and the lounging pool.

And of course, Marbucks, the adjacent coffee shop with fresh baked goods every morning, is an inviting attraction.

In Marbucks, ready to serve (from left) owner Marlene, barista Cindy and partner Rob.
In Marbucks, ready to serve (from left) owner Marlene, barista Cindy and partner Rob. Notice the baked goods on the counter. Those chocolate chip cookies are just as huge as they look.

Guests need not wait in line at Marbucks. Marlene and staff serve breakfast to guests, either in their rooms or on the porch. My own breakfast started with a cup of rich black Marbucks coffee and a heaping plate of fresh fruit served in bed.

Fortified, I took breakfast in a shady nook outside where I could inhale the refreshing Caribbean Sea air with each scrumptious bite of lemon-ricotta pancakes, drenched in a strawberry-blueberry compote. Marlene also offers omelettes,  waffles and … well, it varies and promises to be a grand gourmand adventure every morning.

Part One of my breakfast at Daydreamin' B&B, served in bed as I answered e-mails and read the news on my computer with their WiFI.
Part One of my breakfast at Daydreamin’ B&B, served in bed as I answered e-mails and read the news on my computer with their WiFI.
Lemon-ricotta pancakes were served outdoors in the shade with a nice glimpse of the Caribbean Sea on the side.
Lemon-ricotta pancakes were served outdoors in the shade with a nice glimpse of the Caribbean Sea on the side.

Daydreamin’ is consciously small. The size suits the congenial nature of the owners who prefer the personalized attention they can give to four guest rooms over the across-the-board, one-size-fits-all treatment you’d receive at, let’s say, a four-story resort.

Rob and Mar went all out in building Daydreamin’ and Marbucks and that is their approach to serving their guests as well.

I guess great things can come in small packages.

Daydreamin' in the daytime.
Daydreamin’ in the daytime.

 

Rob and Marlene can be reached at 501-226-4449 or — coming soon — daydreaminbelize.com.

 

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4 thoughts on “Oh, what a night: Test-driving a cabana at Daydreamin’ Bed & Breakfast

    Belize Blog (@SanPedroScoop) said:
    March 15, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Ahhhh…I’m missing the bed already. And I LOVED my greek feta omelet but those pancakes are SO UP MY ALLEY! Sigh…

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      March 15, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      I can’t begin to say how good they were. Perhaps if we ask Marlene really nice, she’ll make us a breakfast!

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    Linda Czestochowski said:
    March 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! We drove past this site every day and watched it literally grow before our eyes while we were bumping along in our golf cart. We were terribly curious to see how it would turn out — and it’s absolutely gorgeous!! Just one more reason for a return trip to San Pedro 🙂

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      And a good reason at that, Linda! They did a really nice job.

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