New Year’s Day Brunch at Ambergris Caye’s Beautiful Matachica Resort

My first meal of 2024 was a special one. It was brunch, my favorite of all the meals. That perfect mix of savory, sweet, and coffee. PLUS, it was my prize for winning an Instagram raffle from Mambo Restaurant at Matachica Resort.

The beach at Mata Chica

New Year’s Day brunch for 2. Great meal, good luck, and a fantastic view. It is the perfect way to ring in the new year.

For those who don’t know Matachica Resort, it’s located at about 5 miles north, Ambergris Caye. Check out my overnight there a few years back -it’s gorgeous.

To my pictures!

New Years Party decorations
There had been a party the night before – live music and a pinata

How good does this pool look?

Gorgeous pool at Matachica
In water loungers at Matachcia ppool

But I was here to eat.

The view from Danny's Tree Top bar
The outside bar, Danny’s Treetop Bar, was open for business
The entrance to the lobby
Getting closer to the beachfront restaurant

I LOVE this wall of Belizean art. Inspired.

Wall of Belizean art at Matachica

I especially love the Jankunu Garifuna dancer.

A cup of coffee ordered, I stepped outside to take some more photos. Each day, so far, in 2024 has been better than the last. Weather perfection.

A cup of cappuccino
The dock at Matachica
Many of the guests were lounging in these pods on the dock
Another seating area
The beach front cabanas
Looking down along the beachfront cabanas
The beach looking gorgeous
The beach looking so pretty

Back to my seat to order…and enjoy this view.

The view from Mambo

This is a GENEROUS amount of food! I’ll need to be strategic.

Matachica brunch menu

You might think that you do NOT want to fill up on toast and pastries, but you’d be wrong. Matachica’s bakery is the best on the island. I’m not even a toast person but this homemade pineapple jam…not too sweet. I polished off the pots of these spiced jewels slathered all over the buttery toast.

Pineapple jam at matachica

The pastries and muffins are to die for. I only ate 2 of these – and brought the muffin home for later. So delicious.

Fry jack and pastires
A buttery buttery swirl, a fresh fry jack, a pineapple-coconut muffin

And then I had the eggs benedict. And can confidently declare that all eggs benedict should be served on warm johnny cakes from this day forward. SOOOO good.

Eggs benedict
I’d already dug in when I remembered to take a photo

The chicken curry salad was delicious too.

Curry salad at Matachica

I had no room for dessert – which is obviously a huge downer – and I didn’t have the bottomless mimosa.

But man it was all delicious. And the beautiful surroundings…really a perfect way to start the year.

They are doing monthly giveaways at Mambo Restaurant (I believe the first one was Thanksgiving Dinner for 2) – so follow them on Instagram and you might be next…

Mambo Restaurant is now doing special brunches on special occasions. I believe the next one is for Valentine’s Day (YES!) and then Mother’s Day…

I hope your 2024 will be filled with buttery buttery pastries. And mine too!

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