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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“mayan village”(17 reviews)
“tortillas”(16 reviews)
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Free Parking
Breakfast included
Pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
Restaurant
Family Rooms
Multilingual Staff
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very great place to stay. So beautiful with delicious food. Pool was amazing and the surrounding community so welcoming. Holds a special place in my heart! Its home away from home, would love to return! Attended with the DREAM program!

Thank Haley W
Reviewed 27 May 2018

We stayed for three nights at Genesis. and we loved it. When you walk in you are meet by a beautiful garden, happy dogs and friendly people. We arrived without our own car, but had no problems getting to the place and were very lucky...More

Thank Martina W
Response from J Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-OasisResponded 28 May 2018

Thanks for mentioning the menagerie here, mostly rescues, including 2 parrots, a few former street dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, a few geese, ducks and chickens (fresh eggs!). You can have breakfast at the garden table and spot a variety of endemic and migratory birds,...More

Reviewed 8 May 2018

Looking for more down home and a little less mass organised away from the crowds, well consider Genesis Eco-Oasis. Nestled in the village of Ek Balam, Genesis offers a Relaxing location, comfortable rooms, a lovely pool surrounded by a beautiful garden and meals from the...More

Thank SeeitAll200
Response from J Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-OasisResponded 9 May 2018

I hope you can return as well, especially in rainy season when the Yucatan is draped in flowering vines and busy with butterflies and birds. Thanks for heading off the beaten path!

Reviewed 2 May 2018

We are a family of 5 with children aged 13, 11 and 7 and we stayed at Genesis for four nights. Our stay there was one of the best parts of our holiday in the Yucatan. The children loved the pool and spent hours leaping...More

1  Thank David T
Response from J Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-OasisResponded 3 May 2018

I think Genesis and Ek Balam was a great fit for your family. Even your teenagers seemed content to have limited access to computers and other electronics. So great to see a family engaged with one another and their surroundings, and an honor to have...More

Reviewed 30 April 2018

Driving into Ek Balam, we wondered what to expect. Nestled into the typical Mayan village (palapa huts, women weaving hammocks) is Genesis, an amazing place. Due to miscommunication, we had the opportunity to stay in three different rooms, which worked out well. The garden setting...More

1  Thank patsyt914
Response from J Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-OasisResponded 1 May 2018

I'm not sure there is such a position as Room Reviewer but you would be a shoe-in! We really loved having you here with your spirit of adventure and willingness to enjoy the little things that make this village so charming and authentic. Come back!

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A one-acre Oasis of lush tropical gardens teeming with life, a pool of crystalline subterranean waters, fresh vegetarian, mostly organic home grown, home-cooked food; unique lodgings that compliment, rather than ...More dominate, their natural surroundings. Guests are generally well travelled and in search of authentic cultural experience, contact with nature and intriguing archaeological sites of international importance. In partnership with several local families, we provide meaningful, respectful interactions and cultural exchanges through our Artisans Tour and Maya Cooking Class. We host a Pilgrimage tour that includes morning walks to untouristed sacred and natural sites. 2 Hours from Cancun or Merida airports; 1.5 Hr from gorgeous Caribbean beaches at Tulum or the biosphere reserve on the Gulf of Mexico. 45 Minutes from Chichen Itza; Half hour from the Colonial city of Valladolid, cenotes XKeken (Dzitnup) and Samhula and minutes from the Ek Balam archaeological zone, cenote Xcanche, cenote Hubiku and others. See our free Tours and Activities travel planner online at GenesisEkBalam. We are independently owned and use a portion of profits to provide ongoing work and skills development for local staff, intercultural exchange programs and animal welfare projects. Genesis has operated at Ek Balam for 13 years. It is owned by a local resident expat from Canada who lives on site. Management is Yucateca and also on site. Continental Breakfast Included. English Spoken. Reservation recommended. Less
Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Pool
Free Parking
Restaurant
Breakfast included
Breakfast Available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot Tub
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Beachfront
Room Service
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Awards & Recognition
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Awards & Recognition
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Awards & Recognition
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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Pool & Beach (28)
Dining (15)
Family and Play Areas (2)
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SushNewYork
22 April 2017|
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Response from J Lee C | Property representative |
A taxi from the airport, here will be considerably more expensive than the other direction (due to regulations and licencing required to pick up passengers at the airport). A taxi from Genesis to the airport will take just... More
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Vorpax
9 April 2017|
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Response from J Lee C | Property representative |
If you write to us directly, I have a few attachments and maps I can send you. It is part of our arrivals package but you may find it helpful.
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SashaLerner
9 December 2014|
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Response from J Lee C | Property representative |
Thank you. I hope you received an answer to this via our regular website reservations link, GenesisEkBalam. com. Thank you for your enquiry.
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Room Tips
"Cielo for treetop and sky views, sleep under the stars!"
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"All rooms are totally unique, some open air with mosquito nets and some more closed. All close to nature!"
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"We had the Birdhouse- gorgeous, but the swinging bed takes a little getting used to!"
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"The Bird House; was our favourite"
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