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“If you love peace and quiet this is it”

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Almaplena Eco Resort & Beach Club
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mahahual
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

I really loved ths place. Small hotel (6 rooms I think). Pristine beach, nobody there. A superb reef just in front of the hotel kept me snorkeling for hours.

I enjoyed chatting with the owners Monica and Andrea who built the place from scratch. Quite a feat, as no electricity (they have a wind turbine), no public water (well and water truck), no phones (they have a great wifi through radio signal I think).

Since there are no street lights and the town is 15 minutes away watching the stars at night is great, they shine like nowhere else.

The hotel also proposes very tasty meals, a combination of italian and mexican food.

Great scuba diving in Mahahual as well.

Only downsides are, no fruit for breakfast and the toilets in your room will be a tad smelly as there is no public sewage (sceptic tank), a small price to pay for being in such a nice place.

Overall a fantastic place, great owners and I look to come back soon.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

About 13 kilometers south of Mahahual you'll find this gem of a small eco beach inn. A stunning remote setting right on the white sands of the warm Caribbean. Monica and Andrea, your hosts of Italian-Mexican heritage, are a remarkable young couple living their dream in this newly constructed, state of the art eco hotel. When we arrived we had a cold beer on the little veranda and watched Andrea emerge from the surf with his spear gun and some shiny surf fish for dinner. The food is fresh, healthy and just good. As the location is isolated, I would recommend renting a car if you would like to take day trips to visit surrounding areas like the city of Chetumal, or Bacalar Lagoon or have dinner one night in Mahahual (Fernando's, a good choice) or Xcalak to the south. On the other hand, if all you want is to deeply chill out, finish your books, re-connect with your honey or old friends, eat fresh healthy Italian influenced food, or even practice your Spanish or Italian, then just relaxing into this lovely spot will suit you just fine.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

My family (wife, daughter/son-in-law, and 3 grandkids ages 2-6) spent a wonderful day at Almaplena Beach Resort on our day at Costa Maya with NCL Spirit. The beach is beautiful. Monica and her husband pampered us with drinks and a delicious home cooked meal. We will treasure our experience there.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

What a wonderful time we had at Almaplena on a beach break from NCL Star. It was just a shame that the time passed so quickly.

As instructed, we found the correct taxi and were driven to the resort in about 20 minutes. Monica met us at the door and welcomed us with a brief tour of the facilities and a frozen drink.

Apart from a couple of hotel guests, we were the only cruise passengers that day, so there were just 8 people on the beach which was furnished with a few sunbeds, large pillows, hammocks and palapas.

We were kept supplied with drinks on the beach and Monica provided a tasty lunch on the terrace.

We took our equipment and tried snorkelling as the reef is metres from shore, but as it was quite windy, the visibility was poor though we saw a selection of fish, rays and coral.

I think that now is the time to visit Almaplena while it’s still quiet as once it becomes well-known, it’s bound to be at capacity each day as it offers such a relaxing break in a beautiful and tranquil location.

We wish them all the best and thank them for such a great day.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Almaplena Eco Resort & Beach Club

Address: Carretera costera | Mahahual-Xcalak, Km 12.5, Mahahual 77940, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Costa Maya > Mahahual
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Mahahual
#1 Romantic Hotel in Mahahual
#1 Family Hotel in Mahahual
#1 Green Hotel in Mahahual
Price Range: ₹ 5,662 - ₹ 11,324 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Almaplena Eco Resort & Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Almaplena is a small Ecological Beach Resort that strive to be low environmental impact. The Hotel sets directly on a private beach of the Mexican Caribbean Sea with powdery white sand and turquoise water. Almaplena is far away from the crowds and next the tropical jungle.All the 8 accommodations are beachfront. Right in front of the beach there is an excellent spot for snorkeling. Shaded palapas, lounge chairs, water chairs, beach cushions and hammocks. ... more   less 
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