Ana y Jose Charming Hotel & Spa
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Relaxed elegance at Ana y Jose
My husband and I just came back from a wonderful 4 night vacation at Ana y Jose. My favorite things were the immaculate beach, the fabulous food and the wonderful staff. This is a small hotel (15 rooms) and therefore can afford to get to know its guests and their needs. We did try a couple of other restaurants along the Tulum beach, but nothing comared to Ana y Jose. (If you like Sangria, this place has the best.) While we did spend plenty of time relaxing on the beach or in a hammock by the pool, we also took great day trips to Xel-ha and Hidden Worlds to snorkle and explore the cenotes. While it doesn't seem hard to get taxis, we just preferred the freedom of going when we wanted to. We stayed in a standard room in the back because that was the only thing available, and like some other reviews have said, they are nothing special, but they're clean and serve their function. But next time I'd definitley get the ocean view or ocean front rooms - they're worth the extra money.
Gets better with each visit!!
We have been to the cabanas 4 times each visit has been better than the last.The rooms are very nice and clean.The food is GREAT!The beaches are never crowded.I cant wait till the next time we visit.
Now we know...
Why Ana y Jose keeps getting raves. Friendly, helpful, solicitous staff. Beautiful beach. Outstanding sand-floor restaurant serving fresh seafood. Interesting and interested guests. Perfect place to relax. We couldn't get an ocean-view, or even a poolside room, for our two-night stay, but no matter...if you have a couple of nights to spend in Tulum (or want to avoid the crowds at Playa del Carmen), this is it. Reached by a road that is more pothole than pavement - enjoy the ride, and think of the tour buses that can't get to where you're going. Can't imagine a better spot for a laidback beach vacation.
We Should Have Stayed Longer
I have never been to a better place. My wife and I honeymooned there in August, 2003 and loved every relaxing moment under the sun. The beach, perfect. The staff, perfect. Food? You got it. We stayed three nights in one of two ocean front cabanas and one night in one of the pool-side suites. Both are excellent but you can't beat being ocean front. We were picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel by a member of the hotel staff (nice way to go if you aren't familiar with the area).
Once we got there, we rarely left the beach or restaurant. Side note, if you are going to the ruins, go early before the loads of Cancun daytrippers arrive. We were the first ones there and it made a huge difference. Once the trainloads of people arrived, we went back to Ana Y Jose's and played in the sun. We too received one of the grasshoppers made from palm leaves, just a little touch of how they care for their guests. "Nacho", our waiter for almost every meal, was the best!
I Was Married at Cabanas Ana & Jose
I found Cabanas Ana & Jose on the internet and with blind faith, asked if they could facilitate my wedding. I was expecting about 1/3 of my dream wedding BUT WHAT I RECEIVED was phenominal. Dona Ana spent 3 days cooking my meal, my suite was decorated, the restaurant was blocked for my party and there was a twilight wedding on the beach with a perfect 3-piece band. They surpassed my desires and, without a doubt, are amazing.
Quiet, beautiful, delicious food
We spent one night in an oceanfront cabana and two nights in the suite and loved this place. If you want peace and quiet, a beautiful beach, delicious food, and an attentive staff, this is the place for you. If you want an all-inclusive resort with a buffet at every meal, nonstop activities, and lots of nightlife, stay in Cancun. The beach at Ana y Jose is great - no rocks or seaweed, powdery white sand, and perfectly maintained (no cigarette butts or bits of trash lying around), with just the right number of lounge chairs and palapa umbrellas. While there are buildings in both directions as you walk down the beach, it looks like a lot of the resorts never really came back after a hurricane a few years ago; many of the buildings are either boarded up or just look vacant. The oceanfront cabanas at Ana y Jose are well-furnished and are just steps from the beach; the suite is perfect for couples looking for a romantic, elegant room. Outside, the suite has its own small balcony. Inside, there is a couch and coffee table, books in English and Spanish, bathrobes, candles, two ceiling fans, a bed covered in mosquito netting, and a bathroom with a stone floor, a sink with a large conch seashell for a faucet, and a shower (no tub) with a floor made of pebbles. At night, the lighting is beautiful thanks to many small spotlights mounted around the ceiling and on the balcony, and due to recessed lighting in the bed's headboard. The suite is above the restaurant, which means you can sometimes faintly hear music, but never too early or too late in the day, and it's never so loud to the point of being annoying. The food at the restaurant is delicious, and the atmosphere is great - sand floor, candlelit at night, Mexican music playing, in a screened building with a tall palapa roof. We found all of the staff members to be polite, friendly, and always eager to please, even when both their English and our Spanish was limited. When you get tired of the beach, the front desk can have a taxi there within 15 minutes to take you to the Tulum ruins or anywhere else you want to go. The staff's attention to detail shows in the cleanliness of the hotel grounds, the beach, and the rooms, and in the restaurant's food. Finally, it seemed, for the most part, that the class of guests here was higher than what we encountered in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Everyone seemed very laid-back, and, even though there were some children, the kids were all well-behaved, not running around screaming like wild animals (something we witnessed at the place we stayed near Playa del Carmen).
Everything about this place was FANTASTIC
My husband and I picked the Ana y Jose Cabanas blindly while booking a 10 day long trip to Tulum back in April of 2003. We couldn't have been more lucky. If you plan to visit - spend the extra money to stay in one of their two beachfront cabana's. The beach is beautiful and well maintained by the friendly staff. We used their car rental as well - which was great - they picked us up at the airport and brought us back at the end of our trip. The restaurant is also FANTASTIC... Near the end of our trip we simply ate dinner every night here because after trying so many other places - the food just couldn't be beat. I just can't say enough about this place. In fact, what prompted this review is the fact that I was checking into booking another 10 days in Tulum at this hotel again in 2004.
Good stays at Ana y Jose & Mayatulum
I just returned from spending three nights each at Cabanas Ana y Jose and Mayatulum in Tulum, Mexico. Both are very good. Mayatulum is quiet and full of vacationing yoga practitioners, mostly from America, and has large, clean rooms with mosquito-netting over the beds. It's restaurant is in a beautiful, large cabana with new age music in the background, with very good food. The only complaint is the beach, which is not as nice as at other Tulum destinations. When I was there, the beach was often full of seaweed, even when the beaches at other, nearby hotels were not. On the other hand, the beach at Ana y Jose was gorgeous. It was populated with more Europeans and the rooms, while not quite as sunny, were clean and comfortable. On the day of our departure, however, we had no water available, which was a big disappointment. Also, the restaurant, while fine, was more expensive and no better than many other restaurants at other Tulum hotels.
Simply glorious seaside paradise
We stayed here in January 2003, it is a wonderful place to be, lovely cabanas in a wonderful setting and really greast food. It is more expensive than most places in the peninsula, and the last 2 or 3km of road is really bad - we got a flat - but apart from that it's impossible to fault the place. It's a seaside paradise.
Great food, wonderful people
In November 2000, I had a wedding on the gorgeous beach at Cabanas Ana Y Jose. The hotel was wonderful. The restaurant was great, with sand floors and ocean breezes coming through the screened-in side of the palapa-roofed building. The food was outstanding, not only my special wedding dinner but all the meals throughout the week. My guests were very pleased. There was a lovely yogurt-fresh fruit breakfast for just a few dollars, or you could fill up on huevos rancheros or a variety of items. Lunch and appetizers throughout the day were always fresh and carefully prepared. The drinks were fabulous--have a virgin pina colada if you want to stay away from alcohol while under the hot sun. I think my party drank enough grande margaritas to fill the swimming pool! A wonderful restaurant (and beautiful hotel). Highly recommended, and worth a stroll from one of the area's other hotels. The staff was wonderful too--patient with splitting up bills between 25 Americans. The dear bartender even made my mom a grasshopper by intricately folding a palm leaf!
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... of dense seaweed, making swimming unpleasant. We grabbed food on a beach side restaurant which was unsurprisingly super expensive and pretty poor all in. We are definitely in Tourist Town now. They even charge US$1 just to use the toilet! I'll pop into the sea and use God's Toilet thankyouverymuch you opportunistic parasties! Conversion is pretty simple btw. US$1 : MX$15.
Back in town I headed to an internet ...
... picked up our dinky car and started the 3 hour drive to Tulum at 15:30. For the most part it was smooth sailing although we couldn't find anywhere to stop for food other than crisps and peanut brittle but persevered on. We were making ok time until the sunset and then the road got a little crazy, lots of nuts drivers, suicide dogs and random speed bumps on highways! And then the petrol light came on about 60km away from Tulum and no petrol station in site. We counted down every km ...
... could see until the horizon was rainforest. Not even the road that we came on was visible, because the jungle was that dense. Still pretty impressive though. After enjoying the views and taking photos for a while, we decided it was time to head off. The archeologic site would be closed off in a few minutes anyways.
When we left we passed the village of Tulum, famous for its pyramids and definitely a site that I was going to ...
... and at the main end on the first level is a slanted stage so you can see it from all floors. We get a possie to the right of the square middle bar and manage to hold this for the night. Amazingly they have bus boys (hate to call them that but thats what their uniform said!!) Who came to you, took your order, delivered drinks and took empties - we didn't need to go to the bar once (although we did to get extras!). Open bar included beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, ...
... turned up to take the 00.45 bus to Belize city, I confidently boarded the bus in good time to sit and get my diary out to start writing. When someone came and said I was in their seat I said that this was my seat. After a few tickets being passed around and a little confusion, the moral of the story is make sure that you triple check what date you are buying a ticket for, especially if the bus goes 45 minutes after the strike of midnight. Yes, of course I bought the wrong ...