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Well transfer number one was completed without incident. Were now safely esconced in a lovely cabana within sight on the Caribbean lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves.
Aeromexico did us proud and Benito Juarez airport played a blinder. We managed to avoid the hordes of lobsterlike americans in Cancun by hopping a bus straight to …
... Braving the rain but more so the traffic, the three of us scurried across to the bank in hopes that we made all the lights and weren't going to get run over. They don't have pedestrian signs here so it's rather difficult to know how long you have before the light changes again. We did make it across and stood in the line to find out that they required our passports to change the money. Forget it! I locked it up in the safe and that's where ...
... decided o leave Playa del Carmen early. Id packed and caught a taxi to the bus station by 7:30 and i was on a bus heading to cancun by 8. It was a lovely quick drive of less than an hour to Cancun bus station and then a further twenty minute taxi ride to the Roal Islander. I had breakfast. In one of the restaurants then sat by the pool until i could check into my room at twelve. I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the beach before going back ...
... bullet. It was really only for one night.
We headed back to the bus station to book our next leg of our trip. Subash was really keen to go to San Cristobal. A small township through the mountains, which a few travellers recommended to go. This was going to be my first overnight bus since Vietnam, and once again Subash was hyping up how the sleeper buses were better than South East Asia. The last time he was excited about sleeper buses we ended ...
... 8211; time to dig out our swim wear and head the couple of meters from our room to the beach where we spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the waves and soaking up the sun.
The evening was just as hectic with a stroll to the hotel restaurant where we sat at a romantic candlelit table on the beach, drinking beer and watching the lightening light up the sky across the sea. It really doesn’t get much better than ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Retiro Maya Eco-Hotel and Retreats Tulum
We found the Retiro Maya while we were walking on the beach South of the Tulum Ruins. We left the hotel we were staying at to stay there. This is a great place for the traveler who desires natural romantic luxury. The name is perfect for this hotel because it really is a retreat and we departed totally relaxed. There was a patio with a table, hammock and a great view of the ocean in front of our room. The shower is built among tropical plants and it feels like you are bathing outside, but are in your large private bathroom. The owner, Lu was attentive and helpful. The rooms do not have electrity which is what we wanted. We spent the evenings in oceanside restaurants or walking on the beach. We do reccommend that you bring flashlights because there is ony candlelight available in the rooms. Among this part of the coast, the mosquitos get hungry at sunset and at dawn, so be sure to use the mosquito netting which is over the bed. They are building an airport in this area so be sure to visit Tulum within the next 5-10 years. One can spend a few weeks here because there is so much to do and see.
Pretty but, Not fun
She lost our reservation even though we had paid in advance for 2 rooms for 2 nights. Although she made up for it by giving us two other rooms, we could not stay there because we were attacked by mosquitos in the middle of the night. The owner has an attitude of "love & light", but actually, she's didn't try to be very helpful about the mosquitos. If you are paying 180. a night, why not have Mosquito nets? Also no water before until 7:30 am. There' s also very few candles to use at night. But the beach is so beautiful. Next time we'll try to reserve earlier, which is how we ended up there, it was the last place to have an opening in November.
Avoid Retiro Maya.
A terrible experience. There are so many better places to stay than Retiro Maya. The cabanas are way over-priced - $180USD in high season for a cabana with no screens, inconsistent water, cheap mosquito nets, uncomfortable mattresses, and a cheesy, bothersome "bar" on the beach (over $4USD for a corona?!). The owner even verbally chastised us for bringing in our own food rather than eat the substandard and over-priced food they offer. Try Hemingway or Arrecifes or anywhere else along the beach for a better option...I've stayed at both places in previous years and enjoyed them.
Se trataba de la segunda vez que nos quedábamos en el Retiro Maya pues la primera, en el 2003, ninguna de las cabañas tenían cuarto de baño. Esta vez nos quedamos en la cabaña doble "amarilla", justo en primera línea por lo que era imposible estar más cerca de la playa. La Cabaña estaba limpia y era cómoda aunque la mosquitera tenía algún agujero que otro (a pesar de lo cual no nos mordió ningún mosquito). La ducha fue el único problema pues cuando se duchaban en otras cabañas a la vez que me duchaba yo no había agua, se podría haber arreglado fácilmente. La playa aquí es preciosa. No había normas sobre la ropa, algo que se agradecía mucho pues hizo mucho calor mientras estuvimos allí. Lu, el propietario, y su amigo, que estaba alojado allí a la vez que ayudaba, eran muy agradables, simpáticos y serviciales. Pagamos 73 euros por noche lo que resultaba bastante aceptable para estar ubicado en ese lugar. Sólo había un paseo hasta la Posada Margarita donde puedes tomar unas copas y comer. Muy bueno pero caro.
Our second stay at Retiro Maya - first stayed in 2003 when none of the cabanas had bathrooms. This time stayed in the "yellow" double right at the front - could not have been closer to the beach. Cabana was clean and comfortable although mosquito net had a few holes (though didn't get bitten). Only complaint was shower where water from other cabanas would come up drain if they were taking a shower at the same time. Could be easily fixed.
This place was so relaxing. The cabana was great, as it had stucco walls and not just the wood slats. Solid floors covered with sand were a pleasant feeling to wake up to. There were a few holes in the mosquito netting, but we brought along some clips to close these up, and didn't get too many bug bites. This is pretty much camping, so I don't mind a few bugs. I felt totally safe and secure enough to leave things in the cabana with the lock we were given. We used the shared bath which was very clean. The showers were made from very pretty large stones. We did sometimes have to wait for the water to come on, but hey, it's the beach, we were so relaxed, we didn't mind waiting. Maybe it's a little pricey, but we didn't want to stay in one of the cheap cabanas without windows. We didn't try the restaurant, so can't comment on that. But all in all, it was so peaceful and relaxing. The owner's dog and cat were great beach companions and the staff were all very pleasant. I would definitetly stay again, but in addition to the flashlight we had, I would bring another battery operated light to read by.
I recently stayed at Retiro Maya for a week with some friends. I was impressed with the beach, but unhappy with Retiro Maya as a whole. The resturant was terrible. We spent much of the trip walking down the road to other resturants. We stayed in a quad with a jungle view. The cabana was decent, but the private bathroom was too rustic. The shower was a concrete slab with a hose sticking out of the wall. There was hot water. The staff was neither friendly nor helpful. If you need to use the phone to make arrangements, the owner charged $1 per minute on her cell phone. The area is so charming and there are a lot of options. Keep shopping, you will be glad you did.
Lovely beach, with at one time lovely beach cabanas which are now overdue for a refurb, the roof in ours leaked two days on the trot.
My wife and I (college teacher, consultant, 50's) spent a week at Retiro Maya in March, 2005 and had a wonderful time. We'll go back as soon as we can. The resort is a small collection of rustic beach cabanas, run by an owner who signs her emails "peace and love," and who bills it as the "place for romantic love," which I guess refers to the large comfy beds and candle light. It appeals to people who value close contact with sand, sun, and sea, without a lot of modern facilities and technology between them and the environment, but who also want a bit more comfort than straight-out beach camping. That's us. We brought a whole suitcase full of snorkel gear for excursions to cenotes and reefs, but wound up just completely relaxed on the beach with good books for the entire week.