Las Ranitas Eco-boutique Hotel
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... manta! Chichen Itza was very impressive and it was good to learn a bit about Mayan architecture, temples and their history of voluntary human sacrifices to the Gods. Not sure how voluntary, but that's what our guide said! The Cenotes were an incredible dive experience too - fresh water at the top and salt water at the bottom, mixing together in helioclines that you can dive through, creating a space man like effect of blurry images and ...
... the same journey it was only M$124 (About $9/£5 lol)
Although the buses are fairly frequent and on time, they tend to make multiple stops at different sites and aren't necessarily direct.
So when I left Cancun at 0915 on the dot, I figured id get to Tulum around 1100, where as in fact, I arrived at 1300.... No big deal, but by this time it was HOT... Like, REALLY HOT! :O
I checked into the next place, a ...
... door so we could get a little fresh air while we slept!
A few hours later we woke up and checked out feeling a little worse for wear. We managed to find a much nicer room which was a great relief! We made plans to meet up with the girls and the Canadians after lunch and we just hung out, not really up for a few more beers! The girls we leaving on a night bus that evening anyway.
We hired bicyces every day and ...
Eventually we leave the dual carriageway for the quieter Tulum road, where the jungle foliage encroaches onto the thoroughfare and sugar white sands form the pavement. A bike path aside the jungle border added to the ever more relaxing vibe, with Californian fixed gears ridden by a sliding scale of tanned & dreadlocked perma-travellers to bright skinned new ...
... trees just back from the beach. Sleep was good although it was very windy at night. There is a small wind turbine just outside our room as it is a 'Eco lodge hotel'.We've spent most of the day on the beach reading books, sleeping and swimming. The sea is lovely & warm and there is some good surf. We are looking forward to exploring more of this gorgeous coastline over the next 7 ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Las Ranitas Eco-boutique Hotel Tulum
Amazing beach, but....
My husband and two children spent three days at Las Ranitas. The beach and setting were amazingly beautiful. The hotel itself had a europeon chic quality -- high on esthetics but pretty low on amenities. In some ways this was a truly special and beautiful place. In other ways we felt like we were camping. We had rooms that were literally on the beach. On the other hand they were so hot and sandy that we barely could stay in them except to sleep. The food was fine--not great, and the service was extremly slow. The whole vibe was more like an inn rather than a hotel. The people who ran it were extremely friendly, nice, and helpful, but not in a "servicey" type way. I would reccomennd it, but caution that, especially for the price, it is kind of like roughing it. We had a great time, but were very ready to leave and get some air-conditioning! I would reccomend this highly if you want to go someplace really cool, not cheesey, not toursity, and just want to be left alone to lie on the beach all day.
Pretentious, rude staff but great beach
The location of las ranitas is great. The beach is gorgeous and the bar area / room were lovely. Unfortunately i can't say the same about the staff who were pretentious and unfriendly.
I also had my purse stolen while i was in the bar and the owner was totally unhelpful and rude when i mentioned this to her. It seems that the eco-friendly ethos of las ranitas does not mean that it is "down to earth" and its great location has caused complacency!
Beautiful beach, yet over-priced and unfriendly!
I have to admit, they have a clean, beautiful stretch of beach, nice-looking beach front cabanas with great beach access, a decent pool, and some of the best food available on this particular strip of Tulum beach. The restaurant itself is very open and pretty with a beautiful view of the ocean. However, my boyfriend and I both found it extremely over-priced for what it is ($230 US a night for a room I considered average in appearance and nominally clean). The bathroom was gorgeously tiled and authentically Mexican, but the screens on the windows were dirty and not completely on to keep the mosquitos out, and the cabana was a little rundown overall . The service, particularly in the restaurant, was begrudging and slow, and I felt like the staff were not too entirely happy to be there. (I've never experienced that level of unfriendliness anywhere in Mexico!) And lastly, the owners were arrogant and unapproachable, and we never felt that hospitality was the foremost goal here. I have stayed at several other establishments up and down the coast from the ruins, and felt that for the price, this was a disappointment overall. I wouldn't come here, unless you have low expectations.
Not worth it at all...
We were quite enchanted by this hotel's website and quite disappointed by the end of it. Most hotels on the strip include breakfast; however, Las Ranitas does not. The food is less than mediocre, not creative and expensive. More importantly, though, the rooms are not clean at all. Wood shelves looked as though they had not been dusted in months and we agree, the owners are unapproachable at best, and argumentative at worst. There are so many lovely places along the beach, I cannot understand how they can charge the exorbitent and umcompetitive prices they do without offering something extraordinary...try Sueños or Amansala.
Secret Garden in Paradise
We have stayed at Las Ranitas several times over the past number of years, and returned this November for a 3 day visit. The owners have displayed a magical touch of creativity that has resulted in improvements each year we have returned. The rooms have spectacular views of the ocean and beach. There is no nicer beach anywhere in Mexico....but dont tell anyone. The restaurant is intimate and the food is excellent. We will be back....Mark &Karen
Terrible ripoff: unfriendly and overpriced
Especially unsuitable if you have children, this place is one of those where everything - except the beauty of the beach - is worse than promised. A "suite" is just one large sparsely furnished room; the continental breakfast that the website says is included is in fact breakfast where even a bad cup of coffee that you pour yourself is paid for as is each refill; the restaurant has worse food than anywhere else in the region and is the only place in Tulum with grudging, slow service. The proprietors give off the impression that they'd really rather be somewhere else and certainly are far too special to be dealing with the guests. The whole "ecological" thing is an excuse to have very little water and low quality towels. The proprietors are particularly unfriendly to children. We would strongly recommend avoiding this place. If you want to go to the same area, try Zamas.
The perfect beach 'getaway'
Want more can you ask for?The perfect beach, clean lovely rooms (great bathrooms), gourmet foods and friendly attentive staff and all in an ecological correct manner.Every vacation to the Yucatan, we make sure we spend at least a couple of days at "Las Ranitias" and I recommend it highly.
Rude and dirty
My boyfriend and I booked for 5 days during the holidays. We ended up staying only 2 because of the filth in our rooms and on the beach.
Moreover, the owner was rude and questioned our judgement when we asked that our rooms be cleaned! The beach at Las Ranitas is gorgeous but not more so than other better hotels in the area.
Read if you have children
We found the staff very pleasant and friendly. The beach is wonderful, and very private the hotel makes no effort to clean derbis off the beach (old cans, food containers, etc). The hotel is not particularly well run. We paid the higest rate for the best suite, and found that it was not a true suite at all. Although the ecocological concept is admirable, in reality the towels are skimpy, small and not changed often (or bed linens after 5 days), and the shower could barely be called a drip. When booking a room, please make sure clarify in writing the number of guests, as the hotel tried to spring on us an extra $50 per day for a baby, even though their written rate quote was clearly based on a couple and baby. Booking a babysitter is impossible.
Paradise Found at Las Ranitas!
We had the pleasure of staying at Las Ranitas for our honeymoon. Las Ranitas was pure paradise. We were a little apprehensive at first, having booked it online and then having to drive down a rugged dirt road about an hour and half from the Cancun airport. However, as soon as we pulled up to Las Ranitas, we knew we had made the right choice. Being off the beaten path is to their (and your) advantage compared to the hotel-zoo-zone that has spoiled Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
We were immediately enchanted by the beautifully and artistically landscaped gardens with stone walkways and arches leading to the intimate, colorful villas overlooking the beach. The staff, sensing our hunger after a long day of travel was very warm and welcoming and sat us down at a table in their intimate restaurant overlooking the beach and ocean. The main building, including the lobby and restaurant area were decorated and painted in vibrant colors, with wonderful Yucatan murals, warm tile and very tasteful artistic details. The sounds were of the ocean cascading on the sand and some background music of sultry European acid jazz. The margaritas were some of the best we've ever had. The food was exceptional. Our first meal there is one I will not soon forget: fresh cerviche, guacamole, fish and vegetables in a Yucatan/French style. Their chef is Mexican, but trained in France. On one of the mornings, he proudly gave us a tour of his kitchen after serving a delicious breakfast
The rooms were very comfortable and clean and also decorated in vibrant Yucatan colors and tile. We stayed in a Premier room that had a balcony and hammock overlooking the palm trees and unspoiled, white sand beach, and also had a tiled shower with a widow looking out on the same breathtaking view.
Being near a nature reserve, sea turtles were laying their eggs in the middle of the night on the beaches during our stay. Upon request, the staff gently knocked on our and some other guests' doors to wake us up after spotting one female turtle attempting to lay her precious eggs. It was a sight to see on the moonlit beach!
We also enjoyed the electricity-free environment of staying in a place that is powered by sun and wind. We couldn't help but notice how pleasantly this added to the peaceful and tranquil feel.
We were very close to many of the sights of Tulum including the Tulum and Coba ruins, the water park of Xel-Ha and lots of wonderful snorkeling and beaches.
We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for an elegant and romantic getaway deep in the heart of the unspoiled Yucatan Peninsula.