We had 5 magical nights in a Beachfront Cabana (8 I think) at the Retiro Maya at the beginning of March. Anyone reading this review will like us be concerned about the negative reviews that are mixed in with the strongly positive ones, but it all comes down to a choice: if you want an immaculate chain hotel, don't come here. The whole point of Tulum places like this is that they are not like that. We loved it. It's quirky, and, yes, you do see the odd cockroach, but the setting is absolutely stunning, the beach is gorgeous, you can walk up and down the beach and eat or have a cocktail very easily, and the Retiro's own restaurant is good. The water for showering was warmish, but fine given the lovely air temperature. The lack of air conditioning was no problem, and we only used the ceiling fan from time to time. The wifi was surprisingly good and we had good signal in our cabana, but like anywhere around the Caribbean, you shouldn't come to Tulum if you need absolutely dependable internet for business. My wife is fastidious about cleanliness and we had no problems with the towels or bedding. We loved the fact that the back wall of the shower room only came up to chest height, above that being completely open. The balcony overlooking the beach and sea was a lovely place to chill out (no light though so bring a head torch). There are no electrics at all in the room (except the main room and shower room ceiling lights/fan), but charging was easily done in the restaurant/bar area. The electricity was on most of the time, except during yoga classes (8-9am some mornings), powered by either the wind turbine or the generator. Breakfast was basic (toast, orange juice and coffee/tea) but perfectly adequate, with an option for eggs for a small extra charge. Tania and Enrique, who run the property, were absolutely lovely and very friendly. Cheapest way to get to/from Cancun airport was on the public bus which runs direct 4 or 5 times/day and more frequently if you change at Playa del Carmen. We had travelled up from Mexico City on the excellent Viva Aerobus and used their excellent value ground transportation which took us direct to the hotel. We rented bikes for a day, visited the Mayan ruins, had lunch in Tulum town one day which was fun, visited Gran Cenote for snorkelling and I did a memorable scuba dive at Cenote dos Ojes, and did a trip round the nature reserve in a boat. Zamas and las Estrellas were both good places to eat.
- Also Known As:
- Cabanas Retiro Maya Tulum
- Cabanas Retiro Maya Hotel Tulum
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Miles from the busy hustle of all inclusive resorts and hotspots, lays a sacred space for couples & families, Groups & global travelers, conscious people and fellow seekers, Find peace here, breathe, explore, create your own adventure.Retiro Maya is a grassroots eco-haven for the nature loving traveler. integrating eco-loving style with conscious adventure seeking. Days bring healing breezes, smooth sun-drenched moments sound tracked by the ocean’s melodic chant. At night find your zen space under a vast canopy of stars. Retiro Maya strives to create unique escape experiences... ... more less
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