Having an accurate expectation of Bahia de la Luna I think helps ensure you'll get out of your stay what you wanted (and if it doesn't meet your expectations when reading reviews or checking out the website, find a different place to vacation!) As the website gives notice of, there isn't any hot water available in the cabanas but the water is cool--not shockingly cold by any means. Our cabana was very clean and comfortable. We were lucky to be given "Neptuno," which is one of the closest cabanas to everything. My boyfriend and I had spent two previous weeks in Oaxaca City and in Puerto Escondido staying in hostels where the beds weren't that comfortable. I slept like a drooling baby in the cabana's king-sized bed and fresh linens. The bathroom area lacks doors or curtains of any kind around the toilet and shower, which wasn't that big deal for my boyfriend and me, but it made me curious if some of the other cabanas meant for families had curtains/doors or were designed differently. The food is delicious with more simple/typical breakfast and comida (the meal typically served in Mexico sometime between 2-6ish p.m.) menus, and dinner is gourmet and fantastic. You'll do better with dinner with an open mind to a variety of flavors. The chef approached everyone throughout the afternoon to let us know the options for dinner that she'll be preparing that evening--there are two courses and she prepares two options for each, and she also makes a single serving appetizer and dessert. Sometimes my boyfriend and I would share the larger course (since all we were doing during the day was reading on the beach and wading in the water, we usually didn't work up a huge appetite...). As for a budget, we spent anywhere from 600-1300 pesos ($45-$97 USD) a day, all depending how many cocktails, beers and menu items we ordered throughout the day. (Plenly of non-alcoholic beverages as well.) Breakfast deserves a clarification from some of the reviews: coffee, fruit, toast with some fixings, cereal and milk are included with the cost of your cabana. There is an additional breakfast menu with huevos rancheros, eggs-your-way and yummy bacon--about a dozen breakfast dishes total (mostly including eggs) that you can order that cost additional. (I remember items being around 45 pesos...I think. Which is less than $4 USD.) Some reviews say breakfast wasn't served until 9, but it was served at 8:30 a.m. when we were there as was also stated on a write up in our cabana. I can understand being discontent with wanting to get up to see a beautiful, tranquil beach-side sunrise and not being able to have a cup of coffee or eat breakfast for another couple hours, but chances are you're staying there for a week or less and it's a minor disruption in the grand scheme of things. Also, bring with you a box of granola bars, like we did, or fruit/dried fruit to alleviate that no-breakfast thing until 8:30 thing if you need.
We were there for five days, four nights during the second week of January. It seemed like an ideal time to go. The holiday crowds were gone. I would say only half of the cabanas we occupied, with a variety of people--a mom and young daughter from Germany, a retired American couple, a family with two parents and a college-aged son from further north in Mexico, a young-ish French couple...everyone was very pleasant. The staff was attentive, always present, and also seemed to enjoy the slower post-holiday pace. This time of year is the dry season, and Bahia de la Luna is SURROUNDED by a natural environment, so most of the vegetation was brown and rather dull. However, the dry season also meant slightly less humidity, perfect sunny weather with temps in the mid-80s during the day and cool comfortable nights. And far fewer bugs. January also meant turtle hatchlings (we saw two one night!) and whale sightings one morning at breakfast.
Lastly, I have nothing but good things to say about the staff. Before our trip, Pablo and Dan were SO helpful via email, answering any questions I had and offering some insight before leaving the States. So don't be afraid to ask lots of questions about their accommodations if you need--they seem happy to help. (One more thing--we were coming from Puerto Escondido, which required a bus/taxi combo that got us into Puerto Angel. If this is also how you'll be getting to Bahia de la Luna, take a water taxi! A little thrilling since the water was choppy, but waaayy better than taking a taxi on only ok roads, and will be about the same cost. Dan or Pablo can give you easy directions of where to go in Puerto Angel to get on a boat, which we just communicated with our taxi driver.)
If you have expectations to be in a secluded, rustic (read that: rustic) area that requires minimal maintenance to relax to the max (i.e. nice swimming, a good beach, beers and pina coladas and good food), Bahia de la Luna will treat you well.
- Also Known As:
- Bahia De La Luna Hotel Puerto Angel
- Bahia De La Luna Oaxaca
- Bahia De La Luna Hotel
- Bahia De La Luna Puerto Angel, Mexico - Oaxaca
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled among the rugged cliffs and dense tropical vegetation of Oaxaca’s Pacific coast is La Boquilla, a protected cove of white sand and still turquoise water. Virtually untouched by development, this pristine and secluded location – where osprey circle lazily over a silent beach – is the perfect setting for vacationers seeking a truly unique retreat experience.Protected by small islets and tall headlands the crescent beach provides a perfect setting for those vacationers seeking a truly unique retreat, for those who would rather hear the whisper of a gentle fan than the whirr of the air conditioner; for those who prefer snorkel and a sea kayak to the roar of a jet ski; for those who wish to practise yoga and sunrise meditation in an eco-sensitive environment and yet appreciate the best of fresh, natural, local foods & international wines in an exquisite water side setting, this may be the place you have always sought... ... more less
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