My boyfriend and I were hugely relieved to find this gem after a couple of nights of spring-break-hell-hole Playa del Carmen.
It is a very simple place. We had a room with a cold shower and no toilet (a few steps across the sand outside). The room had a double and single bed hanging from rafters - the single was useful for a day nap or tossing our things. The mosquito nets were practical and pretty, as were the woven blankets. It was dark inside during the day, as there was only a small glass-less window, but we didn't ever have reason to spend time inside during the day. The openness of the cabana meant our clothes often felt slightly salty or damp and it was nice to stick everything into a laundry when we moved on after a few days. The cool showers were fine on hot days, but a little brisk on cooler evenings.
The family managers were laid back, but very sweet - the kids running around were adorable. We sometimes had to go and find someone when we wanted breakfast, but when we did, we were cheerfully served delicious food at a reasonable price. We ate dinner there early one night, and went next door a couple of times (quite a bit more expensive, but very good). There's a small shop, but we went into town one afternoon to make bus reservations and stocked up on a few extra snacks and supplies at the shops there.
The room was more expensive than others we paid for further south in Central America, but very good value for the location (~400 pesos).
Immediately in front of the cabanas is rocky, but the white sand is only a few steps to the left.
The beach to me is about swimming, walking, and lying in the shade reading and listening to the surf. If you're looking for white linen napkins, massages and cocktails, this isn't the right place. If you're like me, it's heaven, but probably not for a more than 4 or 5 nights.
- Also Known As:
- Cabanas Playa Condesa Hotel Tulum