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Cabanas Copal
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Reviewed 12 May 2009

We stayed in cabana #14 for 4 days(paid for 3), it was seaview with direct view to the beach from my pillow...Nice! Service was great at the reception, but restaurant was not so good. its was actually so bad we didnt eat any dinner there..only incl. Cont.breakfast which were nothing to write home to;) The area around was very quiet..no bassdrums etc. and very nice beach. We had a overall nice time here and it was different from other places! If you want the real experience of living on the beach...this is it!
As for those who doesnt like critters...just go there...nothing to see. Only thing we saw was a couple of critters, small ones. You probably will see more at home;)

The optional-thing at the beach was like 50/50...no problem, except the beach bar/restaurant is located just upside the were there are laying naked people..bon appetit;)

Ok..what was good and bad

GOOD:

-Nice service by staff at the resort
-Cosy, but rustic cabanas
-Beach towels ($5 depo)
-Uncrowded beach
-Wireless internet at reception
-Security
-The food you PAY for in the restaurant
-Free yoga every morning

BAD:

-Service in restaurant..do not expect anything if you have something included in your room
-Bad location of the beach bar
-Expensive in restaurant..head for Tulum instead
-Small cabanas

Overall you will have a great stay;)

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Volcomite
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

Like most reviews said, if you're looking for something very rustic, scenic, and peaceful, Cabanas Copal is great. If you want to be pampered with electricity, a gym, swimming pools, and all that, Cabanas Copal is not for you. We stayed in the seaview king #23 and loved the view. Each morning, I was woken up at 6:30 by the amazing sunrise, and at night, we enjoyed the ocean by moonlight. I have a hard time with warm/stuffy weather, so even with a crazy strong wind at night, we didn't feel much of the breeze in the cabana. By the middle of the week (and after having been sunburnt), we wanted to spend our last night at a hotel with A/C. We were tired of the sticky salty ocean air and all the sand, and never felt truly clean, so we stayed at a larger hotel our last night. But if we were to do it again, we'd still spend at least 2 nights at Cabanas Copal because it indeed is a peaceful place to stay (and dinners out in downtown Tulum were great)! The location also was ideal for our day trips to Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, and Chichen Itza.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank taffystay
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Reviewed 23 April 2009

We stayed here with friends in Late February. This is truly a Eco Resort. No electricity in the Cabanas, with salt water showers. Its a nice place to stay if you are not high maintenance. Our cabana (#8) was not the best on the resort. . .a little shabby and stained. Our friend's cabana (13), however, was clean. Food was ok. . .not the best in Tulum. Overall this place was nice and inexpensive. The free yoga classes were a plus!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 April 2009

My wife and I decided we needed a change from the "All Inclusive" rut we were in. We decided we wanted a bit of an adventure so with some very small concerns over sleeping in a bamboo huts and actually not having any rooms booked....we packed our back packs and headed for the beach south of Tulum....and letting things "just happen". We spent our 1st night in Papaya Playa....and walked about 6 km south along the beach checking all the accomidations available. We selected a few options and via our laptop got a room and a discount at Cabanas Copal for 2 nights....and the rest is history.....we stayed 6 nights in total.....and had the best holiday in many many years. Sure the rustic rooms are a bit of a challange for some.....but we absolutely loved it...gekos and nightly friends did not bother us.....it was part of the adventure.

The staff...the food....the beach....all were great in our opinion.....there were many places to eat within walking distance and we took advantage of eating at some of them....all were good.....we are not spring chickens anymore and found it very safe and never felt threatened by anyone or any creature we came in contact with.

The interesting "option" on the beach attire was new to us....and we decided "when in Rome.....do as the Romans do".....and it was refreshing and found all the people on the beach to be respectfull of everyone else.....truly an enjoyable and comfortable experience.

Guess where we are going next year.....a no brainer.....this place is great.....pack light (ha...ha) and join the wonderfull staff and the nice warm comfortable surroundings this place has to offer.

Cheers

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2009

My fiance and I spent several months agonizing over where and how to get married. We were engaged in August, 2008 and had every intention of going the traditional wedding route blazed by most of our friends and family out here on the west coast of Canada - a golf course, winery, or my mother's backyard. Several trips around our area yielded promising possibilities for our wedding, but the feeling always lingered somewhere in the back of our minds that our wedding just wasn't going to be special enough.
Then a friend of ours spent a month in Tulum and wrote to say that if he were getting married he would do it at Copal/Azulik. We quickly turned our attention to this concept and before long I was on the phone to the Wedding Planner for Ecotulum (the umbrella company that owns Azulik and Copal - both resorts are part of the same operation/area). Her name is Maria Lidia and I can say without a doubt that she was the number one reason our destination wedding was a success on so many levels. Maria Lidia was very friendly, reliable, caring and most of all honest. She took a great deal of the pressure off our hands as far as coordinating all our friends and families needs. We had over 50 friends and family stay at Copal/Azulik; some of our guests stayed for 3 days some for the entire 2 weeks we were there and all of them were absolutely thrilled with the location, the accommodation and the vibe.

Simply put - we kind of took over most of Copal and Azulik for the weekend that we were married and it worked fantastically well. The staff were very friendly and helpful in so many ways and the food exceeded our expectations; breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at Copal offered great variety and quality. The ceremony was subtle and romantic - how could it not be on a white sand beach by a turquoise sea in the sun. The reception was held at the "tun tun bar"; the small open air restaurant that hovers just over the gorgeous beach at Copal and it was picturesque to say the least.

My bride and I stayed at one of the Cabanas at Azulik for a full two weeks and we loved every day we had there. The cabanas are rustic - just like we had hoped - and yet very elegant and private too. The staff at Azulik go above and beyond to meet the needs of their guests - all our family and friends that stayed in the Azulik Cabanas were impressed. Copal accommodations offer much the same, just slightly less elegant - but gorgeous nonetheless, and our friends and family who stayed in those cabanas were totally satisfied with the experience.

My wife and I plan on returning to Copal/Azulik as often as possible. It's a winner!

A word to the wise: Copal and Azulik are Rustic - not for those looking for an all inclusive American amenities style experience. Also, don't expect service to be on par with NA standards in restaurants and bars in Mexico - come with an open mind and a relaxed disposition - service is slow and often slightly confused in Mexico, but the quality of the food and drink is almost always worth the wait.

NOTES:
- bring a headlamp or flashlight for night time navigation on the paths around Copal and Azulik - toes get stubbed routinely without one.
- There were also plenty of amazing places to eat in the town of Tulum and up and down that area of the coast.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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