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Retiro Maya Villas
Ranked #86 of 96 Hotels in Tulum
London, Canada
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23 reviews
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“Nice but be prepared..”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

The good: Great location in a beautiful beach. The hotel is ok, nice big beds.

The not so good: We only had electricity from 5pm to 11pm (they did tell us that was the hotel policy though). We didn't have any hot water during our stay. Continental breakfast, very simple, far from spectacular. We found it a little bit pricey but it's an expensive area, so this hotel was actually one of the cheapest we could find, not worth it to stay there for more than two nights.

Overall, not terrible, you'll enjoy your stay here as long as you're prepared for a rustic experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Playa del Carmen
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We got three cabanas, two with sea view and one sea front location. Nice facilities meeting all needs but do not expect like a first class hotel. Part of nature, and two steps from the wonderfull beach. Service very friendly. Basically a good deal.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Paradise on earth ! Beautiful White beeches . Very much a Eco resort . Back to basics but exactly what we wanted coming from London . No mod cons , simple rooms , stunning views , outside private attached toilet n shower. If you want a stress free relaxing place that will put you back in touch with nature and forget city life then this is for you . I have read other reviews and some people obviously don't do their research . Yes there are bugs , lizards , electrics may cut of for short periods , shower basic, and quiet . Staff are very helpful , and gay friendly . Best two week holiday we have ever had . Everything we expected and wanted .

  • Stayed August 2011
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Aalborg, Denmark
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

Caribbean feel. The whitest, softest sand at your feet; the water just a few meters from you and the only sound your hear is the sound of the ocean, the wind and your company.

Retiro Maya is truly a place to unwind and unplug. Leave your worries behind and get fueled up for whatever is coming next.

Do not expect high quality service and luxury facilities, as it is not present at Retiro Maya. These things can be found elsewhere in Tulum. You stay in cabanas with doors that can't really close or be locked. Lizards and cockroaches are your roommates. The ventilator didn't work for us and the sheds where dirty. Electricity is only on from 5 pm. to 11 pm.. You can hear and smell the ocean - for better and for worse.

There is no real service. The reception (an open hut) is mostly unattended; also when your values are locked in the safe there and you have to carry your own luggage through the sand. But the atmosphere is fantastic as well is the margaritas (2 for 1) and the stories that you hear in the restaurant.

Expect no luxury and just enjoy the peace & quiet by the beautiful beach.

P.S Remember your own mosquito net!

Room Tip: Get the ocean side cabañas! There are maybe 4 of these and then you have a terrace pointing to the o...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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canada
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

We didn't stay at Retiro Maya, so I can't speak about the accommodations there. We were staying in town (Tulum) and so needed to head to a resort to get beach access. We chose Retiro Maya based on a number of friends' reviews and it ended up being an EXCELLENT CHOICE.

They have ample parking and the resort seemed very secluded and quiet. We parked ourselves on the beach, and then ordered a bunch of food and drinks, which they brought down to our beach location. The food was inexpensive, and for the price of a few beer and tacos, we had ourselves a day on the beach.

We were travelling in May, so the weather was still sunny and warm (30 degrees c) and the day on the beach was perfect!

The resort also offered massage therapy (which the woman I was travelling with took advantage of) and also has a resident Yoga instructor in the mornings. I returned for two mornings later in the week to do an early class in their covered studio.

The yoga class was excellent. Vigorous but relaxing at the same time. Both sessions I was the only student, so I had my very own solo instruction! It was great! Best part was, after Yoga and I was hot, running down to the ocean to get cooled off. And then sunning on the beach afterward to dry off is amazing.

All in all, a great experience, and one that I hope to repeat. Retiro Maya also offers yoga retreats, which would be fun, too!

Room Tip: don't get the huts RIGHT on the beach. Beach view, a little further away, is better as you don...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Last month we have been travelling a lot in Mexico, having our honeymoon and we had some good and bad Mexican experiences. After a very intense time in Chiapas we arrived in Tulum. It was supposed to be just a two-days stop but when we arrived in Retiro Maya we felt like home. Federico was the first person we met and he found a solution for us to stay there (considering we arrived on the 30th December with no reservation!). Then all the people at the retiro have been so kind and friendly that the atmosphere was kind of magic. The place has good cabanas almost on the beach. You got your own hammock and chairs on the porch where you can enjoy a great margarita (IMP: there was the take 2 pay 1 for both margaritas and beers) and you got all you need to relax; everyday there is a different type of yoga or Qi Gong course you can join. the restaurant is good and tasty. The staff can help you to arrange for whatever trip or visit you like and give you suggestions according to your needs.
Tulum was magic by itself, but it was even more magic because of Retiro Maya.

Room Tip: Choose rooms far from the wind generator
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

I stayed at several hotels in Tulum and this one was my favorite. If you are expecting a 5 star resort, Tulum will disappoint you. This town is very laid back, boho chic, no hairdriers/curling irons (electricity goes out a lot too), spotty cell service...truly an 'off the grid/sand in your toes the entire time' vacation. That said, Retiro Maya's cabanas were just heaven to me. I left mine unlocked w/ the doors open the entire time. The sound of the ocean, the sun rising and shining into your room, the outdoor showers ( you can watch the moon/sunset at the same time), the hammocks, lounge chairs, the romantic (but necessary) mosquito netting, the charming bar w/ swings, and the prime location were just what I needed. It is a quiet hotel, and as a solo female traveler I felt completely safe the entire time.The beach was just steps away, and so are loads of places to eat. I did not try the yoga here, there are loads of places to do yoga (Utopia just 2 'doors' down and that's right ON the beach). I see other travelers that seem disappointed w/ the cabanas...maybe if they were called beach huts people wouldnt be so let down? This place is as rustic as Amansala and more charming than Maya Tulum ( in my opinion.) Thank you Frederico!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Retiro Maya Villas
Address: Km. .5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila 6 | Highway Tulum Boca Paila KM 6.5, Tulum 77780, Mexico (Formerly Retiro Maya Eco-Hotel and Retreats)
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#51 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Retiro Maya Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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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Cabanas Retiro Maya Tulum
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