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Jolie Jungle
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

Looking for peace ? wouldn t you like to forget the busy world for a while ? Would you like to experience the real jungle without having to refuse the comfort of civilisation ? In dies Eco-louge you can have it all , simple but very tasfully decorated bungalows with very comfortable beds and pillows,warm water and electricity,a very nice natural water pool with pool towels and a Tezmacal and a fantastic Restaurant in a palapa.Dino,the host,gives his heart in everything he does,specially in preparing absolutly delicious food.He ist the king of "Guacamole ", but everything he prepares (pasta,fish,creppes, breakfast etc..) it tastes great.The music at the restaurant was also very good.To hear every moning the sound of the birds and walk around and feel the richness of nature was a very nice experience .We enjoyed talking to Dino(and to his son Paul ).Dino has undestood what it is important in life and is one of the few wo lives his own values everyday.

Room Tip: Bungalow nr 6 was very nice.If you have wishes or questions i am sure Dino will try to fullfill your...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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JolieJungle, Owner at Jolie Jungle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2013

Hello,
This is Dino,
Thank you so much for your comments,
I hope you will keep good remembers of JOLIE JUNGLE and you return was peaceful and was a JOLIEV WAY BACK.
Than you again for staying with us and believe we still are at your service.
Best regards,
DINO.

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Reviewed 25 February 2013

We stayed for 4 nights in a suite at the Jolie Jungle. It was a great change from the beach! The best part about this small lodge is the personalized service and the amazing restaurant/lounge area. Our kids had a great time hanging out in the hammocks listening to the sounds of the jungle. This is a great getaway for a couple of nights but I would recommend getting a car if you plan to stay here for more than two nights. We didn't have a car when we arrived but Anais was very helpful in arranging the rental of a car for us, they even drove us into town to pick it up! There are a lot of cenotes to visit on the road between Puerto Morelos and Jolie Jungle.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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JolieJungle, Owner at Jolie Jungle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2013

Hello,
This is Dino, I'm sorry to answer you late but I want to thank you so much for your comments,
I hope you will keep good remembers of JOLIE JUNGLE and you return was peaceful.
Than you again for staying with us and believe we still are at your service.
Best regards,
DINO.

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

What a special place: magical, mystical, peaceful. The bungalows are spread around the large property so that each has privacy. Ours was spacious and comfortable, containing a bed with mosquito netting (although we had no mosquitoes during our visit), table and chairs, and sofa. The toilet is in a separate room from the shower and wash basin. In the morning you wake to bird song. Eighty species of birds have been identified on the property and it is a favorite of bird watchers. Paths meander through the jungle.

Dino, one half of the couple who own and run the lodge, was amazing to us. (His wife was away during our visit). He is an excellent chef and easily accommodated our preferences, including vegetarian for me. Continental breakfasts were included, with freshly squeezed local juices, fresh fruit, toast and coffee/tea. We had our lunches and dinners there as well, and all meals were creative, full of flavor, and enjoyable. There is a small bar with liquor, wine, beer, and soft drinks for purchase. The building that houses the restaurant and bar is comfortable, open air surrounded by foliage, and has an upstairs lounging area with chairs and hammocks. We tended to sit on the ground-floor outside patio before dinner, enjoying a beverage, the resident dogs Taco and Leica, and the general ambience. Taco and Leica are adorable dogs who came with Dino from Paris and who love living at the jungle lodge. As dog lovers, we really enjoyed spending time with them.

When we checked in, we expressed to Dino our interest in going to a cenote and also participating in the Temazcal. The next day he dropped us off at Cenote Verde Lucero, went to do some shopping, and picked us up again later. We loved this cenote, with its zip line that allows you to drop into the clear, fresh water, surrounded by trees, a lovely setting and a wonderful experience. There weren't a lot of people there and it is not at all touristy; a perfect choice for your cenote experience.

The Mayan Temazcal ritual was amazing. It requires hours of preparation on the part of Dino's helper, "el hombre del fuego", as he tends the fire of lava rocks and makes other preparations. Dino explained the temazcal history and ritual to us, which is fascinating and spiritual. This particular temazcal structure was built for Dino and his wife's wedding. Once the lava rocks were ready, eucalyptus and other oils put into hot water, incense lit in strategic places, and fresh aloe cut, the three of us entered the temazcal on our knees, bowing our heads to the ground and saying a special Mayan phrase thanking the gods. The Mayans would sit on the ground but we had a bench for comfort. We wore our bathing suits. Dino gave each of us a piece of aloe with the long side peeled to expose the flesh, and we rubbed it on our bodies. Dino sat by the entrance and he and his helper moved hot lava from outside to the inside fire pit via a shovel. Each time the shovel went in and out, the special phrase of thanks was repeated. The hot oils were poured over the lava rocks, creating a cleansing steam that we inhaled through our noses and expelled through our mouths. We were in the temazcal for an hour and a quarter, which Dino said was the short version! We shared at times, we sat quietly much of the time, and we continued to soften our skin with the aloe. Interestingly, while we were certainly hot and perspiring, we were comfortable the entire time. About halfway through, fresh hot lava rocks were passed in and put into the inner fire pit. When we were through in the temazcal, we exited and went to the swimming pool, which is filled with cenote water. It was beautifully refreshing. The pool is surrounded by tall trees. We floated on our backs and watched the stars high above the treetops. It was a special, magical experience.

Had I known how nice the cenote water felt, I would have gone in the pool earlier.

I highly recommend spending time at the Jolie Jungle Lodge. Even if you can go for just a couple of days, do so. It's only about a half hour drive from the coast and Puerto Morelos but it's a whole different world. I can't say enough about Dino; what a wonderful man. He did so much extra to make our stay as special as it was.

Room Tip: All bungalows are private; any one would be fine.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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JolieJungle, Owner at Jolie Jungle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2013

Hello,
This is Dino,
First of all, sorry to answer so late. I wanted to thank you so much for your nice comments,
I hope you will keep good remembers of JOLIE JUNGLE and you return was peaceful.
Than you again for staying with us and believe we still are at your service.
Best regards,
DINO.

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Reviewed 14 February 2013

Owners and staff are very helpful and accommodating. Breakfast is a very nice fruit plate, juice, coffee and breads. It is a bit out of the way to Puerto Morelos, but it is a very relaxing place. The rooms are very authentic Mexican and very very clean. Beds even have netting over them, but there were no bugs. It is was wonderful to hear all of the birds and animals in the mornings. Pool was not open when we were there, but we did visit a nearby cenote. They had a good selection of wine.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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JolieJungle, Owner at Jolie Jungle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2013

Hello,
This is Dino, I first am sorry to answer you so late however I want to thank you very much for your comments which will help us to always give a better service to our customers.
I hope you will keep good remembers of JOLIE JUNGLE and you return was peaceful.
Than you again for staying with us and believe we still are at your service.
Best regards,
DINO.

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Reviewed 29 January 2013

The place is small so you get a very personal welcome. The owners will take some time with you to show you the place and make recommendations on where to go and what to visit in the area. This is an ecological small resort in the middle of the Yucatan jungle. Of the 20 hectares of land they own, 95% was preserved as primary forest. Perfect for birdwatchers and nature lovers. I have observed around 80 species of birds in 4 mornings spent there. Birdwatchers visiting Yucatan must stay here a few nights.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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JolieJungle, Propietario at Jolie Jungle, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2015

Hello, thank you very much for your review, its very nice that you metion we preserve the nature, and it`s a perfect place for Bird watchers. Best regards

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Reviewed 15 January 2013

OMG, the road between Tulum and Cancun is a showcase of BIG money, commercialism and lack of soul. But turn 26 km west, on the Road of Cenotes, and you arrive to this property located on a spacious swath of untouched jungle. Birds galore, quiet nights. Very personable, caring hosts, Neda and Dino. They fix french dinners, a bit on pricey side, but a welcomed respite from tacos. They also have an ample supply of good wines. Basically, all ingredients for a perfect night on their classy restaurant patio in the jungle. Beds were SOFT, high quality mattresses. We reached Jolie Jungle at the end of the Yucatan road trip, and my back was maimed by rock-hard mexican mattresses. What a relief! We also liked their line of natural hair products with Mayan honey. Easy drive to Puerto Morelos, a nice seaside town. Would never ever stay in Cancun after discovering Jolie Jungle.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Stay at Jolie if you're looking for a relaxing getaway. It's 30 minutes from the beach but Puerto Morelos is getting so busy, the beach is hardly relaxing anymore. The pool is beautiful and the family the owns the place are incredibly gracious hosts. Food is fairly inexpensive though it's not displayed on any menu if you're worried about the cost. If you're grossed out by wildlife, skip it or stay in your room after dark.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Ruta de Los Cenotes Pto Morelos-L Vicario Km 26. 5, Puerto Morelos 77560, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Morelos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Morelos
Price Range: £57 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jolie Jungle 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jolie Jungle ecological hotel, was built at the very beginning to preserve nature, trees, birds, spider monkeys and other wild life, it is ideal for bird watchers, family and couples who like to enjoy nature, small groups for privacy an have not need for technology during the staying, there’s no TV no WIFI, only cel phone can be use at the reception desk. We have 7 large total confort bungalos with bathroom hot water, 1 master suit with 2 bedrooms and mini bar , no kitchen , 1 junior suite with one bedroom, mini bar , no kitchen, we have solar sistem and back up for your confort 20 hours a day, there are several activities that you can enjoy for free and Temazcal (Mayan steam bath the only one with extra cost. We recomend to stay from 1 to 3 nights, or more if you rent a car, we are located 28 km from Puerto Morelos beach, 40 min aprox. from Cancun’s international airport, 45 min aprox from Playa del Carmen, 50 min aprox from Cancun, we are just a few minutes from many Cenotes. ... more   less 
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