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Balamku Inn on the Beach
Ranked #4 of 23 Mahahual B&B and Inns
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Brooklyn, NY
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“A nice eco-resort”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

We stayed here in March 2010 and had a very nice stay. Balamku is very clean and the grounds are beautiful. However, be warned that there is a reef here, so the beaches are not as nice as they are further up on the coast -- it's very shallow for many yards and there is a LOT of seaweed (though Balamku does it's best to rake its beach). It was also very windy while we were there. It's a little "rough," but that's the nature of these kinds of solar-powered, thatched roof places. The owners were friendly enough. Breakfast was quite lovely with fresh fruits, yogurt and decent coffee.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 12 January 2012
Unfortunate comment about being "rough" as our guests and we as owners, know we are supplying quality accommodations that are tastefully decorated and clean while respecting the environment. Our rooms and property are generally viewed as "beautiful" but perhaps don't hit the mark with everyone. The photos on the web are true to our place and reflect our style.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

Beautiful place to stay, so quiet and peaceful. The beach is gorgeous and Mahahual is a great little town especially when the cruise boats aren't there. The breakfasts were excellent, the cereal, bread and eggs were the best we had in Mexico.

Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Marburg, Germany
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

My boyfriend and I were on our way back from a trip to Bacalar lagoon and decided to stop there before we made our way back to Tulum. We work from our computer so the fact that they have internet service was very important to us. They offer a nice breakfast and a nice area were you can sit, relax and read a book.

This a place were you can come as a nice stop while traveling through the southern part of Quintana Roo or even Belize, which is just south from there. We only stayed there for one night, but it is surely a perfect place to visit and distress from it all for even a week. The owner (Carol) is a wonderful lady from Canada that pays attention to all the details.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 16 December 2011
Thank you for this review. Many folks stay here on their way through the Mayan route to recharge before returning home. Great to meet you!
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san diego
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

Balamku, what can you say great, great and great. Considering the remoteness of this location 5 hours south of Cancun. They have done it right from the eco lodge,solar power,rain water and wetlands for waste. You get a beautifully built 2 story palapa. Each with a FANTASTIC view. All room have a balcony and are super clean. The breakfast is yummy, especially Carol's homemade granola. What a treat. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. You also have use of the kayaks and you can go snorkeling. What a outstanding place to stay and relax. See you next next winter.

Room Tip: If you want a place to relax, read a book or just enjoy the view. Balamku is the place to stay.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 11 December 2011
Thank you for staying with us again and enjoying what we do here.
Look forward to your return
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

This truly is a eco-resort. Carol and Alan have taken the time to research and do things right from the toilets, constructed wetlands, solar and wind power this is a lovely eco resort. Situated south of Mahahual on the beach road, close enough to town to enjoy it but far enough that even when the cruise ships arrive you are in a tranquil setting. Their breakfast is amazing!!! From fresh squeezed juice to Chiapan coffee, fruit, granola, eggs your way... what a way to start the day.

Room Tip: You can choose from ground level or top floor bungalows. All have great views and are very private.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 7 December 2011
We appreciate your feedback about our ecological systems and service. Thanks and look forward to your return.
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Scotland
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Well i'll get the negative out of the way first. The welcome really wasnt great. I'll say no more. Thankfully first impressions arent always right.

Absolutely stunning location miles away from anywhere (at the end of a very potholed road). Fabulous rooms. Fabulous views. Hamocks on the beach. A reef out front (with manatee). Kayaks to borrow for free. Good breakfasts. But the order of the day is relaxing.

Within a fairly short drive there was great snorkelling (Xcalak) and a bit further afield to Banco Chinchorro. But we did have to find this pretty much out for ourselves and there could have been a bit more info etc. Would have been nice to have the bar open and food but its off season so that could be forgiven and there was a great little place up the road (travel in - excellent margaritas and food).

But what i think we discovered was that this is a very chilled place (and that includes the staff) and that rubs off. So ignore any of the negatives i started out with because this is a great place, a million miles away from the gated resorts of playa del carmen (and all the better for it). If it wasnt for the odd mosquito id say this was paradise (but it was as close as ive been)

For the greenies among you its also off-grid and has brilliant composting toilets, rainwater harvesting...

Room Tip: All good - we had an upstairs room which gives you a slightly better view. But its further to walk...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 8 November 2011
We apologize for anything that isn't great service and reception as that is extremely important to us. We appreciate this feedback so we can ensure it will never occur again.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

This hotel offers peace and tranquility, without the unnecessary gimmicks that other small beach front hotels force on you. If you are ever in the Mahahual area of Mexico this is a must stay. Friendly people and excellent service!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Balamku Inn on the Beach
Address: 5.7 kms. south of Majahual, Mahahual, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Costa Maya > Mahahual
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Mahahual
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balamku is a small ecological hotel that offers beautiful rooms all facing the Sea and directly on the beach. We guarantee privacy, tranquility and excellent service. Since we are 6 kms south of Mahahual, our hotel is never noisy or crowded. We do not work with cruise ship folks so privacy is never compromised. The newly improved beach road makes access to town easy in less than 10 minutes. Kayaks are free to explore the reef just metres from our beach for great snorkeling. Large breakfasts are included as well as taxes.Enjoy the Caribbean Sea away from the crowds and relax in our natural environment.Please join us for private YOGA here or in town. Exceptional experience! Look for our YOGA retreats on FB ... more   less 
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