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Balamku Inn on the Beach
Ranked #4 of 22 Mahahual B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 December 2013

Balumku does it again. Our 3rd time back and what a fabulous stay we had. Carol, the owner was friendly and welcoming upon our arrival. The rooms were clean and comfortable, with attractive local Mayan decor. The rooms are palapa towers designed to have the sea breezes that cool the rooms. It's easy to fall asleep with the cool air flowing through the room. Carol offers a full Mexican style breakfast, with fresh fruit and coffee. The staff Art & Shirley were helpful, friendly and efficient making our stay very nice. Balumku has the beautiful ocean to look out onto, but the grounds are beautiful too. Gardens and flowers bordering the sandy pathways meander through shady palapas and comfy hammocks. This is a place to relax and rejuvenate. Carol offers a great lobby with a nice library offering books and information of the area.
She is very helpful in offering outings and activities to do .

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have great ocean breezes.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Imagine how wonderful it is to have the same great people coming back year after year
Love you Ostrows...You are so very welcome here anytime.

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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

We had the fortune of spending a night here and loved every second of it. We knew already from all the reviews that it was going to be great but we didn't know it was going to be so wonderful.
We had a palapa just a few steps from the sea with a little private beach right in front of it. Lying in bed you could see the waves rolling in until it got dark, then you could just listen to the sea until you fall asleep.
The rooms are simple but tastefully furnished, comfortable and clean. Plus it's all eco-friendly.
Carol and her staff took the best care of us, they are so friendly and helpful. It is just the best place for a holiday, I wish we could have stayed longer.
Hopefully we get to come back one day.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Please come again. One night is a tease:))
thank you so much for your positive comments AEL

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

My daughter and I visited during July and stayed for three nights. There was only one other room rented out during our stay, so it was very quite. Area is safe. We walked up the dirt road to eat dinner one evening and it was quite dark on the way back. Just be sure to take a flash light with you as we had to use our cellphones for light. Owner has a very nice small breakfast menu to choose from and all food was delicious. Rooms were very clean and comfortable. Water was beautiful. Try to schedule your trips to nearby ruins etc on days that the cruise ship is not in town and you'll have everything to yourselves. On cruise days, spend the time enjoying the snorkeling just outside your door. We will definitely be back. Just can't say enough good things about this area and hotel.

Room Tip: They have five buildings, each housing two rooms. One upstairs and one down. I preferred the downsta...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2013

Thank you for this review. We look forward to your return. It is a very private paradise!

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

My partner and I spent 3 wonderful nights at Balamku. We enjoyed everything immensely and hated to leave. Everything was perfect while we were there.....great food, great staff, the owners are fun, lots to do, it was all great.
Carol was full of information about the area as well as other nearby locales, which was helpful. She did not hesitate to give of her time, which we appreciated.
The care put into the building of the property is quite evident, and is another thing we appreciated.
I highly recommend the Balamku Inn and am so glad we found it and made the effort to go there.
Staying in a eco-hotel is interesting, to boot! So much to learn!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 10 which was at one end of the property, nice and private. The furnishings, linens...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2013

So glad you loved Balamku. Thank you for your kind words. We really appreciate the feedback.

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Reviewed 11 July 2013

My husband and I spent two nights at Balamku, and we had a great experience. Although there are plenty of activities to do in the area, we wanted to relax by the ocean before returning to our home in Merida. Our room was clean, updated and comfortable. We enjoyed the ocean breeze at night. We had our car so we were able to drive into town for meals, and return to our beach to read, enjoy the warm water and truly relax. Carol was very welcoming and provided all the information we needed to make our stay enjoyable. The breakfast was delicious. We highly recommended Balamku!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2013

Balamku is a place for people like you. Thank you for this review which will assist others in learning more about our hotel. Much appreciated and hope we meet again

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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We spent 7 nights at Balamku and the photos say it all !!!

It's a beautiful property; the rooms are kept very clean, the breakfasts are good and the views delightful. Much too much has been made by previous posters about the windmill noise. It was quite windy while we were there, but the noise of the wind generator was not at all intrusive. Also It was very satisfying to know how little impact we were making on the environment during our stay.

Alan was very helpful. This is a great place to unwind. We didn't find Mahahual had much to offer, and the distances to the ruins and other beaches were more than we anticipated. So, if you want to get caught up with your reading material, this is the place.

Room Tip: We had wonderful breezes and a great balcony to sit on in our room number 9.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2013

Thank you for these enthusiastic comments. We're glad you enjoyed your time here. There is a lot to do but also a great place to do nada. Sorry I missed meeting you

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Reviewed 24 May 2013

I made it back to the states and unfortunately had a mountain of stuff to do, but finally getting to write about my (my family’s) great experience at Balamku Inn in late March, early April. What made our experience so special? The location, the service and the activities (fun) you can have while you are there.

The Location

Balamku Inn is about 2.5 to 3 miles south from Mahahual, itself a smaller town, compared to Playa or Cancun. When we were there, downtown, it was actually crowded due to the Mexicanos celebrating "semana santa" which made it even more interesting.

However the reason we first were attracted to Balamku Inn was that it is solar powered, have their own source of water, respecting the surrounding area, in other words very aware of their ecological footprint. Also, the proximity to the ocean, and the great reviews made us choose Balamku Inn. The room we had was very comfortable, with a little porch, a couple of beach chairs with the waves lapping just a few feet away. The lower level room we had was spacious, clean and lots of space to put your stuff. You can swim, sunbathe or fall asleep under one of the palapas right outside your door.

The Service

First of all Carol goes out of her way to make you feel at home. When we were checking in, we actually showed up with one more person and Carol (the owner) made the accommodations for us. She is very friendly, knowledgeable and loves the conversation. She knows the area’s history and how important it is to conserve the natural resources. Joanna, her assistant, is also very friendly and very attentive to anything you may need. They also cook up a nice breakfast which includes fruit, granola, yogurt and a variety of different omelets and frijoles. The coffee is very good, although I forgot to ask if it was local. You can also get a light lunch at good price, if you don’t want to go out for food.

The Fun

If all you want to do is lie on the beach, work on your tan, and enjoy the sea breeze without a lot of people around, then this is the place for you. If you are into sports, a little more active, you can take out one of the kayaks, snorkel, rent a bicycle or take a trip to Mahahual. There you can go to one of the local dive shops. We actually took a day trip to Xcalak, about an hour south, but liked Mahahual a lot better. Taste some of the local food in places like Tropicante, where you will meet Steve Uhl and his wife Maggie. Also try Karlitas Restaurant-Bar where you will meet her and her significant other, Otto. At the time of writing this, they started making some delicious pizza. You can also get a good Wi-Fi signal there, just ask for the password. Sit at one of the outside tables, and watch the world go by....

Room Tip: The Ground level units are very close to your front porch (15-20 feet), waves and wind gently crashi...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2013

Thank you for taking the time to outline so many details on your experiences and reflections on Balamku and our town. This is so vital for folks who are trying to decide how to choose places for their vacation. You input is invaluable. We are extremely grateful and hope to see you again.

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Additional Information about 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Mahahual
Price Range: £62 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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