Beautiful beach destinations in less-touristy areas are one of my top travel priorities. This time I was traveling with my son and his college roommate - they're both 20 years old and had a fabulous time kayaking, swimming, and just hanging out. Located in the small but thriving community of Celestun on the west coast of the Yucatan, about a 45 minute drive from Merida, Playa 55 is a stunning beautiful small hotel - the open, airy rooms (with balconies or patios) look out on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and are each individually and distinctively decorated with local fabrics and art. Ours had a small bar with stools and refrigerator, perfect for storing tropical juices and beverages for the nightly sunset cocktail gathering on the roof, where twinkling lights illuminate conversation about the day's events and discoveries among guests. Bold white walls punctuate azure blue accents in the courtyard and pool area, which features a firepit and is the favored spot for a tequila nightcap before turning in. Playa 55 is incredibly quiet (except for the rhythmic sound of the ocean waves and chirping birds) and is an easy 10 minute walk to the town center, that boasts lots of small restaurants that specialize in Yucatan specialties, including an abundance of fish and shellfish).
While playing in the surf and sunning by the pool might be enough for some visitors, I highly recommend a visit to the "Ria" - the nearby river that flows into the Gulf that is home to hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos, white pelicans, and hundreds of birds who winter over in the region. Rent a small boat with guide for about $20 per person - the entire trip takes about 1.5 hours and is truly unforgettable. Masses of pink birds on stalky legs feeding, taking flight, and essentially nonplussed by the gawking tourists, Boats are required to stay a certain distance so as to not disturb the flock, but we got close enough to get some great photos. The owners of Playa 55 (Nico and Jess) will do everything to make your stay special and complete. Highly recommended.
We loved Playa 55. It is beyond boutique in that its look and feel reflects its owners' soul sensibilities not just a surface aesthetic. Jess & Nico's sensibilities of course include the aesthetic but that never dwarfs their hospitality or the nature that surround them in this part of the Yucatán. Playa 55 is a remarkable cocktail combining the wow of a James Bond pad with the raw nature of sea and mangroves and the non-tourist town of Celestün. Whether you decide to relax by the pool - after having one of the best coffees you will ever make in your room - or walk the miles of beaches watching the fishing boats or be picked up from the hotel for a flamingo tour Playa 55 will live long in your memories. We recommend watching the sun set over the Gulf from the roof and walking through the friendly, fishing town. We will be coming back for a longer stay.
All I can say is WOW what a beautiful place in such a special place like Celestun. The rooms were gorgeous ... so nice to wake up to the view of the ocean or fall asleep with the horizon twinkling with the fishing boats lights & the stars. Jess & Nico were hosts extraordinaire. True Canadian hospitality that went way beyond and made our stay very special. Booked for 2 nights & added an extra night just because we felt so welcomed & had to spend more time enjoying the beach & pool. There were kayak's to enjoy & beach chairs for relaxing. Will definitely come back!!
This is the best place in town to stay! Everything is immaculate! Each room is decorated with beautiful modern furniture. The mini fridge is stocked with free sodas and water! The hotel is directly on a gorgeous secluded beach with every room having a fabulous ocean view. There is also a great pool if you do not like swimming in the ocean. ( we did both everyday! ) The owners of the hotel are very friendly and accommodating. We stayed for three nights and felt like we had known Jess and Nico a lifetime!
My husband and I stayed at Playa 55 for nine nights. Our adult children stayed in adjacent rooms for a week. We all agreed that this is an exceptional guest house located in this small Mexican fishing village. Nico and Jess are warm, attentive and generous hosts who went above and beyond to make our stay special. They trusted us enough to allow their son to go fishing with my family, and later cooked the fish for us. They shared their knowledge of the area, and told us about their future dreams for the guest house. We left Playa 55 feeling we had made two new good friends.
As for the property, it is breathtaking...the rooms are large and tastefully decorated with an artist's eye, the views from the balconies and rooftop are stunning, and the pool relaxing. Most days, we had the white sand beach all to ourselves. There are also kayaks available for use, free of charge.
We were among the first people to stay at Playa 55. The guest house will only get better and better as Jess and Nico continue to execute their master plan (for instance, they are hoping to secure a liquor licence so they can serve alcohol on the rooftop). We wish them all the best. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a stay at Playa 55. It truely is a little piece of heaven.
I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to write the first review for Playa 55 Boutique Guesthouse. I recently spent two wonderfully relaxing nights there. I was searching for a nearby beach getaway, after spending a couple of months in the bustling city of Merida, and I became captivated by the beautiful photos of the beach, the rooms and the property on Playa 55’s website. No fake news there-what you see in the photos is exactly what you get-a beautiful, clean beach, gorgeous Gulf of Mexico water, a stunning pool, inviting and comfortable rooms, spectacular sunsets from the rooftop deck and the warmest of welcomes from the owners, Jess and Nico. From the moment I arrived, I knew I was in a very special place; Playa 55 is not a traditional hotel. Jess and Nico, using the beautiful natural landscape as their canvas, have designed and crafted a slice of paradise to share with their guests. The rooms are spacious, with comfortable beds, sitting areas and individually decorated with beautiful textiles and carefully chosen art pieces. Although not normally an early riser, I couldn’t wait until daylight to pull back the draperies and experience the breathtaking view of the Gulf from the floor to ceiling glass which extends the width of the rooms. Sitting on the balcony, in the comfortable chairs, watching the fishing boats going out in the morning and coming back in the afternoon was especially relaxing. It’s an easy walk “into town” for meals or tuk tuks (local taxis) are readily available; the small room refrigerator was also very useful! I went for one night to check it out; I stayed two nights and would have stayed longer if I hadn’t had an unchangeable appointment back in Merida. Check out this slice of paradise for yourself; I may see you there, because after years of exploring the Yucatan’s Gulf coast, I’ve found my “go to” place!!