My friend, her little five-year old and I just had our second stay at Casa Celeste Vida in Celestún (our first time was two years ago) and we could not be happier with the wondrous experience we had in this little piece of heaven!
As a Yucatecan who takes holidays in Celestún at least twice a year and knows the little village, I can tell you that one of the main attractive features of Casa de Celeste Vida is its convenient location. If a tranquil and peaceful time is what you are after, you will be far enough from the buzz enjoying the sight of an almost-deserted, immaculate sea, the sounds of birds flying by, and the oh-so-refreshing sea-breeze. And if you need to get supplies or food, the place is a mere 15-min walk from the village's plaza, restaurants, and convenience stores, where you can get almost anything you may need. In our stay, we walked by the sea to and from Casa de Celeste four times because our little guy loved getting his feet wet as much as he could. And if you just had a humungous ceviche, the exercise will help you feel better!
One of the main reasons why we decided to stay at Casa de Celeste again was the service. Wanda, one of the three Canadians who run the place, welcomed us as if we were long-time friends. Whenever you need anything or have a question about the room or the Casa in general, either Karen or Wanda will be there for you in no time. If you stumble across Wanda, she will be more than happy to chitchat; otherwise, she is so quiet that you will not even notice her around. She is also the person whom we asked for tips regarding restaurants and things to do in the village (fun and money-wise), and her recommendations always matched all the information I have gathered about Celestún from my many visits. So I can attest to the value of her suggestions, which could ultimately save you hundreds of 'pesos'.
Among the amenities we liked from the place is the communal kitchen, a well-equiped area where you can quietly eat. All you need is there for you to use, so you can quickly and easily cook some eggs or pancakes or bring your own preprepared food from the village. The kitchen also houses their small library with books that are mostly in English. If you are an avid reader like I am and forgot to bring your Kindle or a book of your own, you can take any book you like to read before catching some zzzzs or any other time of your preference.
Even if water is provided in every room, you can purchase bottled water, pop, and even wine and beer from their 'honour bar': you just open the fridge, take whatever you like and 'pay for it' by leaving money inside of a jar; quite convenient if you do not have a car and feel like drinking a cold one whilst resting in a hammock under the palapa. Yes, they have two of them!
Hard as I tried to leave my computer at home, I took it with me because I was expecting a couple of important emails. Luckily, the place has wireless internet available for free. If you need to use it, I suggest you try to do it outside of your room in order to get a fair signal intensity. Since we stayed in Casita Flora, the furthest of the three rooms, the strength of the signal was weak inside. But if you can, take my advice and leave your gadgets aside for an enhanced, stress-free experience!
If you have kids coming with you and love sand, they will be overjoyed for there is plenty of it inside Casa de Celeste (and outside too, of course!). Although there is no pool, this was not an inconvenience because our little guy had a blast in the sea. Older, more adventurous kids may find the kayaks attractive, which are available for you to use for free. Children (and some adults) of all ages may love the dogs Wanda and Karen have. In our opinion, they are a 'bonus' to the experience of staying at Casa de Celeste (how not to love Scooter, Oliver, and the rest of the gang!), but this may not be the case for everyone. Ultimately, they will not bother you.
All in all Casa de Celeste is, in my humble opinion, the best place to stay in Celestún if you want to get some good relaxation. As a local, I know there are cheaper options available that could work for people with a tight budget, but I guarantee you that what you pay in Casa de Celeste is well worth every penny or centavo because you get a great service and a clean and comfortable facility packed in a convenient location. If you have all of that, you will only need to worry about creating some good memories with your love ones.
Erik, Daria and little Sebastien (April 2014).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Celeste Vida...."Home of Heavenly Life" is a charming guesthouse in Celestun, Mexico on the Gulf of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. Celeste Vida offers three rental suites. Each is uniquely decorated with Mexican flare, has ocean views and is only steps away from a beautiful secluded beach! We are 1 km. from the village of Celestun where you will find a great market for fruits and vegetables, shops and restaurants with abundant seafood dishes. ... more less