Atmosphere fostered a sense of "just being"
Our three week stay at Casa Maya Lodge was extraordinary to say the least. It began with our cheerful host, Mattias, greeting us at the Cancun airport at 8 pm and chauffeuring us to our comfortable hotel the " ibis" which he suggested because there was a super market and pharmacy at it's base with currency exchange and shopping within walking distance and it's reasonably priced. Upon arrival in El Cuyo it was obvious that this small fishing village 2 hours NW of Cancun was quaint, quiet and safe. The accommodations were very adequate, charming with its thatched roof and rustic interior and afforded a superb vista of the Gulf and beach 3 stories below. The north facing private veranda afforded adequate sun and shade allowing for personal sunning. Soaring pelicans and frigates abounded overhead with an occasional squad of Marines from the local Naval Base jogging by below at the surf line. The towns people and merchants were extremely friendly and understanding of our language barrier. The town square was an easy walk and included Mayan women selling their fresh fruits and vegetables, several excellent restaurants, the fishing boat harbor and several small grocery stores, even a pharmacy. Our host provided us with internet access and was easily accessible and accommodating.
We feel this was the perfect get-away for a couple; it was peaceful and tranquil. Strolling the clean white sand beach, immersing into the calm warm Gulf water and greeting friendly towns people while strolling into town on the sand streets or to the harbor was the frosting. Transportation away is limited unless you rent an automobile in Cancun though if you're seeking peace and tranquility isn't necessary. Fishing and excursions can be arranged.
The atmosphere at Casa Maya Lodge fostered a sense of "just being", no pretense or pressure to live up to others or caring; the view from the veranda was incredible and welcomes all who come to return. T
Visited on "January - 2014
Great location right on the beach!
Right on the beach, easy walk to the center of El Cuyo, nice simple Palapa, peaceful, perfect location for kitesurfer!Mexico
Visited on "October - 2013
If you are looking for a truly one of a kind place to stay in the Yucatan Peninsula, this is it. We arrived late, late, late into the night after a white-knuckled drive through rain, wind and pot hole-laden roads. Notwithstanding our 3:30am arrival, caretakers Magally and Christian were graciously awaiting us with open arms--and a beautiful palapa-style apartment complete with warm lights on, and extra blankets at the ready.
The view from the balcony is fantastic, the doorstep beach hard to beat, and the town of El Cuyo itself a delight for those who enjoy going off the beaten trail. As luck would have it, we happened to roll into town just as two cold and windy storm fronts were making their way through the area, so we did find the "open air" design of the palapa (and shower!) to be chilly--though surely under any other time/weather condition that same design would be one of its most enjoyable qualities.
Thanks to the storm, the entire town lost power+hot water+cell reception for 2 nights, but again, the caretakers were quick to check in with us, and we could not have been happier to take Christian up on his offer to provide catering by candle light. Don't miss his shrimp ceviche--the best we had anywhere on our trip!
All in all, a great place to escape from it all. We left feeling that Matthias and co. truly care about making it a great holiday experience for their guests...and look forward to returning under better weather conditions!.
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Visited on "February - 2013