My wife and I spend a great deal of time in the Yucatan. Some friends from Paris suggested we visit this particular hotel, which is about a three hour drive from Akumal where we were staying. We had visited Bacalar several times in the past, but never ventured out on the lake.
Our drive south was uneventful, lots of great bird sightings, and interesting flora, and our first destination was the Cenote Azule and it's beautiful restaurant. I'll review that wonderful place later. After lunch it was a very short drive to the Ranch Encantado, and we parked and signed-in.
From the first moment, we were made to feel very welcome. The staff was gracious and very helpful, and we were quickly taken to our "casita"...charming, rustic, and extremely comfortable. This is an "eco" hotel...they ask that you repect the environment. Unfortunately, we were too late booking, and did not get a "Lagoon" cottage with it's own deck on the water, however, we were in a lovely garden filled with tropical plants and flowers, and just a few steps from the main pavillion and dining area.
We had dinner in the open air dining room, watching the sunset over the Lagoon of seven colors...the food was as good as the ambiance. The hotel has a long dock leading to a pavillion over the lake. There are paddle boats and kayaks for the guests to use, and mayan hammocks strung along the pavillion as well as in front of your casita...so great for reading.
After dinner, a stroll on the pavillion, and the chance to look at a night sky filled with a magnificent display of stars. Talk about romantic!
Breakfast was included, and it was delightful, with fresh fruit, eggs, coffee...then we hired a boat and captain, and spent the day swimming and snorkeling, flying across the 60 mile lagoon, seeing the ancient pirate channels, and marveling at the incredible colors and beautiful plant life, watching pretty tropical fish swimming in the clear water, visiting cenotes, and looking at some of the beautiful homes along parts of the shore. This was beautiful, not very expensive, and a couple of days that we will treasure forever.
Ideal would be a "Lagoon" room...just for a very special experience.
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