I come from an are of the world that has me access to probably the most lakes per square miles in all of North America so once I got to look around at Rancho Encantado, I got to realize that it's just a lake ....pretty much the same as what I get back home...a clear lake, with nice hues of blues but a lake is a lake...even the lake bottom is somewhat slimmy...I get those at home too and I get some with nicer bottoms...
On the positive side, it's warm, enjoyable to swim and the Rancho Encantado is a beautiful resort to stay in. The dock goes out in the water and they have this central area in the water with a roof and hammocks that is nice to relax in. They also have lots of lights at night, mostly for ambiance, little blue ones on the dock, not to bright, some around the trees, nice spotlights here and there etc... We had one of the rear cottages, they are extremely nice, the woodwork has lots of workmanship in it,the beds are very comfortable, the showers are adequate, their was a small fridge in our room and everything looks beautiful throughout.
The whole place runs on cement pathways, it's clean, the theme is troplical with lots of trees, foliage and singing birds.
The restaurant is very good, a bit pricey but very good. We ate there twice, once we went in town for a pizza and it was very good too.
There is very little to do around close by except Bacalar. Even spending a day at Bacalar is a stetch..it's not that big. One thing we like is go to the center square on sunday evening and watch the locals..the family life in rural mexico happens at center square and sunday evenings are even more interesting... We drove to Chetumal one day but it was Monday, all the shops alongside the ocean were closed and we weren't there for shopping so all and all, Chetumal was a bust.
Rancho Encantado is a great resort and they take very good care of you but since I don't go to Mexico for lakes and since there is a limited amount of things to do around Bacalar, I probably won't go back.
However, for those that want a prestine area to relax and enjoy some holiday time, it's a recommend all the way. The lake is beautiful, the staff is courteous and very forthcoming, the Rancho is a beautiful place all around...
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Encantado Hotel
- Rancho Encantado Hotel Bacalar
- Rancho Encantado Laguna Bacalar
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