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“Balamku Inn on the Beach near Mahahual, Quintana Roo - the best!” 5 of 5 stars
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Balamku Inn on the Beach
5.7 kms. south of Majahual, Mahahual, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Mahahual B&B and Inns
Kamloops, Canada
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“Balamku Inn on the Beach near Mahahual, Quintana Roo - the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This March we returned for our 3rd visit of 18 days to Balamku and the little village of Mahahual. We land at Cancun airport, pick up our car at American Car Rental ($600 USD for 18 days and unlimited mileage) and head south as soon as we can! We can't wait to get to Mahahual about 4 hours south on the Caribbean Sea.

Once we arrive at Balamku Inn on the Beach (5 kms south of Mahahual) we enjoy the clean (5 stars!), spacious, and private palapa, pristine beach and warm Caribbean Sea only steps from our front door, excellent breakfasts (5 stars!), and friendly attention from Carol and Joanna (another 5 stars!). 5 pm 'happy hour' with Carol ended each day and began each evening on a wonderfully restful and friendly note. Thankfully, wifi is good at Balamku, so any work that needed to be done back home could be done; checking in daily kept it all under control.

Days we roamed the malecon in Mahahual, visiting with David and Suni at the Silver Reef, Steve and Maggie at Tropicante, and Bera and Louisa at their little shop of well-made and even better priced clothing! Restful yoga with Simone of Costa-Maya-Yoga was a highlight, as were dives with dive masters Barb Eller, Luis of Kabah-Na, and Selma of Nomad Divers (dolphins, turtles, rays, wrecks, and more!).

After the daytime fun we enjoyed many dinners at Travel Inn with Justa and Albert and turned them into late evenings of games (Quiddler or Quirkle, anyone?), or just swinging on the porch, visiting with good friends!

Thank you to Carol of Balamku for making our 3rd visit is fun as our 1st . . . ; we can't wait to come back in 2014!

Room Tip: All 10 units are beautiful! Ground level gives you immediate access to the beach, 20 feet from your...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thank you for this informative review which should really help others who are looking at coming here. Love that you keep returning and enjoying all that our area has to offer
see you next year!
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We stayed in Balamku for 2 weeks in January 2013. We had been looking for a quiet spot for an intimate wedding on the beach in Mexico and were so happy to come across this charming place. It has a beautiful white sand beach, swimmable clean sparkling sea and the palapas are located right on the beach. This hotel is clean and well organized. The host is very gracious. It is within a short walking distance to two great restaurants. Full breakfast is included in the price. Clean drinking water is provided. The shower has good pressure and very comfortable. The palapas furnished and decorated using local artisan resources. They have incredible vaulted ceilings made of the grass. This is a way to get close to the nature without leaving creature comforts behind. This place is an incredible to relax and unwind and is very private.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
We were very privileged to host your wedding. Thank you for your trust and friendship. Look forward to your return !
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We came over from Ireland to enjoy some tropical sunshine. We very much enjoyed Mexico and then the best part was Balamku. It has stunning views and was very peaceful. The beach is gorgeous and the room ( cabana or whatever you call it ) was fabulous. Immaculately clean and very comfortable. We loved the eco ethos which all functioned seamlessly. Our host Carol was excellent and informative and very friendly, and the breakfast was great. We also enjoyed how sociable the experience was and we highly recommend it. It was also great valve.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. We really enjoyed meeting you both and having fun with the Irish connections! Hope our paths will cross again.
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Just spent one night here but had to tear myself away! Wish we could have stayed longer. Beautiful, clean beach with comfortable rooms and chilled out feel. Great breakfast with delicious granola (recipe please!) Slept so well as the sound of the wind in the palm trees and the waves lulled us to sleep. Great restaurant almost next door with the best food I have eaten in Mexico (the travel in).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for coming down the road to see Balamku! We appreciate your comments and hope the next time you can stay for awhile. I'll let Travel In know you loved them!
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Drums, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We have been vacationing here for the last three years and will continue to return as long as we are able. Everything about this place is satisfying to the soul and the stomach (Great breakfasts). We enjoy places off the beaten path where we can relax in a comfortable and clean environment and Balamku has all that and more. Wish it was closer so we could visit more often.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
You three are such delightful people and our shared love of jazz has been such a wonderful experience! Thank you for these kind words, your laughter and also, your music!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

A beautiful and peaceful spot in a chilled out beach town. We are so glad we went that little bit further to find Balamku! The Palapas are very comfortable and the delicious Mexican breakfast was very enjoyable - sharing travel stories and tips with other friendly guests. Carol and her intern Jo were brilliant hosts and the personal service was excellent. Carol gave us cream for our insect bites and a recommendation to an amazing restaurant (ask her about The Leaky Palapa - worth the 45 min drive!).

The private beach and its waters are very rich with wildlife. The water changes colour daily. One of the days the water was a rich red and brown due to the sediment from the fresh water mangrove a little further up the beach - beautiful to see and swim in.

This is clever ecology that doesn't impact on a guest's comfort, but does preserve the surrounding beauty and ecosystem. We have found that many so called 'Eco' places often fail to get it right.

Our stay at Balamku and our time in Mahahual was our favourite of our whole trip exploring the Yucatan. We can't recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Smiling Brits met us daily...thank you for your enthusiasm for Balamku! We appreciate your interest in the ecology and the respect for nature.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful well kept resort on the beach. Small and off the beaten track. Service is wonderful. Breakfast is huge and healthy. Carols homemade granola rocks. There was no safe in my room but carol kept my valuables in her safe. The view from the rooms is stupendous. 2 good restaurants within easy walking distance. I will definitely return

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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balamku, Owner at Balamku Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thanks for this great review. Will send you the granola recipe!
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Address: 5.7 kms. south of Majahual, Mahahual, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Costa Maya > Mahahual
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Mahahual
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balamku is a small ecological hotel that offers beautiful rooms all facing the Sea and directly on the beach. We guarantee privacy, tranquility and excellent service. Since we are 6 kms south of Mahahual, our hotel is never noisy or crowded. We do not work with cruise ship folks so privacy is never compromised. The newly improved beach road makes access to town easy in less than 10 minutes. Kayaks are free to explore the reef just metres from our beach for great snorkeling. Large breakfasts are included as well as taxes.Enjoy the Caribbean Sea away from the crowds and relax in our natural environment.Please join us for private YOGA here or in town. Exceptional experience! Look for our YOGA retreats on FB ... more   less 
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Balamku Inn On The Beach Hotel Mahahual
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