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Casa Aq ab al
Ranked #2 of 25 Bacalar B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 13, 2013

couple or family who search for peace & quiet can find it here.
yolanda (swiss) & pedro (mex), the lovevly couple, arrive to the place 6 years ago and bit by bit made it an ecological heaven. they are sweet and very helpful (-;
the place built on the edge of bacalar charming lake. and has 4 apartments with lake view, which built to the smallest detales. the place works by solar power.

the apartments are big and have a full eqipment kitchen, hammocks, 3 bads and more.
the view from the apartment and the lake's deck is breathless.

we will recommend to book the place in advance. and call yolanda before to get more helpful tips.

if you look for a noisy hostel or parties - this is not the place

Room Tip: there are 4 apartments. the "el cielo" & "la luna" has a better lake view.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Elad O
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CasaAqabal, Manager at Casa Aq ab al, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Thank you very much for your positiv review.We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at casa Aq'Ab'al. It's allways motivating to see that our work is apriciated by our guest.It was nice to get to know you.....take care....yolanda

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

we went for x-mas vacations the owner were very helpfull
made some of are meals drove us in town since it is hard to rent a car from bacalar
you can swim all day read relax hamacs kawaks
very clean Yolanda is very helpfull for day trips

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank lorraine1340
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

So, we just found this place after turning off the carreterra by the sign and driving for at least a kilometer down a rugged 2-track until we could go no farther. We had no idea what to expect. We showed up and were welcomed by the owner's brother Antonio. He showed us some condo/apartments that impressed us. The prices were very reasonable for the two nights we would be staying. He mentioned that the building was on solar power. He took us down to the lake where they had a nice shaded dock with hammocks and kayaks, which we could use.

The apartment had a two-burner, and Antonio told us where we could go into town for groceries. We had a pleasant night, and woke up at sunrise the next morning to watch birds, which were plentiful in the area. On my way back, I ran into the owner Pedro, who offered to bring us some fresh coffee. He and his wife Yolanda also offered to cook or provide ingredients for any meals we might want.

"Wow," I thought, "What a place."

But after some great swimming and kayaking, there was trouble in paradise. We had been traveling for awhile and were washing some of our clothes. We had hung them to dry in the screened-in balcony and set up a fan to speed up the dry time, which was probably putting an excessive drain on the solar system. We came up to make lunch. The fan had been put away. Moments later, Yolanda showed up with her feathers a bit ruffled. She was upset that we'd been doing our laundry. Something about the soap. I almost explained that we had used Dr. Bronner's. And she was also upset that we'd been using the fan. Understandably. That was probably an irresponsible use of valuable energy. We got a bit of a lecture on how this was an "ecological" resort, and on how "most people don't do their laundry here." The tone left us feeling a bit uncomfortable. It turned out that they had a number of rules and expectations, which are evidently enforced. In which case, I guess my constructive criticism would be that they make guests aware upfront of their rules and expectations. Maybe a document in the rooms or a contract or something.

So, just be aware that this is an ecological resort. Aside from the elite eco-culturalism, I found the staff friendly, generous, and accommodating, and I would highly recommend Casa Aq-Ab-Al as a place to stay for any length of time.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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CasaAqabal, Manager at Casa Aq ab al, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2013

thank you very much for your review.i'm sorry that i spoild your day,but i'm worried about electricity becouse my guests don't wanna be without,and my fridges have to run too....i apaologize....and thank you, i like the idea to do a folder,where it explains how our place runs with solarpower...it was nice to have you as guests take care.yolanda

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Casa Aq'ab'al is wonderful. The owners Yolanda and Pedro will treat you to their fabulous cooking and bring you Margaritas which you can sip and watch the sunset over the lagoon. The accommodation is spotless and unique in every way with colourful and thoughtful decor. They have kayaks you can use to paddle across the lagoon and a beautiful jetty for hanging out on a hammock in the total peace and quiet. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay and highly recommend this tranquil retreat.

Room Tip: Venus was beautiful but for a romantic treat, choose Cielo.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Jessica M
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CasaAqabal, Manager at Casa Aq ab al, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

thank you very much for you very positiv review.We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our casa aq'ab'al.it's always motivating to see that our work is apreciated by our guests.It was nice to get to know you and you're always welcome to come back again.....take care.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I was looking for a peaceful, quiet place to spend 2 days with my boyfriend and just simply relax away from everything... and we found it! casa ak ab al received us sooo well. Their property is owned by a lovely Swiss German Couple and the house is on the lake. We got the top floor room called Cielo which is a "house". Huge, with a big terrace, king size bed and fairy and candle decoration. There’s a lovely deck on the level of the lake and we went kayaking and watch several species of birds (eagles, hawks, collibries) and wild life.
We felt super comfortable, welcome and at home. The place is solar powered; they compost their organic waste and plant all the surrounding gardens.
Highly recommended! I'm coming back for sure! Thank you for such healing time!

Room Tip: El Cielo! Top Floor! big big Room! Kind size bed! amazing gorgeous view!!!! :D
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

In September 2012 we travalled through Yucatan. Coming from Chetumal we checked on Tripadvisor where to go next and we found Casa Aq'ab'al, located directly on the Laguna. We were impressed by all these positive feedbacks (it's hard to add something more) :)
Yolanda was great, she picked us up at the bus station and it felt like coming home. We stayed 4 days and everyday was special and we started with a really delicious breakfast (you have to try Pedro's "Eggs Ranchero"!). Both were great hosts and we had an absolutly relaxing stay. Just in case you need some adventure - we did a tour with Gunnar from 'Active Nature' (5 minutes far away; http://www.activenaturebacalar.com/page45.html) which was really great.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank _Caprice_81
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

We really enjoyed our time there. We got to this apartments really easy in a car and we felt we were home, because you can bring food and drinks, they have a big kitchen and fridge. The only thing we didnt like it was no fan, so it was really hot. If u go, just take with u a small fan and enjoy paradise. They allow to bring pets :)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank milly_mexican
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Address: Hwy 307 KM 28.5, Bacalar 77931, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Bacalar
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Bacalar
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We found our paradise and realized our dream with Casa Aq’ab’al which we now like to share with you as our guest. To be as one with nature as much as possible on beautiful Laguna Bacalar is our goal. We grow as many vegetables and herbs as possible in our garden and we use local fish, meats and produce to prepare meals. ... more   less 

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