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“eco-retreat - hard drive to get there”
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Casa Aq ab al
Ranked #2 of 23 Bacalar B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

good property. Yolanda is great and responsive. We showed up late and she was nice to entertain our arrival, particularly as we were then using all the stored solar power. The road there was sort of a nightmare in the dark. It's not clearly marked and full of potholes. But the property is gorgeous. our room was fine - definitely needed to sleep under the mosquito net. great location right on the lake, 5 km north of town. the town isn't great, in my opinion, so this is a good option if you're just hanging out at the lake.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed here for just the one night. We booked via the Internet, so were not too sure what to expect, but it certainly ticked all the boxes. Yolanda replied very quickly & was extremely efficient. We stayed in Venus, which is a very big room with 2 double beds & a single bed, kitchenette, lounge, bathroom, verandah with chairs & hammock. Very spacious, bright, breezy & beautifully decorated in bright colours. The property is right on the lake & there is a raised deck with 2 loungers & below more loungers if you prefer the shade. The fresh water lake is a stunningly beautiful turquoise & lovely to swim in. There are kayaks too.
Yolanda & Pedro made us feel very much at home. They brought us some cerviche when we arrived, which was very kind of them & it was very tasty. Pedro cooked us the most delicious breakfast. The kitchens are very well equipped if you want to do your own catering, but you can order meals if you give them notice. The price for the breakfast was very reasonable.
Bacalar is well worth a visit. The fort has a museum, which is small but very well done. You have spectacular views of the lake from here.
I would recommend Casa Aq ab al if you want a peaceful break away from everything with very hospitable hosts.

Room Tip: El Cielo is the best room with a wonderful view. It is the most expensive, but still very good value...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

The main building, the annexes and the casita Estrella (where we stayed 5 nights) are run by solar power, so you have to be responsible in using electrical devices at night (apart from lights).
That said, the location is fantastic, as well as your hosts who take care of your stay through sharp suggestions on things to do on the lake and around it. You can cook your food in your kitchen; but this is really not worthy, because Pedro is a chef and will cook superb dinners and breakfasts for you, spicy or not, vegetarian or not, yucatecan or international. His wife Yolanda is a charming swiss landlady managing the house, the dogs, the cats, and the guests with energy and empathy.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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CasaAqabal, Manager at Casa Aq ab al, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Thank you very much for your feedback,we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at casa aq'ab'al....it was nice to get to know you and your allways very welcome to come back.....thanks yolanda

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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.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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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.
  • 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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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 23 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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