Located on the beautiful Playa del Norte of Isla Mujeres, this boutique hotel of 33 rooms is the place to go if you want quietness, a beautiful tropical beach that is hard to beat anywhere in the world, (if you know one better, please let me know) and good service from food and beverage to water sports and wrapping it all up with a message on the beach. Really if you are looking for a party place that goes all hours of the night, then you might want to try another hotel, or perhaps even Isla Mujeres is not for you. This is not Cancun….thank goodness.
After spending four glorious days my wife and I were really sad to move on to our next stop in Playa del Carmen and besides leaving the area to go diving, we really only left one night to have dinner in town. Everything that the traveler would want to relax is right there at Hotel Na Balam - two restaurants, a killer uncrowded beach, a pool for a change of scenery, and views of the sunset. As an added bonus, the water is quite shallow and one can walk out a few hundred meters into the turquois colored water…just imagine the world’s largest infinity pool at your door step.
For our accommodations, we had a room (#1) on the beachside second floor. It was basic with a king sized bed, sitting area, balcony with lounge chairs and a hammock. What we liked about this room was the privacy. The rooms below us had a larger deck area opening out to the beach area, but not the privacy. So you need to weigh the privacy vs. more room. Quite honestly, for our next visit….and there will be one….we will be requesting room #1 again.
The staff was great with pre-arrival transportation from the airport….please take advantage of the service, check-in and out was a breeze….and they gave us a lower “special” rate that was advertised after we booked five months in advance.
Now some items to be aware of when choosing this hotel – this is an older hotel with nice but basic rooms – no TV or phones. There is free Wi-Fi at the restaurant and near the lobby. Do not flush toilet paper down the toilets….use the waste paper basket. You are here to relax…this is island life….end of statement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The love for nature, an admiration to the Mayan culture and a concern for holistic wellness are reflected in this haven of peace and serenity. Na Balam offers you a place to enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean sea and its sunsets with personalized services and attention. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Na Balam Beach
- Na Balam Beach Isla Mujeres