My husband and I were quite ill with a bronchial thing, and almost cancelled our trip. From Oregon, it took 12 hours and two transfers to get to Cancun, then a shuttle, a ferry and a taxi to Maria's Kan-kin. Totally exhausted, when the taxi turned down a narrow rutted alley at midnight and the building was lit only with a dim bulb, my heart sank. "Oh, my God...what have I gotten us into?"
Luckily, Augustina was waiting for us and hurried to help. When she opened our room, I was so relieved to find just what I wanted....a simple local hotel with easy access to its own beach and pool. The next morning restored our spirits and belief in Trip Advisor's reviews. The garden area was full of flowering plants, breakfast was available in the small open air café, and the pool and beach were immaculate and beautiful.
Augustina, wife of Chef Sebastian, was a volunteer concierge for us, but also helpful were the owners, Therese and her husband, and "Lady" the room maid, the friendly gardener/helper, and the café staff. Everyone bent over backwards to be sure we were comfortable. We rested and healed in the sultry sun and the wonderful ocean. We had dinner there three times, and the reviews of Sebastian's cooking were exactly right....top quality gourmet. We referred other tourists we met there, and they were all enthusiastic.
Renting a golf cart was easy with Augustina's help, and turned out to be a blast. The one highway around the island was like a giant bumper car track full of carts, taxis and scooters. We enjoyed many sites and ate in many places, never to a bad meal. The food is wonderful and the water is drinkable, the people friendly and welcoming. Good spots to eat? First, Maria's, then Jax, Roosters, roadside tacquirias, Mango Café, Oscars, and everywhere we went.
I recommend the turtle sanctuary as a place to enjoy and support. We didn't go to the dolphin place, but others told us you could pay one fee, eat and drink all day, and enjoy the show to boot. We went to Mass at one of the local churches, with a glass view of the sea and beautiful children's voices.
I was surprised by how busy the island is, especially with day trippers from Cancun coming on the ferry, but our end towards the south end was very quiet and peaceful. Our room was humble, but very clean and had everything we wanted. Bed was plenty firm and "Lady" kept us supplied with fresh linens daily, including beach towels. There were two kayaks to use, and the pool was a small refreshing infinity pool with reclining lounges built in.
My husband took along a break-down trout pole, but although he had plenty of bites, the fish bit his line off every time!. This amused our host and the gardener no end. Bill spent a few bucks on new heavier line and gear, to no avail. Our host brought him out a heavier pole, that from it's appearance and the sand in the reel, may have washed ashore at some time, but the same result. Barracuda are a bit tough to catch, but the snorkeling around the dock was great.
The last night we were there, a Cuban group came and played music all dinner time, making a special memory. Plan on a Wednesday night to enjoy it. All in all, we had a great vacation, relaxing and healing and are looking forward to returning to Maria's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marias Kankin is located on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The hotel is about 50 minutes from the Cancun airport. Ferry boats also shuttle back and forth from the mainland. As the sunset looms,enjoy it inits private beach & pier take it easy and rest in any of Marias Kankin's nine (9) suites. Decked in minimalist, Caribbean-inspired decor, each air-conditioned suite is furnished with a mini-bar,coffee maker and coffee , Internet access in restaurant area ,kajaks also. Marias Kankin is located on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maria`s Kan-Kin Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Marias Kan Kin