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Reviewed June 11, 2006

We have just returned from a wonderful week at Ikal del Mar.
The accommodations, service and food are excellent. It is a great getaway.....very private and everyone keeps to themselves. The service is outstanding........they have thought of your every need and are diligent about every detail. The one negative about this resort is that the beach is not perfect since it was hit by last yea's hurricane. Getting into the water requires some skill, since coral covers the beach area. We understand that that they plan to excavate the area within the next 6 months to make it a "perfect beach area." The pool is very nice and rarely crowded. Yoga is available each morning with excellent instructors and is a great way to start the day. The hotel provides shuttle service to and from Playa del Carmen for its guests. For a getaway with no interruptions, including sunning, swimming and reading, this is the place!
Isabelle & Sid

  • Stayed: June 2006
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19  Thank iloubug
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Reviewed June 5, 2006

My wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on May 18th this year in Ikal, and we celebrated last year here. We spent 7 days this time, then 3 at Maroma. In comparing the two - both are elegant, but in different ways:

Ikal is cozier, smaller and much more intimate - privacy is key here. The suites are private, contained within their own element - offering both peace and seclusion from the world around you. The elegance of the rooms are moving and enhance the surroundings. Having your own little plunge pool is...well...kinda cool. The service is outstandingly attentive, friendly and responsive. The staff get to know you if you allow them and the relationship just grows and grows. The pools, spa and beach are great, of course - what you would expect from this establishment - but the pool... ah....the pool...

You will find Ikal an ideal intimate getaway for adults. This is a place to retreat from life's business and allows you to settle back into yourself easily.

Maroma is spread out much more, and you can both see and hear your neighbors. The grounds are lush and elegant and very colorful - and extremely manicured - almost too manicured really. The rooms are nice - but not elegant, and have more of a hotel feel rather than a unique atmosphere. We did like the view of the beach from our balcony. The service here was oustanding as well, but the staff did not seem to be as friendly nor as willing to get to know you. The pools are several and very nice. The beach is wonderful - so if you are looking strictly for the beach experience - this is the place to go. The spa is a step above Ikal in presence, and price, but the experience is unforgettable - you will want to spend a lot of money there.

In summary, we are going back to neither next year because my wife is dragging me to Caneel Bay at St. John's, or somewhere down there. Sadly. But the NEXT year - oh YES - the NEXT year - it is back to Ikal for 14 days. I liked Maroma - but I did not feel at home there. At Ikal - you are at home - you are among friends, imagined or otherwise, and you are nestled into your own little piece of intimacy within the jungle - immediately. See you there!

Oly & Dea Graham

  • Stayed: May 2006
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21  Thank olyg
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Reviewed May 22, 2006

We honeymooned at Ikal in March and it was perfect in every way possible! The villas are beautiful, well appointed, and very private. The staff knew our names before we arrived and anticipated our every need, yet were never "in the way". The food was incredible and the spa was a luxurious treat. If you are looking for a very high quality, romantic, and secluded spot, this is for you. We were not looking to do anything other than relax, spend time together, and play in the sun and water. Beyond the restaurant, there is nothing "to do" other than hang out with the person/people you came with and enjoy the natural beauty around you. If you are looking for activities, night clubs, options of restaurants, and shopping, go to Playa or stay in Cancun. Ikal is a secluded get away for those who want privacy, luxury, and nature.

we spent every morning either having an AMAZING breakfast by the pool or in our room. Then we would spend late morning and mid afternoon by the pool, having pina coladas and ceviche (also amazing). We would then move to the pool in the late afternoon and then on to the spa and then dinner. We did this almost everyday and it was perfect. Oh yeah, and the yoga at 10am was fantastic, although we only went once in 1 week.

i highly recommend Ikal! It was perfect and blissful!

Stayed: March 2006
10  Thank Alisonguerra2014
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Reviewed May 21, 2006

My husband and I returned from Ikal on the 19th. We spent a week there and the experience was positive in every respect. We are mid and late 40s and have been to several idyllic Carribean locations. Caneel Bay, Hyatt Grand Cayman, Maroma, St. Thomas Ritz. This property ranks at the top of this list.

We arrived at about 11:30 a.m. and a driver from Ikal was there to meet us. We then stopped at a 7-11 to buy a styrofoam cooler, ice and cervezas for the trip. We also brought along 4 big bottles of cheap wine. If you drink, you will find the liquor and wines to be expensive, but when you are paying $700 per night this should not be a surprise. The wine list at Ikal is pretty good by American standards. Not way over the top but certainly acceptable. Plan to pay $56.00 for a Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. They have some Chilean wines that are quite good and not so expensive.

On our arrival they give you a bottle of water (these are abundant property wide) and a tour of the spa, pool area (both beautiful) and restaurant which overlooks the pool are and sea. Then they take you to your villa. This is by far the most impressive part of the tour. Each villa is separate from the others and you really get the impression that you are the only people on the property when you are in the villa (the property was very quiet when we were there anyway). There was one reviewer who said they need signs to the villas and I thought at first they were just slow learners til I realized we were very close to the pool area and restaurant. When we tried to make it back to the front we got turned around a few times. Just stay in the middle of the property and you will be able to find your way from front to beach.

The villa is almost like a four room thing. The plunge pool and day bed, then the bedroom (with great linens), bathroom (with great big towels, robes, flip flops), and then the shower outside the bathroom. As other reviewers have said, the "moon shower" is great. The only thing we used the inside shower for was to store our cooler (they restocked the ice at our request each morning). Be sure and turn the water on full force. The pressure is excellent.

We had no difficulty with noise, A/C, bathroom fixtures that some other reviewers have suggested they had. The ride from Cancun is pretty grizzly, lots of trash and such, but once you hit the resort, it is lush, green, and just lovely. Hibiscus, palm, chinese evergreen, even a lime tree in the moon shower-all these plants we grow as indoor or annual are planted and growing outside there.

The breakfast at the villa, pastries/coffee/tea is a nice start to the day and then you can go to breakfast at the restaurant and order from the menu or just tell them what you want. The menu has many mexican inspired dishes, but if you want bacon and eggs you just tell them and they'll do it. You want a cheese omelet, they'll do it. We couldn't find any tamales in Playa del Carmen so they made us chicken tamales for breakfast one morning.

The lunch and dinner menus offer plenty of variety. We didn't even leave the property for Playa del Carmen until the fourth day. You can also ask them for special meals during these meals (my husband had a BLT one day) if you give them a day's notice. The staff is extremely accomodating. Their English is excellent and there is just not a person there who would not bend over backwards to be sure you are happy.

Meals included sea bass, shrimp, rack of lamb, pretty much the whole enchilada. And enchiladas too. Entrees ran about $30 a head. Caesar salad I think was like 12.00. Plan to spend $100 before liquor if you get an entree, two apps and dessert at dinner. Lunch is 18.00 max per entree I think.

The pool and beach drink service is excellent. You can also have a meal there. The beach front dinner looked pretty windy, but I am sure it was quite romantic. The palapas on the beach are great as you can lay out there out of the sun and it's breezy. The beach is rocky but as some reviewers have said, if you go about 50 meters to the left of the property there's a pretty clear area. Not excellent snorkeling like in St. John, but nice. Also, pack a couple of blow up rafts to take to the pool area.

The spa is excellent. We weren't big spa goers before this trip and we are now. One day they sent us a little card that said they were giving us a free dinner in the restaurant with wine, a snorkel trip and a 30 minute message each. Well, we had two more couples massages (in the jungle room) and a facial and are hooked now. The sauna is fabulous.

One day they were doing some work in the restaurant so they gave us free margaritas between noon and five. Pretty stout. $14.00 per pop if they aren't free.

We went to Playa three times. Ate at La Parilla (mixed grill: lobster, shrimp, beef and chicken fajitas $39) and at Casa del Agua (mixed grill for two: lobster, shrimp, fish, vegetables $68). Both were just great. Glass wine bar was nice too. Playa is nice and quaint. Cops everywhere so you feel safe. Go in late afternoon (the hotel has a free shuttle at 4) to avoid the mid day heat/sunshine. Cab ride is about $10 to Playa. Lots of silver jewelry and typical Mexican fare (those huge sombreros).

The only down side is the bug bites. They give you repellent and being from the south we are pretty used to buggage, but they are pretty brutal if you forget to use the repellent.

Every person working at Ikal was just as helpful as they could be. To single anyone out would be to exclude someone who did just as good of a job.

We usually try different places but both agree that we will return to Ikal.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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23  Thank kimhoney
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Reviewed May 18, 2006

I took my partner here to celebrate his birthday. It could not have been more perfect! The staff took care of everything leaving us to relax and enjoy ourselves. The property is beautiful and well maintained. The food was some of the best I have had on many trips to Mexico. Hats off to Erick and his crew! The spa was first class and the treatments were very good. I also liked the variety of treatments available. As a massage therapist I find it hard to get a good massage at most resorts but this was not the case at Ikal.
Would I go back? Oh, I can't wait!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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8  Thank jhcmt
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