This place is a jewel!
We booked in here for the first two nights of our 3 week trip to mexico as we had absolutely no desire to stay in Cancun/resortland. This was quite expensive, but was such a great introduction.
Anais (the daughter) was really helpful via email before our arrival, and we got nice clear instructions on how to drive to the Jolie Jungle. It's set back off the road, so nice and easy to get to, with a security guy/barrier at the road. Anais was very welcoming, and showed us to the beautiful cabana, in a quiet and peaceful location. The cabana is wonderfully built, with good mosquito nets and insect proofed as well as can be done (it is still the jungle, and sensible precautions required). However, the room was homely and welcoming, with a very nice bed and spacious shower. Strangely, of all the places we visited we had the least problem with biting insects here in the jungle!
We were straight out to look for birds though and the place provides an excellent starter for a birding trip in Mexico, with lots of jungle paths and lots of bird species.
The restaurant and communal area is a credit to Dino (the french dad) who has put a huge amount of high quality work into the site, and kept it truly eco friendly as far as is possible. He cooks some lovely food too - we ordered 'something with chicken' the first night and left it up to him, and were not disappointed with a lovely meal mixing french and mexican tastes.
Paul (the son) was also a great host, very helpful and great fun, loved to chat and practice his very good english.
All in all Jolie Jungle turned out to be one of the major highlights of our stay, and we were quite sad that we couldnt get back at the end of our trip. It was made extra special by Dino, Anais and Paul, but is a gem in its own right, peaceful, cosy and welcoming.
Now, if they could just drop the price a small bit....!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jolie Jungle has great appeal thanks to true ecological environment around us, it is characterized in that it is located away from the bustle of the city, surrounded mostly by forest. Jolie Jungle is an ecological hotel that offers a unique experience for nature lovers, it's a real atmosphere of peace and tranquility, with a unique and ideal landscape for bird and butterfly watchers. Our Bungalows are total confort and fullfill ecological standards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jolie Jungle Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Morelos