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“chilled out remote paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & Camping

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Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & Camping
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6 reviews
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“chilled out remote paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

overal great stay. daniel was very friendly and so were the people in the tiny town of yokdzonot. kind of remote. lovely little exotic setting with hammocks and little (kids) pool. mangos growing above the outdoor toilet. beautiful cenote around the corner. bring bug repellant ;)

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Preston, United Kingdom
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46 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

It's a nice place but not very well organized and we're not sure why it's called an Eco-hotel!

We booked in for 4 nights at the hotel in a luxury room which was a bargain at about £129 for the entire stay for 2 of us. We were greeted by a friendly guy who showed us to our room and the kitchen hut. He also told us how to get the bus to Chichen Itza and how to walk to the cenote in Yokdznot which is only a 10 mins walk. He didn't speak any English, but we got by with our phrasebook.

We booked one of their excursions online before arriving called Discovering Yucatan which was meant to be a full day exploring the local area.

It turned out to be a taxi driver taking us around a few places, it wasn't really a tour as he didn't explain anything about the things he was taking us to. We had an enjoyable day and saw some places off the beaten track but it just didn't seem to be what was described on the website.

I have since emailed to ask about this and was told it was because one of the owners (who speaks English) had to unexpectedly tend to his ill mother so this taxi driver was asked to take his place and should have known the route. We have been offered one night's free stay as compensation, but unfortunately as we are from the UK I'm not sure when we'll be able to use it.

The room itself was very spacious and there was a large bathroom too, both of which were clean. Unfortunately however the water coming out of the shower was quite weak and as a result there wasn't enough water to fill the huge bath. We also found that the hot water ran out as I was washing my hair (I have long hair) so we'd have to wait an hour or so for more hot water for my husband to shower.

Another thing to bear in mind is that there is no wifi here or anywhere in Yokdznot it seems. It was a struggle to find somewhere so we could checkin for our return flights.

The hotel was referred to as an Eco-hotel however we could see no evidence of this being the case. We have been to Eco-hotels before who have had tours to demonstrate what they done to help the environment.

I would also suggest hiring a car if you do stay as it is only served by second class buses which take a long time. It took 5 hours on a Sunday from the hotel to Cancun.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

We stayed there for three nights, despite having a mishap on our first night with the ants coming thru the A/C unit into our room and that was quickly solved. The Mayan deluxe suite is huge with huge bedroom and huge bathroom. It's located on a private property so you only share with three other dwellings, during our stay we only saw a backpacking couple. The property is very neat and the room is very clean too.
The camp kitchen has to be the best equipped camp kitchen we ever experience with all of the cooking stuffs you will need.
It's only 45 mins drive to Valladolid and 15 mins drive from chichen itza pyramid, there is a cenote just down the road from this Eco hotel.
We will defin stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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UK
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

The Yucatan Mayan Retreat was easy to find down a little dirt tract. On arrival, we were greeted by Jorge the owner, who appeared fluent in several languages including English. Although we already had our own itinerary worked out he was on hand to provide advice and information if you needed. There were a few teething problems as we were 24 hrs late due to a detour to Canada. These were soon sorted out and even sooner forgotten about. Jorge showed us round and provided me with a much needed beer after our long journey and offered his services in taking me to buy some before the shop closed.

After a busy day out site seeing it was a pleasure to return to this little oasis to unwind and relax. The trees provided shade and there was always something beautiful to see from a bird to a butterfly or a tree frog. It was lovely to relax in an open space away from noise, and even lovelier that you didn’t have to sleep in a tent to be able to do it. It was also lovely to get up at sunrise, sit outside your room and be serenaded by the songs of exotic birds.

If I ever go back to this part of the Yucatan I will definitely stay there again – but maybe this time I will be lucky enough to rent the suite with the bath and not the one with the shower (although I spent so much time chatting with new friends that I am not sure I would have had chance to use it even if I did have it). We loved everything about the place, from its setting to the wonderful people we met while we were there. If you like to have nature around you it is definitely worth the short taxi/bus ride to Chichen Itza to stay here rather than one of the larger, more expensive hotels. So thank you Jorge for having the vision to build this.

Our room was clean, large and comfortable with an enormous bathroom. It had more mod cons than I am sure you would need. The living area had a bed, sofa, table and chairs, coffee maker, tv complete with several channels in English and Spanish, dvd player, safe and fridge (although Jorge advised us that the large fridge freezer in the communal kitchen worked much better). There was plenty of cupboard space in the living area and bathroom but there was not anywhere to hang anything.

There was mosquito netting on the windows. Although, if mosquitoes are a concern and it is mosquito season (it was not when we were there) you may want to take your own net as I am not if they may still get in through the gaps around and under the doors (or roll up a sarong to put under the door as we did). The room was cleaned every day and fresh towels provided. Outside our room we had a little table and chairs and a hammock.

The communal kitchen was pretty much complete with everything from microwave, cooker, coffee maker to cutlery, pans and plates – even a ceiling fan. The only thing it did not have was a kettle but water was easily boiled in a pan on the stove. Even though guests cleaned up after themselves Jorge kept everything spotlessly clean by cleaning it every morning. There was always a large container of bottled water for guests use.

At present, there are 2 mayan suites, one mayan house and several spaces for tents so there is accommodation to suite every budget. The way it was set up you could both keep your privacy and stay with the party you were vacationing with (as we saw several parties do). Or, as we did, you could sit in the communal kitchen and foster a community spirit and sit and chat with those others that were passing through the Yucatan. This enabled us to leave with email addresses of new found friends.

If you did not have your own transport you could either hire taxis, or Jorge hired himself out as a taxi or just a 5 minute walk was the bus stop which had regular busses passing through. Just a 15 minute walk was a beautiful cenote that was open until 5pm, where you could swim, or just sit and have an amazing lunch for just a few pounds. Piste was only a short bus ride away and there were plenty of places to eat there.

Even though we had our own bathroom I went to see the outdoor shower and it was lovely, worked into a tree. Other than the gaps under and around the doors, the only down side I could see about this retreat was that if it was busy with many couples staying, maybe one shower and toilet may not be enough, especially as they were contained in the same room.

Room Tip: If you can afford it get the Suite, it is lovely. If possible request the one with the bath.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Napa, California
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

Traveling with my good friend, I wanted her to meet Jorge and enjoy the retreat, which I had done two years previously. Jorge accidentally found us in town a few minutes after arrival and off the bus. He remembered me and our conversations and such from the last time I was there! He and Daniel, his help-mate, are gracious, helpful and wonderful company. This time I upgraded to the suite, rather than the camping tent I was in last time. Wonderful cabin, two large beds, sofa, great large bathroom with tub and shower; beautifully appointed with native art and design. Buses run regularly just a short walk away, so we could get wherever we wanted. And Jorge was more than generous taking us places. We went to breakfast at the nearby restaurant/cenote; very much enjoyed ourselves with authentic mayan village meal. We of course, spent a day at Chichen Itza - take a deep breath and enjoy it all.

Room Tip: You have a wide variety to choose from, based on your budget and lifestyle. Village life is simple...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Copacabana, La Paz, Bolivia
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

OK, so this place isn't the nearest to the Mayan site but it's well worth the 15min taxi ride. Set in the small village of Yokdzonot, at the end of what appeared to be a dirt track to nowhere. It is a beautiful, peaceful, idyllic little find. Upon arrival, thinking we had the wrong place and almost turning back, we were met by Daniel who immediately took our bags and offered us a much nicer room than we'd booked for the same price.

We were the only people there at the time, the room had a HUGE shower and as you walked in and out of your building a flurry of butterflies scattered all around you. We had some chilled water waiting for us in our room as well as various little unexpected luxuries such as some reading material, a TV, shampoos etc. The best thing was the outside kitchen area - complete with microwave, fridge, cooker and cutlery (not to mention overhead fan!) - it was surreally awesome, just sitting in the middle of this gorgeous paradise.

There is also a Cenote just 10 mins walk from the hostel which when we visited the morning of our departure was completely empty :-) we loved having the place to ourselves and swimming in the cool waters for a well deserved cool off.

Would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to see Chichen Itza, an equivalent experience in Europe would be stupidly expensive.

Go there and enjoy :)

Room Tip: The big one in the centre.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

I spent over a week in this glorious resort when I had only originally planned on spending a few days there to visit one of the Seven wonders of the world, Chichen Itza which is 10 minutes away by car or bus.

It was such a peaceful and traditional place with a wonderful assortment of accomodation to suit most budgets. I stayed in various one's including the traditional Mayan house and the Suite both of which were wonderful.

The owner Jorge speaks great English and is only too happy to help out guests with any information or travel plans. Jorge also took me on some wonderfully cheap and thrilling trips to caves and Senotes in the area where the large coach buses do not go. They are much more beautiful than the large tourist attractions in the area and it all added to the authentic experience.

Whilst the Yucatan Mayan Resort may be at peace with it's traditional roots and way of life there all a range of eco - ammenities and a fabulously clean communcal kitchen where you can cook about anything. Or if you wish Jorge will cook you up something fab.

A great place to stay that is both closer and cheaper to Chichen Itza and it's surrounding wonders than the more expensive hotels

HIghly recommended and if you're there say Hi to Don Daniel and Jorge

Room Tip: Choose the suite its heaven being in the bath listening to the relaxing sounds of the Jungle.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & Camping
Address: Domicilio Conocido, Yokdzonot, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Yokdzonot
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Yokdzonot
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & Camping 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Yucatan Mayan Retreat! Bienvenido al Yucatan Mayan Retreat! Located in the heart of Mexico’s Mayan Region, the Yucatan Mayan Retreat offers guests a personalized service of exploration and discovery of the Mayan culture and sites. ... more   less 
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