This is a beautiful hotel cut into the side of the hill surrounded by jungle type trees. We stayed in a deluxe standard room which had a massive four poster, a single bed and a massive bathroom. We had a TV too, which was great as apparently this was not the case for standard rooms.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and you can rent quad bikes, snorkelling equipment etc. Breakfast was amazing and I would recommend the banana French toast or the pancakes. The best thing was the view from the restaurant - it was a shame that the restaurant was closed as it was low season. There is a sweet swimming pool and some swinging beds to relax on. The hotel was quiet so there wasn't much of an atmosphere but we were looking for some peace and quiet so it was perfect for us.
Be aware that it is quite a walk to the nearest town, Playa el Carmen, either along a dusty road or a rocky beach. You can get a taxi but this is not always easy and you can't flag them down - we ended up walking back from Playa Santa Teresa one day, which was long and tiring. I would recommend hiring a car or a quad bike to get around as Santa Teresa is the best beach for swimming and body boarding. We also went for a trip to the waterfall at Montezuma in the car.
There are some lovely restaurants in the area - we ate at Mary's (delicious pizzas and fish), Carocolas (great views and quesdillas) and an Argetinian restaurant with amazing barbecued chicken.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Moana is a small luxurious ocean view hotel nestled amongst a rich backdrop of wildlife and jungle. Inspired by Africa for its choice of décor, the beautiful rooms offer tranquility and comfort to all of our guests. Enjoy being served breakfast while you gaze out over the Pacific Ocean. Later hang out at the wonderful pool area and fall asleep on a suspended day bed while the waves crash in the background, paradise awaits! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moana Hotel Mal Pais
- Hotel Moana Costa Rica/Mal Pais