This is NOT an all-inclusive nor is it a huge resort like you will find in Cancun or Playa del Carmen! There are no spring break crowds or parties going round the clock, and the beach bar closes before midnight.
On the other hand, it IS a quaint, comfortable, friendly, reasonably priced beach resort that is small enough that the staff will remember you every time you show up in a restaurant or shop. The location on Akumal Bay is truly beautiful, the water is crystal clear and the snorkeling and scuba are fantastic.
We stayed in a bungalow, which was comfortable, if not elegant. It had a firm bed, a small fridge, plenty of closet space and a good air conditioner. Our bungalow was on a small courtyard and the Lol Ha Snack Bar (actually more of a tiki bar) was across from our front door.
Both the Lol Ha Restaurant and Lol Ha Snack Bar had very good food and friendly staff, happy to help you learn Spanish, if you are so inclined. Any kind of tour can be arranged through the front office. The gift shop is also nice with a good selection by local artisans. Finally, the dive shop also did a good job of setting up our snorkeling and was completely set up for scuba, as would be expected.
I recommend signing up for one of the hotel's meal plans, which can make this resort almost an all-inclusive. For 90% of its total value, you can pre-purchase credit useable at the restaurant and snack bar. If you don't buy enough, you can purchase more credit at the front desk during your stay.
There are several other good restaurants (and shops) nearby that are not associated with the hotel, so you don't have to have every meal at the hotel.
While we do not generally return to places previously visited, since there are so many places to see, we will almost certainly go back to Hotel Akumal Caribe. It is the most relaxing vacation we've had in years!
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- Also Known As:
- Caribe Hotel Akumal
- Akumal Caribe Hotel
- Hotel Akumal Caribe Riviera Maya, Mexico