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Kabah na
Ranked #14 of 21 Mahahual B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We returned to Kabahna after a wonderful experience last year, and found the same. The location is on the beach, a swim or kayak ride to the reef, far enough (8 K) from town to avoid the Cruise Ship tango. The staff are terrific and the food is wondeful. If you enjoy diving, snorkeling, sailing, or an excursion into the Bacalar Lagoon and conntecting channels, Cenote Azul, the excursion staff are the best on Costa Maya. Luis and Luciana are experienced dive masters (you'll be completely safe and will see the best reef anywhere), knowledgible and concerned about the ecology of the region and the ecological concerns. Absolutely we'll return again as soon as we can.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

A very nice place, nice staff. We have enjoyed our stay at Kabah-na because of the familiar atmosphere. The food, especially the fish, was very good at the restaurant. It is nice located directly at the private beach. The dive instructor and his girlfriend were very nice, too. We recommend doing a snorcheling tour with him. His name is Louis. He explainded everything very good and detailed.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We drove all over Mahahual area looking for accommodations on the beach. Do not get dismayed by that awful road, keep going! After looking at them all, We REALLY wanted to stay in Kabah-na. And our cabana was the best! It was a bit away from the water line, which means a lot LESS windy, and we had a lovely porch with hammock and a couch. Wind blows on that coast all the time, so if you stay at, say Maya Luna, you going to be blown off. We like being a few feet away from the ocean. Ricardo is awesome and his partner Marco cooks really well. We ate in town a couple of times, not worth it. Might as well stay at Kaban-ha and enjoy your night. No hot water, though. One bed was reasonable, another was rock hard. No fans, so it may get hot at night. The cabanas have nice dark wood and well maintained. Many other places along the coast are double the price with a lot less style. Kabah-na also runs snorkeling trips right off their beach. I would not waste money on that reef again. Grey and kinda lifeless. Go down to Xcalak and have a SUPERB snorkeling. The connector road to Xcalak is just a few miles south. Would we stay there again? Definitely!

Room Tip: Ask for a cabana with the front porch, a bit away from the beach
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We visited here for one night on Oct. 12th 2012. The staff are super nice and the place had a very cozy feel. Unfortunally for us we were there during a very windy time and could not enjoy the beach or activities.
Great place for those wanting to get away from it all!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

To make it short: We loved Kabah-na! Immediately...

We went to Kabah-na end of June 2012. We planned to stay for three nights only but it was so beautiful that we ended up staying for eight days.

Reviews in here are a little mixed. People are either overwhelmed or criticize the place. I believe there might be some misunderstandings in what to expect, which might lead to poorer reviews. We want to try to put this straight...

What is Kabah-Na?
We would describe it as a place "from friends for friends". The owners bought this place because they loved it. And now they are sharing it with others. They have built appr. seven little houses (Cabanas), which are rented out. You will live more or less together with the owners and their dogs (which are all very friendly).
Kabah-Na is built directly on the beach front. White sand, coconut palm trees, hammocks and sun loungers are all over the beach. In the center there is a beach volleyball court. The water is crystal clear (in the rain season it can be a little colored from the rivers flowing into the sea). The barrier reef is approximately 300-400 m in front of the beach. In total, it is just beautiful... ...expect the beach of your dreams and you won't be disappointed!

The road to Kabah-Na:
Kabah-Na is located in a pretty remote location around 9 km south of Mahahual. The road in between Mahahual and Kabah-Na is not "very good", but depending on your experience with mexican roads you can rate it somewhere in between "horrible" (from a western European perspective and no experience with minor Mexican roads) to "pretty decent" (with experience with minor Mexican roads). The road is no real issue, even with a small economy car, if you take your time and do the slalom around the potholes. But it will take 20-30 minutes from Mahahual to Kabah-Na. Just don't expect a two track motorway...

The Cabanas:
The houses have different levels of charme, varying from outstanding to nice. Half of the houses are in the first line with direct view to the sea. The other half is in the second row, but just around 10 m behind the first row.
I would rate the ones in the front row higher in terms of their appearance. They have many little (and very nice) details. The ones we have seen (and we stayed in both categories) in the second row are slightly more simple, but cheaper as well. All have their own bathroom, some have kitchenettes. The kitchenettes are not equipped, but you can ask for everything you want in the restaurant and you will get it. Please do not expect AC, refridgerators or TVs. This is not this kind of place...
Showers run with well water, which is pretty salty. That is the way it is in Kabah-Na (and many other places in Qintana Roo (even very touristy places in Tulum don't have freshwater for the showers). Some have waterheating, others not. We tried both and during summer both worked perfectly for us. You can't have "very hot" showers, but who wants to do that anyway in Qintana Roo's climate?
As this place is on the beach and only 50m from the mangroves do not be surprised if you see some insects or other animals, sometimes even in the rooms. It is just normal if you stay in a place like this and a sure sign, that the owner did not poison the whole area. Just tell them, if something annoys you and they will take care of it.

The bar and restaurant:
In the center of the little "complex" is the bar/restaurant, which is called "Fusion". They offer a good variety of dishes varying from Italian to Mexican cuisine. The quality and amount of food are very good. The prices are on the cheap side. You get a dinner in between 100 and 200 pesos. Just do not expect "haute cuisine". The chef is Italian and you can tell that he has a passion for food and cooking. The included breakfast consists of fruit, toast and drinks. If you are not happy with this, you can beef it up with all kinds of eggs etc. at little extra cost.
Beer, cocktails and various non-alcoholic beverages are available for pretty cheap prices. The cocktail quality is superior. The fruit-water is highly recommended.
Service stops around 9/10 pm. So don't expect "party all night" (well, it might happen anyway ;) )...

The service:
You should not expect luxury and "around the clock room service" as in "hotel-resorts". Most of the staff will leave during night and then you might be on your own (well, some stay on the property).
Otherwise you'll always get, whatever you want. You just have to ask ;) ... However, the service from the owners or "senior" staff is superior to the service from the "juniors". Once again, this place is different.

The activities:
Luis Fernando Amezcua is responsible for tours and diving at Kabah-Na. He is a very experienced dive master and performs way above the Qintana Roo standard. He has a reputation of being one of the top dive guides in Qintana Roo. Go diving with him and his girlfriend Luciana. It will be a safe and rewarding experience! Snorkeling the barrier reef is great as well. Take a trip with the catmaran or the kayaks and you are there within a couple of minutes. You can swim there as well, if you feel confident. Sea cows (manatees) can be seen if you are a little lucky. Go on a lion fish safari... ...well you see, there is lot's of nice stuff to do in Kabah-Na and the surrounding.

Summarizing, Kabah-Na is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature as it is. It is the most beautiful spot you can imagine and it surely measures up to places like the Maledives etc. You should just not confuse it with a five star hotel in Cancun with pools and discotheque. It's far better and it is very different... We will come back!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

Kabah-na is beautifully situated on the beach south of Mahahual, close enough to be accessable, but far enough to avoid the cruise ship crowds. The reef is an easy kayak (provided) ride and the snorkeling is amazing! The excursion guides, Luis and Lucian, are capable, knowledgable, and thoughtful -- they took us to Bacalar Lagoon, the Hach Lagoon and River (near Xcalak), bird watching, snorkeling, days filled with amazing experiences and information. The food at Kabah-na's restaurant is wonderful and reasonably priced. We're already planning to return next year.

Room Tip: We were in Cabana 1.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Dennis V
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

This was a great eco resort which we really enjoyed. It is a ways out of town so not recommended without a car. The cabanas were right on the beach. Our room was clean and nicely decorated. It had very nice little restaurant on the property, with continental breakfast included. The Kitchenette was lacking, it only had a hot plate, no refrigerator, it was also lacking in pots & pans and dishes but we were told we could obtain these if we wanted from the kitchen of the restaurant . But the best part was the location, right on the beach with a great reef out front. You could use the kayak to paddle out right by where the snorkel boats went.

Room Tip: We were told we had the best room, #3. It was large and had a nice sleeping loft with king mattress...
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kilometro 8,6 Camino Costero Mahahual-Xcalak, Mahahual 77940, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Costa Maya > Mahahual
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
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Ranked #14 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Mahahual
Price Range: $37 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kabah-na born as the project of making dreams come true, it is peaceful, friendly, bohemian, funny, intimate and comforting. We love people and animals. We respect and value the life. Kabah-na is a good accommodation for couples, adventurers, business travelers, families (with children or not), large groups and pets. is a small touristic complex, situated in the southern part of the Quintana Roo region, in the Mexican Caribbean Sea with restaurante&BeachBar We are at the sea, we have 5 bungalows (mini classic Mayan houses) where we hope to make them happy. We want to follow a different concept. We dont want the people feel that is another number or customer, we want they feel more, we want to know them and make them feel in family and make bigger the kabah-na family. ... more   less 
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Kabah Na Mahahual, Mexico - Costa Maya

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