We are a couple that enjoys travelling and are not afraid to try something different, but at the same time we really want to make sure we are safe and secure with a good comfortable bed to sleep in at the end of the day. Although we had some pre-travel jitters about renting a car and driving the distance to Xcalak I am thrilled to say the travel from Cancun airport to Sin Duda Villas was instead a fun drive thanks to the incredibly detailed and helpful directions supplied by Sin Duda’s amazing hostess/owner Margo.
The five nights we spent at Sin Duda Villas last January may have been the five most relaxing days in my life, I have been dreaming and scheming about getting back since I left. This place exceeded my expectations in a big way. There are numerous other reviews here that give great details about the property, the surroundings and the charming hosts Margo and Robert. I can’t really add anything new other than to say the place is every bit a wonderful as people make it sound. We stayed on the ground floor #2. The room and it’s decorating made us feel like we were guests at a friends home. Although I love to travel I usually sleep poorly in a strange bed. Not so at Sin Duda, the bed was wonderful and I slept like a baby every night. We used the shared kitchen and found the experience to be excellent and such a nice change from a large hotel and resort. We enjoyed meeting other guests and never found the ‘sharing’ to be an inconvenience. Because this kitchen is shared with 3 other rooms it has 3 separate French press coffee pots so you never have to worry about being without that oh so important caffine fix in the morning. The coffee and fresh granola made available at breakfast for everyone were as delicious as others have noted. It would seem that the type of folks that are willing to make the journey to Xcalak and it’s magnificent isolation are the friendly outgoing type. We even had other guest share their fresh squeezed orange juice with us every morning. The grocery truck that travels the beach road a few times a week had surprisingly good selection and was another fun experience. We had also bought some fresh local caught lobster in the village of Xcalak and it was very excellent in both taste and value.
Here I will add another shameless plug here for the Leaky Palapa restaurant in the village of Xcalak, awesome awesome food and great atmosphere, an meal or two are an absolute must while your are here.
The snorkeling and coral heads only a few hundred feet from your room and the virtual isolation make you feel like this is your own piece of the ocean. The beauty and tranquility of the sunrises are absolutely intoxicating as are the stars at night. The long walks on the quiet beach with the soothing sounds of waves breaking off on the distant reef will leave you stress free and in love with life and the world around you.
If a variety of restaurants, beach bars, motorized watercrafts, fun nightclubs and shopping are your thing then this is the wrong place for you. This place is really all about peace, quiet, relaxing and awesome Margo-ritas at the end of the day. Margo is a sweetheart and Robert is great at conversation about everything from Ian Tyson to Mayan astronomical history. When you leave you’ll miss them as well. When you arrive they are your hosts, when you leave you'll be saying so long to them as friends and promising to come back for a visit soon.
This type of vacation and it’s off the beaten track location is not for everyone but if you are somewhat adventurous you’ll find yourself sweetly rewarded for the effort and like myself, dreaming and scheming on how to find your way back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come stay with us at the end of the road on our secluded beach - a respite from the noise and bright lights. Using ecologically responsible technologies and a cheerful perspective to conserve our unique environment, we live through seasons leaving only footprints in the white Caribbean sand. Presenting 8 remarkable spaces designed by the past architect-owner. Sin Duda Villas reflects an appreciation of Mayan simplicity, form and tropical colors. With a bit of whimsy tossed here and there. Peaceful, unique and decidedly rewarding. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sin Duda Villas Hotel Xcalak
- Sin Duda Villas Xcalak, Mexico - Costa Maya