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“Peaceful and magical”
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Hotel Xixim
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Celestun
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We spent 3 nights in this beautiful magical place, There were only a few other guests and the peace was complete. The bungalow was so attractive and deceptively simple, but we were as comfortable as could be, miles from anywhere. There were one or two people on the miles of beach, no-one in the swimming pools (ok, one person, once!) and yet the discrete staff were there to wait on you whenever you wanted anything. Lovely beds with mosquito nets draped over the 4 posters. We saw so many birds and other wildlife around the estate and when we went to see the flamingos. There were lots of good bird and plant and wildlife guides in the library.
Delicious food, local produce and a real commitment to eco travel. A very special place to visit.

Room Tip: All rooms are in bungalows and equally good.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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XIXIM, Owner at Hotel Xixim, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2013

Dear Victoria202,

I myself and the staff that works in Xixim, Unique Mayan Hotel, thank you so very much for having taken your time to write such a beautiful review.

Precisely what you describe is what we want to offer: a peaceful, renovating setting, personalized discrete service, delicious local food, stunning wildlife and responsible, sustainable tourism.

We are so glad you had this experience with us and cherished it. Thank you – muchas gracias.

We obviously wish, that this is not the one and only visit to Mexico and to Xixim. We look forward to greet and coddle you again here in this pristine spot.

Wishing you an interesting and creative week,

Kind regards
Verena Gerber

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Xixim ("Xi" meaning abundance and "xim" sea shells.....a true gem! All I heard for the 48 hrs of my stay (too short!) were birds singing along with the sound of the wind and the waves. HEAVEN.
My bungalow was wonderful, comfortable, peaceful....it had everything I needed. Simple luxury. The staff were wonderful, I had one of the best massages I've had in a long time from Alejandra. The food was amazing, they have one of the most delicious and comprehensive vegetarian menus I've seen in Mexico - the true flavors of Yucatan! My walks on the beach were incredible, not seeing another human for at least 1 hour transported me into a deeper connection to self and nature. The water great for swimming, there are also 2 beautiful swimming pools onsite! They have a beautiful yoga studio with a full supply of mats, blankets, blocks and straps - all new and clean. I manage and host yoga retreats and will most definitely recommend this paradise. 1.5 hrs from Merida, its the perfect combination of colonial culture and old Mexico (Merida) meets raw beauty (Xixim). I have visited many places in the world and this one was truly special!

Room Tip: All rooms are palapas, very private, even when there are people there it feels like no one is around...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank BellaSFBayArea
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XIXIM, Owner at Hotel Xixim, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2013

Dear BellaSFBayArea,

In my name and in the name of the staff that makes this place possible, we thank you deeply for your stunning, amazing review on Xixim, Unique Mayan Hotel.

We would certainly very much appreciate if you would recommend this pristine, exclusive resort to host yoga retreats. I think it has a very special energy, which gives you the opportunity to meditate and ponder and to rediscover yourself.

We also very much hope, that this is not the only visit you will pay to Xixim. We would be more than pleased to pamper you again in this little piece of paradise that we so dearly take care of.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards
Verena Gerber

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I have been trying to book this hotel and contacted them through 3 routes: as per their contact page, I have send e-mails to their "Reservations and information" listed e-mails (info at hotelxixim dot com, and reservaciones at hotelxixim dot com); I have also used their "information request form" on the website.
I never got any answer. Based on the review below, of very low occupancy rate, I suppose that this hotel is not open anymore.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank LondonVibrations
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XIXIM, Owner at Hotel Xixim, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2013

Dear LondonVibrations,

I am so sorry!! Please excuse us, or perhaps technology. Indeed we have changed the server and our e-mails to hotelxixim.com. I know we have problems and believe me I have tried to solve them. Unfortunately mi knowledge of this issues are almost nil (I am what we call in Mexico – en la tercera edad – the third age = more than 60 years old) and unfortunately without grandchildren that could help me out.
I have to comply with what our ‘guru’ webmaster sais.

Besides this complaint I am pleased to inform you that we are opened and that we would be more than pleased to welcome you at Xixim. Would you please try again on the e-mails you stated? I hope this time it will work.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a pleasant productive week,

Kind regards,
Verena Gerber

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

First time I am reluctant to write a review: as many have noticed you want to keep this place to yourself, a hidden secret and gem to be enjoyed. But the place needs people to keep going. So here it is: the place is outstanding. it is charming, inviting, staff attentive to all your wishes. Rooms, rather huts, are beautiful, with a great outdoor place. The place is secluded, you walk the beach basically seeing no one, have too pools to yourself, massage. Breakfast is fresh and delicious. We stayed a couple of nights, then drove through Yukatan, then realized we simply have to come back. We did and spend another three days in Xixim - the time we have left in Mexico. We had dinners in the hotel and in town - both delicious. Went to see flamingoes - sooo beautiful! - with the great ornitologist suggested by the hotel. Went on a night bird-watching trip. My husband and my son wanted to go fishing and the staff organized everything. Waters were a bit rough in the morning and they suggested we should not go so the boy does not get sea-sick - which we appreciated.
We have traveled a lot and this is the place we want to come back now. When my son tells me almost daily - I want to go back to Mexico - I know exactly where he wants to go.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Alexey_Barinov
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XIXIM, Owner at Hotel Xixim, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2013

Dear Alexey_Barinov,

What can I say! Emotion and tears came as I read your touching review. Obviously my Russian language is non existent, but, as to Google translator, thank you, gracias, dankeschön, merci - in Russian is said спасибо.

With all my heart and also in the name of the staff that makes this pristine spot in the world possible I thank you dearly and really hope that your path or your son’s will soon find its way back to Mexico. Mi casa es tu casa - my home is your home...

Again, thank you, thank you, спасибо….

Kind regards
Verena Gerber

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is an excellent place to stay if you value peace, quiet and seclusion. We had a very relaxing time during the week here in March.
The staff are attentive, friendly and very helpful. Meals are delicious and service is available both in the restaurant and by the pools.
Their master suites are spacious, cool, and comfortable. The view of the ocean when waking up is extremely soothing.
Day trips are available but the location lends itself better to those who wish to stick to the resort and enjoy the atmosphere while watching pelicans dive in the ocean.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank marmaladesandwiches
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XIXIM, Owner at Hotel Xixim, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2013

Dear Marmaladesandwitches,

Thank you so much for having taken your time to write such a perfect review on Xixim, Unique Mayan Hotel.

It is extremely rewarding for me and the staff that works with us to read the compliments on our facilities, the pristine setting, gastronomy, but mainly on service, as we think that a paramount topic that distinguishes one hotel of the other is precisely the personalized warm Mayan service we try to provide.

We also think that our resort offers the right setting for wellness, for being – for wellbeing. Thank you for having experienced this.

I hope you had a blessed and happy Easter,

Kind regards

Verena Gerber

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We feel so lucky to have been able to spend 4 nights at Xixim.

It's stylish, well kept, has a fantastic location in the middle of nowhere and the staff are the friendliest and most helpful people that we've ever encountered at a hotel.

On our arrival, Alejandro showed us around and took us to our beautiful room. Our first though was WOW!...one we had settled in we just kept thinking ' Aah...this is the life!'

To enjoy this place you need to be happy with your own company. We loved the fact that there was nothing really to do except relax, read, walk along the unmanicured beach and enjoy the lovely food.

We booked a nature package which included three birdwatching type excursions with local experts. These 3 hour activities were very enjoyable and hugely added to our overall experience at Xixim. The package also included all our meals and transfers from Merida.

We were pleased to have all our meals included because we had been a little concerned that without that we would be a captive audience forced to pay elevated prices simply because there was no other option. In fact, the prices on the menu were very reasonable. We're still pleased that we had that meal plan though because we didn't have to worry about a huge bill at the end. The drinks prices were comparable to what what we paid elsewhere. We mainly ate the mexican/yucatan food because we were keen to make the most of this opportunity. We were never disappointed. After our first couple of days, lovely Raul began suggesting food that he thought we might enjoy. Some of this was off-menu. His suggestions were all perfect and we very much appreciated that he took this trouble for us. Gustavo and Victor were our other main waiters and they too were very helpful and friendly. Thanks to Victor for the extra slice of cinnamon cake when we mentioned that we liked it! The restaurant staff were also flexible about timings. One day we needed an early dinner so that we could go out on our night safari at 8pm. Our request was accommodated with no issues. We ordered in advance and our meal was ready when we arrived to eat at 7:15pm before the standard opening time. On our final morning we had to leave early and, once again, our request for an early breakfast was accommodated.

Our room was a master suite and was cool, stylish luxury. Our private terrace was our favourite place...in fact we preferred to sit there than by either of the lovely pools.

Every morning at 7:30am coffee and a slice of tasty cinnamon cake was delivered to our room...very quietly and gently left on the desk in front of a magic window (you'll understand when you get there!). So all that was needed was for us to raise the blinds, get the coffee then sit in bed enjoying the view of the sea through the full length doors and windows.

The gardens were lovely and very well kept. I like that plants were numbered and that there was a leaflet that named and described them.

In our view there was only one small thing that wasn't right and that was that the TV was in the bar area and, one evening, when there were not a large number of diners, the evening meal was served in the bar area...so our meal had an American kids film as a noisy backdrop. Our suggestion would be to get the TV area partitioned off or don't serve the evening meals there.

In terms of getting there, we had considered hiring a car but having never been to Mexico before and not knowing what to expect we decided not to. For a few days before our stay at Xixim we were staying at Playa del Carmen, When we arrived at PDC we went to the bus station and booked seats on an ADO bus from PDC to Merida...this was all fine and when we arrived at Merida our Xixim driver was waiting to transport us.

Actually, if we come again, and we truly hope that we will, we may well hire a car. Although the 10k track from Celestun is unmade it really isn't too rough for a standard car if you take it steady and watch where you're going.

We like trying new places and we've never returned to a place before....we think that we might make an exception for Xixim. I just hope that it stays as it is and doesn't lose any of it's friendliness and style.

Room Tip: I doubt that there are any ad rooms...but we found a master suite to be excellent.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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XIXIM, Owner at Hotel Xixim, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2013

Dear SportsfanHerts_UK:

I myself and in the name of the staff that works with us at Xixim, Unique Mayan Hotel, thank you so much for your excellent, beautiful, wonderful, amazing, awesome review.

We are very proud and pleased that this pristine spot on Earth is the first one you consider revisiting. As we say here in Mexico ‘mi es su casa’ – my home is your home. We would be very pleased and thrilled to greet and pamper you again in our resort in the near future.
Don’t worry, I am positive, we are not going to change our vision and mission of our resort, which is to create a home away from home in a unique pristine setting, which we jealously keep and preserve.

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter
Kind regards,

Verena Gerber

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Like others we wanted to see the flamingos and bird life - which were amazing.

This hotel seemed to be one of the only options from afar. As many have said, it is 10kms to the north of Celestun along an unmade road so it takes a while to get there and makes unnecessary journeys a bit of a pain (20 mins each way).

We went for 2 nights at a time when the weather was unsettled, cloudy, a bit rainy and windy, and the hotel complex did not look its best under those circumstances - the beach was wild, desolate, a little shabby and not very inviting. There were very few people staying - 3 or 4 other couples/families so the restaurant, which is hardly cosy or atmospeheric at the best of times, was rather cold and soulless. The food was average - service good.

The room was nice except the fittings of the bathroom were unexceptional and it was a bit smelly. On arrival there was an infestation of ants on one side of the room but the cleaners soon arrived to spray and clean up and it didn't present too much of a problem.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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XIXIM, Owner at Hotel Xixim, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear CharlesBrighton:

Thank you so much for taking your time to paste a review on Xixim, Unique Mayan Hotel.

We are sorry the weather was not appropriate for a visit to the beach and yes, you are right, the sea gets a gray color and then we also get lots of debris, which we also do not like.

What should not be, and I deeply apologize for that, is a smelly bathroom – I will look personally into it.
As to ants in the room, I would not like to sleep with them either. I am happy that we reacted quickly. When the weather changes, ants also move location and as we are in a very pristine spot, we have also a lot of ants.

I nevertheless hope, that you will consider visiting Xixim again in the near future and that Mother Nature will reward you with sunny weather to erase your feeling of strangeness to the place. We ourselves will try to compensate this sensation with a bottle of wine.

Wishing you a blessed Easter
Kind regards,

Verena Gerber

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Address: Km 10 del Viejo Camino a Sisal Celestun, Celestun 97636, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Celestun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Celestun
Price Range: $179 - $266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Xixim 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
XIXIM: a different alternative. Consciousness, love for intact nature, rediscovering yourself, high quality and the simplicity of our services are the secrets that we generously share in our paradise...Hotel XIXIM is an ecological paradise. Bordered by an unspoiled beach that stretches forever, a dwarf palm plantation and an abundance of indigenous vegetation, the environment here has always taken precedent over profit, in this very special, luxuriously rustic hotel. At present, we have 32 thatched cabanas, 24 junior suites with 2 four-poster double beds and 8 master suites with a king size bed, each with its own private verandah and en-suite bathroom. An extremely large thatched, double-story rondavel with sweeping views of the beach, golden sunsets and our pool area. Upstairs one will find El Santuario, our fully stocked bar and lounge area, and downstairs, our pride and joy, Restaurant Zaxim. The buildings dramatic thatched roof with the longest, straightest tree trunk supports, graphically canopy your occasion.Our Wellness Center as a set of architectural human and natural elements: palapas and mangroves, buildings and coastal dunes, windows overlooking the emerald-green sea, open spaces yet of intimate dimensions, each and every one of them integrated to the pristine nature. ... more   less 
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