A small pet-friendly eco-resort, with just four ocean front bungalows overlooking the Meso-American Barrier Reef. Located just 20 minutes south of Mahahual, Maya Luna offers privacy and tranquility in a comfortable setting, where the friendliness of the staff and the stunning natural surroundings are the real luxuries.
Each bungalow has its own front beach terrace and roof deck with hammocks and lounge chairs, so the ocean views are varied. All bungalows come with one queen size bed plus one single bed, but the Family Bungalow which includes an extra single bed. They all have private bathrooms and showers with hot and cold water. The electricity is solar-generated, while rain water is used for the bathrooms.
Behind the colorful mural paintings that give name to each bungalow, you will find a bathroom sink on one side and a shower with hot and cold water on the other. In the middle, a little sitting area works as a tower holder.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bathrooms don’t have such a thing as a door, and may prove too much for the shy traveler.
In places like this one, the lobby usually is located in the same area where the owners or administrators live, and that’s exactly the case at Maya Luna. This same building also doubles as the restaurant bar and the heart and soul of the place.
No pool here, but a magnificent ocean where the second largest barrier reef in the world protects the beach from strong currents or waves.
As is customary in these secluded hotels, the Spa services are delivered in your place of choice: on the beach or directly inside your bungalow or outside on the roof terrace. A diversity of treatments using natural ingredients such as eggs, cucumber or avocado, are available for guests.
With tables evenly distributed between indoors and outdoors (on a nice ocean view veranda), the Maya Luna Mahahual Restaurant has enough space to serve guests and non-guests as the Indonesian touch of its chef has become quite popular in the area. When the weather is good, you may enjoy fresh catch of the day dishes. On the other hand, some weird dish called ‘Stuffed Pineapple’, seems to be the house specialty.
From August to February, you can enjoy fresh lobster cooked with a touch of garlic that’s just delicious. The rest of the year fishermen are not allowed by law to catch lobster as part of a program designed to protect the species.
A variety of hot and cold drinks are available at the one and only restaurant bar on the premises of the hotel. You may want to try one of the exotic tequilas that you won’t find outside Mexico, or the typical Margarita that is the preferred cocktail in this part of the country.
It’s a 4-hour drive from Cancun International Airport to the hotel. You can get on a public bus or rent a car, and move freely around the hotel area. Maya Luna is situated between two fishing villages, Mahahual and Xcalac, and the closest “big town”, Chetumal is 90 minutes away by car.
Ask for the best seafood in the area and everybody will say Sulumar (16-minute drive); and it’s always full of locals. Fresh catches prepared especially for you, you won’t find anything tastier. Craving for something different? Divino Delicia Italiana (20-minute drive) serves the best pizza and pasta in this part of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Ship Wreck’d (5-minute drive) has a big name and lives to it. A bar at the end of a pier with impressive views of the sea and the jungle. Yaya Beach (20-minute drive) offers more civilized beach entertainment but you will also surely enjoy. Try their “Chilly Cucumber”!
WHY WE LIKE IT
The location is spectacular. The roof decks are a great idea and offer the perfect spot to unwind at sunset. We love the beach and the Indonesian touch on the restaurant’s cuisine.