Wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived, especially with the lack of reviews. But we were definitely pleasantly surprised. The grounds were amazing - a well manicured private garden of sorts. Room was quaint and private. Hammocks on the porch. Clean. Updated bathroom. Couldn't have asked for anything more. There is a pool, but we didn't get the chance to use it - we opted for the beach instead. The resort is just off the main road, so the beach is just a mile drive. The website stated there is a free shuttle, but when asked about it, it was not running at the time. Probably because we were one of the only couples staying at the time (was kinda nice - like we had the whole place to ourselves!). Still, they were very accommodating, and had one of the staff drive us instead. The beach itself was something we didn't expect; super private, clean, and really one of the better beaches we've seen. To one side, was a line of resorts - of which the beaches were packed in usual fashion. To the other, nothing; just more beach, nature and a lighthouse. We were a little disappointed the first time to the beach, as the bar/cafe was not open. But we came prepared with snacks/drinks the next day.
The food was absolutely amazing at the Pavo Real restaurant, which was the only restaurant open at the time. Some of our favorite dishes were the drunken ceviche (which we still dream about!), steak, and guacamole. Everything we had was delicious and the waitstaff provided great service. The prices range from $12-$25, which could get expensive when it's the only place to eat, but it's well worth the money. Another place to get food, but for less money is a little store across the street, which serves tacos for only $1 per taco. The food was delicious and it's a good place to stock up on drinks/snacks for the beach.
Lastly, just want to mention the staff. Everyone we came across was very hospitable. We truly felt welcome. A special shout out to Bruno at the front desk. He really went above and beyond expectations. From getting our hot water turned on, to arranging our beach trips, to giving us honest tips on getting to the Tulum Ruins and back (take the collectivos!).
Overall, a great experience. Can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AMARTE...A tropical oasis in the heart of the Riviera Maya on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, between the jungle and sea, the sun and the moon, the past and the present.A special place where the rhythm of the tides and the whisper of the breeze connect you to what was and what could be. Amarte embodies the art of living with a unique collection of boutique hotel rooms restaurants and event spaces dedicated to celebrating the best of local flavors and traditions, architecture, music and art in a beautiful natural setting which includes the tropical abundance of the jungle and a private venue on the most spectacular beach in the Mexican Caribbean.This secluded enclave includes 24 charming hotel rooms divided among separate bungalows nestled along stone pathways in an exuberant garden of flowers and fruit trees; the excellent Pavo Real Restaurant surrounded by a small lake and lush tropical gardens, ideal for group events; the intimate beachfront Pavo Real by the Sea overseen by our French chef; Piano Café Burger Bar Bar featuring gourmet burgers and steaks and a private beach with an open-air wedding chapel and restaurant/bar installations for hosting weddings and group events. The Amarte Family is waiting to welcome you with warm smiles and their unique brand of “handmade hospitality”. ... more less
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