For at least one week each year we leave everything behind (including our kids when they were babies--grandparents love it) and leave the country. We have visited every part of the planet except Antarctic. Because of drug violence in the parts of Mexico we had visited in the past, in 2012 we flew to the Yucatan (safer than US cities), rented a car and just drove without any reservations anywhere.
We always find really neat places and meet really neat local people this way. From Merida (capital) we headed west to the tiny Gulf community of Celestun. We drove past a few modest hotels and just kept driving down a gravel road to a resort complex in the middle of miles of undeveloped beach and a nature preserve. The facility was better planned than any I have stayed at or studied professionally (Ph.D. in Environmental Management). In building the resort the primary dune was left untouched, bulldozed were prohibited and native vegetation was preserved and replanted as necessary. Because of the vegetation birds and butterflies were everywhere.
Now for the honeymoon part: Each unit was a self-contained spacious and fully private palapas (roof of palm leaves over timber pole framing). There were no annoying TV sounds since the units do not have a TV./DVD/radio. Big screen TV, movies and a library are available in the centrally located huge palapas which also has a bar, meeting space and fine dining. (They frequently host "Destination Weddings).
Back to the honeymoon part: The center piece of each unit is an elegant bed with lacy sheer curtains that double as mosquito nets. The bed(s) is elevated high enough above the vegetation to allow a private view of the surf and sunset (or moon) over the ocean.
This kind of quality does not come cheap. However, we decided to stay two extra nights because Eco Paraiso (Ecological Paradise) was the most romantic place we've found in 33 annual honeymoons.
Amherst junction, WI
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Eco Paraiso Xixim Celestun
- Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel Celestun