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Tulum: La Hamaca Loca

Reviewed by: Pervfectstar from FL, review #762

When: July 2004

Ready,Set,PEACE! This is a location like no other, with a beautiful, private beach on the Caribbean. Spend the day relaxing and the night counting the stars.

Cabana, photo by Becarley Stout

This piece of hidden paradise is like the missing path between mankind and heaven. For US$65.00 a night, my partner and I found this place by the true force of destiny.

After having spent two weeks traveling all throughout the Yucatan searching for Maya ruins to explore, we had decided that our fantastic road trips to Chichen Itza and Uxmal should be finished by spending a relaxing week in Tulum, which is located about an hour from the party city and beaches of Cancun. We agreed on taking a walk down the deserted beach of Tulum and spotting the best place to simply drop our bags and relax. The year prior we had already spent a total of six days at this mystical beach and had decided that this year we would repeat the experience, only that this time we truly experienced all the beauty that Tulum has to offer its bohemian guests.

From visiting the Mayan ruins in this area, to diving in the local "cenotes" (something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime), to hiking through the jungle, witnessing sea turtles deposit their eggs on the hotel's beach, watching impressive sunsets, counting endless amounts of stars at night, relaxing on a beautiful isolated beach during the day, dining with our own private chef (the owner of the cabanas is a French chef who specializes on crepes and gourmet dishes) ... simply enjoying the best simple life has to offer.

This hotel has amenities that you would never imagine at first. At your arrival you will see that there are only two cabanas, which means that it will be you and maybe another set of guests. The beach is mostly deserted and a very relaxed, stress free enviroment can be perceived immediately. There is no maid service. The room is cleaned and the sheets are changed every other day - which means that there is no need for a "Don't disturb" sign.

Meals are prepared fresh and from scratch; in the morning all orders are taken in, so that Eva (your host) can go into town to buy all the ingredients needed for your evening meal. There is no need for sodas, because all your drinks will be made with fresh juice from the local fruits.

If you want to communicate with anyone outside the city or country by phone or email, and tell them about your vacation in paradise, you will have to go to the town to use the services of an internet cafe, because there are no telephones or computers in the cabanas.

There is no AC in the rooms, but they are not really needed; the ocean breeze in incredible and the sound of the waves is so relaxing that you will want to have your windows open at all times.

Most of the hotels or accommodations in the area only have electricity for a certain amount of hours a day, but at La Hamaca Loca you have electricity around the clock. Since the electricity is provided only by solar plants, it is requested that you are considerate of the amount of electricity used.

The bill is paid in cash and in advance. There are no credit card machines in most of these hotels and cabanas. If I were to rate this hotel, this beach and the service I could only give it a very well deserved FIVE stars!

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