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- Xamach DosNov 13, 2013
People love Xamach Dos. And I can understand its appeal—it evokes a Robinson Crusoe getaway, with its wide empty beach, its hammocks strung between swaying palm trees, and its thatch roofed accommodations scattered around the property. But in my mind, the charm ends as soon as you walk into one of the rooms: the thatch roofs need to be replaced, the walls need to be repaired (obvious holes must make it mosquito-city on breezeless nights), and the bathrooms are aching to be modernized. It’s very basic. Too basic, in fact. It’d be one thing if the rate were less than $60 but once you’re into the $100s you gotta provide more than a deserted island feel. ‘Rustic’ passing for ‘charm’ can go just so far.Recommended for:
- Xamach DosDec 06, 2012
Truely a biased review on my part but, really, I just hafta share this paradise with you. Honestly the most relaxed, romantic, engaging, remote resort in the old Mayan format you will find on the Caribean coast. Superbly prepared fresh food on site by local chefs, using fish you have caught right in front of your treetop cabanna. Mayans ruins dating back to 900ADd just at the rear of the property. Miles of deserted beach north and south of the resort, pristine reef snorkling in Bahia Xamach right out front by using the kayaks available. Fresh coconut pancakes, using the cocos you choose from the palms outside your room, for breakfast, come on, it doesn't get much better.
- Xamach DosAug 21, 2012
Am I missing something? This hotel gets plenty of great reviews, but it was awful--really awful--when I visited recently. The cabins are seriously dumpy: gaps in the walls, torn window screens, raggedly beds, and dark dingy bathrooms. The air is hot and still, thanks to poor design and placement which preclude any sort of ventilation from the ocean. The beach and grounds are okay, in an untouched unkempt way, and I suppose the illusion of a Castaway adventure is the appeal here. Except you’re not THAT isolated--you got here by rental car, right?--and Tom Hanks and Wilson weren’t paying north of a hundred bucks a night for the privilege. I’m all for rustic getaways, and can even countenance spending more than something is “worth” if it’s a great overall experience. But there are some minimum standards and Xamach Dos falls way below them.
- Xamach DosFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
This little slice of paradise sits just off the crater-riddled dirt road to Punta Allen in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Although the bumps on the road can be quite maddening, Xamach Dos will quickly pacify with its beauty and solitude. The property has three comfy cabanas made from materials found on the beach and in the jungle and a restaurant where Francisca the cook whips up delectable dishes of fresh fish and Mayan favorites. With an unspoiled reef system, pristine mangrove forests, and overgrown Mayan ruins as a backdrop, you'll never have trouble finding something to occupy your time.