Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
You’ll be on the beach with a stay at Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel in Celestun.
Make yourself at home in one of the 32 guestrooms featuring minibars. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We were five adults who know about international foods & cultures. Their Master and Jr. Suites are perfect with space and accomodations. This Eco-friendly hotel folks, rehuse their water! their service is excelent! Every afternoon they have a tea hour in a healthy special room with Ana Maria, a real juice expert. Food we were in heaven with their cheff and at the bar drinking best margaritas.
The hotel has fantastic pools and jacuzzy. Every morning we got fresh brewed coffee & organic pound cake delivered to our suites!.
My stress melted away upon looking out of the casita onto the patio complete with hammock and an ocean front view right on the beach. Secluded and in the jungle, Xixim is a real get-away. The food was wonderful. Tasty and nutritious food added to the appeal. Meals incorporated a large variety of fruits and vegetables plus fish and meat for non-vegetarians. Our group ran the gamut of dietary preferences but everyone from carnivores to vegans and the gluten free were pleased. The staff was wonderful--going out of their way to make us feel welcome. Internet is available only in the common areas, but it was spotty and painfully slow. But you didn't choose a getaway in an Eco-resort to sit by your computer, did you?
We wanted to spend one night at the beach during our trip to Merida. Well, we wanted to spend two nights- but it was HIGH season and options were limited- so we were happy to be able to book two master bungalow suites, beachside- with plunge pools and hammocks. During booking, we wanted to confirm there was an option for my teenagers to sleep separately, as I knew the room had one King bed- but they were pretty clear that there was one bed and one bed only. I figured, what the hell, we'll have one kid sleep in the hammock outside.
We Uberred from Merida on New Year's Day. It was a bit of a haul, but not unexpected. When we passed Celestun, we were a little surprised that the road to the hotel was unpaved- but again- no big deal. It was a little far, though- and challenging to get to- so I wouldn't generally recommend planning to go visit Celestun if you have a short trip. I directed the driver to go the wrong way down the last portion of the road- because the signs pointed the other direction- but Waze indicated that was a 20 minute detour. The driver went with it- I'm pretty sure it was a good call.
When we arrived at noon- we were immediately told our room was not available and that they could hold our bags for us. That's what the policy was- check in at 3- so, no worries. We'll go to the restaurant. My wife and son got out books, and my daughter and I put our suits on and headed to the beach.
Unfortunately, we learned that the towels were all in the rooms. We were not able to get a towel until we checked in. I requested some- and after waiting for 15 mins. I gave up.
When 3 rolled around- we asked and were told only one of our rooms was ready. No problem- we went to the room to change and get towels. At 4 the second room was ready and I picked up the key. The rooms were amazing. They were just off the beach with plunge pools and hammocks and they were really big. We were, however, at the end of the resort. I think it was room 30- right next to the jungle. We were pleased that there was a couch- so my son would not have to sleep outside! It would have been nice to have been told that in advance...but again... it all worked out.
We decided to have a snack by the pool. We were the only ones there and it took about 30 minutes to get our drinks and food. I don't know what to say about the service. From the moment we arrived- the people were all very pleasant- but not really welcoming. Few people spoke English- but we were in Mexico- so- again- it was no problem.
The sunset was glorious. The hotel even had these ice chests with beer and some mixers and bottles of alcohol where you could make yourself a drink, The beer was super cold, and welcome. However, they took these in the minute the sun went down.
Then the bugs came out,. First it was the sand fleas.Then the mosquitos. They some sort of beetle. The crickets and spiders were enormous. Then the bats came out to eat the bugs. The beds in our suite came with a curtain to protect us from the bugs- and thank goodness! Our suite had so many bugs...mostly outside of the curtain...but some inside. Our kid's room had way fewer bugs, and I surmised we had so many bugs because we were the closest room to the jungle. Once again- we were staying in the jungle- and the bugs ultimately didn't cause a problem- so no big deal.
The next morning, I was pleased my son didn't sleep in the hammock, not because of the mosquitos neccessarily- but because the patio was covered with bat poop. We did get to see a lovely little fox drink out of our plunge pool- so that was nice.
The bottom line is that this is a place with enormouse potential. The grounds are beautiful. The location is amazing. I think if I were to stay longer- I would want some different food options- but for one night it was fine.
However, the bugs were a little tough to deal with. Even one week later my son and my wife had giant welts from the sand fleas and mosquitos. For $400/night, I would like to think they could keep more bugs out of our rooms.
Most importantly, I really wish that the staff was a little more welcoming. I understand that living in Celestun or rural Yucatan may be tough to train- and everyone was definitely pleasant- but they just didn't seem to care if I had a room, or a drink, or a towel. Or if I wanted to linger on the beach until the light was gone.
One last thing- the internet was not good. Non-existent in the rooms and barely serviceable in the lobbies. This would not be a good place to stay if you depended on the internet to work. The sunset, however, was glorious.
We traveled as a family of 5 with teenagers aged 19,17 and 13.
We LOVED our 3-nights stay!
We chose this hotel for its location off the beaten tracks. And it definitely was and we loved it! Exactly what we expected.
Just keep in mind that you are in the middle of nowhere, finally away from the mass tourism (that we try to avoid). Therefore even if things are not exactly what you would expect in a 4 star-Hotel in northern Europe (Switzerland for example), given the remote situation of the hotel, it’s really what we can expect.
We arrived during an especially cold weather for the time of year and were a bit cold the first night: we asked for blankets (that the hotel did not have) but they somehow managed to buy some and the next night we had them (remember that the closest town is Merida and over 2hrs-drive away)!
The rooms were lovely, typically of what you expect in lodges, with mosquito nets, huge beds, sofa, great semi outdoor shower (not cold at all!) : really great!
The fitness : we had problems the first night having an adapter for running the machines: told the reception and the next day there were adapters! The machines were fine!
The food: really great : even if you are vegetarian you can find a meal to suit you ( one of our teenager is vegetarian). Really good standard and amazingly tasty Mexican food! We loved it!
The staff: okay they don’t all speak well English, but so what? We enjoyed using our Spanish skills! It was fun and we learned a lot of new words! The staff was very keen on serving perfectly and very attentive to our well-being! Again if you decide to travel to a Spanish speaking country, you should be open-minded and make an effort and try to speak Spanish! Especially in such a remote place!
The beach: amazing! It was awesome feeling being alone in the world still with a hot shower waiting for you at the end of the day! Available for free are kayaks and SUPs!
The nature: awesome! You can find really huge shells, and starfishes on the beach and in the ocean! A few sweet iguanas in the gardens and a lot of cute birds!
The pools and areas were really clean!
We were there for Christmas and the manager surprised us with a wonderful X-mas feast and menu! The staff was perfect and looked awesome (all dressed up). We enjoyed a dance show with the kids from a dance school of Celestún : we loved the way the life and culture of the indigenous people was integrated to our stay! That was a fantastic idea from the hotel management! Great excitement for the kids of the area and for us all tourists!
We then had the PIÑATA game played as well by the kids from Celestún and the tourist kids (and some adults too...) ! A lovely mixture of cultures!
Thank you to the manager who went out of his way to make our Christmas a very very merry one! And thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to make it happen!
We will be back!
We loved 100x better our stay on this side of the Yucatan peninsula than the Cancun-Tulum area!
A truly luxurious but still adventurous experience at Xixim!
This quaint concept was interesting, located in a little rustic town of Celestún, this hotel was tucked away and literally off,off the beaten track. If the hotel didn’t send someone to pick us up,there is absolutely no way we would ever have found the hotel.
That being said, individual thatched roof cabanas were quite cool, with private patio, a hammock, deck chairs and a small plunge pool, ideal for watching the sunrise and sunset. Also, for looking at the mesmerizing waves.....
Indoor/outdoor showers is a neat romantic touch.
The king sized bed was covered in mosquito netting which was very ‘out of Africa ‘ .
The decor was very beachy in soft tonal colors conducive to rest and relaxation. The whole atmosphere was very zen.
Negatives; while this is not exactly a cheap hotel and literally in the middle of nowhere, with no options whatsoever food wise around, the hotel/management might consider including breakfast. So at three meals a day, this does start to add up.
Mini bar in the rooms would be nice.
Additionally, depending on the time of year, the mosquitoes can be quite intense.
Upon check out, we were presented with an itemized detailed form, in which we were expected to leave a tip for each and ALL service personnel (which I personally found bizarre). As after each meal in the restaurant we left a US standard 15% tip.
On the plus side; coffee and a small slice of pound was delivered each morning to our cabanas by a smiling Javier.
We had the entire 8km of beach to ourselves, which was lovely. There were bikes and numerous bike trails to enjoy, we walked along the beach for miles and miles with millions of absolutely beautiful sea shells that we wanted to take home. There were kayaks at our disposal and individual palapas on the beach with hammocks, which were pretty cool.
Cool concept which needs fine tuning.