“Live the castaway dream: a handful of eco cabanas on a pristine beach, offering friendly service and fab food”
There are 5 cabanas, 3 suites and 1 villa at La Luna. The 5 cabanas are clustered around the sea front amongst verdant greenery, with breath-taking sea views and walls painted in bright blues, oranges and limes. There's a good space between each one so you get a sense of privacy. Each has a deck with a hammock, a table and a bench fashioned from tree trunks. Christopher Columbus, Casa Blanca and Robinson Crusoe are small but perfect for couples, with queen or kingsize beds cocooned in mosquito netting. Marrakech and Captain Dale's are open-plan and slightly bigger, making them more suited to families. The former has 2 queensize beds, the latter has a kingsize bed and an attic with 2 queensize beds - due to the lack of fan, they might be too hot to use in summer. Bathrooms are small and aren't separated from the bedrooms by a proper wall; expect tiled showers and sinks made from Mexican ceramics.
Great for groups, the 3 suites are a little more luxurious, and are all in the same building set back from the beach amongst the gardens. The Garden Suite is the only room that has air-conditioning. It has a large bedroom with a kingsize bed and 2 single beds, making it suitable for both couples and young families. The Jungle Suite sits above the Garden Suite, with a great view over the treetops but no sea view. This suite has a separate bedroom with 2 queensize beds. Next door, on the first-floor is Marco Polo's Journey, a spacious cabin with a kingsize bed, a separate single bed - perfect for small families - and the added bonus of great views.
Villa Zanzibar is ideal for a family or group. It's a cabana in style, with 4 bedrooms (queensize doubles). Two upstairs in the eaves share a shower room, while the 2 downstairs each have an ensuite shower room. Also downstairs is a basic kitchen (for preparing snacks, rather than self-catering) and a cushioned outdoor seating area, plus the villa's trumpcard: a curvy mosaic-tiled swimming pool. The downside is the villa’s situation at the rear of the property by the road; it can be noisy and the sea views are restricted.
La Luna's restaurant is open all day for breakfast (continental included in rates), lunch and dinner. In the evening, it really comes to life: deep purple walls, arched mirrors, a vaulted doorway and coloured star-shaped lanterns give a cosy and atmospheric Moroccan feel. Order a house cocktail, the Mango Margarita, and settle into a deep cushioned banquette or perch on a low stool. Meals can be taken here or out on the deck facing the sea, with a view of the Milky Way and the sound of the waves meeting the shore.
Dinners are largely made of local ingredients, with an emphasis on wholesome food, and influenced by the day's catch or what's new at the market. It's all wonderfully fresh. We started with a tasty poached egg and avocado salad followed by gnocchi resting in a lobster shell with grouper, shrimp and fresh morsels of lobster. The meat course was a melt-in-the mouth steak with caramelised onions and roasted aubergines (known locally as steak arranchera - a method of marinating meat to tenderise it). Presentation was a high throughout, with dishes delicately displayed on bright ceramic plates. For dessert we tried the sweet and cinnamon-y homemade flan; delicious.
At lunchtime, food can be ordered to the beach or private terraces. There's a selection of salads and Mexican staples such as fish tacos, enchiladas verdes or guacamole and nachos. Further along the beach are good restaurant options for lunch - El Bistro for Yucatán specialities (and often, 2 for 1 drinks all day), or OM for wood-fired pizzas. Guests staying in the villas have a basic kitchen suitable for making snack and light meals.
Breakfast is a very laid-back affair. Once staff spot you seated on your deck, they'll bring over coffee, toast or fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice. Note to early risers, service begins at 8am. The waiter also brings a menu offering more substantial dishes such as fried eggs with crispy tortillas and guacamole or spicy Mexican eggs. We loved the gooey French toast with cinnamon and chocolate sprinkles.
Children are very welcome at Cabanas La Luna, and will love the beach and friendly village feel. Children under 12 stay for free.
Leave the 1-bed cabanas to the honeymooners and choose from Marrakesh (sleeping 4), Captain Dale (sleeping 6) and Villa Zanzibar (sleeping 8). Extended families and larger groups will like the privacy of the villas (both of which have basic kitchens). Villa Zanzibar has its own pool. All rooms have a shower (no bath), and double beds - so children may have to share. Some cabins have extra beds.
An on-site babysitter available for extra fee. Enquire when booking; advance notice may be needed.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Villa Zanzibar has a kitchenette. The on-site restaurant is Moroccan and there are plenty of child-friendly eateries down the beach, serving tacos, barbecue food and pizzas.
The stairs in some of the cabanas are steep and not suited to toddlers.