“Budget eco resort with spacious thatched casitas set in verdant gardens, overlooking the aquamarine Laguna Bacalar”
Scattered across the gardens, the simple casitas (small stucco houses) are all furnished with crisp white linen sheets, vases of flowers, freshly ground beans for the coffee maker, ceiling fans and large bathrooms.
A traditional feel is created by Mayan touches, including high thatched roofs, exposed beams, rugs and colourful murals painted by a local artist. Outside each casita is a terrace with wooden deckchairs and padded loungers. You’ll also find a couple of hammocks strung from its rafters or tied between nearby palm trees.
The Laguna Casitas are set by the lagoon’s edge; the breeze from the lake flows through the rooms and at dawn the sunrise over the water is visible from the comfort of your bed. Each houses a vast double bed draped in a mosquito net and wooden table and chairs. The simple bathrooms are clad in white tiles, with large mirrors and walk-in showers. Laguna Casita Kings are slightly larger.
The slightly cheaper Garden Casitas are shaded by tropical foliage and tall palm trees, lending a jungle feel. Although their location near to the road means they suffer from some noise, they have air conditioning, so you can shut the windows against the hum of traffic. The jungle vibe is echoed inside the rooms, with vibrant green and yellow walls and interesting carved faces.
Since our visit a selection of more luxurious options have been added, including the Garden Casita Superior and Garden Master Suite. We haven't personally viewed them, but with private pools, fresh decor and good proportions, they're a tempting option.
The restaurant overlooks the lake and tables face the water. Jungle scenes adorn the wall, painted leopards and parrots watch over guests and pictures of birds and temples decorate the wall by the bar. The menu is rather limited, but new kitchen equipment is being installed and will add some variety to the meals on offer.
Breakfast, available in your room or between 7.30 and 9.30am in the restaurant, is a healthy selection of homemade multi-seed bread, tropical fruit, granola, yoghurt and honey. Eggs ‘any style’ come with a wholesome dollop of re-fried beans. For an added charge and an extra vitamin intake there is also a range of power juices - we tried a blend of pineapple, chaya (a spinach-like vegetable) and nopal cactus, which was slightly acidic but no doubt beneficial, and a sweet and zingy juice made from orange, carrot and ginger.
In the evening, smart tablecloths, fresh flowers and candles set in storm lanterns appear on the tables. The dinner menu is predominantly Mexican, featuring local specialities such as sopa de lima and shrimp ceviche with a basket of homemade nachos, together with a few international options. The food is simple but filling; we tucked into slow-roasted pork wrapped in soft tacos and a chicken taco mixed in relleno negro (a spicy black paste). Caeser salads, fresh fish fillets and flanks of steak are also available. Desserts are again a mix of local (flans and coconut pie) or international (tiramisu and cheesecake). After the meal, we enjoyed lingering over herbal teas served with a jug of local honey.
Lunch is also available, although the menu is no different from dinner and many guests choose to make their own using the self-catering facilities. You can also head into Bacalar town, where an excellent restaurant, Café Palapa, serves tasty wood-fired pizzas made by Italian chef Antonio.
Children are welcome and under 12s stay free of charge. Most casitas have at least 1 extra bed. The restaurant has a children’s menu and high chairs are available.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking