Our property is a green piece of tropical vegetation located in the best spot of Playa del Carmen in the 38th street between the famous 5th avenue and the beach (shangri-la).
Just a few steps from luxury condos, restaurants, coffees and bars and a hundred meters from the beach.
We offer a unique accommodation style in Playa and our Duplex Cabana is not the least, on a secluded side of the property surrounded by palms, trees and flowers you will enjoy a private hammac area on the ground floor, a Full Bed in the room next to the private balcony with to wooden chairs on the first floor,
One of the cool features is a very amazing private outdoor bathroom with hot water, made of wood, plants and river stones, which becomes just magic at night.
The decoration is a combination between the pure Caribbean style and actual pieces, our beds are first quality and our linen are made of 1500 thread Egyptian cotton.
The roof is palapa and cement walls.
Security is important, therefore, we have applied anti-fire products to all our palapas according to the local regulations. Also, a certified company fumigates often for our guests comfort in rooms and public areas.
- professional massages
- "Regina" mexican restaurant serving authentic meals from the region
Great place. Quiet and comfortable. Impressive to the bathroom.
We stayed in the 2 floor cabana for 6 days in March 2014. It was my wife's first trip out of the country, and she enjoys a more unique experience, so we decided against an all-inclusive and opted for Shalala as it was a little more budget-friendly, had great reviews, and a great location. We enjoyed our trip, but there were some things that impacted us negatively.
Some positives include a fantastic location to beach and restaurants/shopping, rooms were cleaned daily, and the staff that was around was always courteous.
However, there were also some negatives. Some of the steps on our stairs up to our room were quite wobbly, as well as another room, and a guy was there for two days sawing, drilling, and hammering the entire day. We were never informed of this, and as we had gotten pretty sunburned, we were looking forward to some relaxing afternoons reading on the porch or in a hammock. Not so much. Speaking of the hammock, which we saw from pictures online, it was nowhere to be found for the first four days, up for one morning (but then it rained, which also leaked/dripped onto our bed), then back up on our last day, except there was a guy doing construction 10 feet from it all day, so we didn't have much of a chance to use that. Also, the storm knocked out the wifi for the last two days, and even though Camilo stated it was a problem locally, should it take over two days? We also never met Omar, and we saw Guillame only twice for a total of 10 minutes throughout the week. Some days we had hand towels, other days we did not have bath robes (which the bathroom was downstairs exposed to the public hotel area and did not have a lock, so you had to get dressed in the bathroom if you took a shower), and we did not have a blanket on our first night, so it just was not very consistent.
We understand that there are pros and cons to both all-inclusives and smaller, unique hotels like this one. We would not have gotten the cultural experience that we enjoyed here at a larger all-inclusive. We also understand that with a hotel like this, there are going to be less amenities, and perhaps less communication and structure, which can be a good thing in some cases, and by no means did any of these "cons" wreck our stay. Even so, we did feel like improvement in some basic standards were still not met, but could be achieved very easily.
All in all, we did enjoy our stay at the price, but would probably not stay here again since there are so many other options in Playa del Carmen.
Amazing, quirky, clean space in the middle of town. We would absolutely stay here again. I especially loved the private, yet totally outdoor shower, the water coming out of a piece of bamboo--can I get that at my own house? Beautiful place, and we can't wait until we get to come back.
The palapa we stayed in was great! We loved the bedroom and the bathroom and the bathrobes were a nice touch. The staff was very helpful and pleasant as well. We would definitely stay there again.
Shalala was quite charming, a little oasis in the middle of the tourista hub-bub. We stayed for 3 nights and only met Guillaume for about 30 seconds after we had already stayed 2 nights. So there was zero personal touch, which was disappointing and surprising. This was our first airbnb stay and based on reviews we had expected at least a bit of personal connection. In that 30 seconds, Guillaume promised us some freshly made French pastry but we never saw him or the pastry again. We did get a couple of complimentary juices, which was a nice touch. We enjoyed the two ducks and the dog and the staff was helpful when we needed to leave our luggage and also use the bathroom to shower after our checkout time. The location is nice as it is on the edge of the busy shopping hell, so you can walk quietly to the beach in about 5 minutes or in the opposite direction of the shops, down a long quiet pedestrian corridor which was a pleasant respite from the shops and restaurants where people constantly try to suck in your business. The food at the adjacent restaurant is quite delicious, particularly the ceviche. The other nearby restaurants and bars are nice and quite a bit more mellow than the ones on the main strip. The man who met us the night we first arrived was courteous in showing us to the room and acted like he had been expecting us, which was a nice relief after a long trip there. The pool would be a nice touch if it had been warmer weather.
This is a magical place, tucked away from the hustle & bustle of Playa del Carmen yet close enough to walk to the beach and all the best restaurants, bars, and shops. We first visited Playa about 10 years ago and so much has changed, but this tree house took us back! We only stayed one night and wish we could've stayed longer. Everyone was super helpful--we had to arrive early and were able to leave our bags so we could explore the beach. Cueva del Chango next door is a huge plus and the lovely restaurant on-site is also wonderful. This is really the best of Playa, up on the northern side way from the tourism madness. We loved falling asleep to the sound of the rain and waking up to the birds. Total natural beauty in the city, a very rare wonderful find...thanks so much for the warm hospitality, we'll be back!
This stay was such a treat! We arrived with no expectations and were so pleased with every moment of Shalala. The location, the staff, Omar and Memo, the charm of our room, the restaurant Regina (which is the best restaurant in Playa) and all of the creative details!! A happy place!
This beautiful oasis was gold. Location was perfect, it is away from all the noise but super close to shops and the beach. We had a great time staying in the 2 floor cabana, and loved the secluded outdoor shower! The restaurant Regina's was a great deal and delicious, we ate breakfast there every morning. Highly recommend staying here if you pass through Playa Del Carmen.
Why would you stay in a resort when you could stay in paradise? My girlfriend and I stayed here for 7 nights and we were very pleased with everything this place had to offer. It's right around 5ta ave, up the road from the beach, next to Regina' s, a great traditional Mexican restaurant. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are one of the few restaurants, in our opinion, that truly served authentic mexican style dishes. Step out and you are in the tourist town of Playa, step back in and you are in a beautiful secluded forest lit by candles at night. The bed was comfy and the outdoor bathroom was definitely a unique touch. The shower had an exposed roof, but there's no need to worry though, no praying eyes were able to see you singing in the shower :-) However the hot water runs out fast so the trick is to turn the hot water faucet open all the way and wait until the water reaches you and then close it back around 3 quarters of the way. Open the cold water to get desired temperature. Unfortunately for us the weather was not paradise weather at all. We stayed here during the first 2 weeks of January and it rained all day every day. It was unusually chilly, which was not normal at all for Playa. Since the place had no sealed glass windows or doors, a cold draft would creep in and it would also get humid and cold at night. Thankfully, the staff supplied us with more than enough blankets. Housekeeping was very good. We would always come home to fresh towels, bath robes, and fresh bars of oatmeal soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Things that could be better: 1 - Water was available thanks to a pump that would run during the day but it would be shut down at night, I guess because of the noise it made. Unfortunately for us we were not aware of this and I didn't remember seeing a water schedule. There were a few times we attempted to shower early in the morning or late at night and there was no running water to shower. I did speak to Camilo and he made sure that the water was running for the morning before our flight back home. Thankfully, on one of those mornings, Regina’s was nice enough to give us some water to rinse our faces and brush our teeth with. 2 - I would recommend bringing (email hidden), not because of a mosquito problem, but during our stay we were visited multiple times by a little furry friend. A Coati which is native animal similar to a racoon. He would get on our rooftop and would walk around and start digging and scratching which would make dirt and particles fall down from the palapa (straw rooftop) onto the bed. I am assuming this does not happen often as I do not see any reviews mentioning...
It's a lovely spot close to the beach and 5th ave, making it walk-able to everything. Walking onto the property it's easy to forget that you are in touristy Playa Del Carmen, and it feels like a calm oasis. Memo and Omar were very helpful and friendly and gave lots of great advice. Also, it was really nice to come home at night to candle light walkways all the way up to our room. The room was very comfortable with the fan and the open screen windows. And it is right next to one of the best restaurants we discovered in our 10 days in Mexico. I would definitely recommend it to others and hope to return some day!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.