Owner, builder of Xamach Dos, a small secluded Eco-resort in the Sian Ka'an, just south of Tulum, Mexico
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This location is very remote and far from the Tulum main strip. I was staying in the property right before the Si'an Kaan biosphere and it would still have taken 1 and a half to 2 hours plus US$130 to get there and another $130 to get back out. All of this is not very clear and spelled out on the site if you don't know the lay of the land. My emails to Dan two days before I was due to arrive to inquire about the exact location were unanswered and was my email to request a refund for not attending. So all in all, not a good experience.
Very nice place, lost in the middle of nowhere.
Michelle was really nice to us, we had a great time and enjoyed our stay.
We only regret that nobody told us about how hard it was to get there. We spent a lot of money and time on a taxi to get there. It took us 3 hours, we arrived at night. For 32 kilometers.
Dan should let his guests know about how hard it is to get to his place. We also had a few issues communicating with him. I received the exact location of the place one day before we arrived which is not great.
But once we were there, we loved it !
Voilà un super lieu, préservé et authentique. Une baie paradisiaque à l'abri des tumultes et des parcs à touristes. L accueil est chaleureux et familiale. Les chambres sont simples, confortables et propres. Grace à Michelle nous avons passé de merveilleux moments. Bref, hautement conseillé !
We had such an amazing time at Xamach Dos! The location is a little tricky to get to (we did do it in a little car but would recommend a 4x4) but was totally worth the effort! Cabana balam was beautifully set away from the other cabanas in a little coconut grove. The entire place was welcoming and felt like a private resort as you have the beach to yourself except for a few other guests staying who were wonderful to have dinners with. The food and drinks were delicious although there is no menu so if your a picky eater maybe not for you. The beach and coral reef are beautiful and my husband I loved using the kayaks and snorkel gear. There is also miles of empty beach to walk and we didn't see another soul which is pretty incredible although the only sad thing is all the plastic washed up on the shore but I rather face the reality than stay at an all inclusive and be oblivious to our destructive ways. The hosts make a huge effort of cleaning up the private section of their beach so it always looks pristine. This place really is magical and perfect if you like to get away from the big resorts! I wish we had had a longer time to stay!!!
Amazing place. The staff was incredibly warm and helped to set guests in a relaxing mood! All of the guests gathered together for amazing family style meals. Would definitely stay here again.
"The road is rough but any car an make it." That was the message I received after booking this place. Damn right it was rough! But worth the trip if you're going to stay more than one night( our mistake). The most beautiful sunrise (and moonrise!) you'll ever see is from the foot of this bed. The food was amazing too. Best of our trip!
Amazing... simply amazing.
The food is beyond excellent, the accommodations are exactly what you should be looking for, the beach is private, the people couldn't be nicer... life is as good as can be at Xamach Dos. We planned on staying a night, maybe 2. Dan barely got rid of us on day 5. It is that good. You come for the remote beach, the quiet, and the view. You just might stay for the chili crack...
And speaking of chili crack do yourself a favor and just skip the grocery store run on the way in. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner here is incredible and not to be missed. The food alone kept us here an extra night.
One last note: the number of people who bail on this place due to the road in is INSANE! Keep going, don't let the trek scare you off. This place is paradise and a little bit of bumpy road keeps it that way. Unless there is a monsoon you are going to make it. Take it slow and remember the light (and tequila) at the end of the tunnel.
Honestly, stop thinking about it and book it. And if you can get the treehouse or one of the secret cabanas DO IT.
We had a wonderful couple of days at Xamach Dos. We loved the seclusion and quiet beaches, fishing for barracuda, swinging in a hammock and listening to the sounds of the jungle.
The food was incredible. The casetas for sleeping were inviting.
Dan and Michelle are warm and welcoming hosts. We also enjoyed interacting with the other guests.
Staying at Xamach Dos was a perfect way to relax after 10 days exploring the peninsula.
Couple of side notes;
1. The resort is in the middle of the Sian Ka'an biosphere so be warned that it takes effort to get here. The effort is worth it, but a jeep or other 4 wheel drive car is highly recommended. Anticipate about a 2 hour drive from Tulum given the average speed of 6 miles of hour.
2. The beach in front of the resort is pristine but if you walk north or south of the resort you will see the sad state of the world's beaches due to marine debris. The prevailing Caribbean currents cause plastic from Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other islands, as well as other Central and South American countries without adequate landfill and recycling policies to wash ashore.
All the Sian Ka'an beaches are beautiful because they are undeveloped, but the downside is no one is there to clean up the world's garbage that floats ashore.
Believe me the entire Maya Riviera would look just like this if resort workers weren't up at 5 AM cleaning the beach so guests can maintain the illusion we aren't burying ourselves with 50 years worth of non-biodegradable plastics.
This place was amazing! Xamach Dos is very much off the beaten track, and there are miles of beach to explore! The atmosphere is extremely laid back, the other guests here were great, and the food was spectacular!
Casa Secreta was a wonderful cabana! You are hidden away among the palms (very private) in a cabana that Dan build himself almost entirely from things he found on the beach! The walls of the bedroom are mostly screen, with a short wall on the bottom that's full of shells and coral; the roof is palm thatching over driftwood. The shower is amazing, and I even did some bird-watching from it! Despite its rustic nature, Secreta held up very well to the rainy and windy conditions during our stay.
We had some unseasonably wet and stormy weather, which made the road "interesting" for our rental sedan, with puddles 2 feet deep in places. The stormy weather also brought in a lot of trash, so beach walking was a little tricky, and the water was pretty cloudy. That said, we still had an amazing time! This is definitely a special spot!
My boyfriend and I jumped at the chance to stay in the treehouse cabana for a short 4 day vacation in December and the experience exceeded our expectations! Yes, the road was rough, but was a lot of fun to conquer in a 4WD vehicle...and many people pay hundreds for that experience alone.
What's more, Dan, Hugo, and Michelle were very welcoming and enjoy interacting with their guests. We felt like we were among friends from the very beginning! The cooking staff prepared some amazing food (best. epanadas. ever) It was unusually an unusually rainy December on the entire Yucatan Peninsula, yet we didn't feel cooped in. We braved the rain to snorkel (we brought our own equipment), kayak (we used Xamach Dos' tandem kayak), bird watch, and make use of quality hammock time in the covered common area. Yes, it is far from the typical tourist destinations, but if you are after the ultimate getaway, then you should definitely consider Xamach Dos for a relaxing retreat!
Hands down one of the lovelier and special places you will find in Tulum. A wonderful place to go when you want to get away from it all. Dan and his little family make you feel so welcome, and the communal meals are not only delicious but give you a real feel for Mexico. I would love to keep this little gem a secret if I could and keep it all to myself!
Magical! Thanks, Dan and Michelle and co!!!