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Owner, builder of Xamach Dos, a small secluded Eco-resort in the Sian Ka'an, just south of Tulum, Mexico
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We loved this place! It is a family owned and run hideaway. We made quick friends and lots of laughs with the owners and small staff. Super chill atmosphere, great food and very, very relaxing. You can choose to hang out in the big welcoming open cabana and socialize through out the day (which is where beverages are available as needed and where the scheduled meals are prepared with love on a schedule). You will not be disappointed with your meals as they were outstanding! There are plenty hammocks spread through out the large tree lined grounds to soak up some sun or shade to relax in. There are also lounge chairs in the soft sand out in the open.
Privacy is also easy to find as all the cabanas are spread apart from each other in this spacious setting.
There are plenty of pelicans and frigates to view among other smaller beach combing birds, however the highlight for us was the abundance of osprey soaring at many times very low in the afternoon sky directly above us!
Getting here is a bit of a commitment as the road is challenging so give yourself several days to relax here but it's all worth while.
After the wild ride down the Punta Allen Road, we arrived shaken up a bit, but were greeted by a wonderful guy, Javier, who was good counsel to us and quickly whipped up the two margaritas we asked and brought them down to us on the driftwood bench on the white stand beach. After about half the glass, the beautiful environment sank in and we unwould from the road. As rough as it is, it's well worth the trip down - especially if you really want to get away from the Tulum eco-canana-yoga yuppie crowd. Xamash Dos is right on the east side of the jungle on the Punta Allen peninsula. So quiet at night. Dan is a really amiable guy, and he and his daughter, Michelle, made us feel welcome and well taken care of. This is not your standard Maya Riveria resort and that's good. Meals happen a bit haphazardly, but who wants to be on a tour bus kind of schedule. Dan told us about some nearby beaches that had some good swimming. When we were there, the beach fronting Xamash Dos was thick with sea grass, but then the whole coast has been innudated with it. There's a great reef just offshore, and next time I'm going to kayak out there. It was just to hard to stay out of the hammock this time. :)
Amazing place, awesome people! Good food, good tequila! Very nice and clean, has everything you need. Private toilet and shower with hot water. Road wasn't bad like everybody thinks, its in the jungle! Would definitely recommend it to anybody.
We really enjoyed the stay at this amazing secluded place. Amazing private beach, pictures don't lie.Make sure you anticipate a good 1 hour 30 minutes drive or more ... Driving at about 10-20 mph ;) ...well worth the drive ... Home made cooking was delicious ... We are planning another trip there sometime soon.
Yes. The road sucks. So what?
This place is magic. I think the crap road serves to amplify this even more. When you arrive, you feel like you've earned it. And it makes it that much more awesome. I stayed in the treehouse by the ocean. Don't think. Book this now. I spent my time reading a book in all the different hammock options. Tasty food as well. Dan & Michelle have something really special and you'd be foolish not to drop in and say hello.
I loved the place. It's very well built, decorated, right on the beach. Our best night sleep was there because of the wonderful ocean breeze. I do not recommend this if you are visiting Tulum for the first time and only staying a couple of nights. It's an hour and a half from the town of Tulum and really leaves little time to explore the ruins, cenotes, restaurants and beaches for which Tulum is known. I would've done this with a ten day trip, ending with a 3 day relaxation excursion in the sian ka'an. For four days, it was too hard to go back and forth an hour and a half each way but would've done it if we had the time. The food and hosts are very friendly and great.
Stunningly beautiful. So serene. My boyfriend and I were spoiled as the only guests on the tropical property for two of the three nights. We loved the treehouse & spent each evening talking over candlelight on our balcony. Was a treat to be there even as it poured. Quite romantic. The hounds are adorable. The staff was kind. The breakfasts & dinners were delicious and they accommodated for our pescetarian wishes--just be aware that all drinks & food are tallied up at the end. You can settle your bill w/cash or card. As budget travelers, we were just a bit concerned how much we were racking up--felt awkward to clarify. Also, you're not supposed to bring your own liquor/beer (at least not to the dinner cabana. We sipped our own supply in our cabana & on the beach, prob frowned upon).
The road was very very rough--potholes and small lakes due to all the rain, but our rental Jetta made it in one piece. Quite the adventure and well worth the worry.
Overall: Def recommend. Just beware Dan might try to convince you to play "air paddle" on the bar. My dude & I were too lost in each other's eyes to partyparty but other guests on night three really threw down as we star gazed by the surf.
As many reviewers mentioned, the drive to get to Xamach Dos is hellish. We drove a small hatchback and survived, but if you can afford it, a Jeep is definitely the best vehicle to rent to get there. It was the worst road I have ever driven on. The road begins with bone-jarring potholes and then transitions to long pools of water that encompass the entire width of the road. I requested directions from Dan as to how to get to the site, but he never responded, so we were on our own to guess how far we needed to drive along the road to finally arrive. The first day we drove out there we eventually gave up because the sky had darkened and it looked like it was going to rain. Fortunately, we found housing off the side of the road after negotiating with a friendly couple.
We arrived at Xamach Dos the following morning. Dan wasn’t there, so his daughter, Michelle was in charge. She’s super friendly and accommodating and she immediately offered us a free upgrade to stay at the Treehouse for a night, which we gladly accepted. Xamach Dos is truly a paradise. It’s covered in white sand and palm trees and you’re totally secluded out there. The water is aqua blue, calm, and incredibly warm. It was magical watching the different cloud formations float above the water. Other highlights include beautiful starry nights, three friendly dogs and a cat who liven up the place, and grown over Mayan ruins just across the road!
Meals took a bit of time to prepare, but they were absolutely delicious. Every meal was a treat. Some of the different foods we ate included barracuda steaks, garlic-spiced grouper, quesadillas with fresh salsa and rich and creamy guacamole, crispy flautas, and good old fashioned pancakes. The cooks were also very accommodating to everyone’s varying dietary needs. All the food is served together family style, which was great in that it encouraged the guests to get to know each other.
The Treehouse had a comfortable bed and a nice porch to sit on and enjoy the view. We stayed in Casa Secreta the second night. This was the cabaña we’d originally reserved. It’s definitely rustic, but fun and secluded since you’re hidden away in the trees. It felt a little like camping.
Unfortunately, the two person kayak was out of order, so we could only use the one person kayak, which made it difficult to go out to the barrier reef together. Also, previous guests lost most of the snorkel equipment, so there was only one snorkel and mask available. We recommend bringing your own if you want to explore underwater. Most of our time though was spent eating good food, lounging on the beach chairs reading, and taking the occasional dip to cool off. This really is a place for relaxing and we did as much as that as possible. We were very sad to leave.
We had to cancel because of the road. You NEED a jeep, a normal car cant go there. We were hoping to hear back from him but we didnt. Im sure this place is amazing but it would have been nice to be warning of this road. 20 kms would take 1h30.
Dan was a great guest. The place was left in great shape. I would certainly host him again!
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!!!