Calakmul Hotel, Mexico


There was no snooze button when the howler monkeys began their early morning howl. It was an unrelenting crack-of-dawn wake-up call. But in any case the light was already filtering in through the screens and mosquito netting that are the cabana walls. That’s how it goes in the jungle.

The cabanas are simple, with a ceiling fan, surprisingly comfy beds and an ensuite shower.
The hum of the jungle is ever present and it was lovely to look out and see I was surrounded by beautifully wild jungle scenery.

There are 15 of them of various sizes that pan out in a semi-circle from the restaurant. Mine was number eight and the furthest away, and when I got caught in the warm rain while too-ing and fro-ing from reception, there was enough time to get soaked. It was humid and it was tempting to jump into the small pool that remains cold courtesy of the overhanging trees.

The major draw to this resort is its proximity to the ancient Mayan ruins at Calakmul, just an hour away. In fact it is the only hotel within the Calukmul Biosphere. It sits between Tulum/Chetmul and the Campeche region.

The dining room has high ceilings, tiled floors and half screened walls that allow in the natural rainforest ambience.

Cuisine is pretty much regional but there are several vegetarian dishes. Breakfast offered several styles of omelette such as one with hibiscus flower, manchego cheese, crumbles of goat cheese toast or tortillas.

What I didn’t realise though was that the howlers don’t just howl they prowl too. So expect a visit.

Rtes: $160 per night

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