Hotel Xixim in Celestún
The tiny Gulf Coast town of Celestún already feels incredibly remote, but to reach our hotel, we had to continue past the final shack, and along a ridiculously bumpy dirt road for another half hour. Hotel Xixim is truly the back of beyond, but on pulling into the parking lot, we immediately knew the wearying trek was about to pay off.
More than just a simple hotel, Xixim is like a reconstructed Maya village. Guests gets their own deluxe Maya-style thatch-roofed hut, complete with a hammock on the porch, welcome cocktail in a coconut shell, and comfortable beds outfitted with mosquito nets. During our stay, we felt completely disconnected from the rest of the world. Which was exactly what we wanted.
Jürgen was still recovering from the flu, so our stay in Xixim couldn’t have more perfectly timed. This is a perfect place for relaxation. We would move from the beds to the hammock, over to the pool or the beach. When it was time to eat, we’d wander into the restaurant found in a massive palapa, and then head back to our hut for sleep. All the while, we were kept company by the sounds of the jungle and wetlands surrounding us.
Xixim is hard to reach, but that’s a selling point. You know your destination is off the beaten path when you drive by flamingos on your way in. With a friendly and helpful staff, an excellent restaurant, amazingly speedy wifi, enough on-site activities to occupy even a long stay, and those wonderful huts, Xixim is one of the most unique and comfortable places we’ve been lucky enough to experience recently.