The first time I drove under the arches I knew I was home. It hit me like no other place I have ever visited. And the first time I stayed at Hotel Akumal Caribe I knew I was staying at my home away from home. What hits me every time I go there is the way they welcome you. It isn't with a fancy doorman or the white glove treatment. Instead it is with your name on a paper sign, printed that morning, and the huge smile from the familiar faces behind the desk. And you don't have to be a repeat customer to experience that welcome. I have brought a number of small groups to stay at Hotel Akumal Caribe and each and every time people comment on how they were greeted, and it continues through their stay by all the staff throughout the resort.
When asked about HAC I describe it as a boutique, family owned resort. It is small, impeccably clean and has a location to die for. It is located on Akumal Playa, one of the loveliest stretches of white sandy beach on a calm beautiful bay which is part of the Mesoamerican coral reef. The bay is perfect for swimming and snorkeling with its gentle sloping sandy beach and protected calm waters. The resort also has a pool that is surrounded by palm trees and has a great view of the bay.
You have your choice of rooms. You can choose an ocean front hotel room or garden bungalow. Both are wonderful. The hotel is 3 stories and has 21 rooms, some have two large beds and others have a king bed and a kitchenette. Some of the rooms have an adjoining door, making the perfect for families. Each room has its own private balcony. It is so nice to sit out there and enjoy your view without having to see your neighbors.
The bungalows are a little larger and have huge picture windows that allow the sunlight in and brighten up the rooms making them feel sunny and inviting. Most of the bungalows are like small duplexes and some have a shared enclosed entrance area with windows, again making them nice for families. Several bungalows also come with kitchenettes.
Everyone who has ever been to Akumal has probably been to LolHa Beach Bar. It is right on the beach covered by a huge palapa roof. Happy Hour is not to be missed, from 5:30 – 6:30 you can enjoy half priced cocktails. Lolha Restaurant offers another dinner experience with a creative menu of Mexican food, Seafood, and unique dishes not to be missed, and you can even enjoy your own private meal on the beach.
For those traveling with small children their Kid's Club is fantastic, Fatima is wonderful and the children are guaranteed to be in extremely reliable hands and will have a fabulous time.
I would warn you of one thing. Hotel Akumal Caribe is addictive! It is like the Lay's commercial “bet you can't eat one” - I would say, “Bet you can't stay once”. Repeat guests are a big part of their business and the location and staff makes that so.
Akumal was founded 50 years ago, in 1959 by Don Pablo Bush while diving the ship wreck Mantecero, this piece of paradise has been in the family ever since. The resort was the first on the coast and the vision Sr. Bush had is still revered and maintained by his daughter. While many other people in that position may have chosen to bulldoze down the resort and build a mega all-inclusive resort, they have chosen to cherish and embrace the true Maya-Mexican-Caribbean feel that makes it so unique.