Far more modest than neighboring Esencia, this small property stands out for its flowing blue and white draped shade awnings on the beach and the fact that it’s just about the only property on the coast where smoking is allowed in the rooms. The rooms have A/C, but lack TVs, clocks, phones, and techno distractions. Decor is rustic, with rooms located in a thatched-roof building. Four villas and a master suite are fancier—one even has an indoor sunken pool. The restaurant is popular with guests and outsiders enjoying Xpu-Ha’s gorgeous beach. Note: Smoking is permitted in rooms and on property.
- Maribeth Mellin