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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here just one night, and the room was beautiful and very comfortable. Lee (the owner) was always very kind, and she keeps her garden beautiful and tidy. I would love to come back. But keep this is mind: this is not a friendly place for backpackers or for travelers depending on public transportation. Buses don't come here, and...

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British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So happy to have found this place. Like the previous reviewer, we had just spent 4 nights in Playa del Carmen and this was such a breath of fresh air. The village, ruins, cenote and area around Ek Balam itself has a magical feel to it and we're grateful to have had such a nice place like Genesis to stay...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were surprised and delighted with our stay at Genesis. After attending a wedding at one of the all-inclusive Mayan Riviera resorts, we arrived later than expected to a warm greeting by Lee and her friendly dogs. We were soon offered a delicious dinner prepared by some of her polite and talented local employees and were soon chatting away with...

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Reviewed 8 December 2016

Staying here was a real experience and a million miles away from typical soulless mass tourism accommodation. You literally drive through a primitive Mayan village, asking directions of adorable Mayan children, to find it. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms are quirky and really well done... it's like staying in a fantasy tree house. The nearby Ek Balam is...

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USA
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Not sure where to begin! What a beautiful and wonderful experience at Genesis Eco Oasis. The grounds are magnificent and so well kept up. The little pathways lead you to a beautiful natural spring pool and various lodgings. Each room is unique and very clean. Some rooms have private showers and bathrooms and others are shared. Prices are extremely reasonable....

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Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico
Reviewed 1 November 2016

I booked a room for five nights at Genesis Eco-Oasis mainly because I wanted to meet Jim Conrad, the resident naturalist. He was there to greet me when I arrived, as Lee Christie, the owner, was off shopping in Mérida. The next day Jim and I walked about ten miles, to get his bicycle fixed and to see the ranch...

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Badsworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 September 2016

This is the type of hotel that will live long in the memory when big resort-style holidays will have faded. We spent 3 nights at Genesis at the beginning of our holiday, staying the first night in Bamboo, but then also moving into the Birdhouse room above for more space and the outdoor seating. Lee was fantastic in helping arrange...

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Milano, Italia
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Imgine lush tropical garden with birds and frogs, with a beatiful pool in the middle. All around few rooms originally and artistically decorated with local or natural themes by the creative owner Christie. A good healthy breakfast, smilng and helpful staff and an Ecosubstainable concept well applied in all aspect. At night some noise (but I call it ssymphony) from...

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were so well taken care of and appreciate the extra care put into our comfortable, clean suite ... Wonderful breakfast, great atmosphere and live the sounds of the village that surround and entice you into a world so different from the norm ..

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Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-Oasis, responded to this review

I really enjoyed the refreshing dip at the pool and our equally refreshing conversation about what is good in the world! Thank you for helping to support Genesis and the community of Ek Balam.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We started our long anticipated trip to Mexico spending 6 nights at Genesis. After almost 24 hours of travelling, the sparkling natural pool was most welcoming. We stayed in the comfortable Sol room with enough space for 2 adults, 1 child and all our luggage. The outside shower overlooking the pool and beautifully landscaped garden was particularly refreshing. Our beds...

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Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-Oasis, responded to this review

I wish I had been able to learn more about you and your lives in South Africa. I hope the rest of your journey continued to be fun and full of great family memories. Thank you for coming to Genesis and to this little Maya village.

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A one-acre Oasis of lush tropical gardens teeming with life, a pool of crystalline subterranean waters, fresh vegetarian, mostly organic home grown, home-cooked food; unique lodgings that compliment, rather than dominate, their natural surroundings. Guests are generally well travelled and in search of authentic cultural experience, contact with nature and intriguing archaeological sites of international importance. In partnership with several local families, we provide meaningful, respectful interactions and cultural exchanges through our Artisans Tour and Maya Cooking Class. We host a Pilgrimage tour that includes morning walks to untouristed sacred and natural sites. 2 Hours from Cancun or Merida airports; 1.5 Hr from gorgeous Caribbean beaches at Tulum or the biosphere reserve on the Gulf of Mexico. 45 Minutes from Chichen Itza; Half hour from the Colonial city of Valladolid, cenotes XKeken (Dzitnup) and Samhula and minutes from the Ek Balam archaeological zone, cenote Xcanche, cenote Hubiku and others. See our free Tours and Activities travel planner online at GenesisEkBalam. We are independently owned and use a portion of profits to provide ongoing work and skills development for local staff, intercultural exchange programs and animal welfare projects. Genesis has operated at Ek Balam for 13 years. It is owned by a local resident expat from Canada who lives on site. Management is Yucateca and also on site. Continental Breakfast Included. English Spoken. Reservation recommended. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Genesis Eco-Oasis

Address: Ek Balam Village | Next to the archaeological zone, Ek Balam, Ek Balam Village 97743, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Ek Balam Village
Price Range: €47 - €84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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Genesis Eco-Oasis Hotel Ek Balam Village
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