Mahahual Hotel Restaurant Maya Luna. Going to town by boat

About Maya Luna

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Welcome to Hotel Maya Luna

Hotel Maya Luna is located on the natural, white beaches of the Costa Maya in the south-eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsular, between the small fishermen villages of Mahahual and Xcalak. Costa Maya in the state of Quintana Roo is part of the region known as the Mundo Maya or Maya World.

The region is an environmental protected area. A perfect setting of white sandy palm beaches along a crystal turquoise sea. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef passes just in front of our beach. It is one of the last left, most beautiful, living coral reefs in the world.  Costa Maya is far away from the beaten tourist track, but very good reachable by the still improving infrastructure in Mexico. Costa Maya is one of the few places left in Mexico which is not spoiled by mass tourism. Hence is has all the qualities a lot of people are looking for these days.

A Little History

Jan Schmeitz, journalist for Dutch newspapers and TV, discovered the area in 1985. Apart from a few fishermen, the place was virgin. The sea, the beach, the mangrove forests; that was all there was. Back in Amsterdam, Jan and his friends Theo Uytenhaak, photographer and Geert Franssen, art-director of a publicity firm, decided to buy a beach-lot. “To have a place for writing a book or for reflection and retirement in the future”.

In 2000 the tiny place had grown into a small village. The Mexican government declared the site a protected area with the promising name “Costa Maya”. Mexican government seemed eager to improve small-scale tourist infrastructure. To avoid mass tourism in the area they applied environmental legal restrictions on construction projects. Only small scale tourism would be allowed. The three partners decided to build a house on the beach. Theo and his companion Tineke, business-secretary,  moved part-time to Mahahual to deal with Mexican legislation. And to supervise the construction.

After the beachhouse was finished we all had discovered again the “uniqueness and charm” of this unspoiled site. Jan and me decided that the time had come to realise the dream of 1985. In 2002, still working in Africa and Albania, we started to make a plan for a small hotel-restaurant on the beach. In november 2002 we moved to Mexico and started building Hotel Restaurant Maya Luna in Mahahual. We recieved our first guests during Eastern 2004.

With Maya Luna we hope to have created a place where the guests feel at ease, where the Mexican employees gain a rewarding living and where we, as owners, can make a fair profit. Maya Luna is a pet friendly hotel.

Carolien van Santvoord
Co-owner of Hotel Maya Luna