After traveling by Oriente bus from Merida to Celestun we were greeted at the gate to Playa 55 Beach Escape with an amazing smile and a big hug from Jess, co-owner and wife of the other part of the brilliant team, Nico. That set the pace for a really lovely stay at what was our favorite hotel, or better yet retreat, of our whole 6 weeks in the Yucatan this winter.
Jess and Nico had a dream. To open a guest house on a beach in Mexico that would provide a gracious and relaxing spot for people to come, decompress and be one with the universe. And they did just that. A prerequisite was to find one abandoned so they had a clean canvas to work with to create their vision. Now in their 2nd year what they have created is very special indeed.
With backgrounds in interior design they have made their dream come alive, it is a calm oasis decked out in the soothing colors of the mediterranean, distressed, clean lined furniture and charming details.
The rooms are lovely, peaceful and minimalist, and each has a patio or terrace. There are three levels, with no elevator so keep that in mind. The main floor has two rooms that are a bit smaller than those on the upper floors but we felt cozy and comforted in ours. There are only nine rooms as this is definitely a boutique hotel so you will never find a crowd to mar your serenity.
It was blissful to just hang outside listening to the surf and seeing the stretch of white beach between us and the water. But if you are feeling energetic take a dip in their lovely pool. It will definitely beckon you to soak up the rays of the sun.
There is a beautiful beach that goes for miles and we took a several hour walk along it pretty much by ourselves. At the time we were there the beach was strewn with seashells and we had fun looking for the most beautiful ones.
In the morning coffee is available along with healthy granola bars to start your day off before breakfast.
And in the evening go up to the terrace and watch the stunning sunsets, perhaps with a glass of wine. There are a few tiendas nearby to stock up from. Once the sun has set check out one of my favorite features, the fire ring (bring that bottle down with you) and perhaps you will be joined by your hosts. We had an extremely interesting and mellow time trading stories with Nico about life, his story, mental health and environment and our place in the universe. With the stars above us, a relaxing fire and great company there was nothing more we could ask for.
Special weekend theme workshops on a variety of interests are planned for the future so if you are on Facebook follow their Playa 55 page and watch for notifications, you won’t want to miss them. You can either book directly with them (using Facebook) or use our affiliate link for booking.com Playa 55.
Celestun is a Mexican fishing village, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea as it is not a spot for wild parties or first class dinners and shopping like other parts of the Yucatan are. Known mainly by locals it is not a place on many vacationers bucket list and that makes it brilliant!!
There is a really beautiful mangrove tour by punter boat that is worth the early hour you have to get up by and can be arranged by Nico or Jess. (see our next post about that) and there are a few beachside restaurants. Other than that, just come let the shackles of everyday life fall off and the areas peacefulness clear you mind. This is as it should be.