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Balamku Inn on the Beach


Balamku Inn on the Beach has been selected by Darn Good Digs as one of the best locally-owned hotels for budget-minded travelers!

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Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice

Balamku Inn on the Beach, Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Nominated By: Gary at Green Traveler Guides, April '10


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Price Range: US$75-$90 (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 10 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Balamku Inn on the Beach so Darn Good? This eco-friendly hotel on Mexico’s beautiful Costa Maya has been nominated by the World Travel Awards as a Leading Green Hotel in Mexico and Central America two years in a row. Balamku is powered by solar and wind energy and its ten beachfront rooms are situated to maximize natural ventilation. The airy rooms are tastefully turned out with tile floors and colorful Mexican art.

Location: Balamku is a few minutes from the little fishing village of Mahahual, four and half hours south of Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula. The Inn boasts a sandy beachfront with clear, calm, and shallow waters protected by the great Banco Chinchorro reef, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and popular destination for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. Balamku offers free use of kayaks, and opportunities for hiking, birding, and exploring Mayan ruins abound.

Rooms: Balamku has two single and four double palapas with private terraces overlooking the Caribbean Sea. All guestrooms are attractive and well maintained, tropical in theme and in fact. In order to protect the nearby coral reef, each room has a shower and sink fed by captured rainwater that flows out to a constructed wetland, as well as specially designed composting toilets (looking at them, you would hardly guess) which eliminate the need for septic tanks. In addition, Balamku uses natural cleaning products and provides aloe vera based toiletries.

Food: A full breakfast is served in the main inn and features organic fruit from the property, homemade granola, a selection of egg dishes, and organic Chiapas coffee. Balamku also offers a light lunch menu of sandwiches, soup, quesadillas, and shrimp tacos. For dinner, several restaurants are in and around the town of Mahahual, and two are within walking distance of the inn.

Vibe: Balamku is totally laid-back and serene. Just reach for another cerveza or herbal iced tea, relax, and enjoy.

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Our Balamku Inn on the Beach Online Bibliography

We spend hours and hours researching each new nomination before we decide to post a review on darngooddigs.com. For those hotels that we call Darn Good Digs (our editors' choices), we post a bibliography of our online resources.


"Balamku Inn on the Beach" - Trip Advisor reviews

"Mexico’s Costa Maya: Green on the Beach" - Gary's article about Balamku Inn on Green Traveler Guides

"Green Tree Lodge" - traveler reviews on HostelWorld

"Six Affordable Eco-Lodge Escapes" - San Francisco Chronicle 2008 article

"Green Retreats For Scrooge" - travel article that includes Balamku Inn

"Secret Hotels of the Riviera Maya" - 2006 Budget Travel article

"Cool Eco Lodges in Mexico you’ve probably never heard of, but should" - blog post that includes Balamku


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