Explorean Kohunlich All Inclusive3.5 out of 5.0
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The combination of activities, the quiet setting in the jungle provided an enriching opportunity to connect as a family. The attention to detail within the activities, the food, the lobby, spa, the staff and within our Palapa has far exceeded our expectations. Each staff member is special with a mindset that demonstrates a "consider it done" approach. We feel lucky to have discovered this gem.
We absolutely loved this resort. The staff is wonderful, the food is excellent, and the daily excursions were interesting and fun. The resort is out of the way and the local ruins are amazing. The limited number of residents at any given time added to the charm.
This place is awesome. Not commercialized. No wifi or any coverage in the huts/rooms. No slides, no fountains, no loud noises. Just family reconnecting after staring at screens for too long. Little foxes, fantastic birds. And we saw monkeys, Iguanas and Toucans!! My family and I enjoyed kayaking and floating down the currents. We all made friends with senior couples, newlyweds, other families. The nightime kayaking under the stars. The bike ride to the Mayan ruins. The bike ride through the jungle. And to really top off the day's activities, the chef is totally out of this world!! I really, really, really didn't want to leave. My family is truly closer after staying at the Explorean.
We stayed here due to our Hilton Grand vacation club points. The points required is very reasonable. I was told that it was an all inclusive but Hilton rep said all inclusive was covered. It seemed odd the me since the exchange points were low. When we got here we found out that it was an additional $75/pp/night. This may seem like a complaint but read on. The resort is beautiful situated in the jungle. The all inclusive includes everything. Food , drinks and all excursions. Every day is packed with adventure. Bike rides to a monastery ruins, trek through jungle, kayaking, catamaran, night kayaking, Mayan ruin tour, etc. Every day is filled with adventure. All adventures are optional. They have a beautiful pool but not enough lounge chairs. This is mostly an adult resort though there was some families with teenagers. This resort is not for everyone since it is very isolated. No shopping. If you forget something they have a boutique but the prices are VERY high ($22 for sunblock). Also their is no internet or TV in room. They do have internet in lobby/restaurant/pool area. Your supposed to be here to relax and unplug. Their also is no fitness room though they keep you very active. Don't forget sunblock, mosquito repellent, hat, swim top(rash guard/tee shirt), swimsuit, water shoes/ sandals, long sleeve shirt, long pants, light sweater for evenings since it can get cool. Also advisable to bring waterproof phone cover for kayaking. Sneakers are also advisable for biking and walks. Hiking shoes not required. Dinner is casual so no dressing up required. The food is very fresh and artfully prepared. They can accommodate special food requirements but let them know in advance and remind them often. Not all staff is bilingual but most can get by with English. The guests were half Mexicans and half Americans. Overall we loved this resort. The all inclusive price is very low for what is included. We would definitely return.
Great staff. Great accomodations. Wonderful food. Excursions first rate. How often can you say you slept in a bungalo in the jungle with monkeys, fox and wild birds constantly visiting? A vacation where you can do as much or as little as you like. Wonderful time!
Our family had the most incredible time. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were extremely professional and accommodating. They are very proud of the resort and enjoyed their jobs. Anything that you could have needed or wanted was already thought of; down to the smallest details of flowers rolled in your beach towel, cookies on your pillows, or morning coffee left on your front porch. A tremendous amount of fore thought was put into the resort business model and the development of the excursions. We hope to return soon. The resort is any other beautiful flower in the jungle.
While this may not be the resort for everyone, We loved it! Great rooms, great activities , great staff and great food!. Make sure you do your research on this resort so you know what you are getting. It is very remote. no access to stores or shopping or restaurants. You usually have 2 choices for lunch and dinner but several times you will only have one. No problem for us and we love most everything and are willing to try new things. There is no night life, no shows, no loud music. This is a serene, tranquil, zen like place. You will spend a lot of time with the same group of people riding to your excursions in the van, on the excursions and at meals. We didn't anticipate meeting such great people and making new friendships. A few tips....Make sure you bring tennis shoes and socks, sports type bathing suit, bug spray and a waterproof cell phone cover for taking pics with your phone while out swimming or kayaking. This resort is definitely geared towards adults. I would not recommend it for children. There was nothing we didn't like about this resort. Go and Enjoy!
A lovely resort in Quintana Roo, near the Kohunlich ruins. All-inclusive, the usual amenities, lovely rooms and grounds. What made it special was the activity program, wonderful trips, kayaking, night kayaking under the stars, wading in a mangrove swamp, bike trip, lots of trip to local ruins. Staff very attentive, and the best granola you will ever eat.
Fantastic place. Very relaxing. Great staff, great food. Fun and educational adventures. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone with a sense of adventure. We really relaxed but "worked hard" at the adventures!
Straightaway, Tripadvisor should delete any reviews of any kind--positive or negative--that are older than five or six years. That being said, this was one of the most relaxing and at the same time, adventurous, vacations that my husband and I have ever taken, and we will return again. An easy and well-directed 4.5 hour drive from Cancun airport on good road (one 24 peso toll to Kohunlich, so make sure you have at least that many pesos to start your trip). To address some of the points in the less than "excellent" reviews here, let's just say that 1) yes, there isn't much to do outside of the activities that are scheduled daily. This isn't an "extreme activity" kind of place--no ziplining, downhill biking trails, etc. But if you have an appreciation for culture, nature and Mayan history and ruins, this is a great place to expand your knowledge and appreciation of "outside the box" experiences. DO take bug spray and apply it often. There is wifi in the dining area and lobby, but not in your "habitacion." 2) Food. Yes, the kitchen may be limited in menu choices, but it's in a remote location. Despite that, we were so pleased with our food experiences. There are two choices of entrees at lunch and dinner, and snacks (chips, salsa, guacamole, burgers, etc) are available any time in between that the kitchen is open. The waitstaff try to speak English--be courteous enough to help them, or learn Spanish. Sometimes we didn't know exactly what we were ordering, but sometimes it's adventurous to just "roll with it." Breakfasts were very good, and the quality and presentation of all food items were very good. The daily morning baskets of banana bread, a thermos of coffee and glasses of orange juice left at your door are absolutely lovely, 3) Bar. It's self-serve all day10a-10p, and there is a bartender throughout the day if you want something you can't make yourself, or with a meal. If you really feel the need to imbibe after 10p, bring a bottle of your favorite beverage with you in your luggage. 4) Activities. One is scheduled each day. We kayaked one evening on a calm lake of water lilies and horsetails as the sun set and the animals of the jungle began their night calls. Being the only English speakers in our group (10% of guests are English-speakers), we had our own very excellent guide, Geraldo, who pointed out plants and animal sounds, and as night fell with a clear sky, he pointed out the constellations and stars, as well as three satellites passing overhead. Afterward, we were served a lovely dinner by torchlight at the put-in site. The guides are sharp-eyed and quick to point out animals and their tracks either on the side of the road or in the jungle that you are walking through or driving by. We kayaked in the "Lagoon of Seven Colors" and got out of our kayaks in a huge grove of mangroves and walked (yes!) in the warm waist-deep water and on soft lake bottom through the mangroves, led by our extraordinary guide, Daniel, to "meditate" in a quiet area and listen to the bird calls. We then swam in shallow turquoise waters, applied the mineral-laden exfoliating mud on our skin, and ended with a three course lunch afterward, again at our put-in spot. It was one of the most relaxing days I've ever had. Tours of the Mayan ruins, led in English for us by Geraldo and Armando, were easy walks around the structures, but the stairs of the temples and residence ruins could be climbed, if one wished to do so. The guides knew the history and Mayan culture well, and we loved the educational value of it all. If you want to go back to any of the ruin sites on your own later if you have a car, there willl be a small admission fee. The staff wants your experience to be excellent. We were there on Super Bowl Sunday, and the game was projected on the wall in the open lobby for the few American guests. The staff were pleased to provide bowls of popcorn and snacks. All of this is included in the price of the resort stay, and it's an awesome value. Suggested gratuities for staff are 300-400 pesos/day, and you can designate special distribution of that on an envelope at the end of your stay to any guides or other staff who you think went out of their way to make your experience special. The total gratuity amount can be added to your final bill. The Explorean is not for everyone, and frankly, I'm glad that it's not.
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90% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 512 reviews