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Genesis Eco-Oasis

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is an oasis in the jungle. The owner and staff are extremely accommodating! This is a unique and unforgettable place to stay. My girls and I stayed in the Birdhouse which is a treehouse with a loft, private bathroom, outdoor shower and balcony with beautiful views of the gardens and pool area. You wake to sounds and sights...

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

Hi Jessica, It is so rewarding to see children light up when we let out "the menagerie". What a great group we had during your stay and thanks for making it memorable for us as well. I hope you returned to spring in Alberta.

Reviewed 16 February 2017

We loved staying at Ek Balam for a few nights in the middle of our Yucatan adventure. It is impossible not to completely relax and let go there. This is the closest we came to being immersed in true Yucatan culture during our trip. Lee and Jennifer were wonderful hosts and organized an impromptu empanada cooking class for all 6...

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

We love our NY guests. Thanks Sabina. I hope you have been making your empanadas for family and friends now that you know how. It was fun seeing how everyone who participated, in spite of any language differences, became instant friends and shared laughs with Gloria. She found it a great experience and we have continued to offer it. Thanks...

Corbett, Oregon, United States
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This little walled in oasis in the small village of Ek Balaam is beautiful. The rooms/cottages were comfortable and nicely done, the spring fed pool was fabulous to dive in to. Breakfast, included in the price, was meager and not so great. Dinners, which were charged extra, were 4 courses and very good. The location is wonderful, close to the...

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

Arrrgh, Jan, I hope those weren´t our bikes you rented! (Good thing the Yucatan is flat). It was great to see you and your son spending time together and next time you come I will treat you to farm eggs with chaya/moringa, some fresh fruit and juice and our whole wheat hotcakes! You are always welcome here.

Olathe, KS
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Beautiful tropical enclave creatively built from recycled and local materials by local workers. Lee, the owner, has a strong commitment to this small community and provides activities for guests to interact and learn about Mayan traditions. Genesis serves organic, local food, prepared by local people in its kitchen. It's only a few km from Ek Balam archeological site and cenote....

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

Thanks for supporting the local women by participating in their daily lives. I hope you have continued making tortillas (or chocolate) now that you have been taught by Doña Guadalupe, the queen of tortillas! I hope we will see you again someday.

Reviewed 5 January 2017 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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Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-Oasis, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review. We do get about 30 percent of our guests (especially the ones without children) using public transportation to get here and anybody interested in coming to this area should contact me before arrival for our arrivals information so you can decide whether to rent a car or take public transit. The express bus from Cancun´s...

British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 4 January 2017

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 23 December 2016

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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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 2 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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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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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: $70 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“I wish we had been in an upstairs room but I loved the coziness of our netted canopy bed.”
794sabinab, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms (cabanas) look out into the central garden. One cabana has a second floor that overlooks the street and village.”
KSCoral, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Just spring for the birdhouse if available.”
848dalec, 22 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are wonderful and unique- review pictures on website”
Yelgef, 5 Dec 2016 | Read review
“try to get the "bird nest" room if you are in two travellers”
Mokarran, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
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