by Whitney Rife
Cabanas Copal is a fantastic way for your family to get in touch with nature. It is not for the faint of heart, as Tulum is in the jungle and the resort has no electricity, gas or piped-in water. The truly rustic experience may bring families closer together. Cabanas Copal runs on solar power and well water. Kids will love seeing exotic animals like iguanas and badger-like “tejons” lounging around the grounds and even in the cabanas. Among the different cabanas, the resort has a Family Seaview Quad that can fit up to four people. The suite is built of Mayan wood with stucco walls and bunk beds. The onsite restaurant serves families a wide array of food for all meals. Local musicians and dancers perform during dinner. Young ones will enjoy splashing around in the shallow plunge pool. Everyone in the family will enjoy the beautiful secluded beach on the grounds. Parents may want to relax with some holistic treatments at the Maya Spa.
Our Editor Loves
- Plunge pool
- Beach access
- Exotic animals
by Christopher B
Rooms were above average and spacious, staff are very helpful and friendly, food is amazing, onsite wildlife never gets boring, downside is the mosquitos and the extra costs to do any activities is very expensive.
This is a "retro review" from several years ago, not meant to add to the negativity, but to clarify what type of place it is.
We are NOT high maintenance travelers, and were looking so forward to being here for the week and in no way expected a hotel experience. However, when we got there, and were sent to our cabana via the twisted path dotted with empty beer cans and trash, we walked in to a cabana that was one of many in a matrix. The water was not on, and the attendant turned it on for us. We went in, exhausted from the trip and waiting to rest. The cabana "walls" had so much space between them, anyone could see through. (And I am definitely NOT a nudist.) There was standing water on the floor, and the cabana was so small you had to turn sideways to get around the bed. That sinking feeling set in. So we didn't unpack but walked around, then went to the desk and asked for the cabana in the pics on their website. It wasn't available, as that was for the owner only. So we said we wanted our money back. "No," was the answer we received. I know why they say "non refundable." They wouldn't make any money because everyone would ask for a refund. We checked out anyway, and luckily had paid with American Express, so after somewhat of a fight we did get our refund. We went somewhere within a mile of CC and had a wonderful wonderful stay.
So the bottom line is, if you like to stay in somewhat of a semi-clean, drug induced, mosquito bitten haze and don't need ANY amenities, then the way CC was at the time of our travel is for you. If not, you'll want to find somewhere else. I realize the place is under different ownership now. Just thoroughly check it out and pay with American Express if you can. We stayed in Sept but NOT of 2014.