Turndown service leaves chocolate in the afternoon
Villas include use of
Free, secure parking across the road
Hot water is reliable and
Car rental service, airport transfers, and tours arranged
Free a la carte breakfast
Beach area well-maintained -- seaweed removed daily
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Lower cost rooms get lower
quality seating on the beach
Espresso makers in rooms, but fee for coffee packets
Gift shop, parking, and reception on opposite side of road
Ana y Jose Charming Hotel & Spa with its 24 lovely rooms, blue-tile
swimming pool, private pools, and daybeds on the beach is big on visual appeal and comfort -- with air-conditioning, 24-hour electricity, reliable hot water, minibars, spa, and free Wi-Fi throughout. Upscale and intimate, Ana y Jose exudes a sense of romance that draws couples, but many families vacation here, too -- despite a lack of specific kid-friendly features. (The three-bedroom Coba Suite is especially accommodating to large groups, with a kitchen, garden, and private pool.) The palapa with sand floor restaurant focuses on Maya specialties, and the on-site spa offers Reiki and Thai massage, among other treatments. Be aware when booking that lower-priced rooms bring lower-quality seating on the beach.
Visually appealing, with comforts not always found at eco-resorts on the beach road
Ana y Jose Charming Hotel is a
series of stone and stucco buildings consisting of 23 rooms, one villa, and seven pools. Some accommodations have palapa-style roofs, while others have
more conventional scalloped clay roof shingles. Common areas include a
courtyard with a modern infinity swimming pool, and a large palapa restaurant with a sand floor and bar -- a second-floor seating area offers exceptional aerial views. This is a beachfront property, but many of
its buildings, especially Garden View Suites -- are surrounded by vibrant
tropical foliage and gardens. Any y Jose caters to a wide swath of clientele, including couples and families, although it doesn't have the specific kid-friendly amenities found in the large, all-inclusive behemoth resorts closer to Cancun.
Beachfront property about a 12-minute drive to Maya ruins; within walking distance of shops and restaurants
Ana y Jose Charming Hotel and
Spa is in Tulum's beachfront Hotel Zone, about a 15-minute drive
from downtown Tulum, and within walking distance of plenty of dining and
shopping down the beach road. Taxis are plentiful in
this area, and are an affordable way to get around for those without a car.
Tulum's Maya ruins, with a beautiful beach below, are about a 12-minute drive from Ana y Jose. With the Sian Ka'an biosphere beginning at the end of the beach road, this area is home to many exotic birds and reptiles. Cancun International Airport is about a hour and a half away by car.
Charming rooms with air-conditioning and espresso makers
True to the "charming" in its name, guest rooms are lovely interior spaces. Rooms include four-posted beds and couches with pillows that
match the floral-patterned bed linens. Sheetrock walls are painted in shades of
tan, yellow, or off-white, and decorated with ethnic artwork and framed modern-art photos. Double doors open onto small patios and decks, some of which have
their own private pools. A few suites have TVs with cable. All
are air-conditioned, and include espresso makers, but coffee packets must be purchased. Rooms also have minibars, illuminated with blue LED lights, and free Wi-Fi. Garden View Suites are standard, and every four units share an outdoor
common area and pool. The largest unit on the property is the Coba Suite,
which has three bedrooms, a living area, a full kitchen, and its own garden and swimming
pool. Bathrooms carry Ana y Jose's own line of toiletries, which are presented
in small jars with cork stoppers. Showers are walk-in, with low walls that divide
the bathing area from the toilet and sink area. Top-floor luxury rooms have whirlpools. Hot water is consistent, reliable, and pressurized.
Spa, outdoor pools, 24-hour electricity, air-conditioning, free Wi-FI, plus restaurant and bar
Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, as is an a la carte breakfast and secure parking in a gated lot across the
street. The restaurant and bar, under a palapa built over beach sand, has its own
climate-controlled wine room and serves such Maya specialties as smoked salmon in tea, as well as such standbys such as brick-oven pizza. The hotel has seven pools including an infinity pool. On the beach, lounge chairs are shielded by shaded huts, and covered daybeds are provided for those who book higher-end rooms. Guests who opt for standard suites get lounge chairs. Outdoor activities, which the hotel can help arrange, include diving, boat tours, and wildlife observation. Laundry and room service
is available, and the afternoon turndown service includes chocolates. A concierge will connect guests with tours and area day trips. The air-conditioned Om Spa, decorated with shells and lavender, has its own hot tub and offers an array of treatments, from Reiki and reflexology massage to
more conventional skin pampering; all treatments can be administered on a bed on the beach.
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