Exquisite Boutique Resort
Posted Dec 27, 2011
This is the second time we've stayed at Ceiba del Mar, and it will definitely not be the last. I love this tiny luxury resort so much I'm afraid to review it too well lest it stop being off the beaten path. The rooms are clean, comfortable and beautiful, with light and airy Mexican decor and balcony or patio with an ocean view. This time we stayed in a junior suite on the first floor, and we could enjoy our coffee in the hammock before walking a few steps out to the pool or beach. The service is excellent; staff members seem to materialize with whatever you need before you can ask, and I've never seen such cheerful and genuinely nice staff anywhere. The beach is gorgeous, with enough comfy chairs lounges and palapas that you can always find two together. No sprinting to the beach in the morning to reserve chairs here. Even on Christmas, when the resort was completely full, it never felt crowded and we never had to wait for any amenities. The two restaurants are beautiful and have excellent food. We liked the beachside Arrecife for lunch and Xtabay for truly excellent Mexican haute cuisine for dinner. Both restaurants are a la carte only, so being on the all inclusive plan means you can order whatever you want from the regular menu. No long lines for bad buffet food. The pool/beach bar also serves a large menu of delicious cocktails and snacks to your lounge chair. I highly recommend the ceviche. The resort also has an excellent dive shop that offers private snorkeling tours.