What a treat Rancho Encantado, Bacalar was. It was my birthday and Kathy and John treated me to a night in this fabulous hotel that is nestled right on Lake Bacalar (Laguna de Bacalar).
Lake Bacalar is a long lake approximately 42 km long measured from north to south, and less than 2 km at its widest. The lake, known as the Lagoon of seven colours, is renowned for its striking blue color and water clarity, partly the result of having a white limestone bottom. The freshwater lake is fed by underground rivers or cenotes.
Rancho Encantado is located in the lush garden, under tall trees right on the lake. Our cottage was exquisite. Accessed by a pathway through tropical growth we found our place surround by a wooden deck – and to our delight our own plunge pool! Heavenly. Opening the large sliding doors we found the most comfortable and tastefully furnished accommodations.
It was spacious and cool with terracotta flooring throughout. The bathroom even had a door leading to an additional out door shower.
Rooms are discretely appointed in the grounds. This makes the hotel feel intimate and uncrowded.
Kayaks and paddle boards are available to guests. So we set out on a kayak excursion around the edge of the lake of a couple of hours and were amazed by the interesting homes along the shore. One of the really nice features of this shoreline is how the trees grow right at the water’s edge – and like out hotel many homes have swings hanging for the branches of the trees. This makes for the ideal spot with dip your toes, while swinging and sipping a cocktail.
Swimming in the lake is fun. Although most of ours seems to have been done by accident as we attempted paddle boarding.
Although we did not have dinner at the hotel, elected instead to go into Bacalar for the evening, we did have breakfast in the hotel restaurant which overlooks the Lake. Breakfast was good but the location is what makes it special.
Sunrise if over the Lake Bacalar and is spectacular.
Certainly the hotel lives up to its name … it is enchanting. I highly recommend this for an elegant get away.
To get there …
Travel south through Tulum for approximately 2.5 hours. The road is good, and the drive lovely as it cuts through the jungle. About five minutes before the town of Bacalar – in fact 7 miles for Bacalar – Rancho Encantado turn off will come up on your right.