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Your Dreams already live here: Prestine Beaches, Hammocks Palmtrees Margaritas.. - Casa Maya Lodge, Enjoy the Simple Life, Robinson Crusoe Adventure

Bedrooms 1
Space 22 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Casa Maya Lodge, Enjoy the Simple Life, Robinson Crusoe Adventure

Casa Maya Lodge, Eagle Nest over the Palmtrees on the Beach of Puerto del Cuyo

Free Wifi

Nestled among the palms on the 3rd floor in a typical country style, the Maya Lodge (26m2 living space) with a palm roof, shower room, kitchen and beach terrace (24m2) for 2 guests.

We recommend that Eagle Nest Lodge with fabulous views of the sea and the beach for adventurers and people who appreciate the simple and natural Life ala Robinson Cruesoe.

Since many of the guests wanted to experience how the local Mayan Indians live, some have already been staying in the so-called 'Palapas', 'Cabanas' or 'Lodges' in various places in Yucatan or Central America and had fun doing it.

And we thought, why not offer something different on the 2nd floor, special and truly authentic, our guests?

Thus, our Casa Maya Lodge has been launched.

It is not unbending mt for families young children, but rather recommended for couples and singles.

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About the property

Beachfront Hacienda del Cuyo

Dear Travellers in the Yucatan,

we made a very attractive 360 degree virtual tour for you to be able to 'walk thru' our homes and Apartments,the beaches of El Cuyo, the Fishing Port, the Lagoon

and its surroundings. The link is available on this page, or simply send us an email, then we will send it to you as well.

If you dont feel like spending your well deserved vacation in Highrise Hotels, timeshares or condos in Cancun or Playa del Carmen , and you are rather looking for relaxation and recreation in the real Mexico, the unspoilt Caribbean Feeling of El Cuyo may something you should consider.

Puerto del Cuyo is a small, unspoiled Beachtown filled with Cocunut palm trees near Holbox, and is today the only coastal town in the Yucatan which is dotted with palm trees. At all other beaches in the Yucatan, the palm trees were exterminated by a plague some years ago, and were sadly not reforested . Not so in Puerto del Cuyo, here you can still find the Caribbean Feeling mixed with mexican flair that used to be found in every Yucatan Beach town.

Hacienda del Cuyo with Penthouse and Casa Maya Lodge is a private three-story beach house built in colonial spanish style right on the pristine beaches of El Cuyo.It is equipped with air conditioning in the bedrooms, for better sleeping comfort of our guests. The cushioned lounge chairs on the beach and our hammocks invite you for sunbathing and relaxing the Mexican Way. The Villa is surrounded by many coconut palm trees with plenty of natural shade.. From large beach terraces you can admire sunrises and sunsets over the ocean. Up to 8 people find room on the ground floor , up to 4 people in the Penthouse (Floor 2 ) 1 bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, living/bedroom, bathrooms with hot water. The Casa Maya Lodge on the 3rd Floor has a Queensize Bed, Bathroom and Kitchenette and Terrace. A tropical garden with a palapa and palm trees invite you for get-togethers.Its ideal for families with children, seniors, singles and adults that don't want to spend their well deserved Vacations on crowded beaches.

Activities: Mayan Ruins, flamingo-, bird-, whaleshark-, dolphin and seaturtle watching, caves, cenotes, colonial cities, markets, bullfights, etc.

Service upon Arrival: The Caretaker will receive you in the Villa and hand you over the keys.

Please leave a 80 Usd deposit, that you will be refunded when you return them upon departure and when the house is left in the same conditions as you received it.

On the first morning after arrival, we will serve you a Mexican Welcome Breakfast in your Villa.

Foto Credits:

' We departed for an adventure through the Americas in May 2012, driving a Toyota Landcruiser HZJ75 and being on the road with our two canine overlanders makes us really happy. We plan to stay on the road until some time in 2015. Starting the adventure in Halifax, exploring wonderful Newfoundland, heading west through Canada, enjoying the summer up in Yukon, the Indian Summer in British Columbia, Centralamerica with all its edgyness and soon Southamerica.'

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Mattias Doehling
Member since: 2004
Speaks english, french, german, spanish
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Mattias Doehling

The best career decision I've made in my life was to come to this beautiful country,....Mexico.

I love the country and its people, but their slowness, tardiness and informality in some cases still bothers me, even after 20 years I now live here. You just have to put everything into the balance ... it's a bit hard to explain .... but it's something like if you want a fruit that has no shell or skin, is something ... thats not possible.

I was born and educated in Bamberg, Germany and finished my career there. After that, I went to work for the Mouse in Disney World in Orlando Florida and have worked in the German Pavilion at Epcot , .. followed by 2 years at Lufthansa in Frankfurt. Driven by wanderlust ... I then followed the call Mexico's in 1993.

I lived for 20 years in Cancun, Mexico, ... and still work part time in 5 star hotels. 12 years ago I started with the first Vacation apartment. We now have 7 and also rent you our Vw Beetle to our guests. We are the owners of these houses and can be reached anytime personally, by phone or by email. In the Competition of the Landlord of the Year in 2011, we made the 3 place, and in 2012 we reached the 1st place. It's a lot of fun with guests, and we are always passing along our longtime experience in Mexico . We look forward hosting you ...

Mattias Doehling purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Mattias Doehling chose El Cuyo

Who do we recommend to rent a vacation home in Yucatan?

If you are interested in getting to know the mexican culture, its people the hospitality and its food , is flexible and willing to learn more about the 'Mexican way of Life'and wants to experience more 'Local Flavour'... away from the beaten Tourist path and 5 Star Hotels will enjoy it..come and stay with us.

Who should reconsider it?

If you are looking to be pampered in a 5 Star All inclusive Hotel and need Buffett style meals , having an English speaking concierge 24 hours a day...then do yourself a favor..and dont renta a vacation home.

What makes this cabin unique

Hacienda del Cuyo:

Working in Cancun´s Hotel Business during the week , on days off, we enjoy travelling in the Yucatan with its fabled culture, away from the city .. and mass tourism. In February 2000, we have come by accident to El Cuyo ... the drive threre was overwhelming ... over a reddish pink lagoon with flamingos, the road led to the village .. further to a Mayan pyramid with a lighthouse built on top of it. The roads in El Cuyo are made of sand and coconut palm trees everywhere in the quaint Village. Miles of fine white sand beach with no tourists but lots of seashells.. as far as the eye can see. We were delighted, and then spent every free weekend in El Cuyo. One day, someone offered us a small house for sale. There was at that time only a ground floor. We immediately fell in love with this 'rough diamond' and have restored it with much passion. we didnt think of it as a rental business at that time. After some time, we have added the 2nd floor Penthouse and te Rustic Casa Maya Lodge.

We still spend every free weekend in El Cuyo ... now with our 2 young Kids...

Hacienda Antigua

We acquired it in 2002 and 2012, lovingly converted it to the Hacienda Antigua. Outside walls are handmade of a natural stone facade by Mayan Craftsmanship. Inside a Mayan artist from Izamal Hand-painted colonial decorations on the Walls .Lots of heavy wrought iron was used inside the Hacienda. The Beach terrace covers a big Pyramid shaped palapa , so our guests can always hide in the cooling shade of this palm thatched masterpiece.

Available Rentals

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Klimaanlage auf Wunsch 60 euro x Woche extra
Haustiere auf Wunsch 70 Euro x Woche extra
erstattbare Kaution bei Schluesseluebergabe 130 Euro


Accommodation and facilities for Casa Maya Lodge, Enjoy the Simple Life, Robinson Crusoe Adventure in El Cuyo, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 22 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 16
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bitte sich 72 Stunden vor Ankunft sich per email melden, und Ankunftszeit mitteilen.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • mini-fridge
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Badezimmer 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Private Bathroom with Wc and shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Schlafzimmer 1 - 1 large double bed , Doppelbett 140cm x 190cm
  • Casa Maya Lodge is on the 3rd floor has 26m2 living space with shower room, kitchen, beach terrace next to the sea, and an small one overlooking the Gardens and Lagoon.. The beachfront terrace has a table with two chairs, back out, you can also place the table and two chairs from the kitchen . Separate and private entrance for Casa Maya Lodge outside over own wooden staircase. Of course, the use of garden, beach and barbecue on the beach is given.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Decoration is very rustic Robinson Crusoe and Mayan Style, caretaker magally comes by every 2 or 3 days to exchange towels and asks if she can do anything else to make your stay a memorable one. Note: Palm Roof may leak during heavy rain...Robinson Crusoe Style


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Casa Maya Lodge, Enjoy the Simple Life, Robinson Crusoe Adventure
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 15 reviews
New York, NY

Be Careful!!!!

  • 1 of 5

Be careful about renting from this owner! I have been in El Cuyo for a month and met people who expected to be in a beachfront place that they paid for, only to be placed in a not so nice apartment not on the beach. I stayed in the upstairs Robinson Crusoe Lodge which was charming with lots of hot water from Jan. 7 to the 19th. My friend was to arrive on the 19th and move in to my place and I was to go to the Penthouse apartment on the middle floor until Feb.1st. Before my trip, I was informed by Matthias that I was upgraded to the downstairs larger, darker unit for the same price. I did not want such a large space and really wanted a bathtub which was in the penthouse apartment, but he said I had no choice, and gave me one night free as a consolation. On the day that my friend was to arrive, I was informed by the housekeeper that she would not be on the top floor as rented because she didn't pay (not true), but that other people were to move in and as my downstairs apartment has 2 bedrooms, she would have to stay with me. That was unacceptable as we are friends, but both wanted and rented separate places. (Are you getting the picture yet?) I refused to give up the keys to my upstairs and made a big fuss and finally the owner who was in Germany at the time said that he checked and indeed, my friend did pay and she could move in after all. My blood pressure went sky high and it was a terrible experience.

Aside from the above, El Cuyo is a kite surfers paradise as there are strong winds. The beach view is beautiful from the house, but the water and beach was full of smelly algae making it impossible to swim. El Cuyo is a place devoid of tourist attractions and if you want a place to get away from it all and do nothing, this is for you.

  • Review Submitted: 03/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Travellers, its true that we have 5 Condos in El Cuyo, some are on the beach and some are second row, some arre larger some are smaller, with different rates. All of them are advertised with different Agencies. It happens, that guests are thinking, they rented Hacienda del Cuyo rather than Hacienda Antigua, but the booking confirmation from the Agency is always very clear on what was booked, paid and where the guest will stay at. Sometimes we do have guests that like to upgrade into the larger Beachfront unit. Sometimes we can fulfill the wish, sometimes we cant. This particular Guest and her friend sent out a total of 14 (!!) rental requests total with different dates,names and agencies for several of our units. i got confused myself and made a mistake when writing down the final dates and units the ladies rented. I was even able to upgrade them at no charge, and my wife talked to them while in El Cuyo. It all ended in a 1 Star Review. That means for futuro guests, NO more free upgrades. We kindly ask all guests that they read all advertisements of all of our units before finally booking, in order to make sure you get what you wanted.We also recommend to always contact us first and así us questions before booking, and we actually font like the instant booking that guests can use.
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Beautiful place and beautiful people

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is I cannot wait to go back. Mattias set us up in a lovely villa. We were not directly on the beach but just across the road.

From the time we arrived in Cancun the service was wonderful. I recommend having Mattias get a taxi for you. It is a long trip from the airport and not having the extra stress following directions was nice. My daughter and I arrived late and Remigia was waiting to show us our villa. She took great care of everything and was so helpful through the week.

If you want a great guide I recommend looking up Luis. He lives on the edge of town and has a sign on his door "Tourist information" . He speaks a little English and is extremely knowledgeable about the area. He is a local fisherman but when not fishing he is available for excursions and is very reasonable. I recommend a trip to Holbox with a stop at the fresh water spring.

The area is beautiful and so are the people. We made wonderful memories.

  • Review Submitted: 10/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Carrboro, NC

Excellent Stay in the Rustic, Romantic Robinson Crusoe Apartment!

  • 5 of 5

While my extended family rented the lower portion of the house, my husband and I stayed on the top floor and had a lovely time! The apartment is equipped with a full kitchen, dining area, bathroom and bedroom, and has just what you need for a laid-back retreat from the busyness of normal daily life. We had a wonderful trip to El Cuyo, and I was able to fully unplug and recharge from my demanding work schedule! The beach is pristine--not clogged with seaweed and hundreds of people like the Cancun area--and the small town has a relaxing, friendly vibe. The town is very safe and it's easy to get to if you rent a car or take the bus. The house is clean and well-located, with a perfect view of the beach from the back door, where we often spent time on the outside terrace. Magally, the housekeeper, and her husband Cristian, who helps maintain the house, are very nice and stop by daily to check to see if you need anything. When we had a minor confusion about the air conditioning, they were quick to help us out, and they brought extra towels and other things we requested. This is also an ideal location for going on a variety of excursions, such as to see the nearby whale sharks. We went out to Isla Holbox and did a day excursion where we snorkeled with whale sharks, saw manta rays, sea turtles, and other incredible wildlife. El Cuyo is basically located in the middle of a nature preserve, so you'll likely see flamingos as you drive across the bridge to enter the town, and we saw dolphins frequently while we were there. My sister and her oldest son went on a morning fishing trip arranged by Cristian, and caught 5 or 6 large fish, which we cooked one evening. We also took day trips to Ek 'Balam (mayan ruins), Chichen Itza (UNESCO world heritage site/mayan ruins) and to swim in some of the cenotes in the area. Overall, the vacation was incredible and it is ideal for travelers who want unspoiled beaches in Mexico without leaving the comfort and safety of the Yucatan Peninsula!

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Linda and Family, Thanks for having spent your Family Vacations with us, had other options in El Cuyo but decided to stay in 2 of our rentasl ....and were not dissapointed. We are evry pleased,...muchas gracias and keep on recommending us to others,..saludos Mattias, magally and Families
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Great vacation home and kitesurfing spot!

  • 5 of 5

We love the place, the house is excellent, clean, well appointed and a perfect spot in front of the ocean, great for launching your kites!

  • Review Submitted: 31/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The atmosphere fostered a sense of "JUST BEING".

  • 5 of 5

Our three week stay at Casa Maya Lodge was extraordinary to say the least. It began with our cheerful host, Mattias, greeting us at the Cancun Airport at 8 pm and chauffeuring us to our comfortable hotel the ibis which he suggested because there was a super market and pharmacy at it's base with currency exchange and shopping within walking distance and it's reasonably priced; The following day we stocked up on groceries and were then again met by Mattias and Alfredo and his taxi which Mattias had arranged. Alfredo and his taxi were immaculate and our journey, 2 hours, was very safe; Alfredo even carried our luggage up 3 flights of stairs and summoned the caretakers Magally and Christian.

Now the magic began. Upon arrival in El Cuyo it was obvious that this small fishing village 2 hours NW of Cancun was quaint, quiet and safe. The accommodations were very adequate, charming with its thatched roof and rustic interior and afforded a superb vista of the Gulf and beach 3 stories below. The north facing private veranda afforded adequate sun and shade allowing for personal sunning. Soaring pelicans and frigates abounded overhead with an occasional squad of Marines from the local Naval Base jogging by below at the surf line. The towns people and merchants were extremely friendly and understanding of our language barrier. The merchants were very helpful since we spoke no Spanish other than "Hola". The town square was an easy walk and included Mayan women selling their fresh fruits and vegetables, several excellent restaurants, the fishing boat harbor and several small grocery stores, even a pharmacy. Our host provided us with internet access and was easily accessible and accommodating.

We feel this was the perfect get-away for a couple; it was peaceful and tranquil. Strolling the clean white sand beach, immersing into the calm warm Gulf water and greeting friendly towns people while strolling into town on the sand streets or to the harbor was the frosting. Transportation away is limited unless you rent an automobile in Cancun though if you're seeking peace and tranquility isn't necessary. Fishing and excursions can be arranged.

The atmosphere at Casa Maya Lodge fostered a sense of "JUST BEING", no pretense or pressure to live up to others or caring; the view from the veranda was incredible and welcomes all who come to return. T&J

  • Review Submitted: 05/04/2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Mexican Vacation EVER!

  • 5 of 5

The Hacienda del Cuyo is the perfect place to stay in El Cuyo. It is clean and spacious and has all the amenities you could ask for. Imagine English TV in a tiny fishing village in the Yucatan! Not that we watched it. The location of the Hacienda is perfect on the beach and the sound of the ocean was too good to cover it up. Every evening was spent outside enjoying the stars and the warm breeze. We even had a bonfire when friends joined us for the weekend. Being there during low season was perfect. No one even walked past us on the beach for hours at a time, so we spent most of our day in swimsuits running in and out of the ocean only to collapse into one of the many hammocks Mattias and Gemi had hung up for us. They are great hosts and we have rented from them twice so far and will never even try any other place after having stayed at the Hacienda and Villa del Faro. The best recomendation ever was to take a boat ride to Rio Lagartos to check out the flamingos and other wildlife. If you want nightlife and bright lights, go to Cancun. If you want to feel like you are one with nature go to El Cuyo. And definitely rent one of Mattias' places. They are much more comfortable than any of the hotels, and you will be treated like family. Thanks Mattias.

  • Review Submitted: 05/10/2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving a nice comment on your stay! I hope you will return some day again and enjoy the Villa again. Saludos and Hasta Pronto from Sunny Yucatan!
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Nearest Airport
98 Miles
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Restaurant La Conchita, Miramar
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
El Cuyo, Holbox, Chiquila
Nearest Golf
158 Kilometres
Cancun or Mayan Riviera
Nearest Motorway
78 Kilometres
Cancun - Merida Mex 180
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
La Conchita and Miramar
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
El Cuyo
Car: recommended

*NEW 360 Virtual Tour available on our Website*

We are German Owners living in the Yucatan

Puerto del Cuyo is a typical laid back Fisherman's Village away from the crowds.

If you are thinking about an eco-tourism adventure or weeks of relaxation and privacy near a ocean with turquoise greenish

waters and white sand sprinkled with a beautiful variety of shells,

which invite to explore and make long walks on the beach, Hacienda

del Cuyo is an option you shouldnt miss. We invite you to walk the

beach in front of the Villa in the morning, enjoying a brilliant

dawn and during the evening you will be able to see

spectacular sunsets on the same beach. This is one of the

many advantages to stay at this Villa, as it faces the northern

waters, spectacular dawns and sunsets can be watched.

And there is more… if you get tired to watch the ocean, we invite

you to take a look behind the villa to the south towards Ria

Lagartos, where you will find countless pink flamingos, unique in

this region, nesting very near in the calm waters of the Lagoon.

Other Activities: snorkelling, stargazing, swimming with whale sharks, flamingo and bird watching