Genesis Ek Balam (p. 205) has two new phone numbers: 1-985/101-0277 is the mobile on the ownerâ€™s person, and 1-985/852-7980 is the mobile at the lodge; both can have not-so-great reception, however, and Lee recommends using email (thereâ€™s now fast satellite access, and a wireless network).
The prices have gone up: the cabaÃ±as without bath are US$44, and the two new rooms with private toilets and sinks (showers are still shared) are US$50. The wood-frame two-story buildingâ€”the simplest roomsâ€”are typically reserved for family groups, starting at US$60. If you stay three nights, thereâ€™s a 25 percent discount on the last night; five nights gets a 50 percent discount on the last night; and for seven nights, the last night is free.
I canâ€™t say enough good about this placeâ€”beautiful gardens, great pool, solid dedication to ecotourism principles and great opportunities to see a Maya village up close. (Lee can arrange a tour around the local artisansâ€™ workshops, for instanceâ€”youâ€™ll even learn how to weave a hammockâ€¦a little!)