Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 31, 2015
Wellness services here at Acocote Eco Inn was always part of the plan but a few other details needed to be shored up before implementing this. First, we had to update our solar, fix the palapa roof, build a cistern, freshen up...
Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 02, 2015
It's a spooky time of year. Up north, Halloween just passed. Yesterday and today are the Days of the Dead here in Mexico. This season of the dead is spooky but not for the traditional reasons, which was well illustrated at...
Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 26, 2015
UPDATE: June 14, 2017 - Just put in new signs. And added a couple. One right at the bridge says "Ahead 8KM" and there is one on the beach road that says ahead 700M. Seems like people feel like they have gone too far when they...
Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 29, 2015
A question that often comes up when people are coming down to Xcalak for the first time is “what should I bring?” I’ll try to answer that question here.
- Passport (of course) but also bring your driver’s...
Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 30, 2015
Since we purchased Sandwood Villas and renamed it, Acocote Eco Inn, we have been very busy upgrading and renovating this Xcalak hotel to make it a cozy sanctuary on the beach for our guests. Here is a list in no particular...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 03, 2016
Wellness is often confused with health, for good reason. The dictionary considers the words “well” and “healthy” synonymous. My 1976 American Heritage Dictionary doesn't even include an entry or sub entry for this word that is...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 04, 2016
You are finally making that salt water fly fishing "Trip of a lifetime" to Xcalak, Mexico. You have your flights and your hotel accommodations set. The last thing you want to do is forget something important while you are...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 26, 2016
“Water, water every where,
And all the boards shall shrink,
Water, water every where,
Written by Leisa Mukai on Apr. 17, 2016
How did this tomato and pepper plant come to grow, here in Xcalak, in Mexico's Costa Maya? For those who know me, I can't grow anything that isn't a large acreage crop grown in rows. Even then, it's been 40 years since I was...
Written by Leisa Mukai on May. 28, 2016
All kinds of things wash up on the beach of our hotel in Xcalak, shoes, toys, kitchen utensils. plastic bottles, plastic bottles. Oh, and plastic bottles. At long last. a glass bottle washed up with a message in it. I've been...
Written by Rob Mukai on May. 31, 2016
So when we bought Sandwood Villas last year, we knew that it came with 2 dogs, Maya and Blanca. What we didn't know is that it came with 3 pet permit and a school of bonefish. These guys have been hanging around our place just...
Written by Leisa Mukai on Jun. 06, 2016
Baby anything is cute. A baby Ferruginous Pygmy Owl is really, really, cute. Six hardworking adults on a Monday morning were briefly overcome by the cuteness of this little bird. I was inspecting the flower garden when I...
Written by Leisa Mukai on Jun. 17, 2016
So this is always a difficulty for people new to the Yucatan. Driving down from Cancun to Xcalak and our hotel, one sees numerous places with names that include multiple X’s. Places like Xel-ha, Xcaret, and Xahuayxol are...
Written by Leisa Mukai on Jun. 27, 2016
Update July 6, 2016
So we had the door installed on the new battery enclosure. The chakte viga is as pretty as advertised. The trim around both the door and the vent to the right are Tzalam. The vent vanes are made of...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jul. 07, 2016
Because our Xcalak hotel has full kitchens in each suite, many of our guests like to cook their own meals for at least some of their stay. One issue we have is that there are no grocery stores here in Xcalak. We have a few...
Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 02, 2016
If your flight into Cancun arrives much after 12:00 pm, you may be better off spending the night in either Cancun or Tulum. So assume you have an hour to hour and a half to get through immigration and customs at the...
Written by Rob Mukai on Oct. 07, 2016
What is your check-in/checkout time?
Check-in time is anytime after 2:00 pm. Although we do request that you don’t arrive too late. And if you are planning to, please let us know in advance. Checkout time is 11:00 am....
Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 29, 2016
One of the updates we have been waiting to do is upgrade the exterior doors of the Inn. The old doors were hollow and used the weird Mexican locks that are really hard to use. There were also the aluminum screen doors that...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 29, 2017
So in year two we did a lot more improvements to the place. Hope you can come see them. Here is a list that is in no particular order.
New Entry doors.
Added 1500 watts of solar panel capacity
Written by Rob Mukai on Jun. 16, 2017
One of the challenges of running an off-grid Inn is what to do with your garbage, especially your recyclables. There really are no government services here. Our garbage is collected once a week by one of our neighbors...
Written by Rob Mukai on Jan. 01, 2018
Here are some of the improvements we did in year 3. Hope you can some see them. Here is a list in no particular order.
1. DIY Solar Battery Room Fan
2. Two new beach loungers
3. Two new...