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ECO PARAISO XIXIM HOTEL                                                                                                  Printer friendly version


Discover a hidden paradise on the Yucatán Peninsula in México. The small hotel was designed and constructed with great care to meet ecological standards. It is situated directly on a pristine natural beach, embedded in a vast plantation of Malayan dwarf coconut palm trees. The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel offers you a unique experience with nature and a place to relax allowing you to leave the pressures of everyday life behind. Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel is a perfect getaway.

Just imagine watching pelicans or flamingos flying across the skies or even sea turtles when they come ashore to lay their eggs or hatch two months later; strolling along the beach for hours, millions of seashells at your footsteps, your only companions being the sounds of the sea and a few fishing boats passing by.

The staff at Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel is proud to work in this untouched environment, considered as the ultimate Mexican escape. The friendly staff welcomes you in and gives you all the information you need to make your stay at the hotel a pleasant one and especially to make sure that you will enjoy the ecological hotel.

The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel is located ten Km. from
Celestún, 100 Km. from Mérida and a five hours drive from Cancún.

The hotel is surrounded by 100 hectares (240 acres) of coconut grove. The terrain lies on a small peninsula. To the west, lies the Gulf of México with breathtaking sunsets; to the east the famous "Ría of Celestún", a salt water inlet with unique flora and fauna. Because of its importance as the main feeding area for the American Pink Flamingo and countless species of waterfowl and shorebirds it was declared as a Special Biosphere Reserve in 1989.

There are 15 spacious cabañas (bungalows) that are embedded in the natural surroundings. All of them offer a wonderful view of the Gulf of México.

Every cabaña has a veranda with two hammocks and two comfortable armchairs.

The bungalows are equipped with two queen size beds, a sitting area with sofa bed, desk, and spacious bath with shower, closet and safety deposit box.

For ecological reasons the rooms are not equipped with air conditioning. Instead, two ceiling fans, a well-designed air circulation system and the Mayan technology, la palapa (thatched roof), will provide for enough refreshing ventilation.


La Casa Club is the main building, which offers a large variety of activities.

Here the guests meet for a leisurely chat at the bar, or for a game of table tennis or billiard. In the small library which has books in four languages you can sit down and read, or watch videos. They have a wide range of educational videos (culture, nature) and entertainment to choose from. Board games are also available for you to use.

Take your time and relish on a tasty Mexican breakfast. Among many other delicious items they offer fresh fruit juices, a seafood omelets and homemade whole meal bread "Pan Xixim".

In the evening they prepare a four-course candlelight dinner for you. The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth watering mixture of European and Mexican flavors. The menu proposes a blend of regional and international cuisine. Many of the fruits and vegetables come form the garden. The kitchen crew is proud of their creations.

All meals are served in the Casa Club Restaurant.

The fresh water swimming pool is perfect for relaxation. A pergola provides shade while you read a book, look at the natural surroundings, or listen to the sound of a waterfall.

From the pool you have great views of the dunes and the unaffected beach with its countless seashells.

Enjoy a cool drink while watching the incredible sunset. It takes place right in front of you.



  • Very low construction density. From the 25 hectares (61.8 acres) of land that the hotel owns, only about 3,000 m² (9,842.5ft) have constructed, that is about 1.2 per cent.

  • The hotel has been constructed from the second dune on, so that the first dune and the beach are intact - pristine. This is very important, as precisely in this first dune, the sea turtles come to hatch.  The vegetation that you find in this first dune is unique; you will not find it anywhere else.

  • The topography of the land was also kept intact, that is, the land was not level out during the construction process leaving the dunes untouched.

  • The resort is constructed to blend with the surroundings using whenever possible natural products (e.g. thatched roofs).

  • All the gardens have been replanted with plants that grow in the region. They did not introduce any new exotic flora like grass, for instance.


  • At the Hotel they recycle all the water biologically. The gray waters (showers and washbasin) go to a biological filter that has a stone (anthracite) and bacteria filters; this filtered water is then used to water our garden. The black waters (toilets) are pumped to a SIRDO (integrated organic recycling system) where it sediments and it is used for the compost pile. The remaining water goes to a perfectly sealed jardinière. The greasy waters of the kitchens and soapy waters of the laundry have each special filters with sand, gravel, stone and bacteRía control. This water is also used for our garden. For this system to work properly, they obviously had to install two different water pipelines.

  • All our waste is separated accordingly in organic waste, recyclable and not recyclable waste. The organic waste is chopped and put in the SIRDO where there are two chambers. In the first chamber the waste sits for six months to dry out. Then it sits in the second chamber for another six months and it serves as fertilizer for the vegetable garden. The recyclable waste: Wood, glass, plastic, paper and metal is collected and then transported to the next recycling facility that is 110 Km .(68 miles) away in the town of Uman. The non-recyclable waste (less than three bags a week) is deposited in the municipality garbage dump.

  • The hotel does not buy individual packed products to avoid non recyclable garbage. Jam, butter and cereals are served in bulk. Bathroom amenities like soap, shampoo and conditioner are in dispensers.


  • All the water comes from a salty well. This water is filtered with sand, gravel and activated carbon, stored and chlorinated. Then the water goes to the main water system of the hotel. Part of it is then pumped to the potable water system. The hotel has installed an inverse osmosis and ultraviolet rays to make the water potable, this way they can avoid buying water bottles that would cause more garbage.

  • All the lightening system is done with low voltage bulbs. To avoid that the little sea turtles get confused and do not find their way to the sea. Therefore, illumination is kept as low as possible in our resort.

  • The hotel has installed solar panels to heat the water of the swimming pool.


  • From the moment of check in, the guest is induced to respect nature. He/she gets a welcome brochure, where he/she can read about the efforts of conservation. He/she can help separating the waste, avoiding the ritual of laundering every day sheets and towels and putting the lights and ceiling fans off when leaving the room.

  • Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel has a little Natural History Museum in the reception. There, the guests can inform themselves about the amazing biodiversity that exist in the reserve. The collection includes specimens of plants, bird nests, sea shells, some skeletons of mammals, reptiles and insects. There are also about 70 books and other material where the guest can inform itself in depth about this and other matters as archeology and Mayan culture.

  • There are also two interpretative trails. One is 800 m and the other is 1.2 Km.where the guests can observe and experience first hand this vast biodiversity. The hotel provides brochures to help to identify the flora.


  • The Hotel offers ecological tours to the surroundings.

  • There is a small vegetable garden.

  • In the adjacent land (which the hotels owns - 500 hectares) they have planted about 20,000 Malayan dwarf coconut palm trees which are resistant to the lethal yellowing decease that is killing all the palm trees.

  • The nearby town, Celestún, also profits from the resort: about on third of the staff comes from the town; the services of the local boatmen to make the Celestún inlet tour are used; and local products like fish, seafood, vegetables, bread; etc. are bought from the local markets.

The small Natural History Museum, located beside the reception, offers an overall view of the flora and fauna surrounding the hotel.

The insects, reptiles, plants, nests and shells that are displayed in the showcases have been carefully selected and were all found within a one Km. (0.62 miles) radius of the hotel. Therefore you can see samples from the Gulf of México as well as from the coastal dune ecosystem.

Those interested in learning more about the biodiversity that surrounds the property may consult the specialized literature carried in the museum or ask the knowledgeable hotel tour guide who grew up in this region.

  • Did you know that the henequén fiber is called Sisal due to the port from where it was exported?

  • Did you know that scorpions have survived atomic tests? Or that they use their sting mainly for mating purposes?

  • Did you know that sea turtles always go back to their place of birth to lay their eggs?

These are just a few samples of the topics that you can learn at the museum of Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel.

For prices, reservations, availability and bookings, please contact us at: visit@luxuriousmexico.com


Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Cabana 1 - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim

Room at the Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel

Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Reception - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim
The Reception at The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel
Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Pool - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim
Pool at The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel
Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Grounds, Vermilion Flycatcher - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim
Vermilion Flycatcher at the Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel
Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Pool, Aerial view - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim
Aerial view of the Pool at The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel
Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Grounds, Black Bead Pithecelobium Keyense - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim
Black Bead (Pithecelobium Keyense) at The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel
Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Aerial view - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim
Aerial view of The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel
Yucatan, Celestun, Hotel Eco Paraiso Xixim, Sunset - Photo by Eco Paraiso Xixim
Sunset at The Eco Paraiso Xixim Hotel