Since the Riviera Maya started reopening following the COVID-19 shutdown, Linda and I have been trying to do what we can to help local businesses get the word out that they’re open and to show people outside of Mexico what to expect if they choose to visit in the near future.
For you folks who only follow us to read articles related to the legalities and logistics of moving to Mexico, hang in there — we’ll be back to writing those shortly.
Today’s post is about a family-owned, boutique hotel called Hotel Akumal Caribe and their restaurant, Lol-Ha. This place has a rich history dating back to the 80’s.
Lol Ha is like our Cheers. It has been our regular hangout since we moved to the area five years ago and we were even visiting it as tourists each time we traveled to the area for 10 years before that. In fact, if you go there enough, there’s a strong chance that you’re going to run into us at some point.
After all this time, the folks who work there are more like family to us and that’s why we chose this specific location to write about.
Hotel Akumal Caribe and Lol-Ha Restaurant are located right on Akumal Bay.
As I customarily do, I have taken the liberty of including an interactive map for those folks who are unfamiliar with the area. You can keep zooming out until something looks familiar.
Lol-Ha is one of our favorite restaurants in the Riviera Maya. They’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they have a good variety of dishes to choose from.
Here are some pics we snapped of a few our favorite dishes — which makes sense because it would be kind of strange if we were taking pictures of other people’s food.
Shrimp Diablo: shrimp stuffed with goat cheese and serrano chili, wrapped with bacon, on a bed of fetuccini alfredo.
Chili Relleno with Cheese: cheese stuffed poblano pepper, wrapped in egg batter and topped with a ranchera sauce.
Grilled Pork Chop: This is normally served with mashed potatoes and apple chutney, but I requested fries.
Eggs Benedict with Salmon: Two poached eggs and smoked salmon placed on a toasted English muffin and bathed in hollandaise sauce. You can get Canadian bacon instead of salmon. This is my favorite breakfast.
Philly Steak Sandwich: Rib eye steak and onions with your choice of cheese.
Coconut Shrimp: Not much description needed on this one. They’re so tasty!
You’ll need something to wash all the food down. Margaritas are a popular choice here!
The main dining area is an open air palapa with easy access to the beach.
You’ll also find a bar under the palapa with some very attentive and friendly bartenders.
Hotel Akumal Caribe
The owner was gracious enough to invite us to stay at the hotel so we could tell you folks more about that part of the property.
There are a couple of options when you book here. You can stay in the three story hotel shown below, like we did. or in one of the bungalow style rooms scattered around the property (second photo below). The bungalows are pet-friendly.
Here are a couple of pics of our room. It was nice and was equipped with a stove, refrigerator and microwave.
There were two porch areas where we spent a lot of our time relaxing and enjoying the gentle breeze blowing off of the Caribbean.
The property is beautiful and very well-maintained. There are numerous palapas around if you need a break from the sun.
There’s also a nice pool on the property that has a great view of the beach.
The Akumal Dive Center
There’s a dive shop on the property that offers different tours and excursions. Linda and our friend booked a tour to snorkel out by the reef. They said there was plenty to see, including a few sea turtles, and that they had a great time.
Whether you’re going to the hotel or restaurant, expect to have your temperature taken and given hand gel before you’ll be allowed on the property. This is just one of many health protocols that the owner has adopted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You’ll probably notice some others as you look through the photos.
Let’s Wrap This Up
We really enjoyed our stay at the hotel. At night, we would just sit out on our patio drinking wine, watching the moonlight reflect on the water of the bay and listening to the gentle sound of the breeze through the palm trees. It was so quiet and peaceful that it reminded us of how the whole area was when we first fell in love with it 15 years ago.
For more information about either the hotel or the restaurant, check out their official website: https://hotelakumalcaribe.com/
Well, that’s it for today. After looking at all of these food pictures from Lol-Ha, I’ve already told Linda that that’s where I want to go for dinner.
Stay safe and healthy. Hasta Luego.