Set in a lush, green forest Parque Ecoarqueológico Ik Kil (Carretera Mérida-Cancún Km. 122, tel. 985/858-1525, US$93 s/d with a/c) offers 12 modern and ultra- comfortable bungalows. All are spacious and have Jacuzzi tubs, comfortable beds, and pullout sofas. Silent air-conditioning and a private porch make it all the better. Unlimited use of the popular cenote on-site is included too. A fantastic value, especially if traveling with kids.
Club Med Villas Chichén Itzá (Zona Hotelera, Carr. Mérida-Valladolid Km. 120, tel. 985/856-6000, scottsdale.mexicores [at] clubmed [dot] com, www.clubmed.com, US$81 s/d with a/c, US$135 suite with a/c) is a pleasant two-story hotel with a mellow ambiance. Boxy, though nice, rooms are set around a lush courtyard with an inviting L-shaped pool in the center. A library/TV room with comfy couches and a variety of books—from romance novels to archaeology books—also faces the courtyard. A decent restaurant and a tennis court are on-site too.
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