Story and photos by Mari Pintkowski
Our first visit to Casa Estrella de Bacalar last April was magical,
but our second visit in July was even more amazing. When my husband
and I arrived at the house it was hard not to begin snapping pictures
immediately when we saw the garden full of colorful tropical plants
and terracotta pottery leading up to the carved wooden front door with
flowering vines hanging in front of it.
Once inside, fresh flower arrangements decorated each and every room.
The layout of the house is perfect for a couple or two couples. There
are two bedrooms separated by the colorful, fully furnished kitchen
and dining room with a large table looking out at the verdant backyard
and lake of seven colors. The master bedroom with a view of the lake
has air conditioning, a queen bed, chaise lounge and a huge bathroom
with a shower/tub that in itself is a work of art. Nature surrounds
you everywhere. There are fluffy towels galore, mirrors and bath
products so that no detail has gone unnoticed. The second bedroom has a
double futon, a chaise lounge, good reading light, air conditioning
and a charming bathroom with a walk-in shower.
The Mexican art, including: pottery, hand-woven rugs, textiles,
paintings and drawings and wood carvings let you know you are in the
home of people who treasure the handicrafts of indigenous people of
The house also has a small, comfortable living room that is
beautifully decorated that includes a DVD player, many interesting
books and magazines about Mayan history and local sites, wi-fi (It
works even better at the restaurant next door.)
We spent most of our time moving peacefully from the hammocks on the
outside deck, to the lounges on the grassy lawn at the edge of the
lake, to the beautiful dining set where we ate all our meals. The lake
is like bathwater in the summer, and a little cooler in the spring.
You can walk right into the water from the back yard and swim to your
hearts content. The big trees growing along the shore give you plenty
We ordered from the menu (20% discount for Casa Estrella guests) at
the Rancho Encantado Resort next door and the friendly staff delivered
our meals with a smile. If you prefer the resort has a lovely dining
room that overlooks the lake. The spa was offering a special and both
of us had a facial and salt-scrub combination with massage. Rinsing
off in the lake on the back side of the little spa was very
refreshing. There is also a large jacuzzi at the resort if you want to
tear yourself away from Casa Bacalar.
The morning sunrises were spectacular and drew us out of bed to go
kayaking on the lake when the water surface was like glass. As the
wind comes up in the afternoon it becomes a bit choppy.
Because we are B&B owner/operators in Tulum just two hours away, we
escaped to Bacalar to rest and regenerate. Next time we may visit one
of the nearby Mayan ruins, the Cenote Azul or try the zip line at
BioMaya. There are many interesting tourist sites within an hour (and
some a little farther) if you want an adventure vacation. The town of
Bacalar, only five minutes away, has an assortment of small
restaurants, local shops, and ruins of a historical fort. A ride or
walk through town will give you a glimpse of a developing Mexican
For us, we are already planning our next trip to return for more R&R
and maybe some local sight-seeing.
Mari and Louis www.laselvamariposa.com
Casa Estrella de Bacalar is a vacation rental located on the shore of Laguna Bacalar (the Lake of Seven Colors) in Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula MEXICO. Click here for more information or here to contact us regarding availability and reservations.