Laura’s Story Lori Metze
Growing Up in Akumal
Growing up in Akumal, located 60 miles south of the Cancun Airport provided plenty of lasting memories of virgin beaches, untouched reef, jungle full of life, and total solitude from the rest of the world.
I chose to come back to Akumal to live and work in 1984 when my father and sister needed help in running our family’s 60 room hotel complex. It was the first hotel in Akumal and the coastline, and the first 40 rooms were built bungalow style, with thatched roofs, and ceiling fans. There was a small round palapa bar on the beach, and a thatched roof restaurant facing the beautiful main bay of Akumal. Those that came to Akumal fell in love with it, and soon Akumal had a growing residential area, more rental units condos down the road and now two hotelsl next door to us.
I can honestly say that my experiences in Akumal of not only running our resort, but also helping the community and being part of the Ecological Association, have made my time here fly. We look forward to continuing in the tradition of maintaining our vision of protecting the natural beauty of Akumal.