Each of the six double rooms has a full bath ensuite, ceiling fan and air-conditioner, and is supplied with Wi-Fi and furnished with two full-size beds, a dresser, and a desk with chairs. All of the lodge’s gathering areas are on the ground floor, and they include a small living room, a spacious dining room, a bar with counters on two sides so guests can always belly up and order a cold beverage. Drinks and appetizers can be enjoyed outside, where a large palapa (tiki-style roof) provides shade for a large deck with plenty of seating, and there are loungers and hammocks out in the open for those who want to work on their tan or simply kick back and feel the ocean breeze on their skin.
At Ascension Bay Lodge, the chefs make use of the best available ingredients to prepare delicious dishes inspired by the rich Mayan culture and influenced by authentic cuisine from various Mexican regions, the Caribbean and more. In the morning, guests can have juice, freshly brewed coffee, and opt for traditional American breakfasts, typical Mexican fare, or lighter choices like fresh fruit, yogurt and granola. To make sure anglers have the nourishment needed to stay energized out on the water, lunches are generous, prepared freshly every morning, and packed in the boat coolers before going fishing. They include sandwiches, chips, fruit, and a sweet treat of some kind, as well as purified water, sodas and four beers so anglers and guides can toast to a great catch. Loaded nachos, ceviche and other tasty hors d’oeuvres are served after guests get back from fishing. Dinners always start with a soup or salad, followed by an entrée often featuring fish or seafood, and then dessert. Of course, meals may be customized to meet most dietary restrictions, just be sure your needs are conveyed to the lodge at least two weeks prior to your arrival.
As for the bar, it is stocked with a variety of Mexican beers, sodas, liquors and mixers, and the bartender is always ready to mix your favorite drink or serve you a margarita just the way you like it.
Though certain U.S. cell phones may work in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and sometimes Tulum, service will be spotty or nonexistent once you enter the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, the expansive, natural reserve where the lodge and the nearby village of Punta Allen are situated. Ascension Bay Lodge, however, offers Wi-Fi free of charge and the use of a satellite phone for a nominal fee.