For some reason, ordinary activities like eating and drinking become 100 times more magical when you do them in a cave. That’s certainly the case for Alux, a restaurant and bar built into a 10,000 year-old cenote cavern in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Cenotes – a type of underground limestone cavern that is formed over thousands of years by water dripping through the porous rock – have long held mystical significance in Mayan and Mexican folklore. In fact, the restaurant takes its name from a mythical Mayan elf that loves to play in cenote caverns at night.
Guests at the Alux Restaurant can choose among pre-Hispanic Mayan, contemporary Mexican and international cuisines, surrounded by a number of incredible rock formations: stalagmites, stalactites, columns, flowstones and draperies.
The cavern is separated into a number of natural “vaults”, each holding a separate dining room, with room to seat between 50 and 120 guests. One cavern has been consecrated as a Mayan ceremonial hall, where Alux offers Mayan wedding services, including a shamanic ceremony and entertainment in the form of dancers decked out in native ceremonial garb. How’s that for a date night?
(Photos: Alux Restaurant/Facebook)
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