CASA DE ENSUENO! This is a stunning semi-secluded beach villa in quiet Tankah Beach near Soliman Bay, just north of Tulum, and south of Akumal, Playa Del Carmen. Simple yet dramatic and unique open air floor plan with a center palapa roof and a dramatic rock wall in the living area that drops right into the striking outdoor pool! This house is all about location and value - there is nothing else like it, and why it is booked solid most weeks of the year. Not only is it beach front, but also has a pool off the living area, and a private staff. Paradise can be yours without breaking your budget!
LOUNGING! There are three private, lockable, air conditioned bedroom suites, all similar and very spacious with their own terraces. All suites have ocean/beach views. The two upstairs suites have ensuite bathrooms, a/c, a small seating area, and ceiling fans. Each suite also comes with its own safe. Enjoy your own suite (like a lockable hotel room), or lounge on the huge built in center couch in the open air living area, which is open to the sea, offering breathtaking views! This villa comes with 1-2 single kayaks, enjoy exploring the bay!
VALUE! The rate is a super value for a 3 bedroom beach villa, close to the cost of a condo, yet with a private pool and personal staff. You'd be crazy not to rent it. Those travelers not needing a luxury filled rental love this home -Ensueno has all the ammenities you need (full kitchen, pool, staff, wifi, a/c,), yet you don't have to pay for any of the fluff you won't want or need. Casa de Ensueno can even be rented as a one bedroom beachfront home (low season, non peak weeks only), with exclusive use of the pool, beach front area, kitchen, dining, and living areas. This is awesome for honeymooners or couples looking for a rustic romantic getaway. While we warn guests the pool is open to the living room, the coral pool deck slows kids, and the majority of our guests have kids with them! It is hard to pass up this villa...
VIEW! The architecture is awe inspiring. It really will take your breath away, this is all about location, location, location. The caretakers, live on the grounds in the casita, and will be there to greet you. The open air floor plan is unique and dramatic, but please note that due to the unique architecture, there are no walls separating the living room, kitchen, and dining room from the pool and beach - which is important to know, especially if you are traveling with small children. There is also weathered coral in the flooring both outside and in, so it can be uncomfortable for small children who are crawling, or on a positive slant, deter them from getting to the open pool.
RESORT LIVING! Just because you get a great deal does not mean you don't get spoiled. Daily cleaning except Sundays. Meal preparation can be arranged with the sweet on-site caretakers Mariela and Armando (a client favorite experience you can set up with the staff). There is a large BBQ grill poolside for the guests to use (pick up your own charcoal). The kitchen and dining areas are protected from the elements. You'll find wireless internet to post photos to make everyone you left behind jealous!
PARADISE! Enjoy the sound of the tranquil lapping waves as the broken coral tumbles onto the beach. Here you will find a semi-secluded snorkeling beach, cool ocean breeze and beautiful Caribbean views from every room in the villa. Take a kayak out for a scenic tour of the coral filled bay. Tankah Cenote is just a few lots away (a natural limestone sinkhole) and is a fabulous place to swim and snorkel, or even see the regional flora and fauna from a new perspective. It is rumored that Manatees have been seen entering Tankah Cenote from a hole in the bay (divers can use the route). NIn Tankah, there are some intimate restaurants, dive shops and hotels. This home is one of the most unique on the Riviera Maya coast, perfect for those looking for an amazing bargain rate. Its location is perfect, just north of the ruins and city of Tulum and south of the resort of Akumal. A delightful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the growing Yucatan, but you can visit those places too while hangin' at Ensueno.
BOOK IT! One of our favorites for those looking for a deal - certainly the best value on a villa you will find in the area. The owner and staff have just finished a ton of maintainence - new pool tiles, fresh paint inside and out, shiny varnished rails and terraces, updated palapas, new gate, brand new light sconces etc.. Check with us for more information on this incredible property. There is nothing else in the area like Casa de Ensueno! Don't wait too long, someone else will book it first..
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Casa de Ensueno
Excellent location, layout and personnel
This house is totally open to the sea, i.e. without any interior wall/doors facing the private outdoor pool and beach. This gives a sense of openness that we have not experienced in other villas in the Tulum area. The three oversized bedrooms all have king size beds and their own bathrooms. Service from housekeepers Armando and Manuela was kind and heartwarming - we asked them also to cook one dinner for us and to wash our clothes before moving to a resort for the following week. They were very thorough in cleaning the place, keeping the pool sparkling clean and removing daily the sargassum seaweed from the beach. Jumping out of the pool and into the sea just ten steps away was great. All about this place makes it desirable and just right for relaxation. The first 10-20 yards into the water are rocky, so reef shoes are very handy if not necessary. There is a kayak available on the premises (not in pristine shape). At a walking distance from the house there are two small hotels and a family-run cenote. We tried the restaurant of the closest hotel but service and overall ambient were disappointing - much better to ask Armando to cook! The cenote is unassuming with its often crowded parking lot but it is worth the 120-200 pesos fee to snorkel in it as one meanders among mangroves and enjoyes a close encounter with the single juvenile (1-2 year old) morelet crocodile who lingers among the mangroves. We recommend it. We also recommend a full day trip to Xel-Ha and ignore instead Xcaret - grossly overcrowded and "more Disney than Disneyland". Xel-Ha maintains more its original character although who visited last 20 years ago should be ready for a big commercial-oriented change.
Amazing villa. Amazing staff. Amazing vacation.
I'm honestly pretty hesitant to say much about this place, lest we not be able to get back on the calendar. We are literally already planning our next trip to Casa de Ensueno! We were 2 couples, one with two kids (10 year old boys) and no one had a single complaint.
We've visited Tulum several times in cabanas or hotels, and have stayed in a vacation home on Tankah Bay once previously. This was our favorite home away from home by far.
I was initially uncomfortable with the idea of having caregivers around and Armando and Mariella put me instantly at ease. The house was cleaned thoroughly everyday, and goodness - the hot coffee when we woke up (and I wake up early, early) was just a brilliant touch.
The house is poured concrete with a fully open living area, kitchen, and indoor/outdoor swimming pool all under a beautiful palapa. The bedrooms are charming and beautifully kept. I loved the firm mattress (my husband wanted a bit more cushion). We shopped and cooked every meal, except for a lovely ceviche the caregivers made from the lobster, octopus, and conch the guys speared out at the reef!
The reef, by the way, (about 300 yards off of your private sand beach) is absolutely incredible for snorkeling - the best I've experienced in the area, hands down. We saw tons of rays, tropical fish of all shapes, colors, and sizes, octopuses, lobster, anemone, and more. The sunsets are beautiful and the night sky just takes your breath away.
I really can't say enough good things about our new favorite spot in Mexico!
We loved it here. The view and beauty of the property are outstanding. There are a few small things that need to be fixed (the tub in the master bedroom and the freezer), but I would still stay here again. Armando and Merialla are so wonderful. You must have them make the chicken for you. If you are looking for privacy, with wonderful house care givers, with beach for days, then this is your place. We hope to make it back in a few years.
Fantastic Family Vacation - Sun, Water and Fun!
Casa de Ensueno is an ideal location for anyone who is looking for sun, water, and pure relaxation. The location is in close proximity to Tulum, a fun town with many restaurants, shops, and night life. Also, it has easy access to ruins, cenotes, and various places such as Xcaret, etc. Strongly suggest renting a car.
The staff at Casa de Ensueno are tremendous. They keep a very clean place and are willing and able to assist in any way possible. We asked them to prepare dinner one evening, and the Pollo Pibil was absolutely fantastic; watching it being made was an experience as well. BTW - Their breakfast is very good. For a minimal fee per person, in addition to the food, they will prepare any meals you want. This was a very nice touch! As a coffee drinker, it was awesome having coffee ready and waiting each morning when I woke up.
The snorkeling right in front of the house was good. Within walking distance along the beach is the entry to Cenote de Manati, where you can snorkel and check out caves where many tropical fish reside. Our son loved having easy access to this area, and there is a restaurant/bar right there, making it very convenient to have a quick bite and some beverages. If you have snorkeling gear...definitely pack it. Make sure to bring water shoes because the rocks and coral can really hurt you feet.
If you are adventurous, in the town of Akumal there is a lady who sells fresh tamales and helotes. She sets up on the corner across from the police station. Truly a local experience.
We are very inclined to return to Casa de Ensueno. Most likely will bring friends as there is plenty of room in the 2nd and 3rd rooms. Big thumbs-up for this vacation home!
Loved the design,
Open air means you are cooking, relaxing or whatever and you are never inside until you go to sleep. With a/c or fan and open windows. It is the perfect relaxing beach holiday . Yes you have to kill a couple scorpions or deal with a stray dog, but the help is great, the pool is perfect and you are close enough to tulum or Akamai to enjoy it all!!!!
Our second stay in 5 months
So easy to book. Caretakers are wonderful people. Cooked us breakfast each morning and kept the place very clean. Cant wait to return
02/28/2017 Ensueno Fan!
We had a great time!
My friends and I rented the property for a week. It's located on a roped off road that is monitored by a guard which was nice. It is within walking distance from Blue Sky restaurant which has good guacamole and mango margaritas. They also have wood fired pizza but we forgot to try it! You can also walk to Casa Cenote however we heard there was an alligator the day we were going to try snorkeling so we passed. It's fun just to stand there and watch people come in and out. There is a little grocery store across from the cenote that had homemade tortillas, chips, sunscreen, hats, and ice and was very reasonable. The house itself definitely needs work however that is all noted in the description. It's just a rustic beach house! We still had fun in the pool even though it was missing numerous tiles. It was still clean and cool and refreshing during the day. We even left a couple of pool floaties for future guests. I recommend having Armando and his wife cook the pollo in the pit for you. It was the best chicken I have ever had! They also made some creamed vegetables that were amazing! The wi-fi worked great! It only went out a little on the day we were departing. It's cool to walk through the front door and see the ocean and the pool and have the daily breeze. If you are afraid of critters, I don't know if I would recommend this place. We were visited by a bat, scorpion, a stray dog, lizards and some roaches. Didn't seem to bother us much. We still had a fantastic time!! Plus you pretty much have your own beach with kayaks (bring some water shoes). The beach is pretty protected from the reef so the water was generally always very calm. So much to do in this area!
Jan 2017 was my second time staying here, and I was thrilled that this time they had perfectly working wi-fi. The main thing about the house is that if you just hang out in the open air living room under the palapa you cannot resist becoming as relaxed as you have ever been in your life. If you want to go out and do stuff, there's a cenote 2 minutes walk away, and a 5 minute drive will take you to Tulum and or Tulum beach, which is great for playing the surf. This house looks out on the turquoise waters of Tankah bay, you really could not ask for a better view. The bay is very shallow and so it is good for swimming for exercise, but if you want to snorkel you have to walk around to the edge of the bay were you get to the reefs. The reefs protect the bay from strong surf, which is why the water in front of the house is almost always tranquil. Although there are homes nearby, you have what is almost a private beach, which is awesome. At night, under a full moon, to have your own private beach to lie out on and gaze at the starts is incredible. The kitchen is well equipped and you can cook for yourself, or Mariel will cook something for you if you want. There's a nice restaurant, Blue Sky, that's 2 min walk away, as another alternative. One main piece of advice is to get water shoes early on, you can find them in town or at the Chedraui, the local equivalent of a Walmart. Since my size was hard to get, I just used a really old pair of low-cut hiking shoes, they were perfect. That's because the first 10 or 15 feet into the water there can be a fair amount of stones and pebbles, so if you want to walk straight into the ocean its better to have something on your feet. Even Crocs would probably work. Or you could go to Blue Sky and walk out on their pier, and go snorkeling from there. One of my favorite things here is that a short squall will appear out of nowhere and rain for 20 minutes and then half an hour later the sky will be blue again. The sound of the palms whooshing in the wind with the tropical downpour is so beautiful you don't want it to stop. I had one little downpour at dawn one day, just enough to raise a rainbow. The only hard part about this place is leaving it and going home, I could always stay longer. A magical spot. There are some little details with the house, but from experience I know that beach houses are always in a state of perpetual rebuilding, the salt corrosion is always wearing away at things, but it's still in great condition.
Date of arrival
January 9, 2017
We spent 10 days at Casa de Ensueno on a family vacation (3 adults and 3 young teenagers) and it was wonderful. I agree with the other reviews that state that the house is a bit rustic and is in need of some cosmetic improvement, but it was fantastic nonetheless (and the caretaker was busy working on it every day)
The beachfront location was spectacular. I enjoyed my coffee every morning in a lounge chair on the beach watching the sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico. Doesnt get much better than that.
The house was private without being totally secluded. A beach bar (great margaritas and chips with salsa and guacamole), a great restaurant (Blue Sky) and a cenote were all within a 5 minute walk, and I felt safe walking/ jogging by myself in the area.
The location was convenient - Tulum was 20 minutes south and Akumal 20 minutes north.
The caretakers were wonderful. They were attentive without being intrusive, and we had them cook dinner for us one night - it was delicious.
The open air living room and kitchen is amazing and unique, but unfortunately it does come with the big negative of being outdoors in the evening - the bugs. Thankfully the bedrooms were spacious and provided plenty of room for hanging out when we needed to be inside. We also came prepared with plenty of bug spray, so this was never really a problem for us.
Overall, it was a great vacation.
10/11/2016 Gloria M
We have been 15 days in the Casa de Ensueno with the whole family, and it has been a truly wonderful time.
After having visited other areas, I think this was the best, for privacy, tranquility and security.
The maintenance was perfectly attended to by Armando and Mariela, both with the daily cleaning and helping to find solutions to improve our stay; there was a toddler with us and so Armando made a gate to protect the stairs. This was perfect.
The wifi worked properly, except for one day, but the manager of the house resolved it the same day. We also had a problem with one suitcase which was also resolved.
Best of all was having a pool and the sea just in front of the house, which meant we could enjoy them at any time of day.
We had rented cars so we were able to make many trips. The location was perfect, close to everywhere and yet not crowded. In my opinion, it was the best location we could find.
It has been a really fantastic holiday.
Stunning open air setting; outdoor pool in your living room; excellent staff; ocean views surround you
Left on Jul 14, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2016
The unique open air living room and kitchen spaces make this the perfect rental for families and friends who don't mind a few less than perfectly maintained aspects of the house. When you step out of your air conditioned bedroom suite into the roofed but open air living room, you can flow directly into the pool, swim to the end, step onto the beach, into a lounge chair or walk about 20 steps to the ocean. Yes, it is that perfect and that close. The open air setting means that you get 100% of the ocean breeze on the hot days. The beds are firm and comfortable and the air conditioning strong. Sleeping there is lovely. If you are an outdoor sleeper there are a couple of cozy hammocks. The water pressure for showers is moderate (not powerful). The descriptions of the older ceiling fans, some unpainted walls (the outside was being painted while we were there) and broken tiles are accurate. The round jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom was not operable when we were there, and one of the upstairs porches was closed. My sense is that they are consistently making repairs and improvements, but that you will continue to see that some things are in disrepair. As stated, the necessities all work! Armanda and Mariela are there to help whatever you need. They cooked us an amazing dinner one night--dug a pit to bake a chicken, several salsas and guacamole, rice, vegetables, beans, and dessert. This was about $100 for dinner, service, tip, and clean up (for six people). I will never forget this dinner! Tender flavorful chicken, unusual salsas, and lovely drinks. I highly recommend scheduling a dinner with them. We will definitely stay here again!
Casa de Ensueno Tankah Tres Beach Mexico
Best experience, best price, best location!
We have just returned from casa de Ensueno after spending a perfect week there. Never having been on a trip like this, we had specific requirements. We didn't want to be in a condo or resort, no neighbors right on top of us, away from the "touristy" scene (yet close enough to attractions and activities), and wanted to cook our own meals. Taxi service is readily available at all times but we rented a car. We chose mid-June to travel and we had the best weather. Where do I start...the privacy, the location (central to so many necessities and activities), the hospitality shown by Armando and Mariela, who take great care and pride in their work on the house and property, and the absolutely breathtaking view that is seen first thing in the morning and the private beach that is right outside your living room!!! This was our family's first trip to Mexico, we were excited and nervous. Our expectations were absolutely exceeded and we WILL be back again! Any place where I can take a break during breakfast prep for my family, take a dip in the pool to cool off, with the beautiful turquoise ocean as the backdrop, is truly a dream to me! With all of that being said, I must add that the cosmetic stuff is all honestly disclosed by the owners and managers, and the description fair. And none of it changed how wonderful it was. Honestly, the feel ended up being slightly rustic. But even that is pushing it, as all the amenities you would need are available, if maybe a little weathered. However, the pics on the site are out of date and this matters nothing to me, but may be a point of contention for other guests. Along with outdated pics, some info about amenities are in need of updating, as well. Just to make things easier for anyone who might not be sure of what isn't updated on the site, I will list them:
Master suite tub is out of commission
Only one kitchenette available in upstairs rooms (the site lists both available)
Very fickle wifi
And I will say again, NONE of this had an impact on the enjoyment we experienced, because this place is amazing. Just think it should be available info to others.
Caribbean Fantasy, the company handling the property booking, is excellent and extremely informative. Loved every interaction with all the people I spoke with. This was truly a dream vacation for our family and we are coming back next year, without a doubt!
Date of arrival
June 10, 2016
05/11/2016 3 generations
Casa de Ensueno Tankah Tres Beach Mexico
All the positive reviews you read about Casa de Ensueno are true! I honestly have to say I had a bit of trepidation renting a house in Mexico sight unseen, especially having never been there before. However, it ended up being a tremendous vacation. The location, the pool, the service, it was all top notch. As people have said, don't expect the spit-shine finish of a resort, but after driving around Cancun for a couple hours we realized that was definitely not what we wanted. The caretakers took care of every need, cleaning every day and obviously taking pride in their work. They cooked an amazing home cooked meal for us as well, which I highly recommend as others have.
The location of the house couldn't have been better. A 2 minute walk to the cenote and two restaurants, 10 minutes from the Tulum ruins, 20 minutes from Akumal (don't miss the turtles), and a couple hours from Chichen Itza. The road to the house was gated (roped off) 24-7 to prevent any issues.
The bay was amazing to hang out in as well. Definitely head up along the shore toward the break and go snorkeling and you'll see amazing corals and fish - the kids loved it. The bay is very protected and great to kayak in as well (kayak provided).
All in all Casa de Ensueno delivered more than as promised and resulted in a fabulous vacation for us, our two kids and the grandparents. We'll be back!
Date of arrival
March 26, 2016
The house really has that mexican, beach feel. Such a great value for the money. It is a little older but nothing that mattered in terms of comfort. Armondo and his wife we amazing hosts. Tankah is a really cool, quiet place to stay in the area. Even though it was extremely easy to get a cab or shuttle into town, I would recommend getting a car so you can see everything the area has to offer.
We had an absolutely wonderful time at casa de enseuna. Its true that there are some out of date/in need of repair things but really the house was perfect for us! Armando and his family were also wonderful. Please pass along to the owner that he and his family were incredibly helpful and great to have around. We will definitely be returning next year.
12/13/2015 ABAJIM MD
Casa de Ensueno Tankah Tres Beach Mexico
Fabulous beach bargain!
Despite the flaws in the building (we visited in May '14), which are accurately described in the text and photos, we had a terrific time. The site is fantastic, the privacy is unrivaled, and the housekeepers are a dream. We enjoyed the house and grounds. The pool was fine (even with missing tiles) and refreshing on a daily basis. The seaside was a delight for sunning and reading in the shade.
We also loved the quiet remoteness of the house, and its walking proximity to the wonderful eating at Blue Sky Boutique and restaurant, and to Casa Cenote.
We ate lunches in the house, and breakfasts and dinners at Blue Sky or in Tulum.
A car is necessary for your stay. Be aware that in an open living area like this, the sand crabs, iguanas and possibly the scorpions will come in at night. [Rare, and not sure this has ever happened, but it could! The maid sweeps up early each morning before we awake, which is nice.] But they are gone by morning and no problem during the day. It's beach life near a jungle. Plan accordingly. There was a constant sea breeze that was delightful, and the master suite provided all the comforts we expected.
There is NO TV. And the wifi is nearly non-existent. If those are important to you, and not the secluded privacy and miles of beach - then look elsewhere.
Given the flaws, and the bargain price -- we could not have been happier. Period.
It [may not be] the right place for young kids, or possibly the elderly, depending on the family. If you're flexible and mobile and looking for a great place to veg out at the beach, perhaps while sightseeing - you can't go wrong here.
Date of Arrival
09/20/2015 Kevin M
Reviewed June 1, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
Rather than repeat in detail what has already been said , I will just summarize. Yes t is a bit run down, yes there is an open air kitchen so bring the bug spray for evenings. Bedrooms are spacious and clean, AC works well, water pressure in one up stairs room was pretty weak. Housekeeper and care taker who live in a casita onsite are great and speak limited English but we got by fine. They will make home cooked meals for a reasonable price (delicious) arrange with then early in the week because they will not push this service on you, but will be excited when you ask.
Very close and cheep taxi ride to Xel Ha and Tulum. Cenote for snorkeling and scuba within walking distance and two dice shops (great place for first time divers to learn) Only two places to eat at within walking distance (Casa Cenote and Blue Sky) but both are good and have some reasonably priced items. The caretaker Armando knows everyone (his family lives just down the road) and he will call to make arrangements for a taxi or other services if you ask.
I Booked thru Caribbean Fantasy and they are great, very responsive and informative. You will not find a better deal for a villa, but if you are the type that likes big fancy resorts (nothing wrong with that) you may not like this. My 29 year old niece called this "luxury camping", There is seaweed on the beach which is a reflection of the healthy reef just off shore, it is not sterile like the beaches in Cancun, but still swimmable especially if you take the sea kayaks out to the reef to snorkel.
The pool pump went out a couple days into our stay and even though the caretaker called for service immediately it, it took a few days to repair (I mean it is Mexico). But when I told Caribbean Fantasy they contacted the owner who offered us a discount if we choose to stay again.
5 of 5 stars
How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars
How helpful were the directions to the property? 5 of 5 stars
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 3 of 5 stars
Overall condition of the property 4 of 5 stars
Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 stars
Kitchen & utensils 4 of 5 stars
Bathroom cleanliness 3 of 5 stars
Other facilities & amenities 5 of 5 stars
Service 5 out of 5 stars
Liked best: not crowded privacy
Liked least: limited dining options nearby - only a couple within walking distance
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes.
09/17/2015 Casa de Ensueno Tankah Tres Beach Mexico
Casa de Ensueno Tankah Tres Beach Mexico
great place, good deal
A friend and I stayed at Casa De Ensueno in April 2014 and it was great. Tankah bay has a nice white sand beach with a coral entry so we both had water shoes. 2 kayaks were available for exploring the bay. We did swim in the bay and I would definitely recommend water shoes or fins.
The area is very quiet, with a guard shack at the entry to the road with houses and the caretakers live onsite in a very small house behind the beach house. The caretakers were great--helpful if you needed anything. They cleaned every day and raked the beach and will also cook and shop for you.
The best part of the house is the open to the view livingroom. You literally look right out onto the beach, no windows or doors. There is a very large semi-circular sofa that I lounged on every morning for 1-2 hours. It was that difficult to pull myself away from the view.
I stayed in the ground floor room by the pool--very pretty views from this room too. I felt that this room was very safe as the caretakers were always checking to make sure I had closed and locked all the windows when we went out for the day. They did remind me that I really should lock all the windows and doors when out. My friend stayed in the upper bedroom with the balcony and it was not as nice as mine, but just fine.
Water pressure in the shower was good. The jacuzzi tub in my room was out of commission. The kitchen needs some serious updating but I guess this is why the property is discounted. There are also some missing sections on the palapa roofs. Again, not a deal breaker. And the rental agency discloses all of this in the advertisement.
I would definitely stay here again. You might have to have a coin toss to see who gets the room by the pool as it is definitely the nicest one.
Date of arrival
April 1, 2014
09/14/2015 Very Very cool house.... We will be back
As far as condition of the house goes I felt pretty well prepared for what we encountered by reading the other reviews and from information provided by Caribbean Fantasy. The only thing that surprised me were the huge holes in one of the upstairs decks. * We were traveling with a 2 year old and she could have easily fallen through so that room remained locked.
*[Footnote: Deck repairs were made after these guests departed.]
We were prepared for horrendus bugs because of the outdoor kitchen and dining area but during our stay they were not very bad. A bit of bug spray and a few candles and we were happy.
We happened to be in Tulum during a huge seaweed invasion. There was some effort to keep the beach clean but we mostly enjoyed the pool at the house and the various cenotes around Tulum.
We loved walking down the street to Casa Cenote for a swim in the morning. By about 11 a.m. the place was packed but arriving earlier we found very few people!
The layout of the house was perfect for 6 adults. There are large beds and a private bath for each room. Additionally there is a futon in each room which the caretaker setup for us to use.
Speaking of the caretakers they were fantastic. Certainly the best I have encountered in our years of traveling and using vacation rentals. They came through frequently cleaning and taking out garbage. Armando found out I like to fish and loaned me his Hawaiian sling and took me out to the reef spear fishing.
They also offered to cook us an authentic Mexican meal for our last night at the house for a very reasonable fee. The food was excellent (many in our group said it was the best of the whole trip)
Overall our experience was great. You just need to be able to look past some flaws and hopefully they fix the deck soon!
ŭGreat place for the priceŭ
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 NEW
We had an excellent time here. The reviews are correct that this was once an incredible home but it has aged and has some maintenance issues. Things like pool tiles missing, needs paint, deck roof parts missing, holes on beach chairs, and overall age - really all pretty typical stuff for the Caribbean that we see in most rentals. But everything worked fine. Pool was kept clean, windows had screens, house was pretty clean and kept up nice by the staff. In fact Armando was a great guy! Got us fresh fish, made us ceviche one night, picked us up beer at the store, called cabs for us, had bottled water, cleaned everyday, even raked the beach.
The house itself was stunning in its day and still nice. We actually drove right past because we thought no way that was our place. Two story thatched roof over an open air living room (so cool) that opens to the pool and then on to the direct sea/ocean front private beach. Coral inlays all around, a coral wall, pool comes into the house, Mayan Art all around, 3 master suites with ac, plus a half bath. There are 4 lounge beach chairs, hammock, 2 kayaks, a full dinning table, and working wifi (bit slow and only in the kitchen but it did the job). The only real bummer was the hard beds. That is pretty common down there and we made it through but they are hard.
We went with 3 couples which was perfect for this place. We all got our own suites with locking doors, balcony, ac, shower, etc. Then the living room is a nice common space which is all open air. The open air living room/kitchen did for sure make it more like camping vs a resort. This was fine with us. Made it more of a true beach experience. We did get some mosquitoes around dusk but that was it (I did leave Avon spray for you - do not use that nasty deet!). But I could see that some people would not like this. Like camping there are ants around, some bugs, gotta hide the food and trash from night critters, sand everywhere. But we loved it. Kids would like it if there are the outdoors, live on the beach type. But if the kids are wifi using, sit inside with phones/tablets, etc this is not for them at all.
The beach was excellent. We say maybe 10 people the whole week. Water is super warm. The house sits in a cove protected but the coral break so the water is like calm and clear like a swimming pool. Almost no waves. There are fish around to snorkel a bit. Yes there are some rocks and sea grass getting in but just bring water shoes and you are all set. Non issue with shoes. Also once you got out to chest deep there were sandy spots to stand in. The coral and rocks actually made the water much more visually interesting than just sand. So just got with it!
There is not much around to walk to but that was kinda nice. We did eat at Casa Cenote which had great fish tacos and margaritas (why get anything else). Blue Sky actually had some good pizza when you are sick of fish - but they had good fish also. There is also a really small store with ice cream and chips which came in handy. We actually only went to town twice since we did not want to leave. Town is nothing special really. It was about 15 bucks US each way which when split is not bad. Also 15 to the ruins. There is also a bus if you walk to the road for cheap. Normally i get a car but here it seemed nice not to deal with all that and we did see whities getting pulled over.
We had the shuttle bus stop at walmart on the way to stock up first which was a great idea.
"Relaxing and Comfortable"
The general condition of the house is in need of basic up-keep, but they are annoyances, not anything that will prevent you from enjoying the beauty of the pool and the area in which the house is located. Six of us rented the house for one week. Although the house needs some work, it's still a great vacation spot. The pool overlooking the ocean could not be better. Others walked the beach and looked envious of our pool. The location is great--walking distance to restaurants, diving shop, and a cool cenote. The main living area of the home is not protected from the outdoors, so critters may easily find their way in. That means when you go to bed each night, everything needs to be put away. It also means that bugs, spiders, crabs, etc., can stroll on in at their leisure. We had a swarm of dragon flies, a hermit crab, lizards, and lots of other little exciting creatures visited us. All this added to the excitement of the trip. The three bedrooms are as shown. The two upper bedrooms have beautiful decks with a view that is unmatched, but again, the decks show some wear. If you are a perfectionist, this might not be the best choice of a home to rent. If you can overlook a few things, you will not find a better vacation home. I would highly recommend this home to some friends, but others I would not. It completely depends on the type of person you are!
We found this home online at a considerable discount compared to homes of similar size and quite frankly, we were expecting to find it in worse shape than advertised. Imagine our surprise to find the opposite when we arrived!
The giant palapa living area brings the pool directly into the living space! The bedrooms are air conditioned for those averse to a little humidity during the night. The truly Eden like garden which seamlessly integrates pool to playa was my favorite part of the house. And of course, the wonderful staff, Armando and Mariela catered to our every whim arranging in house massages, cooking us our favorite Snapper tikin xic and bringing cocos frios to the playa in the heat of the day. They are true gems and I hope they stay with the house forever!
You have a feeling of real isolation while having the lovely Blue Sky Inn just down the beach for great seafood and wood fired pizza with arcinio and Jorge. Also, Visit Tulum playa while you are here for fabulous farm to table food at any number of great restaurants, our favorite was Posada Margherita for the best fish in our 15 years of traveling to Riviera Maya.
To put it plainly, we started planning our next trip on the drive to the airport. Book it now before the price goes up!!!
Pro: Idylic beach setting and open air configuration,
Con: Refridgerator and freezer could have been colder,
Summary: I probably would recommend this accommodation to my best friend!
In the end it was still too good for us. Truly fabulous. Karl is now completely spoiled. It was sublime.
I want to tell you in person how beautiful we found your house, our first time living in a villa.
All of the art and craft decorating the walls, the floors, the beds, the linens,the kitchen, the balconies, the pool that begins in the living room, the constant roar of the surf at the reef, the endless swimming and discoveries in the sea extending before us...
Mariela and Armando are obviously the best-- truly caring but discreetly working behind the scenes to maintain the look and feel of luxury accomodations without intrusion.
I should really tell you all we did, and ate, and are dreaming of doing the next time now that we know of Casa de Ensueno!
05/25/2011 Bob and Connie
Casa de Ensueno is a perfect place for a small wedding on the beach! We had guests stay with us the weekend of the ceremony, then had the place to ourselves for the honeymoon, and it was so beautiful, peaceful, and private.
The caretakers were great, snorkeling was awesome out on the reef, and we really enjoyed meals and drinks at the two restaurants nearby. It was wonderful to have the pool and the beach right there, literally in your living room.
Caribbean Fantasy, we want to go back!
We had a fantastic time at Casa de Ensueno. We visited late September into early October. We had perfect weather!! It provided lots of privacy and yet there were a couple places to eat in walking distance and the towns Akumal and Tulum were nearby if you wanted to drive to a bigger town. The hosts were more than helpful and sweet, they did more than we expected, combing out the beach every morning and making sure all of our linens were clean with fresh beach towels everyday. The kitchen was fully equiped so we were able to cook a lot and just enjoy. We felt like we never really had to leave. The pool was beautiful, stunning views from every room, kayaks available for everyday use, lots of things to see (fish, rays, coral,...) in the water just out in front of the house. The only thing that was not so pleasant was the slippery tile in the kitchen and living area. Since we were in and out of the pool/ocean all day, the tile was wet (there were warnings about this) but I slipped and sprained my ankle horribly :(, so be VERY careful on the tile! Put towels down if you have to. But this just meant I had to sit and sunbathe more and enjoy some more frozen margaritas. I recommend this place and would love to return!!
02/22/2007 Cary McCarty, Texas
I just wanted to let you know that we had a SPECTACULAR time at Casa de Ensueno!!! The house was spacious and well cared-for. Gaspar and Gabina and their son Reyes were a real delight& Most of us had a language barrier, but my wife Amy could converse with them and they were very very nice people. Reyes was adorable!!! Gaspar even went out into the ocean and HARPOONED us a dinner!!! Then they prepared it for us!!! Of course, we compensated them handsomely.
The beach is beautiful, gentle surf.
All-in-all a perfect vacation. I would wholeheartedly recommend that place to ANYONE!!! Tankah seemed a bit nicer and more solitary than Soliman.
Thanks! Vacation well-done!!!