It is almost impossible to express how deliriously wonderful it is to stay in Casa Konomi, a luxurious 5300', 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa. It is its own vacation resort in the heart of Akumal, MX. Whatever your taste, this home is the kind of place where you will find yourself drawn to stay at the villa during the day rather than venturing out from your own personal paradise. This is Mexico yet it feels like home.
Casa Konomi is conveniently situated between Half Moon Bay and Yalku Lagoon. It is an easy walk to the sandy beach or the lagoon, both being prime snorkeling spots. The location gives guests the unusual opportunity to be secluded by lush gardens, creating a private escape unlike any other rental home in the area. Every minute of the day is spent with the tranquil sound of breaking waves from the ocean waters surrounding the peninsula the home sits on. The owners like to update it every year, so many guests return time after time as they know the villa improves with age! The Mercure party returned in February and said "The house is better than ever!"
There are three large en-suite bedrooms in this 5,360 sq. ft. villa, plus a new extra bedroom on the 2nd floor. Located on the top floor of the villa, the floral style master bedroom suite is called Blue Lagoon. Also on the second floor is another bright and airy bedroom suite, Mapumalanga ("the setting sun") with a delightful jungle. The third spacious garden bedroom suite, Shangri-La (it can be rented alone as a "bungalow" in the low seasons) is on the main level. The 3 main bedrooms all have two entrances, one leading to a veranda, another to the inside of the villa and en suite bathrooms. The 4th air conditioned bedroom opens to the 2nd floor foyer.
Casa Konomi has amazing attention to detail, from the monkeys carved into the building's decorative architecture, to the many stained glass windows featured throughout the house. The living room and dining room have been carefully thought out with no cost spared for aesthetic themes.The striking rooftop terrace offers amazing vistas of the sea, the jungle and the lagoon. Enjoy an evening filled with stars from this top floor retreat.
Everything needed for a perfect stay is on hand and the staff is at your service to help. Quite unusual to rental homes, there is a fully equipped laundry room with a washer, dryer and plenty of cleaning products. For a small additional fee and with some notice, the caretaker can often arrange for a cook for a special meal at the house, or a Mayan Tour. Leave the bulky beach towels at home, Casa Konomi will provide as many beach towels as needed, as well as coolers, hats and more. The home is equipped with a safe for valuables.
Every bedroom has air conditioning as well as fans. Each has a large walk in closet. The bathrooms are spacious and spectacular. The spacious kitchen is equipped with two refrigerators, a state of the art stove, granite counter top, a full size microwave, a gourmet coffee machine and more.
Four flat screen TVs give choices to guests, one in the living room and one in each bedroom. There are plenty of DVDs, CDs and games for your enjoyment, as well as DISH TV if all you want is the surround sound of music playing while you fall asleep beside the pool. Wireless internet is available in Casa Konomi so please remember to bring your laptop so you can send home photos daily to make friends and family green with envy. The owners offer free calling for their guests to the US and Canada.
The pool is newly refurbished. The BBQ and outdoor furniture are all updated. The house is even better than before and it was perfect to begin with - as every 6 months it gets a minor remodel! Unique to this villa, the owner provides a complimentary golf cart (older, being replaced in 2018) and a handful of basic bikes to help make getting around Akumal easy and quick.
Look for even more rooftop changes, the rooftop jacuzzi is gone and there will be additional amenties added to it sometime in 2018.
The staff is there to take care of you. The grounds are impeccable. Outdoor covered dining next to the cascading waterfall into the lit pool at night makes for many memorable meals when dining in. This villa is a Caribbean Fantasy return client favorite.
Look no further, there is nowhere else where you will feel the life being breathed back into you like at Casa Konomi. This is a place for rest and relaxation, a resort in itself, an oasis in paradise.
When luxury fuses with the tropics in a secluded garden, just steps from the beach of Half Moon Bay and the famous Yalku Lagoon, well, this is paradise!
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The owners have thought of everything at Casa Konomi. First off the driving directions I hand wrote them at the airport just in case our phones didn't work and even though they did end up working I used the written directions and drove right to the home.
As we came around the last turn we were greeted by a smiling Lucio and security Abram (sp) he did not have to come back but he did and showed us around a home he is clearly proud of, thank you so much Lucio for everything all of the locale information, showing us the best Cenotes (and how to say that word) for all of the best places to see the turtles and all of us did.
This place is magical and the Maya people could not be more helpful or friendly, the owners have the cream of the crop in all the staff.
Sylvia was a gem she was mad I washed some dishes as I am not used to being spoiled but that is what she does. Thank you for the most wonderful birthday dinner for our grandson my husband is still raving about the chile rellanos they were unbelievable and you took care of carnivore and our vegan half too. It was nice meeting your daughter Camilla.
I am counting the days until we return I don't care if the owners replace the golf cart we liked it was used because there are a lot of speed bumps. We rode the bikes, we sat up on the roof for sunrise, sunset, we had rain and sun but always returned to eat outside and swim in the wonderful pool under the palm trees in this little piece of paradise. No one in our group cares it is not right on the ocean you can walk in 2 directions and be at the lagoon or the bay in 5 minutes or less, we appreciated the privacy and shade.
Thank you so much for the thorough informational package. I have been renting homes for over 20 years abroad and you are the best organized and informational company I have ever dealt with.
02/07/2017 Casa Konomi Fan
Casa Konomi-Akumal's favorite 4BR Luxury Villa with a pool!
Everything was beyond our expectations - 5 star!
Great place for people who don't mind a few minutes walk to the beach,lagoon or restaurant. The staff the best. The cleanliness beyond. The staff so helpful and available 9-1 everyday. Just walking around the house for a week...I kept finding new artistic touches in every corner. Comfort and king sized beds, great home made meals, pool and rooftop lounging.
Hate to rave as I want it all to myself!
05/09/2016 S. S.
Villa Casa Konomi April 23rd-30th. I do not know where to even begin to tell you about the most amazing place in the Riviera Maya. As you know this is a 4 bedroom 4.5 bath villa. It is its own vacation resort in the heart of Akumal, MX. My wife, myself, my 16 year old daughter, and 15 year old son had a vacation of a lifetime. I can also promise you this will not be our last trip to Casa Konomi.
The bedrooms are lavish, they are all well-appointed and decorated like a home of the rich and famous. We have stayed at vacation rentals all over the world and none even compare to Casa Konomi. Each bedroom is air conditioned, we only ran the air conditioners in the evening and they literally could freeze you out. The bathrooms look like an HGTV episode of bathroom renovations&they are simply something you have to see and experience. TVs with satellite TV are in every bedroom along with a DVD player which is nice to stay up on the world. The beds are perhaps the nicest we have slept on, including our own beds at home. My kids commented about how comfortable and wonderful the beds, and bedding were.
The living area, downstairs, which includes the formal dining room, kitchen, living room, and laundry area. If I start in the laundry area (that has a ŭ bath in it) it is tiled which is great for those sandy feet youre going to have. We used the washer and dryer and they both were in great working order. The kitchen is beautiful with everything from 2 coffee makers, to purified water, to a huge refrigerator, to beautiful granite counters. Possibly the best part is that Sylvia cleans these areas for you EVERYDAY! The living room is huge with a very large flat screen TV. There is a huge double doors in the living room that open to the incredible outside part of this Villa. The breezes it brought in the house in the morning and evenings were to die for. The formal dining room looks like someone has staged a home for a million dollar mansion.
The upper level (2nd level) has a walk out from the rooms to a veranda or wrap around porch. There is seating for a quiet cup of coffee, or an evening star gaze. It is something that I cannot describe in words it is breathtaking. The birds, the jungle, and the roar of the not so distant beach is amazing.
The 3rd level was perhaps a favorite of my family. There is a huge living area up there to gaze at the stars every night. The cold tub which is a fully functional hot tub was the perfect end to perfect days. We were lucky enough to have a full moon while we were there and the images will be with me forever. There is lounge chairs, and really just a HUGE area.
Then comes the outside living area of the villa. The pool was used every day in the morning, after a day at the beach, or as a mid-day break from the beach. The pool is large, beautiful, and immaculately kept by Lucio. There is a hammock, lounge chairs, 2 beautiful hammocks on a stand, and my favorite part a sitting ledge in the pool to sit and have a cold one of your choice. The flora in the outside area is breathtaking, beautiful trees, plants, and flowers. There is also a large charcoal grill if you are so inclined to use it. There is also a Tiki Dining Area right by the pool with a table, ceiling fan and everything for an outdoor dining experience.
The golf cart was used every day by our family and was a favorite of our teenagers! Lucio, the groundskeeper was a wealth of information and helped us to plan every single day of our stay. He provided us Cenotes to go to, the ruins in Coba, the ruins in Tulum, and our favorite the semi-private beach of Xpu-Ha. He took as much pride in our having an enjoyable day as we did. Sylvia had salsa and guacamole waiting for us upon our arrival. Even though we chose to eat out every day, we were told by several locals that her cooking is to die for!
The price of the villa was amazing, the staff was amazing, Caribbean Fantasy kept us in the loop on everything from arrival to departure! If there is a better place to stay in the Riviera Maya I would have to see it to believe it. We will be going back, and bringing our entire extended family next time
Casa Konomi is a luxury 4 bedroom villa with a private garden pool.... Our favorite home away from home!
My husband & I have been fortunate enough to experience "living the dream" at Casa Konomi on multiple occasions. Every detail is thought out by the owners, who are professional property managers in Maryland. They KNOW their business and they anticipate EVERY item that a guest might need or want. Bikes to ride? Check. Golf cart to get around Akumal (and save lots of money on rental car!)? Check. On site manager that speaks English and will attend to YOUR every need? Check. A smiling, friendly housekeeper who is immaculate in her attention to detail? Check. This is The Ultimate Mexican Vacation Experience - pool with waterfall, loungers, plush beach towels, outdoor living area - you won't even WANT to use the house! - state of the art BBQ grill, fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances - including a six burner gas stove with glass cover so no accidents with the little ones! If we could live here, we would!The hosts are friendly, knowledgeable & always helpful with information, directions, suggestions & can even help put together an itinerary for you & schedule day trips & tour guides. But - this is not just a business to them - this is their HOME & the love & pride that they take in it shows in EVERY room. Each year when they visit, they update & often remodel almost every room in the house - so everything is NEW, FRESH and MODERN. They spare no expense for their guests' comfort & have included everything to make them comfortable & to feel at home. You will never want to leave! All of the bedrooms have plush, comfortable pillow top mattresses that are NEW & flat screen TVs, & 3 of the 4 have ensuite bathrooms. A short walk away is Que Onda restaurant - La Buena Vida is easy to get to by foot, bike or golf cart & "downtown" Akumal is easily accessible by golf carts or bikes, or about a mile walk for those that are more adventurous. Yalku Lagoon is right around the corner & Half Moon Bay can be viewed from the rooftop deck area. This home is one that you will dream about long after your vacation has ended & you will be counting down the days until you return. The owners are friends with many of the locals that live in the neighborhood, so don't be surprised to be stopped by some of them while they are walking their dogs & welcomed warmly - they recognize the golf cart with its distinguishable fabric seats that match the patio furniture! The owners are also animal lovers & help area rescue groups. :) Once you visit here, it becomes a part of you.
Oceanside, California, USA
Date of arrival
October 6, 2015
10/16/2015 A happy guest from VA
Casa Konomi is a luxury 4 bedroom villa with a private garden pool....
home was beautiful; service outstanding
Akumel is a beautiful seaside village. The drive from Cancun to Akumel very easy. Staff at Konomi excellent. Be sure to ask for a home cooked meal; fantastic. Home met everyone's expectation; roomy, beautiful, outside area perfect.
Date of arrival
December 20, 2014
09/29/2015 Sean Thomas Miller
A single word...REMARKABLE
We were three generations, twelve people in all, and Casa Konomi gracefully absorbed us with beauty and ease. This was our second stay at this very special home in this very special region of Mexico. As with our first stay, Lucio made us feel right at home, and Silvia always kept the place sparking clean. The bicycles connected us to all the nearby sites and beaches, and the pool was both an oasis of serenity and a source of exercise. The value of what we as guests are offered is immediately apparent. We did a lot of research before deciding on Casa Konomi for both of our stays, and the owners truly have made it a wonderful deal for the traveler. The experience will remain with us always, as will the friendships that we made in Akumal, and this is what traveling offers us. We are very appreciative of what Casa Konomi has provided for the entire dozen of us. Sincerely, Sean Thomas Miller
Date of arrival
June 28, 2015
09/02/2015 April 2015
Amazing home and grounds, convenient location, accommodating hosts and we loved Lucio, Abraham and Sylvia! Every aspect was perfect..highly recommend!!
09/02/2015 Enz Fam
This was our second stay at the wonderful Casa Konomi. We brought our 3 teens with us as well. The property was well kept and just as described. The property is beautiful! Lucio was always available and trustworthy. There was lots of local security to help us feel safe on the property and in town. He gave us many wonderful tips on local cenote's and ruins. He kept the bicycles ready for us. The golf cart was so much fun on the local roads. We were again treated to wonderful snorkling on the Akumal local beaches. The sea turtles were lazily dining on the sea grass. We will definitely be back to Casa Konomi!
08/25/2015 Edmond, OK
An excellent vacation home!
Casa Konomi is better than the description! The house is in a secluded, quiet area. All of the rooms are spacious and the roof terrace and garden/pool area are immensely enjoyable. The house comes with staff, a groundskeeper/manager and housekeeper who are very friendly and accomodating. Parking is easy and the available golf cart for guests makes short trips around the village more fun than riding around in a car.
Every aspect of our stay in Casa Konomi was pleasant and we enjoyed every amenity we could have wanted. If you plan to visit Akumal, give serious consideration to staying at Casa Konomi.
When you walk through the gate, you feel like its the only place in Akumal. The thatched palapa, natural wood columns, crystal blue pool and immaculate landscaping give it a fairy tale feel. The house itself is a work of art, with stained glass and inlaid tile is almost every room. The bedrooms with private baths are very large with comfortable mattresses, huge closets and frigid AC. You won't want to leave the Master bedroom but when you do a screen door leads to a thatched wrap around deck that overlooks the pool. The bathroom is very large with many windows and an enormous walk in shower. The kitchen has every amenity. There is a free US phone line, a golf cart to cruise around town and lots of bikes. The staff make you feel like family. The house is kept spotlessly clean.
The pool is breathtaking, especially when the waterfall comes on and the night lights twinkle from the trees. There are over a dozen comfortable places to linger around the pool. For a sea change, climb the stairs to the rooftop terrace for cool breezes and ocean views. It's the perfect place to sunbath and watch the sunset. There is even a cool/hot tub to immerse yourself in.
We have stayed in Casa Konomi many times and wouldn't consider another property in this area. It is the perfect vacation home.
02/01/2015 Eric V
We just spent 7 days at this beautiful "compound" and everything was absolutely wonderful - the pictures do not do it justice. We came as a group of 9 with the youngest at 9 and the oldest at 72. We had 3 young girls on the trip and we always felt safe. We walked down the street one evening for dinner and often took the gold cart to dinner or the beach. The snorkeling was great with multiple turtle encounters on every trip. We also visited Cabo, Xcaret, Tulum, and Puerto Adventura for the Dolphin Discovery. All three generations will remember this fantastic vacation/experience for the rest of our lives.
03/02/2014 Cindy B
Loved Konomi! Best value out there!
I just wanted to touch base and give you some feedback regarding our trip to Akumal and Casa Konomi!
First off, we loved the Casa. It was immaculate as you had stated. Beautiful and very relaxing with lots of room for us to spread out.
There were, however, a few problems that we believe are worth noting. We did not find the keys until Lucio arrived on Monday, which meant we could not use the golf cart until then. There was also a power outage which lasted almost one full day.
I realize that some of these things were beyond anyoneŭs control at the time but were an inconvenience to us.
Lucio and Maria were very friendly and helpful for the time that we were there.
07/18/2013 R & A
Date of Stay June 28, 2013
There are really no words to describe the beauty of this property. The home and grounds are immaculate, gorgeous, and there is something to see in every nook and cranny. Being in Akumal is wonderful, but staying at this fabulous home is the icing on the cake. We have vacationed at Casa Konomi for 3 years and look forward to many more in the future. This incredible place is truly paradise. Oh, and the owners, housekeeper, and caretaker are super nice and wonderful to deal with!
Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Caribbean Fantasy's Response:
R & A, We agree with every word in your review! It is a delight to have you as VIP clients as well. Thank you, and we look foward to many more years of your visits. As you know, each year the owners at Konomi improve, add on, and surprise us all with special updates - so the house just gets better day by day!
06/20/2013 Diane and Dennis
We really enjoyed our eleven day stay at Casa Konomi What a wonderful place! Don't know what more you could ask for in a vacation home.Konomi has immaculate and nicely decorated rooms,beautiful grounds with a great pool,a super kitchen if you want to cook,and plenty of room to spread out.We can't say enough good things about the staff.Maria,the housekeeper,not only keeps Konomi spotless, she is also a great cook. She agreed to cook a Mayan dinner for us one evening, and it was outstanding. What a lovely lady! Lucio, the caretaker is awesome! He does everything to keep Konomi running smoothly. He also saved me when I put a very noticeable dent in our rental car. I was dreading what would take place when I returned it. Lucio saw it and told me he would fix it. He did! Popped it out Mayan style and you couldn't even tell it had been damaged! Saved me big bucks.But a car rental is a good idea. There is so much to see and do in the area. There are world class beaches,cenotes,Mayan ruins,theme parks, restaurants, beach bars,snorkeling, diving, and fishing. We were never bored or wanting for something to do.We would love to return to Konomi and give it our sincere recommendation.Looks like we agree with the other reviewers.
04/17/2013 Maria O'h we loved Konomi
Our holiday was so wonderful due to our stay at Casa Konomi.
All six of us loved it and hated leaving it. It was truly perfect in every way. The photos don't do it justice.
Lucio and Maria were great. All was perfect.
I just wanted to mention that Yal Ku is not honouring the passes any longer. They asked us to have the owner contact them. This should be taken off the info material so people are not expecting it.
[CF note: The pass should be honored for at least 4 guests, so we are researching to find out why they did not allow you to use it. Thank you for notifying us of this problem.]
Also, the safe was broken and it looked like it had been broken for a long time. There really should be a useable safe.
[CF note: We are under the impression the safe is fine, so are verifying that with the staff to find out why you had issues with it. Our apologies.]
One of the great things that we enjoyed which was not mentioned was star gazing from the roof at night!!!!! WOW! Being from the far North, we don't get warm and dark. It's usually cold and dark. :)
Thank you again.
We'd go back in a heartbeat!
"A Piece of Paradise"
How does one describe paradise? Is it a place with wonderful. temperate weather? Is a place with both beautiful jungles and beaches? Is it a home with wonderful amenities? Is it a place with great food? Is it a place with good shopping? Is it a place with great sightseeing opportunities? Is it a place with great entertainment? If one is staying at Casa Konomi, it's a big YES to all of the above. The house exceeded the listing photos and was kept in immaculate condition. We didn't even use the beautiful dining room because we enjoyed eating on the patio palapa so much. We had our morning coffee in one of the conversation areas on the veranda. There are so many nooks and crannies where one can read a book or just cool out in complete privacy. The extravaganza at Xcaret (Mayan/Mexican history and entertainment) was as good as any musical I have paid much more to see. We found wonderful restaurants both in Akumal and in other towns, and the food prices were reasonable. We liked the Mayan Fisherman in Playa del Car, the Tapa Restaurant in Playa del Carmen, La Buena Vida in Akumal, a streetside Chicken restaurant in Tulum. I could go on and on. Try the Mayan Coffee at La Buena Vida - it's a real show. We went on a wonderful tour to a nature preserve with a zip line and cenote. Then on to see the Mayan ruins at Coba. Also went to the ruins at Tulum. Many, many ancient sights nearby. It was a wonderful, relaxing vacation, and I'm looking forward to going back.
A group of 5 of us, ranging in age from 26 to 76, stayed at Casa Konomi in mid December. The house is huge, and we always found something new to marvel at. It is really sort of an oasis of calm and very private, though within easy walking distance to the beach and lagoon (this time of year I would suggest a shortie wetsuit or wetskin if you are going to do a lot of snorkeling). We really enjoyed the rooftop terrace, the wrap around verandas and hamaca palapa area, and the pool area complete with grill. We grilled and ate our meals outside everytime we dined at the house. The kitchen is well stocked, we shopped at Chedraui's in Tulum or Soriana's (good "casa de cambio" in front of this grocery store) near Playa del Carmen. The kids enjoyed the DVD selection that the owners provided and the spacious couches to lounge around on. Lucio is the caretaker (and always has a smile on his face) and will take care of your every need along with Maria, the housekeeper (who cooks a mean Mayan dish) and keeps the place squeaky clean. We rented a car and explored the area, but our tour with Lucio was really the highlight of our trip. We enjoyed many good restaurants in the area including La Buena Vida, La Lunita, and Lol Ha (all in Akumal), Xulam in Playacar, and Tierra Espana in Playa del Carmen. There are many good eateries along the main avenue in Tulum also. Would we stay at Casa Konomi again? Most definitely! Would I recommend it to a friend? Of course, and it is especially great if you have a group because you're not tripping over one another, and you can still have some privacy. We loved it!
07/01/2011 Casa Konomi Fans
A wonderful stay for the entire dozen of us From June 19 to June 24, twelve members of our extended family resided in the beautiful Casa Konomi in Akumal.
The house itself is candy for the eye, tastefully furnished and decorated, and spacious. So much detail is given to the artistic appeal of the home, from the mosaic flooring, to the tiled counter tops, to the nifty selection of paints used on the various walls and ceilings.
However, the greatest asset is Lucio, who keeps the grounds immaculate, and Maria, who keeps the house spotless. The two of them are sincere, energetic, and kind.
Having a double fridge, a huge stove, an outside grill, and FIVE bathrooms allowed for an extended family of twelve to avoid stepping on each other's toes while coexisting under one roof. An outside patio on the roof offered the perfect get-away and provided some breathtaking views of the sea and the jungle to boot. We often used the bicycles that were at our disposal to pedal into the town or to the bay. There is so much more to say, but anyone who goes to Casa Konomi will discover this for him or herself.
Casa Konomi was a great place to spend time with family. Very safe and relaxing. We will be back.
We rate the staff, the villa, the area and Caribbean Fantasy, Inc. all a perfect 10!
We LOVED staying at Casa Konomi and give it the best reviews. It was better than we ever anticipated and would go back in a second. IF we could, we would love to buy the place and have it for ourselves! We loved Akumal as well, such a mellow, relaxed, beautiful location. Thanks Caribbean Fantasy, for being so wonderful to work with.
03/12/2010 Liz M.
We had an awesome vacation this past time staying in your recommended Casa Konomi. We loved every inch of the house!
Lucia and Maria were fabulous. He was extremely helpful and she cooked us a tasty Mayan dinner one night. We hope to return next year. All my friends who stayed at other houses were jealous of our luxurious accommodations. The house was in excellent condition. We really enjoy the golf cart and all of the bicycles.
I give every aspect of Casa Konomi and working with Caribbean Fantasy a 10 rating!
02/03/2010 Robbie, Texas
I just got back from Casa Konomi in Akumal. Yes, the property was drop dead gorgeous but the homeowner was awesome. They went out of their way to make this trip perfect for us. I've dealt with a lot of property owners in business and pleasure and I've never been treated better. Their staff were so kind and loving. If you get a chance to rent a lovely home in Akumal I'd like to strongly recommend Casa Konomi. You won't regret it! Robbie
Our family had a great week on our return trip to Casa Konomi this year. Believe it or not the weather was spectacular because some of us like the summer heat & humidity index. Lucio was very good as always and Maria, the new maid/cook outdid herself. You have a real find in her.
Casa Konomi was truly awesome.
02/10/2009 Randy, Jane and Noah Cornell
Based on the beautiful pictures on the C.F. website we knew that Casa Konomi was a gorgeous home, however, it surpassed our expectations! The garden pool area with our own palapa eating area; the gourmet kitchen with all the amenities that one could ask for on a vacation;the large bedrooms with extreme detail; the beautifully tiled bathrooms; the very large rooftop for sunrise and sunset viewings. Our vacation was a joy and the caretakers Lucio and Leti were amazing; so pleasant and helpful. One of the highlights was going on a day trip to Coba with Lucio as our guide.
Thank you C.F. - we will be back again to Casa Konomi!
Casa Konomi is a fabulous home in Akumal. During the past 20 years we have rented 7 different homes in the Caribbean and in Mexico. Casa Konomi is number 1.
Both Leti and Lucio are warm, charming, friendly and go out of their way to make your guests feel at home. We felt like we were at home during our week as Casa Konomi.
We cannot wait to see them again in June.
Casa Konomi absolutely lived up to the reviews and the recommendation by Carribbean Fantasy. We stayed for 6 nights before Christmas, and it was simply wonderful. Choosing between whether to spend the day and the beautiful beach, pool, or snorkel lagoon was our biggest challenge!
12/29/2008 Bart & Beth, Chicago
Life can't get much better than spending a week in Akumal at Casa Konomi during the winter, while snow storms are moving across the US Midwest! We were looking for something other than the large resorts in Cancun and this is exactly what we wanted. Our family of four arrived to 80-degree, sunny weather and spent the afternoon swimming in the pool, reading on the porches, and sleeping in the hammock. As the sun set we enjoyed the 360-degree view of the ocean and the jungle from the rooftop and stayed to watch Venus, Mercury, Orion and a thousand stars come out! The huge rooftop patio is one of our favorite parts of the house and we watched sunsets almost every evening, and we took our morning coffee up for a few sunrises as well.
We loved the quiet location and the nearby Yal Ku Lagoon where we snorkeled several times. You get a wrist-band that lets you return to snorkel again on the same day, so we usually went at 9:00AM and returned around 2:00PM. There are lots of sergeant majors, parrotfish, tangs, and a few angelfish. To get to the best spots, be sure to turn left after you enter the lagoon. Our 11-year-old son loved driving us in the Casa Konomi golf cart to the lagoon and to nearby Que Onda Restaurant. While we were snorkeling in Akumal Bay we also saw four large turtles, one of which must have been 3 ŭ feet long.
Lucio and Leti (and all the Mayans around the Yucatan Peninsula) are among the friendliest people anywhere. It was fun for Bart to use the Spanish he learned many years ago in school to converse with Lucio and Leti. We became accustomed to having Leti wash our dishes and do our laundry every day. We only brought a few changes of clothes and it worked out fine. Letis husband is a chef and he made a cake for Beths birthday.
We spent an afternoon at Xpu Ha where we ate a lunch of fresh seafood at a restaurant on the beach, including some delicious shrimp ceviche. On another day we went to Xel Ha where we swam with dolphins, jumped off of a 30-foot high cliff into the lagoon, snorkeled, and successfully walked across part of the lagoon on tightropes.
There are three nearby restaurants that we went to including Que Onda, which served excellent Italian seafood, was reasonably priced, and had a mix of Mexican, European and American visitors. La Lunita was outstanding we dined on the covered patio next to the beach. And during the Wednesday Karaoke Night at La Buena Vida our 16-year-old daughter sang songs, and there was a nice round of applause for all singers, who ranged in age from 6 to 60.
Somehow we managed to find time to play tennis at Las Casita as well as visit the Mayan ruins at Tulum. If you go to Tulum take your bathing suits because the ruins are on a cliff overlooking a beautiful swimming beach with big waves.
What a great vacation!
We enjoyed our call with you about Casa Konomi today and appreciate all the time you spent describing the Villa and the Akumal area.
We greatly appreciate the personal and enthusiastic assistance you provided us today. As mentioned, we just had a disappointing experience with a large and impersonal competitor of yours, and did not get the villa we requested through them because of slow turnaround time on their part. They don't even provide a phone number to call. Your company's well informed, positive and professional approach is a what most renters of villas want, which I believe helps generate a positive opinion towards your company, the properties you represent, and the Akumal area. Thank you again for your enthusiastic assistance!
02/01/2008 Casa Konomi fan
I have stayed at this property 2 times. The owners had just
purchased the property on my 1st visit and you could tell they had alot of good
additions going on. My trip was relaxing and I wanted for nothing. My 2nd
visit to Konomi was October 2007 with a few co-workers who had never been to
Konomi before. I could not believe my eyes at all the things that had been
added to the home. There is simply NOTHING lacking. The home is spotlessly
clean and maintained. The staff (Elmy & Lucio) are without a doubt supreme in
their field. They are courteous, warm and accomodating. I spent the early part
of each day on the beautiful beach and the afternoons in the equally beautiful
natural pool right there in the tropical yard. The BBQ is pool side, which made
for easy food preparation. Akumal itself is quaint, beautiful and the people
friendly and helpful.
I plan my next trip to Konomi in Oct.2008 and I can't wait.
I will never stay anywhere else.
11/29/2007 P & B
Casa Konomi was so great. It was a bit more rainy than we would have liked, but how nice to wake up to rain in the jungle? Lucio took great care of us and having Elmy to clean was pretty fabulous. I just wanted to say that the setting is so perfect. Rain in the jungle in the mornings had us sleeping in. When things cleared off we had 6 great days out of 7.
Lucio and Elmy were unbelievably well attuned to taking care of us/while staying out of our way. We hope we helped them out with gratuities. Lucio could patent that smile of his.
I'm trying to decide: Was it the lagoon pool or the washer and dryer that I loved the most? It's a toss up! That W/D was a luxury with my grandchildren around. I'm sure that every one of the beach towels went through there several times...
08/07/2007 Ken Cunningham
Casa Konomi is a great house! Thanks for everything. Lucio was very helpful. Again, thanks for use of the house - you truly have a special place. I think we all felt that Mahahual was a letdown because we had been staying in your house and enjoyed it so much. We will be back, renting the house for a week to 10 days this winter.
03/15/2007 4 Guns
We feel like we have found a hidden Mayan treasure. Our family just returned from a week's stay at Casa Konomi. What an incredible home this is, and unbeleivably, it is only slightly more expensive to rent than a beach condo. We have been using Caribbean Fantasy for many years, and this is now by far our favorite place to stay.
I was worried it might be a problem for my family to not be right on the beach or the lagoon, but the Lisa at CF was right; we enjoyed this location even more than any other for it's convenience to both, yet it is so private. It was such a great recommendation for our family.
Our children loved all the extras like the pool, the hammocks, the TV and the movies. My wife and I enjoyed the many places to rest and relax, the owner's attention to detail(it is unlike any other home we have rented), the gourmet kitchen, and the sounds of the jungle birds/ ocean waves. The surround sound stereo, the outdoor dining area and the spaciousness of this villa allowed us to show off the house to new friends we had met in Celestun (another great place to visit). This home is so well designed and set it, it just makes a great place to hang out.
We enjoyed getting to know Lucio and Elmie, what nice people the owners have working at this home. We are already planning our next Akumal trip and will make sure it is a time we can stay in Casa Konomi. What a treasure this home is...
On our last visit I stayed at Casa Konomi. This is the most incredible home - and such a deal! We can not wait to return to siesta to the sounds of the ocean and the waterfall. It was our own private oasis. The staff was just as incredible.