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The pictures do not do this place justice and simply cannot, since a big part of the enjoyment is experiencing all the advantages of this home's location and the incredible people who support and service your stay. LOCATION< LOCATION< LOCATION. First and last rule of a great vacation for a large family. We had 84 year old grandpa; and family of 6, kids: 12, 10. 7, 4. There was still comfortably room for another family of 4-6 and no chance we would have gotten in each others way. The pool had depth, size, and convenience unlike any villa we have stayed in; not some miniature kidney bean, token pool, but a big, play a lot, cool down, family fun pool with diving board, bar stools and plenty of toys to keep everyone occupied. The beach is sandy underfoot and soft to walk onto and groomed daily and very private at the opposite end of the stretch that leads to Akumal town after a half hour stroll. Quiet, paved, guarded lane gets you to this impressive ro[w] of villas and you feel more modern and secure than staying at Tankah and beaches further south, but without any loss of romance and paradise. Tulum is a 10 minute drive and everything natural (and not just touristy/commercial) is between the house and there, including the best cents, open lagoons, cave snorkeling/diving, jungle excursions and white, sugary powdery sand meet turquoise water seascapes. Of course its terrific for ruins at Coba, which are unhurried and uncrowded and immersed in jungle or the obligatory Tulum ruins (which one must hit early before the buses from Cancun overrun the place). Everything needed is there and whatever you suspect may not be then Guille, the house manager who lives in the adjacent casita and is always available on call, will ensure you have it immediately. She is a treasure and along with Moises, the groundskeeper and Ruth, the housekeeper, they work seamlessly in the background, almost unnoticeably to constantly ensuring the house is in royal condition and you feel like a royal family on your visit. We were so spoiled and in awe of just watching stars and sunrises/sunsets against the silhouette of enormous swaying palms and beautiful flora that surrounded the house. The consistent breeze kept us cool and windows open allowed us to fall asleep to the ocean gently lapping 50 yards from the villa. WOW.
Review by Andy K on December 01, 2014
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.
Review by HLee on November 10, 2014
If you like the Cancun and Cozumel party atmosphere inundated with crowds from endless mega-hotels and cruise ships, you may not be Akumal material. Akumal is a charming, low key village in an unspoiled area of the Mayan Riveria. Mi Casa Del Mar is situated in a very quiet location, with little street traffic and many restaurants, shops, grocery/convenience stores, dive shops, snorkel beachs and lagoon, etc within walking distance. The only thing on the opposite side of the street from MCDM is jungle. We walked wherever we went but you can rent bikes or golf carts by the day or week. Although the street and neighborhood is very secluded, we felt safe at all times during our walks, even after dark (but be sure to bring a couple flashlites), the street leading back to the condo is not fully lit. However, we never felt threatened (cept by a pair of local grackles who would fly on the table of our balcony and try to steal food) and maybe a mosquito or 2 when the breeze from the ocean was blocked. We were very impressed with the spaciousness of the condo, the beautiful furnishings, gorgeous wall decorations and art. When we walked in, we were immediately stunned by the 2nd floor view of the ocean right in front of us. The entire east wall of B6 consists of 2 huge sliding glass doors leading out to a large tiled balcony with a palapya thatched-roof overlooking the Caribbean. There is a small but beautiful infinity pool right on the ocean between the two building wings. While not exactly the same since the sea salt spray and years of use has taken a toll on some things; tripadvisors website photos of B6 do a good job of representing what the condo, the pool & grounds currently look like. However the TA map does not correctly represent where MCDM is actualy located, between Akumal and Halfmoon bays. The layout for four people was extremely comfortable, plenty of room and with satellite TV, DVD player and a stereo system. There is an in-house safe (keyed - not digital) and secure WiFi. All cooking & glass ware, utensils, dishes, etc were all very-well stocked. There is no ice maker but plenty of ice cube trays. You are advised to not drink the tap-water but a large multi-liter bottled water dispenser is on the kitchen counter w/free refills. Each bedroom has it's own A/C but while we were there constant ocean breezes allowed for restful sleeping at night without A/C. There was always a supply of hot water, but the pressure in the master bedroom shower was minimal while pressure in the quest shower was good. Guess Mexican plumbing can be sorta like Mexican electrical wiring, not always - consistant? Example: all the appliances worked but our stove top seemed to be wired backwards? I turned the knob to heat the lower left burner and the upper right turned red? One morning we had the microwave going and turned on the blender & blew a fuse, but the fusebox is right in the entryway, so was a quick flip-switch fix. Since we had a full kitchen we did a mixture of eating in and eating out. We could buy most general dry and canned goods, cold milk, butter, bread, fresh fruit, juice, beer, wine, alcohol at either the El Pueblito or Chomak grocery/convenience stores just west of the arches in Akumal. The balcony was the best part. It faced the ocean so got sun during the AM, but with the palapa roof the patio furniture is in the shade by 10 AM. Perfect place to start our days with coffee & breakfast sitting on the balcony table & chairs watching gorgeous sunrises. Mid-day when we got back from snorkeling or site seeing, we'd sit on the balcony's wicker couches & chairs downing a cold cerveza before heading out to dine. Then ended our day on the balcony with blenders of pina coladas watching the amazingly clear stars and cruise ship lights in the distance slowly heading south from Cozumel. Bird watching was very good. Listened to turtle doves cooing in the mornings. Besides the pesky grackles I mentioned earlier, several yellow birds similar to cedar wax-wings would land on the palapya in front of our balcony. Pelicans, sea gulls, turkey vultures and even frigate birds glided effortlessly overhead in the sea breezes. Also saw several varieties of butterflies and iguanas sunning themselves. To the north by La Buena Vida we saw a band of coatimundes come out of the jungle. The shore in front of MCDM is not a sandy beach, but rather a rock & coral shoreline. It's about a 5 minute walk to Akumal Bay's beautiful sand beach and maybe 10 to the beach at Half Moon Bay. Since the shoreline is sharp rock & coral there's very little tourist traffic; unlike the beach crowd constantly walking in front of your condo/hotel if you are located on Akumal or Half Moon bays. The maids were very accommodating and cheery with excellent daily service. Gloria did a wonderful job cleaning everyday, changing sheets and towels, doing dishes, leaving us with a spotless condo. Never saw a bug anywhere. In reading the condo rules manual they suggest/request you deposit used toilet paper in the wastebaskets, not into the stool. We tried to remember to comply when peeing, but could not bring ourselves to put 'poo-paper' in the baskets. While this may seem somewhat unhygienic to us gringos from the north, sewer systems along flat coastlines can be very in-efficient. The maids clean the wastebaskets daily so there was no smell. Epy was our main maintainance guy and our maid Gloria is his wife. When we required assistance with the satellite TV, Epy was extremely helpful. While Epy speaks English well, his son Jorge who lives full-time on the property and is the night security does not, so my knowing some broken Spanish came in handy. A couple times when some non-residents walked thru the lobby or into the pool area, either Epy or Jorge would immediately walk over to inquire what they were looking for. Besides Jorge being there 24/7, motion lights come on at night if anyone walks onto the property which also adds to the safety factor. We were sure to give all of MCDM crew a well deserved tip for the many services they provided.
Review by My Kind of Paradise in Akumal on September 05, 2014
We had a fantastic time in akumal. The penthouse condo at Lol Ka'naab was comfortable and beautiful. The beach was excellent. Elio and Darlene were like our parents - always watching out for us. And your recommendations for dinner and places to visit came in very handy. Muchas gracias!!
Review by San Francisco: Best family vacation in quite some time!! on September 05, 2014
We stayed here for a week, 2 couples. The unit was immaculately clean, beds comfortable, bathrooms very good. Kitchen was well-supplied. The absolutely best thing about this unit is the huge terrace looking right over the coastline. We spent all our non-sleeping time in the unit out there: meals, reading, relaxing. The property is well-kept with nice pool area (although small) and seating. It is a very easy 7 minute stroll to Akumal Beach. We got up every morning and walked to the beach for snorkeling by 7:30. We had the bay to ourselves. The only negatives were a slow-draining kitchen sink and I felt the maid came to early in the day (8:30). But these were so minor, I didn't deem them worth complaining about. The bedrooms don't have much view, but as mentioned we were only in there to sleep. Bedrooms are air-conditioned. Living area has fans. There is a LOT of lovely artwork in the unit. I would not recommend it for children, or people who like minimalist decor. Also there is a fairly steep narrow stairway to access the unit. We have stayed in several Akumal rentals and this is our favorite now.
Review by Bonny on September 05, 2014
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