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Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

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Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

Looking to stay 4 maybe 5 nights at Villa la Bella. Bungalows have ac. Palapas no ac. Is there enough breeze to be without ac during day? Are palapas private enough? We like direct beach access, hammocks, total r 'n r & palapas sound like our speed. Unless it is too hot to sleep. Room Recommendation please!

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1. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

When are you going as that may make a difference since some times of the year are hotter and have less breeze. You should also think about your tolerance for heat.

We have been to VLB three times, always in Feb and stayed in a bungalow. We have never used the ac at that time of year and love the direct access to the pool and sand. We are never in the room during the day and have no trouble sleeping at night with the door slightly open. Folks who have been in the palapas at that time have not talked about being too hot to sleep but I would think that in Sept when breezes may die out it might be a bit warm. Again, all depends on what you consider "too hot."

The palapas are on the upstairs level and very private as no one can really see in to your room (which can be an issue in the bungalows). In the bungalows you have sliding doors to "protect" you from the elements -- heat and humidity -- but the palapas are open with only shutters to close.

No matter which room you choose the entire property is total relaxation. We can't wait to get back there in a few months.

Edited: 22 August 2013, 03:57
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Just so you know since you mentioned beach access. The beach at VLB is not exactly an ideal beach. It’s small, rocky, and in winter months it’s pretty rough there with strong currents. In general, swimming is not advisable on the Caribbean side. The best beaches are on the Cancun side, and if you don’t mind “commuting” via cabs or golf cart, or if you don't mind the beach at VLB, it is a beautiful place at which to stay. Here’s a picture of it from their website:

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3. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

We'll be staying in a palapa suite in less than two weeks. The picture below shows the wing of the building that has the two palapa suites upstairs and the three bungalow suites downstairs, beside the pool (they are not separate buildings, as the name "bungalow" might imply). When we visit in early September, there is always a breeze at VLB, which is crucial for staying in the palapa suites, which have no AC. Having visited VLB before, we really liked the decor of the palapa suites, with their suspended beds. We visited these rooms on a very hot day but found plenty of breeze. And with the windows open we are looking forward to the sound of the waves at night, which you wouldn't have in a closed off, air conditioned room. Fortunately, September is a slow month and we've been assured that we could easily move to a bungalow suite should there not be sufficient breeze.

You didn't mention which time of year you plan to visit. During the summer months their beach is beautiful and swimmable, although it is much rockier than beaches like Playa Norte. We're looking forward to swimming there.

Here is the picture of the palapas (upstairs) and bungalows (downstairs):

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Here you can see the large windows in the palapa suite that we have booked:

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And while at first glance this might look like a four-poster bed, look closely and you'll see the "posts" are really ropes, suspending the bed from the ceiling:

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4. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

It can get very warm (hot) at night, even directly on the water on the Caribbean side of the island where I live. I have portable air conditioners and use them almost every night from mid-May to mid-October. Very often the breezes just die at night and you are left with nothing but the heat.

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5. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

Thanks for your fast response, Blue Water Diva. Your comments have certainly helped me make some decisions. We won't be travellng until late April 2014. I would think there would still be a nice breeze at that time of year. Let's hope so!

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6. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

Thanks for your quick reply, M Adams. Guess if we come late April 2014 we won't have too much of a problem with no breeze? You live there, so thoughts regarding lat April visit are welcomed!

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7. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

Thanks for your quick response D Martin. Your comments will help determine our booking for sure. Loved the photos you provided and liked the hanging bed idea! Appreciate you taking the time to reply.

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8. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

Thanks, Traveler New York. Appreciate the beach photo. Didn't realize what folks meant when they said "rocky" beach. Got it now. Actually, kinda like the thought. Reminds me of Negril's cliffs, only you can just walk in. Any good snorkeling around those rocks?

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9. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

Thanks for the photo, Traveler New York. Reminds me a little bit of the cliffs in Negril which we love. Have you done any snorkeling around those rocks? We'll be there next April, so weather should be still breezy, ya think? Appreciate you answering so quickly. Any other tips on golf cart, etc. appreciated.

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10. Re: Bungalow vs. palapa at villa la Bella?

You can never be sure of the weather here-or anyplace else in the world. It could be chilly and raining or temperatures could be close to 100F with little to no breeze. You take your chances.