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5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15
Soliman Bay, Yucatan Peninsula

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memphis
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“My favorite rental-ever”
Reviewed 13 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
3
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We just returned from Villa Vidorra. I travelled with my husband, daughter, son in law, their two children (aged 2 and 4), and two girl friends.
Upon arrival, we were met by the Villa owners. They explained all the comforts available, and introduced us to the staff. During our stay, we were fortunate to have a group of five wonderful professional people there to make our stay perfect in every way. There was the chef, Manuel (a real chef, not just a cook), an assistant chef, a bartender Luis (who did all sorts of things, not just prepare drinks), a gardener/handyman, Ricardo, and his wife, Susie, the housekeeper.
I can not emphasize enough, how terrific the staff was, and how they worked twelve hours a day to make our stay memorable. First, the food they prepared was fresh, fabulous, and beautifully presented. The breakfast fruit platter was a work of art, and our cameras were always brought out to record their beauty. Every evening after dinner, I would meet with Manuel to pay for the food, we had eaten that day, and plan the menus for the next. One thing the staff did at Villa Vidorra, which I never had the luxury of before, is they did all the food shopping, and brought fresh provisions daily. This saved valuable vacation time, because we did not have to go to the grocery.
In retrospect, I wish I would have asked Manuel to prepare fish every night. He made the best lightest fish dishes I have ever enjoyed. Manuel's uncle is a fisherman, and when we wanted lobster for dinner, I gave Manuel two day's notice, and his uncle provided. Not inexpensive, but definitely worth it. There was always fresh guacamole, a variety of salsas, and homemade tortillas chips. Oh, lest I forget, the cerviche is a must. We had it twice for a light lunch. Our little grandchildren will eat almost everything. But, sometimes, they made them a special dish, like a quesadilla, if they thought the adult food might be pushing the kids. Speaking of the children, every morning around eleven, they would ask Luis for their snack, a virgin pina colada. He would make two little glasses, and they would feel so very special. If they asked before eleven, he would tell them, they had to drink water, till eleven.
The staff were all wonderful with the children, and seemed to sincerely enjoy having them there.
The staff arrives around 7:30, and leave after dinner, around seven. I wish we could have eaten a little later, but I can understand, that is a long day for them, and would like a little time with their families.
Villa Vidorra is exactly as pictured. It was extremely hot while we were there, and only the bedrooms are air conditioned. This is universal, in Mexican rental homes. I do wish there had been more and stronger fans. However, it is not a problem in cooler months, when the cool breeze blows through the doors and windows. The upside of the weather was that the pool, and ocean, were warm, and easily enjoyed.
Seaweed. The Mexican coast has been inundated with seaweed. It is a huge problem in many areas. Villa Vidorra is on the northern portion of Soliman Bay, and seaweed was there, but not so bad that it smelled or hindered our enjoyment of the ocean. As you walk south on the Bay, it gets a lot worse. Ricardo raked the beach every morning. There is a bed of seaweed in front of the house, but also a sandy path through the water, that can be used to avoid it. We would use the path to go into the ocean to snorkel or float. The Bay, in front of the Villa, is very shallow, and it is easy for everyone to walk into the sea. As has been mentioned in prior reviews, it is good to take water shoes, to avoid stepping on uncomfortable coral.
Extras__We had massages while we stayed, and they were done in the upstairs area, where you could feel the ocean breezes, and hear the birds and waves, heavenly. My daughter went on a two tank dive, where she had a private dive master, and thoroughly enjoyed. My two friends went on a tour, arranged through the homeowner, to the Coba ruins, and were very pleased. Sometimes, we asked Susie to wash some clothes, which she gathered in the morning, and returned in the afternoon. BTW, all you need to pack are shorts, shirts, flip flops, water shoes, and bathing suits.
Every one was reluctant to leave the fabulous home, so, for the most part, we didn't. I am so glad we did not go out to eat. I am sure Manuel's cooking would surpass any other options. Villa Vidorra is such an incredible experience, we wanted to enjoy every moment there.

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David W
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Echoing the other reviews, a vacation at this villa is absolute perfection.”
Reviewed 10 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
5
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It's going to be hard to say something positive that hasn't already been said about this house, but I'm certainly going to try. My friends and I have been doing large vacations for around a decade now with each one trying to out-do the previous one. Two years ago we rented a private home on Isla Mujeres which we thought would be hard to beat. Villa Vidorra was leagues better than the trips we've done before.

What made this trip so stellar? It was a perfect combination of an impeccable setting and the team of staff and owners that will do whatever it takes to make sure you have a flawless vacation. Let's start with the location. Villa Vidorra seemed to be a little off the beaten path at first but it couldn't be in a better spot. Solomon bay is a shallow calm bay absolutely teeming with life. I spent days snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking the pristine, calm, clear water and saw new sights every day. I saw sea turtles, eels, tropical fish, and rays. When you get tired of swimming, you can relax on the beach or nap in the small palm grove that separates the house from the beach and is sprinkled with hammocks and day beds. Should you make the hard decision to leave the house for a day the house is within 10 minutes of the best kinds of adventures. Tulum is close with gorgeous ocean-side ruins and small shops and restaurants and the whole area is pockmarked with cenotes of different kinds for fresh water snorkeling and cave swimming (if you don't know what a cenote is, look it up!). Playa del Carmen is about 30 minutes north and is full of anything else you'd want to do. A little further out is Coba, 45 minutes away for those of you who want to climb the largest Mayan pyramid you're allowed to climb.

Now with the location being covered, the reason it was so hard to enjoy the great area surrounding the house is because the staff will treat you so well you'll never want to leave! We were greeted by the owners and the staff who had a freshly made drink in hand for each of us. We were given a brief tour of the property and then asked what else they could help with. The owners have a full library of providers for any service you can think of. They had tour guides, boat captains, masseuses, etc. From the start they acted as our own personal concierges to ensure our stay was perfect. Then, the on-site staff took over. The chef and his assistant sat down with me every evening to talk about the menu for the next day. All our requests were done with an immaculate flair that had us not wanting to leave the table. The real stars of the show were the meals where we gave him free reign to make whatever he wanted. Trust him, he's a professional for a reason and will not disappoint you. I love exploring local restaurants but could hardly pull myself away from their cooking to try other places which I don't feel bad about that at all! Lastly, words cannot describe how fantastic it is to have a private bartender to serve your group. He cranked out all of our requests with both quality and speed. He helped us procure our highly desired Extra Anejo tequilas too. If anything was missing, they would make sure the gap was filled by the next morning. We even gave him a radio so we could call drink orders in from the beach but it was hardly necessary because we were frequently checked on.

In closing this was an unforgettable vacation for the 13 of us. We all stayed happy and healthy and left completely stunned at what a success this trip was. I only hope we have the opportunity to return sooner than later.

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Liked least: That we had to leave
Travelling group: Friends
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Mika2808
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great Luxury Property on the Beach”
Reviewed 26 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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I stayed with two other families- total 6 adults and 6 children (oldest 4.5 yrs and youngest 21 months). There was great flexibility with the kids. They provided us 2 pack 'n plays and 2 highchairs. The staff also accommodated the kids with the food and drinks (their favorite were the smoothies). We did have to bring small forks and spoons for the youngest ones, along with sippy cups.
The location was fantastic on the beach. Umbrellas and chairs for lounging. They also had snorkeling, kayaks and paddle boards for fun. Ricardo came every morning to clean the pool and rake the sand.
The staff was fantastic! Always available to make what we wanted or get any drink. The kids loved visiting with the staff, and even learned some Spanish. The desserts weren't as good as the other food, except for the flan.
The main house is not air conditioned, but all bedrooms have AC. We would leave the doors and windows open all day to keep it as cool as possible.
The wifi is great and works all the way out to the beach.
A nanny was avail for hire if needed to watch the kids so the adults could relax more.
A few of us booked massages at the house, and these were also very good and professional.

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kcplaza20...
Seattle, WA
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20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Everything we hoped for and more”
Reviewed 25 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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A group of 8 of us stayed at Villa Vidorra for five nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home. The house is beautifully designed and appointed, peaceful, elegant, large yet intimate. It was the best of a five start hotel and your home, wrapped into one. The beach is yards away, its private, incredibly clean with beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters. The staff at Villa Vidorra were spectacular, making the entire stay such a pleasant experience. They were always there when you needed them, with either food or drink in hand. We eat several meals at the house and the food was some of the best Mexican food we've ever eaten.

Barbara, the owner, was an incredible host and made the whole experience, for booking to arranging for transportation a breeze.

Villa Vidorra is a special place and we fully expect to return as quickly as possible.

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LuxuryTra...
Southborough, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Luxury Travel Advisor Approved!”
Reviewed 19 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
2
people found this review helpful

I rented Villa Vidorra for a trip with family and friends (four couples, and a two and half year old) for my birthday. I am a Luxury Travel Advisor and I researched every possible option in the Caribbean and Mexico before selecting Villa Vidorra. I usually stay at properties like Belmond, Rosewood and Four Seasons, so I was looking for something of equal caliber. Villa Vidorra did not disappoint! The staff were beyond amazing - so kind, considerate, and attentive to everyone's needs. The food and drinks were out of this world good and we had a wide range of dietary preferences and restrictions that were easily accommodated. The owners, Barbara and Chris, were great to work with and very responsive. The location and amenities are absolutely perfect. Everyone was able to enjoy activities and time together, as well as plenty of space to relax on their own. We can't wait to return. Thank you for sharing Villa Vidorra with us!

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Your age range 35-49
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Amanda P
Greenwich, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Better than expected and an ideal location”
Reviewed 10 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015
3
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Villa Vidorra is truly an amazing and welcoming place for small or larger groups. We were a group of nine adults and five kids and it exceeded all of our expectations. The kids played in the pool and on the beach all day and the adults could play, swim, relax or nap anywhere they wished.

The house is well-built and well-maintained and the owners and staff are very accommodating. The staff made sure everyone was happy from the minute we woke until they left for the evening. Barbara arranged a tour with a local guide that blew our minds (Virginia at Riviera Adventours) and answered al of our questions and needs outside the house. The kitchen staff created a menu based on our likes and dislikes and every meal was delicious.

This villa is situated on a quite corner of Soliman Bay that is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, beach walking or just relaxing on the beautiful beach. We were all sad to go and are already planning our next visit to Villa Vidorra.

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Liked best: The staff
Liked least: Satellite TV is spotty
Travelling group: Large Group
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Jami H
Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Luxurious, Beautiful, Relaxing......Paradise!”
Reviewed 29 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Villa Vidorra exceeded our expectations in every way.The furnishings and amenities in the home are beautiful yet comfortable, and we loved eating outdoors on the beautiful patio overlooking the pool. With easy access to the water, the use of the kayaks and paddleboard and Luis serving us drinks on the beach, we did not feel compelled to ever leave the property! We were completely pampered by the chefs who prepared the most delicious and beautiful food, The home and setting are even more beautiful than the pictures can portray. Our group could not have had a better experience. Highly, highly recommend!

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Liked best: Beach access, friendly staff, amazing meals, beautifully and comfortably furnished, outdoor entertainment areas.
Liked least: Saying goodbye to Luis, Philippe and Manuel!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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