Stayed here for 10 days in March, we loved it! This little house is fine for up to four people in two bedrooms. (There's a futon in the living room, but it doesn't look very comfortable for sleeping.)
The house is very completely equipped with everything you need for self-sufficient living. There's a TV with disk player and a large assortment of movies. The little kitchen has a large fridge/freezer, 4-burner gas cook-top, microwave, toaster oven, a full complement of dishes and pots & pans - even a blender for frozen drinks! We also found many basics (like condiments, even sugar & rice) thoughtfully stored in little jars.
The beds (one queen & two doubles) were comfortable with plenty of blankets, pillows & covers. The three separate (remote controlled) AC units were quiet and very effective for those nights when the evening temp remained above 75°F.
One of the best features of Casa Marbella is the beautiful little azure pool out back. It's completely private and perfectly clean, it even has a whirlpool circulator, if you want it. Our granddaughters spent many happy hours out there with the resident (inflatable plastic) alligator and water toys.
Also included were two bicycles, snorkeling gear and outdoor hammocks. We were 100% happy with this rental and would certainly recommend it. The caretakers (Elena & Patricio) live just around the corner and are available for any issues, but we had none - everything worked perfectly!
Chan Chemuyil is a cute little residential community with many friendly, English speaking owners and renters. The cenote right here is a fun diversion on a hot afternoon. The beautiful beach (and another large cenote) are a 10-minute walk - as is the town of Chemuyil where there are some small stores and several restaurants. We ate a couple times at "Leo's" and enjoyed it thoroughly.
You could get to other places using the Collectivo mini-buses which pass by the palapa out on the highway every 20 minutes or so, but we chose to rent a car - from Easyway. It's about a 1:15 drive from Cancun airport, then only 10 minutes to Tulum where there's a large supermarket with everything you could wish for.
Pretty places to go near here are Akumal where you can snorkel in the ocean right off the beach as well as enjoy several restaurants (we liked the Turtle Bay Café).
The giant natural water park of Xel-Há is just a 5-min drive south of Chan Chemuyil and is worth the rather steep price of admission. We spent nine hours there with daughter and granddaughters and we all loved it. I gather in the winter high season it can be very crowded, but this week, it was perfect. All food and drink is included - including booze. The main activity is snorkeling, but there are also zip lines, aerial bicycles, jungle walks and cenotes. It's a well-managed, friendly place - we were impressed.
All in all, it was a great 10 days. With a bit of time to spare before our flight departed, we checked out the Hotel area up near Cancun. We are soooo glad we didn't stay there! You might as well be in Miami Beach! Why pay the airfare to Mexico? The Mayan Riviera becomes prettier as you head south, down here (near Akumal & Tulum) you really feel you're in Mexico!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming location at an affordable price. We offer single family vacation rental homes close to all the popular attractions including Akumal, Tulum ruins, Xel-Ha, Hidden Worlds. Homes are walking distance across from Xcacel Beach - the protected turtle nesting sanctuary with great body surfing and snorkeling plus a cenote and bathhouse. "Paradise within reach" that's Chan Chemuyil Vacation Rentals! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chan Chemuyil Vacation Rental Hotel Akumal
- Chan Chemuyil Vacation Rental Riviera Maya, Mexico - Akumal