Lovely quiet, safe spot. Beautiful home and great service. Lots to do in akumal and tulum- very close by. Would recommend a car rental though. Would definitely go back!
I confess I was anxious when we booked VM for our 8 day stay, because of the relatively few reviews here (and elsewhere) and none very recent. That said, the house, its location, and our interaction with the house manager and staff exceeded our every expectation.
The house is perfect for a large group -- we were my wife & I, our 2 adult daughters plus 2 other adults. All 4 bedrooms have their own private bath, and every bedroom has its own deck. There was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their privacy.
The house is very clean and well kept. Is is as nice as the houses next door which rent for 2 - 3 times as much per week? Probably not. But who cares unless you need Bosch appliances and 100 count linen everywhere you go.
The staff were fantastic and went above and beyond. The cook/house cleaner comes every morning except Sunday. She was offended when we did our own dishes from the day before as part of her job was to clean the kitchen including all our dishes from the day before. Without asking, she made fresh salsa and guacamole every afternoon from the produce we bought each day. She thoroughly cleaned the entire house, including scrubbing down all the bathrooms every day.
The caretaker cleaned and vacuumed the pool every morning, and swept and raked the beach. He was very helpful with a couple of minor issues we had and promptly took care of them.
The house sits right on the beach. Directly in front of the house the beach is sandy but the entrance to the water is pretty rocky. We found it not an issue at all to walk the short distance (100 yards?) south down the beach in front of the Akumal Beach Villas where there is a nice sandy beach entrance.
It's a 10 minute walk north on the beach to Akumal where there are restaurants (5 of 6), a fabulous sandy beach, a few shops, and a couple of dive shops and fishing charters. The snorkeling in Akumal is fabulous. We saw lots of turtles, rays, and colorful fish.
The South Akumal area which includes VM and the 8 or nine houses to the north (toward town) and the houses to the south are served by a security service. Every night at 6 pm the security guy blocked the road outside the house and checked every car that wanted to pass. And there were 3 guys up and down the beach and between houses all night long.
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