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Del Sol Beachfront Hotel
Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 reviews
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“Clean, Spacious, Perfect Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

I keep coming back to Vista Del Mar, year after year, because of the clean, spacious condos, friendly staff, and excellent location. This year I loved the 3 bedroom condo. It was beautifully furnished with a large balcony and a full kitchen set-up. Each room is fantastic and the whole condo gets great air-flow and light. The maid was very friendly and did a superb job. The receptionists were excellent and always available to help us out. At the front desk we rented great cruiser bikes for the week, which are a great way to get around town. With the beach right out front, Yal-Ku lagoon a short walk away, and great restaurants and shops nearby, this is my ideal place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

All rooms need major up-grading----Pillows smell, are flat and horribly stained. Plus, sheets and towels paper thin and shredded!! TV's are so outdated!! No CNN or BBC or ESPN! and where are the flatscreens that are everywhere!! Mattresses need replacing! Place is spoiled by unending tour operators pouring in at 8AM daily for the Lagoon!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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alberta, canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

This was our first trip to the Mayan Riviera and we were rather particular about our accommodation requirements. We wanted beachfront and short walking distances for restaurants and groceries. We also wanted to be close to select attractions, including a dive shop. Finally, we wanted cleanliness and relative peace and quiet. After hours online, checking out innumerable possibilities, we discovered Vista del Mar Condos on Half Moon Bay in Akumal.

Happy with our choice of accommodation, we made a deposit and shortly thereafter, a less than favourable review for Vista del Mar appeared on Trip Advisor. Concerned, we called the property managers and every issue raised in the review was addressed to our satisfaction. Between them, Heidi and Joanne were also very patient with our questions regarding currency and electricity, cell phones and nearby dive shops.

Vista del Mar is well situated about halfway along the North Akumal road, with the beach at Akumal Bay at one end and Yal-Ku Lagoon at the other. To walk in either direction takes an easy 15 minutes, or so.

Our condo was exactly as described on the website. We had a 3 bedroom unit on the second floor with a well-stocked kitchen. The huge balcony was a favourite spot for early morning reading and for as many meals as we were there for.

The beach in front of the condo was 40 feet away, if that. It was a wonderful place to walk at both ends of the day. For entry into the ocean, water socks or shoes of some sort are definitely recommended, however, as soon as you could get deep enough to float, it was wonderful to swim or snorkel in the waves. On more than one occasion, we spent upwards of an hour in the water. Though we did not see any turtles in Half Moon Bay, we did see a lot of other marine life. Turtles were readily seen in Akumal Bay; about a 15 minute walk away – a beach that we also took advantage of several times during the course of our 2 week stay.

We found the staff at Vista del Mar to be very friendly and helpful. Whether exchanging towels, renting bicycles, needing to use the phone, or just seeking more information about a local attraction, they were excellent. Our unit was cleaned to a high standard every day, the beach was raked practically minutes after walking on it, and security on the property was evident every night. Most of the staff spoke excellent English and with those who did not (mostly the housekeeping staff), communication was effected with gestures, drawings, and/or a little help from a Spanish-English dictionary.

Worthy of particular praise is Juan Carlos, a front desk employee, who was a wealth of knowledge about the region and who was especially helpful given our preferences for less-touristy sites and activities.

Something prospective guests may want to be aware of is the cost of a taxi for a one-way trip into Akumal. We chose to hire a taxi one time because we had a lot of groceries with us, it was raining and getting dark. We were absolutely astounded to be asked for 120 pesos (about $10) for a ride that was all of 1 kilometre (about .6 mile)! Of course, this was nothing over which Vista del Mar has any control – just wish that we had been forewarned.

Another thing that prospective guests should be aware of is that at the time of our stay in early December 2013, the dive shop (Akumal Dive Adventures) as well as the pool adjacent to Vista del Mar, were undergoing renovations and so were not available for our use. This was of no consequence to us, but future guests will have newly renovated amenities to enjoy.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Vista del Mar Condos and would recommend it, without hesitation, to anyone looking for a nice beach right outside your door, together with clean, comfortable accommodations.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

We stayed in a 3 bedroom, 3 bath ground floor condo. It was just right for our party of 4 adults and 2 small children. The condo was even nicer in person than it looked on the hotel's website. It was very clean, drinking water was provided, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The air conditioning and plumbing worked well . We loved having the beach right outside our patio door. The reef in the bay out front provided excellent snorkeling. The only real drawback was that the sea floor at the beach edge is littered with broken coral so it was not a good place for our small children to go into the water. But they had a lot of fun playing in the sand. And we could go to Akumal Bay where there is a nice sandy bottom for the children to wade on. We adults saw some huge sea turtles while snorkeling at Akumal Bay. Overall it is a very pleasant place to stay and an interesting community to explore.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

Great location and nice staff is the only plus on this property. Rooms very outdated and small. AC unit so loud could not tolerate. Toilet would barely flush. I expect more for the $150 per night this salty cost us.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

We stayed a week at Vista del Mar, our third trip there. We used Easy Way car rental near the Cancun airport, the 3rd time we've used them. They've been very reliable & hassle free for us, & give us a discount when we pay part in cash.

We started in the 3rd floor apartment then moved to a 2 bedroom/2 bath ground floor after a leg injury because of the steps. Both were very clean & reasonably well maintained. Cell phone service is pretty good on the 3rd floor, and wifi was also ok but good on the balcony. On the ground floor, wifi was excellent because we had a transmitter right outside the patio, but cell service was intermittent at best. We used Skype to call home & that worked well.

Water pressure was poor as usual in both rooms, and gas for the cook top was weak in the 3rd floor, but good in the ground floor. We could generally get hot water, but it was sometimes out.

Being environmentally friendly, the only real complaint we have about Vista del Mar is the hot water, since to get hot water we have to waste literally gallons of fresh water. When it was working, we would usually start the water running, have a beer or cup of coffee, and then maybe it would be hot, but often it was a longer wait--no exaggeration. Hopefully the hotel will do something to solve this issue.

Snorkeling in Half Moon Bay was decent & clearest on the north half of the bay, but a lot of sediment and current due to waves on the south half.

One thing new was the hotel is requiring a deposit for beach towels, US$20 or M$200 for each towel.

Other than the weather being somewhat uncooperative, we had a very nice stay. We'll most certainly stay there again when we go back to Akumal.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Before staying at Vista del Mar, I carefully read the reviews on TripAdvisor. Now, having stayed there, I can add my two cents. First, we stayed in a three-bedroom, three-bath condo on the ground level, so comments about size really don't apply to our situation. The condo was big, beautiful, and extremely clean. The daily maid service was outstanding. Second, we stayed during an off-peak time (early November), so the rates were unbelievable. We booked the condo through Caribbean Fantasy, and they were great to work with. We paid less than $625 (US) for five nights. Also, we checked in late and the information about how to do so were exact and helpful. The place is very laid back and relaxing, exactly what we wanted. Our condo opened right onto the beach - not more than 20 yards from the surf. We could snorkel right out the door and found amazing viewing out from the beach where the water was clear. We had baby green turtles hatching and wandering down to the ocean. We were able to help some of them that were confused by the lights on the side of the buildings. There are great restaurants and fun little shops in town - and it is small and friendly. The prices are set by tourist-driven nature of the place, not a bargain but acceptable. All in all, this was a great experience for us and makes me want to NEVER stay in a big beach resort again. For us, the good so outweighs any downside, that I can recommend this place to anyone.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Del Sol Beachfront Hotel
Address: Lot 41A Seccion G | Calle Half Moon Bay, Akumal 77710, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Akumal
#11 Family Hotel in Akumal
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#12 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Del Sol Beachfront hotel rooms are in a tranquil setting on a beautiful beach. Each room includes daily maid service, air conditioning, free wireless internet, purified drinking water, TV, coffee maker, an in-room safe, and free parking. All Del Sol Beachfront condominiums and hotel rooms are on the absolute beachfront with uninterrupted views of the ocean. We also have one, two and three bedroom condos available. ... more   less 
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Del Sol Beachfront Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico - Akumal

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