You want to chill out and relax? This is exactly what my wife and I were looking for, and found, during our recent vacation to Akumal and VLB. This serene Villa offers very nice accommodations right on the beach on Akumal playa sur.
Rooms: Pro's: Nicely appointed and very clean, clean, clean. Superb balcony on our upstairs condo unit. Great beach and ocean views. Good design and layout. We enjoyed being able to take a shower and see the ocean at the same time. Very comfortable and pleasing to the eye. The kitchen has everything you need and more. Pots, pans, glasses, lime squeezer, etc.
Cons: The window treatment in the kitchen is "see-through" at night with the lights on inside and is right at the top of the stairs. Neighbors cannot help but get a eye-full when climbing the stairs and passing the window. Also, the bed was very small. Definitely not queen sized more like a full-sized bed. It was a little hard, which I like and it worked out just fine. Some minor issues with the maid. The first day we received no maid service whatsoever. (mid-week) Another day we did not get any soap and we were out! On another occasion we did not get any kitchen towels. Minor inconveniences which could probably have been corrected by contacting the on-site owners. Nonetheless, I am not waking someone up at night for soap or kitchen towels.
Beach/Playa: Pros: Right on the beach. I mean right on the beach. No walk whatsoever. Clean sand, palm trees, nice lounges, hammocks. Peaceful, serene, quiet. There are currently undeveloped lots on each side of this Villa which add immensely to the "feel" of the beach. Nobody breathing down your neck or hearing your private conversations. This is as good as it gets in Akumal these days. Most areas are over-crowded and busy - not VLB.
Service: Pros: The owners, Kerstin and Horacio are nice and unobtrusive. When they are home they are helpful and kind. They stay out of your way and allow you to enjoy your privacy and quiet.
Cons: When the owners are not home there is no service available. They do provide phone numbers should there be an emergency.
Safety: Perfecto! Never felt unsafe at any time. Beach vendors are NOT allowed in Akumal anywhere. We were never bothered or harassed while on the beach, in town, either Tulum or Akumal, or anywhere. Daytime, nighttime, we felt safe everywhere.
FYI: During our ten day stay in March/April the wind blew every day. IMO not a calm nice breeze. Most days it seemed windy to me and it definitely negatively impacted our snorkeling experience. This could be typical of this time of year although it certainly helped to keep our room cool as it has no A/C. You MUST rent a car if you are staying here for any length of time. There are no restaurants nearby or shopping The alternatives are cabs which are very expensive and impractical or collectivos. We really like to use collectivos, however, it is a ten minute walk to the highway to reach them - not recommended.
Overall, this place is very nice. We would love to return here someday. If you want to relax, and you have a rental car, this may be the place for you. Our gratitude to Kerstin and Horacio for helping to make our stay a very pleasant one. Viva Villa Las Brisas!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifull beach front condos ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Las Brisas Hotel Akumal
- Villa Las Brisas Riviera Maya, Mexico - Akumal