Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)
- english, french, spanish, Dutch
About Owner/Property Manager
Our villa is located on a secluded part of the coast, about 35 km. (35-40 minutes drive) north of Mahahual which, in turn, is about a 4 hour drive south of Cancun. For those wanting to get out and about while at the villa - highly recommended - renting a car is best. It is a very simple drive, mainly on the excellent highway 307, through Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Felipe Carillo Puerto and Limones. Because the villa is secluded, we recommend guests to stock up on groceries on the way. The local village has a number of food & beverage shops but, as an alternative, there is an F&B concierge service available. All these are described in the Guest Book that is available at the villa and mailed to you before you leave home. What is there to do once you are at Casona Palms? - Relax, sunbathe on our private beach! - swim, snorkel or kayak in the calm sea; - eat lobsters (in season) and delicious fish caught daily by fishermen along the coast; - if you don’t feel like cooking, enjoy one of the many restaurants in Mahahual; - scuba dive with one of the centers in Mahahual (35-40 minutes away); - visit the many Mayan ruins in the area, some only 1 hour's drive away. - explore the Sian Ka'an Biosphere coast up the road.
Owner/Property Manager purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Owner/Property Manager chose Bacalar
After retiring, we looked worldwide for a truly idyllic location for a second home where we could get away from the often harsh European winters. It is within easy reach of North America and Europe. We chose this spot for its beauty, seclusion, tranquillity, ideal swimming waters, year-round warm weather and friendly community. We also wanted a plot of beachfront land on which to build our dream vacation house.
What makes this Villa unique
The natural tropical beauty and seclusion of the property, with its private beach from where to watch the sun rise over the Caribbean through the coconut palm trees, are unforgettable. It's like being on a desert island, yet only a short drive to shops and restaurants.
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We stayed at this beautiful property for 2 weeks in May 2019. The house is spacious and beautiful and the location is secluded and peaceful. The caretakers, Israel and Rosa, are kind and helpful. We felt safe and secure and well taken care of. We are dog people and enjoyed getting to know Bruno, Tammy, and the little puppy Oso. There are other sweet neighborhood dogs around also. We spent our days relaxing in the hammocks, taking the kayaks out, snorkeling, and exploring the beach and surrounding areas. This was not our first trip to this area, but it was our first time staying north of Mahahual. We liked being close to Sian Ka'an and exploring up there. We did a tour with Mahahual Ecotours and also went to Lake Bacalar for a day. Unfortunately, the sargasso was affecting the beaches up and down the coast, so we hope to come back and have better luck with a little bit more sand, and a little less seaweed next year. Israel and others worked tirelessly to clear our beach, but it was pretty unrelenting while we were there. We had a fabulous time and came back to the states relaxed and rejuvenated! And planning our next trip to Casona Palms! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and piece of paradise.
The house and beachfront are beautiful. Be prepared to do a little driving to get to town and for day excursions but it is worth it to come back each day to this paradise
It’s a beautiful place and Michael was incredible to work with, very attentive and accommodating.
My main issue with this property was it’s location and the time it took to get there from the Cancun airport. It’s an exhausting trip, even though we stayed over night in Tulum and made it an extra day of drive.
I had a family emergency and had to leave after 48 hours on the property. After flights could be arranged, we were on the property for a total of 3 days. Not enough time to really sink into the experience.
But the views are idyllic, the wind and seaweed unrelenting. The care takers were lovely and hard workers in daily trying to remove the accumulating seaweed from the beach. The seaweed seemed to let up a bit on the day we left. I hope so for the next family.
The water shoes are a necessity as the sea floor has some sort of eco system you have to step through. It’s bumpy and rough and not a smooth sandy bottom. Maybe that clears up too. Don’t know about that.
My first night there I almost hate to mention this but I’m found two scorpions, one big and one little one in the kitchen. They are very active at night there and you can see their new tracks in the sand all around the house each morning. Michael assured us they were no more dangerous than a wasp sting.
All in all it was a very interesting vacation and quite an adventure, one I don’t think we’ll repeat anytime soon. I think its more for younger folks and families, not for us old farts.
As I do with every review that our clients kindly leave, I will write and thank the reviewer personally.
On this occasion, though, I would just like to clarify the comment about scorpions. The tracks in the sand around the house are left by dozens of harmless hermit crabs that come out at night from their burrows in the sand.
Scorpions, on the other hand, are much rarer. As far as we know, this is only the second encounter by one of our clients. And indeed, should one be stung by the local variety of scorpion, it is no worse than a wasp's sting.
Tasteful simplicity off the beaten path
Three of us stayed at the lovely home of Casona Palms the last week of March, 2019. This house is truly a gem. The high ceilings and window designs help with perfect air flow and keeping the house cool. We loved the polished concrete floors and counter tops – simple, yet tasteful. The kitchen was perfect with all the cooking utensils we needed and I loved that there were 2 giant sized cutting boards available since we cooked most of our meals. We enjoyed our time in the hammocks, grilling under the palapa, relaxing on the veranda and playing bocce on the beach. We fished, snorkeled and kayaked in front of the house and took adventures north and south of the house in search of bonefish and permit. The caretakers, Israel and Rosa were very delightful and helpful and did everything with a smile. Google Translate helped us with the language barrier and we learned a lot from them. We also loved the beach dogs' company! This house was very clean and was not lacking. We loved the surrounding area and the fishing was off the charts! We are looking forward to a return trip in the near future.
My family had a wonderful time at Casona Palms. We spent hours every day cruising the water in front of the Villa in our snorkel gear. There are two reefs about half way out to the waves that can be hard to find if you don't know where to look, but after we found them, we were able to keep going back. The caretakers were waiting to take care of anything we needed but stayed comfortably out of sight. The guest book provided by Michael was extremely helpful and full of useful information. Research Sargassum seaweed before planning a trip to the Caribbean. The property is very remote and no other tourists around. Just a handful of vehicles on the dirt road behind the house per day. We were a little apprehensive about safety, but our fears were totally ungrounded. Everyone was very friendly. The drive from Cancun is very long and at first a little intimidating, but after you get used to the "rules of the road", it is smooth sailing. Well worth it to get away from the tourist areas. Thank you Michael for making such a fabulous property available to us poor folk who live in snow country!! A+++
A secluded jem
We really can't say enough positive things! It was better than is displayed! The house is beautifully designed to meet all of your needs. The sea is just steps away and in my opinion boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We loved the secluded nature of this home. We enjoyed the kayaks, massages (which we had on our balcony overlooking the sea!), the hammocks and swimming everyday. Make sure to bring your snorkeling gear to enjoy that fun activity . The caretakers are super friendly and attentive--they made us feel safe and totally cared for. Michael (the owner) was very responsive to all of our questions and gave very detailed instructions on pre-arrival details. Thank you so much for a truly memorable vacation!
Our villa is located on a secluded part of the coast, about 35 km. (35-40 minutes drive) north of Mahahual which, in turn, is about a 4 hour drive south of Cancun. For those wanting to get out and about while at the villa - highly recommended - renting a car is best. It is a very simple drive, mainly on the excellent highway 307, through Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Felipe Carillo Puerto and Limones. But do you prefer not to drive? There is a Cancun Airport to Mahahual valet service for groups of up to 8 passengers, with stops on the way for a meal and shopping and combined with taxi support at the villa. Ask us for more information.
Because the villa is secluded, we recommend guests to stock up on groceries on the way. The local village has a number of food & beverage shops but, as an alternative, there is an F&B concierge service available. All these are described in the Guest Book that is available at the villa and mailed to you before you leave home.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:Our villa combines the style of white Mediterranean villas with Mayan touches (see photos). From the villa, you walk straight to your private beach and the warm waters of the Caribbean! All rooms face the Caribbean Sea, enjoy marvellous views, are very light and have the sea breeze constantly flowing through wooden louvered shutters and doors. The villa is spacious (4000 sq. ft.) yet easy to keep clean! Whilst the interior is delightful, you will find yourself constantly enjoying the unique outdoor features of the property and exploring the near deserted coastline. Be sure to view all the photos – they’ll give you a true impression of this idyllic property.
More Leisure Activities: Boating, Kayaking, Surfing.