About This Listing
Have you ever awakened to a Half Moon Bay sunrise on your ocean view terrace ?
This is a 3 level condo, every unti has amazing ocean views and private terraces facing the ocean were you have access just opening the glass slider that opens to the ocean view terrace All the condos have ceiling fans Kitchens are fully equipped with full-size refrigerators, four burner stove/oven, microwave, toaster, blender and coffee maker. All utensils and cookware are provided.
At the reception we have some books and movies for our gusts to borrow.
Unit # 8 is a 1 bedroom unit, it has a king size bed.
Akumal is one of the most tranquil places of the Mayan Riviera, a paradise of marine life ideal for nature and calm diving and snorkeling lovers, this is a spectacular and almost virgin place for snorkeling, there are all kinds of fish and of course you must carry your snorkel equipment to be able to enjoy its beauty.
Akumal faces one of the biggest reefs of the world and you will also find hundreds of caverns, caves and underground rivers to the delight of divers, who come from all over the world to enjoy their vast marine life.
You can also visit a few steps away from the inlet Yalku, known as the lagoon.
From Dec 20, 2015 - Jan 04, 2016 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
We had a great stay at La Bahia. The pictures are pretty accurate although the place was a little smaller than it looks. The staff were all extremely accommodating and nice. Nothing beats waking up to that beautiful view and sitting on the balcony for your meals. Unfortunately, there is so much seaweed pile up right now that in some places along the beach it's more than a foot high. Because of this the snorkeling in Half Moon Bay wasn't as enjoyable as I'd hoped. We would run into plumes of seaweed debris all over the bay and you couldn't even see your hand in front of you in the water. We picked this place to avoid the crowds of Akumal Bay but ended up spending most of our time over there because the water and beach was cleaner with better visibility. The AC unit is in the bedroom and works well in there while the rest of the unit stays really warm. We figured out on the second day that if the two ceiling fans are off, the AC cools the entire place a little better. Being June, there wasn't too much breeze but I imagine it's more manageable in the cooler months. It would be great if there were curtains on the windows to prevent the intense sun from glaring in all day long. The kitchen was sufficient. There were two geckos living behind the fridge that my bf loved. Note that if you have a lot of food in the trash, try keeping it kind of wrapped up. We had some issues with both micro ants and these huge ants running around. Overall we had a wonderful time and would consider returning here if we ever visit Akumal again.
We had a nice stay here.
This is a 4 story condo complex, with a front desk and maid service. The staff is friendly and helped us carry our luggage up and down.
The view from the porch is magnificent, the bed was comfortable, and the air conditioner works. (However the AC is located in the bedroom part of the apartment only, but it does cool off the whole apartment after a while)
You can go snorkeling in the half-moon bay, however be aware that there is fire coral, so be careful not to get too close to the coral.
Unfortunately the entire bay has seen an algae buildup, and it piles up on the beach. The property staff try to leave a clear path for people to walk into the water, but it definitely made it less pleasant, and made walking along the beach barefoot difficult.
There are only 2 shades available at the beach, so you are not guaranteed to have one of them unless you get down there pretty early.
If you are planning on checking-in early or checking-out late, I would recommend verifying that the Condo administration has been notified and that they have said its ok.
There were several things that I liked about this place:
1. The location is pretty central if you want to hit Akumal Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Yal Ku like we did.
2. The condo is very nice and you can't beat the view. Waking up every morning and looking out from the balcony onto the bright blue ocean is something I'll never forget.
3. Amenities were solid including air conditioning, kitchen, they provided water, there was cleaning staff, etc.
4. There is an office with really good hours if you need anything. We called a cab to take us to Akumal Bay when we departed since we had large bags and the heat was bad (see below).
The only things we didn't like were:
1. The walk from Akumal Bay to Half Moon Bay was actually was kind of unpleasant in the summer heat. This isn't Mercedes or anyone else's fault as the condo is where it is, but the condos all block the road that follows the coast and when it's 100 degrees out it feels like 200. A walk that looks easy on a map ends up being torture. I imagine the walk is quite pleasant when it isn't June (one of the hottest months).
2. We had a small tropical storm our last night in the condo. Some water leaked in through the ceiling. Not tons, but quite a bit. We also lost power for about 5 hours, which wasn't a big deal and not Mercedes or the people running the condos fault. I don't know how common this type of weather is for the yucatan. If it's not common then I get why the roof leaked; if it is common they should probably have the roof worked on.
Spacious, airy, great view. Loved being able to go down to the beach chairs and having the bay right there, though there is a lot of seaweed at the (website hidden) worked intermittently but enough to keep the bedroom cool; sea breeze was enough for the rest of the apt. Kitchen is small but useable. Bed was soft enough for us. Shower has a nice view of the sunset over the inland forest. Wifi only works on or near the balcony but was reliable there. Three flight walk up was a little long after a day traveling with backpacks but we knew that going in.
Location, Location, Location. If you are planning a trip to the Mayan Riviera, want to stay away from the masses, enjoy a private bay with great snorkeling, a couple of terrific local restaurants (La Cueva and La Buena Vida) and you want to do this all on a budget, this is the way to do it. Place is just 15 minutes to Tulum and just 30 minutes to Playa del Carmen but everything feels even closer. It was central and easy to access.
The condo: 4th floor (The very top) so it has a wonderful view of the bay and out the back you can watch the sun set over the forest. Its nestled in the very center of Akumal bay just one cove over from the busier snorkel and bar scene. You can walk the beach and not bump into another person! Spacious, Air conditioning in the bedroom and great open floor plan. We were able to make coffee, sandwiches, lounge and feel like no one else in the world was there.
Bed is semi comfortable (not a hotel bed by any means). Cleaning service was impeccable, Mercedes was responsive although we didn't need anything.
You could walk to what you needed (grocery marts/restaurants) but having a rental car makes things so much easier.
We loved this place. Great location, great views and nice apartment. Very spacious and well laid out.
The apartment was great - exactly as pictured, bright and airy with an amazing ocean view. We were very comfortable there. We didn't have a hire car and this was fine - it was about a 20 min walk to Akumal centre, but with a local shop just across the road for basics and a great beach bar/restaurant just a few hundred metres away. Good snorkelling from either end of the beach outside, although during our stay the centre of the bay had lots of seaweed. Staff were very helpful, daily maid service was a bonus. We wouldn't hesitate to return.
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About the Host, Mercedes
I´m Mercedes working for Playa Paradise Rentals!! I love my job trying to find the best place for our clients.
We have properties all around the Riviera Maya! I hope I can help you to have your best vacation ever!
Playa Paradise is a full service vacation rental company. We offer high quality rentals, luxurious accommodations and private villas. In Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Aventuras and Akumal., in the Riviera Maya.
Known as vacation homes, these privately-owned, fully-furnished houses and condos offer many advantages over conventional accommodations, providing space and privacy, so often lacking in the hotel rooms. With all of the amenities of your own home, like multiple bedrooms, fully-furnished living rooms, and many other comforts, vacation rentals are a great way to vacation. Thanks to the available kitchen, you don't have to eat out for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner - unless, of course, that's what you want !! this way can be a great way to save money, especially if you are traveling with the kids... You get so much more with a vacation rental !!