About this listing
Casa Maare---at pristine Xcacel Beach and so close to Tulum ruins, jungle cenotes, Xelha Eco-park and more--- it's your comfy, cozy home base for a great vacation. Casa Maare is your sweet little casita in the jungle of the Maya Riviera.
Casa Maare---at pristine Xcacel Beach and so close to Tulum ruins, jungle cenotes, Xelha Eco-park and more--- it's your comfy, cozy home base for a great vacation. Casa Maare is your sweet little casita in the jungle of the Maya Riviera. All the comforts of home (kitchen, a/c, soft sheets and towels), all the adventure of the land of the Maya. Just minutes from Tulum ruins, spectacular white sand beaches, cool jungle cenotes, great snorkeling, tasty tacos and cold cervezas. The place is all yours (it's a second home). 1 hour 15 minutes from Cancun airport.
Welcome to Casa Maare, you’ve escaped to paradise on the Riviera Maya. Located between Akumal and Tulum, near Xcacel Beach, Casa Maare is furnished with Mexican style and colors using natural, sustainable materials such as bamboo. Everything about the home is fresh and bright. The casa has a traditional outdoor pergola for shade and beach towels, a cooler, chairs and umbrellas to enhance your time at Xcacel beach. The neighborhood features two pretty little cenotes and is close enough to walk to the beach or the nearby pueblo.
Casa Maare's property managers, Debra and Cowboy, will greet you upon arrival and take you for a tour of the area so you can start enjoying your stay right away. They'll be available in the neighborhood to assist you with activity planning or whatever you might need during your stay.
Casa Maare has all the comforts of home---high thread count sheets, soft towels, a/c, a full kitchen, plush mattresses, a comfy couch, indoor and outdoor dining areas. Casa Maare comfortably accomodates 2 - 4 people, with indoor or outdoor dining for four and a sectional couch in the adjacent living area. A stay at Casa Maare is luxury and adventure at an affordable (email hidden)sa Maare is situated in a unique community of brightly colored homes populated by locals and Canadian and US expats and part-timers. The neighborhood, is surrounded by jungle filled with birds and animals and also features two small cenotes. It is a short walk from pueblo and the pristine Xcacel beach, and is just minutes from the Meso-American reef for diving and snorkeling, and the Yucatan's famous cenotes, a system of underwater caves and caverns for the more experienced diver. A short drive or ride in a taxi or colectivo takes you to Yucatan adventures of a lifetime---Xel-Ha and Hidden Worlds Ecoparks, the Tulum and Coba ruins, The Jungle Place, and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.
Casa Maare and its neighborhood of are unique in that they are modest, mayan-style homes originally built as staff housing for a resort that was never built on the nearby xcacel beach. The beach was declared a sea turtle sanctuary and the homes languished until a trio of enterprising investors re-packaged and marketed these little gems to locals and vacationers.
Built to last, these casitas have weathered 4 major hurricanes since 2001. Most owners purchased since 2007 and the tract has evolved into the techni-colored rows and various remodeled facades you see today.
Guests have access to the whole house, mi casa es su casa!
Interaction is limited to email and phone. I do not live at the casa. My property managers are nearby to help with anything you need during your stay.
Public transportation is easily available just around the corner on the main street. You can hop on a collective (van service) every 20 minutes and go anywhere from Playa del Carmen to Tulum for 20 pesos between 6am and 11pm. Taxis are also available by phone and the drivers know the neighborhood and will come pick you up. It's nice to have a car but not necessary. Bicycles are great to have as the roads are flat and there's plenty to see. Ask me about arranging to have bikes ready at the house for you for an additional fee.
Interaction with Guests
I don't live at the casa so interaction will be limited to email, phone, sms. I have property managers in the neighborhood who are readily available to guests.
Guests are expected to enjoy Casa Maare as their home base for Maya Riviera adventures. A list of house rules and directions to the casa will be sent when reservation is confirmed. Rates negotiable for longer term stays (2 weeks or more). Contact owner.
Case Maare was the perfect home base for our trip to the Yucatan. Heather was extremely helpful and responsive in the weeks leading up to our trip. And once we arrived, the local property managers were attentive and helpful when needed. The house was simple but with nice decor and equipped with the essentials. And lots of wonderful reading books! We loved the area. Chemuyil is a charming little village and the neighboring towns up and down the Riviera are full of beautiful beaches and cenotes. We highly recommend Casa Maare. Only downfall were the pillows, which are hard and flat ...across Mexico in general:) so bring your own pillow and you're golden!
We loved staying at Casa Maare! The casa was clean and lovely and we felt right at home. The neighborhood cenote was so awesome! We also enjoyed the short walk to the very close beach. The local caretaker was helpful and made us feel at home. Casa Maare is in a great location that made exploring up and down the coast very easy. Heather was so gracious an helpful prior to our stay. We hope to return!
Heather's Casa Maare was the perfect apartment for our winter escape - she has everything you need there from towels to snorkels to kitchen appliances - and it is in a great location if you want to be a little bit apart from all the resorts in Tulum. We loved the little pueblo next-door (and their fresh tortillas every morning), and if you have a car it is easy to get to Tulum, Akumal and other beach towns nearby.
Heather was very helpful and responsive during our stay, and her little team down there was awesome - Cowboy gave us a great tour of the neighborhood and pueblo and gave us good tips for beaches and restaurants. Debra was also very responsive when we had a question so we felt very attended to.
The place is clean, comfy and airy. I highly recommend Casa Maare.
Con la mia famiglia Siamo stati nella graziosa casa di Heather,tutto perfetto.nella casa potete trovare qualsiasi cosa,per la cucina,il bagno,la (website hidden) trova in una zona molto tranquilla,vicino al paesino Chemuyil dove potete trovare dei piccoli market e delle splendide persone del posto.A 5 minuti di macchina o 20 minuti a piedi potete trovare la bella spiaggia deserta di Xcacel.
Consiglio di noleggiare la macchina per spostarsi.A 20 minuti di macchina Tulum,30 minuti di macchina Playa Del Carmen.
Abbiamo trascorso magnifici giorni.
Giorgia Alessandro Mia
We enjoyed our stay in this cute little house. The community is very friendly and safe (lots of Americans and Canadians living or visiting there), and you can even take a dip in the small cenote a few yards down the street. We liked the fact that we could walk to such a nice, un-crowded beach, and the house has everything you need to enjoy the sun and sand (beach chairs, towels, umbrella, etc). The nearby village of Chemuyil offers all the necessities, and a chance to practice your Spanish -- it's definitely not a touristy place! For more options (and more tourists) Tulum is an easy drive away.
The on-site property managers were very responsive, and gave us a tour of the area so we could find everything we need. The only drawback for us was the noise of the trucks on the highway, because we were there in the cool season and had the windows open. If the windows are closed and the AC is running you probably won't hear them at all. We enjoyed our stay in this cute little house. The community is very friendly and safe, and you can even take a dip in the small cenote a few yards down the street. We liked the fact that we could walk to such a nice, un-crowded beach, and the house has everything you need to enjoy the sun and sand (beach chairs, towels, umbrella, etc). The nearby village of Chemuyil offers all the necessities, and a chance to practice your Spanish -- it's definitely not a touristy place! For more options (and more tourists) Tulum is an easy drive away.
The on-site property managers were very responsive, and gave us a tour of the area so we could find everything we need. The only drawback for us was the noise of the trucks on the highway, because we were there in the cool season and had the windows open. If the windows are closed and the AC is running you probably won't hear them at all.
Casa Maare is a beautiful little house in one of the most peaceful and charming neighborhoods that we encountered while in the Yucatan. If you want a real Mexican vaction rather than a tourist trap (Cancun) or a stuck-up "eco-chic" (Tulum) excursion this is your place. The beach across the street is the best one on the Riviera (shhhhhhh!!!! Dont tell the masses) and Chemuyil town is a magical throw back to quieter and simpler times in the Yucatan. We are so grateful for our experience here. One important note though... Because nothing in this world is perfect I do need to mention that the highway noise here might be disturbing to lighter sleepers.
The neighborhood can be a little noisy, houses close together, windows open for the breeze, chatty locals walking by to go to the Cenote down the street, dance music from a fiesta in nearby Chemuyil, the loudspeaker on the water truck, the morning chorus of Orioles, Toucans and Doves and yes, proximity to the main road through the Yucatan---it might not be what you are used to.
The beautiful Casa Maare is a wonderful home in a friendly neighbourhood. Heather has made it very inviting inside. This property faces the jungle and is ideally situated close to a bus shuttle (colectivo) 10 min to Tulum, and 20 min to Playa del Carmen. The lovely village of Chemuyil is a short walk to restaurants, and markets. The beauty and pristine waters at the turtle santuary is pure paradise. Thank you for a great holiday experience!
About the Host, Heather
I'm a designer living on the Central Coast of California specializing in the use of sustainable materials for home interiors. I have been traveling all over Mexico for years and recently had the opportunity to purchase a little house in an amazing part of the Yucatan. It's my dream to share this wonderful part of the world with other travelers. I named the place Casa Maare because in the Yucatec language, "maare" is slang for "wow!" I mean, wow, I never thought I'd have a house in Mexico.