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When we reached Casa Malu all was well prepared for the two of us, who went the first time to Mexico and used airbnb the first time, too.Towels were put out, bed was covered with sheets, air condition was on. The sparkling clean house invited us from the very beginning with its cozy charm. Since we travelled as a couple we had lots of space and used the second bedroom as dressing room. The kitchen was pretty well stocked and we used it for making breakfast or sometimes for cooking and enjoyed our meal in the lovely cool backyard.
The neighborhood was very quiet, even though the direct neighbor´s house had construction works to be done for an additional floor. The two or three building workers didn´t bother us at all as they arrived when we left the house in the morning and left when we arrived in the late afternoon. All people we met there were very friendly.
Fred himself was the most caring and thoughtful guy. What a pity we didn´t meet him in person, but the virtual communication worked perfectly. Thank you again, Fred for all your caring to make sure we were comfortable!
On last thing: The Xcaxcel beach (10 min to walk crossing the highway) is a really hidden gem! Don´t miss to visit it. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We stayed 1 month in Fred's lovely and cosy house in the most beautiful village in Yukatan, it's just expat village of 4 to 5 streets, all houses are same-same-but-different, jungles across the road, 2 amazing cenotes (natural swimming pools) - one in the village - good for bath after beach, and another is one km further inside - also great!
Beach is across the Federal Highway (from house approx 15min walk), but it was no problem to cross it (we were family of 2 adults, 2 small kids and grandma) - the really unbeatable beach with lovely waves in the middle and good, flat water in the ends of laguna, and one more refreshing denote on the shore. The view is spectacular, just one building on the beach - the turtle station - and more likely you really will be only one on it. Good for surfing in right waves.
Another good option to swim is Akumal, just 10min away.
Nearby Tulum is the place of hippy-style community of Yukatan, with many decent restaurants, shops and cenotes. Ruins of course is worth to visit as well.
Fred's house is clean, not so big, but reasonable for stay 4-5 people, with patio for dining and breakfast, ac was working ok, hot water was there.
Bonus were fins, beach umbrella and boogy board for kid, we also left baby bathtub and some baby chairs - I guess soon it will be fully packed for everybody needs :)
Wifi by the way was working perfectly! TV also, however it was completely no time to watch it :)
Definetly best place if you rent car, and don't mind to drive 10-15 min to satisfy your needs instead of leaving in busy Playas (Carmen or Car), or even Tulum.
Dos amigos y yo visitamos Tulum y nos alojamos en esta casa, donde tuvimos una estancia perfecta. La relación calidad/precio es buena, y aunque se necesita coche para moverse por la zona, es muy cómoda ya que en 10 minutos estas en la playa o bien en Tulum.
En cuanto al alojamiento, todo muy limpio y confortable. Aire acondicionado para el calor, toallas, etc.
Gracias al anfitrión por su amabilidad y rapidez en contestar a cualquier duda.
Y gracias por los amenities ofrecidos. Se agradecen después de un viaje tan largo!
Alfred appartement was perfect for three person, with all the commodity and very clean, with a cool backward. In a small and quiet neibourhood. Close to a really nice beach and cenote, although you have to cross the highway to get there. If you are looking (email hidden) it is the perfect place. Near Chan Chemuyil, were you can find restaurant and a conveniant store and also close to Tulum and Akumal if you want to do some daytrip to more touristy place. Easy and safe to park just in frount.
The casita was perfect for a nice, quiet get-away vacation about an hour south of the Cancun airport. The house comfortably accomodates 4 people (plus 1-2 more, if willing to sleep on the fouton pull-out), has a usable (and pretty well-stocked) kitchen, and is about a 10-minute walk to a beautiful beach (a government-run turtle sanctuary including an incredible crystal-clear small cenote directly behind the beach). Some useful tips for future renters: 1) Totally safe to walk to the beach. There are 2 routes to get there ((website hidden) map this for a visual): 1) Turn right out of the house, another right down the entrance road, then right on the gravel/sand path before the main highway for about 5 minutes, then left through the first opening to the highway, cross the highway and turn right, and the road to the beach is just 1 minute down on the left. 2) Turn left out of the house, left at the end of the street, walk to the back left corner of the village and there is a shortcut path through the woods that will bring you to the opening to cross the highway. It's not marked, but the entrance is right to the right of the little cenote/watering hole. Ask one of the ex-pats/neighbors if you can't find it. Everyone is pretty friendly. - The beach is technically open from 9-5 every day, but we ended up going at about 7:30 AM to enjoy the peacefulness and to avoid the mid-day sun (it gets HOT, you will get burned even in the early hours). There are workers at the entrance who ask for a daily donation per person, but since we went early on a few of the days, the workers hadn't arrived yet and we didn't have to pay. They ask for about a 10 peso/pp donation per day. We ended up giving them $10 USD for the 5 of us on the last day when we went after 9, and that was plenty. Whether that went to the "cleanup" of the beach or into the workers' pockets we will never know, but the beach was kept up nicely and the workers were friendly, so that was the least we could do to help keep it going. - Remember to bring the beach umbrella and the boogie-board- the waves are perfect for it! 2) We checked out two local Chemuyil restaurants- Leo's Pizza and El Aricefe, both were delicious and reasonably priced (Leo's a bit more). 3) Be sure to check out La Buena Vida restuarant/bar in Akumal (about 20 minutes from the house)- an amazing spot right on the beach with tree-houses, bar swings, bean-bags, great food & drinks, & daily activities. Also try Lucy's icecream! A public beach is right across the street if you want to make it into a day trip. We also went to Tulum (15 min drive). 4) 6) The house is stalked with soap, towels (shower & beach), sheets, and toilet paper. It...
Casa Malu was a perfect home base for our Mexican adventure. Fred made sure the house was stocked with all the necessities, like comfy beds, wifi, a coffee maker, and strong AC. Playa Xcacel is within waking distance, but you'll have to cross the highway to get there. No biggie. If you'll be staying here you'll also probably be needing a rental car or have some other form of reliable transportation, but I believe there is a bus stop on the highway leading into Tulum, too. We really liked having a beer and botana in Chemuyil after a day at the beach. Great spot and we hope to come back next year!
We enjoyed our stay in Alfred's house very much. Everything worked OK and there were adequate plates and cookware for cooking meals. The back yard is quite nice because it is open and shared with the house across the way. The agave cactuses aloe and flowering vegetation were attractive to orioles and hummingbirds at times.
In the afternoon the backyard is shaded and cool. We would stay there again certainly.
Casa Malu was in two words or less: "pitch perfect"!!! The appartment is great for two to four people, sparkling clean and with a super nice courtyard. We would be hard pressed to find any faults ... but ... My teenage daughter was a bit lost without her wifi (I was ecstatic that we spend our time talking instead) which didn't work temporarily. One last thing; didn't meet Fred but he was extremely helpful virtually! Thank you Fred for a great experience!
Casa Malu was a wonderful retreat. The house is very clean and so well located. I felt very safe in this location and did a lot of walking in the neighborhood and surrounding area-early and just before sunset. I would add though, that if you have sun sensitivities, which it turned out I did, that you need a car, or you will have used up your time in the sun in walking to your destinations or walking and the short wait for the wonderful colectivos. This location is so very convenient to so many amazing sites. This (email hidden) to come home to at the end (email hidden) day. The hosts are wonderfully accommodating. There was snorkel gear and a sun umbrella which was very thoughtful. Thanks, Alfred, and thanks to your very gracious neighbor, Werner
We had a great stay -- Thanks, Alfred! Communication and instructions were great, and the place is very comfortable for a family.
I couldn't be more pleased to recommend Alfred. They raised the bar when they made him and we're talking the gold standard. Alfred is the best guy in town. He's like the Mayor - he knows everybody and everybody knows him - they like him too! We have known each other for three years socially and professionally and I can't say enough nice things about him. I've had to call on him many times to bail me out or help me out and he's always done more than expected. We love to take trips and we've run out of cash on more than one occasion and guess who always comes to the rescue? He's the best. He takes good care of his friends, guests, students and clients. There isn't anything he wouldn't do for someone. Wish there were more people in the world like him. He'll take excellent care of you and you can count on him to keep his word.