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“Amazing house, location and staff!”
Villa Balam Ek Caribbean front view
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30 reviews
Villa Balam Ek Caribbean front view
Ocean view from Balam Ek
Garden Bench
Terrace table and charcoal grill
Small bedroom for children, attached to the master bedroom
Master Bedroom balcony
Living area with amazing ocean view and terrace.
Guest bedroom with king size bed and ocean front view
Bedroom with nice little terrance with garden and ocean view
Complete kitchen and pantry
Fully equipped kitchen with oven stove, sink, microwave and great utensils.
Living room with plenty space
Diving in Akumal
Sailing trips and secluded beaches
Snorkeling in Akumal Bay
Cenotes
Sailing Tour in Akumal
Fishing in Akumal
Akumal Bay Beach
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Akumal, Yucatan Peninsula

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Alexis W
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing house, location and staff!”
Reviewed 20 January 2018 for a stay in November 2017
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House and grounds were spotless (and were cleaned every day from top to bottom by friendly staff) and location cannot be beat--we stayed with 2 couples and 4 children and had plenty of room for all. Kids enjoyed collecting sea "creatures" from the rocky shore, and everyone enjoyed the amazing ocean views from just about every spot in the house. Walkable to the town (though why not rent a golf cart for fun?) and in very close proximity to shopping, restaurants, diving/sailing, and more--it was a wonderfully relaxing escape and we are already planning our return. Wholeheartedly recommend a stay at Villa Balam Ek!

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Management Response
23 Mar 2018
Thank you so much Alexis for a great review.

We hope to see you back in Akumal and our house in the near future.

We appreciated.

Best Regards,

Ingrid
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JoniHoHo
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely home right on the water”
Reviewed 27 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Villa Balam Ek is a beautiful waterfront property within walking distance of Akumal Village.

My husband and I vacationed there with our brother and sister. Our two sons arrived a couple days after we did and they stayed in the casita, which was perfect for them.

We vacation in Akumal every year, and have visited most of the attractions nearby, however we discovered a couple new places to enjoy. There is a place nearby in Akumal town called Akumal Glamping. We took a tour and ended up booking a Mayan massage the next day. I cannot recommend Adrian highly enough. $60.00 for 90 minutes. It included traditional massage, Mayan abdominal massage, and Tibetan singing bowls, Antonio, the owner, also owns Akumal Natura Rescue, which is a few minutes farther up the road. We visited one day and had a magical time. We learned a lot about the Melipona stingless honeybees and all the other animals they have rescued and are rehabilitating. Margarita the spider monkey took a liking to me and came running to crawl in my lap for a hug, After touring the rescue, we were treated to a hike through the jungle to an absolutely gorgeous cenote, which we waded through. Then, Antonio took us to another deep cenote for a cool swim.

We also enjoyed Ek Balam archaeological site, about 2 hours from the Villa.

It is possible to enter the water from the rocky beach in front of the house, but very difficult. I suggest walking a few yards down to La Buena Vida and swimming/snorkeling there.

After reading all the reviews about Tere, the cook, we decided to have her cook Pollo Pibil one night. It was absolutely delicious and we had leftovers for days. One caution, however....be sure to pay in pesos. There was apparently confusion over the currency exchange so we ended up paying her $140 rather than the $102 that 1885 pesos should have been.

Leticia the maid and Jose' the gardener were wonderful. Everything looked so pretty, and the pool was immaculate.

The only bad part was leaving. I can't wait to go back.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Runningro...
Rocklin, California
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Location, Great for Families. Just Some Things to Be Aware Of.”
Reviewed 10 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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people found this review helpful

My husband and I and our two teenagers stayed at Balam Ek with another family of four. The house was a good size and accommodated us well. The location was great, just a short walk or drive from town on the north side of Akumal.

The main house features three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom - a master suite with a king bed and balcony, a second upstairs bedroom with two doubles and a single bed, and a downstairs bedroom with a king bed and a private patio. The master suite has a small off-chute room with a single bed, perfect for a young child. You have to go through the master bedroom to get to this room.

Our teenage boys shared the upstairs bedroom. The shower in their bathroom is open to the rest of the bathroom and does not have any walls, similar to a bathroom you might find on a boat. Not a big deal, but it took our boys some getting used to with everything getting wet.

My husband and I stayed in the attached casita, while everyone else stayed in the main house. The casita was very nice and perfect for a couple. It has a full kitchen, dining area and living room. There's also a lovely outdoor tub overlooking the backyard. The open shower is also very cool. There are water dispensers in each bathroom and in the kitchen pantry as the tap water is not potable, not even to brush your teeth with.

Our concierge, JP, was wonderful and always immediately available. He met with us shortly after we arrived to explain where things were in the house, give us suggestions for things to do and places to eat and answer our questions. We had to call him a few times during our stay and each time he responded quickly, often showing up at the door very promptly. Ingrid was also very helpful during the arrangements and our reservation process went smoothly. We were able to split the rental payment so each family could pay separately.

The rental includes daily housekeeping (except for Sunday) and landscaping/pool maintenance. Andreas, the landscaper, was extremely helpful and always offered to open the coconuts for us. He also helped fix our safe and air conditioner when it was dripping water. All the staff were very pleasant and accommodating.

We had a chef cooked dinner on our last night and Tere was excellent. We picked our entree from a menu and she cooked a delicious dinner. You pay about $100 pesos per person plus the cost of food, tip and taxi for her ride home (we opted to give her a ride home since we had a rental car.)

The house includes kayaks and beach towels for your use. There is also a small plunge pool in the backyard. The beach is rocky with tide pools. There is a sandy beach a short walk away on Half Moon Bay. If you're wanting a sandy beach, you'll need to look in Half Moon Bay or on the south side. None of the houses along this stretch of the north side are on sandy beach. A few of the rental homes in the neighborhood have little patches of sand in their backyard. This one does not.

We did have a problem with ants in the house, but this is the tropics. Andreas sprayed and left us with ant spray, which helped. The one thing that might have helped would have been central AC which this house does not have.

If you're renting this house in the summer months, be aware that there is no AC in the common areas (living room, dining room, kitchen) or in the casita. There are portable air conditioning units in the bedrooms of the main house only. There are ceiling fans throughout the house as well. The casita has a portable standing fan. As much as we enjoyed the house and the location, I would probably not rent this house again in the summer months. It's probably fine during the rest of the year. It was too hot and humid for us (mid-June). There is a breeze, but not enough in my opinion in the middle of the day.

Some things that could use repairing or improving include the sliding screen doors in the living room and dining room. There are large gaps between the screen and the glass doors so that bugs can get in. The doors sticks due to the humidity and do not operate smoothly. They just need to be replaced. A screen door on the front door would also be nice and allow for a cross breeze. We kept the front door closed due to the mosquitos, which were plentiful. Short of central AC, a whole house fan would be very helpful in this house.

As with most bathrooms in this area of the Yucatan, flushing your toilet paper is discouraged. Instead toilet paper is thrown into a trash can next to the toilet, a concept we had to get used to and that not all Americans may be fully comfortable with.

The Wi-Fi is very slow at the house and pretty much non-existent in the casita. But hey, you're on vacation, so unplug! The house has a flat-screen TV and we were able to watch N. American Cup Soccer!

You can walk into town, as we did one evening for dinner. It's about a 15-20 minute walk. There's a great beach restaurant called La Buena Vida, less than a 5-minute walk from the house. We ate there twice, once for lunch and once for dinner! By far the best restaurant in Akumal and very reasonably priced. We also ate at Taverna, a nice Italian restaurant in town.

We used Akumal Dive Shop, for scuba diving. The staff there was excellent. There are a several markets in town for groceries, souvenirs and convenience items. We went across the bridge into Akumal village where the locals live and shop. Prices are a little cheaper for groceries. We ate at Ultimo Maya which is a little hole in the wall, but great food.

We also used the lavanderia (laundry mat) in the village, which was well worth the money. If you drop your laundry off in the morning, it will be ready later in the afternoon. It was about $7.00 USD for about two full loads of laundry. That's clean and folded! There is no washer/dryer at the house, so for us, this was a necessity.

If you're buying vanilla, the supermercado across the bridge has the cheapest prices. $5.00 for a 16.9 oz bottle that sells elsewhere in Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun for twice as much, if not more.

Overall, this house is a nice rental with a great staff. I would recommend renting this house outside of the summer months. During the summer months is fine if you don't mind not having central air conditioning.

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Liked best: Backyard.
Liked least: Lack of central air conditioning.
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
13 Jul 2016
Hola Dan,

Thank you for taking the time and make a review for the house. We really appreciate.

We also appreciate that you took the time of pointing things out on the house, about maintenance. The houses in front of the ocean required constant maintenance and we try to keep up while we have guests, but we usually have to wait for the low season or until the house is empty to make major repairs. However we got the new screen doors stalled already. This was urgent!

You mentioned in your comment that we have portable air conditioning units in the bedrooms! We do not have portable AC. We do have Mini splits in the bedrooms. We will have AC in the casita soon, but not Central AC in the main house.

The Wi-Fi is better now, we just installed a new router in the main house and another one in the casita to improve the signal in both! Now is working great!

I hope you had a great vacation in Akumal.

Thanks again for your comments.

Sincerely,

Ingrid
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jpabloml
Reynosa, Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely place to stay”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

What a lovely place to stay, amazing ocean front vieww, all the rooms were so comfortable and clean. Nice space in all rooms.
Great place to stay!!

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Liked best: All the bedrooms
Liked least: No complains
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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22joke08
Cancun, Mexico
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Birthday Weekend in Paradise”
Reviewed 13 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

3 day weekend to celebrate my birthday. The house is amazing. Well located, beautiful views, and very well equipped. We had an amazing weekend and I would rent again without hesitation. Ingrid was always very quick with her responses to my emails and queries.
The weekend was everything I hoped it would be!

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Liked best: Great space for everyone. Very well equipped home.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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