Great location right on the beach. AC in the bedrooms but not in main area but this was fine as we opened front and back doors and a lovely breeze came through. Kitchen had everything we needed including a blender for making fruit smoothies. Large apartment with lovely balcony. If you are looking for a quiet spot away from the all inclusive hotels then this is it. The rooms were cleaned every day and fresh towels, including beach towels are provided.
Great snorkeling from the beach right outside the apartment. Also 2 kayaks and body boards for the kids. There's a pool on site too. The upstairs rooms are not suitable for young children due to the balcony but have fabulous views. Downstairs rooms are ideal for kids and lead straight out to the beach.
Only the pool bar and bar next door with restaurants nearby (both pricey) but we stocked up at the large supermarket (San Fransciso, at the lights in Tulum). There's a rooftop bar but didn't see anyone using it.
Tulum ruins are 20 mins away at its worth going for 8am as it gets incredibly busy later.
And the turtles.... what can I say! Wasn't expecting so many to have laid their eggs directly in front of the apartment! Lucky enough to see 2 laying on our first night, then, when we got up to see the sunrise, there was one still laying eggs so we saw it in daylight....a huge Greenback! We missed eggs hatching but did see the last baby turtle heading for the sea.
You are not allowed to walk on the beach after dark in case you disturb the turtles but you can watch from one spot. No lights, torches unless the light is red. The peak time is July and August.
There are signs for each nest. The number on the front refers to the number of turtles to have laid eggs(over 1000 so far!). CM refers to the scientific name. The date is the date the eggs were laid. And then the zone ( 11) then the area of the beach i.e. A,B or C. The eggs hatch after 50-60 days.
I write all this because there is no explanation at the apartments which is a shame as I am sure many people would like more information. Perhaps management should provide laminated information sheets for July and August.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villas DeRosa is a small family owned resort offering 1,2 & 3 bedroom beachfront condos with hotel rooms facing the swimming pool. Each condo enjoys a private balcony, spacious living area with dining room and fully equipped kitchen. Local or international meals can be catered to your dining room or enjoyed at our beach bar or poolside cafe. Aquatech, our on-site PADI dive center, is available for reef diving, cenote diving and dive training. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquatech Villas Derosa Hotel Akumal
- Aquatech Hotel Derosa