It seems that travelers have more options than ever when it comes to accommodations when on vacation. Between hotels, home rentals, hostels, couch surfing and so on, there’s really something for every kind of trip. But no matter how much research you do or how many reviews you read, you never quite know what you’re going to get. Even places that seem great can end up being a disappointment. Every now and then, however, you hit the accommodation jackpot. I found that at Casa de las Conchas in Akumal, Mexico.
I’ll admit I’ve grown more skeptical of vacation rentals lately. I’ve stayed in AirBnbs many times in the US and abroad and overall had pretty good experiences. I’ve had amazing stays in places like Breckenridge, Colorado and Vienna, Austria. However, I recently also had not-so-great experiences in Houston, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee (one involved a man banging on the glass front door at 4 a.m., another involved the host cancelling on me at the last minute and ensuing chaos). So when a friend invited me along on a trip to the Yucatán Peninsula where we’d be renting a house, I was excited for the adventure, but unconvinced of the accommodation situation. However, once we arrived at our villa, enthusiasm took over and worries were washed away.
Before I go on, I’ll mention that this is not an ad and I’m not being paid for this. I’m just super into this amazing house. OK, let’s proceed.
Casa de las Conchas is located in South Akumal. (Read my full post on Akumal here.) The villa is right on the beach in a quiet, residential gated community with 24-hour security. It’s a multi-level orange house with yellow accents that give off a warm glow in the evening. It’s 4,500 square feet with 2,000 square feet of outdoor space. Inside, the home has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large living area, two dining areas, and a spacious kitchen.
Outside, there’s plenty of living space, including a roof terrace, patio, and a pool that meets the sand. The outdoor living space features dining tables, lounge chairs, and hammocks. There’s also snorkeling gear and kayaks to use in the bay. (Just make sure to be careful if you go out, as the current can be strong out near the reef. Always wear your life vests and mind the weather and time of day before going out kayaking.)
The villa’s amenities are where it really deviates from your traditional Airbnb. It’s more of a mini, private hotel. The groundskeepers and housekeepers come every day. The caretaker stops by to check in and will help with whatever you need. You can hire a private chef for any meal and have massages in the living room. The guards at the front gate will even help you call a cab. You’ll feel right at home and like royalty all at once.
The house is great for when you’re traveling with a group. We had 10 people and we were perfectly comfortable. You can cook at home or go into town for meals (there are a couple convenience stores in Akumal and a large grocery store in Puerto Aventuras, but there was some food provided at the villa as well). The staff are available to lend a hand when you need and there’s plenty of space for lounging around. At around $1,000 per night (depending on the time of year) for 10 people, it’s about $100 per person per night, making it a better value than a resort for a large group.
Casa de las Conchas is listed TripAdvisor, Airbnb, and HomeAway. We booked through TripAdvisor.
Casa de las Conchas is the perfect home away from home in Akumal. We enjoyed our stay and would love to make it back one day. Cheers!