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“An incomparable seaside sanctuary”
Villa Zen del Mar
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16 reviews
Villa Zen del Mar
Zen del Mar at Sunset
Your Private Sandy Beach
Infinity Edge Pool Directly on the Caribbean Sea
Complimentary Breakfast Al Fresco
Flat-screen TV in Living Room
Sunrise Over the Beach Palapa
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 1 - Poolside
Bedroom 2 - Luxurious Bed-Linens - King Bed
Mayan Marble Bathrooms
Bedroom 3 - King Bed and Twin Bed
Bedroom 4 - King bed and Twin Bed
Swim laps in the largest private pool in Akumal
Spa Palapa for Complimentary Massages
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7 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 18
Akumal, Yucatan Peninsula

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jame r
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An incomparable seaside sanctuary”
Reviewed 3 December 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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From the moment you pass through the gate of this marvelous property, you're embraced by verdant tropical gardens, the turquoise sea, and the villa itself, which is so thoughtfully and artistically designed that you'll spend as much time marveling at its details as you will gazing at the Caribbean's gentle waves. Each of the villa's six bedrooms is a masterwork, not merely private but appointed with furniture and crafts that continually draw the eye, including spacious soaking tubs which are polished to a creamy luster by making use of the sap from an indigenous tree. During our stay we availed ourselves of local chefs who prepared tasty Yucatecan and traditional meals, and the staff saw to the upkeep of the rooms almost invisibly. The newest suites, on the third floor, are crowned in the Mayan fashion with high wooden roofs thatched with palm and grass. Between you and the sea sits a delightful pool, and of course shady areas hung with hammocks. Down a few steps brings you to a sandy beach that can be walked for half-an-hour in either direction, to Akumal center or gorgeous sites for wading or swimming. The sea's cooling breeze rarely abates.

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Liked best: The tranquility
Liked least: Nothing not to like
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Wynne S
Darien, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Idyllic Retreat”
Reviewed 25 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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From the moment one passes through the wood gate and enters the lush courtyard of Villa Zen del Mar all stress melts away. Senses heighten upon entering the Villa as the view expands past the manicured garden to the white sand beach, coral reefs and the Caribbean Sea.
The interior of Villa Zen del Mar is a feast for the eyes. The living spaces are designed to comfortably accommodate a sizable group, ours was eleven, while providing privacy in the uniquely decorated en suite bedrooms with balconies overlooking the Sea.
The owners have a dedicated staff including a talented chef if desired. Liz and Udi will tailor your stay to meet the level of care and activity you wish. Nothing is overlooked.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Rebecca W
London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Villa Zen Del Mar was the perfect base for our fitness retreat”
Reviewed 4 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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In October 2015 I hosted the Inspire Fitness Retreat at Villa Zen Del Mar - what more can I say than in Zen Del Mar I found the perfect piece of paradise where my group of female fitness enthusiasts could workout, relax and enjoy the beautiful Riviera Maya.

The living areas of the villa far exceeded my expectations and the photos I'd seen just don't do it justice. The downstairs open planned kitchen, dinning and living room where of a great size and even though we were a group of 9 adults, we never felt cramped or crowded. Each of the bedrooms were very tastefully decorated in keeping with modern Mexican design. The beds were huge and divinely comfortable - you're guarentteed to have a great nights sleep! All the bedrooms were ensuite with decent size bathrooms, double vanities and plenty of hot water. All the first floor bedrooms have a massive balcony over looking the sea, and there are recliner chairs and hammocks from where you can relax and catch a few rays. The two penthouse bedrooms on the top floor are a design marvel! Seriously, when my guests who were staying in these rooms saw how gorgoeus they were, they commented that I may struggle to get them to leave at the end of the week!

The outside patio, garden, pool and beach area of Villa Zen Del Mar is exquisite and very well maintained. There are plenty of sun beds and lounge chairs all with comfy cushions and a long dinning table at which you can enjoy an al fresco meal. Again there is so much outdoor space that you'll never feel cramped or though you're searching for a quiet spot to relax.

The beach just outside the villa is small and quaint, it's not huge like other beaches along the Riviera, but you can walk all the way along it into Akumal village - about 15-20mins. The sand contains quite a bit of coral, and although it's not overly sharp, I would recommend wearing sandles or rubber soled shoes.

During our week we were very well looked after by our wonderful maid Rosa and our villa maintanence guy Jose. Rosa would prepare delicious fruit for us every morning and discreetly tend to our rooms, anything we needed - extra towels etc - was never a problem. Jose was an expert at keeping the outside looking pristine and any technical problems inside the villa he would quickly attend to. There was also a security guard at night, who we hardly saw, but this did make our group, who were all female, feel very safe.

We used the services of Chef Fernando for lunch and dinner on a few occasions. If you are a large party I would definitely recommend this as it'll take the stress out of having to prepare meals. Chef Fernando is a true expert and very good at preparing all types of dishes, for us we wanted to eat healhty and he created a menu to reflect this. Try his ceviche, you won't be disappointed!

Udi and Liz, the Villa owners were amazing in helping me to put together my retreat. I spent several months planning this and any questions I had along the way, they always repsonded promptly and in detail. I couldn't have hosted such a successful retreat without their input. During our stay, Udi stopped by a couple of times to check that everything was running smoothly and if he could assist with booking any activities. I really apprecaited this, when you're in a new place where you don't speak much of the language, having someone you can call on with local knowledge is a big help.

I would highly recommend Villa Zen Del Mar to anyone looking to have a relaxing trip and enjoy some privacy on their vacation. Akumal is a wonderful town, small and not overly touristy unlike Playa Del Carmen or some of the other towns on he Riviera. Having stayed at big hotel which was awful just down the road, this experience was refereshingly perfect! Honestly, you can't go wrong!

I will definitely be back to host another Inpsire Fitness Retreat at Villa Zen Del Mar soon!

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Liked best: The service and privacy of the villa
Liked least: Not the villas fault, but organising transport (taxis) was tricky on occasion
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 23 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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AnnaHil
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Luxurious elegant villa”
Reviewed 8 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015
1
person found this review helpful

If you want top of the line accommodations, look no further. Zen del Mar is a beautiful villa where the owners have paid personal attention to every detail. Our group of ten family and friends (ages 25-65) very much enjoyed our week.

Architecturally Zen del Mar is marvelous. The photos are accurate but pictures cannot convey the overall feeling. It is visually appealing everywhere you look. It also works well for a crowd with plenty of privacy and space to spread out. The bedroom suites are equal in amenities, which was nice for our group of adults. Because the setting is so attractive, we ended up spending more time at the villa than I expected. Planned excursions, especially in the evenings, fell by the wayside in favor of enjoying drinks by the pool, al fresco dinners, and late nights under the stars. It is quite dark at Zen del Mar because of lighting regulations that help the endangered turtles. Being there during turtle nesting season was an additional pleasure.

The food provided by staff and the chef was excellent. We used the chef three times and I highly recommend him. If you are the least bit adventurous, request Yucatan specialties. He provided seafood stuffed chili rellenos in a cream sauce that were as elegant as you’d find anywhere. We also had cochinita pibil (barbequed pulled pork) served in the traditional way, a superb seafood ceviche and fajitas which will please any crowd.

Things that I often find to be lacking at ‘luxury’ rentals are done right at Zen del Mar - towels were large and plentiful; good quality bedding and sheets; nice ceramic dishware; good plumbing. The daytime staff was pleasant and unobtrusive. They were extremely responsive to requests and phoned the managers for anything that they couldn’t take care of themselves.

This is an extraordinary place that we will definitely return to.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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Austin, Texas
Reviewed 29 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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person found this review helpful

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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pottingga...
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Better than we could hope for”
Reviewed 8 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
1
person found this review helpful

This is our 4 th trip and the best Villa yet. The closeness to town for the kids was great so we did not have to drive them to town. The newness of the Kingg beds were great. The maid makes great guacamole !

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