This was our families first visit to the Akumal area and what a treat it was! Renting Villa Gauguin for the week was easy. The owner always got back to me quickly with answers to any questions I had. The owners directions from the airport seemed vague but steered us right to the front door without one wrong turn. Other family members, with the same set of directions, had more difficulty finding the house. Maybe landmarks along the way would have helped them. I know that the pouring down rain (luckily cleared up) certainly didn't help. We arrived to Villa Gauguin late, so the house was lit up and absolutely beautiful. The front door (I want one of these) is grandiose and says Welcome! One side of the house (ocean side) is virtually made of glass - the view doesn't get much better than this! The listing description is accurate. The house and grounds are impeccably cared for. Our family of 11 had plenty of room to spread out when we needed to, and just the right spaces to share. The children (ages 4, 10,11,12) had hrs of fun in the pool. The keepers of the house, Francisco and Gladys, are wonderful. They cooked quite a few meals for our family. Our favorite was a lobster dinner, which was way tastier than the lobster we tried at one of the high end restaurants in Akumal. Francisco does an excellent job on the grill and makes a perfect marguerita. They even made special food items a couple of times for my 4 year old daughter. Well worth the cost and we estimate that we saved money by dining in. What a bonus to our trip. And I must not forget to mention that Yal-Ku Lagoon and its plentiful beauty is right there. The lagoon is such a special place. We spent many hours snorkeling. It would have been nice to have access to paddle boards at the house. I asked Francisco if he knew where to rent them. Apparently, unavailable at any of the dive shops in Akumal. Francisco brought out a few blow up rafts for the kids to use in the pool.
We enjoyed Que Onde (sp?) bar and restaurant. Friendly service, yummy ice cream, nachos, great drinks and ambiance, and we had a delicious dinner there on Christmas Eve. My favorite restaurant in Akumal and very convenient, since it is right across the road from Villa Gauguin. We did a paddle boarding/snorkeling visit to Casa Cenote with Extreme Control. Fun day and worth the $ if you also paddle out to the ocean reef. Akumal and Villa Gauguin are the perfect way to spend a relaxing vacation!! Gracias!!