|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
Consider renting my casita for your tropical escape. The free standing 2 story palapa (thatched roof) structure has 2 bedrooms below the open ceiling and 1 bath and the house is just across the street from the marvelous Tulum beach. There is a full kitchen with solar fridge and gas stove. The upstairs and downstairs both have decks and there are plenty of spaces to find yourself in a hammock or under a shady palm tree.
The house is on a shared lot with plenty of palms and garden space between the other two units on the property. The other two units belong to the same owner and are also available for rent in case you need more space. The other two free standing structures have one king sized bed and private baths and kitchens. It is a perfect set up for a large family or just a few friends who need some space but want to be together.
Up and down the road are cenotes Salvaje and Encantado and we are 3 km to the world renowned Sian Kann biosphere, where the ‘earth meets the sky’. Too we are a short (20 minute drive) to Tulum Pueblo. There are restaurants, bars and some new shops a short walk away.
Yoga classes close by or arrange for private instruction with owner. Opportunity for tours in the biosphere or in the adjacent areas of Muyil, Ek Balam or Valladoloid. Let us host you here in Tulum for an unforgettable holiday.
Keywords: Free standing palapa house
I am a native of Boston, Massachusetts who moved to Tulum to rediscover life and teach yoga. I built the house you may rent while I lived there before I had lights, neighbors and a paved road out front. I lived there for 3 years before moving to the other units and starting to rent this one. I love sharing the hidden treasures of Tulum and look forward to helping you find something special in your vacation.
Joanne Fanny Barry purchased this cottage in 2006
Tulum is easy to love.
Across the street from the beach is more private, the energy calmer, and the prices more realistic and these properties are more authentically Tulum.
We had a great time at this wonderful jungle home. The beach, which is right across the street is easily accessible through the nearby campground. We had our choice of sun or shade at the beach and spent our time mesmerized by the beautiful waves, sand and blue sky. We did experience some torrential rains which were unusual for the time of year but also just part of the fun!
We did most of our cooking there although we ate at some great restaurants in Tulum.
Joanne is a wonderful host, very helpful and knowledgable. We couldn't have been in better hands.
If you want to have a travel experience that you will remember, go here! Joanne, thanks again!
I stayed at this Hidden Gem for four weeks and loved every minute of it. It´s perfectly located in Tulum, on the south end of the beach, close to restaurants, yoga places etc. The house itself is the the best of two worlds, it sits in the calm jungle but only 3-4 minutes to walk to the beach. At night you fall asleep to the sound of winds in the palmtrees and the waves of the ocean.
The hostess is very helpful without being intrusive. She´s helped me find my way around Tulum in the greatest way, for instance showing me where I could get the best coffee! Or have my laundry done... Since she´s a yogini she also knows all the best yoga-places as well as other great info of Tulum.
The house is very clean and supercosy! With two big beds upstairs and a comfortable livingroom/kitchen downstairs I stayed alot in the house, cooking, reading and hanging out. And the internet works really good.
And the best thing of all, sometimes you get a fresh coconut delivered to your doorstep from the Gardener! I also like the idea that the house is self-sufficient, with solar power and it´s own well-system. It makes you feel you´re really living in close touch with nature.
I really recommend this place!
My family has stayed at Zen Hideaway several times when going to Tulum. We always have a great stay there. We appreciate the lower prices than we would have to pay if we were staying right on the beach. We also appreciate the fact that there's a kitchen, further saving us money on our trip. The owner, Joanne, is always a gracious host as well as helpful regarding navigating Mexican culture and language. The house is always clean and the gardens well kept.
As you open the large wooden gate, a stunning home lies hidden in the thick palms....a path leads you to a lovely home, complete with art objects, sculptures and a hammocks. Powered entirely by the sun, the casa is an ideal and very comfortable place that can comfortably sleep 4-6 people. The spacious kitchen is a delight to spend time in and the front porch dining table is ideal for morning coffees and breakfast. You are literally 300 feet from the ocean and can hear the crashing waves at night.
The host is a lovely woman who makes you feel completely at home and is a wealth of information! I cannot wait to return to this very special place - a good value for a destination that has become increasingly pricey over the last few years.
The property itself was fair. The pictures and location are accurate, minus the beach picture. The house is across from the beach but you have to walk through other resorts or a campground in order to access it, which was disappointing. The house was clean. I found that I had to rewash the dishes and we had no hot water, one burner on a six stove burner worked. The beds and pillows were comfy. This is a solar home so Joanne, the owner will remind you several times to turn out the lights if she sees one on. We traveled with two kids to the location and found that everything was very spaced out. Nothing was in walking or biking distance (we were told differently), you need to rent a car or be prepared to use a taxi. This would be a fair home for a week or less. We had some adventures, a storm, sleeping with a porcupine, and a friendly scorpion. The bugs are bad, the owner did tell us this, and to bring a lot of bug spray, we did. Head to the grocery store, the restaurants are not very good.
We had intended to stay for three and a half weeks but after 6 days we decided to make a change. During our stay we had agreed to switch into a small apartment for 6 days because the main house was rented. After viewing the apartment and outdoor kitchen and the very close proximity to the house, the lack of easy transport and things to do, we had to move. We did ask for a partial refund, but we were denied. We travel a lot and have lived in Mexico so our expectations are not high. With that being said this property and location did little to nothing for our family. Good for a couple, or short stay with a family.
My wife and I booked this place for the final 6 days of our honeymoon. It looked nice from the pictures, however, there was some important info that the renter didn't include in her ad. This missing information negatively impacted our stay and caused us to leave this place after staying for 3 days only.
When we told her we were leaving, the owner refused to give us a refund for the 3 nights we PAID FOR but DID NOT STAY at her place. This is greedy service in my opinion. I would have been happy with a partial refund, but she was unwilling to even consider the idea. So, she kept our money for a service we didn't receive. So, if you are to rent this place, I would recommend not paying the full fee in advance until you have arrived and checked if this place suits your needs and to also be aware of the no-refund policy in case something goes wrong.
Now, here is some info that she didn't include in her ad:
1) This palapa house sits across the main road from the Tulum beach was built on marshland, which is a breeding ground for mosquitos. The owner provides mosquito nets on the beds, which are absolutely essential, however, for every other moment you stay at this house, you need to douse yourself with repellent or you will become bug food.
2) The position of the house also means that the place doesn't get the direct sea breeze beach front properties get and so, the AC-less bedroom will be sweltering hot when you lay down to sleep. We used the owners two wimpy fans to try to combat the heat and even though they helped a bit, they weren't enough for a comfortable night's sleep.
3) The house and garden are incredibly badly lit. There are no bedside lamps for you to read at night. The downstairs kitchen area is dark and gloomy. The overall effect is a dark and uninviting atmosphere during nighttime.
4) This house’s electricity is produced by solar panels; the fresh water is pulled up from a well on the ground. B/c of this, there's a very big push at this house to be frugal with resources. And the water you will shower with is very brackish. It smells and tastes really badly since it has a very high degree of salt in it. This means that after a day spent on the beach, you come home and still won’t be able to get the salt off of you.
After 3 days of dealing with the above, we decided to move on to another place in Tulum Pueblo which was absolutely wonderful and much more comfortable a place to come back home to after exploring the riches of Tulum.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Notes||Deposit of 50% to hold reservation is non-refundable. Final payment due two weeks prior to arrival by electronic transfer.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.