|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Imagine yourself drinking your morning coffee while sitting on your balcony and watching the sunrise. Then, go for a dip in the Gulf and examine the coral reef located just a few metres from your door. Fix yourself a breakfast of fresh local fruit and perhaps a shrimp omelette, then relax on outdoor hammocks, or swim in the pool only steps away.
Route to the Sun Villa combines modern convenience with the charm of the Yucatan. Suitable for nonsmoking singles, couples, or families, the ground floor of our villa features a fully-equipped kitchen/dining area, spacious livingroom with convertible sofa, Mexican-inspired bathroom with generous shower space, and a bedroom with queen-sized bed. You'll love the privacy and spaciousness afforded by the upper floor, which is dedicated solely to a master suite with king-sized bed and seating area, bathroom with terrarium shower, and a full balcony overlooking the pool, palapa and beach. The Canadian owners live onsite.
Area Attractions: Exploring? Travel to one of the many nearby attractions such as haciendas, cenotes (underground rivers with crystal clear water for swimming), Mayan ruins, or a flamingo lookout.
Nightlife? Although our immediate area tends to be (mostly) quiet, a few restaurants in Chelem offer special events from time to time including karaoke, big screen viewing of sports, and other special events. You'll want to visit Merida on a Saturday night, when the streets are closed to vehicles, and the restaurants put tables and entertainment out-of-doors. You'll often see traditional dancers.
The city of Merida also boasts many familiar shopping and restaurant chains including Home Depot, Costco, Wal-Mart, TGI Friday's, Burger King, KFC and Chilis. Or relax in a recliner in the VIP room of a movie theatre, and be served by a waiter as you watch the movie of your choice, in English. Visit the Gallerias shopping mall and go ice skating on their indoor rink.
Shopping & More: Like to shop? The port of Progreso is located only 15 minutes away by car, and features a traditional mercado (market) where you can purchase fresh produce, meats, fish, and clothing. On days when the cruise ships are in, the square immediately across from the mercado boasts a lively shopping area with stalls operated by vendors from throughout the Yucatan. Here you can find traditional and modern clothing, silver jewelry, carvings and many other items for the souvenir seeker. Or take a 45-minute bus ride from Progreso to the City of Merida where, on Sundays in the main square (less than 3 blocks from the bus station), you will find a profusion of goods at very reasonable prices. On the way back through Chelem, stop at one of the many stalls set up by the roadside and purchase 'pay de coco' (coconut pie) or 'cremitas de coco' (coconut pudding topped with cinnamon ~ our family's personal favorite).
This is the second time that we spend a week at Vila del Sol. This is a very beautiful place, very suitable for kids. My kids are under 5 years old and really enjoyed. We loved the pool and the sunsets. It is highly recommended because it is very safe and the amenities are very useful.
We stayed for 2 weeks in this lovely Casita. The two-story Casita is on the same property where the owners live. They are available for any issues that may arise. George was there for anything we needed and was a great source of information. Marla has put together a very informing book about the area and the customs, which helped immensely. Marla and George were very helpful during our stay.
The rooms are quite spacious, especially the upstairs master bedroom. Break and Enters seems to be an issue in the area but we felt quite secure as the property is gated and the owners have two dogs which would prevent any intruders.
A car is a must if staying here as it is a fair distance to get to restaurants and stores. There is a good supermarket in Progresso that is easy to get to and provides all you need for your stay. Las Dunas Restaurant is very close and you can get a good meal there and they have entertainment some nights. Lizard Joe's was great for BBQ ribs and wonderful entertainment. We enjoyed great entertainment at El Bull Pen but never ate there. In Progresso, the Bar Lovento is a big expat hangout where you will meet tons of Canadians and Americans and you can get a good meal. Merida was a wonderful surprise for us, with lots of shopping, culture, and history. A must see if you are in the area. Uxmal ruins were a fair distance, but worth the trip if ruins interest you. We didn't make it to any of the cenotes but will have to do that on our next visit.
The lovely private pool is right outside your door and a great place to sit and relax, suntan, and read a book. I didn't see many people out on the beaches like you would at a resort area, but you can walk for miles along the beaches with tons (literally) of shells to be found. Winter seems to be the low season in that area. We met lots of Canadian and American expats who spend the winter months in Chelem, Progresso, Chiburna and Chixchilub.
The only things that would have made our stay more comfortable would be cable/satellite TV, a small safe, and access to bicycles to explore the area.
What to bring? The area is pretty laid back, shorts and t-shirts seem to be the norm, even at the restaurants. Ladies a few sundresses will be all that's needed, flip/flops and sandals and perhaps a pair of walking shoes for the ruins. There is a washer/dryer in the unit, which helps for long stays.
This would be a great place for 1 or 2 couples or a family.
We just spent a lovely week at via Del Sol. Marla, George and Kelton were all very helpful and kind. Their two dogs were great company and even tagged along for our walks. We felt very relaxed and secure while inside and outside of the compound. Adjacent to the casita are the quarters for the live in caretakers, so the property is very well maintained and monitored. The home is very secure, clean and well equipped. Air conditioning was available but never necessary. Internet was fast and reliable. Water was hot and had great pressure. We loved sleeping with the sounds of the gulf and can't wait to return to the area. What a great location. Just far enough away from town to avoid all the excess noise but close enough to zip in for whatever you might need. Close to progreso, merida and many local attractions. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!
My family of 4 (+ my brother for a few days) stayed in the home for 8 days. Even before we arrived, Marla went out of her way to share information about the local area with us which made our time there better. From the moment we arrived, the owners went out of their way to make us comfortable and to help us. I can't say enough about how gracious they are. The owner's home is on the same lot and were always there to help or answer questions when we needed something. The home was exactly as described on VBRO and was clean when we arrived. If you want a relaxing time at the beach, this would be an ideal place.
The only real drawback of the home is the location if you don't have a car. It is a couple miles to Chelem town, about 10 to Progreso and about 35 to Merida. We had a car so it was no issue for us. But if you arrive without a car and plan to do a lot of exploring, it might pose a challenge. There are combis that run on the main road but walking to town and back to buy groceries would not be recommended.
We enjoyed our stay in Chelem. The house, located on a quiet beachfront, had everything we needed and the host was very accommodating. The description provided is basically accurate, but it should be made clear that the village of Chelem — which has several restaurants, a decent fruit and vegetable market, and fresh fish and seafood sellers — is a good half-hour's walk away, or a short ride by colectivo. There are also a couple of good restaurants in nearby Chuburna Puerto, which can be reached by colectivo. Our host was kind enough to give us rides to Progreso and to the ruins at Dzibilchaltun, which helped a lot, and to lend us videos from her collection.
We had a pleasant vacation at vila del sol villa, very confy and furnished house. It was very comfortable to my four kids. We enjoyed and relaxed at the beach as well as the pool. The landlord was very kind.
I look forward for our next holiday at this beautiful casita.
We are located directly on the beach, midway between the small fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna, 15 minutes' drive from the city of Progreso, a cruise ship port with many restaurants along its bustling boardwalk (the 'malecon'). A short drive will take you to the city of Merida, where traditional culture and architecture meet with modern shops, hospitals, restaurants, cinemas and even an indoor ice-skating rink.
Our villa is designed for quiet relaxation in a safe and friendly enviroment. Although some Canadians, Americans and Europeans have chosen to make Chelem their home, this is not a traditional tourist area. If you want to experience the real Yucatan, but with modern amenities within reach, you'll enjoy what Route to the Sun Villa has to offer.
Other Activities: dolphin watching, flamingo watching
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Winter 2014 / 2015
Dec 15 2014 - Apr 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
Air conditioning, if desired, is $75 additional per a/c unit per week.
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* 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.