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Oceanfront Villa situated on the white sand beach ***NEW: A/C IN BEDROOMS!!***

Maria Motta de Beck

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian, Spanish and German
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights

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Maria Motta de Beck

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Oceanfront Villa situated on the white sand beach ***NEW: A/C IN BEDROOMS!!***

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

El Cuyo Villa Rental Photos and Description

Private beach area with ocean access,1 double bed, 2 singles and 2 double sofas

“XAMAN-NAH”

Is a Mayan word, which means “house of the north” and which describes with precision the place where this picturesque villa is, framed by a tropical panorama with turquoise greenish colored seawater and soft, fine and very white sand on the northwest coast of the State of Yucatan.

Villa Xaman-Nah is an enchanting villa, which preserves the construction style of the ancient inhabitants of this region as a form of respect to the culture that our Mayas tried to communicate to the present generations. Stucco, stone and wood are an essential part of the construction of this villa, which was redone not long ago to offer you comfort and the necessary facilities for a perfect vacation without forgetting the ancestral magical touch, which we try to transmit. Due to its privileged location inside the Ria Lagartos National Park, Villa Xaman-Nah offers everything you always dreamed about magical and unforgettable vacations surrounded by natural beauty. Nature and relaxation!

Fishing: The extraordinary marine life around El Cuyo presents a mysterious world of adventures. This is the reason why fishing is one of the activities most exciting and relaxing here. El Cuyo has a great diversity of fish. At depths up to 20 to 25 feet (6 meters) you will find Mero (Grouper), Canane, Pargo, colored and white Corvina, red Snaper, Chac Chi, Robalo (Snook), Sabalo (Tarpon), Jurel, Cojinuda, Ronco, Macabi, Bagre (Catfish) and Barracuda among others... In only 20 minutes your boat can be at fishing depth, easily in sight of the nearby shore.The fish you catch varyes from 1 to 4 pounds.

If you're looking for something more exciting, you can go out to a depth of 90 feet, approximately an hour by boat. At this depth you'll be able to catch fish from 2 to 20 pounds or more. Here you'll find Meros (Grouper), Pargos, Mojarras, Negrillos, Esmedregal, Carito, Bonito, Barrilito and Jurel among others.

Spectacular walks along the beach: Walking over water seems to be possible in El Cuyo beaches. Try gathering seashells in the morning between 8 AM and 9 AM when the sun is not as strong. Many different kinds of all colors, shapes, and sizes can be found beyond the town pier and boat landing. Here you'll often be the only ones on the beach.

At night you can stroll the beach and admire the stars. With luck you may spot a turtle laying eggs. Always carry a flashlight to capture these moments. Do not touch, only observe. Don't be surprised if at night you see a four-wheeler on the beach. Personnel drive it from SEMARNAT (Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico) who are watching for turtle nests and protecting the environment. Fires on the beach are not permitted at night as they disorient the turtles when they come to lay their eggs. Respect this magic moment of the nature and alone observe being grateful for the opportunity of this meeting with a real miracle of the life....

Excursion to Isla Holbox: It is the most northern isle in Yucatan Peninsula. Home to the rare sea turtle and a whale-shark observation site. The many shades of the waters graze at the quiet, sugar-like beaches of Holbox. You're able to go to Isla Holbox on a day tour. Visiting this beautiful island takes less than an hour, and you're able to enjoy the trip by launch, admiring the coastal scenery and having a refreshment and snack along the way. Before arriving to Holbox Island, you can stop at the Yalahao lagoon. This amazing place can be reached by boat from El Cuyo bordering on the coast. Yalahao lagoon opens up as a flower and fruit garden surrounded by mangroves, on one brink, lays a water spring that gives the place a unique characteristic. Dolphins, as well as flamingoes come to this place to frisk in these waters. From April to October flamingoes satiate their hunger with the many fish that dwell here.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Maria Motta de Beck (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian, Spanish and German
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2015

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Marilu,



I am the person who came with Sarah Moody to the glorious Villa Xaman-nah

this past week. I just want to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit, due

to the place itself, of course, but also because of the warmth and

generosity of Iraide, Gaby, Beudi, Cleybert, and your wonderful son, Bryan.

What a sweet young man he is! He, Beudi, and their friend Gustavo took us

to view the flamingos, and they were so patient and thoughtful with us, and

wonderful guides. They were all so respectful of the environment and took a

lot of pleasure in sharing this place that they love. I like to think Bryan

enjoyed trying out his English with us, too. He is a real delight.



El Cuyo, la familia Pacheco, and your son have captured our hearts. I only

wish we could have met you, too. Bryan told us you had broken your leg -- I

hope you are well on the mend.



Warm regards from Albuquerque...



Julie
Aug 2012
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Oceanfront Villa situated on the white sand beach ***NEW: A/C IN BEDROOMS!!***
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 13 reviews
5

Just returned home

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned home from 3 weeks in Mexico and spent three nights at Villa Xaman-ha. The accomodation was great and having the wild beach on our doorstep was fantastic. Don;t expect luxury but the lovely house is full of charm and the manager and his wife extremely helpful; they made us very welcome.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank so much for taking the time to review our charming Villa. We're always very happy if we have the opportunity to serve such a nice people like you and your family at our home in our little piece of paradise in El Cuyo. We hope to see you again very soon. Best and special regards also from Iraide and Gaby, our caretaker and maid. Kindly, Marilu
South Jordan, Ut
5

Beautiful El Cuyo

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing you home with a Million dollar view with us.

We had an amazing trip.

We felt very safe walking to and around town and on the beach. The people were very friendly.

Some tips I would pass along..

*Go to the restaurant recommended. It was clean, YUMMY and a good price. cheeper than making your own meals. My favorite were the Nachos that aren't on the menu.

* We stopped at costco to get drinks but found the many little store in El Cuyo have bottled water and sodas at a good rate so we will get drinks there next time.

We had read some reviews about people disappointed they were not offered aditional services from the caregivers. Since we saw this as a bonus we went with the mind set that it is what it is and didn't expect anything. We were pleased when my husband mentioned he would like to go fishing and a man showed up that night to make arrangments.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is good to hear that you enjoyed this amazing place named El Cuyo, a secret jewel located in the Yucatan Peninsula and that you were even able to go fishing which is one of the most popular activities here. Thank you so much also for leaving your helpful tips about shopping and eating here. I'm sure that all our future guests will be delighted reading from your experience in this paradise. Hope we can welcome you again in the near future!!! With a big hug, Marilu
South Jordan, Ut
5

Beautiful El Cuyo

  • 5 of 5

Thank You for sharing your home with us. We had an amazing trip. The people were Wonderful and the Million Dollar View can't be beat.

We saw some reviews with people hoping for extra services from the caretakers and didn't recieve them. Realizing this was a bonus service we went with the mind set that it is what it is and didn't set expectations. My husband mentioned he would like to go on a fishing trip and someone came that night to work out the details.

We felt save walking to and around town and on the beach. The people were very friendly and kind.

Some tips I would pass along...

*Go to the restrant reccomended. It was clean, YUMMY and a good price. Our favorite was the nachos that aren't on the menu.

*We stopped at costco to get drinks. The many small stores in El Cuyo have bottled water and soda at a good rate so we will just get whats needed here next time.

*When you get your rental car get a Tourist Traffic Card. Easyway car rental worked great for us. When I asked about the TTC he said they didn't give them out anymore. As I expressed my fears and concerns about the things I had read about the police and bribes he pulled out and gave me a Tourist Traffic Card to use. We followed all the driving laws and limits and there was no problem.

I can't belive our trip is over. It went way too fast.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our charming Villa Xaman-Nah in El Cuyo as your family vacation destination!!! We are pleased to read that you had a memorable stay and have lots of good moments to remember us by. Be sure that we will share your kind comments with our caretaker and our maid. As you said, they are friendly people and the safety of our guests is their goal as well as to make sure that your stay unforgettable!!! And a lot of thanks for taking the time to write your experiences about rent-a-car and to get the TTC. I'm sure all our visitors will benefit with your valuable tips and for your shopping tips as well. We also look forward to your return, Warmest regards, Marilu
Portland
3

Amazing location but some issues

  • 3 of 5

Xaman Nah is located in a charming, quiet town and on a beautiful and almost deserted beach (when we were there). It is a short walk from the villa to the beach and the ocean breezes kept the hose cool and the mosquitoes at bay. There is nice, off street parking for a vehicle. It is located on a quiet street and is a short walk to the main part of town.

The house is pleasant but unfortunately there were some issues. First, there was no toilet seat in the bathroom. Maybe this is customary for the area but it would be nice to know about going. Second, there was only one sheet on each of the beds. Again, maybe a custom but not one that we were used to. Third, the fold out bed in the back bedroom was uncomfortable and the room had poor ventilation and the AC for the room did not work. Fourth, the bottom hinge on the front door was rusted through and the door had to be re-seated to be able to close it.

Gabi, the house keeper met us on arrival but we immediately found a basic communication issue where we spoke only a little Spanish and she only a little English. We made the security deposit and she left. After finding some of the issues with the house, we tried to call her. Later in the evening her husband showed up and fixed the toilet seat and brought additional sheets. He was friendly but also spoke almost no English. It seemed like he was busy fishing all day and was tired at the end of the day when we met him. We asked him about tours and he said that it was not a good time for them and departed. They were courteous but were hard to reach and certainly did not offer any special hospitality.

All in all, we enjoyed our time at this beautiful location. Perhaps the biggest detraction was the difficulty in communicating with the house keepers. I certainly don't expect everyone to speak English, but it would be helpful to note that visitors better know Spanish if they expect to communicate. This could easily be solved by noting this in the advertisement for the villa. Also, we had expected Iraide to be a contact for tours and that just did not happen.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dave, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We are sadden to read that we have not met your expectations. We would like to share a few details in regards to your review: Kindly note that our maid Gaby and our caretaker Iraide do their best in trying to communicate with all our international guests in many languages. They are very nice and honest people but also very humble and with a basic education. In regard to excursions, unfortunately due to sea conditions the captain of port did not allow tourist excursions at sea. We regret this very much, but security is a priority. We feel that regretfully the communication did not work. We will take your recommendations in consideration. We do hope to welcome you in the near future. Warm regards, Marilu
5

Getting to Know The Yucatan.

  • 5 of 5

El Cuyo is blessed with a beautiful calm sea, white sand, coconut palms, a refreshing sea breeze and Villa Xaman-na. A friend and I have recently returned from a week stay. The cottage is adorable, clean as a whistle and comfortable. But the best part, and something you cannot usually get, is the attention of the Pacheco family who are the caretakers. Gaby cooked and cleaned while her husband was on hand to take us on excusions by boat or car to see the flamingos, fish, sight see in Holbox etc. If you are lucky, their sons will be there too. We were especially lucky to also have the owner's son staying next door; a beautiful sweet young man who also made us feel at home (I write this for his mother to read as well as you). Combined, their relaxed concern with our well being gave us a real inside view of the charming sweet nature of the Yucatan people and the beautiful environment. If you want a real Yucatan experience highlighted by an adorable cottage fronting a beautiful sea, then you want to visit El Cuyo. And I would strongly suggest that you let Gaby do the cooking. There are a few places in El Cuyo to buy food items; mostly snacks, a few avocados, tomatoes etc.. In El Cuyo itself, there is at least one good local restaurant (we didn't try others and the Pachechos can clue you in to all that). We skipped shopping in Cancun and left the rest to Gaby and truly relaxed and had a wonderful time. For those worried about the prices, don't. Everything is extremely reasonable. For my friends who do not want a packaged spa vacation, Villa Xaman-na would a place I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah, Thanks for posting your great review on my property Villa Xaman-Nah. I am really happy to hear that you as well had a really nice time in El Cuyo. We were honored to host you and Julie and we appreciate you recognize our staff (Gaby, Iraide, Beudi, Cleybert and my son Bryan) and their uncompromising service. We appreciate your feedback regarding how they take care about the environment and it is true, they love El Cuyo very much!!!. Many people from the big cities are looking in El Cuyo for some time "Off", and enjoy what nature has to offer, and spent quality time with family and friends in the sun and on the beach. Bryan was also delighted and fascinated with you and Julie and he was very happy to serve you and also trying to practice his english. I believe experiences like this one he had with you bring into his mind the importance of learning other language and dominate it to comunicate also with others. Lot of thanks for your patience also!!!!. I am happy that my guests are able to enjoy moments like this...this motivates me to keep on renting out my homes. Hope to welcome you again in the future! And thanks for commenting your experience with other's.. and recommend us! Sincerely, Marilu
Novato, California
5

Tranquility for my Birthday!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came for two weeks in September to Xaman -nah to celebrate my big 60th birthday. The photos on the website led me to believe that it would be the perfect place, and I must say that my expectations were surpassed! The house was comfortable and attractive and any minor technical problems were immediately addressed by Iriade, the local manager. He also provided his launch at resonable rates for excursions to local places holding secret miracles as well as for fishing. I won't tell you what we saw, so that you can have a delightful surprise, but sufice it to say it was well worth it. Iraide's wife Gabby was also available to cook and she was remarkably skilled in the kitchen preparing us a variety of delicious seafood dishes and traditional Mexican fare.

We swam or kayaked everyday and were delighted with the 9 or 10 miles of deserted white sand beach to the east of the house just past another ten or twelve properties which were not occupied at this time of the year. Anne spent hours walking and collecting shells and she also found a just hatched baby sea turtle, which we helped to swim free after taking a few pictures. The sky and clouds were magnificent. The beach faces north and in mid-September you can see the sun rise on your right and set on your left! I have to say that I believe I experienced the most magnificent and beautiful sunset of my life the third day we were here! Wow.

I hadn't realized it but to my surprise September hosts the annual festival of the Puerto of El Cuyo and includes a week of celebration in the main plaza of the village. We attended many events, dances, parades and on the final day we were invited to participate in the parade of launches for the blessing of the fishing fleet - which included boats with Mariachies, balloons, fireworks, and the patron saint Mercedes touring outside the harbor! The people of El Cuyo were warm, genuine and hospitible. The village was interesting and safe with many thing to do and see but just a couple hundred yards away you could only hear the sounds of the waves and sea breeze with no intrusion at all.

Anne and I loved it here and hope to return soon. There were some big storms, but also plenty of sun and though it was humid the breeze was delightful. I understand though that in April, May or June the sea is calmer and the snorkeling and fishing better closer to shore. So we just have to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so very happy that your stay was a wonderful one at our charming Villa Xaman-Nah in El Cuyo and that your birthday was celebrated in harmony with the people and the nature that this fantastic and still undiscovered paradise offers! Thank you very much for the time it took to write you wonderful review. We hope to see you again in El Cuyo!. All our best to you and Ana!!!

Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Cancun
Nearest Ferry
93 Miles
Cozumel
Nearest Train
124 Miles
Merida
Nearest Motorway
62 Miles
Valladolid
Car: recommended

El Cuyo is a quaint fishermen village in the Yucatecan emerald coast. You can find this charming village on the beach at the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise blue Caribbean get together with the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is located only two hours from Cancun and three and a half hours from the colonial city of Merida, capital of the Yucatan state. El Cuyo is a small beach community where you will enjoy the ambiance of a port. Everything about it invites you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

El Cuyo is located inside the National Park of Ria Lagartos, which is internationally famous for the 30,000 pink flamingos that come to the area between January and September for reproduction. It is also the home of the Sea Turtle that visits the beach shores between June and August to lay their eggs in the sand. You can visit also: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Holbox Island, Valladolid, Izamal, private cenotes and undiscovered caverns!.

Other Activities: snorkeling in cenotes, dive in caverns, visit archaeological sites

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Rates & Availability

El Cuyo Villa Rental Rates

Notes

  • $800 US dollars per week up to maximum 6 guests.
    $125 US dollars daily rate up to 6 guests.
    $1000 US dollars per week at Christmas &New Year up to maximum
    6 guests (only full week rentals). $250 US dollars fully refundable security deposit required payable at villa
    (cash or traveller’s checks).
  • * If your reservation is done in 30 days before your arrival, the complete payment
    is needed on having done your reservation. * If the reservation is done before 60 days, there is needed a deposit of 50 % to make the reservation. You will have to confirm your reservation and pay the rest 30 days before the date of your arrival.

    • All holiday reservations require the complete payment to consider them to be considered confirmed.

    • Holidays are defined as the weeks of: Christmas & New Years weeks.

    • The payment of the rent of the Villa cannot be prorated between different persons. A person has to take the responsibility of doing the payment for the rent of the property.
  • The following assessments will apply to cancellations for Villa Xaman-Nah:

    -Cancellation prior 90 days from arrival date will result in the forfeit of one night’s rent

    -Cancellation prior 60 days from arrival date will result in the forfeit of 50% of deposit

    -Cancellation prior 30 days from arrival date will result in the forfeit of 100% of deposit

    -Cancellation prior 20 days from arrival date will result in the forfeit of 100% of total rent

    -There are no refunds on cancelled holiday reservations

    -Holidays are defined as the weeks of: US Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter.
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Amenities

El Cuyo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom with shower, hot and cold water. Bed and bath linens provided and beach towels. Full time maintenance man. Soap and shampoo and conditioner provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sleep 2
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleep 3
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleep 1
  • ***** NEW AMENITY: A/C IN BEDROOMS FOR OUR GUESTS ENJOYMENT!!!! ***** Ceiling fans in every room, one double bed, two singles beds and two double sofa bed, mosquito screens, bed and bath linens provided, maid service 7 days a week
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • caves
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A/C IN BEDROOMS!!!!!! Ceiling fans in every room. Private beach area with ocean access. Terrace with porch and solarium. Double kayak. T.V. with cable local system. D.V.D. with more than 70 premier movies for kids and adults. One double bed, two singles beds and two double sofa bed. Hammocks and armchairs. Mosquito screens. Bathroom with shower, hot and cold water Fully equipped kitchen including microwave oven. Cook available upon request. BBQ grill. Stereo and Cd's Maid service 7 days a week. Full time maintenance man. Bed and bath linens. Beach towels. Magazines for kids and adults. Purified drinking water provided. Please –no smoking inside of the villa.

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