When you awaken in the morning you will gaze out at the blue Caribbean, the Great Mayan Reef, and the white sand beach. You will marvel at the sensuous curves and Fairy Tale buildings of Half Moon Bay. You will be amazed as pelicans in formation glide by your widow. You might even glimpse the resident osprey as he fishes for dinner over the reef. As you drink your morning coffee you can gaze out at the horizon as you plan your day's activities.
In short the views will knock your socks off.
Review Submitted April 2, 2012
Very happy with our stay here, location was perfect, quiet and beautiful. We rented bikes (from main office of La Sirena condos next door).Only a 15 minute easy bike ride into Akumal for breakfast, shopping etc. quick walk to Yal- Ku lagoon for snorkeling.We rented a car for just one day to go to Tulum, but a car's not really necessary if you plan to stay mainly around Akumal. Views are just as described - I could look at Half Moon bay all day long... Water is very shallow, great snorkeling right in front. Would have liked a balcony to have morning coffee, but that is the only shortcoming I can think of! Very good value, clean and well kept, would stay here again, and would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful setting away from crowded beaches.
As everyone else has said, this condo has an amazing view and is very comfortable. AC is not needed, and what's more it's really nice to be able to smell the fresh air off the sea. Everything in the kitchen works so if you, like me, don't want to eat out every meal you can happily make your own food. The condo complex is very nice with two swimming pools and there is a grill you can borrow to cook your own fish (maybe that you caught yourself!).
This condo is three flights up - hence the amazing breeze - which was fine for us but would be hard for older folks who have trouble with stairs.
Akumal is a pleasant sleepy little town with good restaurants. We had such a good time that we decided to extend our stay from three to eight nights.
A lot of the other folks staying here were without a car and seemed to be perfectly happy but we were really glad we rented a car.
We chose this condo in large part because of the closeness to Yal Ku but would come back because of the fabulous location on the bay. This is definitely the best spot in town for snorkeling because of the arrangement of the coral, the depth of the bay and the fact the condo built a nice ramp for easy access to the deeper area of the bay.
Tip: I recommend going grocery shopping in Playa or Tulum if you can because Akumal is a small town and the stores there are more expensive and less well stocked.
The owner's title on Homeaway as a "View to Die For" is not an exaggeration - if you are lucky enough to arrive in daylight, and enter the condo, there is Half Moon Bay panoramically displayed before your eyes. The condo is well designed and well maintained. Like other reviewers, we agree that air conditioning is not needed- we were completely comfortable with the breezy air flow through the unit.
We did not need much help from the staff since everything went very smoothly, but when we did ask for help in arranging a tour to Sian Ka'an, they were very helpful in making a phone call for us to facilitate reservations.
The location of the condo worked well for us as we had a car, but also enjoy walking, and there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the Iguana condos.
Akumal is a lovely little town- quiet, clean and safe, with excellent snorkeling, and a short drive to many of the places you would want to see while visiting this area- Tulum and Coba ruins, Sian Ka'an, Cenotes, and much more. I would definitely rent this unit again, and recommend it highly.
The listing description was accurate about the apartment and the location. The apartment was clean and well-maintained. The owner was prompt and responsive. The on-site management was available and helpful. I had some concern about the lack of air-conditioning, but it was not a problem due to the ocean breeze and the fans. I would definitely recommend this property.
If possible, it is best to arrive during daylight hours. The topes (speed bumps) on the road from the village are difficult to see at night. Also, La Iguana is not easy to see from the road, but the office is at La Sirena (next door) which is well-lit.
Do visit Yal-ku lagoon which is very close.
We had a wonderful time at this condo. It has a very, very beautiful view and the condo was well kept and equipped for our stay there. The grounds are really nice and there are two swimming pools - a large one in the back surrounded by beautiful gardens and a smaller one looking out towards the ocean. We felt like we had "our own" little resort except without all the people. The beach was unbelievable with palapas and lounge chairs and from here you were within a minute of walking into the ocean to go snorkeling. The staff and housekeepers were very nice and helpful - Silvia was a real sweetheart! We would recommend this condo to anyone who is looking for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday without the fuss of lots of people. We had an amazing time!! Shari and Rick from British Columbia, Canada
What you see is what you get--an amazing condominium unit overlooking Half Moon Bay. One really nice feature is that the unit is on three levels, each separated by 2 or 3 steps. The result is that you have a clear view of the bay from the living room, kitchen/dining room and even from bed.
When we were in Akumal, the daily high temperature was in the low 80s. Even so, the unit was nice and cool when we came back in the evening and, with the fans and great cross ventilation, we slept with blankets at night.
The unit is easy walking distance to La Buena Vida Restaurant and a short bicycle, golf cart or car ride to Lol Ha on Akumal Bay. Over Christmas week, it was really nice to be slightly removed from Akumal Bay.
Michael (the owner) and the local staff could not have been more accommodating. We forgot to ask for the WiFi password before we left the U.S. and the wireless router was down at first, but this was taken care of quickly. Michael monitors his email regularly and I never had to wait for a response.
One final note--I have no prior or continuing relationship with the owner. This is a completely impartial review.
I can't say enough about how wonderful this condo is. The bed is very comfortable. All appliances worked. There is no need for air conditioning with the cross ventalation. In fact, in the middle of July I found myself pulling a blanket at night! The pictures are true and accurate. It is very quiet and VERY safe. For the price, you get more than what you pay for. I would highly recommend this condo....
And the view.....AMAZING! I really didn't want to leave....
Best location in the Riviera Maya situated between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Small community with beautiful beaches, restaurants, snorkeling in Half Moon Bay, fishing. Close proximity to golf, scuba, beachcombing, and many other activities. “Akumal” means “place of the turtles” in the Mayan language. In season, you can watch the turtles lay their eggs and then march to the sea.This is monitored by the Ecological Center of Akumal.
The apartment has high ceilings with windows from top to bottom. This condominium has a small private balcony off the bedroom. The bedroom has a king size bed and private terraces. Property is walled for privacy and has 2 pools. We have an ideal placement at the end of Half Moon Bay in Akumal where the road ends.