TURTLE HEART VILLA, a luxury beachfront villa on sandy, marine turtle nesting beach.
Location: Tulum on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Turtle Heart Villa is located directly on the beach where hundreds of turtles (Loggerheads, Greens and Hawksbill) nest annually. This spectacular and unique location combines both breathtaking beauty and the natural wonders of an intriguing environment unlike any other along the Riviera Maya. You can capture the marvels and the mysteries of turtles nesting from May through February from the balcony of this beautifully appointed grand villa.
If luxury and privacy is your desire, TURTLE HEART VILLA offers the finest of all amenities. Boasting a spacious floor plan, this 5000 sq. ft., three floor, “smart home” is designed to surpass the desires of the most discriminating vacationer.
Two large living areas, one with a surround-sound large flat-screen cable TV, mood lighting, and indoor/outdoor stereo with mp3 capacity, provides the perfect place for enjoying movies, sports, entertaining guests or just relaxing.
Lounge poolside in a hammock amid lush, tropical vegetation while enjoying an icy drink, surfing the net with wireless connection or catching up on your reading. The sundeck is a great venue for a BBQ fiesta.
The rooftop patio boasts breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean. Complimented with a grill, plenty of casual seating, sunbathing beds, lounge bar, massage table and the romantic charm of a million stars on a clear evening. The simple, yet sophisticated, design is the place to totally relax in the sun or shade with complete privacy. This is one of the premiere places in the world for viewing turtles where they nest and hatch. Many guests consider this, “the best room” in the house.
The exercise enthusiast can enjoy a full gym available upstairs in a private studio. Spa services such as massage, manicure and pedicure can also be arranged during your stay.
For the chef or food connoisseur, create a fabulous meal in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen with all professional-grade Viking appliances, superior accessories, and handcrafted dining table for twelve. If you prefer, our experienced chef will gladly prepare and cater to your dining wishes. Please ask for details on this service.
The sleeping accommodations offer three air-conditioned, individually styled theme master suites surrounded by windows and terraces. The Mexican Room, with one king and a day bed, features high ceilings with a brick doomed ceiling, spa bath with walk-in sea view shower, private bidet and toilet, accented with Mexican art, wall textures and hand-carved furniture.
In the Yucatan Room you will be pampered in a huge spa bathtub created with native stone, open shower, twin onyx sinks with mahogany details. Marble floors are throughout the villa and in the Yucatan Room they are accented with hacienda style tile “tapetes”, or rugs. This room has one king sized bed artistic designed from hand-carved mahogany. This bedroom has a flat-screen cable TV with surround sound, and DVD player.
The Bali Room is all about soothing the soul with Balinese handcrafted furniture of tropical woods, and a beautiful custom bathtub with hand shower. The king sized bed is luxuriously comfortable and the day bed provides room for a friend or a lounge sofa. This villa can sleep 10 people in sheer comfort and style.
We are located just five miles from Tulum town, where you can visit the only seaside ancient Mayan ruins. Tulum is a growing beach community complete with shopping, restaurants, a hopping nightlife, fishing, diving, and jungle tours.
There is a wealth of wonders to experience in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico and Turtle Heart Villa appeals to everyone, while sharing one common denominator… a lasting memorable experience filled with fun, relaxation, and adventure.
Base rate Occupancy: 8 adults/children Maximum capacity 10
* Add $500/week per adult after 8 adults and $250/week for children over base number of 8 guests
** $1000.00 security deposit is required upon arrival
Note: No smoking inside villa.
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I first came to the Tulum area was in 1978. I was fascinated by the Mayan culture and decided to do some independent university study on hieroglyphics of the Mayans. For many years I would spend three to six months here using Tulum as a base and going to various ruins. There was little tourism in Tulum and it was very rural. The 307 ‘highway’ was a single lane dirt road. Driving was insanely dangerous especially at night because if you came into on-coming traffic it was a game of chicken to see who would pull over to give the right-of-way on the single lane road. I spent my college years doing independent photographic studies in the Yucatan. When I graduated I bicycled around the world then sailed around the world so it was many years before I returned to the wondrous Mayan Riviera.
I felt like it was time to find a place where I could make a home. I had traveled and lived all over the world but the Yucatan was always calling me. I thought I would settle in Cape Town, South Africa but the political unrest and over-all instability of Africa told me it was time to go. Mexico is probably one of the safest and most stable countries in the world. I knew I could have a very high standard of living and enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea if I could find a place here. I searched for several years for the right beachfront location. The peace and solitude of Tankah was a perfect match for me. I was the first person to buy a lot in Tankah Paraiso. Since I had the choice of any lot I spent much time considering the area and choose the primo turtle nesting beach lot. Once my home was completed there seemed to be no name more appropriate… “Corazon de la Tortuga” (heart of the turtle).
My goal was to create three separate and distinct master bedrooms. I find that in many homes guests have to decide who gets the master. I wanted everyone to have a fine master suite. My travels have taken me all over the world and I was hoping to capture a piece of some of my favorite places yet have the house flow together as a whole. The suites include the Mexican Room, the Balinese Room and the Yucatan Room. The living area downstairs has a taste of Africa and the home theatre upstairs has a comfortable relaxed tropical feel. Attention to detail, beautiful simplicity and all modern conveniences are combined to create the perfect luxury accommodation in understated elegance.
Without question, for me, the most amazing thing about Turtle Heart Villa is the incredible number of sea turtles we have returning year after year to lay their eggs right on the property. This year I had over 150 nests. During prime laying season (June/July) you can sit on the beach or watch from the roof and see several turtles make the journey from the sea to the beach to dig a nest and lay anywhere between 75 and 130 eggs. It is nothing short of spectacular. Paul (director of CEA, an ecological foundation based in Akumal) has suggested that we create a program to help catalogue and protect these precious creatures. Next year I hope to have everything in place so that we can better ensure the protection of the loggerheads, greens, and hawksbills that have chosen the beach at Turtle Heart Villa as their nesting ground. Our guests will be able to see this program in place first hand and view these turtles naturally. This is a huge reason why I am here as I feel like we can truly make a difference in the preservation of this endangered species.
Certainly the one thing we can count on in life is change. We can all make a difference in this world no matter how great or small. I would like to believe that I might be able to help the turtle population by trying to create a safe place for them to nest. Turtle Heart Villa is the perfect teaching ground to introduce the fragile life cycle of sea turtles. Guests are able to see from the comfort of their beach or terrace turtles laying and hatching. There are so many obstacles that these fragile creatures face. Only with education and protection can we hope to make a positive difference in this endangered population. It is my goal and desire to play some role in creating a safe haven in which these wonderful, gentle, creatures may thrive.