Tankah villa rental - The rooftop 360 view from Turtle Heart Villa
The rooftop 360 view from Turtle Heart Villa
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps12
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
Minimum Stay nights

Tankah Villa Rental Photos and Description
House, 3 Master bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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.

Zubet purchased this villa in 2008

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.

6 Reviews of Property 201960 in Tankah, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

TURTLE HEART VILLA,Tulum, Beach, Turtle Habitat, Discount
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
TURTLE HEART VILLA,Tulum, Beach, Turtle Habitat, Discount
+52 5219841149946
Tankah Quintana Roo

Week in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
Corazon de la Tortuga, for the 6 of us, was the PERFECT place to stay in the Tulum/Akumal area! It is just a bit away from any towns, creating a "get away from it all" feeling, yet only 10 minutes or less to Tulum for shopping, and Akumal, a quaint little beach town with great snorkeling/diving, (and cute shops)! Their are many Cenotes and tours very near by and also great and close proximity to the Tulum and Coba archeological sites. The Blue Sky Pizza place just down the road was easy, and great food for a reasonable price, and just across from the Cenote! We used the beautiful and extensively equipped kitchen most of the time, as it was such a joy to cook in such a magnificent kitchen and home.
The most amazing thing about the homes location, was the turtles nesting on the home's beach EVERY night while we were there! Four to Eight of them layed their eggs in carefully selected sites every night we were there, and tanks to Zubet's expert guidance, we were able to witness this without disturbing them. It is an experience none of us will ever forget! My boys and I made our way through the surf and snorkeled in the reef off the beach a few times and saw great sea life... the turtles that were waiting to lay, sea fans, sponges, larger reef fish, corals, etc. If you plan to do this here bring full foot coverage fins, or fins with booties, as the entry and exit is over rock and coral. Plan your entry and exit point for the area with the fewest breakers for best ease of access.
The home itself is superbly laid out and furnished with beautiful hand crafted furnishings to accomodate three separate and private sleeping and bathing areas, with perfectly furnished and confortable "common spaces" in between. The selection of movies for the home theater in the upper living area was great, and provided entertainment when we wanted to come in from seeing the turtles at night. Be sure also, to bring your i-pod to connect to the home's completely inter-wired sound system, even providing music to the pool area and incredible roof patio if you desire.
Of all the many places by the sea I've stayed in my life, this is the only one in which I was torn as to whether to stay inside, or out on the veranda listening to the sea... It was THAT nice an accomodation!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
TURTLE HEART VILLA,Tulum, Beach, Turtle Habitat, Discount
+52 5219841149946
Tankah Quintana Roo
Guest Comment Entered by Owner

  • Submitted: May 31, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
These clients posted on Trip Advisor. Please read their comments.

TURTLE HEART VILLA,Tulum, Beach, Turtle Habitat, Discount
+52 5219841149946
Tankah Quintana Roo
Vancouver, BC Canada

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
Of all the places we have stayed in
Mexico and around the world, Corazon de
la Tortuga
was a winner! Our gracious hostess,
Zubet was most friendly and welcoming,
her recommendations
for sightseeing and dining were perfect.
The staff was efficient and friendly and
our chef made dining
at home a real treat.

Corazon de la Tortuga is a beautiful
property and a perfect
location for sightseeing. With all the
turtles nesting this
wonderful peaceful home certainly lived
up to its name.

Well, I hope we didn't leave you in any
doubt about how much
we enjoyed our stay, and how much we
appreciated your hospitality
and thoughtfulness. So, thank you once
again for a memorable holiday.
We hope to return one day, and see the
turtles hatch.

JN, Vancouver, Canada
Helpful votes: 2/2
TURTLE HEART VILLA,Tulum, Beach, Turtle Habitat, Discount
+52 5219841149946
Tankah Quintana Roo
Saint Louis, MO

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 16, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
We would very highly recommend Villa Corazon de la Tortuga. We found it ideal for our family vacation with our sons and their significant others. The three bedrooms all had king-size beds and an individual bathroom, so that each couple had a king-size bed and no one felt that they had the “less good” room. As a special treat, each day we found a new animal or doll on each of our beds, fashioned from towels by Francesca, our maid. The downstairs living area was a great place for us to congregate, chat, and play games. In the evenings, we took advantage of the flat-screen TV and the ample selection of DVDs to watch. We all took advantage of the exercise room which has a elliptical, a bike, and weights, and was great. Zubet, the owner, was available 24/7 and checked in with us at least twice a day to make sure that we had everything we needed, were enjoying ourselves and were comfortable. She was extremely helpful with suggestions for activities, and restaurants. She stayed on top of everything. Zubet had also just hired a new chef, Jose, who was superb. We had five dinners prepared by Jose, and each was better than the last. The food was so outstanding, and the dining room in the Villa so comfortable, that after the first two nights when Jose was not available, we opted not to go out to any of the local restaurants. The roof-top deck was excellent for star-gazing, and we enjoyed that and identifying the constellations on several nights we were down there. The ocean-front location of the property was beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed waking up to the view of the ocean (which each bedroom fronts). Despite some breezy weather, we were able to take relaxing walks on the beach. The people all over were extremely friendly everywhere.In addition, the location of the Villa is excellent. It is located on a quiet road which is an easy drive from the highway. The Villa location is also incredibly convenient to a large number of attractions, including the Tulum ruins (less than 10 minutes away), the Coba ruins (less than 35 minutes away), Hidden Worlds (less than 10 minutes away), Xel-Ha (less than 10 minutes away), Sian Ka’an (less than 30 minutes away) and everyone’s favorite day out, Akumel (less than 30 minutes away), and the local supermarket and bank in Tulum (less than 15 minutes away). There are also two local restaurants within walking distance (less than 5 minutes by car). Having said all that, it is really necessary to have a renta
Helpful votes: 2/2
TURTLE HEART VILLA,Tulum, Beach, Turtle Habitat, Discount
+52 5219841149946
Tankah Quintana Roo
Miami, Florida

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 14, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
To whom it may concern:

I wanted to let you know that we had an unbelievable stay at the Villa
Corazon de la Tortuga. The location in Tankah is a perfect setting to
get away from it all. Being right on the ocean is such a beautiful
setting and catching the sunrise over the ocean is spectacular. The
roof top at night was the best place for star gazing that we have ever
seen. It was simply breath-taking.

Zubet's home is exquisite... from the materials she used to the layout
of the house. She put such detail and artistic touches throughout the
home. It very comfortably accommodated our two families with plenty of
space for all to enjoy our vacation.

We have often stayed in Villas for family vacations and the amenities
we had available at Corazon de la Tortuga were far superior to any
other holiday Villa we have stayed anywhere! We had chef services for
our entire stay and the food was amazing. Everyone from the finicky
children to the discerning palette of my wife (who is a chef in her own
right) was well pleased. The full gym was a nice balance to the
gourmet meals and some of us took advantage of the personal training
services, which was very professional and enjoyable.

Zubet is an unbelievable concierge and host. She provided us with
plenty of brochures with activities around the area. She was helpful
in guiding us to interesting and fun places to eat and explore. She
gave us helpful tips on managing around the area. She truly made our
vacation so easy and fun.

We obviously can't say enough great things about the Corazon de la
Tortuga House and Zubet. This vacation went way beyond our expectation
with the house, location and most of all Zubet !

You would not be disappointed with a holiday here. We look forward to
returning with the family for the turtle nesting season and my wife is
planning a "girl's holiday" at Corazon de la Tortuga as well.

Chris Kirk
Helpful votes: 3/3
TURTLE HEART VILLA,Tulum, Beach, Turtle Habitat, Discount
+52 5219841149946
Tankah Quintana Roo
Fort Myers, FL.

Guestbook Comment

Hello Sue Beth, We just wanted to thank so very much for a truly amazing stay. Honestly, it far exceeded our expectations. Your home is just spec...
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2008
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
Hello Sue Beth,

We just wanted to thank so very much for a truly amazing stay. Honestly, it far exceeded our expectations. Your home is just spectacular... much more impressive live than on the internet.

Wow! The bedrooms and baths were just killer awesome... everything was just perfect and very comfortable. The views... they were so calming! Sitting on the roof at night star-gazing and listening to the waves crash on the shore was so special.

Your beach with all the turtle nests is fascinating. In all our travels, we have never seen anything like it anywhere. It should be featured on the Discovery Channel or something because it is just way crazy jammed with nests.

In conclusion, everything... and I mean everything was just so wonderful and so beautifully put together... the house, the staff, the food and the fun.

We just loved our vacation and we look forward to our visit again next year.

Again, thank you for making everything so special.

Gary and Mary
Helpful votes: 5/6