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The Heart of Majahual - Breathtaking Beach View from Terrace

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Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bacalar Municipality Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)


Where the sun kisses the sand, where the moon beams its' magic, and where your memories are made and cherished forever.

This new apartment has it all. Fully air conditioned (no mosquitos) one bedroom apartment with 2 double beds, and a fold-down in the living room, ... easily sleeps a total of 4 adults plus children. A complete kitchen with standard size refrigerator and stove. There is a television connected to the cable with all the news, movies and music channels.It also has wireless internet.

The beach is 30 feet from your door, where you are met with refreshing Caribbean breezes and sun drenched sand. Restaurants, shopping are minutes away and tours can be booked on the premises. An ATM is also on the premises. For walking or jogging, there is the new 3 km malacon which boarders the beach.You can park it and forget it, everything is within walking distance.

This area also boasts tours for snorkeling, diving, fishing, boat-cruises,(see boat photo) tours to the many Mayan ruins, and the spectacular lagoon at Bacalar, or a trip to the free zone in Belize to name a few of the activities available.

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Keywords: Beautiful spacious apartment

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Richard Hessen
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Richard Hessen

I am a retired American after working for the last 25 years in Mexico as the general manager of a large American manufacturing plant employing over 600 people.

Richard Hessen purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Richard Hessen chose Quintana Roo

I have always dreamed and planned of retiring to the beach and enjoying the Carribean and my hobby,fishing.

I researched and visited Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and both coasts of Mexico before deciding on Mahahual.

I finished building this property in 2006 and moved to Mahahual the same day as I retired. I just love it when a good plan comes togather.

What makes this apartment unique

No coats, no jackets, no Winter clothing. No heating bills, no shovelling snow, no traffic jams or pollution. The sun shines 90% of the days and temp never rises above 90% or below 70%. Nature in unparalled with many species of birds aquatic mamuals and fish. Sunrise and sunset is always a beautiful experience.


based on 29 traveler reviews

The Heart of Majahual - Breathtaking Beach View from Terrace
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Easy Living on the Malecon

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to find this little gem for a week here in September. Richard and his wife are gracious hosts and their location can't be beat along the Malecon(boardwalk). So nice to stay in your "own" place and not be part of the hotel room/condo scene. Although I never found the lime squeezer, this apartment has everything (including ample drinking water) necessary for a relaxing stay. Need to mention the rooftop palapa with lounging area provided awesome views and great ocean breezes. We came to do some scuba diving in the area and conditions were perfect for trips to Banco Chinchorro and Xcalak with Mahahual Dive Centre. Along with local reef dives, this place makes a perfect diving vacation spot.

Great empandas and burritos are available just downstairs at Nam, Nam (open until 11pm) and we couldn't stop going back to the Nacional Beach Club (just south on the Malecon) for great breakfasts and then great ceviche, tuna poki, steaks and grilled octopus for lunch and dinner time. There are so many great little spots for food and drinks, my advice is to just get out, walk the town and explore.

We will definitely be checking back with Richard for our next visit to Mahahual, which needs to be soon :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect, the house furniture is very beautiful it's a Mexican rustic style furniture that is made in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco where the locals design and make everything by hand, something very unique and beautiful..., the place it's in the best location in all of Mahagual, a few steps from the beautiful beach and warm turquoise water..., Richard's place it's very, very clean, and super comfortable, honestly there's just not enough words to describe how unique and gorgeous this house is, the roof top views are unbelievable, we can hardly wait to go back and hopefully stay at Richards place, Richard and he's wife Rosa are very nice and hospitable ppl., they really make you're stay very comfortable and they help you with anything and everything that you could possibly need..., our time at Richards place was incredible, we can hardly wait to go back...

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Amazing accommodations in Mahahual...

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in Mahahual many times, we continue to look around at new and existing accommodations each visit. This property is indeed in the heart of Mahahual and has to be the best kept secret in town. This isn't just a room for a night or two, this is a home away from home. The decor, the furnishings, a full kitchen, dining room, the linens and towels (and the hot water, not always a given in Mahahual) would be reason enough to make this your next vacation spot. But, then add the "blow your mind" rooftop terrace overlooking the Caribe and the Malecon and beach. Well, it has to be the best spot in Mahahual to spend a week, a month, whatever. The owner/proprietor and his wife are wonderful hosts and a wealth of information on the town and the area. The unit is second floor and the security measures in place provide a complete sense of safety. I highly recommend this property in paradise.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tom, Thanks for the great review. As a frequent traveller as yourself, I built the apartment as comfortable and secure as posible yet convenient to all the local attractions. My main gripe with hotels and other vacation sites was cleanliness and to that end we put special attention to maintain our apartment fresh and clean and beautifully appointed to capture the vibrant colors ambiance of Mexico. Hope to see you again on your next trip to Mahahual and if we can be of service don´t hesitate to call. Richard
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Very Nice.

  • 5 of 5

We love Majahual. We have been there 4 times.

Richard and Rosa's apartment is very nice, we wished we had planned to stay longer.

We enjoyed the location and the local vibe!

Thanks for the lovely accomodations!

Steve and Jana

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Un lugar para disfrutar.

  • 5 of 5

He tenido unas vacaciones excelentes, llenas de buenos recuerdos y gratas experiencias. Este departamento es un lugar amplio, cómodo, limpio y muy bonito. Cuenta con una terraza en la cual se puede apreciar la belleza del Caribe en sus varias tonalidades de azul, y la brisa que te acaricia te mantiene fresco. El lugar se encuentra muy bien ubicado, cerca de todas las necesidades, pero aun mas importante, está al pie del malecón; puedes salir a caminar a cualquier hora del día y estar de regreso enseguida. Tienes la posibilidad de hacer varias cosas, como bucear, snorkelear, nadar en el mar o simplemente acostarte sobre la arena a tomar un poco de sol. Existen muchos restaurantes en los cuales sirven deliciosos mariscos.

En mi estancia de dos semanas tuve la oportunidad de conectarme en alma y cuerpo con la naturaleza y ser uno con el mundo, y que mejor lugar que esta linda playita con el precioso mar y toda la gente bonita que vive aquí. Los dueños son personas muy agradables y con un excelente trato a los visitantes.

Muy recomendado, no dudo en volver.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We can't wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

Richard's place is amazing. The apartment is big and clean. It's right off the Malecon and in a perfect location in Mahahual. It's right above the Tortillaria and Nom Nam's, the best hamburger in Mahahual.

There are two double beds and it was very comfortable for two of us, but any more adults would be crowded. There is a futon in the living room that can be made into a bed, but again, it's about the size of a double bed. It's definitely a good size for two adults and two or three kids. The beds are very comfortable. I do recommend you bring your own pillows, however, that may just be me and my love of my pillow! The living room is large and we had plenty of room to spread out and read, talk or just veg out. We did not cook, but there is a full kitchen available that if you wanted to fix breakfast or lunch, it would be easy to do. However, when you can have a full breakfast for less than $300 pesos for two, why cook??? We used the refrigerator as a cooler for our beer and water we purchased at Sam's Club in Playa del Carmen. Richard does provide drinking water in the apartment.

The terrace....what can I say about the terrace? It was amazing. Beautiful doesn't even come close to the paradise they have created on the roof of this building. We would sit up there every night and have a cocktail before dinner and usually after dinner to read, enjoying the tropical breeze and view of the sea. Richard hooked us up with Sylvia for massage and she came 4 days to give us a massage on the terrace. We would have had her come more but Sunday was her birthday and Wednesday we drove south to Xcalak (BTW, don't do that...not worth the drive. Stopping half way on a deserted beach that we had completely to ourselves, well THAT was worth the drive.) I HIGHLY recommend Sylvia for a $300 peso (about $20) massage. She can be found daily at Big Mama's on the beach and I'm sure Richard will make arrangements for her to come to the terrace for you as well. We have massage on a regular basis at home and she is better than our regular massage therapists!

Richard was a terrific host. He recommended places to go, restaurants and things to do while we were in Mahahual. We will definitely be back to Mahahual and stay at Richard's apartment and the paradise of his terrace.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. We have had 4 adults, or 2 adults with 3 children stay with us as you suggested without crowding problems. The sofa bed in the livingroom is new and easily accommodates 2 adults or up to 3 children, or in the two double beds in the bedroom can be configured to your needs. I understand the attachment to your own pillows and to that end, we replace our pillows every 6 months to maintain the utmost comfort and sanitary conditions. Having travelled extensive, I understand the need for comfort and cleanliness. My wife sometimes brings her favorite pillow with her on our travels to my disdain. Sorry the weather did not co-operate every day, as I would have liked to take you and your husband to my Rancho" Silver Star" to get in some real fishing. The cerviche made from fresh fish no more than 2 hours from caught to eaten is delicious and a Mexican delicacy in addition to fresh caught fried complete fish. Not like the fish bought in the supermarket and frozen. We will welcome you as friends on your next visit and keep a light in the window. Thanks again for bringing my fishing lures with you. Richard and Rosa
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Nearest Airport
198 Kilometres
Chetumal 1-1/2 hour, Cancun 4 hours
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Beautiful Bacalar with its 7 beautiful colors of blue and green in the lagoon is one hour away. The ruins of Mayan Chacchoben only 45 minutes away. You can discover the Mayan Ruins at Chacchoben in the morning and have lunch overlooking the lagoon in Bacalar in the afternoon. Makes for a great day and exciting for the children.

Fishing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking or just relaxing on the beach in front are only a few of the activides available in this paradise called Mahahual. Quiet, safe and beautiful.


Rates & Availability

Bacalar Municipality Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $5
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 18.0%

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Bacalar Municipality Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Hot and cold water. Shower, sink and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (2) 2 standard size carved wood double beds. See photo, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) fold down sleeps 2 adults
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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